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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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#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
Antonio Banderas Interview Special
Antonion Banderas and his beautiful voice take centre stage in this appropriately-named Antonio Banderas interview special Empire Podcast. In town to talk about the delightfully bonkers The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, we took the time to not only ask about his character in it, Burgerbeard, but also much, much more, from Expendables 3 to The Skin I live In, not forgetting a certain Puss In Boots...
Mar 27, 2015
#154: Kenneth Branagh - March 27, 2015
Sir Ken is the one and only guest on this week's show, a show where one of us nearly dies, and there's a good deal of thought given to ways that Tom Cruise could die, depending on what happens with the next Mission Impossible movie. As ever, it makes sense in context, promise.
Mar 27, 2015
#153: Sir Ben Kingsley, Sean Penn - March 20, 2015
Two acting legends enter the Empire Podcast booth this week in the form of Sir Ben Kingsley and Sean Penn, with the former here to talk about next week's Robot Overlords and the latter chatting about this week's The Gunman. Elsewhere, the team come to terms with a giant meteorite hitting the earth. In makes sense in context, honest.
Mar 20, 2015
#152: Jim Parsons, Gemma Arterton - March 13, 2015
In an unfortunately mildly unexciting week for movies, we have two very exciting guests talking about two movies out next week, namely Jim Parsons for Dreamworks animation Home and Gemma Arterton for serial killer comedy The Voices. The mid-'00s dramedy Ed comes up, for some reason. You'll see.
Mar 13, 2015
#151: Julianne Moore, Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell - March 6, 2015
Admire our restraint as we speak to Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell about Chappie and only bring up the new Alien movie twice! Applaud our ingenuity as we ask Julianne Moore whether she does her own running - it works in context, promise - and try to find her a football team to support! Also, listen to this podcast! Exclamation marks!
Mar 06, 2015
#150: Margot Robbie - February 27, 2015
Feb 27, 2015
Oscars 2015 Special
Spoiler: Birdman won Best Director and Best Picture, while Boyhood did not. Neil Patrick Harris, meanwhile, did not win Best Presenter, though perhaps failing to make it a real category was his biggest mistake. Fortunately the Empire Podcast is here to make everything all right with its unique blend of sleep deprivation and sugar-high funtimes. Feel free to play us off at any time, by the way.
Feb 23, 2015
#149: Bill Nighy, Maika Monroe - February 20, 2015
It's the Oscars this weekend, which means most of the Empire Podcast team are currently trying to amass as much confectionary and is humanly possible in advance of the all-night onslaught of famous folk in very expensive clothing on Sunday. But before all that happens, here's a great little podcast featuring It Follows' wonderful Maika Monrie and the one and only Bill Nighy. Remember, kids: don't buy drugs!
Feb 20, 2015
#148: Mark Strong, Peter Strickland - February 13, 2015
Feb 12, 2015
Matthew Vaughn Kingsman The Secret Service Spoiler Special
Kingsman: The Secret Service shot to the number one spot in the UK box office, and now Empire's Kingsman: The Secret Service spoiler special is shooting to the number one spot of your podcast feed. Awaiting you is a joyfully frank 40 minute interview with the director and writer of the film, with all sorts of spoilerific detail in store, as well as titbits on his other projects, from Stardust to Snatch.
Feb 09, 2015
#147: Titus Welliver, Douglas Booth - February 6, 2015
Two of Empire's favourite people star in this week's podcast, with tried-and-true 27 per center Titus Welliver making his debut and old hand Douglas Booth returning for his third visit.
Feb 06, 2015
#146: Alex Garland, Paul Thomas Anderson
It's a directorial double-header this week, with Ex Machina's Alex Garland and Inherent Vice's Paul Thomas Anderson on the show to talk about their respective movies and a hell of a lot more (think baths, for some reason). Also, a franchise discussion bonanza - the question being: is anything sacred?
Jan 29, 2015
#145: Ethan Hawke, J.C. Chandor - January 23, 2015
Ethan Hawke drops by the Empire Podcast studio this week to talk about the critically-acclaimed Oscar frontrunner Boyhood, which is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, while director extraordinaire J.C. Chandor was here to explain why the title of his latest, A Most Violent Year, doesn't actually reflect the amount of violence in the actual movie.
Jan 22, 2015
#144: Meryl Streep, Alicia Vikander - January 16, 2015
The nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards were announced this week, which makes this particular Empire Podcast - featuring interviews from Into The Woods' Meryl Streep and Testament Of Youth's Alicia Vikander - particularly Oscar-themed, with the team taking the time to analyses the snubs and even review a few of the films what got nodded, such as the wonderful Whiplash.
Jan 16, 2015
#143: Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones - January 9, 2015
It's BAFTA nomination week this week, so there are gong-worthy nominees aplenty on the latest Empire Podcast, with Birdman's Michael Keaton and The Theory Of Everything's Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones all dropping by to be better at acting than us. Plus, someone says "I'm Batman" in that voice, and it may well be Mr. Keaton...
