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The Empire Film Podcast is the official podcast of Empire, the world's biggest and best movie magazine. Check back each week for an assortment of irreverent, film-related chat, as well as interviews with Hollywood's best and brightest.

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#381 - Live From The London Podcast Festival ft. Colin Trevorrow
This week's episode is a live show which sees the Empire Podteam - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Terri White - embark upon their first-ever tour, starting in the far-flung city of... London. Kings Place, to be precise, just around the corner from the Empire office. Not exactly clocking up the air miles, huh. Recorded as part of the London Podcast Festival, this typically raucous live show sees the quartet review Downton Abbey, For Sama, and Hustlers (complete with eye-watering tale of real live strip clubs), then discuss the week's movie news, before being joined by a brand-new member of the team: director Colin Trevorrow. There might be talk of his brand-new Jurassic World short film, Battle At Big Rock. And he might even stick around for the audience Q&A. We couldn't possibly say either way. Please accept our apologies in advance. Enjoy.
Sep 16, 2019
#380 - Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery
You are cordially invited to this week's Empire Podcast, in which Mr. Ian Freer, of Empire Towers, is granted an audience with Mr. Hugh Bonneville, Miss Laura Carmichael, and Miss Michelle Dockery, stars of the new motion picture extravaganza, Downton Abbey, based on the popular televisual entertainment of the same name. Either side of that, you are invited to listen to the rest of the episode, in which Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and podcast newcomer Jeremy Dylan, a gentleman of Australian origin, discuss several listener questions, varying accents, the week's movie news, and review It Chapter 2 and Rojo. Carriages at 2am. Do, please, enjoy.
Sep 06, 2019
The Greatest - Star Wars Characters In Association With Sky Cinema
A long time ago, in a podbooth far, far away... four brave and hardy souls tackle a question that has long had Rebels and Imperial types scratching their heads: who are the greatest Star Wars characters of all time? In the second instalment of The Greatest, an Empire Podcast limited series brought to you by Sky Cinema, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Sky Cinema's very own Alex Zane, and Absolute Radio's Dave Berry each launch an impassioned defence of their three favourite Star Wars characters. There will be bad impressions. There will be bad jokes. And there will be some choices that you won't see coming. And if, after listening to this, you fancy watching a cheeky Star War, the Star Wars Collection is available on Sky Cinema right now, all the way through to September 15. May the Force be with us all.
Sep 05, 2019
#379 - Louis Leterrier, Joanna Hogg
This week's episode of the Empire Podcast features two very different directors. First up, Chris Hewitt chats to Louis Leterrier about his experiences directing the new 10-episode Netflix series, The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, and switching from live-action to puppets. They also talk about Leterrier's experiences making The Incredible Hulk, the nature of directorial compromise, and dousing Mark Strong in gallons of fake elephant stuff for Grimsby. Then, Ian Freer has a chat with the great British director, Joanna Hogg, about her new movie, The Souvenir, her time as a film student in London, and directing Eastenders. Meanwhile, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Ian, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer for discussion of the news that came from D23, the Breaking Bad movie El Camino, reviews of the week's movies, and try to get their heads around a certain Hollywood director having 20,000 sexual partners. Not all at once, surely? Enjoy.
Aug 30, 2019
Kevin Feige Live Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Special
As President of Marvel Studios and producer of every single Marvel Cinematic Universe film to date (all 23 of 'em, if you're reading this before May 2020), Kevin Feige has been a fundamental part of the MCU's rise and rise. Culminating with their crowning glory, the biggest film of all time, Avengers: Endgame. When Feige popped into London recently, ahead of the film's release on home entertainment, we seized the chance to host a live Q&A with him. Just Feige, host Chris Hewitt, and a 100-strong audience, composed of Marvel fans and Empire subscribers. We see this as an absolute win. And in this frank and funny 50-minute chat, Chris and Feige discuss a great many things about Avengers: Endgame, all of which are spoilerific. Enter only if you've seen the movie - out now on digital platforms and from September 2nd on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray.
Aug 23, 2019
#378 - Andre Ovredal, Gerard Butler
This! Is! Butler! This week's episode sees one of our favourite recurring guests, Gerard 'Gerry' Butler, pop by the podbooth to tell Chris Hewitt all about his new movie, Angel Has Fallen. Along the way they discuss Nick Nolte, the five stages of movie stardom, and Gerry tells an eyewatering story that has great pedigree, chum. Also this week, Chris talks to Norwegian director Andre Ovredal about Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick that's set to make people scream on both sides of the Atlantic. And in the podbooth proper, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and Ben Travis to discuss American actors doing English accents, the week's movie news (including Bond 25, the passing of Peter Fonda, and the Spider-shenanigans), and review the latest releases, including Crawl and Pain And Glory. Enjoy.
Aug 23, 2019
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Spoiler Special ft. Quentin Tarantino
Once upon a time in the Empire podbooth, anyone? Our latest spoiler special podcast is truly special indeed, as the great Quentin Tarantino pops by to talk about his ninth (or tenth, but who's counting?) movie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and many of its twists, turns, and third act shenanigans. Fresh from conducting that interview, Chris Hewitt then repairs to the podbooth to talk about the movie - its twists, turns, and third act shenanigans, and all - with Helen O'Hara, Ian Freer, and Nick de Semlyen. So sit back, relax with a drink or an acid-dipped cigarette*, and enjoy. Bear in mind: we also talk spoilers for Yesterday, Avengers: Endgame (of course), and previous Tarantino movies, so tread carefully. * The Empire Podcast does not condone the use of acid-dipped cigarettes. Please use responsibly.
Aug 22, 2019
The Greatest - Batman Or Superman? In Association With Sky Cinema
It's a question as old as time. Perhaps even older. Who is the greatest DC big screen hero: the Caped Crusader, Batman, or the Man Of Steel, Superman? In this very special edition of the Empire Podcast, brought to you by Sky Cinema, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Sky Cinema's very own Alex Zane, and Absolute Radio's Dave Berry venture into the Empire Podcave and hash it out. It's all here over the course of a very fun 60 minutes, from impassioned paeans to Christopher Reeve to rigorous discussion of Batcreditcards. And a host of terrible impressions that may be the Bane of your life. Oh, and at some point, our heroic quartet may even get round to answering the question. If you fancy settling this for yourself, you'll be delighted to know that all the Batman and Superman films discussed here, and tons of films featuring other heroes, are available right now in Sky Cinema's Superheroes Collection. Enjoy.
Aug 17, 2019
#377 - Simon Amstell
Former Never Mind The Buzzcocks host Simon Amstell, who used to host Never Mind The Buzzcocks, pops by the podbooth this week for an interview in which his stint on Never Mind The Buzzcocks isn't mentioned once. (Sorry about that, we're aiming for that SEO sweet spot). Instead, he tells Chris Hewitt about how he made his new film, Benjamin, and along the way they attempt the world's first director's commentary entirely from memory. It doesn't go well. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and Amon Warmann for a fun episode in which they talk prime numbers, the newly-announced Empire Podcast tour (tickets on sale now!), discuss the week's movie news, fun movie-related roommates, Henry Golding, and more. Then they review Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Good Boys, and Dora And The Lost City Of Gold. Enjoy 23 times. That's a prime number. Fact.
Aug 16, 2019
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw Spoiler Special ft. David Leitch
Crash! Bang! Wallop! What a spoiler special! As the Fast & Furious franchise enters uncharted waters with its testosterone-tipped spin-off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, so too does the Empire Podcast. This may be the ninth film in a series that has become one of the biggest of all time, but it also marks our first spoiler special dedicated to the series. Living their lives a quarter of a pod at a time are Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Ben Travis, and Nick de Semlyen, who discuss the film's retconning of Statham's Deckard Shaw, the possible identity of the film's Director character, and much, much more. And speaking of director characters, Chris has an in-depth chat with the man who called the shots on the film, David Leitch. Almost two hours of no-holds-barred Hobbsing & Shawage? Sounds like a champagne problem to us.
Aug 14, 2019
#376 - Gurinder Chadha and Viveik Kalra
On this week's show, we invite Gurinder Chadha and Viveik Kalra onto the pod to wax lyrical about The Boss or, more specifically, their new film Blinded By The Light - guaranteed to put a Springsteen in your step. Meanwhile, Chris, James and Helen stand up in defence of some underappreciated classics (love Kurt Wimmer's Equilibrium or GTFO) and Chris gives us his reaction to news of the upcoming Event Horizon TV series ("Do you see? DO YOU SEE?!"). Plus we review this week's film releases and, in a podcast first, actually manage to finish when we say we will. Enjoy.
Aug 09, 2019
#375 - Nick Frost
It doesn't happen often, but this week sees the Empire Podbooth doors thrown open to allow the great Nick Frost - star of The Cornetto Trilogy, Paul, Cuban Fury, Fighting With My Family, and now Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans - to pull double duty as both our star guest and a colleague of such lethal cunning. So, this week Nick sits in with Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer as they answer a number of listener questions, discuss Nick's career, find out how not to be starstruck in front of Steven Spielberg, and discuss the week's movie news. Then, when Nick exits stage left, the podteam remain to review Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, Animals, and The Angry Birds Movie 2. Enjoy.
Aug 02, 2019
#374 - Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat
This week's Empire Podcast sees James Dyer take a rare break from banging on about TV to sit down for a lovely chat with Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat, stars of the rollicking Dublin-set comedy-drama, Animals. Then, in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt is joined by James, Helen O'Hara and Ben Travis to talk about movie heatwaves, discuss the week's film-related news*, including the Picard trailer and the sad death of the great Rutger Hauer, and review The Current War. Lie back, turn on the fans, whack the headphones up, and enjoy. * Not including discussion of the Marvel Studios panel. That can be found in a podcast special, also available now.
Jul 26, 2019
MCU Comic-Con Reaction Special
Because (four of) you demanded it, and because we finally found some free time to record it, and because we didn't want to bang on for ages about Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on this week's regular podcast, here is a relatively short podcast in which Team Empire - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Ben Travis - react to and mull over all the big news from the Marvel Studios panel at last week's San Diego Comic-Con. It's all here: discussion of Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, Thor: Love And Thunder, the Disney+ shows, the casting of Mahershala Ali as Blade, bad impressions of Dara O Briain and much, much more. Enjoy.
Jul 26, 2019
#373 - Jon Favreau
This week's Empire Podcast is all about cats, jellicle and otherwise. Chris Hewitt has a lovely in-depth chat with the wonderful Jon 'Favs' Favreau, who's a cool cat, about his new movie as director, the live-action adaptation of The Lion King, which is about big cats, and there's a little of MCU business thrown in for good measure as well. Because Chris. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to answer a slew of listeners' questions, review The Lion King, Varda By Agnes, and Tell It To The Bees, and discuss the week's movie news, including a Comic-Con preview, speculation about the future of 007, and some trailers. Including the trailer for Tom Hooper's Cats, which they talk about. For a bit. And then a bit more. Because... well. Remember - Jellicles can and Jellicles do! Enjoy.
Jul 19, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home Spoiler Special ft. Jon Watts, Kevin Feige, and Amy Pascal
Spoiler-Man, Spoiler-Man, spoils whatever a podcast can... Yes, in the latest Empire Podcast spoiler special, Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are bitten by radioactive spoilers, and develop the strange ability to tell Chris Hewitt all kinds of spoilerific stuff about the latest outing in the MCU for Tom Holland's friendly not-so-neighbourhood webslinger. From BIG reveals to Easter eggs Chris still hasn't spotted despite specifically looking out for them, there's over an hour of cracking Spidey interviews here. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara, Ben Travis, Dan Jolin, and Amon Warmann for two - count 'em, TWO! - hours of Spider-spoiler chat, including a bunch of listener questions, and a cameo even more unexpected cameo than those in the film. As ever, do NOT listen to this podcast unless you've seen Spider-Man: Far From Home (and, we must caution, Avengers: Endgame). Enjoy.
Jul 17, 2019
#372 - Corin Hardy
He's a good egg, that Corin Hardy. He wrapped filming on Gangs Of London, the Gareth Evans-created TV show for which he's directed several episodes, on Thursday, and still found the time and energy to pop into the podbooth for a chat with Chris Hewitt about his... well, actually, Corin doesn't have anything to plug. So, instead, he and Chris talk about life for Corin post-Nun, working on Gangs, and do an impromptu John Carpenter episode of The Ranking. [0:50:33 - 01:20:03] Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Ben Travis to talk the Harry Potter studio tour, tie-in novelisations, the new issue of Empire, the week's movie news [0:23:50 - 0:48:46], and review Pavarotti, The Dead Don't Die, Annabelle Come Home, and Stuber [01:20:03]. Enjoy.
Jul 12, 2019
Yesterday Spoiler Special ft. Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis
Listen... do you want to know a secret? How about a ton of secrets? Specifically about the movie Yesterday? In our latest spoiler special podcast, Chris Hewitt chats with Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle, the writer and director, respectively, of said Beatles-centric rom-com about... well, that would be telling. But suffice it to say that something happens in Yesterday that is of such significance to Beatles fans that Chris, our very own Stanley Goodspeed, vowed to do a spoiler special on it. So here we are, doing that very thing. In it, you will find brief but fun and informative chats with Curtis and Boyle about alternate visions of the film, gags that didn't quite make it, their feelings on the Beatles' legacy, and much discussion of THAT moment. If you've seen the film, you'll know the one. If you haven't, just imagine it. Enjoy.
Jul 11, 2019
#371 - Will Poulter
We've been big fans of Will Poulter at the Empire Podcast, especially since he agreed to be one of the guests on our very first live show back in 2014. So we're delighted to welcome him back for this week's episode, which sees Ben Travis chat to Will about his new film, Midsommar, and much more besides. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt is joined by Ben and Helen O'Hara for an episode that takes in The Play That Goes Wrong, great movie weddings, the week's movie news (and there's a lot of it), and reviews of Midsommar, Don't Look Now, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Again. We might review it next week as well. We see this as an absolute win. Enjoy.
Jul 05, 2019
#370 - Peter Strickland, Himesh Patel
This week's Empire Podcast sees Chris Hewitt sit down with Himesh Patel, the former Eastender (as in, he was on Eastenders) who stars in this week's Beatle-centric rom-com, Yesterday, and they discover a shared connection. Plus, John Nugent has a chat with the wonderful director, Peter Strickland, about his new movie, In Fabric, in which fashion is, literally, killer. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by James Dyer and Ian Freer to discuss production companies that changed their lives, the re-release of Avengers: Endgame, the week's movie news, and review Spider-Man: Far From Home, Yesterday, and In Fabric. It's all happening on the movie podcast that couldn't cope without The Beatles' songs. Well, maybe Don't Pass Me By. Enjoy.
Jun 28, 2019
#369 - Noomi Rapace, Josh Cooley
This week's episode sees Chris Hewitt welcome Swedish actress Noomi Rapace - the original Lisbeth Salander - into the Empire Podbooth for a fun, frank, and often filthy chat about her new movie, The Captor, her surprising taste in music, life as a Londoner, and much more. Also in this episode, John Nugent chats to Josh Cooley, director of Toy Story 4, about giving audiences a huge Buzz. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to talk about their favourite condiments, discuss the week's movie news, review Toy Story 4, Child's Play and Brightburn, and - in a segment already being hailed as 'too long' - imagine every single film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Keanu Reeves in a starring role. Excellent. Madness, and much talk of big ding-dongs, lies within. Enjoy.
Jun 21, 2019
Kevin Smith Interview Special
Here it is - the full and unexpurgated (well, a little expurgated) recording of the time a couple of weeks ago when Kevin Smith chose to spend his morning off in London, following a successful live Hollywood Babble-On show at The O2, by coming into the Empire Podbooth to have a good old natter with Chris Hewitt and Ben Travis. The first thirteen minutes of this ran on the Empire Podcast a couple of weeks ago, so if you want to get to the new stuff, skip past that. Otherwise, this is nearly 47 minutes of no-holds-barred chat, and typically sweary chat, with Smith, in which he discusses his life, career, his upcoming movie, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, that Stan Lee cameo in Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and, of course, the heart attack that so nearly killed him last year. We're glad it didn't. Not just because we had a blast with him as he popped his Empire podcherry, but because the world's a better place for having Kevin Smith in it. We hope you enjoy.
Jun 16, 2019
#368 - Asif Kapadia
This week's Empire Podcast sees the wonderful Asif Kapadia pop by the podbooth to have an in-depth natter with Chris Hewitt about his new documentary, Diego Maradona. No prizes for guessing what it's about - a tumultuous period in the life of one of the most brilliant, but controversial, figures modern sport has ever seen. And if you're wondering if Chris and Asif, two massive Liverpool fans, end up talking about a certain recent Champions League final win, well... yes. But it's early, so non-Reds can skip that bit. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Terri White, James Dyer, and Helen O'Hara for an unexpectedly sexy episode that sees them review Diego Maradona and Men In Black International, discuss the week's movie news, reveal Chris' username on Marvel Puzzle Quest, and ask the biggest question of them all: just who the hell is Bic Pentameter? Enjoy.
Jun 14, 2019
Rocketman Spoiler Special ft. Dexter Fletcher
Rocketman, Dexter Fletcher's often audacious, always entertaining, and deeply fantastical retelling of a significant portion in the life of one Reginald Dwight, aka Elton John, is further proof that the big screen musical is back, and here to stay. And in this spoiler special podcast, Fletcher sits down with Chris Hewitt to discuss his approach to seeding specific songs throughout the movie, the significant relationships in Elton's life, and some snippets that hit the cutting room floor. Be warned: strong language is in play as they discuss a pivotal line right at the end of the interview. The C-word, mainly. Then, Chris is joined in the podbooth by Helen O'Hara, John Nugent, and special guest star all the way from the US of A, Stevie Wong, to answer your questions and discuss the movie, its music, and Taron Egerton's depiction of the man behind the tiaras and tantrums. Oh, and they incur the wrath of one of the world's biggest nations along the way. Enjoy.
Jun 12, 2019
#367 - James McAvoy
James McAvoy is always welcome on the Empire Podcast, and this week he returns to talk to Chris Hewitt about the role he's played most often in his illustrious career: Professor Charles Xavier. It's a role McAvoy is playing for the last time in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and he runs through his Charley X Hall Of Fame in a fun interview. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Nick de Semlyen to talk about watching versions originale in France, discuss the week's movie news, from the Le Mans '66 trailer to further R-Battziness, and review Dark Phoenix and Late Night. Oh, and they have a chat with Nick about his first book, the 80s comedy-centric Wild And Crazy Guys. Enjoy!
Jun 07, 2019
Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Special Interviews ft. The Russos and Markus/McFeely
It's here. At long (long) last, the final part of our extended spoiler special celebration of all things Avengers: Endgame. This time, we let the filmmakers speak for themselves, as Chris Hewitt visits Agbo Studios, the LA HQ of the Russo brothers, for two extended spoilerific interviews with the creative teams behind the second biggest film of all time (correct at time of writing). First, Chris chats to Endgame writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and then follows that up by talking to the Russos themselves, Joe and Anthony. Along the way they cover the fates of pretty much every major character, the film's time-travel shenanigans, the rigidity of Thanos' bottom, and much, much more. We are now, well and truly, in the endgame now, people. We hope you love this 3000. Enjoy.
Jun 06, 2019
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum Spoiler Special ft. Chad Stahelski
People keep asking if we're back. And we haven't really had an answer. But now, yeah, we're thinking we're back. Or, more accurately, John Wick is, for another dose of bloody mayhem in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. And in our latest spoiler special podcast, Chris Hewitt and James Dyer prepare for war by sitting down with the film's director, Chad Stahelski, to talk about all kinds of major developments, including the ending that Stahelski originally wanted. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara for our first ever spoiler special two-hander, as they tackle some listeners' questions, and wax lyrical about the latest outing of Keanu Reeves' hitman. No dogs were harmed in the making of this podcast. Enjoy.
Jun 03, 2019
#366 - Charles Dance, Jim Cummings
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters may feature all kinds of mammoth monsters, but none are as impressive or towering as the great Charles Dance, who has a nice chat with Ben Travis about his new movie, working with Arnie on Last Action Hero, and more. [00.14.50 - 00.32.00] Our second guest this week, Thunder Road star/writer/director Jim Cummings, has a fun and frank chat with Chris Hewitt about working on a bargain budget, recording his script as a podcast (top hint), and sending a cheque to Bruce Springsteen. [00.48.47 - 01.16.47] Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to discuss their ideal musical biopic, pore over the week's movie news, and review Booksmart, Thunder Road, and Godzilla: King Of The Monsters in a bumper-sized reviews that takes in all sorts, from toxic fandom to indie box office woes. Oh, and Chris tries to persuade us that Joel Kinnaman is NOT his nemesis. Enjoy!
May 31, 2019
#365 - Dexter Fletcher, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever
On this week's episode of the award-losing Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt finds that Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher has the Dwight Stuff as they talk all things Elton John. Plus our fearless leader Terri White sits down for a fun chat with Booksmart stars, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and Ben Travis to discuss spoiler culture, review Aladdin and Rocketman, discuss R-Battz and the new Chris Nolan film, and then shill like crazy for Champions League final tickets. Well, one member of the team does anyway. No prizes for guessing who. Enjoy.
May 24, 2019
Avengers: Endgame Live Spoiler Special
A couple of weeks ago, we took a step into the unknown, heading off to Kings Place, London (our spiritual home) to record a live spoiler special for Avengers: Endgame. Just us - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Ben Travis - and 400 of our closest friends. And now, because you demanded it, here is our grand experiment, for those of you who couldn't be there, and perhaps for those of you who were, so you can relive the madness. So, just in case you haven't already got your Endgame fix, here is another two hours of us banging on about the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There's a little bit of crossover with the in-studio four-hour spoiler special, but not much. And this one has extra rudeness, audience questions, and a helpful recap of the movie, in case you'd forgotten what happened in it. Oh, and we have a tombola. A FRICKIN' TOMBOLA. Assemble!
