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Empire to run 30 old movie covers to celebrate 30th birthday

Empire to run 30 old movie covers to celebrate 30th birthday

Bauer Media’s film magazine Empire will publish 30 split covers for its September issue, taking a look at some of the biggest movies ever produced as it hits its 30th birthday.

30 covers focus on 30 movies from 30 years from 1989 to 2018 - starting with Tim Burton's Batman and proceeding to Ryan Coogler's Black Panther.

The content and marketing play runs with a promotion to drive new subscribers (or those who may have read these movie reviews at some point over the last three decades).

The movies were selected for their commercial success, cinematic prowess, cultural significance and their impact on the Empire audience.

Commenting on the covers, Empire editor-in-chief Terri White, said: “How do you sum up 30 years of cinema and 30 years of Empire? It turns out it took several rows, a few sulks and the odd impassioned plea for the Empire team to agree on the 30 films that should grace our covers – just one from each year. Even at a glance, it’s a story of how film has evolved, starting with Tim Burton’s Batman journeying through Toy Story, The Matrix, Spirited Away, Avatar, Gravity and ending on Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. What a 30 years it’s been, for both us and for cinema.”

The movies are as follows.

1989 – Batman

1990 - Goodfellas

1991 – Terminator 2

1992 – Reservoir Dogs

1993 – Jurassic Park

1994 – Shawshank Redemption

1995 – Toy Story

1996 – Scream

1997 – Titanic

1998 – Blade

1999 – The Matrix

2000 – American Psycho

2001 – Fellowship Of The Ring

2002 – Spirited Away

2003 – Lost in Translation

2004 – Shaun Of The Dead

2005 – Brokeback Mountain

2006 – Pans Labyrinth

2007 – No County for Old Men

2008 – The Dark Knight

2009 - Avatar

2010 – Inception

2011 – Bridesmaids

2012 – Avengers Assemble

2013 – Gravity

2014 – Whiplash

2015 – Mad Max Fury Road

2016 – Moonlight

2017 – Get Out

2018 – Black Panther

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