Jan 09, 2015
#142: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Tim Burton - December 19, 2014
The final regular podcast of 2014 ends on a high note, with some stellar interview talent in the form of Tim Burton (Big Eyes) and three members of the Dumb And Dumber To team: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and one of them there Farrelly Brothers everyone's talking about.
Dec 19, 2014
The Hobbit The Battle Of The Five Armies Spoiler Special #2 - Richard Armitage
Dec 17, 2014
The Hobbit The Battle Of The Five Armies Spoiler Special - Philippa Boyens Interview
The final chapter of The Hobbit is finally here, and with it not one but two Empire Podcast spoiler specials, the first being this particular slice of fried audio gold, featuring a lenghty interview with the co-writer and producer of not only the Hobbit trilogy, but The Lord Of The Rings as well. So if you've read the book / watched the film, click play and regret nothing.
Dec 15, 2014
#141: Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Wong - December 12, 2014
The Golden Globes nominations were announced, Star Wars revealed some of its names, Jonathan Frakes threw his hat into Star Trek 3's ring - so to speak - and The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies came out. It's been quite a week in movies, so let's talk about it.
Dec 12, 2014
Empire Podcast Review Of The Year 2014
The best, the worst, the disappointing, the surprising... the lot, basically. So much is talked about in this year's very special review of the year Empire Podcast that it's over 90 minutes long, and that's without any interviews or anything.
Dec 10, 2014
#140: Jude Law, Cary Elwes - December 5, 2014
Two thoroughly handsome Hollywood actor types grace the podcast booth with their presence this week, namely Jude Law, here to talk about his new submarine thriller Black Sea, as well as Cary Elwes, here to talk about this new making of The Princess Bride book, As You Wish. Picking between the two would be inconceivable.
Dec 05, 2014
#139: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Hugh Bonneville - November 27, 2014
Nov 27, 2014
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Spoiler Special - Francis Lawrence
Team Empire opens up the secret box of secret secrets contained within The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, helped in part by its director, Francis Lawrence, and the book it was based on, by Suzanne Collins.
Nov 25, 2014
#138: Chadwick Boseman, Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi - November 21, 2014
Nov 21, 2014
#137: Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Morten Tyldum - November 14, 2014
Interview the first: The directors of both 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, stopped by the Empire Podcast this week to remind the world that everything is indeed awesome. Interview the second: The director of both The Imitation Game and Headhunters, Morten Tyldum, stopped by to remind the world that Benedict Cumberbatch is good at that acting thing.
Nov 14, 2014
Interstellar Spoiler Podcast - Christopher Nolan, Jessica Chastain
Come with us now on a journey through time and space to the world of Empire's Interstellar spoiler podcast, featuring interviews with director Christopher Nolan and star Jessica Chastain, and about an hour of scientific waffle with the team.
Nov 12, 2014
#136: Anne Hathaway, James Ellroy - November 7, 2014
Interstellar is out this week, so Anne Hathaway is on the Empire Podcast, because if you can get Anne Hathaway on your podcast, you get Anne Hathaway on your podcast. The same goes for James Ellroy, who also dropped by this week, blessing us with his husky voice and excellent nicknaming abilities.
Nov 07, 2014
#135: Daniel Radcliffe, Laura Dern - October 31, 2014
This week has been HUGE for movie news, so consider the podcast you're about to listen to a bumper Marvel slate reveal special, as well as a Daniel Radcliffe special, and a Laura Dern special, and a two five-star-film-reviews-in-one-podcast special. You're going to love it. We insist.
Oct 31, 2014
#134: Steve Carell, David Ayer - October 24, 2014
Steve Carell drops by this week in honour of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, while David Ayer keeps things simple - title-wise - as he talks about his latest, Fury. As the latter is a World War II tank movie, expect someone to say 'Tanks a lot' at least once in the podcast. Okay, maybe twice.
Oct 24, 2014
#133: Robert Duvall, Anna Faris, James Marsden - October 17, 2014
Yep, it's interview hat-trick time again, with Robert Duvall, Anna Faris and James Marsden all on this week's podcast, here to talk about The Judge, Mom and Best Of Me respectively. Also, DC and Marvel FIGHT TO THE DEATH!
Oct 17, 2014
#132: Hugh Grant, Kaya Scodelario - October 10, 2014
The new guests on this week's Empire Podcast are promoting very different films. Kaya Scodelario was here to talk about The Maze Runner, a young adult adaptation that features giant mechanical spider creatures, while Hugh Grant dropped in honour of screenwriting rom-com The Rewrite, as well as playing The Doctor on Doctor Who that one time, and what happened to his Morph. To work out what that all means, just click play or download now...