May 20, 2019
#364 - Kevin Smith; Brian Welsh & Lorn Macdonald
This week's episode sees the host of the best damn movie podcast in the world sit down... with Kevin Smith. Just a little joke, there. No, we were delighted that the legendary Mr. Smith, in town following a sell-out live edition of Hollywood Babble-On at the O2, no less, found time to drop by our newly-built studio for a chat with Chris Hewitt and Ben Travis. This is just the tip of the iceberg - a longer version of this interview will be up as a special in a couple of days. Then, Chris - a man whose idea of hardcore music is that Crowded House song where Neil Finn uses fuzzy guitar - also talks to Brian Welsh and Lorn Macdonald, star of this week's excellent Beats, a movie about Scottish rave culture in 1994. And back in the podbooth, he sits down with James Dyer and Ben Travis to talk about the week's movie news, review John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, and answer the burning question on absolutely nobody's lips: which Muppet would be the tastiest?
May 17, 2019
#363 - Claire Denis
This week's Empire Podcast goes full arthouse, as legendary French director Claire Denis talks to Empire's Editor-In-Chief, Terri White, about her new film, High Life. And then, because nothing can touch the Empire Podcast without being corrupted, there's a bit where they both repeatedly say the word, 'f**kbox'. [00:35:29 - 00:56-09] Then back in the f**kbox - sorry, podbooth - Chris Hewitt is joined by Helen O'Hara, James Dyer and, right at the end, John Nugent to discuss their favourite movie memorabilia, talk about how Disney has planned out the next seven years, dig into the new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer (that's also a mini-Avengers: Endgame spoiler special, so be warned), and review High Life, Arctic, and Pokemon Detective Pikachu. Enjoy!
May 10, 2019
Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Special
The most epic film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe arguably deserves - nay, demands - the most epic Empire Podcast spoiler special. So, because you demanded it, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, John Nugent, and Amon Warmann lock themselves into the podbooth and don't emerge until they've talked about all the major developments in Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd film in the MCU. And, let's be honest, some of the minor developments. And, ok, a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with Marvel at all. We know this is long - we know because we were there, and went slowly mad over the course of four hours - but we hope you will take this journey with us (perhaps in several chunks) as we talk Tony, Steve, Natasha, Bruce, Thor, Clint, and that purple fella in the first of our spoiler specials. Yes, there's a live show and interviews with the Russos/Markus and McFeely to come. We are very much in the endgame now, people.
May 06, 2019
#362 - Nicholas Hoult
We haven't seen Nicholas Hoult on the Empire Podcast for a while, so we jumped at the chance to talk Tolkien with him this week, sending Chris Hewitt along for a good old natter about Hoult's new movie, in which he plays the celebrated author, J.R.R. Tolkien. Along the way they talk about Hoult's handwriting, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and much, much more. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer as they decide which animated movie casts they'd like to see in a live-action film, review Long Shot, Tolkien, and Vox Lux, and discuss the week's movie news, including the huge success of Avengers: Endgame, and the sad deaths of John Singleton and Peter Mayhew. Oh, and this week's episode is a tad on the rude side. You have been warned.
May 03, 2019
#361 - Joe and Anthony Russo
We may be in the Endgame now, but don't expect to hear any spoilers from Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of the latest Avengers movie, and this week's Empire Podcast guests. Instead, they sit down for a chat with Chris Hewitt about the rigours of making a movie that's widely expected to be one of the biggest of all time, and their future non-MCU plans. Then, back in the podbooth, Helen O'Hara takes the reins and is joined by James Dyer and Chris, who ran to the studio straight from a plane from LA, as they talk about cancelled movies they'd like to revive, discuss the week's movie news, and review the latest releases. And yes, they're into Endgame now. Enjoy!
Apr 26, 2019
Shazam! Spoiler Special ft. David F. Sandberg and Peter Safran
In our latest spoiler special podcast, we say the magic word and delve deep into Shazam!, the latest movie in the DCEU, and the first to feature the eponymous hero - an indestructible champion who, when he's not championing in an indestructible fashion, is also a 14 year old foster kid called Billy Batson. First, Chris Hewitt sits down with the film's director, David F. Sandberg, and producer, Peter Safran, for a spoilerific chat about many of the film's revelations and Easter eggs. And then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara, John Nugent, and Ben Travis to shake the Magic 8 ball of #podcast #content and see what comes up. It's all very family friendly, as per usual. A reminder: do not listen to this pod unless you've seen Shazam!, because it won't make sense, you weirdos. Enjoy.
Apr 20, 2019
#360 - Andrew Scott and Neil Jordan
Helen is in the driving seat once again on this week's podcast (although Supernatural nipple chat was mercifully kept to a minimum) as we dive into the *last* Empire podcast before the team sees Avengers: Endgame. And to celebrate that fact we not only sit down with everyone's favourite sexy priest, Andrew Scott, to talk about his new film Steel Country, but we also invite director Neil Jordan on board to discuss sex. And also Greta. Nick De Semlyen and James Dyer round out this week's lethally cunning lineup and discuss everything from the latest Hobbs And Shaw trailer to the virtues (or lack thereof) of midnight screenings.
Apr 19, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Teaser Trailer Breakdown Special
Yesterday saw both the first teaser trailer and the announcement of the title of the ninth, and final, film in the main Star Wars saga. That title was The Rise Of Skywalker, and that teaser was a bit of a belter, reintroducing beloved characters, and posing plenty of big questions. Just as a teaser should. And with Team Empire unable to gather in the podbooth yesterday, we had to wait until today - the morning after the night before - to assemble in Helen O'Hara's living room for an impromptu reaction pod, in which Chris Hewitt, Helen, James White and James Dyer - appearing via hologram from Chicago, where he's attending Star Wars Celebration on behalf of Empire - chew the fat over the teaser's various hints and teases. FYI: James was dialling in digitally, so there's a faint delay when he speaks. Hope it doesn't bother you too much. Enjoy!
Apr 13, 2019
#359 - Jessie Buckley
In this week's episode of the award-non-minated (that's the technical term for a show that isn't nominated for an award) Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt has a good old natter with the wonderful Irish actor and singer Jessie Buckley, who is on sensational form as a Glaswegian country singer in this week's Wild Rose. Then, either side of that, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and Ben Travis to talk semi-nude Jude Law, discuss the week's movie news, review Wild Rose, Hellboy, and Mid90s, and -- because this is Chris' last show this side of Avengers: Endgame -- answer a bunch of your Endgame questions in a quickfire special. Enjoy!
Apr 12, 2019
Malcolm McDowell A Clockwork Orange Special
Stanley Kubrick's controversial, thought-provoking, tremendously stylish A Clockwork Orange, now a mere 48 years young, bludgeons its way back into cinemas this weekend. And so Chris Hewitt jumped at the chance to interview its star - the king of the Droogs himself, Malcolm McDowell. In this extended interview, they discuss McDowell's complicated and ever-changing relationship with the film, and with Kubrick himself; why Gene Kelly gave McDowell the cold shoulder; and what it's like to get a real injection up the bum on camera. Hint: painful. Then, they briefly discuss McDowell's Time After Time, before - because Chris can't resist - getting deep into McDowell's lifelong support of Liverpool FC. Poddy well, my brothers and sisters. Poddy well.
Apr 05, 2019
#358 - Zachary Levi
On this week's Empire Podcast, we say the magic word - Bangilybang! - and, lo and behold, Zachary Levi, star of this week's DC Comics adaptation, Shazam!, appears. He has a lovely chat with Chris Hewitt about grabbing his second chance at superhero stardom with both hands. Back in the podcave, with Chris waylaid by that nefarious villain, Unforeseen Circumstances, Helen O'Hara leads James Dyer and Ben Travis in a spirited discussion of the week's movie news (Endgame footage! Joker trailer!), review Shazam!, Pet Sematary, and The Sisters Brothers, and assess which small screen star they'd like to see bag a movie career. Enjoy.
Apr 05, 2019
#357 - Kevin Costner, Tim Burton
This week's Empire Podcast features two bona fide legends of Hollywood, California, both having a chat with that bona fide buffoon of a town not too far away from Holywood, Northern Ireland, Chris Hewitt. First off, Chris travels to Madrid for an audience with Elliot Ness/Wyatt Earp/Jim Garrison/We Could Do This All Day [delete as applicable], Kevin Costner, star of Netflix film, The Highwaymen. Then, back in a London hotel room, Chris comes face to face with the wild, weird, and wacky imagination of the great Tim Burton, director of Dumbo. And back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by the returning Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to discuss the death of Supernatural, talk about the week's movie news, review Dumbo and The Highwaymen, and talk about a very serious issue: the sanctioning of buffoonery. Enjoy.
Mar 29, 2019
Us Spoiler Special ft. Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele's second film as director, Us, like his first, Get Out, is the sort of film that is so packed with incident, subtext, symbols, recurring motifs, and meticulous thematic groundwork that it virtually demands a spoiler special. And we are more than happy to oblige. First, you'll hear Chris Hewitt sit down for a spoilerific (and we do mean spoilerific) chat with Peele himself, where they unpack the secrets of the Tethered and what Peele calls The Underpass. Maybe it's right next to The Sunken Place. Then, Chris is joined in the podbooth by Empire's editor-in-chief, Terri White, and George Harrison lookalike-in-chief, John Nugent, to talk about their thoughts, feelings, and theories about the film. So, wait for the clock to strike 11:11, fire up the podcast, and listen to us rabbiting on. And be warned: we can get crazy.
Mar 26, 2019
#356 - Ralph Fiennes and Oleg Ivenko; Winston Duke
This week's Empire Podcast sees something of a first for the show. No, it's not coherent - you should know by now that that is but a mere pipe dream. Instead, it's the first time (we think; we may be wrong) that we've featured a translator on the show, as Nick de Semlyen chats to The White Crow's director, Ralph Fiennes, its star, Oleg Ivenko... and Oleg's lovely translator. Then, Chris Hewitt has an in-depth chat about Us and Black Panther with the wonderful Winston Duke, before heading back into the podbooth to have a good old natter about the week's big movie happenings with James Dyer and John Nugent. They discuss James Gunn returning to Guardians 3, Dune casting news (of course), the Disney takeover of Fox, review Us and The White Crow, and go potty for Alan Partridge's Irish doppelgänger, Martin Brennan. Oh, and James pronounces 'psychopathy' in a way that will rock your world. Enjoy.
Mar 22, 2019
Captain Marvel Spoiler Special Redux ft. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Here it is. Because you demanded it, and then we got our publication dates mixed up and deleted it, and then you demanded it again, here's the highest, fastest, furthest Empire Podcast spoiler special to date; a deep dive into the 21st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Captain Marvel. First off, Chris Hewitt sits down with the film's co-directors and co-writers, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, for a spoilerific chat that touches on the film's major revelations and twists and turns. Then, Chris is joined in the podbooth by Helen O'Hara, Ben Travis and Empire's Editor-in-Chief Terri White to drill further into the movie, answer a bunch of listeners' questions, and occasionally get a bit silly. And then, as a bit of bonus content, Chris and Helen blather on for 20 minutes at the end to tie up loose ends, including THAT cameo. This one's staying up. Promise.
Mar 15, 2019
#355 - Andrew Garfield
Since he stopped being the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield has largely taken a step back from the big screen. But he returns this week with David Robert Mitchell's gonzo noir, Under The Silver Lake, and on the latest Empire Podcast he has a nice old natter with Ben Travis about that movie, Scorsese, and Stan Lee. 'Nuff said, True Believers. Then, back in the podbooth, with Chris Hewitt absolutely, positively not available for recording, Helen O'Hara steps ably into the breach, reviewing the week's releases with John Nugent and James Dyer (but let's face it, mainly John Nugent), discussing big news concerning the current Spider-Man, Tom Holland (no, not that one), and tackle a listener question about non-superhero-based comic book movies. Enjoy.
Mar 15, 2019
Avengers: Endgame Final Trailer Breakdown Special
Because (somewhere around a dozen of) you demanded it, here it is: a podcast about a trailer. But not just any trailer. In this very special episode, Chris Hewitt and Helen O'Hara pop into the podbooth to discuss and dissect the second, and final trailer, for Avengers: Endgame. Along the way they come up with all kinds of harebrained theories about what Joe and Anthony Russo may have in store for us when the movie opens next month, call Thanos all kinds of rude names, and discover the meaning of life. Oh, and Chris shills desperately for a brand-name speaker system. Enjoy.
Mar 14, 2019
#354 - Ricky Gervais, Samuel L. Jackson
It's like an episode of Extras on the Empire Podcast this week, as Ricky Gervais - star, writer, director of the new Netflix show, After Life - and Captain Marvel star, Samuel L. Jackson - old Nick Fury himself - pop by to have a good old natter with Chris Hewitt about a great many things, from getting advice from Jerry Seinfeld to why Jackson doesn't tweet about Liverpool FC anymore. Then, in the podbooth itself, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to talk about great movie pets, discuss the week's news, including Idris Elba joining The Suicide Squad, figure out whether Sam Jackson has made more MCU appearances than Robert Downey Jr., and review Captain Marvel and dark Swedish fantasy, Border. Oh, and James mansplains the female experience to Helen, which is nice. Do, please, enjoy.
Mar 08, 2019
#353 - Live Special at the Glasgow Film Festival ft. Michael Palin
For this week's pod, the team journeyed North to bonnie Scotland to record live at the Glasgow Film Festival - mainly so we could eat our own bodyweight in Irn-Bru sweets, which one listener was kind enough to provide. We also found the time to sit down with Sir Michael Palin, who reminisced with Chris Hewitt about The Holy Grail, Doon Castle and new documentary Final Ascent. Plus all the usual movie news and nonsense, including Helen's analysis of all things Oscars and only the tiniest bit of Dune tedium from James.
Mar 04, 2019
Alan Partridge Special ft. Neil and Rob Gibbons
"Stop getting Alan wrong!" That could well be what you shout at a couple of points in this very special Empire Podcast appreciation of all things Alan Partridge, as Alan anoraks (Alanoraks?) Chris Hewitt, Nick de Semlyen and Pilot TV's Boyd Hilton get together for a solid 49 minutes of scorching Alan-based chat... and end up misquoting him on several occasions. The authorities have been informed. But that's not all. Chris also sits down for a chat with Neil and Rob Gibbons, the clever flucking clunts who have, for the last few years, been getting Alan right, as writers (and now directors) of Mid-Morning Matters, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, and his triumphant return to the BBC with This Time with Alan Partridge. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll pierce your foot on a spike -- not our words, Carol, but the words of... oh, no, those are our words, actually. Enjoy.
Mar 03, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel Spoiler Special ft. Robert Rodriguez and Jon Landau
At last, it's here - Empire's spoiler special dedicated to Alita: Battle Angel, the movie that has been a pet project of James Cameron's for some time. When he realised he wasn't going to have time to make it, due to being immersed in the Avatar sequels, Cameron enlisted his long-time producer, Jon Landau, to produce, and good chum, Robert Rodriguez, to direct. And in this very special interview-only spoiler special, Helen O'Hara sits down with both men to figure out how they built the world of Iron City, and the movie's lead, the cyborg Alita (Rosa Salazar). As ever, this is a spoiler special, so don't listen if you haven't already seen Alita: Battle Angel. Enjoy.
Mar 01, 2019
#352 - Stephen Merchant, Florence Pugh, Jason Clarke
Due to another incredible scheduling snafu by Chris 'What's a spreadsheet' Hewitt, this week's episode of the Empire Podcast features a veritable cavalcade of star guests. There's a Fighting With My Family double bill, as John Nugent talks to that film's director, Stephen Merchant, and its star, Florence Pugh. Then a very tired Chris meets a very jetlagged Jason Clarke, star of The Aftermath, and they end up talking about David O'Leary. In the podbooth, Chris is joined by Nick de Semlyen and James Dyer to discuss the week's movie news, share their battle tips for surviving an Oscars all-nighter, and review Capernaum, On The Basis Of Sex, and Cold Pursuit. Oh, and discuss creme eggs, and the consumption thereof. Enjoy!
Feb 22, 2019
Avatar - An Empire 30th Anniversary Podcast Documentary
Empire's 30th birthday celebrations continue unabated with this very special podcast documentary - or, if you will, podumentary - exploring the biggest film of all time: James Cameron's Avatar. Host Chris Hewitt dips into the Empire archives, and also sits down for a brand-new chat with Cameron, the film's writer-producer-editor-director, to tell the story of how Cameron's groundbreaking visit to Pandora came to be. It's packed with info about Cameron's Eureka! moment, how he nearly chose to direct what would become Alita: Battle Angel instead, and some very interesting revelations about casting the film's hero, Jake Sully. Enjoy.
Feb 18, 2019
The Ranking - Batman Movies
Holy delayed podcast, Batman! Yes, it's finally here - the Batman edition of The Ranking, the podcast/magazine crossover in which four Empire writers - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Dan Jolin, and Olly Richards - argue the toss over a series of movies. In this case, it's the Batfilms. All the Batfilms. Yes, even the rubbish ones. So settle in for an hour of feverish Batdebate that features Helen and Dan arguing about the politics of The Dark Knight Rises, fewer impressions of Bane than you might expect, and the final, Empirical Batman Top 10. It just might surprise you. This pod needs an enema!
Feb 15, 2019
#351 - Mary J. Blige, Patrick Stewart and Angus Imrie
After the lunacy of last week's live episode, the Empire Podcast settles down this week, with an actual knight, and R&B royalty. First, Ben Travis has an audience with the wondrous Mary J. Blige, chatting about her new Netflix show, The Umbrella Academy, and much, much more. Then Chris Hewitt chats to not one, but two Merlins, as The Kid Who Would Be King stars, Sir Patrick Stewart and Angus Imrie, drop by the podbooth. We feel we should warn you - there is more discussion of @SirPatStew nudity in this than your average podcast interview. Either side of those, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara, Nick de Semlyen, and James Dyer for much discussion of the week's movie news. They also run their eye over The Kid Who Would Be King and A Private War, and finally answer the question that has been gripping us all for years: who is the best Hollywood Chris - Hemsworth, Evans, Pratt, or Pine? The answer might surprise you. It won't.
Feb 15, 2019
Joel Edgerton Interview Special
Actor. Writer. Director. Producer. Joel Edgerton is the very definition of a multi-hyphenate, in front of and behind the camera. He performs all four duties admirably on Boy Erased, which opens in the UK this week. A drama starring Lucas Hedges as a young man sent to a gay conversion therapy centre by his Baptist parents (Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman), where he struggles with the strict methods of Edgerton's counsellor, it's a fine follow-up to the Australian's directorial debut, The Gift. When he came to London recently, we sent John Nugent along to have a bit of a natter with him, about Boy Erased and many, many other things. Enjoy.
Feb 08, 2019
#350 - Live Special ft. Joe Cornish, Zawe Ashton
Can it really be seven years since four giggling idiots walked into a studio in London, and decided to inflict their godawful opinions about movies upon unsuspecting members of the public? Apparently it can, for this is the 350th episode of the Empire Podcast. And to celebrate it in style, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Empire's Editor-in-Chief, Terri White, were joined by a sell-out crowd at Kings Place in London earlier this week for a raucous live podcast. There will be movie reviews. There will be a bit where Terri hides under a desk. There will be discussion of the week's big movie news. There will be (lots of) swearing. And there will be more listener questions than you can shake a stick at. But that's not all. The podteam are also joined by special guests, The Kid Who Would Be King director Joe Cornish, and Zawe Ashton, star of Wanderlust, Fresh Meat, and the Netflix Original Film, Velvet Buzzsaw. Get ready to have a bangily-banging time. Enjoy.
Feb 08, 2019
#349 - Rosa Salazar, Dean DeBlois, Richard E. Grant
This week's Empire Podcast is the kind of bumper edition you might need to book a flight in order to have time to listen to it all. We have three - count 'em, THREE - incredible guests. First, Helen O'Hara talks to Alita herself, Rosa Salazar, the star of Alita: Battle Angel. Then, Ben Travis talks with Dean DeBlois, director of all three How To Train Your Dragon movies, as he brings the trilogy to a close with The Hidden World. Finally, waiting at the very end of the pod as a lovely reward, Nick de Semlyen has a long but rather wonderful interview with freshly-minted Oscar nominee, Richard E. Grant. Back in the podbooth, host Chris Hewitt is joined by Helen and James Dyer to talk their favourite Monty Python sketches, wade through tons of movie news (Batman! Zombies! Batzombies?), and review Green Book, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and Can You Ever Forgive Me? And don't forget - next week sees our 350th episode. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Enjoy!
Feb 01, 2019
#348 - Nicole Kidman, Charlie Brooker
This week, Oscar-winning actor Nicole Kidman drops by the pod booth to class up the joint and tell us about her latest chameleonic tour-de-force Destroyer. Plus, Charlie Brooker joins us to talk about the brain-melting branching narrative of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Plus, there's news on the Empire Podcast's latest foray out of the comforts of the booth...
