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The Empire Film Podcast

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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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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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Great Spoiler specials

By Cupcakeluver102 - May 07 2019
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The Spoiler Specials are phenomenal Chris is a great host!

Favorite Podcast

By theBedBurner - Jan 28 2019
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Been listening for years now.

iTunes Ratings

382 Ratings
Average Ratings
336
24
5
8
9

Great Spoiler specials

By Cupcakeluver102 - May 07 2019
Read more
The Spoiler Specials are phenomenal Chris is a great host!

Favorite Podcast

By theBedBurner - Jan 28 2019
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Been listening for years now.

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The Empire Film Podcast

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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.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout Spoiler Special Ft. Christopher McQuarrie - Part 1

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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

2hr 48mins

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Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Special

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The most epic film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe arguably deserves - nay, demands - the most epic Empire Podcast spoiler special. So, because you demanded it, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, John Nugent, and Amon Warmann lock themselves into the podbooth and don't emerge until they've talked about all the major developments in Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd film in the MCU. And, let's be honest, some of the minor developments. And, ok, a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with Marvel at all.

We know this is long - we know because we were there, and went slowly mad over the course of four hours - but we hope you will take this journey with us (perhaps in several chunks) as we talk Tony, Steve, Natasha, Bruce, Thor, Clint, and that purple fella in the first of our spoiler specials. Yes, there's a live show and interviews with the Russos/Markus and McFeely to come. We are very much in the endgame now, people.

May 06 2019

3hr 50mins

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#304 - Armie Hammer & Timothee Chalamet, Rooney Mara & Garth Davis

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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

1hr 26mins

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Spoiler Special ft. Jon Watts, Kevin Feige, and Amy Pascal

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Spoiler-Man, Spoiler-Man, spoils whatever a podcast can... Yes, in the latest Empire Podcast spoiler special, Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are bitten by radioactive spoilers, and develop the strange ability to tell Chris Hewitt all kinds of spoilerific stuff about the latest outing in the MCU for Tom Holland's friendly not-so-neighbourhood webslinger. From BIG reveals to Easter eggs Chris still hasn't spotted despite specifically looking out for them, there's over an hour of cracking Spidey interviews here.

Then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara, Ben Travis, Dan Jolin, and Amon Warmann for two - count 'em, TWO! - hours of Spider-spoiler chat, including a bunch of listener questions, and a cameo even more unexpected cameo than those in the film. As ever, do NOT listen to this podcast unless you've seen Spider-Man: Far From Home (and, we must caution, Avengers: Endgame).

Enjoy.

Jul 17 2019

3hr 3mins

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Ant-Man Spoiler Podcast - Peyton Reed

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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

1hr 28mins

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Spoiler Special ft. Quentin Tarantino

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Once upon a time in the Empire podbooth, anyone? Our latest spoiler special podcast is truly special indeed, as the great Quentin Tarantino pops by to talk about his ninth (or tenth, but who's counting?) movie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and many of its twists, turns, and third act shenanigans.

Fresh from conducting that interview, Chris Hewitt then repairs to the podbooth to talk about the movie - its twists, turns, and third act shenanigans, and all - with Helen O'Hara, Ian Freer, and Nick de Semlyen. So sit back, relax with a drink or an acid-dipped cigarette*, and enjoy. Bear in mind: we also talk spoilers for Yesterday, Avengers: Endgame (of course), and previous Tarantino movies, so tread carefully.

* The Empire Podcast does not condone the use of acid-dipped cigarettes. Please use responsibly.

Aug 22 2019

1hr 35mins

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoiler Special with Lawrence Kasdan

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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

1hr 21mins

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Joker Spoiler Special ft. Todd Phillips

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Let's put a smile on that face!

As Todd Phillips' Joker continues its bid for world domination (closing in on a billion dollars at the global box office), the Empire Podcast team give his movie the spoiler special treatment with a bumper-sized edition. First, John Nugent talks to Phillips about all manner of spoilerific stuff, and then Chris Hewitt, Terri White, Ben Travis and Alex Godfrey convene in the podbooth to talk about their reactions to the film, Joaquin Phoenix's performance, interpretations of the character Arthur Fleck and the film's violence, and more. Oh, and they ask the biggest question of them all: just who is Frowney Downwards?

Enjoy.