Oct 10, 2014
Gone Girl Spoiler Podcast - David Fincher
Gone Girl is one of those films that demands immediate discussion, ideally with the director behind it, David Fincher. This is where the Empire Podcast steps in, with Fincher himself offering up 20 minutes of his time to talk about his latest film, accompanied by 40-odd minutes of our own entirely spoiler-filled analysis of just what happened between Amy and Nick.
Oct 07, 2014
#131: Sam Neill, Luke Evans - October 3, 2014
Two much-loved Empire favourites enter the podcast booth this week: Sam Neill, in honour of Peaky Blinders' return to our TV screen, and Luke Evans, here to talk about his take on Vlad The Impaler for Dracula Untold. Also, the team review Gone Girl, all while not revealing any spoilers - that's for the Gone Girl spoiler special (featuring David Fincher) which is up on Monday 6...
Oct 03, 2014
#130: Rosamund Pike, Lee Child, Antoine Fuqua - September 26, 2014
It's a rare event when there are three interviewees on the Empire Podcast, so be sure to be especially generous with your five-star iTunes reviews this week after you listen to the wise and witty words of Jack Reacher author Lee Child, The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua and the girl who puts the Girl in Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike.
Sep 26, 2014
#129: Liam Neeson, The Riot Clubbers - September 19, 2014
Sep 19, 2014
#128: Sir Roger Moore, George MacKay - September 12, 2014
'Which shop from the whole history of cinema would you most like to visit in real life?' is just one of the questions the Empire Podcast team tackle, with guests Sir Roger Moore and George MacKay dealing with the likes of 'When was the last time you wore knitwear?' and 'How exactly is your name pronounced?' and handling both with aplomb.
Sep 11, 2014
#127: William Fichtner, Dan Stevens - September 5, 2014
Sep 05, 2014
#126: Jon Hamm, Richard Ayoade - August 29, 2014
After several weeks' of hype, the Richard Ayoade interview you've long been waiting for is finally here, accompanied by some Mad Man - You see? Because of the TV show? And humour? - called Jon Hamm, with the former here to talk about The Double's Blu-ray release and the latter here to talk about Million Dollar Arm's cinema release. And beards.
Aug 28, 2014
#125: Luc Besson, Marion Cotillard - August 22, 2014
Not one but two people of the French persuasian come to class up the Empire Podcast studio this week, namely Two Days One Night's Marion Cotillard and Lucy's Luc Besson. Here to sully up proceedings is the now-ex editor of Empire, Mark Dinning, who enjoys his very own exit interview at the hands of the podcast team.
Aug 21, 2014
#124: Wesley Snipes, Terry Crews - August 15, 2014
Things get rather explodey in the Empire Podcast this week, with Expendables 3 in cinemas, and Terry Crews and Wesley Snipes in the booth. Look forward to the former talking about his love of Nando's, the robot dance and pec-popping and the latter doing the Blade voice and imagining what an Expendables character called "Jazz Gumbo" would sound like.
Aug 15, 2014
Jackie Chan Live Special
In honour of the DVD and Blu-ray release of his latest, Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan took part in a special screening and Q&A at London's very own Prince Charles Cinema on Monday, August 11. Here is the recording of the interview portion of the evening, which features the legendary martial artist talking about his love of pandas, his U.S. breakthrough and who he'd most like to work with next. Also, he sings. Quite a lot.
Aug 13, 2014
#123: Robert Pattinson, Simon Pegg - August 8, 2014
If you've ever wanted to hear Robert Pattinson talk about camels and Simon Pegg explain the finer points of throwing a chair out of a window, you've come to the right Empire Podcast episode. As well as the star of The Rover (Pattinson) and the star Hector And The Search For Happiness (Pegg), there's also an in-depth discussion of DC's new date selections - more fun than it sounds - and a meander around cinema's best U.S. presidents in an effort to create a new Mount Rushmore.
Aug 07, 2014
Guardians Of The Galaxy Spoiler Podcast - James Gunn
Originally heralded as a long-shot risk from Marvel Studios, Guardians Of The Galaxy has now become a huge hit in its own right, breaking August box office records and making thousands of kids reconsider what they believe to be their favourite film. Talking to the writer-director behind it all, James Gunn, we find out more about how it was made, and in our hour-long discussion afterwards, get into the nitty-gritty of what makes the weird and wonderful space comedy-opera work...
Aug 04, 2014
#122: Chris Pratt, The Inbetweeners - July 25, 2014
Anarchy reigns on this week's Empire Podcast as Guardians Of The Galaxy's Chris Pratt impersonates the cast of The Only Way Is Essex over breakfast, while the Inbetweeners boys - Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas - discuss all the nicknames they've had for each other over the years. "Bucky O'Hare" comes up, which is a good indication of the weirdness level generally.
Aug 01, 2014
#121: Brett Ratner, Jason Blum - July 25, 2014
With many of the regular gang off in San Diego for some sort of comic-book convention or other, things take a turn for the weird on the Empire Podcast this week. Sinister, Paranormal Activity and The Purge: Anarchy producer Jason Blum explains how to set up an inflatable double bed on a plane, while Hercules director Brett Ratner talks about his favourite British confectionary. Elsewhere, "dating dealbreaker" movies come up in conversation, and the concept of "cattens" is given, for free, to the world at large.