Jan 25, 2019
Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born Special
We're huge fans of Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, A Star Is Born, here at Empire Podcast Towers. So much so we gave it five stars when it opened in cinemas late last year. So, when we heard that the star/director/producer/co-writer/caterer of the now-Oscar-nominated emotionally devastating love story was in town, Chris Hewitt went along to have a good old natter with Cooper about the challenges he faced as a director, key moments in the movie [INSERT SPOILER WARNING HERE], and cracking Jackson Maine's signature voice. Then, because we're good like that, we decided to bring you a little bonus content, as Chris sits down in the podbooth with Empire's biggest A Star Is Born fans, Ben Travis and Editor-In-Chief, Terri White, to delve deeply into the film. Warning: there is some fairly frank discussion of mental health issues, so be aware of that. Otherwise, it's business as usual. We hope you enjoy.
Jan 22, 2019
#347 - Adam McKay
For years, Adam McKay was dedicated to making us laugh with brilliant, surreal, gloriously daft comedies like Anchorman, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys. Lately, he's turned his attention to making us laugh, and also scream in horror at the state of the world, with the Oscar-winning The Big Short and next week's Vice, in which Christian Bale plays former US Vice-President, Dick Cheney. In this week's podcast, McKay chats to Chris Hewitt about that film, about his new approach, and his very real brush with death. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara, Empire Editor-in-Chief Terri White, and James Dyer to tackle a question about the 2019 movie news story they'd like to see, discuss the news stories that broke this week, from Missions Impossible to the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, and then review Glass, Mary Queen of Scots, and Beautiful Boy. And, in true Adam McKay fashion, there may be one or two LOUD NOISES. Enjoy.
Jan 18, 2019
Bumblebee Spoiler Special ft. Travis Knight
It's here! After taking so long that you would be forgiven for assuming that it had transformed into a [REDACTED FOR LEGAL REASONS] train, our Bumblebee spoiler special has arrived. It features Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara and complete and utter Decepticon, James Dyer, having a good old natter about Travis Knight's glorious 1980s-set blockbuster, which is the first spin-off from Michael Bay's Transformers franchise. But there's more than meets the ear here, as Helen also sits down for a long, in-depth chat with Knight about the film's various plot shenanigans, and its belting soundtrack. Although we are docking points for the absence of anything by R.E.M. It was 1987, people, they were just starting to take over the world. Tsk. So, if you've seen Bumblebee, then have fun with Optimist Prime, Negatron, and Bumblingbee. We'll let you decide which is which.
Jan 12, 2019
#346 - Jon S. Baird, Steve Coogan
Well, this is another nice mess. Stan & Ollie, Jon S. Baird's film about a UK tour undertaken by Laurel & Hardy towards the end of their careers, opens this week. So Chris Hewitt has a nice chat with Baird about that, shameless namedropping and more, and in the bargain they come up with the podcast's strangest spin-off episode to date. Then Chris has a chat with the film's Stan, BAFTA-nominated Steve Coogan, about impressions, double acts, Partridge, Tripping with Rob Brydon, Holmes & Watson, and more. It's a ruddy blast. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by pod-regulars Helen O'Hara and James Dyer, and new producer Jane, for an episode that features some tweaks we hope you'll like, and a huge dollop of the usual film-related fun as they discuss mobile phones in cinemas, the week's movie news, and review the big releases, including Colette and The Front Runner. Enjoy.
Jan 11, 2019
#345 - Robert Zemeckis & Steve Carell
2019 may be only a few days old, but the Empire Podcast does not rest. So we're back back back for the first pod of the year, which sees Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Empire's Man In LA, James 'Jaime Blanco' White, dive back into the podbooth to discuss their Christmas breaks, chat about the movie news (what there is of it), and review The Favourite, Holmes & Watson, and Welcome To Marwen. Speaking of Welcome To Marwen, that film's director, Robert Zemeckis, and star, Steve Carell, have a lovely chat about that film and more, and our Olly Richards was on hand to witness it and occasionally interject. Do please enjoy this podcast, brought to you in association with Adam Sandler's Pixels. Apparently. Happy New Year!
Jan 04, 2019
Aquaman Spoiler Special ft. James Wan
James Wan's Aquaman is not only the sixth film in the DCEU (we counted), but quite possibly the most movie ever made, with enough incident and spectacle to fill a dozen movies crammed into its meagre running time of two hours and 23 minutes. And in our latest spoiler special podcast, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and Ben Travis get together to chat about the film in all its nonsensical, wildly entertaining glory. It's worth it just to hear Helen's pronunciation of 'Atlantean' alone. Oh, and there's a cameo from a squeaky chair. If that wasn't enough to entice you, the podcast kicks off with director James Wan, who talks to Chris about all kinds of spoilerific details, including the rudest sight gag we've seen in ages. It's more fun than an octopus playing drums. Come on in, the water's lovely.
Dec 30, 2018
The Empire Podcast Review Of 2018
So, 2018. That was the year that was. And in this very special episode of the Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt is joined by James Dyer, Helen O'Hara and, on a shared microphone because there are no airs and graces round these parts, Empire's Editor-In-Chief, Terri White, to chew the fat about the cinematic year. From cameos of the year to scenes of the year, they leave very few stones unturned, before counting down their personal Top 10s. And all while trying desperately - nay, heroically - not to wang on relentlessly about Avengers: Infinity War. So join them for 90 minutes of occasionally sweary film-related fun, and see in 2019 in style. Happy New Year, listeners - thanks for making this the best year yet for the pod.
Dec 28, 2018
#344 - Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Wheatley
Anyone who's listened to the Empire Podcast on an even semi-casual basis would know that Helen O'Hara and Chris Hewitt are big fans of Hamilton (particularly Helen). So, when the chance arose to have the creator/star of that already-legendary Broadway musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, on the pod in his new guise as star of the delightful Mary Poppins Returns, they said, in unison, 'we are not going to be throwing away our shot, that's for sure'. So he's our first guest of the last regular pod of 2018. Trip a little light fantastic with us, why don't you? Then, Chris is joined by Ben Wheatley, director of Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, for a fun, slightly demob-happy chat. And in the podbooth, with everyone else off for Christmas, Chris is joined for the main pod by one colleague of such lethal cunning: birthday boy, James Dyer. Together, they preview 2019, review some films, discuss some movie news, and somehow manage not to set the whole thing on fire. Merry Christmas, listeners!
Dec 21, 2018
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Spoiler Special ft. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Spider-Pod, Spider-Pod, does whatever a spider... ought. Yes, our latest spoiler special podcast is dedicated to the year-end delight that is Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, a film that may just usher in a new era for big-screen animation and the superhero movie itself. Not bad. It starts with Chris Hewitt chatting to the movie's producers, Phil Lord and Christopher/Chris Miller, about some key plot developments in the film (this is a spoiler special, remember?), as well as Stan Lee's cameo and much, much more besides. Then Chris (Hewitt, not Miller) is joined in the spider-podbooth by Helen O'Hara and Ben Travis to talk about this amazing, sensational, spectacular, web of adventure for young Miles Morales. Enjoy!
Dec 18, 2018
Creed II Spoiler Special ft. Steven Caple Jr.
When Ivan Drago said 'I must break you' in Rocky IV, we thought he was telling Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa just what he was about to do to him. Now, it seems clear that he was talking about the emotional havoc Creed II would wreak on our very own Chris Hewitt just over three decades later. In this very special spoiler podcast dedicated to the second film in the Creed franchise, and the eighth in the Rocky series, Chris sits down with the film's director, Steven Caple Jr., for an interesting chat about many of the film's most emotional moments, from the final fight to deleted scenes and the film's unexpected reconciliations and cameos. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by James Dyer and mega Rocky fan, and Empire Editor-in-Chief, Terri White, to dig deeper into Creed II. And along the way, the world record for saying the phrase, this film broke me', is shattered. We must break it. Enjoy.
Dec 14, 2018
#343 - The League Of Gentlemen, Peter Jackson & Phillipa Boyens
"Excuse me, has anyone got a bottle of orange juice?" The legends that are the League Of Gentlemen are back back back, freed from the confines of Royston Vasey and unleashed into the real world with their new live DVD, The League Of Gentlemen Live Again. And Chris Hewitt couldn't resist the chance to get them into the podbooth to ask all four of them - Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, and Jeremy Dyson - about their touring arrangements, and the correct pronunciation of Claes Bang. Elsewhere, we can't get rid of Peter Jackson. Not content with his own special a few weeks ago, he's back, with writer Philippa Boyens, to talk with Ben Travis about that movie wot he produced, Mortal Engines. Meanwhile, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Ben, Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to talk meringue wreaths, hedgehogs on steroids, the odd bit of film news, and cast their eyes over Roma, Aquaman, and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Enjoy.
Dec 14, 2018
Avengers: Endgame Teaser Trailer Special
Dread it. Run from it. The Empire Podcast's deeply nerdy audio breakdown of the brand new teaser for the fourth Avengers movie arrives all the same. Join Chris Hewitt and Helen O'Hara as they pore over the brand new teaser trailer for the movie we can now officially call Avengers: Endgame, conjure up more bonkers theories and possibly baseless speculation than you can shake a Time Stone at, and ask the big questions. What are those things called on Hawkeye's arms? Does Thanos hate dogs? And just what in the name of all that is holy happened to Steve Rogers' beard? In case you hadn't already guessed, this is a deep dive into the trailer, and not for the fainthearted or MCU sceptics. For everyone else, listening to this is as easy as clicking your fingers. Enjoy.
Dec 07, 2018
#342 - Andy Serkis
Before you ask, yes, this week's Empire Podcast was recorded five minutes before the Avengers trailer dropped. No, we didn't have time to go back in and record anything. Yes, we're upset. Yes, there will be a special podcast, up later today. No, we don't know how [REDACTED] gets out of [ALSO REDACTED]. So, to this week's episode, then, in which Chris Hewitt sits down for an audience with the great Andy Serkis, star and director of Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle. They talk about the film's long journey to completion, how it wound up on Netflix, and what Serkis took from the great directors with whom he's worked. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to answer a question about Christmas presents, discuss the week's movie news (no Avengers, natch), and review the likes of Sorry To Bother You and The Old Man And The Gun. It's bangily-banging.
Dec 07, 2018
Taika Waititi On Screenwriting: An Empire 30th Anniversary Special
Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday, dear Empire, happy birthday to us! Yes, Empire is turning 30. And to celebrate, we're launching a year-long (well, thirteen month-long) celebration of some of our favourite filmmakers. And that activity isn't restricted to the magazine. We're going all in on the podcast as well. Which brings us neatly to Taika Waititi. The man who directed Eagle Vs Shark, Boy, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, What We Do In The Shadows, and Thor Ragnarok is one of the most distinctive and original voices working today. And when he came into London recently to deliver a lecture on screenwriting at BAFTA, Chris Hewitt jumped at the chance to sit down with the great man and get granular on his screenplay form. How did he get started? What is his technique? How does he find writing alone? The answers to all these questions, and more, lie within. So pop on a paper hat, light the candles on the cake, and enjoy this very special birthday bash.
Nov 30, 2018
#341 - Alfonso Cuaron
Alfonso Cuaron is one of the finest, and most versatile, directors working today, able to leap effortlessly from huge tentpoles like Gravity and Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, to smaller, more intimate movies like Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children Of Men (although that one was also pretty huge). He explores a more personal canvas in Roma, out now in selected cinemas and available from next week on Netflix, and on this week's podcast he chats to Ian Freer about that movie, becoming his own DP, the 1970 World Cup, and how Guillermo del Toro convinced him to give Potter a try. Then, in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt is joined by Helen O'Hara, Nick de Semlyen and professional joke ruiner James Dyer to answer a listener's question about kids TV shows, tackle the week's movie news, plug the heck out of the new issue of Empire, and review Ralph Breaks The Internet and Creed II. Oh, and eat some Twiglets.
Nov 30, 2018
Kurt Russell Interview Special
You can probably count the number of actors whose iconic roles you can count on the fingers of two hands on the fingers of, erm, one hand. Kurt Russell is one of those actors. After all, he's played Elvis Presley, Snake Plissken, R.J. Macready, Jack Burton, Tango-or-Cash, Stuntman Mike, Ego The Living Planet, and Wyatt Earp across the breadth of an incredible career that's spanned nearly six decades. And now he's added Santa Claus to the list, with his fun turn as Father Christmas in The Christmas Chronicles. It makes sense - a man with a beard like that just had to play Santa one day. In this very special interview, Chris Hewitt sits down with Russell to talk about playing Santa, and his wider career, with particular emphasis on the works of one John Carpenter. Enjoy. The Christmas Chronicles is out now on Netflix.
Nov 29, 2018
The Ranking: Arnold Schwarzenegger
In the latest, and absolutely not late, no you shut up, episode of The Ranking, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Nick de Semlyen try to discuss the movies of one of the biggest (literally and figuratively) movie stars of all time: Arnold Schwarzenegger. The only obstacle in their path: Arnold superfan, James Dyer, who might not let them get a word in edgeways. Join us for an hour of top Arnie anecdotes (or Arn-ecdotes), as the podteam crush their enemies, see them driven before them, and hear the lamentations of the women, before settling on the empirical (or Empirical) top ten Schwarzenegger movies. Now that's Arn-tertainment.
Nov 29, 2018
Is Die Hard A Christmas Movie? - An Empire Podcast Special
It's a question as old as time. Or as old as 1988. Is Die Hard, that Bruce Willis action classic, a Christmas movie, or just a movie that happens to be set at Christmas? In this very special episode of the Empire Podcast, Empire's Chris Hewitt and James Dyer are joined by Sky Cinema's Alex Zane and Absolute Radio's Dave Berry to settle a debate that has raged for decades, once and for all. And once they put that little matter to bed, they discuss the film itself in great detail. It's all here - enough Die Hard knowledge to shake the Nakatomi Plaza to its foundations, along with a host of terrible Alan Rickman impressions. And if that whets your whistle, you can watch Die Hard exclusively on Sky Cinema from December 1. Welcome to the party, pal!
Nov 29, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Spoiler Special (ft. David Yates and David Heyman)
Spoilerimus specialis! It's here at last - Empire's spoiler special podcast dedicated to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, the latest entry in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World. First off, Ben Travis has a lovely sit-down with the film's director, David Yates, and producer, David Heyman, and asks them about all kinds of major revelations in the film, from the true identity of [REDACTED] to the death of [DOUBLE REDACTED]. A slight word of caution: the sound quality goes a bit wobbly for the interview, but gems lie within. Then, in the pod booth, Chris Hewitt is joined by Helen O'Hara, that Travis fella, and pod newbie Amon Warmann to drill deep into your questions, explore the film's highs and lows, and make lots of silly jokes. You can say one thing - it won't be a Dumble-BORE. We'll get our cloak.
Nov 28, 2018
#340 - Taron Egerton
The last time Taron Egerton rocked up on the Empire Podcast, he didn't realise that it would be in front of a live audience of 400 people. Sorry about that, Taron. This time around, it's a much more intimate setting as he talks Robin Hood, Rocketman, and the future of Kingsman with Ben Travis. Then, in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt is joined by Ben and fellow colleagues of lethal cunning, Helen O'Hara and James Dyer, to discuss the week's movie news, from more Cats casting to the sad passing of William Goldman, review The Christmas Chronicles, Robin Hood, and The Girl In The Spider's Web, and answer a listener's question. Oh, and they get to answer a few questions of their own as a very special mystery guest drops in all the way from his HQ.
Nov 23, 2018
#339 - Jane Fonda, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
"This is my first British podcast," Jane Fonda tells Helen O'Hara towards the end of their funny and candid chat in this week's episode, which just goes to show that even a living legend notches up new experiences all the time. We're proud, and honoured, to be Fonda's first, as she chats about 9 To 5, which is re-released in cinemas this week, Grace & Frankie, political activism and more. Then Helen (with a little help from Chris Hewitt) has a chat with Outlaw King's Aaron Taylor-Johnson, during which the man who once played John Lennon claims he can't play a musical instrument. Didn't stop Ringo, Aaron. Back in the podbooth, Chris and Helen are joined by James Dyer to answer a question about Clint Eastwood, pay tribute to the late Stan Lee in a special section, and review Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald and Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria. Trust us - there's nary a wasted minute.
Nov 16, 2018
Carey Mulligan Interview Special
Ever since she burst onto the scene with a star-making turn in An Education, Carey Mulligan has been one of our favourite actresses. Always interesting to watch, she imbues whatever she does, whether it's working with the Coen Brothers on Inside Llewyn Davis, Baz Luhrmann on The Great Gatsby, or Paul Dano on his directorial debut, this week's Wildlife, with intelligence and an admirable willingness to embrace character flaws. She hasn't won an Oscar yet, but it's surely only a matter of time - and perhaps it will be for Wildlife, in which she is magnificent as a wife and mother who begins to rediscover her more carefree side, which alters her relationship with her teenage son. The movie opened here in the UK on Friday, so we thought it was the perfect time to bring you this small but perfectly formed interview, conducted by our John Nugent, which is perfect for your commute.
Nov 12, 2018
#338 - Chris Pine and David Mackenzie, Tim Blake Nelson
Chris Pine goes all Scottish in this week's Outlaw King, the story of Robert The Bruce, and in this week's episode he, and the film's director, David Mackenzie, talk to Helen O'Hara about making their film in the shadow of Braveheart, and more. Also, Tim Blake Nelson talks to John Nugent about working with the Coen Brothers on The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, almost two decades after first hooking up with them (professionally speaking, of course) on O Brother, Where Art Thou? Then, in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt is joined by Helen and Ben Travis for a jam-packed edition in which they discuss the films of the newly-minted Dame Emma Thompson, tackle the week's news including a spoilerific look at developments in The Walking Dead (00:37:31 - 00:42:49), and review seemingly EVERY FILM EVER MADE, including Steve McQueen's Widows and Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old. Have at it!
Nov 09, 2018
#337 - Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have starred in a beloved TV show, and an equally beloved series of films, together. They've written films together. They've produced films together, including this week's horror-comedy, Slaughterhouse Rulez. But it's all been leading to this: the pinnacle of their career, the summit of their friendship, the zenith of their journey as human beings: the Empire Podbooth, where they have a very funny but, we will warn you now, very adults-only chat with Chris Hewitt about a wide array of topics including the name of their new company, Stolen Picture, the rigours of producing movies, and who they'd like to see on the face of the new £50 note. The answer will shock you. Meanwhile, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara, fresh off another marathon, and Nick de Semlyen, to go over the week's movie news; review Peterloo and The Nutcracker And The Four Realms; and answer a question about remakes.
Nov 02, 2018
#336 - Rami Malek, Panos Cosmatos
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught on a podcast, no escape from reality. Yes, this week sees the release of Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Rami Malek, the man who plays Mr. Fahrenheit, aka Freddie Mercury, pops into the podbooth to talk about that with Chris Hewitt. Then, Panos Cosmatos, the director of Nic Cage fever dream revenge thriller Mandy, has an intense and involved chat with Ben Travis that covers everything from grief to staging a chainsaw battle. NB: the sound quality on the Cosmatos interview isn't what we would ideally want, but it's worth listening to. Then, in the podbooth it's tears all round as Chris, Helen O'Hara and John Nugent are joined by Empire's outgoing Art Editor, Olly Gibbs, for his first and last appearance on the pod. Olly fields listener questions in his Empire exit interview, helps the team dissect the week's movie news and review Bohemian Rhapsody and Matthew Holness' Possum, and is serenaded by our surprise guest, Randy Newman
Oct 26, 2018
#335 - Jamie Lee Curtis, Gerard Butler
This week's Empire Podcast is very much a tale of two interviews. First, actual living legend Jamie Lee Curtis talks to Chris Hewitt about returning to the Halloween franchise, and the role of Laurie Strode, for what feels like a fresh start. In a serious, even intense, interview, they touch upon the impact of the #MeToo movement upon the new film, about surviving trauma, and the emotional resonance of returning to the role. Then, podcast favourite Gerard Butler pops by the podbooth to talk about his new film, submarine thriller Hunter Killer, and ends up talking about how Novak Djokovic is perhaps the only person on Earth who can get him to yell, "THIS! IS! SPARTA!" Back in the booth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Dan Jolin for a freewheeling episode in which they talk about classic modern comedies, eviscerate Cats the musical, drop in the odd history lesson, and get the reviews and news sections back-to-front. Oh, and Bob Dylan pops by for a rendition of the pod
Oct 19, 2018
Peter Jackson Interview Special
In this very special edition of the Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt and Nick de Semlyen are joined by one of our favourite directors. Yes, it's Sir Peter Of Jackson, who drops by the podbooth to talk about his fantastic documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, which uses cutting-edge technology to shed a new light on the First World War. As well as an in-depth chat about the techniques Jackson used to restore archive footage, and his fascination with WWI in general, Chris and Nick also find time to get geeky about Jackson's early, gory films like Meet The Feebles and Bad Taste. If you're looking for Lord Of The Rings chat, you might find that another time. But if you're looking to hear a master craftsman talk about his master craft for half an hour, you've come to the right place. Enjoy, you fools!
Oct 17, 2018
#334 - Paul Greengrass, Damien Chazelle
The Empire Podcast gets serious this week, as the great Paul Greengrass - director of 22 July, a new Netflix film about the horrific mass murder committed by Anders Breivik in Norway in 2011 - talks to Chris Hewitt about the rise of the far right, and the role democracy has to play in combating it. [22:15 - 43:46] Then Ben Travis talks to First Man director Damien Chazelle about the challenges of making a film about the attempt to get Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts on the moon back in 1969. [01:05:46 - 01:27:25] Back in the podbooth, it's a two-person job as Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara to answer a bunch of listener questions, tackle the week's movie news (James Gunn causing tongues to wag), review Bad Times At The El Royale, 22 July, and First Man, sing Memories, and talk at length about Chris' metallic abs. OK, so maybe the Empire Podcast doesn't get completely serious this week...