Oct 29 2019

2hr 1min

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Captain America: Civil War Spoiler Special with Joe & Anthony Russo, Kevin Feige

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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

2hr 5mins

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Christopher McQuarrie Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Special

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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

2hr 38mins

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Black Panther Spoiler Special - Ryan Coogler, Nate Moore

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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

2hr 7mins

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Ridley Scott Special

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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

26mins

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Thor: Ragnarok Spoiler Special With Taika Waititi

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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: http://www.empireonline.com/podcast

Nov 06 2017

2hr 28mins

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Deadpool Spoiler Special with Ryan Reynolds

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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

47mins

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Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Special Interviews ft. The Russos and Markus/McFeely

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It's here. At long (long) last, the final part of our extended spoiler special celebration of all things Avengers: Endgame. This time, we let the filmmakers speak for themselves, as Chris Hewitt visits Agbo Studios, the LA HQ of the Russo brothers, for two extended spoilerific interviews with the creative teams behind the second biggest film of all time (correct at time of writing).

First, Chris chats to Endgame writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and then follows that up by talking to the Russos themselves, Joe and Anthony. Along the way they cover the fates of pretty much every major character, the film's time-travel shenanigans, the rigidity of Thanos' bottom, and much, much more.

We are now, well and truly, in the endgame now, people. We hope you love this 3000. Enjoy.

Jun 06 2019

2hr 9mins

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout Spoiler Special Part 3 Ft. Christopher McQuarrie

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Shortly after we'd finished our marathon three-hour recording session with writer-director Christopher McQuarrie for our Mission: Impossible - Fallout spoiler special podcast, he got in touch to say that it "felt incomplete". We couldn't agree more. Which is how Chris Hewitt found himself in a meeting room on the Paramount lot in Los Angeles, ready for another three hours with McQuarrie. And here is that chat, bringing the Fallout McQuarrie chat to a whopping six hours.

Here, the duo discuss plenty of stuff they didn't get round to last time, including a major deleted scene between Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt and Rebecca Ferguson's Ilsa Faust; the technical challenges of the major action sequences; and McQuarrie answers plenty of questions from the listeners. And McQuarrie is on top form throughout - deeply candid, funny, and thoughtful as he shines a light on the process behind making a major blockbuster.

Take a week off work and enjoy.

Aug 15 2018

3hr 2mins

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#237: Adam Driver

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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: http://www.empireonline.com/tags/empire-podcast/

Nov 11 2016

1hr 11mins

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Suicide Squad Spoiler Special with David Ayer

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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

1hr 21mins

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Batman v Superman Spoiler Special with Zack Snyder, Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder

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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

2hr 9mins

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Matthew Vaughn Kingsman The Secret Service Spoiler Special

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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

42mins

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#393 — Edward Norton

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Move over, Kubrick. Step aside, Malick. It's been 19 years since Edward Norton last directed a movie, but he puts that right this week with Motherless Brooklyn, a detective noir that he also wrote, and produced, and in which he stars. Chris Hewitt sat down with him for this week's pod to talk about that long gap, writing monologues for Alec Baldwin, and looking like James Cameron in Alita: Battle Angel.

With Chris away on top secret business, Helen O'Hara steps into the breach for this week's show, talking about some film-related stuff and reviewing some movies with James Dyer and Ben Travis. Any rumours that this blurb is so vague because it was written in a hurry by someone who hasn't had a chance to listen to the show because someone else forgot to upload the podcast can neither be confirmed or denied at this time. Enjoy.

Dec 06 2019

1hr 28mins

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#392 — Sam Claflin & Aisling Franciosi

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This week's Empire Podcast sees a panicked and flustered Chris Hewitt (you'll have to listen to the show to find out why) sit down with Sam Claflin and Aisling Franciosi, the stars of Jennifer Kent's wonderful new film, The Nightingale. They talk about working with Kent, the perils of shooting in Australia, and Claflin talks about becoming one with nature.

Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to answer the first Christmassy question of the year, discuss the week's movie news, including a Downton Abbey sequel and the manner in which Rapman's Blue Story was pulled from two British cinema chains at the weekend, and review Charlie's Angels, The Nightingale, and Rian Johnson's excellent whodunnit, Knives Out. Oh, and the entire team objectifies Colin Farrell, the poor chap.

Enjoy.

Nov 29 2019

1hr 39mins

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#391 — Chadwick Boseman; Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff

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This week's Empire Podcast is packed with Disney royalty, fact fans. First up, Chadwick Boseman takes a break from defending Wakanda to star in cop thriller 21 Bridges, and he talks about that with John Nugent. Then, Ben Travis has a really fun chat with the wickedly talented, one and only Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff about returning as Olaf and Kristoff in Frozen II.

Back in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt returns after two weeks away, and is totally over the cold that ruled him out last week, honest. He sits down with Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and the aforementioned Mr. Nugent to talk about the future of Marvel TV shows, the mysterious Zack Snyder cut of Justice League, the new Star Trek movie, and Chris' plans for his own movie trilogy. They also review Frozen II, 21 Bridges, Blue Story, and Judy & Punch. Enjoy.

