Alec Baldwin Pays Tribute To The Late, Great Alan Parker – Exclusive

On July 31, news came that legendary London-born filmmaker Alan Parker had died at the age of 76 – leaving behind a legacy of incredible movies, bringing his extraordinary craft to kid-gangster musicals, blazing prison movies, supernatural noirs, and Irish soul dramas alike. In the Dune issue of Empire – on sale now – we asked Hollywood’s finest to share their tributes to the man himself. Among them is actor Alec Baldwin...

Des' Daniel Mays on playing the officer who brought Dennis Nilsen to justice

“Well, there’s probably not a better qualified actor in the country to play a policeman than me,” Daniel Mays laughs as NME asks him about his long history of playing police officers. He’s played a Victorian officer in The Limehouse Golem, a 80’s DCI in Ashes to Ashes and a corrupt cop in Line of Duty. He’s even played a brought-back-from-the-dead, re-animated officer alongside Stephen Graham in Code 404 – one of lockdown’s television highlights...

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Spiller: how we made Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)

This was one of the fastest tracks I ever produced. It was 1999, the night before I was due to fly to Miami for the Winter Music Conference, where all aspiring DJs and producers went. I was trying to stay awake for my early-morning flight and put on an unreleased version of Carol Williams’ Love Is You. I ended up sampling it and, in a couple of hours, I had Groovejet more or less written....

The Elisabeth Moss Method

Elisabeth Moss’ latest release, 'Shirley', sees her playing one her most fascinating characters to date: notorious American horror author, Shirley Jackson. Josephine Decker’s thrilling film sees Moss and co-star Michael Stuhlbarg (he’s playing Shirley’s philandering husband, Stanley) blur fact and fiction in a film offering an imaginative re-working of the traditional biopic. Here, Moss explains why she’s always drawn to playing complex characters, her naturally instinctive process and how she thrives under pressure...

Tiana Major9 - ‘At Sixes And Sevens’ EP review

As dream starts to careers go, 24-year-old Tiana Major9’s is certainly up there. Last year, her emotive song ‘Collide’ – a collaboration with Dreamville rap duo Earthgang – soundtracked one of the biggest cinematic hits of the year, Queen and Slim. She was personally chosen by Stormzy to appear on ‘Heavy Is The Head’ album standout ‘Rainfall’ and a show-stopping performance with the grime star at this year’s BRITs followed. Now she joins forces with the iconic Motown Records for new EP, 'At Sixes and Sevens'...

L’Impératrice's virtual tour: party-starting space-pop from Paris rooftops

Parisian space-pop group L’Impératrice should be on a world tour right now. They should be in the thick of delivering 60 dates across the globe – including a headline slot at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire: it would have included their biggest shows to date. But you know by now, that socially-distanced live gigs are scarce – even if backed by the UK government. the world stopped through coronavirus and live music as we knew it ground to a halt...

On the Cover - Simon Pegg: "I'd love to go into space with Tom Cruise"

For the past 20 years, Simon Pegg hasn’t stopped. From Spaced to Star Trek and Shaun of the Dead to Star Wars, Pegg’s ascent from cult television hero to red carpet regular has been a breathless watch. It’s no wonder then, that when he greets NME on the phone from his home in Hertfordshire, where he’s staying with his wife and daughter, Pegg sounds grateful for the enforced rest that lockdown has brought...

Lucy Dacus on politics, protests and pandemics: “Trump is an intentionally evil, bigoted man”

“I’ve been finding it hard to put words to how I feel in lockdown,” Lucy Dacus tells NME from her home in Richmond, Virgina. “I think a lot of people are existing in a fog and that’s where I am too. At my best, I’m focusing on work, writing and doing some other projects. The most important work going on now is educating myself further about systemic racism, how to be a better anti-racist, and how to show up for my community more tangibly..."

White Lines soundtrack: the best music moments in the Netflix thriller

Right about now, many of us would have been getting ready to jet off on our holidays. But instead of sun-soaked, cocktail-fuelled evenings on the beach, we’re stuck indoors contemplating the very nature of our existence as lockdown citizens. It sucks, to be honest. However, if anything has made life more bearable since Contagion ceased to be a fictional account, it’s TV. In fact, there’s one TV show in particular that has made us all feel a bit more vibey. Yup, we’re talking about White Lines...

Julia Bardo: “I feel really sad thinking about music right now”

Julia Bardo should be preparing to tour her newly released, debut solo E.P ‘Phase’. Instead, the Italian-born, ex-Working Men’s Club musician is stuck inside her Manchester flat on lockdown unable to think about music at all. “I just feel very unlucky,” Bardo sighs, knowing that the E.P. she’s been working on for over two-and-a-half years has been released at the worst possible time as the world shuts down through the coronavirus pandemic. “I’ve been waiting a long time for this moment to come...

Features | Quietus Writers On Why BBC4 Is Worth Saving

A Very English Scandal garnered much acclaim upon its release in 2018. The BBC1 series, written by Russell T Davies and directed by Stephen Frears, saw Hugh Grant star as the late Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe whose alleged part in a plot to kill his lover, Norman Scott (played by Ben Whishaw), rocked the British Establishment in the mid-1970’s. Yet BBC4’s airing of a documentary exploring the true-life tale behind the dramatisation received just as much acclaim – especially because of the extraordinary history behind it...

The UK’s best small music venues

The coronavirus crisis has left hundreds of grassroots music venues across the UK with uncertain futures. Struggling to pay rents and wages as lockdown continues, more than 556 venues are currently at risk of imminent and permanent closure. Last week, Music Venue Trust – a charity set up in 2014 to help protect the long-term futures of grassroots music venues in the UK – launched a new initiative to help collectively support those most in need via its #saveourvenues campaign...
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