Oct 12, 2018
#333 - Dominic Monaghan, Henry Thomas
This week's longer-and-let's-face-it-probably-more-incoherent-than-usual episode of the Empire Podcast sees that lovable rascal and former Hobbit, Dominic Monaghan, sit in with Chris Hewitt, Ben Travis, and James Dyer for most of the episode. During which time they talk about movie cliffhangers, discuss the week's film news, talk about Jose Mourinho, his love of Star Wars, tattoos, Lord Of The Rings, Wagon Wheels, The Beatles, and much, much more. It's a lot of fun. Our door is always open, Dom. The podcast proper, which also sees a dwindling podteam review A Star Is Born and Venom, begins at 00:43:23, in case Wagon Wheels aren't your jam. Even the jammy ones. Then, Chris talks to Henry Thomas, former child actor (he was in some film about an extra-terrestrial, we think) turned star of Mike Flanagan's terrifying Netflix series, The Haunting Of Hill House, and a good time was had by both. We hope you'll join us. AND NEVER LEAVE. (01:39:35 - 01:57:52)
Oct 06, 2018
#332 - Teresa Palmer & Matthew Goode
We've got witchcraft of all kinds on our mind in the Empire podbooth this week. Our guests, Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode, are the stars of Sky's A Discovery Of Witches, and they're a ruddy delight as they have a natter with Ben Travis. Either side of that, Chris Hewitt hosts Ben, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer as they talk a ton of trailers, review Skate Kitchen, Black 47 and Night School, go off on more tangents than a Rube Goldberg machine, and discuss the thorniest subject of them all: which Hogwarts house would they belong to? And that's magic. You'll like it. Not a lot, but you'll like it.
Sep 27, 2018
#331 - Eli Roth, Paul Feig
It's a tale of two directors on the Empire Podcast this week, as Eli Roth pops by to talk to his Drunk British Slob from Hostel Part II, Chris Hewitt, about The House With A Clock In Its Walls, working with Bruce Willis, and persuading Hollywood to see past his hardcore horror past. Then Chris chats to A Simple Favour director, Paul Feig, about moving into comedy thriller territory, being the best dressed man in show business, working with Emma Thompson, and not working with Melissa McCarthy. Oh, and Chris tries to bolster his IMDb credits, but to no avail. Meanwhile, in the podbooth, that Hewitt fella is joined by Helen O'Hara, Ben Travis, and James Dyer for a fun episode in which they discuss aquatic creatures, the Captain Marvel trailer, Bond 25, review the week's releases, tackle de-ageing in Hollywood, and Helen tells the world's most convoluted joke. Enjoy!
Sep 21, 2018
#330 - Constance Wu; Michael Caine & Ray Winstone
From talking representation in modern cinema, to discussing Jim Broadbent's bum, you can't say that this week's Empire Podcast doesn't cover all the bases. Or whatever they say in cricket. In the podbooth, Chris Hewitt is joined by Terri White, Ben Travis, and Nev Pierce to talk about a great many things, from Henry Cavill's possible departure from the DCEU to Terri's desire to open a pub. They also tackle a listener's question, and there's an extended reviews section in which they tackle Crazy Rich Asians, The Predator, and King Of Thieves. And any budding filmmakers should listen to Nev talk about how he is forging a career as a director. Then, Chris talks to Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu, and King Of Thieves duo Michael Caine and Ray Winstone about a wide range of subjects. Includes: Chris trying, and failing, to pluck up the courage to do a Michael Caine impression in front of Actual Michael Caine, and the single greatest name drop in Empire Podcast history. Enjoy.
Sep 14, 2018
#329 - Live At The London Podcast Festival (ft. Corin Hardy)
This week's episode of the Empire Podcast was recorded live at Kings Place, London, as part of the London Podcast Festival. If you've ever been to our live shows before, you'll know what that means. If you haven't, this (slightly) edited version is a fine snapshot of what we're like when we're live. Namely, even swearier than usual, dafter than usual, and more juvenile than usual. If that's your bag, then listen on as Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Empire's Editor-In-Chief, Terri White discuss the week's movie news, get very silly about the battle of the Chrises, play Empire Podcast Bingo with the audience, try to pay sincere tribute to the late, great Burt Reynolds, review the week's releases, including American Animals and Final Score, and take audience questions. Oh, and Corin Hardy - director of The Nun - pops by for a chat with Chris, and he brings a very spooky special guest with him. Enjoy the show, and do please accept our apologies in advance.
Sep 08, 2018
The Ranking - Star Trek
In the latest episode of The Ranking, which is absolutely on time and in no way massively late (no, YOU shut up), a crack team of massive Star Trek fans who know what they're talking about, and Chris Hewitt, join together to definitively rank the Star Trek films in order. Join James Dyer, Helen O'Hara, Dan Jolin and that Hewitt eejit as they discuss the merits of the original crew, the Next Gen movies, the JJ Abrams not-a-reboot-actually and its sequels, drop a load of bad impressions, and genuinely argue and bicker with each other. Features more James Dyer condescension than had been previously thought possible. And, at the end, we list the empirical Star Trek top 10. It may shock you. (It won't.)
Sep 07, 2018
Leigh Whannell Interview Special
Leigh Whannell is the actor-turned-screenwriter-turned director behind the likes of Saw (the early, good ones), the Insidious movies, and this week's hard-boiled slice of sci-fi, Upgrade, in which a paralysed Logan Marshall-Green bonds with an operating system that allows him to take bloody revenge on the men who attacked him. And, as it turns out, Whannell is also a dream of an interviewee, sitting down with Chris Hewitt for this extended chat about the journey of Upgrade from script to screen, his feelings on technology, and the comparisons between his film and the upcoming Venom. He's also very, very funny, deploying a number of impressions, including a Steve Buscemi so good we're expecting him to be cast in an Adam Sandler comedy any day now. Oh, and while this isn't an Upgrade spoiler special, you might want to see that film before listening to this in case we give anything away. Enjoy.
Aug 31, 2018
#328 - Chloe Grace Moretz, Dave Bautista, Bart Layton and Barry Keoghan
If this week's Empire Podcast were any more jam-packed, you could pop a label on it and call it a jar of Hartley's. We are joined by not one, not two, not three, but FOUR guests this week. First up is Chloe Grace Moretz, the former Hit-Girl herself, who talks to Chris Hewitt about her new movie, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, falling in and out of love with acting, and being a DJ. [00:11:55 - 00:31:02] Then Chris talks to the man mountain that is Dave Bautista [00:52:09 - 01:07:05] about his new movie, football-based thriller Final Score, and introduces him (figuratively, not literally) to Trent Alexander-Arnold. And last but not least, Chris and Nick de Semlyen natter to American Animals director Bart Layton and his star, Irish actor Barry Keoghan. [01:08:14 - 01:28:35] Meanwhile, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to 'answer' a listener's question, dissect the week's movie news, and review Upgrade and Cold War. Jammy gits.
Aug 31, 2018
#327 - Guy Pearce, Iain Morris
Iain Morris is the co-creator of The Inbetweeners, director of raucous Brit-com The Festival (in cinemas now), and now a temporary member of the Empire Podteam. In this week's episode he joins Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer to discuss the week's movie news (mainly Danny Boyle leaving Bond 25), and the sexiest moment in the MCU. He also talks about The Festival, Joe Thomas' bum, and throws in a Crowded House anecdote that may be the single most shameless example of namedropping in Empire Podcast history. Elsewhere, Chris talks to Guy Pearce, star of the new Netflix show, The Innocents, and they get quite specific about accents, and wax lyrical about L.A. Confidential. Rollo Tomasi would be so proud.
Aug 24, 2018
50 Greatest Star Wars Characters Special
We asked you to vote for the greatest Star Wars characters of all time, and you didn't let us down. This month's issue of Empire features an epic countdown of those characters, from beloved Original Trilogy stalwarts, to newer, fresher blood, with the odd cartoon character thrown in for good measure. And in this very special episode of the Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt, James Dyer, and Nick de Semlyen get together in the podbooth to take the scenic route through the list, unleashing an array of awful impressions, and asking the big questions: what do those buttons on Darth Vader's chest do? Is Qui-Gon Jinn the worst Jedi of all time? And just who the hell is Cad Bane? And don't forget - to read all about it, once you've listened to this, the current issue of Empire is on sale now, in all good and evil newsagents. May the Schwartz be with you.
Aug 23, 2018
#326 - Antoine Fuqua
Antoine Fuqua has worked with Denzel Washington four times, more than any other director. And on this week's episode, he talks to Chris Hewitt about reteaming with the Oscar-winning legend for The Equalizer 2, their first outing on Training Day, and his hopes that Denzel might star in his Scarface remake. Elsewhere, the frank and very funny Fuqua talks about bouncing back in Hollywood after King Arthur, and about the social conscience that runs through his films as an African-American director. That starts at 00:39:54 and runs to 01:12:22. Then, Chris is joined in the regular-regular podbooth by James Dyer and Nick de Semlyen for a frankly chaotic podcast that sees them review The Equalizer 2 and Christopher Robin, tackle a listener's question about ageing action heroes (with the emphasis heavily on tackle), and discuss the week's movie news. Oh, and crowbar in more terrible impressions per second than any previous Empire Podcast. Enjoy...?
Aug 17, 2018
Mission: Impossible - Fallout Spoiler Special Part 3 Ft. Christopher McQuarrie
Shortly after we'd finished our marathon three-hour recording session with writer-director Christopher McQuarrie for our Mission: Impossible - Fallout spoiler special podcast, he got in touch to say that it "felt incomplete". We couldn't agree more. Which is how Chris Hewitt found himself in a meeting room on the Paramount lot in Los Angeles, ready for another three hours with McQuarrie. And here is that chat, bringing the Fallout McQuarrie chat to a whopping six hours. Here, the duo discuss plenty of stuff they didn't get round to last time, including a major deleted scene between Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt and Rebecca Ferguson's Ilsa Faust; the technical challenges of the major action sequences; and McQuarrie answers plenty of questions from the listeners. And McQuarrie is on top form throughout - deeply candid, funny, and thoughtful as he shines a light on the process behind making a major blockbuster. Take a week off work and enjoy.
Aug 15, 2018
#325 - Hayley Atwell
The wonderful Hayley Atwell - Dame Peggy Carter herself - returns to the Empire Podcast this week, ostensibly to talk to Chris Hewitt about her new film, next week's Christopher Robin. Instead, it ended up being a relentlessly daft chat, including Chris and Hayley's pitch for a return of Peggy Carter from beyond the grave (are you listening, Kevin Feige?), and the latest round of our irregular feature, the IMDbunker. Nothing can prepare you for the impact of Hayley Atwell's ventriloquism act. Back in the podbooth, Helen O'Hara slides effortlessly into the host's chair and, along with James Dyer, Dan Jolin and Ben Travis, tackles a listener question about movie first aid techniques, dissects the week's movie news, including a very unpopular Oscars announcement, and reviews The Meg. We're gonna need a bigger pod.
Aug 10, 2018
Ant-Man And The Wasp Spoiler Special ft. Peyton Reed and Stephen Broussard
Here's a tiny treat to kick off your weekend just right: our Ant-Man And The Wasp spoiler special. Gasp! as Chris Hewitt ventures into the Quantum Realm of spoilers and asks director Peyton Reed and producer Stephen Broussard deep-dive questions about the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Swoon! As they talk about that post-credit sting! Reel! As they talk about, um, other stuff too! Then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to tackle your questions and have a Brobdingnagian back-and-forth on their feelings about the film. And they get into it, even though there's not an ounce of truth serum in sight. Ant-joy! Let's hope it's not ant-i-climactic! We're going to stop now, in case this ant-agonises you!
Aug 10, 2018
#324 - Christopher McQuarrie
This week's episode of the award-winning-but-mostly-award-losing Empire Podcast could easily have been retitled Giggling Idiots Go! To The Movies, as Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer and our Editor-In-Chief Terri White (or is it Terri White?) convene in the podbooth for an hour of utter nonsense. There will be discussion of the week's big movie news. There will be reviews of Ant-Man And The Wasp, The Escape, and Teen Titans Go! To The Movies. There will even be an attempt to answer a listener's question. But there will also be daft impressions, much giggling, and Chris gets his innuendo-o-meter out and tries to get to grips with it. Elsewhere, due to an unfortunate last-minute guest cancellation, we decided instead to bring you an early preview of next week's second part of our epic Mission: Impossible - Fallout spoiler special with director Christopher McQuarrie. This one's just a mere 15 minutes. Next week will be... longer than that. Enjoy!
Aug 03, 2018
Mission: Impossible - Fallout Spoiler Special Part 2 ft. Team Empire
Yesterday we posted the first part of our marathon Mission: Impossible - Fallout spoiler chat with the film's writer/director, Christopher McQuarrie. All two hours and 43 minutes of it. It was insightful, intelligent, informative stuff. And there'll be more of the same next week, when we post the second part. And now it's our turn, as Team Empire - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Nick de Semlyen, and James Dyer - get together for a frankly chaotic and rambling discussion of the film which may not be quite as insightful, intelligent, or informative as McQuarrie, but does at least feature more Anthony Hopkins impressions than you can shake a fava bean and a bottle of chianti at, and much discussion of Ethan Hunt's sexual prowess. So, consider this an amuse bouche, if you will. This intro will self-destruct in five seconds.
Aug 01, 2018
Mission: Impossible - Fallout Spoiler Special Ft. Christopher McQuarrie - Part 1
Because you demanded it (well, some of you), here it is: our longest spoiler special yet. Mission: Impossible - Fallout is, of course, the all-Cruising, all-flying, all-moustaching sequel to Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the spoiler special for which was our previous record holder, clocking in at 2 hours 38 minutes. "Records are made to be broken," tweeted writer-director Christopher McQuarrie recently, when asked about the length of the Fallout spoiler special, and true to his word, here he sits down with Chris Hewitt for an epic, no-holds-barred chat that takes in everything from the absence of Jeremy Renner's Brandt to the presence of Henry Cavill's cracking 'tache. And much, much more besides. And this is only part 1. Chris and The Other, Much Better Chris could only cover so much ground before McQuarrie was whisked away to a waiting plane, and so they reconvened in Los Angeles for an even longer podcast. That's up soon. Meantime, choose this mission...
Jul 31, 2018
#323 - Vanessa Kirby
Mission: Impossible - Fallout's Vanessa Kirby swings by the podbooth this week in an interview only five hours and fifty eight minutes shorter than Chris' upcoming spoiler special chat with director Christopher McQuarrie. Elsewhere, Chris, James, Helen and Nick tackle the third act firing of Chekhov's (James) Gunn, delve into the bountiful delights of this year's Comic-Con and take a terrifying step into the world of Frasier fan fiction. Enter at your own risk.
Jul 27, 2018
#322 - Jeremy Irvine, Drew Pearce
Two more guests check into Hotel Empire Podcast this week. Let's hope they don't do that thing people do on Four In A Bed, where they run their finger along the wardrobe to check for dust. No telling what people might find in the darkest corners of the podbooth... First up is Jeremy Irvine, who talks to Ben Travis about playing (and singing as) a young Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. That starts at 23:56 and finishes at 46:16. Then Drew Pearce, co-writer of Iron Man 3 and creator of Trevor Slattery, pops in to talk about his directorial debut, the all-star thriller, Hotel Artemis. It's an epic chat with Chris Hewitt that starts at 1:01:51 and runs all the way to 1:41:07. Either side of that, Chris is joined in the booth by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to ramble on about the week's news, review Hotel Artemis and Mamma Mia! 2, and answer a question from BB-8 himself, Brian Herring. Enjoy!
Jul 20, 2018
#321 - Ethan Hawke, Brad Bird
We're flying high on the Empire Podcast this week, as Incredibles 2 director, and all-round animation legend, Brad Bird pops in to the podbooth to talk to Jonny Pile and Chris Hewitt. They discuss returning to animation, working with Tom Cruise on Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and more besides. It starts at 22:48 and finishes at 47:33. Then Ethan Hawke, one of our favourite recurring guests, pops in to talk faith, his new movie First Reformed, and working inside and outside the Hollywood system. He's chatting to Ben Travis, and that runs from 01:11:31 to 01:34:16. Back in the podbooth, Chris is then joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer for the usual rambling dissection of the week's movie news (Joker alert!), plus reviews of both Bird and Hawke's films. They also discuss James' recent conversion to football, talk about the most beautiful places that they've seen films, and reveal the terrifying creation that is... RoboPod. Part human. Part podcast host. All cretin.
Jul 13, 2018
#320 - Natalie Dormer, Rob Brydon
On this week's podcast, Margaery Tyrell herself Natalie Dormer joins John Nugent in the pod booth to talk about her new neo-noir thriller In Darkness. Plus, Rob Brydon treats Ian Freer to a personal rendtion of his best impressions, and explains the rules of synchronised swimming from his new comedy Swimming With Men. Elsewhere in podland, with Chris Hewitt back in The Old Country, James Dyer takes the reins with his usual levels of gentle understatement and sunny optimism, ably flanked by the ever-cunning Helen O'Hara and Nick De Semlyen.
Jul 06, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom spoiler special ft. J.A. Bayona & Colin Trevorrow
Life has found a way. Again. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth in the Jurassic Park series, has been roaring in the faces of cinemagoers around the world for the last few weeks, and here at last is our spoiler special podcast. First up, director J.A. Bayona tells Ben Travis how he pulled off some of the movie's spookiest sequences. FYI: this interview, sadly, was recorded on a temperamental device, and suffers from inconsistent sound levels and hissing worthy of a dilophosaurus. Then, writer/producer/director of Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow, talks to Nick de Semlyen about crafting the sequel to the (then) fourth biggest film of all time. Both interviews are spoilerific, naturally. Ah, now eventually you do plan to have Team Empire discuss Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on your, on your Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom podcast, right? Hello? Yes, that's right, as Nick and Ben are joined by Chris Hewitt in the podbooth to tackle listeners' questions and praise the virtue
Jul 02, 2018
#319 - Shailene Woodley & Sam Claflin, Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson
On this week's Empire Podcast, Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin make it to dry land to chat with John Nugent about their real-life disaster movie Adrift. Plus, multi-hyphenates Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson speak to James Dyer about the cult low-budget horror The Endless, which you'll be pleased to know, despite that title, has a running time of just 111 minutes. And back in the pod booth, a heavily jet-lagged Chris Hewitt doggedly bangily-bangs his way through the week's movie news and reviews with help from Ben Travis and Nick De Semlyen.
Jun 29, 2018
Westworld s2 Spoiler Special - Ft. Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan
The second season of HBO's monster hit Westworld came to an end this week, with more mindbending revelations than you can shake a robot stick at. And we were delighted to welcome the show's creators, robot overlord overlords Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, into our podbooth for an enlightening and spoiler-filled chat with our Editor-in-Chief, Terri White. Then, Terri is joined by host-with-the-most-but-not-an-actual-host (we think), James Dyer, and Nick de Semlyen to talk about the ups and downs and ins and outs of the second season. As ever, don't listen to this unless you've seen every episode of Westworld. Or if you're one of those weird spoiler junkies.
Jun 26, 2018
#318 - Benicio Del Toro
He's battled Bond. Collected Infinity Stones. Stood in a line-up with the Usual Suspects. And now Benicio Del Toro, Oscar-winning legend and star of Sicario 2: Soldado, is gracing this week's Empire Podcast. He talks to Ian Freer about returning to play the hitman, Alejandro, his Bond and Star Wars experiences, and more. Then, in the podbooth, a dearth of colleagues of such lethal cunning means it's a two-person pod this week, with Helen O'Hara hosting James Dyer as they talk about that proposed 'fan' remake of The Last Jedi, kick around the week's movie news, and review Freak Show and In The Fade. So, sit back, relax and enjoy this belated podcast (we delayed it because the Benicio Del Toro interview didn't happen until this Saturday afternoon), which may be the first one in our history to feature someone in Los Angeles linking to themselves in London. All will be revealed...
Jun 23, 2018
The Ranking - Ridley Scott
There's a rumour going around that this episode of The Ranking is so late because Chris Hewitt forgot about it. That's an evil and pernicious rumour that we don't wish to dignify with acknowledgement. Anyway, here it is at long last: four Empire writers, locked away in a meeting room in Empire HQ (hence the echo), talking through the filmography of the great Sir Ridley Scott, with one goal: come up with a definitive top ten. So, join Chris, Nick de Semlyen, Dan Jolin, and James Dyer as they argue the toss about Alien, deploy controversial theories vis a vis Kingdom Of Heaven and Gladiator, talk about going clubbing with Russell Crowe, and much, much more, including the world's worst - and, let's face it, possibly only - impression of the man we love to call Ridders. Don't think of this as a late episode. Think of it as a director's cut, and a director's cut arrives precisely when it means to.
Jun 18, 2018
#317 - Alfred Molina
He was the first person to betray Indiana Jones. He had the power of the sun in the palm of his hand. And he holds the record for having the most Lego mini-figs made in his image. He is, of course, the great Alfred Molina, and he's our guest this week, popping into the podbooth to chat with Chris Hewitt about Raiders, about Sam Raimi, and about Molina's new play, a revival of John Logan's Red. It starts at 49:36 and ends at 1:23:22, fact fans. Then, Chris heads into the podbooth proper and is joined by Nick de Semlyen and Jonny Pile for an even-more-rambling-than-usual discussion that takes in the worst movie dinosaurs, a brief cameo from a geek queen, an exploding banana, reviews of Hereditary and Ocean's 8, a shameless plug for the new issue of Empire, a live watch-along of the trailer for Corin Hardy's The Nun, and an episode of R U Talkin' R U Talkin' R U Talkin' R.E.M. Re: Me Re: Me Re: Me? Good ep? Great ep.