Nov 22 2019

2hr 3mins

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#390 – Paul Feig, James Mangold

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This week's podcast is brought to you by the letter 'L' and, fittingly, the directors of both Le Mans '66 and Last Christmas stop by to talk about their respective movies. Of course, all of that pales into insignificance compared to the Maclunkey controversy that played out this week, and our intrepid trio dive beneath the surface of George Lucas' latest bit of Star Wars tinkering in some detail. Plus we pitch ideas for Christmas movies and bring you all the usual movie news and nonsense you've come to know and love.

Nov 15 2019

1hr 35mins

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#389 – Stephen Graham, Roland Emmerich

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Stephen Graham stops by the podbooth this week to discuss all things Scorsese for The Irishman. Not only that but we also talk to Roland Emmerich about Midway, midway through the podcast. Plus, with Chris away on his annual staycation, James and Helen debate the various merits of overlong movies, ruminate on the likelihood that Queen Latifah might kill us all and, ultimately, call upon Chris to quite literally phone in a review.

Nov 08 2019

1hr 26mins

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#388 — David Michod, Felicity Jones

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This week's Empire Podcast is a rare two-hander as Chris Hewitt and Helen O'Hara hold the fort in the podbooth as the only two colleagues of such lethal cunning. They answer listeners' questions, bemoan the availability of old films ('old' here also being subjective), discuss the week's movie news, and review Doctor Sleep, The King, Dolemite Is My Name, and more.

On the guest front, it's another belter of a week. First, Chris talks to David Michod, the Australian director of The King, and then Ian Freer has a lovely chat with Felicity Jones, star of Rogue One, Inferno and The Aeronauts, which is out on Monday. Much fun was had by all. Enjoy.

Nov 01 2019

1hr 49mins

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The Greatest — Christmas Day Movie Guide In Association With Sky Cinema

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Ho-ho-ho! Yes, listeners, it's that time of year again, when the nation turns its thoughts to Christmas Day, and the biggest question of them all: just what the elf do we watch on Christmas Day? Well, in this very special podcast, in association with Sky Cinema, the Empire Podcast crew — Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Absolute Radio's Dave Berry and Sky Cinema's very own Alex Zane — have your back.

The idea is simple: we programme your Christmas Day viewing, from 10am through to bedtime (with time outs for turkey and all the trimmings, of course), with each member of the team arguing the toss for a specific film. All of which are available on Sky Cinema, of course, with the Sky Cinema Christmas Collection available from November 2nd.

So, from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation to Die Hard, there's something here for everyone. Whether you've been naughty or nice. Enjoy!

Oct 31 2019

1hr 10mins

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Joker Spoiler Special ft. Todd Phillips

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Let's put a smile on that face!

As Todd Phillips' Joker continues its bid for world domination (closing in on a billion dollars at the global box office), the Empire Podcast team give his movie the spoiler special treatment with a bumper-sized edition. First, John Nugent talks to Phillips about all manner of spoilerific stuff, and then Chris Hewitt, Terri White, Ben Travis and Alex Godfrey convene in the podbooth to talk about their reactions to the film, Joaquin Phoenix's performance, interpretations of the character Arthur Fleck and the film's violence, and more. Oh, and they ask the biggest question of them all: just who is Frowney Downwards?

Enjoy.

Oct 29 2019

2hr 1min

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#387 — Jillian Bell

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This week's episode of the Empire Podcast sees the podteam return, semi-triumphant, to the podbooth following their mini-tour of the UK (well, most of the UK — sorry, Wales). Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and John Nugent are the three colleagues of such lethal cunning this week, discussing movie franchises that start with the weakest instalment, the week's movie news, and reviewing Terminator: Dark Fate, Black And Blue, and The Last Black Man In San Francisco. And all without the benefit of a live crowd, the brave lambs.

Also, Helen speaks to Jillian Bell, the American comedy star who can soon be seen anchoring her first big movie, Brittany Runs A Marathon. Why did we send Helen, veteran of 26 (possibly 27 by the time you read this) marathons, to do this interview? Beats us.

Enjoy.

Oct 25 2019

1hr 24mins

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Western Stars Special ft. Thom Zimny and Bruce Springsteen

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2019 has been The Year Of The Boss. Cinematically speaking, at least. Bruce Springsteen may have just turned 70, but he's as creatively restless and dynamic as ever, as evidenced by his new film, Western Stars, which works as both a sublime performance of his new album, and a beautiful, profound insight into its songs and the man who wrote them. The film marks Springsteen's directorial debut, alongside his long-term collaborator, Thom Zimny, and rounds off a year that also boasts the likes of Jim Cummings' Thunder Road and Gurinder Chadha's Blinded By The Light as celebrations of all things Springsteen.