Jul 25, 2014
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Spoiler Special - Matt Reeves
First there was Rise and now there is Dawn. In the future, there will be war - though it's not clear if the title of the film that tells that story will actually be called War Of The Planet Of The Apes. We've got our fingers crossed, anyway. Speaking to the director of the sequel, Matt Reeves, the Empire Podcast team get the inside scoop on the making of the film, then spend a good hour talking through the ins-and-outs of it all, from the CGI to the final shot. Banana jokes are kept to an absolute minimum. Promise.
Jul 21, 2014
#120: Andy Serkis, Kevin Feige - July 18, 2014
Here to talk about the upcoming Marvel space opera Guardians Of The Galaxy is the head honcho of all things Marvellous, Kevin Feige, but as you'd expect, we also asked him about just why Edgar Wright left Ant-Man (and much, much more). Then there's Caesar himself, Andy Serkis, who dropped by to talk about his latest, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and suggest what might be his character's favourite cocktail...
Jul 18, 2014
24: Live Another Day Special - Jon Cassar
24: Live Another Day is (and was) a limited event television series that ran for 12 episodes - not 24, fact fans - and ended up with a lot of people getting killed by Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer. Now that it's over, it's our duty on the Empire Podcast to talk through the institution that is 24, and where the end of this very special London-set season leaves fans of the show. Here to help us do just that is longtime director and producer of the show, Jon Cassar, who came by to talk clocks, cougars and whether they'll all come back...
Jul 16, 2014
#119: Richard Linklater, Jack Reynor - July 11, 2014
It's a killer week for films, with Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Boyhood, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and Begin Again all officially out this weekend, so this particular issue of the Empire Podcast is bumper-sized. This is partly because of our interviews with young acting hotshot Jack Reynor and Texan old hand Richard Linklater, but it's mainly down to all the reviews.
Jul 11, 2014
Peter Fonda Special
The one and only Peter Fonda needs no introduction - but he's getting one anyway. Star of the Hollywood-upturning '60s classic Easy Rider, the father of Bridget, son of Henry and brother of Jane is a legend in his own lunchtime, and thanks to this special Empire Podcast, he may be a legend in yours, talking about everything from sailing, supermodels and surviving his friendship with Dennis Hopper.
Jul 07, 2014
#118: Keira Knightley, Dean DeBlois - July 4, 2014
Their movies actually come out next week, but that didn't stop Keira Knightley (Begin Again) and Dean DeBlois (How To Train Your Dragon 2) stopping by to talk the usual assortment of nonsense with the Empire Podcast team. Look forward to hearing the Pirates Of The Caribbean veteran using the phrase "Twizzly tits".
Jul 04, 2014
#117: Elijah Wood, Brian Cox - Edinburgh Live Special - June 27, 2014
In honour of the Edinburgh International Film Festival up in, um, Edinburgh, the Empire Podcast team made the long and treacherous journey over Hadrian's Wall to record a very special live edition of the show, complete with two very special interviews: Elijah Wood and Brian Cox. As well as the really very tame Scottish jokes and worryingly frequent pieces of accidental innuendo you'd expect, you've also got all the news, reviews and Q&As you'd demand. Look forward to hearing Elijah Wood feeling absolutely PHENOMENAL as he is given a bottle of Irn-Bru, and discovering the secret connection that unites Brian Cox to the rest of the cast of The Escapist.
Jun 27, 2014
#116: Ansel Elgort, Jon Favreau - June 20, 2014
This week's Empire Podcast has a relative newcomer to Hollywood in the form of Ansel Elgort, the male lead in the box office-busting weepie The Fault In Our Stars, as well as a relative old hand in the form of Jon Favreau, here to talk about his latest, Chef. In the news department, the team gets nerdy talking about the chances of a Hulk movie and rather serious when it comes to Kathryn Bigelow's planned hardhitter. Elsewhere, the rises and falls of certain once superfamous actors and actresses are assessed, while more than anyone's fair share of innuendos are uttered when 50 Shades Of Grey comes up.
Jun 20, 2014
#115: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amma Asante - June 13, 2014
While the World Cup encourages many to pay more attention to leathery spherical objects getting pushed around a field by 22 people over in Brazil, the Empire Podcast continues to talk about what really matters: film, TV and why If.... boasts a four dot ellipsis instead of a three dot ellipsis.
Jun 13, 2014
Podcast 114: Jason Biggs, Taylor Schilling, Bob Weide - June 6
It's a TV interview special on the Empire Podcast this week, with Orange Is The New Black's Taylor Schilling and Jason Biggs causing a riot in the podbooth and Mr. Sloane's writer/director Bob Weide somehow resisting the undeniable urge to do the same.
