#41 (Jun 2013)

Welcome to the buddy issue!

For the slightly mature crowd, many will remember that Johnny Depp once had ‘Winona Forever’ tattooed on his upper right arm when he was dating Winona Ryder in the ’90s, which he later laser-edited to ‘Wino Forever’ when the relationship ended. Guess that wouldn’t have happened if he had his BFF Tim Burton’s name on the tattoo instead…

Of course, Depp went on to date several other charming ladies, including Sherilyn Fenn, Jennifer Grey and Kate Moss. Our point? Well, not every romantic relationship lasts, especially in Hollywood – a point that Mr. Depp recently proved again when he ended his 13-year relationship with singer-actress Vanessa Paradis and (reportedly) hooked up with the gorgeous Amber Heard.

But he’s still buddies with Tim Burton.

Sorry, we had to make use of Depp’s very interesting personal life to prove the importance of buddy-hood – at least we know Depp won’t be reading this as he’s told us he hasn’t read anything about himself since 1988. Read our exclusive interviews with him and Armie Hammer, who forms the other half of an unlikely but budding bromance in their new film, The Lone Ranger, on page 24.

As proven in many blockbusters, unlikely unions make for great story-telling, and nothing comes more unlikely than Monsters Inc.‘s Mike and Sulley. Now, we finally get the chance to see how their odd couple relationship started out – and no, they didn’t begin by loving each other! We have the scoop for you in this month’s Monsters University, the prequel to the 2001 Pixar hit, page 70.

Over the years, the gentler sex has cajoled their alpha males into cinemas for a slew of rom-coms; we dudes return the favour by dragging our dates to macho-shit brothers-in-arm action flicks. This month, in celebration of that brotherly love, we take a look at 10 such bromantic pairings, page 38.

Obviously, the ladies are getting their fair share too. Movies these days also showcase ‘sis-mances’ (which, sadly, isn’t half as catchy as ‘bromance’), starting with Paul Feig’s comedy hit Bridesmaids and continuing with his next feature The Heat, in which Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy trade guns and swear words with abandon, page 66.

Well, now everybody can be happy.

See you at the movies. And to the lovebirds out there: don’t neglect your buddies!

Royston Loh

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