And, in this very special edition of the Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt and Ben Travis sit down with Zimny and Springsteen to talk about the movie, and Springsteen's love of cinema. If you listen to only one podcast in which one of the greatest musicians of all time namedrops Avengers: Endgame and The Godfather in the same sentence, make it this one. Enjoy.

Oct 24 2019

1hr

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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker — Final Trailer Breakdown Special

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It's here. At long last, the final trailer for JJ Abrams' Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker — the ninth and final film in the Skywalker Saga — has arrived, and naturally it got the internet's tongues a-wagging. And, because you demanded it, here's the Empire Podcast's near-hour-long reaction to a trailer that's just over two minutes long.

So, join Chris Hewitt, James Dyer, Helen O'Hara, and Ben Travis for a fun-filled, fact-packed, frame-by-frame dissection of the trailer, with more wild theories and unfounded speculation than you could shake a laser sword at. Just what is Bendemption? How do space horses work? And can droids get syphilis? Just some of the questions posed, and unanswered, within. Enjoy.

Oct 21 2019

58mins

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#386 — Jim Sturgess; Glenn Leyburn & Lisa Barros D'Sa (live in Belfast); Ruben Fleischer (not live in Belfast)

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This week's episode sees Chris Hewitt and Helen O'Hara make a (very arguably) triumphant homecoming, as the Empire Podcast mini-tour rocks up for its final show as part of the Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast. And they bring two Wee English Fellas — James Dyer and Ben Travis — with them for a fun-filled show in which they discuss the week's movie news (Batman! Murder Mystery 2! The Dolittle trailer!), review Zombieland: Double Tap, Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, and El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, and take audience Qs.

We also have a trio of ace guests — Belfast-based directors, Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D'Sa talk their new movie, Ordinary Love; Jim Sturgess flies in to talk about his career, including doing a sex scene in Belfast; and a pre-recorded chat with Ruben Fleischer, director of Zombieland: Double Tap.

Enjoy, so you will! Ah, go on, go on, go on...

Oct 18 2019

2hr 19mins

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David Arnold And Michael Giacchino Interview Special

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David Arnold and Michael Giacchino are two of the best composers in the business, with the likes of Casino Royale, Up, Hot Fuzz, Star Trek, Lost, Sherlock, and much more. They're in London to prepare for a special show at the Royal Albert Hall called Settling The Score, in which the two old friends will duke it out, rap-battle style. Only if a rap battle had a huge orchestra, and a little man waving a baton.

Naturally, we couldn't let them do this without nabbing them for a podcast, so in this very special episode Chris Hewitt sits down with the pair for a freewheeling and very funny conversation that touches upon... well, pretty much everything but their music. Although they do eventually get around to talking about their work on Bond, Marvel movies, and more. Oh, and JJ Abrams makes an appearance. Sort of. Enjoy!

Oct 17 2019

1hr 4mins

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It Chapter 2 Spoiler Special ft. Andy & Barbara Muschietti

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A spoiler special for a Warner Bros. film about a murderous clown can mean only one thing: yes, it's time for the podteam to grab 99 red balloons and dig their scarily sharp teeth into It Chapter 2, the sequel to 2017's phenomenally successful adaptation of (part of) Stephen King's epic horror novel.

First, you will find Chris Hewitt talking to the film's director and producer, Andy and Barbara Muschietti, about making changes to the book, major cameos, balancing horror and comedy, and more.

Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and Ben Travis to delve deep into the film, answer a bunch of listener questions and, you might not be surprised to know, unleash a torrent of innuendo. Pennywise isn't the only one who dwells in a sewer, it seems. Enjoy!

Oct 13 2019

1hr 23mins

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#385 - Ben Wheatley & Corin Hardy (live in Brighton), Sienna Miller

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This week's Empire Podcast ably fills the gap in your lives that you didn't even know was there: the experience of listening to a film director speed-carving a pumpkin on a podcast.

Yes, this episode sees the Empire Podtour juggernaut roll into Brighton, where Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Terri White discuss the week's movie news (Marty vs the MCU), review American Woman, Gemini Man, and The Day Shall Come, and answer audience Q&As. Oh, and local heroes Ben Wheatley and Corin Hardy drop by - and Corin shows off his speed-carving prowess in a genuine podcast world first.

