Sci-Fi Monthly Magazine from United Kingdom
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- First issue: 2009 to 2009
- FILMSTAR is a new mainstream movie magazine from Blackfish Publishing, publishers of sci-fi magazine DEATHRAY.
- Covers the mainstream blockbusters discussed by its rivals but with greater focus on independent and arthouse productions.
- 180 glossy A4 pages.
- Published by Blackfish Publishing
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Issue 5
October 2009
The fifth issue of Filmstar has just landed. On the cover is Up, Disney/Pixar's latest animated extravaganza and first foray into 3D cinema, which stars the unlikeliest of protagonists for a 'family' movie: a grumpy, hearing aid-wearing, pension-drawing 78-year-old, who attaches helium balloons to his house in order to take it to South America (along with a stowaway scout).
You Should Be in Pictures: If you've ever dreamt of a career in cinema, then you need to read this! Whether you have aspirations to be an actor or director, screenwriter or cinematographer, or would like to make it big as a producer, then we have all the advice and contacts you'll need to get you started, plus top tips from successful Brits that have actually made it in your chosen career.
Like your Korean horror flicks? Allow us to whet your appetite with Thirst, legendary producer Park Chan-wook's vampire film that sees a conflicted Catholic priest get a taste for more than the communion wine. Mockumentary Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, which follows a roadie and rapper who end up supporting the Arctic Monkeys on tour, was shot over just five days with a teeny budget of £50,000 - we ask director Shane Meadows and lead Paddy Considine just how they managed it. And then there's The Soloist, based on the real-life relationship between a newspaper columnist and down-and-out schizophrenic cellist, who trained at the prestigious Julliard arts school before mental illness took hold. We get the word on the street from cast and crew.
The Filmstar interview: Terry Gilliam
: The outlandish director has little more than a handful of films to his name (that have come to fruition, at least), but his fantastic flights of fancy have earned him a reputation that is unequalled in moviemaking. The ex-Python auteur speaks about everything from working with Heath Ledger on his last film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (and how he got round the actor's untimely death), his most memorable movies (including Time Bandits, Brazil, The Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), and his plans to return to the troubled (to say the least) production of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote...
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Also having words with Filmstar this month are: geek-girl turned romcom sweetheart Kristen Bell; English-accented American Peter Sarsgaard; the only big-name survivor of landmark movie Gone with the Wind, '30s starlet Olivia de Havilland; Hardworking Liverpudlian (!) actor Ian Hart; and B-movie sensation Bruce Campbell, aka Evil Dead's Ash.

The Filmstar reviews section is the biggest you'll find anywhere, and we have all the space we need to cover the films that really count. Major blockbusters are here of course, but also the smaller, artier films that we reckon you'll still be talking about in the years to come, long after the marketing hype has died down. Read the definitive verdicts on Up, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Thirst, The Soloist, Dorian Gray, Tales from the Golden Age, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Triangle, Colin, An Education, The Invention of Lying, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee and lots, lots more. Plus we have all the latest DVD releases, as well as must-see TV, books and video games. 

And much, much more!
Our Somewhere in Time section skips back to 1978, the year that brought us sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers (well, the superior remake of the '50s film, at least) and another flick with its heart in the '50s, Grease (admit it: you've got chills...). Our Five Easy Pieces essays look at the clothes-avoiding career of Jenny Agutter; go back to the '80s with teen comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off; get our teeth into Dracula's insatiable thirst for the silver screen; take a look at the whole '80s 'video nasty' horror story; and get on down to music biopics. The List, meanwhile, pays tribute to the greatest screenwriter of them all - WIlliam Shakespeare. And this issue's Superstar is Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver.

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September 2009

Issue 3
August 2009

Issue 2
July 2009

Issue 1
June 2009

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