Jun 06, 2014
#113: Doug Liman, Sam Riley - May 30, 2014
Three big hitters are out this weekend: Edge Of Tomorrow, Maleficent and A Million Ways To Die In the West. From the first, we've got director Doug Liman, here to talk about taking over Trafalgar Square and shooting his friend's wedding videos, while from the second, we've got Sam Riley, whose gravelly voice will make your brain rumble. As for the third, well... Seth MacFarlane's a busy man. Outside of the interview department, the team talk about Edgar Wright's Ant-Man anticlimax, Quentin Tarantino getting back on the horse for The Hateful Eight and what to expect from Jurassic World. Then there's your usual dose of movie chat and reviews from the guys who like to occasionally do Sam Riley impressions (but never when he's actually on the podcast).
May 29, 2014
X-Men: Days Of Future Past Spoiler Special - Simon Kinberg
With its fragmented timelines and complicated sci-fi-ery, X-Men: Days Of Future Past feels like the movie the Empire Podcast spoiler specials were made for. Prepare yourself for a happy couple of audio hours where your brain can come to terms with all that mutant mind-bending that occurred at your local multiplex. Helping everyone untangle their noodles this time around is X-producer (and X-writer) Simon Kinberg, supplemented by an additional Q&A and at least an hour's worth of what-the-hell-happened waffle from the Empire Podcast team. Look forward to a detailed discussion of the credit sting, and what it means for the rest of the X-Men franchise.
May 23, 2014
#112: Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman - May 23, 2014
This week, Empire Podcast veteran Hugh Jackman stops by to talk about London's second best fish and chip shop, Wolverine's love of Rick Astley and his top drawer pirate voice, with newcomer Ian McKellen instead using his interview to pitch for a job as a film reviewer. Both were in town to talk X-Men: Days OF Future Past, which the team also do, on top of some general cinematic chit chat and this week's news.
May 23, 2014
Godzilla Spoiler Special - Gareth Edwards
Judging by its opening weekend box office, chances are you've seen Godzilla. If you haven't, run for the hills - other metaphorical places to run to are available - because this is the spoiler podcast that lifts the lid on the radioactive film tin and talks in detail about Toho's finest. Featuring an illuminating interview with the man who made the movie, director Gareth Edwards, this is a must-listen for anyone curious about the return of the King Of The Monsters.
May 16, 2014
#111: Viggo Mortensen, Hossein Amini, Gareth Edwards - May 16, 2014
In the first Godzilla movies, The King Of The Monsters was actually just a guy in a suit, but now with the advent of modern SFX, men stomping on miniature cities are no longer required. But if they were, Gareth Edwards would be the man shouting "Punch the water tower!" and "Drop kick that battleship!", as he's the director of the new reboot of Toho's beloved scaley scoundrel. He's joined in the Empire Podcast this week by Two Faces Of January's Viggo Mortensen (actor) and Hossein Amini (director), who talk about everything from The Parthenon to Montesquieu.
May 16, 2014
#110: Michael Fassbender, Next Goal Wins - May 9, 2014
Sensibly deciding to take his papier-mache head off for his Empire Podcast interview, Michael Fassbender was on fine form as he talked about his latest, Frank, as well as his stoat impersonation, his deleted dance sequence at the end of Prometheus and his love of Buck Rogers. Also under the interview lamplight were Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, directors of the inspirational American Samoa football documentary Next Goal Wins, who talk about how they made the beautiful game feel beautiful again.
May 09, 2014
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spoiler Podcast - Marc Webb, Matt Tolmach, Avi Arad
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may have come out in the UK a couple of weeks ago, but it's only hit the U.S. now. This is good for two reasons: American folk get to see it, and also our spoiler podcast is finally here. Featuring interviews from the two producers, Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad, as well as the director himself, Marc Webb, on top of an hour's worth of discussion from Team Empire - let's face it, there's a lot to talk about - it's a bumper-sized download, and one every Spidey fan should listen to as soon as possible...
May 02, 2014
#109: Maisie Williams, Domhnall Gleeson - May 2, 2014
Game Of Thrones' very own Arya Stark, Maisie Williams, dropped by the Empire Podcast studio this week to talk about 'The Cinnamon Challenge', that Vine she made for The Red Wedding and how Charles Dance introduces himself. Then there's Dohmnall Gleeson, here in honour of Frank (out next week), who happily chats about... well, you're best off finding out for yourself.
May 02, 2014
#108: Martin Freeman, David Cross - April 25, 2014
You might know him as Bilbo Baggins, or John Watson, or Tim From The Office (his character's full name), but this week Martin Freeman is actually Lester Nygaard from the new TV version of Fargo. He talks to us about everything from the joys of swearing to Billy Bob Thorton's pathological fear of antiquities. Elsewhere, David Cross drops by to talk about the new film he wrote and directed, Hits, and we resist the temptation to grill him about Arrested Development, Mr. Show and The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret.