Jun 15, 2018
#316 - Andy Serkis
How could you not love the man who is Gollum, Supreme Leader Snoke, Caesar, Ulysses Klaue, and an all-round great big bloody brilliant bloke? So we're delighted that Andy Serkis is our guest this week, talking to Chris Hewitt about Black Panther (out on DVD and Blu-ray next week) about that film, and more besides. It's a bit spoilerific, so don't watch unless you know that [REDACTED] [REDACTED] in [REALLY REDACTED]. Interview begins at 56:03, ends at 1:17:37. Elsewhere, Chris ventures into the podbooth with Helen O'Hara and Jonny Pile for a fun episode that takes in their views of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, runs the roost over the 292 trailers that debuted last week, and takes on a serious hue for this week's listener question, tackling the harassment which appears to have driven Kelly Marie Tran away from social media. Oh, and all that, plus the debut of a brand-new podcast, R U Talkin' R U Talkin' R.E.M. Re: Me Re: Me? We spoil you lot.
Jun 08, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story - Spoiler Special ft. Ron Howard
"Solo! Nothing but Solo!" Solo: A Star Wars Story, the standalone tale that fills us in on the origin of everyone's favourite Corellian smuggler, opened a couple of weeks ago. And here, at last, is the Empire Podcast spoiler special, in which Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Ben Travis gather in the podbooth to discuss the film's major revelations. Along the way they answer some listener questions, debut the world's worst Jar Jar Binks impression, and dissect the Kessel Run in glorious detail. But that's not all. The film's director, the legend that is Ron Howard, drops by to talk to James and Nick de Semlyen about many of the film's plot twists and turns, and the odd Easter egg. Including that one. You know the one. So, sit back, relax and listen to our latest Solo venture.
Jun 07, 2018
#315 - Martin Freeman
Martin Freeman has come a long way since he was universally known as Tim-From-The-Office. Since then, he's been Watson-From-Sherlock, Ross-From-Black-Panther, and Bilbo-From-Bag-End. And in this week's Netflix movie Cargo, he can be found dodging zombies in the Australian outback. John Nugent spoke to him about that, and much more besides. Back in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt returns and has brought two special guests with him: jetlag and a mystery speaker whose identity we won't reveal. And, along with Helen O'Hara, Nick de Semlyen and a late-comer in James Dyer, they dissect the week's movie news, including Sonic The Hedgehog, Top Gun 2, and Solo's box office, cast their eyes over new releases, and 'answer' a question from a listener. Siri says 'enjoy'.
Jun 01, 2018
#314 - Alden Ehrenreich, Michael Cera & Alia Shawkat
Here be dragons. And Hamilton references. And Supernatural chat. Yes, Chris Hewitt is away for this week's Empire Podcast, and geek queen Helen O'Hara is in charge in the podbooth. It's a top crop of guests this week, with Alden Ehrenreich talking to James Dyer and Nick de Semlyen about taking on the role of the galaxy's greatest scoundrel, controlling the Millennium Falcon, talking to Wookiees, and his history with the Winchester brothers. Then Michael Cera (call him George Michael) and Alia Shawkat (call her Maeby) popped by the studio to talk Arrested Development Season 5, disguises, that Twin Peaks cameo, and a secret celebrity tennis club. Back in the main studio, Helen is joined by James and Ben to talk this week's movie news - from John Wick 3's latest cast additions (Derek from The Good Place!), to Damon Lindelof's biblical Watchmen statement - and review The Breadwinner, Edie, and some Star Wars story featuring a classic character in a solo adventure. No idea what that o
May 25, 2018
Deadpool 2 Spoiler Special ft. Ryan Reynolds
He's back! Love him, hate him, everybody can agree that he's the sharp-witted, fast-talking, wise-cracking SOB that the world needs right now. But enough about Empire's Nick de Semlyen - Deadpool is also back, in the stunningly unimaginatively titled Deadpool 2, and in our latest spoiler special, Chris Hewitt assembles his very own X-Force to talk about the film in spoilerific detail. There's Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and - yes! - Nick, talking through the film's key talking points, and answering some of your questions into the bargain. But that's not all. This episode also features an in-depth chat between Chris and the man who, quite simply, is Wade Wilson - Deadpool 2 writer/producer/star/bloke who runs the craft services, Ryan Rodney Reynolds. And they talk about everything, from secret cameos (not Dickie Greenleaf, though; Chris only noticed that on the second viewing, dammit) to major deaths. And they have a lot of fun and learn a little bit about themselves along the way.
May 21, 2018
#313 - Amanda Abbington
The Empire Podcast studio - sorry, podbooth - is a sacred place. We don't throw our doors open to just anybody, you know. They have to be a) funny b) interesting and, most importantly, c) available and willing to lower their standards for an hour or so. Amanda Abbington, star of Sherlock and Netflix's new thriller, Safe, is all of those things, and so this week becomes only the fourth celebrity co-host in our history. Yes, Amanda (follow her on Twitter as @CHIMPSINSOCKS) was brave enough to sit in a room with Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer and discuss the week's movie news, talk about her work on Safe, endure yet another Peter Dinklage in Infinity War impression, and tackle the big question: have you ever walked out of a film? Her answers will shock you. And amuse you. Mainly amuse you. So sit back, relax, and enjoy as three giggling idiots welcome a professional into their ranks to show them how it's done.
May 18, 2018
#312 - Clive Owen, Eddie Marsan
On this week's bumper, slightly-more-bonkers-than-usual Empire Podcast, we welcome two of our favourite British character actors, and then grill them relentlessly about things they said in the past. First, Clive Owen pops in to talk to Chris Hewitt about his latest film, Anon, his aversion to first days, his memories of Croupier, and their shared love of Liverpool FC. (Yes, it's one of those.) But Chris also subjects Clive to a very fun, and revelatory, edition of the IMDbunker. Enjoy. Then Chris stays in the podbooth to interview Eddie Marsan, star of Entebbe and Deadpool 2, about his long path to success, and makes him take a new version of an interview Eddie gave to Empire 20 years ago. The main pod, meanwhile, sees Chris, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Nick de Semlyen talk geeky ringtones, discuss the week's movie news, review new releases including Revenge. And Paul Giamatti drops by unexpectedly. What larks!
May 11, 2018
#311 - Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans
For this week's Empire Podcast, Ben Travis travelled all the way to Rome to have a hot foursome with Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans, the stars of new Netflix TV show, The Alienist. And we don't mean foursome in the sense that you're thinking of. No, Ben stayed well away from the golf course, and instead had a good old natter with the trio about the show, about shooting in Budapest, and statues of Columbo. Figures. Sadly, Ben's microphone wasn't working, but it's a fun interview that you can (sort of) hear from 44:21 - 1:01:45. Then, back in Blighty and the podbooth, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer discuss the week's movie news, the nutritional value of Captain America's hair, and the law of averages. Two major shockers: someone does a bad impression, and it isn't Chris; and SOMEONE DIES. Sort of. Well, we needed to do something to bump up the ratings.
May 04, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Spoiler Special
It's all been leading to this. Ten years, nineteen films... one enormo-pod. Yes, it's our Avengers: Infinity War spoiler special podcast, in which our very own team of Podvengers - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Dan Jolin, and James Dyer -come together to chat about Marvel Studios' most epic blockbuster to date. They talk about that thing that happened in the Russo Brothers' film, that other thing, some other stuff, and tackle some of your questions as well. And they drone on so long you might want to use the Time Stone. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy almost three hours of rampant speculation, semi-educated guesses, and the usual rambling nonsense, including a truly dreadful Peter Dinklage impression. Oh, and a swearier Helen than usual. Language!
May 02, 2018
Tom Hiddleston: Life As Loki Interview Special
Tom Hiddleston has been an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for almost a decade now, making a magical mark as Loki, Prince Of Asgard, Odinson, the rightful king of Jotunheim, and horny thorn in Thor's side. He plays the character for the fifth time in Avengers: Infinity War, and sat down with Chris Hewitt for this very special interview about his life as one of the MCU's most popular characters. He talks about finding the right look, and voice, for Loki, the changes that the character has experienced, working with Taika Waititi on Thor Ragnarok, and sheds some light on an alternate fate for the occasional villain in Thor: The Dark World. He also takes the time to answer a couple of questions from Loki fans, including the ever-popular Lego Loki. Enjoy.
Apr 30, 2018
#310 - Joe & Anthony Russo
This week sees the debut of a small indie film that the Empire Podteam haven't been looking forward to. Honest, guv. That film is Avengers: Infinity War, and this week's podcast sees the film's directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, talk to Chris Hewitt about working on that film, and about what they have planned post-Marvel with their very own studio, Agbo. Then Chris retreats to the safety of the podbooth, and is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer for a fun-filled pod that takes in their best and worst movie premiere experiences, casts an eye over the week's movie news, compares the Venom trailer to a Christmas present, and finally reviews British indie Beast and American indie Avengers: Infinity War. Be warned: there are huge levels of squee in this podcast. Thanos demands your squeeness.
Apr 27, 2018
#309 - David Morrissey
This week, one of our favourite actors - David Morrissey - returns to the podbooth to talk to James Dyer (and not Chris Hewitt, as advertised on the pod; there was a scheduling snafu) about his new show, The City And The City, playing Gordon Brown, and more. He also has advice for Chris re: his Tuesday night clash between the Liverpool-Roma game and the Avengers: Infinity War screening. Then, Chris and James are joined in the podbooth by Helen O'Hara as they discuss which quiet place they'd retreat to in the wake of an attack by nasty sound monsters; chew over the week's movie and TV news; and cast a vaguely shambolic eye over the week's new releases. Do, please, enjoy. Hey, did you know the Call Me By Your Name song hasn't been on the pod for three episodes now? You know the one. "Call me by your name! Call me! Call me! Call me by your name, oh yeah!" That one.
Apr 20, 2018
#308 - Scott Adkins, Brad Peyton
British action star, and regular podcast listener, Scott Adkins visits the podbooth this week to talk about his new film, Accident Man, as well as idolising Jean-Claude Van Damme and accidentally kicking Benedict Cumberbatch. (1:04:10-1:32:31) Our second guest is Brad Peyton, director of this week's monster mash-up Rampage, who talks to Chris about working with The Rock, playing poker, not being an asshole, and an early contender for line of the year. (24:08-44:49) Then, Chris retreats into the podbooth with Ben Travis, James Dyer, and the returning, albeit croaky, Helen O'Hara, to review Rampage, talk about giant animals, and revisit an all-time classic line from Shark Attack 3. This week's pod is dedicated to our friend Sarah Dunn:
Apr 13, 2018
Ready Player One Spoiler Special ft. Ernest Cline
Ready, players? Here it is - Empire's spoiler special dedicated to the latest movie from Sir Steven of Spielberg, Ready Player One, the biggest slice of virtual insanity since Jamiroquai donned that big hat and slid all over the shop. It starts with an exclusive, spoiler-filled chat with Ernest Cline, the film's co-screenwriter and author of the book upon which the film is based. He talks to Ben Travis about bringing the film to the big screen, how they formatted the three tasks structure, and the film's shining hour: a trip inside a classic movie. Then it's to the podbooth, where Chris Hewitt recruits James Dyer and Empire's resident Spielberg expert, Ian Freer, to talk about the film in great detail and answer some reader questions. On your marks. Get set... Go!
Apr 12, 2018
A Quiet Place Spoiler Special ft. John Krasinski
How much do we love John Krasinski's astounding high-concept horror movie, A Quiet Place? So much we decided to dedicate a very last-minute spoiler special to it. That's how much. Last minute it may have been, but we managed to recruit Krasinski - the film's star/writer/director and, as he points out to Chris Hewitt, executive producer and bloke who makes the tea - to talk us through the film's major revelations and answer the question on everyone's lips: in a world where sound will kill you, how can you possibly...? Well, you'll have to listen to it to find out. Back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Empire's Editor-in-Chief, Terri White, and James Dyer and Ben Travis to shout from the rooftops about one of the best movies of 2018 so far. ENJOY.
Apr 11, 2018
The Ranking - Brian De Palma
The latest episode of The Ranking - our show that ties in with the magazine (hashtag brand synergy) and sees four Empire writers argue the toss on a filmmaker's CV - is here. And this time we're delving deep into the work of a man who's orchestrated more tracking shots than you've had hot dinners: Brian 'Bri Bri' De Palma. Discussing his progression from early promise to his virtuoso Hitchcockian phase and then the more commercial fare of the Eighties and Nineties (but without focusing on the not-so-great output of recent years), Chris Hewitt, Ian Freer, Nick de Semlyen and Jonathan Pile discuss the ins and outs, ups and downs of a great, if somewhat erratic career. And, for the first time, you'll be able to hear the top ten being counted down in this podcast. Enough squabbling, let's vote! (Stop trying to make 'enough squabbling, let's vote!' happen, Chris.)
Apr 10, 2018
Mark Hamill & Rian Johnson Interview Special
We've gone bonus content mad on the Empire Podcast this week! Every day this week, we'll bring you a brand new pod, culminating in Friday's mothership. And we kick things off with this very fun, and compact, commute-sized conversation with two of the key figures behind last year's biggest movie - Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And, just in case you weren't already sure, those figures are Rian Johnson, the film's writer/director, and Mark Hamill, the man who has played Luke Skywalker for 41 years. They talk to Chris Hewitt about all manner of things, from the first time they met to their respective mancaves, and how they deal with fame. Enjoy.
Apr 08, 2018
#307 - Anya Taylor-Joy
On this week's Empire Podcast, we're filled with joy as Anya Taylor-Joy pops by our offices to talk to Chris Hewitt about her new film Thoroughbreds, dealing with tricksy accents, the much-delayed The New Mutants, and the moment when she found out that Split was a stealth sequel to Unbreakable. It's a fun, and lengthy, chat that starts at 27.44 and runs all the way to 55.56. Elsewhere, Chris derives a different kind of joy from John Krasinski's A Quiet Place, which he declares his film of the year thus far in the reviews section. He's joined for the main pod by James Dyer and Ben Travis, who discuss just what it is that makes the act of cinemagoing so special, review Thoroughbreds and Ghost Stories, natter about the week's movie news, and talk about Empire's new sister magazine, Pilot TV. Oh, and that song isn't aired this week, you'll be delighted to know. This is a safe place. A quiet place.
Apr 06, 2018
#306 - Leslie Mann, Paddy Considine
Paddy Considine was our very first guest on our very first podcast, way back in 2012. Since then, we've been like ships in the night. But we fix that this week, with Paddy popping into the podbooth for an epic chat with Chris Hewitt about his new movie, Journeyman, and all manner of things. (50:46-1:17:54) Elsewhere, Chris talks to Blockers star Leslie Mann (17.06-32.49), teaches her about Pacific Rim: Uprising, learns a lot about vocal fry, and then somehow - being the blithering nincompoop he is - manages to spit on her from distance. Then, he's joined in the podbooth by James Dyer and Ben Travis to discuss the week's movie news, review Ready Player One and more, and answer the burning question: what movie-related business would they open when this all goes horribly wrong? Oh, and the world's worst earworm may get another outing. Could be worse; Chris could be gobbing on you.
Mar 30, 2018
#305 - Steven Spielberg, Simon Pegg
This week's Empire Podcast sees the man anointed as Empire's Legend Of Our Lifetime... talk to Steven Spielberg. Here all week. Try the fish. Yes, at long last we spiel with The Berg, as Steven Spielberg - former Empire editor, and director of one or two classic movies - chats to Chris Hewitt in the immediate aftermath of last Sunday's Rakuten TV Empire Awards, where Spielberg was given the above honour. From discussion of Ready Player One to The Beatles, it was a blast. Elsewhere, Chris talks to Simon Pegg, star of Ready Player One, about all things Spielberg. And then Chris is joined in the podbooth by Helen O'Hara and Ben Travis to review Unsane, Pacific Rim: Uprising, and A Wrinkle In Time. They also tackle the week's news and answer a question about sequels. Enjoy!
Mar 23, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War trailer breakdown Vol. 2!
Because (some of) you demanded it! Today saw the debut of the second (and probably final) trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, the superhero team-up to out-cape them all. And, as it hit the internet just too late for us to bang on about it on the regular podcast, we decided to seize the opportunity to bang on about it in a very special trailer breakdown podcast. This one follows hot on the heels of the trailer breakdown podcast we did for the first Avengers: Infinity War trailer last year, but there was arguably even more for Chris Hewitt and Helen O'Hara, our resident MCU-philes, to get their teeth into this time around. So join them in the warmth and comfort of Chris' mancave as they talk, and talk, and talk about all things Avengery, from Thanos' masterplan, to character interactions, and that confrontation between Steve Rogers and Josh Brolin's giant purple space plumber. Not a fan of the MCU? Might be best to skip this one...
Mar 17, 2018
#304 - Armie Hammer & Timothee Chalamet, Rooney Mara & Garth Davis
This week's Empire Podcast is a bumper affair, jam-packed with more big names than the Avengers: Infinity War trailer. Well, almost. First up, Call Me By Your Name stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet - or Timothy Chalet, as autocorrect insists on calling him - popped into a London hotel room at the end of January to talk about their Oscar-winning love story with Chris Hewitt. And while they do talk about the film, there's also a fair amount of silliness, ranging from discussion of Chalamet's mobster nickname to the possibility of setting Call Me By Your Name 2 in space. Oh, and there's a Sean Connery-off for good measure. Be warned: bad language abounds. The second grouping is much more serious and focused, you'll be delighted to know, as Ben Travis has a chat with Garth Davis and Rooney Mara, director and star respectively of Mary Magdalene. Then, Chris, Ben and John Nugent convene in the podbooth to discuss the week's movie news (the Avengers: Infinity War trailer wi
Mar 16, 2018
The Ranking - Martin Scorsese
The second episode of The Ranking, our new ongoing cross-platform series (hashtag brandsynergy hashtag sharedgoals hashtag TeamEmpire), sees four Empire writers lock themselves in an increasingly stuffy meeting room to argue the toss over one of the greatest film directors of all time: Martin Scorsese. It's all here: talkin' Taxi Driver, raging about Raging Bull, and finding there's not a lot to say about Silence. As far back as they can remember, Chris Hewitt, Empire's Editor-In-Chief Terri White, and contributing editors Ian Freer and Dan Jolin always wanted to be voting on the empirical Marty Top 10. And if you want to know what that top 10 looks like, pick up the April 2018 issue of Empire, on sale now at all good and evil newsagents.
Mar 14, 2018
#303 - David Oyelowo, Lynne Ramsay
This week's episode of the Empire Podcast was, unlike our Oscars 2018 podcast special, recorded on a full night's sleep, but is no less delirious. So apologies in advance, as Chris Hewitt, Nick de Semlyen and James Dyer decide who their Desert Island Director would be, discuss the week's movie news, and review You Were Never Really Here, Gringo, and Mom And Dad. Plus, they debut the catchiest song of the year so far, and discuss just what Thanos wants with those stones... Elsewhere, Chris welcomes the brilliant British actor David Oyelowo back to the podcast, to talk about comedy screaming in Gringo, and how the landscape has changed in Hollywood for black actors, particularly post-Black Panther. And Helen O'Hara may be off in Iceland, but she's still present on the pod, engaging in conversation with the great Scottish director, Lynne Ramsay, about You Were Never Really Here. Do you need to know anything more? Go on, get listening!
Mar 10, 2018
Oscars 2018 Sleepless Special
The Oscars are over for another year. Yes, the 90th edition of the Academy Awards took place last night in the glamorous heart of Hollywood and so Empire responded in kind, by recording a sleep-deprived, seriously sweary podcast, detailing our verdict on the ceremony itself, and the winners and not-winners. No glamorous heart of Hollywood for us. This was recorded round the kitchen table of our very own host, Chris Hewitt, and he was talking to Ben Travis and James Dyer, who took The Shape Of Water's Best Picture win with the grace and magnanimity for which he is renowned. So, if you want to hear three giggling idiots struggle to complete sentences and form thoughts - even more so than usual - this is the podcast for you.
Mar 05, 2018
#302 - Francis Lawrence
This week's Empire Podcast sees a filmmaking Lawrence, famous for an association with The Hunger Games franchise, drop by for a chat about their new movie, Russian spy thriller Red Sparrow. Yes, it's director Francis Lawrence, who chats to Ben Travis about all manner of things, from Russian accents to torture implements. What, did you think we meant another filmmaking Lawrence, famous for an association with The Hunger Games? Weird. Elsewhere, Helen O'Hara braves the snow and the wind and the snowy wind to host this week's episode, discussing the week's big film news (Wonder Woman 2! The Oscars! Tarantino!) with Ben and James Dyer, and reviewing the big releases. Oh, and a giggling idiot calls in for a brief chat. It's cold outside, so pull up that weird fireplace movie they have on Netflix, huddle over your phone's dying battery for heat, and listen to the soothing strains of the Empire Podcast. You know it makes sense.
Mar 02, 2018
The Ranking - Stephen King
The Ranking is a new monthly edition of the Empire Podcast that ties in with a regular feature in the magazine. The concept is simple: every month, we pick a director/writer/actor, or a franchise, and four Empire writers lock themselves in a room and argue the toss, with the aim of emerging with the definitive Top 10. This edition sees Chris Hewitt, Nick de Semlyen, James Dyer, and Simon Crook (making his pod-debut) discuss the big screen impact of Stephen King, whose incredibly popular novels and short stories have inspired directors like Frank Darabont, David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, Rob Reiner, George A. Romero, Bryan Singer, and one Mr. Stanley Kubrick, to turn them into movies. So there's plenty of discussion of the best of King adaptations, the worst of King adaptations (hello, The Dark Tower), and how the panel got into the great man's writing in the first place. Next up: Martin Scorsese!