This episode also contains a fun studio interview between Chris and Sienna Miller, talking about her phenomenal performance in American Woman, and her desire to play Catwoman. Enjoy.

Oct 11 2019

2hr 4mins

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London Film Festival Special ft. Ben Mendelsohn, Jimmie Fails, and Morfydd Clark

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We love the BFI London Film Festival round here at Empire Towers. So, with this year's festival still in full swing, we were delighted to host our first ever Empire Podcast roundtable, in which Chris Hewitt talks to three actors who each have films showing at the festival.

In this engrossing, frank, and often hilarious chat, Ben Mendelsohn (star of The King and Babyteeth), Morfydd Clark (star of Eternal Beauty, The Personal History Of David Copperfield, and Saint Maud), and Jimmie Fails (star of and inspiration for The Last Black Man In San Francisco) pull back the curtain on what it means to be an actor, their various films in the festival, and how to avoid being a complete A-hole.

Enjoy.

Oct 11 2019

39mins

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#384 - Dolly Wells (live), Joaquin Phoenix (not live)

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This week sees the first-ever Empire Podcast tour roll into Chris Hewitt's spiritual home, Liverpool. And, in a fun-packed show at FACT in front of a sold-out audience, Chris, Helen O'Hara and James Dyer discuss the week's movie news (including Spidey's return to the MCU), review Joker, Judy, and Good Posture, and take a whole heap of audience Qs.

They're also joined by Dolly Wells, actor-turned-director, whose train got into Liverpool just in time for her to talk about her first film behind the camera, the rather wonderful Good Posture. Plus, back in the studio, John Nugent talks to some bloke called Joaquin Phoenix about some movie in which he plays a clown. Sounds like a laugh. Everyone loves clowns.

And after last week's sound snafu in York, you'll be delighted to know this one sounds better, although some mic hiss does intrude towards the end. Hopefully it won't spoil your experience too much. Enjoy.

Oct 05 2019

1hr 43mins

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The Greatest - Horror Movies, In Association With Sky Cinema

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Do you like scary movies? What's your favourite scary movie? Two questions that have dominated conversations since the dawn of cinema, when people were terrified by the sight of a train coming straight at them. And, in this very special edition of the Empire Podcast, brought to you by Sky Cinema, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Absolute Radio's Dave Berry, and Sky Cinema's Alex Zane attempt to answer those questions, and one more for good measure: what is the scariest movie of all time?

From Halloween to, erm, Halloween (but not Halloween), our fearless foursome discuss everything from slashers to supernatural horrors, and reveal the movies that make sure they sleep with the lights on. Oh, and there's a fair amount of terrible impressions and loud noises as per.

And if, after hearing their choices, you want to check out some of the movies they talk about, the Halloween Collection is available now on Sky Cinema. Enjoy - if you dare!

Oct 03 2019

1hr 4mins

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#383 - (Not) Live In York ft. David Koepp, Craig Roberts

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So, this week's Empire Podcast was meant to be the recording of our latest live show, in front of a wonderful, sold-out audience at CityScreen in York. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, the sound quality of the recording just wasn't good enough. So, instead, Chris Hewitt and James Dyer - just back from York - bundled into the podbooth at Empire Towers to record an emergency pod, along with John Nugent.

In it, they discuss several of the audience questions from the night before, review a whole bunch of films including The Last Tree, Ready Or Not, Hotel Mumbai, and The Goldfinch, and discuss the week's movie news. You'll also hear from David Koepp, the screenwriter of Jurassic Park and author of the new thriller, Cold Storage. And we've managed to salvage most of the interview with the wonderful Craig Roberts, writer/director of Eternal Beauty, who was our guest in York. But be warned: the sound quality might indicate why we're loathe to run the whole show. Enjoy.

Sep 28 2019

1hr 33mins

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#382 - Live In Edinburgh ft. Jack Lowden

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This week's episode sees the first-ever Empire Podcast tour roll into Edinburgh for a fun-packed show at the venerable venue, the Cameo, as part of the Edinburgh International Magazine Festival.

Join Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Terri White as they discuss the week's movie news, review Ad Astra, The Farewell, and The Kitchen, and answer a series of questions from the sell-out audience. Also, local hero Jack Lowden, star of Dunkirk, Fighting With My Family, and Mary Queen Of Scots, drops in to talk about doing a Trainspotting live read, why he considers acting to be a 'sadistic' profession, and wanting to be Del Boy.

It's all here in your latest slice of (recorded as) live film-related fun. NB: as it was recorded live, there's a slight hum throughout. Do let us know your feedback on the feedback. And, as ever, enjoy.

Sep 20 2019

2hr

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