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132 feature-packed pages!

Kong thoughts KONGtastic!
With Peter Jackson’s remarkable new version of King Kong about to hit cinemas, we talk to the people bringing the legend back to life

Naomi Watts The actress stepping into the shoes of ‘scream-queen’ Fay Wray tells us how the physically demanding shoot nearly left her paralysed
Peter Jackson The Kiwi director talks about the first version of the movie he shot when we was just 12 years old and how it was important in the new film to get the ape’s personality just right
Adrien Brody Oscar winning actor Adrien Brody reveals why he spent most of the shoot on a treadmill dodging imaginary dinosaurs!
Jack Black The irrepressible comic actor talks about his character, movie mogul Carl Denham, and reveals the true-life Hollywood figures that inspired his performance
Andy Serkis The versatile actor, tells us how he got to play Lumpy the Cook, as well as the ape himself

In charge…Star Wars - web exclusive
Star Wars actor Ian McDiarmid talks about the many facets of his role as the evil Emperor in George Lucas's Space saga and the importance of not giving in to the Dark Side.

More than a gameHarry Potter - web excl.
Film Review talks to Harry Potter producer David Heyman and Guy Miller from Electronic Arts about the challenges of adapting the latest Harry Potter film into a video game.

Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – On-Set!
• We travel to the New Zealand set with Ian Brodie, the author of the definitive behind the scenes book Cameras in Narnia, for a close-up look at the production of this remarkable film.

Ang Lee
• The acclaimed director (Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) talks about his controversial new drama Brokeback Mountain and the challenges of bringing this gay-themed movie to the screen

Daniel Bruhl and Diane Kruger
• The actors discuss their new film Merry Christmas, which tells the true story of a Christmas truce during World War I that saw English and German forces get together for a football match

The Producers
• With a brand new musical version of Mel Brooks’s classic comedy soon to be released, we chart the movie’s journey from cinema to stage and back again

Animal House
• This month sees the escape of a giant ape (King Kong), an epic avian journey (March of the Penguins) and the return of man’s best friend (Lassie). We celebrate these creature features by looking at Hollywood’s very best animal movies

Luc Jacquet
• The director of this year’s surprise international hit, March of the Penguins, talks about the remarkable success of his documentary and the sub-zero condition he had to face to get it made

Fantastic Four
• As this summer’s superhero hit heads for DVD, we talk to stars Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans about how they formed their dysfunctional comic book family


The Bigger Picture
• We take a look at three future releases, Fun with Dick and Jane, The World’s Fastest Indian and Derailed

Your Film Review
• We head to Sydney to check out what film fans are enjoying Down Under

The Film That Changed My Life
Doom actor Karl Urban tells us about the film that made him realize what he wanted to do with his life

1-star film Our reviews section! 5-star film
What Film Review is all about!
16 packed pages bringing you the next four weeks of releases!

New Movies! Over 20 new releases –
including the above as well as...

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    It’s film number four for Harry, but can new director Mike Newell keep the franchise afloat?

  • Brokeback Mountain
    Ang Lee’s last film, The Hulk, left many viewers cold. Will his latest tale of repressed homosexual passion fare any better?

  • Just Like Heaven
    This Supernatural romantic comedy has been a hit in the States, but will it impress in the UK?

Home Entertainment – 13 pages reviewing the latest cable and satellite films showing at home, videos, books, CDs, DVDs…

  • Our DVD section has some great releases this month with the original 1933 version of King Kong, superhero flick Fantastic Four and zombie chiller Land of the Dead all reviewed and rated.

  • We look at Mae West – It Ain’t No Sin, a fantastic new biography on the actress’s turbulent life

  • The soundtrack to French hit The Beat That My Heart Skipped comes under review

Despatches: – 19 packed pages of the
hottest movie news and gossip

  • Hollywood Stars try to auction off their body parts!

  • Spielberg’s latest projects!

  • Bruce Willis offers al-Qaeda ransom!

  • Competitions
    Your chance to win Green Street, United States of Leland, Devil’s Rejects and Wedding Crashers DVDs. We’re also giving away a signed 40 Year Old Virgin poster, as well as 10 DVDs of the film. Plus we have copies of the Resident Evil 4 game, Resident Evil 4 goodies and an exclusive hand picked set of horror DVDs to give away. All you have to do is answer a movie related question or fill out our crossword correctly and these prizes could be winging their way to your front door

  • Film Facts
    All your cinematic questions answered by our resident expert

  • Next Issue
    We take a look at Sam Mendes Gulf War satire Jarhead, as well as Match Point, Woody Allen’s long awaited new film and The Matador, Pierce Brosnan’s first post-Bond outing, in which he plays a hitman who has grown tired of his profession

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