Feb 26, 2018
#301 - Lennie James, Nick Murphy
For the past few years, Lennie James has been battling zombies as Morgan on The Walking Dead. He's about to jump ship to the spin-off show, Fear The Walking Dead, but somehow he's found the time to create, write, produce and star in new 6-part Sky TV series, Save Me, about a Londoner who, after finding himself accused of his daughter's abduction, vows to track down the real culprit. And we were delighted to welcome Lennie and his Save Me director, Nick Murphy (@nickmurftweets) into the podbooth this week, where they had a wide-ranging chat with Chris Hewitt about the push/pull dynamic between a show's creator and a show's director; Lennie's desire to appear on The Simpsons; and, as big football fans, the recent draw between Liverpool and Spurs. It's all happening. Elsewhere, Chris is joined in the podbooth by Helen O'Hara and Dan Jolin. There, they review I, Tonya and Finding Your Feet, discuss the week's movie news, including the BAFTAs (later in the show), the success of Black
Feb 23, 2018
The Cloverfield Paradox Spoiler Special
Unless you've been stranded on a space station, battling with a temperamental particle accelerator, you probably know that The Cloverfield Paradox - the latest entry in the burgeoning Cloverfield franchise - changed the game a couple of weeks ago, when it dropped, with very little warning, on Netflix for the world to see whilst lounging around in their shorts. And now that you've had time to do just that, now is the time to bring your ears to our latest spoiler special, in which Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and pod newbie Ben Travis drill deep into the Julius Onah-directed sci-fi chiller. But that's not all. The podcast kicks off with an exclusive chat between Our Ben and Julius Onah and his producer/Cloverfield overlord, one J.J. Abrams. And it's filled with spoilertastic goodies. So kick back, relax, ignore the sound of that disembodied arm scratching at the window, and enjoy...
Feb 22, 2018
Black Panther Spoiler Special - Ryan Coogler, Nate Moore
Wakanda Forever! In this very special edition of the Empire Podcast, we dig deep into the 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, the story of newly-crowned King Of Wakanda, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman). As usual, the podteam - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Terri White, and James Dyer - are on hands to answer listener questions and talk about the film in extraordinary detail, Ulysses Klaue mixtapes and all. But they're not alone. The podcast kicks off with Chris talking to two of the driving forces behind a movie that, even before its record-breaking opening weekend, felt like one of the most significant movies, not just in Marvel Studios' ten year history, but in the history of modern blockbusters. First off, he talks to co-writer/director Ryan Coogler about all sorts of stuff, including the fate of major characters, the film's thematic preoccupations, and how he decided to end the movie. Then, the movie's executive producer Nate Moore, who
Feb 20, 2018
#300 - Live Podcast Special With Taron Egerton & Ruth Wilson
You might not believe it, largely because we know we don't look a day over 290, but the Empire Podcast turned 300 this week. Yes, we've somehow clocked up 300 episodes of movie news, interviews and nonsense since we started way back in 2012 and to 'celebrate', we took to the stage at Kings Place, London, for a cracking evening. And 400 of you came along as well, which was nice, considering that it was Valentine's Day. How romantic. So, sit back, relax and enjoy as the podteam - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer and Terri White - tackle the week's movie news, review Black Panther, The Shape Of Water, and Lady Bird, and subject themselves to a Paxman-style grilling at the hands of the audience. And if you've had your fill of giggling idiots, don't worry - we were graced by two of our country's finest acting talents, as Ruth Wilson popped along to talk to Terri about Dark River, Luther, The Lone Ranger, sheep shearing, Yorkshire accents and the #TimesUp movement. First, thou
Feb 16, 2018
#299 - Colin Firth And Rachel Weisz
This week's Empire Podcast is an unexpectedly classy joint, as Chris Hewitt talks to British acting royalty, the Oscar-winning double whammy of Sir Colin Of Firth and Dame Rachel Of Weisz, about their new movie, The Mercy, which tells the tragic story of Donald Crowhurst's ill-fated attempt to sail the world solo in 1969. And they also talk about their acting nightmares - literally and metaphorically. Back in the podbooth, Chris and James Dyer welcome pod debutant Ben Travis, review Black Panther and that new secret Cloverfield movie that dropped without warning the other day like a U2 album come to life, and discuss the week's movie news, including the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer. Oh, and they definitively answer the burning question of the week: is Aliens, a film in which Lance Henriksen is only the fourth-scariest thing, a horror movie? It's a toughie.
Feb 09, 2018
Blade Runner spoiler special ft. Denis Villeneuve
There was a danger, at one point, that our Blade Runner 2049 spoiler special podcast wouldn't arrive until 2049 itself. But here it is, lovingly timed to coincide with the UK home entertainment release of Denis Villeneuve's beautiful, profound, thought-provoking sequel. And, assembling in the Empire podbooth to answer your questions and chew the fat on the film's many open-ended questions are Dan Jolin, John Nugent and, with Chris Hewitt on the run having failed the Voight-Kampff test, your host Helen O'Hara. Be warned: those of you with sensitive ears should know that Dan was particularly sweary on this episode. Earmuffs, people. But that's not all - the film's director, the great Denis Villeneuve, pops by to talk to Nick de Semlyen about some of the movie's mysteries from Deckard to Deckard's dog. Oh, and the bees. Not the bees! We hope you enjoy, and that you'll think it's been worth the wait. If not, remember one thing: all these podcasts will be lost in time. Like tears i
Feb 05, 2018
#298 - Paul Thomas Anderson
Daniel Day-Lewis may be retiring, set fair for a life of Countdown and Four In A Bed marathons, but his Phantom Thread director, the great Paul Thomas Anderson, is decidedly not. Much to our delight, as he's this week's guest, having a chat with John Nugent about the film's soundtrack, how Day-Lewis came up with the name 'Reynolds Woodcock', and much, much more. Back in the podbooth, we go from Phantom Thread to phantom menaces as Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer mull over the week's movie news, review Phantom Thread and WWI drama Journey's End, discuss their home cinema set-ups, and audition for Hamilton. Oh, and James reveals the story of the time he was responsible for Holborn Station being shut down. Standard, really.
Feb 02, 2018
#296 — Lee Unkrich
This week's Empire Podcast sees Lee Unkrich, Pixar legend, World's Biggest The Shining Fan, and all-round decent cove, drop by the podbooth to talk to John Nugent about his new movie, Coco, which will do unspeakable things to your tear ducts. Elsewhere, John joins Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer for a freewheeling episode that includes Chris' first-hand account of what it was like to be present at the Chevy Chase-Mike Read Q&A that has already passed into legend (the night, not Chris' account); reviews of The Post, Coco, and The Commuter; and plenty of discussion of the week's movie news, featuring an elevator pitch from James for Gambit that simply has to be heard to be believed. Oh, and Randy Newman drops by again, much to everyone's horror. Do have a listen. We'd be ever so delighted.
Jan 19, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Spoiler Special
It's taken a while, but here it is at last — our Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoiler special podcast, ready to go down as smooth as a green milkshake. In this two-hour behemoth, the Empire Podcast team — Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Ian Freer — have a good old spoiler-heavy chat about the ups and downs, and the ins and outs of Episode VIII, and tackle a whole bunch of listeners' questions. Let's just say this is not going to go the way you think. First up, though, is Chris' chat with the film's writer/director, Rian Johnson, who was in great form as he expounded on some of the film's most shocking revelations, as well as shedding more light on his love of Adrian Edmondson. Which is, perhaps, the most shocking revelation of them all. We hope you enjoy it. Live long and prosper.
Jan 15, 2018
#295 — Joe Wright, Martin McDonagh
This week's Empire Podcast sees us welcome two of our favourite directors into our podcompany. First up, Joe Wright — hands down one of our favourite English directors called Wright, and maybe even in the top two — talks to Nick de Semlyen about his latest movie, Darkest Hour, which sees Gary Oldman give a barnstorming performance as Winston Churchill, and the career that might have been, as an illusionist. Now that's magic. Then Chris Hewitt sits down for a chat with Martin McDonagh, the writer-director behind the caustic and challenging Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and tries to pass McDonagh's test: do not ask a question that he's heard before. Will he succeed? Find out by listening. And full disclosure: because Chris is an idiot, he forgot to bring microphones to a podcast interview, which is why the sound levels may be a little askew on this one. But it's well worth a listen. Elsewhere, Chris is joined in the podbooth by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer, who discuss thi
Jan 12, 2018
#294 — Jason Isaacs & Sonequa Martin-Green, Andrea Riseborough
The first Empire Podcast of 2018 — Happy New Year, you lot! — boldly goes where no podcast has gone before, as Chris Hewitt discovers Star Trek Discovery with two of its hilarious, eloquent leads, Jason Isaacs and Sonequa Martin-Green. We're going to launch a new catchphrase, right here, right now: Hello to Sonequa Martin-Green! Take that, Kermode! Elsewhere, Chris chats to Andrea Riseborough about her experiences shooting Crocodile, one of the key episodes in the new season of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror. And then he's joined in the podcast booth by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer, to compare their holiday experiences, talk about The Last Jedi's box office, review All The Money In The World and Hostiles, and launch all-out war on the lovely people at Den Of Geek. Asda car park, 2pm. No touching the face.
Jan 05, 2018
Review Of The Year 2017
2017, eh? What a palaver. But it's been a belter of a year cinematically speaking, and so — in a change from our regular podcast programming — the Empire Podcast team (Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Nick de Semlyen) locked themselves in the podbooth for ages and chewed the fat over the year that's just about to leave us. It's a show of two halves, with the first part dedicated to answering listeners' questions, and the second segment counting down Empire's Top 20 films of the year. And we hope you'll agree that, whether you love Paddington 2, La La Land, or Get Out, it's the best way you can spend 88 minutes this side of Al Pacino. And thanks for listening to the show this year, folks. Happy New Year from all the team at Empire.
Dec 29, 2017
Hugh Jackman Interview Special
Ho-ho-Hugh! We're pretty much finished for Christmas, but before we gorge on mince pies and Die Hard, we decided to pop an pod-treat in your Christmas pod-stocking: a 20-minute chat with the Australian triple-threat and friend-of-the-pod Hugh Jackman. He talks to us about making The Greatest Showman and saying goodbye to Logan.
Dec 22, 2017
#293 - Karen Gillan
On the last Empire Podcast of 2017, the podcast team — Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara and James Dyer — are rambling even more than usual as they discuss the Disney takeover of Fox, answer your Christmas movie questions, review Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and have a big old barney over Aaron Sorkin. To paraphrase a great man we used to know in San Diego back in the '70s, that escalated quickly. And we see out the year in style with our wonderful star guest, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle's Karen Gillan. Find out which accent her Guardians Of The Galaxy character, Nebula, was supposed to have! Gasp, as she reveals the subtitle of the fourth Avengers movie (in jest, before you start writing your thinkpieces)! And ponder her love of Kubrick, ending in a promise we'd love to help her fulfil one day. Do you want to hear an Empire Podcast dedicated solely to Karen Gillan and the Empire team waxing lyrical about Stanley Kubrick? Of course you do. This is the last regular podcast of the year, but
Dec 15, 2017
#292 — James and Dave Franco/John Cena
This week's Empire Podcast is really going all in on all things Franco. James and Dave, the brothers who star in (and, in James' case, directs) The Disaster Artist, the story behind the making of legendarily awful movie The Room, drop by for a chat about that with John Nugent. Then James Dyer talks to WWE legend-turned-actor, John Cena, about being strong like cartoon bull in new animated movie Ferdinand — and wouldn't you know it, a Franco of a different kind crops up in conversation there too. We're nothing if not highbrow on the Empire Podcast. Elsewhere, the podcast team — Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara and James Dyer — tackle the week's movie news, including Bryan Singer's departure from Bohemian Rhapsody and Quentin Tarantino's possible Star Trek movie; dissect the week's big releases, including Stronger and Takashi Miike's 100th film, Blade Of The Immortal; and definitively answer the question that's been driving the internet nuts: is Die Hard a Christmas film? The answer may shoc
Dec 08, 2017
#291 - Dan Stevens
This week's slightly-shorter-than-usual Empire Podcast sees the return of one of our favourite podguests, as Dan Stevens, our once and future spirit animal, pops back in to talk Dickens with Helen O'Hara. Not randomly, you see — he's playing Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas. Elsewhere, with Helen swanning around in Malta, it's double trouble in the podbooth as Chris Hewitt and James Dyer talk about great movie scenes set in laundrettes (that doesn't wash with them), review the week's big releases, and unearth the unsettling revelation that James hasn't seen a single episode of one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. This is total BS. Oh, and there's also a detailed breakdown of the new issue of Empire, which we'd all like you to go out and buy. Once you've listened to the podcast, of course.
Dec 01, 2017
Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Podcast Discussion Special
Unless you've been hiding out in the middle of Knowhere, you'll have noticed a little teaser trailer dropped today, for an equally little film called Avengers: Infinity War. Filled with plenty of images designed to fuel discussion and speculation — just how does The Vision do that? Where does Steve Rogers get his beard oil? Why didn't Spider-Man have spider-sense in his solo movie? — it prompted us to do just that. So our resident MCU experts, Helen O'Hara and Chris Hewitt, got together and ended up going through the trailer shot by shot, for your listening pleasure. And yes, they managed to talk for half an hour about a trailer that doesn't even last for three minutes. Head this way for hashtag compelling content as they bring their MCU knowledge to bear, speculate wildly, and call Thanos, the big bad of the MCU, a 'bumface'. He won't be happy.
Nov 29, 2017
#290: Lee Child, Craig Roberts
On this week's Empire Podcast, Lee Child — the man behind all 22 Jack Reacher books — drops by for another appearance, and once again drops a hot scoop: the name of the 23rd Reacher book. Thanks, Lee — cheque's in the post. Elsewhere, Red Oaks and Submarine star Craig Roberts challenges Chris Hewitt to a coffee-fuelled Pro Evo-off, while the podcast team — Chris, Helen O'Hara and James Dyer — get to grips with the week's big releases and multiple Shafts. Strap yourselves in, innuendo fans — it's going to be a bumpy ride.
Nov 24, 2017
#289: Henry Cavill, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell
This week, Henry Cavill talks to us about Justice League, which he is definitely not in, no siree. Nope. Plus, we chat to the stars of Mudbound, Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell, about Oscar hopes and birthday buddies.
Nov 17, 2017
Paddington 2 spoiler special ft. Paul King and Simon Farnaby
Some bears just deserve a spoiler special. With Empire still lingering under the spell of Paul King's entrancing Paddington 2, this very special episode sees Chris Hewitt talk to King and his co-writer Simon Farnaby and grill them mercilessly - or bearcilessly, if you will - about how they crafted such a marvel of a sequel. After that, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and Nick de Semlyen to basically gush about this five-star wonder for a few minutes. We hope you enjoy. And remember - please look after this podcast.
Nov 16, 2017
#288: Annette Bening, Kenneth Lonergan
On this week's podcast, we chat to the Oscar-nominated star of Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool Annette Bening, and the Oscar-winning writer-director behind Manchester By The Sea and the BBC's adaptation of Howard's End, Kenneth Lonergan. More from the Empire Podcast:
Nov 10, 2017
Red Dwarf Special With Craig Charles, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules & Doug Naylor
An extensive, shambolic and hilarious interview with the stars and creators of the cult Brit sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf – plus, four of Empire's smeggiest smegheads have a long chat about why they love the show. More from the Empire Podcast:
Nov 09, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok Spoiler Special With Taika Waititi
We sat down with the World's Best-Dressed Director, Taika Waititi, for a spoilerific chat on Thor's threequel – plus, we assemble four friends from work to gather in a pod booth and dissect the movie in almost needlessly forensic detail. SPOILERS FROM THE START, OBVS. More from the Empire Podcast:
Nov 06, 2017
#287: Jamie Bell, Tobin Bell
For whom the Bells toll! It's an inadvertent Bell Special on the podcast this week, as we welcome Jamie Bell and Tobin Bell (no relation) to ring the chimes of their new films, 6 Days and Jigsaw, respectively. On next week's podcast: Kristen Bell, Lake Bell, Toby Kebbell, Isabelle Huppert, Toby Kebell, and the ghost of Alexander Graham Bell. Maybe. More from the Empire Podcast:
Nov 03, 2017
Jeff Goldblum Special
Ah…now eventually, you do plan to have Jeff Goldblum on your… on your Jeff Goldblum Interview Special, right? Hello?… Hello? Yes?
Oct 27, 2017
286: Vince Vaughn, S. Craig Zahler, Claire Foy + Guest Host Sam Bain
Another guest bonanza! Interviews with Vince Vaughn and S. Craig Zahler, the respective star and director of Brawl In Cell Block 99; and Her Majesty Claire Foy, the star of Breathe and The Crown – plus, Sam Bain, the writer/co-creator of Peep Show, joins us in the studio as a guest host. More from the Empire Podcast:
Oct 27, 2017
#285: Daniel Radcliffe, Jason Isaacs, Gerard Butler
A triple-bill of guests! First up, former boy wizard turned proper actor Daniel Radcliffe talks surviving the jungle in Jungle; then, Jason Isaacs talks surviving the death of Stalin in The Death Of Stalin; and finally, Gerard Butler talks surviving a geostorm in – well, you get the idea, Geostorm. More from the Empire Podcast:
Oct 20, 2017
David Fincher Interview Special
A 40-minute conversation with one of the world's greatest living filmmakers about his new Netflix series Mindhunter, plus news on his future projects. More from the Empire Podcast:
Oct 19, 2017
#284: Rebecca Ferguson, Noah Baumbach
This week, the Scandinavian star of The Snowman drops by talk about knitted jumpers and frosty murders – plus, the director of The Meyerowitz Stories drops by to talk about director t-shirts and Adam Sandler's serious side.
Oct 13, 2017
#283: Ridley Scott, Denis Villeneuve
It's a Blade Runner 2049-themed episode this week, as we are joined by directors past and present from the world of replicants, whom we question with the scrutiny of a Voight-Kampff test. Plus, the two-handed pod team ponder which movie John would win in a fight.
Oct 06, 2017
#282: Mike Flanagan
On this week's ever-so-slightly late edition of the award-winning-and-losing Empire Podcast, we chain director Mike Flanagan to a metaphorical bed and ask him to tell us all about his Stephen King adaptation, Gerald's Game, which is now available on Netflix. Plus, the podteam - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara and Terri White - wax lyrical about the week's big movie news, review Goodbye Christopher Robin, Daphne and Gerald's Game, and review their own favourite non-Empire podcasts. That's lot of bangily-bang for your bangily-buck.
Sep 29, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Spoiler Special
Manners maketh man. And they maketh pod as well, as Team Empire dives deep into Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to the hugely entertaining spy caper, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Join Chris Hewitt, Terri White, Helen O'Hara and James Dyer as they talk about high-kicks, orange tuxedos and controversial shots. But the crowning glory of the podcast is a two-part no-holds-barred interview with the film's director (and co-writer), Matthew Vaughn, which is filled with glorious tidbits about the film's twists, turns and deleted scenes. You will believe a man can kings?
Sep 29, 2017
#281: Michael Winterbottom
This week, we say hello to prolific Brit director Michael Winterbottom – and say a sad goodbye to our arthouse guru. More from the Empire Podcast:
Sep 22, 2017
#280: LIVE with Mark Strong & Matthew Vaughn at the London Podcast Festival
This week, we're joined by the star and director of Kingsman: The Golden Circle – and a few hundred lovely Empire readers – as we record our podcast live on stage, from the London Podcast Festival in the extremely shiny King's Place. Thanks to everyone who came along! More from the Empire Podcast:
Sep 17, 2017
#279 — Iwan Rheon, Francis Lee
Episode 279 of the Empire Podcast sees us travel to the Yorkshire home of God's Own Country director, Francis Lee, while the former Ramsay Bolton, Iwan Rheon, pops into the podbooth. Plus, the Empire Podcast team discuss the sudden vacancy at the helm of Star Wars Episode IX, discuss much-missed directors, and review Stephen King's It.
Sep 08, 2017
Game Of Thrones Season 7 Spoiler Special With Isaac Hempstead-Wright
The podcasters send their regards! A spoilerific and occasionally excruciatingly nerdy chat about the biggest show on TV – plus, an interview with the Three-Eyed Raven himself, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who uses his Greensight to prognosticate on the future of Westeros. More from the Empire Podcast:
Sep 05, 2017
#278: Bill Nighy, Adam Wingard
This week, the inestimably brilliant Bill Nighy drops by to talk The Limehouse Golem; plus Adam Wingard talks Death Note and Godzilla vs King Kong. More from the Empire Podcast: Bill NighyAdam WingardEmpire Podcast
Sep 01, 2017
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Special With Robert Patrick
Come with us if you want to pod! For our first retro spoiler special, we dive back into James Cameron's classic Terminator sequel – plus, an extensive chat with the T-1000 himself, Robert Patrick.