Apr 25, 2014
#107: Lukas Moodysson, Marc Webb, Avi Arad - April 18, 2014
This week there's Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb, as well as Amazing Spider-Man 2 producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad, not forgetting Sweden's very own Lukas Moodysson, here to talk about his latest, We Are The Best, on top of your usual dose of movie news and nonsense.
Apr 18, 2014
Barry Norman Special
The Film programme. That theme tune. This 48-minute podcast. And why not? The legendary movie journalist that is Barry Norman stopped by the Empire Podcast booth to talk about his new book, his extraordinary career and just how close he came to punching Robert De Niro.
Apr 10, 2014
#106: Sam Claflin, Gareth Evans - April 11, 2014
With The Raid 2 coming out, it made sense to invite its director round for a chat about it, which explains why Gareth Evans appears on this week's podcast. Likewise, as Hammer's latest horror, The Quiet Ones, has Sam Claflin as one of its leads, it seemed like the right thing to ask him over for a cup of tea and a good scream. In other news, there's some new movie news, and the question-and-answer portion of proceedings, Carry On comes up. "Oo matron" and so on.
Apr 10, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Spoiler Podcast - Joe And Anthony Russo
If you've seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier, stop reading this and press play. If you've not seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier, move along, nothing to see here. Aside from the fact that we spoke to the directors of the Marvel sequel, Joe and Anthony Russo, so once you HAVE seen the film, be sure to come back here as soon as possible.
Apr 07, 2014
#105: Anne Hathaway, Darren Aronofsky - April 4, 2014
Four big films are coming out this weekend, namely Noah, The Double, Divergent and Rio 2, which may or may not have something to do with half term arriving. (Hint: it definitely does). In honour of two of said films, there are two interviewees this week, starting with the most beautiful Spix's Macaw parrot in cinema, Anne Hathaway, and ending with the fascinating filmmaker Darren Aronosfky. Expect stories about punching people in the face.
Apr 04, 2014
#104: Kermit, Miss Piggy, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan - March 28 2014
In this super-sized, extra-large, seriously bloody bumper edition of the Empire Podcast, there are six interviewees. Count 'em, six: Muppets Most Wanted's Kermit and Miss Piggy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier's Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, plus Inside No. 9's Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton. All of this, for free. We're too good to you, we know.
Mar 28, 2014
#103: Josh Brolin, Jack O'Connell - March 21 2014
In this week's Empire Podcast, mind-blowingly masculine Labor Day star Josh Brolin is joined by a similarly manly British counterpart in the form of Jack O'Connell (of Starred Up, This Is England and 300: Rise Of An Empire fame). Elsewhere, the team spoil the concept of spoilers for everyone, and decide which unassuming English actor should get their own Taken action franchise.
Mar 21, 2014
#102: Imogen Poots, Jonathan Glazer - March 14 2014
Do you feel the need, the need to, um, listen to the Empire Podcast? Good, because here's this week's edition, featuring the exceptionally delightful Imogen Poots (of A Long Way Down fame) and Jonathan Glazer (of Under The Skin, Sexy Beast and that Guinness advert fame). Look forward to in-depth discussions of both Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris's oeuvres.
Mar 14, 2014
Terry Gilliam Special
Terry Gilliam. American. Cartoonist. Artist. Python. Film maker. Former Python. Film maker quite a few more times. Opera buff. Screenwriter. Beard owner. Former American. Python once more and director of The Zero Theorem, his latest film, and star of his very own Empire Podcast inteview special. Look forward to hearing his excellent laugh on many occasions (and several excellent anecdotes, to boot).
Mar 11, 2014
#101: Wes Anderson, Andrew Scott - March 7 2014
For their 101st podcast proper, the team celebrate by interviewing The Grand Budapest Hotel's Wes Anderson and The Stag's Andrew Scott, not forgetting to take the mick out of John Travolta's Oscar flub and make several off-colour jokes about Iggy Pop. It's what you do on special occasions like this.
Mar 07, 2014
Oscars 2014 Special
Jennifer Lawrence fell over, presenters flubbed their lines and talented folk were played off by the orchestra for talking too much - it can only be the Oscars. In this special Empire Podcast, four sleep-deprived film journalists talk about the glitzy bash held in Hollywood's Dolby Theatre last night, where our sources tell us an award ceremony of some sort was being held. Find out more by clicking play now...
Mar 03, 2014
#100 (The Live Show): Ice Cube, Will Poulter, You Guys
To celebrate its centenary, the Empire Podcast was recorded LIVE in front of an audience of lucky, lucky fans in Leicester Square's very own Prince Charles Cinema. Surprise guests included Ride Along's Ice Cube, who finally decided who'd win in a fight between George Clooney and David O. Russell, and We're The Millers' Will Poulter, who tried to explain how awkward it is to spend days at a time kissing Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts.