Aug 29, 2017
#277: Will Poulter, Doug Liman
This week, the star of Detroit (and Empire Podcast #100 guest)Will Poulter drops by to talk about Detroit and trainers; and Doug Liman talks American Made and housesharing with Tom Cruise. More from the Empire Podcast:
Aug 25, 2017
Steven Soderbergh Interview Special
He's back! We have a long and fascinating chat with the recently un-retired filmmaker behind Ocean's 11 and this week's Logan Lucky. More from the Empire Podcast:
Aug 25, 2017
#276: Stanley Tucci
On this week’s pod: we got The Tooch! More from the Empire Podcast:
Aug 18, 2017
#275: Al Gore, David Lowery
On this week's pod, a former Vice President and Nobel laureate, and a former dragon tamer and Ghost Story-teller. More from the Empire Podcast:
Aug 11, 2017
#274: James McAvoy, Bryan Cranston
This week, Charles Xavier and Walter White pop by the pod booth for a chat. Plus, with Chris and Helen away, a new hope... More from the Empire podcast:
Aug 04, 2017
#273: Stan Lee, Kumail Nanjiani
This week, we chat to His Holiness Stan Lee, and Kumail Nanjiani, star of the superb new romcom The Big Sick. 'Nuff said. More from the Empire Podcast:
Jul 28, 2017
#272: Comic-Con Special With Ivan Reitman, Jeph Loeb, Roel Reiné, Scott Buck
Beamed direct from San Diego Comic-Con 2017, this week's slightly later-than-usual podcast features the man behind Ghostbusters, the team behind Marvel's Inhumans, and three very tired Empire writers. Excelsior! More from the Empire podcast:
Jul 23, 2017
War For The Planet Of The Apes Spoiler Special With Andy Serkis And Matt Reeves
Pod...together...strong! A spoilerific chat with the star and director of the latest Apes movie, followed by a spoilerific chat between three Empire writers. Spoilers will be flung like monkey poo from the start! More from the Empire Podcast:
Jul 17, 2017
#271: Jason Blum, Brian Fee, Kevin Reher
On this week’s pod, the producer behind Blumhouse Productions, and the director and producer of Pixar’s Cars 3. Plus, the team discuss which sequels have ruined their original movies. More from the Empire Podcast:
Jul 14, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming Spoiler Special
The team discuss the latest Spidey outing in intensely spoilerific detail. There are no interviews on this Spoiler Special, but you can listen back to non-spoilery chats with Tom Holland and director Jon Watts in our last two episodes. (SPOILERS! FROM! THE! START! OBVIOUSLY!)
Jul 12, 2017
#270: Andy Serkis, Jon Watts
Andy Serkis plays every member of the pod team this week, with Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts also popping by. (Or is he actually Andy Serkis?)
Jul 07, 2017
Baby Driver Spoiler Special With Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright enters the pod booth for an incredibly in depth and spoilerific chat about his latest film, Baby Driver. (Incase it wasn't already clear enough, SPOILERS FROM THE START!)
Jul 04, 2017
#269: Lily Collins, Tom Holland
We welcome Spidey-Man Tom Holland and Okja-Woman Lily Collins into the booth this week. (Did we get Tom Holland to rank the Tom Hollands in order of best Tom Holland? Of course we did.)
Jun 30, 2017
#268: Colin Trevorrow
The director of Jurassic World, Star Wars Episode IX and this week's The Book Of Henry drops by to talk bad reviews, hanging out with Spielberg, and how tall Snoke is. More from the Empire podcast:
Jun 23, 2017
Empire's 100 Greatest Movies Special
To mark Empire's 100 Greatest Movies poll, we gather three podders into the pod booth for an hour-long conversation special. See the full 100 Greatest Movies list here: More from the Empire Podcast:
Jun 19, 2017
#267: Julia Stiles
This week, we try to think of 10 Things We Hate About Julia Stiles, but we can't, because she's so nice. So we don't. More from the Empire Podcast:
Jun 16, 2017
The Mummy Spoiler Special With Alex Kurtzman
Welcome to a new world of pods and monsters! We attempt to, ahem, unwrap the first Dark Universe movie by speaking to its director and discuss the film in forensic detail. SPOILERS, OBVIOUSLY! More from the Empire Podcast:
Jun 14, 2017
#266: Michael Sheen, Rachel Weisz
We've been very clear: this week's podcast offers strong and stable interviews with Michael Sheen and Rachel Weisz. It's the certainty the country needs. More from the Empire Podcast:
Jun 09, 2017
Wonder Woman Spoiler Special
Fire up the lasso of truth! Sadly we were unable to speak to Wonder Woman's cast or crew for this special, but after popular demand, we decided to have a chat about it anyway. SPOILERS FROM THE START! More from the Empire Podcast:
Jun 09, 2017
Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 Spoiler Special With Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg
Ahoy there mateys! Climb aboard the good ship Empire Podcast for another swashbucklin' Spoiler Special. But we warned: these seas be treacherous and filled with spoilers... More from the Empire Podcast:
Jun 05, 2017
Salma Hayek, Miguel Arteta, Marc Maron
It's a guest bonanza this week, as we welcome the star and director of Sundance hit Beatriz At Dinner, plus the star of Netflix show Glow and a podcasting legend. More from the Empire Podcast:
Jun 02, 2017
#264: Roger Donaldson
This week, the director of McLaren, No Way Out and Cocktail drops by the pod booth. Plus, the team discuss which internet memes could make a good movie. wow! such podcast! very empire! More from the Empire Podcast:
May 26, 2017
Sir Roger Moore Interview Special (Repeat)
In tribute to the legendary Sir Roger Moore, who sadly passed away today, we are reposting this 40-minute interview special from 2012. Raise a vodka martini to a great man. More from the Empire Podcast:
May 23, 2017
Alien: Covenant Spoiler Special With Sir Ridley Scott
We hug your face and impregnate your brain with spoilerific Alien: Covenant chat, ably aided by a half-hour interview with Sir Ridders. More from the Empire Podcast:
May 23, 2017
#263: Charlie Hunnam
This week, we pull the sword of journalistic rigour from the stone of award-nominated podcasting to speak to Charlie Hunnam, star of King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword. More from the Empire Podcast:
May 18, 2017
#262: Danny McBride
This week's guest has always been the McBridesmaid, never the McBride...until now. More from the Empire Podcast:
May 12, 2017
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Spoiler Special With James Gunn
Director James Gunn drops by the pod booth to talk Guardians 2 in spoilerific detail, and three of Empire's biggest A-holes discuss the film. SPOILERS, OBVIOUSLY! More from the Empire Podcast:
May 10, 2017
#261: Julian Barratt & Simon Farnaby
This week, Boosh/Yonderland alumni Barratt and Farnaby drop by to talk new British comedy Mindhorn. Plus: Helen’s back! Hooray! More from the Empire Podcast:
May 05, 2017
#260: Neil Gaiman
This week, we welcome a British God to talk about American Gods. Plus the team ponder which fictional planet they would like to live on. More from the Empire Podcast:
Apr 28, 2017
Warren Beatty Interview Special
A special hour-long interview with a genuine Hollywood legend. Expect anecdotes about Elia Kazan, Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, Ronald Reagan, and Elvis Presley. Not to be missed. More from the Empire Podcast:
Apr 21, 2017
#259: Geoffrey Rush
This week, the genius actor (and Genius actor) Geoffrey Rush pops by the pod booth. Plus, the team discuss the movie scenes that consistently make them laugh. ​ More from the Empire Podcast:
Apr 21, 2017
#258: Gemma Arterton
This week, Gemma Arterton drops by to talk about Their Finest, as we discuss our finest laser scenes in movies.
Apr 13, 2017
#257: Riz Ahmed
This week, we take the rubber dinghy rapids to a city of tiny lights via a galaxy far, far away with Riz Ahmed. More from the Empire Podcast:
Apr 07, 2017
#256: Carl Weathers, Norman Reedus, Greg Nicotero
Whaddsa matter – Empire Podcast got you pushing too many pencils? More from the Empire Podcast:
Mar 31, 2017
#255: Armie Hammer
This week, we invite fast-talking Free Fire star Armie Hammer into the booth. We also contemplate whether recasting a leading role has ever been successful. More from the Empire Podcast:
Mar 24, 2017
#254: Dan Stevens, Bill Condon
This week, we invite Dan Stevens and Bill Condon to Be Our Guest. Plus, in honour of St. Paddy's Day, we discuss the worst Oirish accents on screen, so we do. More from the Empire Podcast:
Mar 17, 2017
Kong: Skull Island Spoiler Special With Jordan Vogt-Roberts
A spoilerific chat with the director of the newest monster movie in town. Plus, we discuss the film in forensic detail. SPOILERS FROM THE START! More from the Empire Podcast:
Mar 13, 2017
#253: Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston takes time away from fending off the advances of giant apes to visit the Empire podbooth, plus we rank the X-Men movies in order of the best Wolverine haricuts. Just because. More from the Empire Podcast:
Mar 10, 2017
Logan Spoiler Special With James Mangold
A bumper two-hour spoilerific look at Wolverine's last stand, including an in-depth hour-long interview with director James Mangold. Spoilers for Logan from the start, obviously. More from the Empire Podcast:
Mar 07, 2017
#252: Sir Patrick Stewart
This week, the dulcet tones of a bona fide knight of the realm pops by to talk Logan. Plus, we discuss this year's Oscars. Sure there's nothing to talk about there. More from the Empire Podcast:
Mar 03, 2017
#251: Gore Verbinski
The director of A Cure For Wellness prescribes us a Cure For Podness. Plus, we discuss which film composer we'd love to soundtrack our lives. More from the Empire Podcast:
Feb 24, 2017
John Wick Chapter 2 Spoiler Special With Keanu Reeves & Chad Stahelski
The star and director of John Wick 2 dish the dirt on cinema’s best-dressed assassin. Plus, we attempt to discern how much a gold coin is worth. SPOILERS FOR JOHN WICK 2 FROM THE START! More from the Empire Podcast:
Feb 21, 2017
#250: LIVE with Christopher McQuarrie
For our milestone 250th episode, we're LIVE at the Prince Charles Cinema in London's Leicester Square, with friend-of-the-pod Chris McQuarrie, a sold-out crowd of pod-fans, and the biggest 'bangily-bang' yet. More from the Empire Podcast:
Feb 17, 2017
#249: Denzel Washington, Will Arnett
On this week's podcast, the man behind Fences, and the man behind the figurines of The Lego Batman.
Feb 10, 2017
#248: Matthew McConaughey, Ang Lee
That's what I love about these podcast guests, man. I get older, they stay the same age... More from the Empire Podcast:
Feb 03, 2017
#247: Taron Egerton
You know what they say – you can take the boy out of Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch... More from the Empire Podcast:
Jan 27, 2017
#246: James McAvoy + Guest Host Garth Jennings
This week, James McAvoy talks about playing 23 different people in one film – and Sing director Garth Jennings joins us for the entire podcast recording.
Jan 20, 2017
#245: Michelle Williams
This week, Michelle-by-the-pod-booth talks Manchester-By-The-Sea. More from the Empire Podcast:
Jan 13, 2017
#244: Neil Patrick Harris
For the first podcast of 2017, we play a game called "Haaaaaave you met Neil?" More from the Empire Podcast:
Jan 05, 2017
Review Of The Year 2016
With 2016 drawing to a close, it's time for that most sacred of annual winter traditions: the Empire Podcast Review Of The Year. Note: this podcast was recorded in mid-December, before this month's tragic news. More from the Empire Podcast:
Dec 21, 2016
#243: Michael Fassbender
For the final regular pod of the's Fassassin's Creedbender time! More from the Empire Podcast:
Dec 21, 2016
Rogue One Spoiler Special with Gareth Edwards
After a couple of false starts, the Rogue One Spoiler Special is back – updated to include a small tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. Apologies for the delay. More from the Empire Podcast:
Dec 19, 2016
#242: Ricky Gervais, Forest Whitaker
On this week's pod: a famously softly-spoken man, and a famously less-softly-spoken man. More from the Empire Podcast:
Dec 16, 2016
#241: Oliver Stone
This week, we hack into the mainframe to bring you an interview with Snowden director Oliver Stone. Plus, the team discuss whether "woke bae" is the same as "Wookiee bae". More from the Empire Podcast:
Dec 09, 2016
#240: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart
This week, we welcome two actors with questionable facial hair in their respective movies. Eckhart: thick and bristly. Teller: thin and wispy. More from the Empire Podcast:
Dec 02, 2016
#239: Robert Zemeckis
This week, we go Back To The Future and make Contact with Robert Zemeckis to see What Lies Beneath his latest movie, Allied. Something Something Death Becomes Her.
Nov 25, 2016
#238: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo
This week, two actors from the United Kingdom talk about the film, A United Kingdom. Plus: everything's still fine! Really! All fine! More from the Empire Podcast:
Nov 18, 2016
#237: Adam Driver
Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver, pops by the pod booth this week to talk about playing a driver in Paterson. Plus, we pretend that everything is fine. Just fine. More from the Empire Podcast:
Nov 11, 2016
Doctor Strange Spoiler Special with Scott Derrickson
We portal into the Spoiler Dimension for a spoilerific chat with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, and three of Empire's biggest Marvel nerds discuss the MCU's latest in depth. More from the Empire Podcast:
Nov 08, 2016
#236: Derek Cianfrance
We welcome Derek Cianfrance into the pod booth this week to talk about his Michael Fassbender/Alicia Vikander tear-jerker, The Light Between Oceans. In double tear-inducing news, we also say goodbye to one of our own.
Nov 04, 2016
#235: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mads Mikkelsen
This week, we welcome two actors, each with interesting and challenging CVs, and each with interesting and challenging-to-spell names. Plus, we discuss our favourite scream queens. More from the Empire Podcast:
Oct 28, 2016
#234: Cobie Smulders
This week, we welcome Cobie Smulders, star of How I Met Your Mother and this week's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Plus, we discuss which movie would have the biggest electricity bill. More from the Empire Podcast:
Oct 21, 2016
#233: Felicity Jones, George Takei
Felicity Jones flies in from a galaxy far, far away this week to talk all things Inferno (and yes, a bit of Rogue One). George Takei also beams in for a colourful, Star Trek-centric chat. More from the Empire Podcast:
Oct 14, 2016
#232: Luke Evans, Andrea Arnold
This week, we welcome Luke Evans back into the pod booth (for the third time!) and American Honey director Andrea Arnold (for the first time!). More from the Empire Podcast:
Oct 07, 2016
Daniel Radcliffe Interview Special
A special 30-minute interview special with everyone’s favourite boy wizard, Daniel Radcliffe. More from the Empire Podcast:
Oct 07, 2016
#231: Tim Burton, Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña
This week, we welcome the godfather of goth himself Tim Burton into the pod booth; plus, War On Everyone's Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña join us for an incredibly anarchic 'interview.' More from the Empire Podcast:
Sep 30, 2016
#230: LIVE with Tom Bennett and Mike Colter
Tom Bennett, Mike Colter, and a sold-out audience join us for a very special live podcast, direct from Empire Live at The O2 in London. More from the Empire Podcast:
Sep 25, 2016
#229: Sam Neill, Colin Firth
This week, we ask Sam Neill several questions about Event Horizon, and if there’s time, some of his other films too (like this week's stunning Hunt For The Wilderpeople). Plus, Colin Firth – potential father of Bridget Jones's baby and the star of this week's Bridget Jones's Baby – pops by the pod booth. More from the Empire Podcast: Read our Hunt For The Wilderpeople review: Read our Bridget Jones’s Baby review: /
Sep 16, 2016
#228: Viggo Mortensen & Noel Clarke in the pod booth
This week, we chat to the fantastic Viggo Mortensen. Plus, Noel Clarke joins us in the pod booth as we record the actual podcast!
Sep 08, 2016
#227: Jamie Dornan
This week sees Jamie Dornan pop by the pod booth to talk about his numerous upcoming projects, with the team also paying tribute to the inimitable Gene Wilder.
Sep 02, 2016
#226: Todd Phillips
Todd Phillips – the man behind The Hangover, Old School and this week's War Dogs – is our guest this week. Plus, we huddle round the pod booth to discuss our favourite campfire movie scenes.
Aug 26, 2016
Greatest Movie Villains Special
In honour of our 50 Greatest Movie Villains magazine feature, we discuss the ultimate bad guys and gals of cinema. (Listen to the end for evil cackling.)
Aug 25, 2016
#225: Pedro Almodóvar
A true legend steps into the Empire pod booth this week. That's right, the Oscar-winning Almodóvar stopped by to talk about Julieta. The team also discuss the best sports-turned-movie-stars, and find an odd way to hand Bradley Cooper that prestigious EGOT.
Aug 19, 2016
Suicide Squad Spoiler Special with David Ayer
Suicide Squad director David Ayer joins us for a spoiler-filled chat that gets right to the core of DC's latest movie offering. (CONTAINS SKWAD SPOILERS. OBVIOUSLY.)
Aug 12, 2016
#224: Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann joins us in the pod booth this week to talk about his new Netflix show The Get Down. Plus, we discuss the best beach scenes in movies.
Aug 12, 2016
#223: Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie stops by the pod booth this week to talk all things Suicide Squad, The Big Short's bathtub scene, and Infernos nightclub in Clapham (seriously).
Aug 05, 2016
Star Trek Beyond Spoiler Special with Justin Lin and Simon Pegg
Star Trek Beyond's director Justin Lin and co-writer/co-star Simon Pegg join us for a spoiler-filled special that's actually longer than the film itself. Warp speed, Mr. Sulu!
Jul 29, 2016
#222: Paul Greengrass, Andrew Stanton, Lindsey Collins
This week, we welcome two directors and a producer into the pod booth to talk about their amnesia-based films (Jason Bourne and Finding Dory, respectively).
Jul 29, 2016
Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig
We ain't afraid of no ghosts! Nor are we afraid of no internet trolling! Paul Feig joins us for a spoilerific chat on the new Ghostbusters reboot – be sure you've seen the film before listening.
Jul 27, 2016
#221: The cast of Star Trek Beyond
This week's podcast speaks to not one, not two (or three or four) but FIVE members of the Star Trek Beyond cast, who beamed into our podcast to mind-meld with our intrepid team. Live long and podcast!
Jul 22, 2016
#220: Mark Rylance / Star Wars Celebration
This week's slightly delayed pod comes direct from Star Wars Celebration Europe. Plus, we welcome Big Friendly Actor Mark Rylance into the pod booth.
Jul 17, 2016
Star Trek 50th Anniversary Special
To celebrate the franchise's momentous anniversary, four of our biggest Trek fans discuss their favourite characters, episodes, films, and much, much more. Live long and prosper, everyone.
Jul 14, 2016
Independence Day: Resurgence Special with Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich stops by the pod booth for a spoilerific chat about all things Independence Day: Resurgence. BEWARE: SPOILERS WITHIN (obviously...).
Jul 12, 2016
#219: Christopher Lambert
This week, there can be only one guest.
Jul 08, 2016
#218: Elle Fanning, Nicolas Winding Refn
The Neon Demon's Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning drop by to tell us about being both booed at cheered at Cannes. Plus, we bid a sad farewell to one of Empire's longest-serving stalwarts.
Jul 01, 2016
#217: Jeff Goldblum
Bangily bang, that's how it always starts. Then later there's running and um, screaming. (Jeff Goldblum is on the podcast!)
Jun 24, 2016
Greatest Sci-Fi Moments Special
The podcast team gather together to discuss the 50 greatest sci-fi moments ever, as selected in the July 2016 issue of Empire magazine. Agree? Disagree? Let us know!
Jun 23, 2016
Warcraft Special with Duncan Jones
Duncan Jones drops by the pod booth for a spoilerific half-hour discussion on all things Azeroth. Make sure you've seen Warcraft before listening!
Jun 23, 2016
216: Patrick Wilson, James Wan
This week, Patrick Wilson and James Wan chat about working together for the fourth time on The Conjuring 2. Plus, guest host Helen O'Hara talks about Hamilton – obviously.
Jun 17, 2016
215: Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek drops by the pod booth this week to tell a tale of Tale Of Tales. Plus, we discuss the bulging new muscles of J.K. Simmons.
Jun 10, 2016
The Nice Guys Interview Special With Shane Black, Joel Silver
Our very own Chris Hewitt moderated an audience Q&A with supreme writing/directing/producing team Shane Black and Joel Silver after a very special screening of The Nice Guys.
Jun 07, 2016
#214: Kelsey Grammer
We're listening... That's right, Frasier himself, Kelsey Grammer pops in to talk about his illustrious career and new film, Breaking The Bank.
Jun 03, 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse Spoiler Special with Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg
Director Bryan Singer and writer/producer Simon Kinberg join us for an epic, spoilerific chat that delves deep into the secrets of X-Men: Apocalypse. CONTAINS SPOILERS. (Obviously.)
May 31, 2016
#213: James Bobin, Jodie Foster
This week's podcast is brought to you by the letter 'J', with directors James Bobin and Jodie Foster in to talk about Alice Through The Looking Glass and Money Monster, respectively.
May 27, 2016
#212: John Carney
This week, director John Carney drops by the pod booth to talk Sing Street, Once and Begin Again. Plus, we debate the most comfortable superhero costumes.
May 20, 2016
#211: Ewan McGregor, Richard Linklater
This week, Ewan McGregor talks Our Kind Of Traitor and Trainspotting 2; and Richard Linklater talks Everybody Wants Some!! and exclamation marks.
May 13, 2016
Captain America: Civil War Spoiler Special with Joe & Anthony Russo, Kevin Feige
An epic, two-hour, spoilerific discussion of Marvel's latest superhero dust-up, with Marvel boss Kevin Feige, and Civil War directing team Joe & Anthony Russo. CONTAINS SPOILERS.
May 09, 2016
#210: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg are all on this week's podcast. Two very English gentleman, and one American gentleman with a very good English accent.
May 06, 2016
#209: Chris Evans, Eric Bana
The current Steve Rogers and former Bruce Banner battle it out in the pod booth this week. The team also settle that lifelong question: is Die Hard better than Citizen Kane?
Apr 29, 2016
#208: Sir Ian McKellen, Don Cheadle
This week, we pop round Ian McKellen's house for a cup of tea and a biscuit. Plus, Don Cheadle tells us about the decade-long process behind Miles Ahead.