Feb 28, 2014
#99: Matthew Modine, Akiva Goldsman, Nymphomaniac - February 21 2014
It's another heck of an Empire Podcast this week, with A New York Winter's Tale's Akiva Goldsman and Full Metal Jacket's Matthew Modine in the interviewee's chair, and Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac on the reviewing chopping block - steady now - joined by Stranger By The Lake and Only Lovers Left Alive. Look forward to Marvel characters getting their equivalents from the world of music - David Bowie for Tony Stark! - and a bit of post-match analysis for the BAFTAs. Also, you may want to prepare yourself for a little bit of rapping from the de Semlyen boys, as Dragnet comes up, and you know what happens when Dragnet comes up. (Hint: it's rapping).
Feb 21, 2014
#98: Nick Frost, Bob Balaban - February 14 2014
With so many films out this Valentine's Day - The Lego Movie, Her, Cuban Fury, The Monuments Men - it's a bumper-sized Empire Podcast this week, featuring interviews with Bob Balaban and Nick Frost, as well as in-depth discussions on movie love songs, Taylor Lautner's BBC 3 absolution and, um, Wario.
Feb 14, 2014
#97: Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman, Spike Jonze - February 7 2014
On this week's podcast, Matthew McConaughey talks about his Oscar-nominated turn in Dallas Buyers Club, Spike Jonze explains Her and Gary Oldman discusses hanging out with Bowie and working for sandwiches...
Feb 07, 2014
#96: Peter Berg, Alex Gibney - January 31 2014
On this week's Empire Podcast, Peter Berg desperately tries to avoid giving away any spoilers about his latest, Lone Survivor, while documentary director Alex Gibney is more than happy to talk about Lance Armstrong, what with his new film being called The Armstrong Lie and all.
Jan 31, 2014
#95: Chris Pine, Oscar Isaac - January 24 2014
The fourth Jack Ryan, Chris Pine, drops by the Empire Podcast booth to talk about Leeds nightclubs, hating computer games and singing 'Agony' in the upcoming Into The Woods. The first (and probably only) Llewyn Davis, Oscar Isaac, also drops by the Empire Podcast booth, instead talking about "cat agitators", "ass agitators" and having sex with robots.
Jan 24, 2014
#94: Juliette Lewis, James Purefoy - January 17 2014
With Chris Hemsworth announcing the Oscar nominations on behalf of the Academy yesterday, this week's Empire Podcast is chock-full of awards-based chit-chat. So if you want to be in the know about who's (probably) going to win, listen no further. Elsewhere, the team talks to James Purefoy about Noel Edmunds, Mr. Blobby and Season 2 of The Following, while Juliette Lewis talks the time to talk August: Osage County and, um, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
Jan 17, 2014
Sherlock Series 3 Spoiler Special - Mark Gatiss And Steven Moffat
After a two-year absence Sherlock Series 3 came and went in just two weeks, delivering approximately 221 twists, several psychopaths and even a few new interpretations of the theme tune. In this extended interview with the creators / writers / showrunners behind it all, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, you'll find out how they all made it happen, what didn't make the cut and more details on Charles Augustus Magnussen's antisocial antics.
Jan 15, 2014
#93: Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor - January 10 2014
After a couple of weeks away for Christmas, the Empire Podcast is back. Featuring 12 Years A Slave's director (Steve McQueen) and star (Chiwetel Ejiofor), there's also - surprise, surprise - a review of said film, as well as conversations about Sam Rockwell, Ron Swanson and Gerald Butler as Bodhi in the Point Break remake.
Jan 10, 2014
Empire Podcast Review Of The Year 2013
2013 was the year that was, and this is the Empire Podcast Review Of The Year (that is). So for a slightly anarchic meander around the past 12 months of moviedom - and some spoilers that you'd expect with that - then press play on this here podcast.
Dec 20, 2013
#92: David O. Russell, J.C. Chandor, Judd Apatow, Adam McKay - December 20 2013
In this week's super-sized bumper edition, the Empire Podcast team talk good Christmas movies, bad Christmas movies and movies that aren't really Christmas movies but you still watch at Christmas. Then there are four directors - count 'em! - in the interviewee's chair, namely Anchorman 2's Judd Apatow and Adam McKay, All Is Lost's J.C. Chandor and American Hustle's David O. Russell.
Dec 20, 2013
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Spoiler Special - Martin Freeman And Jimmy Nesbitt
There are many charming people in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, but two of the most charming - Martin Freeman and Jimmy Nesbitt - dropped by the Empire Podcast to speak in spoiler-filled detail about the Middle-earth middle movie, and you can hear their thoughts on unsinkable barrels, New Zealand slang and meeting Ian Holm in the podcast below. Then there is a good 50 minutes of discussion about the film in general, with the infamous eagles only getting the one mention. Okay, maybe more than one...