Apr 22, 2016
Daredevil Season 2 Spoiler Special with Charlie Cox, Elodie Yung
We welcome Daredevil and Elektra into the pod booth for a spoilerific chat about all things Season 2. (There are multiple and frequent spoilers throughout.)
Apr 19, 2016
#207: Jon Favreau, Rebecca Ferguson
This week's Empire Podcast sees Jon Favreau and Rebecca Ferguson adorn the pod booth. We also discuss the best films featuring and/or directed by special guests on Friends (clap clap clap clap clap).
Apr 15, 2016
#206: Kevin Costner
Acting/directing legend Kevin Costner drops by the pod booth to talk about his new thriller Criminal. Plus, we talk about garages in films.
Apr 08, 2016
#205: Jeff Nichols
This week, we give you the skinny on our brand new X-Men: Apocalypse issue and talk Adam Driver and Michael Shannon with Midnight Special director, Jeff Nichols. With Phil de Semlyen in the hosting seat, we also discuss the best films about moving house.
Apr 01, 2016
Batman v Superman Spoiler Special with Zack Snyder, Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder
Our bumper spoiler-filled Batman v Superman special features interviews with director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, plus a spoiler-filled discussion of the film in forensic detail. SPOILER ALERT: THERE ARE SPOILERS.
Mar 30, 2016
204: Dexter Fletcher
On this week's podcast, Dexter Fletcher talks about his heartwarming new film Eddie The Eagle. Plus, we review Batman v Superman.
Mar 25, 2016
#203: Jeremy Irons
This week, we welcome classically-trained actor Jeremy Irons into the pod booth to talk about his triumvirate of new films. Plus, we debate which directors have had a "Nolan's Run".
Mar 18, 2016
#202: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Anya Taylor-Joy
This week, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson talk about their strictly-adults-only animation Anomalisa. Plus, The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy talks to us about goats.
Mar 11, 2016
#201: Joel and Ethan Coen, Andrew Lincoln
This week, the Coen brothers – the greatest siblings since the De Semylen brothers – stop by the pod booth to talk Hail, Caesar! Plus, Andrew Lincoln tries not to spoil The Walking Dead.
Mar 04, 2016
#200: LIVE with Jason Isaacs and Ben Wheatley
On the bumper 200th episode of the Empire Podcast, we're live in front of a Prince Charles Cinema audience, with special surprise guests Jason "Hello to" Isaacs and Ben Wheatley.
Feb 26, 2016
#199: Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie
Aaron Paul and Anthony Mackie, stars of new thriller Triple 9, join us in the pod booth for a particularly gritty and macho interview. Plus, we discuss the Empire Awards nominations.
Feb 19, 2016
Deadpool Spoiler Special with Ryan Reynolds
Our most R-rated podcast ever welcomes Ryan Reynolds into the pod booth for a spoilerfic chat about his anti-superhero Deadpool, and we discuss the film in depth. Reminder: make sure you've seen Deadpool before listening. SPOILERS herein...
Feb 16, 2016
#198: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Stephen Fry, Ryan Reynolds - February 12
For sheer A-list star power, this week's podcast rivals most TV chat shows. A stonking FOUR guests join us in the pod booth: Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson talk Zoolander 2; Stephen Fry talks BAFTAs; and Ryan Reynolds talks Deadpool.
Feb 12, 2016
#197: Jack Black, Matt Smith
This week, Jack Black talks monsters with Goosebumps, and Matt Smith talks zombies with Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.
Feb 05, 2016
#196: Mark Ruffalo – January 29
Mark Ruffalo drops by the pod booth to talk Spotlight, Columbo rumours and Oscar goodie bags, and we discuss movies with no people in them.
Jan 29, 2016
#195: Adam McKay - January 22
On the Empire Podcast this week, we are joined by director Adam McKay to talk about Oscar hopeful, The Big Short. That's right: the man who brought us Anchorman entered the pod booth.
Jan 22, 2016
#194: Domhnall Gleeson, Alejandro González Iñárritu - January 15
This week, we welcome the star and director of survivalist drama The Revenant; discuss the recently-announced Oscar nominations; and pay tribute to the sadly departed Alan Rickman and David Bowie.
Jan 15, 2016
#193: David O. Russell - January 8
The first podcast of 2016 sees director David O. Russell join us in the pod booth for a chat. Plus, we debate the merits of Tarantino, past and present.
Jan 08, 2016
Review Of The Year 2015
With 2015 drawing to a close, we assembled four Empire writers into the pod booth to reflect on the year's highs and lows in movieland.
Dec 27, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoiler Special with Lawrence Kasdan
As Episode VII rolls into a galaxy near you, we invite its co-writer Lawrence Kasdan into the pod booth, and discuss the new film in heavy spoilerific detail. WARNING: this podcast contains Star Wars spoilers! (Obviously!)
Dec 21, 2015
#192: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Hooper - 18 December
For the final regular podcast of 2015, we welcome Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg to the pod booth for Daddy's Home, and have a chat with director Tom Hooper about The Danish Girl.
Dec 18, 2015
Peep Show Special with Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong
To mark this week's Peep Show finale, we invited Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the show's co-creators and co-writers, to the pod booth, for a Spoiler Special.
Dec 17, 2015
#191: Peter Mullan, Tina Fey, Paula Pell
On the Empire Podcast this week, we welcome the legendary Peter Mullan to the pod booth, and sing 'Peter Mullan' to him; plus, we chat to Tina Fey and Sisters screenwriter Paula Pell about the latest Fey/Poehler collaboration.
Dec 11, 2015
Christopher McQuarrie Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Special
Christophere McQuarri, director of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, drops by the pod booth for a mammoth, far-reaching, almost-three-hour spoilerific conversation.
Dec 07, 2015
#190: Lily Tomlin - 4 December
This week, the legendary Lily Tomlin drops by the pod booth to chat about her delightful new comedy Grandma and we and discuss a little trailer pitting some guy called Batman against a guy named Superman.
Dec 04, 2015
#189: Tom Hanks - 27 November
This week, young up-and-comer Tom Hanks stops by to talk about his Bridge Of Spies. Plus, our lovely new editor Terri White also swings by the booth to unleash the secrets of our Force Awakens issue.
Nov 27, 2015
#188: Natalie Dormer - 20 November
This week, Natalie Dormer drops by the pod booth to talk Games, both Hunger and Of Thrones. Plus, we discuss Love 3D, or as we christen it, "Gasper Noé's Cockapalooza".
Nov 20, 2015
Spectre Spoiler Special - Sam Mendes
For our Spectre Spoiler Special, Sam Mendes drops by the pod-booth; and four of Empire's biggest Bond nerds don tuxedos for a spoilerific chat on 007's 24th adventure.
Nov 09, 2015
#186: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Saoirse Ronan - 6 November
On the Empire Podcast this week, we welcomed Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller into our pod-kitchen; Saoirse Ronan and Chris Hewitt compare Irish accents; and we welcome a new recruit to the podcast team.
Nov 06, 2015
#185: Nicholas Hoult - 30 October
On the Empire Podcast this week we talk to Nicholas Hoult, who took the time to write us a new jingle - all four notes of it - before discussing peeing on James Corden in his new film, Kill Your Friends.
Oct 30, 2015
#184: Cary Fukunaga - 23 October
On the Empire Podcast this week, we Netflix and chill with Beasts Of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga and ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over the latest Star Wars trailer whilst trying to recover from our Back To The Future Day celebrations.
Oct 23, 2015
#183: Christian Slater - 16 October
This week saw the Empire Podcast team keep a close eye on all electrical equipment as the booth was invaded by hacker extraordinaire, Mr. Robot. Meanwhile, we explore the gothic delights of Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak, ruminate on great cinematic dinners and react with absolutely no sense of proportion to the recently announced Die Hard prequel.
Oct 16, 2015
Guillermo Del Toro Special
Guillermo del Toro needs no introduction: but here’s one anyway. Stopping by the podcast booth to celebrate the release of new gothic horror Crimson Peak, del Toro let on that his latest film already belongs in his personally-directed top three. He also gave us the lowdown on the surprising autobiographical elements to the Tom Hiddleston-starrer, the latest on Pacific Rim 2 and his mission to spread the love on Twitter.
Oct 15, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road Spoiler Special
Not many directors can mix heart-warming family fare and apocalyptic road rage with effortless ease. But then George Miller isn’t one for convention. Desperate to know what awaits Furiosa at the Citadel? Will the Doof Warrior live to play another day? Luckily for you, Mr. Miller popped by the podcast booth for a thorough examination of one of 2015’s very best, Mad Max: Fury Road.
Oct 12, 2015
Pan Special
This week sees the Empire Podcast booth transported to Neverland, with not one, not two, but five interviews for family adventure, Pan. Joining us for this pod special is the one-and-only Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, newcomer Levi Miller and director Joe Wright.
Oct 09, 2015
#182: Abi Morgan, Sarah Gavron And Robert Zemeckis - 9 October
On the Empire Podcast this week we welcome Abi Morgan and Sarah Gavron, the writer/director pairing behind Suffragette. Meanwhile, the inestimable Robert Zemeckis also came by to talk about his latest blend of polished storytelling and technical virtuosity, The Walk.
Oct 09, 2015
#181: Anne Hathaway And Robert De Niro - October 2
This week's Empire Podcast sees a couple of rising stars making an appearance in the audio booth of destiny. Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro are combining for the first time in The Intern and the pair swung by to chat about their collaboration, make the tea and help with the mail-out. Tune in to see if they got the job.
Oct 02, 2015
Ridley Scott Special
It's not every week the Empire Podcast booth welcomes a knight of the realm. Sir Ridley Scott isn't one to stand on ceremony though, so all that silver-polishing and red-carpet-rolling was probably unnecessary. On a very special podcast Special, he chatted about a wide range of topics, from The Martian, to his finest big-screen moments, to the projects that got away.
Sep 30, 2015
#180: David Oyelowo - September 25
This week it's the turn of David Oyelowo to take the hotseat and face an inquisition by Empire Podcast. The British actor is moving and shaking in Hollywood these days - he's flaunting his range by following up his barnstorming Martin Luther King turn in Selma with a taut thriller called Captive - and he's off to Botswana in a week to play royalty in a drama. We chatted to him about all this, and 007 to boot.
Sep 25, 2015
#179: Jason Clarke, Simon Farnaby and Laurence Rickard - September 18
Braving the treacherous climes of Empire's audio booth this week is the star of Everest, Jason Clarke. We chatted to him about all things mountain-based, and let Bill stars Simon Farnaby and Laurence Rickard take care of all ruff-wearing sea level chitchat.
Sep 18, 2015
#178: Kaya Scodelario and M. Night Shyamalan - September 11
This week the Empire Podcast welcomes back two pod-booth veterans/survivors in M. Night Shyamalan and Kaya Scodelario, and a new face - well, voice - in the latter's Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials director, Wes Ball.
Sep 11, 2015
#177: Ron Perlman, Tom Hardy and Brian Helgeland - September 4
The big man himself, Mr Ron Perlman, joins us on the podcast this week to explain why you'll find him naked in a fountain and speaking in tongues in Hand Of God. And if an audience with Hellboy isn't enough, we also welcome Legend director Brian Helgeland and star Tom Hardy for a quick podbooth knees-up as well. 'Ave at iiiit!
Sep 04, 2015
#176: Ed Skrein - August 28
This week Empire welcomes a debutant to the podbooth. Ed Skrein is a name you'll be hearing a lot in months and years ahead. He's "the new Jason Statham" in Transporter: Refueled, and will battle wisecracking Wade Wilson as Ajax in Deadpool. He's a man on the up-and-up in other words, and, donchaknow, he's even played Glastonbury. Plenty to chat about in other words, after accepting his first podcast podcap. Well, we're all about the ceremony on the Empire Podcast.
Aug 28, 2015
#175: Jack Whitehall - August 21
This week sees a podcast first. Yes, we've hired a new freelance film reviewer to cast a critical eye over one of the week's cinematic releases, Bad Education. Jack Whitehall is the guy's name, and we can't envisage any conflict of interest there. Rounding out your weekly dose of film-related chatter are all the treasures of Disney's D23 event, as well as an appraisal of Vacation.
Aug 21, 2015
Judd Apatow Special
Judd Apatow, the director behind The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, This Is 40 and the recently-released Trainwreck, stepped into the podbooth this week to talk his career, directing comedy and the matter of awkward in-flight erections.
Aug 17, 2015
#174: Cara Delevingne - August 14
You're not going to believe this, but Cara Delevingne is on this week's podcast. As well as talking about Paper Towns, the upcoming John Green adaptation, she also sings the theme tune to Pokeman. Plus! The Empire Podcast team say goodbye to their editor, Ali. It's been emotional.
Aug 14, 2015
#173: Hugh Grant - August 7
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. may be out on August 14, but one of the men from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is on the podcast this week, namely Mister Hugh Grant esquire. He talks toy cars, the Cold War and spies in the family, while the Empire Podcast team stick to the new Fantastic Four movie and which is the best Chris: Pine, Pratt, Evans or Hemsworth?
Aug 06, 2015
#172: Josh Gad - July 31
You might know him as the voice of Olaf from Frozen, or you could be a big Wedding Ringer fan, or you could love his work with Billy Crystal in The Comedians, but however you know him, he's Josh Gad, and here's on the show this week to talk about Pixels. Every single one of them. Ever.
Jul 31, 2015
#171: Pete Docter - July 24
The inside story on Inside Out, hand-wringing over the announcement of an Emoji movie and Dan Jolin being habitually wrong on the subject of spoilers. All that and more in this week's podcast, guest hosted by geek queen Helen O'Hara. She ran pell mell straight from an interview with Hugh Grant to get to the podbooth on time. It was terribly dramatic.
Jul 24, 2015
Ant-Man Spoiler Podcast - Peyton Reed
Whether you loved Paul Rudd's take on Marvel's miniature superhero or thought its third act was a bit of an, ahem, anticlimax, you've got to listen to this Empire Podcast spoiler special in honour of Ant-Man. That is, if you've already watched the film. If you haven't, you better get to your nearest cinema. Waste, otherwise.
Jul 21, 2015
#170: Jake Gyllenhaal - July 17
The ferociously talented Jake Gyllenhaal is the guest on this week's podcast, as is the ghost of San Diego Comic Con, which haunts this episode like a, um, ghost. In short: the team wraps up the biggest headlines from the con, and reviews the likes of True Story and Ant-Man.
Jul 17, 2015
#169: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane - July 10
Just two members of the podcast team appear on this week's episode, namely Phil De Semlyen and Ali Plumb, both of whom are at the San Diego Comic-Con to show off their impressive cosplay costumes. Expect to hear signs of severe sleep deprivation and some seriously lame jokes.
Jul 10, 2015
#168: Hayley Atwell - July 3
The charming and wonderful Hayley Atwell stops by the Empire Podcast booth for a lengthy chat about her Marvel TV series, Agent Carter, touching on mid-audition nausea and how she'd fight Empire if it came to it. Elsewhere, the team comes to terms with Terminator Genisys and The Crystal Skull.
Jul 03, 2015
#167: Emily Mortimer, Robert Sheehan, Corin Hardy - Edinburgh Live Special - June 26, 2015
You're not going to believe this, but the Edinburgh International Film Festival invited the Empire Podcast team back for the second year in a row, and this is the result: over two hours of silly questions, silly answers, movie news and reviews, featuring not one, not two, but three interviews. We spoil you, we know.
Jun 25, 2015
#166: Ian McKellen, The Entourage Team - June 12
Ian McKellen and the cast of Entourage: not your typical gathering of famous folk, but then again, the Empire Podcast is not your typical film programme. Be sure to tune in to hear Gandalf singing songs from Beauty And The Beast, as well as Johnny "Drama" Chase talking about dinosaur heads. It'll make sense in context, promise.
Jun 19, 2015
Jurassic World Spoiler Podcast - Colin Trevorrow
The director of the indomitable Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow, stopped by the Empire Podcast booth recently to spill some T-Rex-sized beans about the box office record-breaking blockbuster, and here is the fascinating result. Topped up with near an hour minutes of in-depth discussion from the podcast team, if you've already seen the movie, the following 90 minutes are not to be missed.
Jun 15, 2015
#165: David Hasselhoff, Richard E. Grant - June 12
Two interviewees this week, both of them undeniable legends. First up is David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff, here to talk about his new show, Hoff The Record, which airs June 18 at 9pm on Dave. Then there's Richard E. Grant, here to talk about Queen And Country, as well as - you guessed it - Withnail And I.
Jun 12, 2015
#164: Peter Serafinowicz, Paul Feig - June 5
Espionage comedy Spy offers up two interviewees this week, with both director Paul Feig and star Peter Serafinowicz stopping by to reveal everything we ask of them (as all good spies should).
Jun 05, 2015
#163: Simon Pegg - May 29
Simon Pegg appears on the Empire Podcast for a record-breaking fourth time this week, talking about everything from this new Star Trek script to his latest, the Brit rom-com Man Up, out now.
May 29, 2015
Tomorrowland Spoiler Podcast - Brad Bird Damon Lindelof
Dare you unearth the secrets of Tomorrowland? If you're reading this, and you've seen Tomorrowland, chances are you do indeed dare. So for interviews with the director, Brad Bird, and his co-writer, Damon Lindelof, as well as half an hour's chat from the Empire Podcast team on just what happened in the land of tomorrow, click play straight away.
May 22, 2015
#162: Hugh Laurie - May 22
The Prince Regent, Bertie Wooster, Gregory House, Viscount George Bufton-Tufton, Frederick Little and Jasper from 101 Dalmatians - Hugh Laurie's played them all, and been very funny with it. He continues that funny streak with his Empire Podcast interview for Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, explaining how how be manages that pitch-perfect English accent.
May 22, 2015
#161: Lake Bell, Sarah Gadon - May 15
Mad Max: Fury Road is out this week, as is Pitch Perfect 2, but we're here for the other guys: A Royal Night Out (also in cinemas this weekend) and Man Up (out in two weekends' time) with Sarah Gadon and Lake Bell both in the studio to talk about their respective films.
May 15, 2015
#160: Kit Harington, Peter Firth, Jon Stewart
The legendary host of America's foremost late-night talk and news satire television program, The Daily Show, Jon Stewart is on this week's podcast to chat about his directorial debut, Rosewater, as well as The Winslow Boy, John Oliver, and much more besides. Also on this episode are Spooks: The Greater Good's Peter Firth and Kit Harington, who talk horses, running up walls and surviving the Oscars.
May 08, 2015
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Spoiler Podcast - Joss Whedon And Paul Bettany
The long-awaited Empire Podcast spoiler special for Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron features an hour's worth of detailed discussion from the podcast team, as well as a frank, funny and very informative 30-minute interview with writer-director Joss Whedon, on top of a quicker five-minute chat with The Vision himself, Paul Bettany, who talks about... well, you'll see. Or, rather, hear.
May 01, 2015
#159: Carey Mulligan - May 1, 2015
The utterly charming Carey Mulligan is the guest on this week's Empire Podcast, talking about everything from sheep farming to how to use "madding" in a sentence without saying "Far From The Madding Crowd".
May 01, 2015
Daredevil Season 1 Spoiler Podcast - Charlie Cox
If you've seen all 13 episodes of the first season of Netflix / Marvel's Daredevil, you'll want to talk about all 13 episodes of the first season of Netflix / Marvel's Daredevil. You'd probably also like to speak to the star of the show, Charlie Cox, which is were this particular Empire Podcast comes in. With an interview with Daredevil himself and an in-depth discussion of the show from the regular Empire team, this is your one-stop audio shop for all things DD.
Apr 24, 2015
#158: Paul Bettany, Charlie Cox - April 24, 2015
Two British actors masquerading as American superheroes are on this week's Empire Podcast, namely Paul Bettany (The Avengers Age Of Ultron's The Vision) and Charlie Cox (Daredevil's, um, Daredevil). Also, the team finally tackle that question of questions: what are the best running scenes in cinema?
Apr 24, 2015
#157: Alan Rickman - April 17, 2015
Call him Hans Gruber, The Sheriff Of Nottingham or his real name, Alan Rickman, but the star-cum-director of A Little Chaos is a veritable living legend, and one willing to slum it in the muck and the mire of this week's Empire Podcast. Expect Die Hard references aplenty. Elsewhere, the team wrap their heads around the new Terminator Genisys trailer and come to terms to the new Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer.
Apr 16, 2015
#156: Ryan Gosling - April 10, 2015
Ryan Gosling is on the podcast this week to talk about his directorial debut Lost River, out today. So for details on that, his love of cereal and Disneyland-based friendship with Guillermo del Toro, be sure to listen to this episode, which also features reviews of John Wick and Cobain Montage Of Heck.
Apr 10, 2015
The Walking Dead Special - Greg Nicotero
Greg Nicotero is a special effects legend. From kicking off his career working with George A. Romero on Day of the Dead to his current role as Walking Dead gore guru - goru? - and director-cum-producer, he's seen everything that could possibly be covered in fake blood be covered in fake blood. Here, he talks all about his life in the business, including the emotional farewells he's given to beloved cast members killed off the incredibly popular show. So, to give fair warning, if you're not full up to date with The Walking Dead Season 5, go and watch it all, then come right back and listen to this.
Apr 07, 2015
#155: Ron Moore - April 3, 2015
The Empire Podcast comes out just a little earlier than normal, what with this Easter weekend thing and all, and to celebrate the kind folks at Universal have released Fast & Furious 7 to bamboozle and enthrall. Here, in this hour-long podcast, the team comes to terms with everything Vin Diesel has to offer. Plus, Ron Moore!
Apr 02, 2015