Dec 16, 2013
#91: Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Matt Berry - December 13, 2013
If you want to hear Richard Armitage swear in Dwarfish (and turn his head around 360 degrees), this is the podcast to listen to. Also here to talk The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug was Luke Evans, who was charm personified as he lulled several members of the team into starting a fan club. And as if that weren't enough, the sonorous Matt Berry dropped by in honour of his fantastic sitcom, Toast Of London, and just say words in a beautiful way.
Dec 13, 2013
#90: Daniel Radcliffe, Alexander Payne - December 6, 2013
The Boy Who Lived is The Boy Who Talked About American Football On The Empire Podcast this week, while Alexander Payne doesn't mention sport of any kind, instead sticking to his latest, Nebraska. Elsewhere, movie AIs get the once over, and the team wonders about Wonder Woman in the Batman Vs. Superman project.
Dec 06, 2013
#89: Colin Farrell, Joe Eszterhas - November 29, 2013
Two of the best talkers in the business, Colin Farrell and Joe Eszterhas, feature in the Empire Podcast this week. The former dropped by to talk Saving Mr. Banks, bad hair bleaching and Anthony Hopkins' anecdotes, while the latter took the time to talk Showgirls, Basic Instinct and much much more.
Nov 29, 2013
The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy Special - Edgar Wright And Simon Pegg
Shaun Of The Dead came out in 2004. Hot Fuzz came out in 2007. The World's End came out 2013. Now... it's all over. With The World's End out on Blu-ray and DVD, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright enjoyed a weekend of Q&As and signing sessions, but somehow still found the time to talk to the Empire Podcast for 75 minutes for the definitive Cornetto Trilogy discussion.
Nov 25, 2013
#88: Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Francis Lawrence - November 22, 2013
Though you can read her wise words here and watch her talk "super snoods" here, Jennifer Lawrence isn't on this week's Empire Podcast, but her good friend and favourite music video director, Francis Lawrence (who just so happened to have helmed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), is, joined as he is by Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks.
Nov 22, 2013
George A. Romero Special
The living legend that is George A. Romero was in London recently for the BFI's Gothic season, and inbetween giving talks and introducing special screenings of his films, GAR - as nobody calls him - popped into the Empire Podcast booth talk to us about zombies, Knightriders and the projects that almost came to be...
Nov 18, 2013
#87: Forest Whitaker, Allen Leech - November 15, 2013
Forest Whitaker is the Oscar-winning actor who's played pool sharks, samurai warriors and dictators in his time, but this week you can see him as a butler in The White House in, um, The Butler. Allen Leech, meanwhile, is the star of Downton Abbey who's not scaring you witless in In Fear, also out today.
Nov 15, 2013
Thor: The Dark World Spoiler Special - Tom Hiddleston, Kevin Feige, Alan Taylor
Thor: The Dark World has finally arrived in US cinemas, so now we can unleash the full force of our magnificent Thor: The Dark World spoiler special. Featuring spoiler-filled interview snippets from Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, as well as Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige and the director, Alan Taylor, it's an hour and a half of dissection and discussion that you won't want to miss - as long as you've watched the film already, of course.
Nov 11, 2013
#86: Jude Law, Alfonso Cuarón - November 8, 2013
It's Alfonso Cuarón appreciation week on the Empire Podcast, and what makes this so perfect is that Alfonso Cuarón is on this week's Empire Podcast. It's all in honour of Gravity - out now - and, of course, Hermione's right hook to Draco's face in The Prisoner Of Azkaban. Then there's Jude Law, in the podbooth for Dom Hemingway - out next week - who talks about Breaking Bad, Sherlock Holmes 3 and "cock socks".
Nov 08, 2013
#85: Tom Hiddleston, Kevin Feige, Alan Taylor, Mark Kermode - November 1, 2013
It's a great weekend to be a cinemagoer in the UK. Two five-star films and a certain Thor: The Dark World are showing at your local multiplex - with any luck, anyway - and this is just the podcast to celebrate that fact. Look forward to trailer tantrums, London falling down and spaceships crashing to earth (in a manner of speaking, anyway).
Nov 01, 2013
#84: Harrison Ford, Stephen Merchant, Shane Meadows - October 25, 2013
There's a killer triple-bill of interviewees on this week's Empire Podcast, with Harrison Ford, Stephen Merchant and Shane Meadows all stopping by, one for Ender's Game, one for Hello Ladies and the other for Made Of Stone's DVD release (we'll let you work out which matches up with which). Elsewhere, the team talk witches, almost perfect film endings and what Sir Ben Kingsley is keeping under his hat...
Oct 25, 2013
#83: Paul Greengrass, David Gordon Green, Don Mancini - October 18, 2013
Three directors drop by the Empire Podcast booth this week, one for Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass), another for Prince Avalance (David Gordon Green) and the last for The Curse Of Chucky (Don Mancini). Elsewhere, the team use the words "Tactical Chunder" when talking about Pacific Rim 2, and somehow Enough Said involves Stan Lee hiding under someone's bed.
Oct 18, 2013