The Empire Film Podcast

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. To subscribe to the Empire Spoiler Special Film Podcast, visit http://glow.fm/empirefilm.


  • #416 — Eliza Hittman

    May 28 2020

    On the latest locked down slice of Empire Podcast goodness, we welcome Eliza Hittman, director of the excellent Never Rarely Sometimes Always, who joins Helen O'Hara for a transatlantic chat about the acclaimed drama. Then Helen joins Chris Hewitt and James Dyer for an episode in which they answer several listener questions, anoint some of the greatest visually impaired characters in the history of film, discuss the week's movie news, from the new Tenet trailer to rumours of Henry Cavill's ret...more

  • #415 — Jason Isaacs, Kumail Nanjiani

    May 21 2020

    This week's slab of locked down, self-isolated, quarantined Empire Podcast sees the team — Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer — joined in the revolving fourth chair by one of our favourite people, the amazing anecdote machine that is Jason Isaacs. Jason joins the gang to talk about his new movie, Scoob!, life under lockdown as an actor, and reel off an array of incredible stories about his career. He also joins in with the new weekly film fact section, answers listener questions, and dis...more

  • #414 — Michael Smiley

    May 14 2020

    Our latest load of locked down, socially distanced pod sees Chris Hewitt's accent get progressively thicker as he sits down for a chat over Squadcast with fellow Northern Irishman, Michael Smiley. The two of them talk about Smiley's work with Edgar Wright and Ben Wheatley, his Easter egg preferences (it was recorded a while ago!), and his delivery of the best movie line of the year (so far!) in the gory Elijah Wood-starrer, Come To Daddy. Then, in the remotely recorded podbooth, Chris is joine...more

  • #413 — Tom McCarthy

    May 07 2020

    This week's episode of The Empire Podcast: Mistakes Were Made sees Chris Hewitt have a chat with Tom McCarthy, the Oscar-winning director of Spotlight and the Disney+ film, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. And a right good old chat it is, too, as they talk about everything from Portland to Pixar. Then, back in the remote, socially distant, virtual podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Ben Travis for a rip-roaring episode that takes in everything from fatally cold film sh...more

  • #412 — Dave Filoni, Kitty Green

    Apr 30 2020

    It's another locked down, remotely recorded Empire Podcast this week, folks. But it's a cracker of a show (in our humble etc.), as Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer and Alex Godfrey dazzle each other with arcane film facts, discuss (in depth, so Martin Scorsese best skip this one) the Marvel Cinematic Universe's post-credit stings, talk about the week's movie news, and review The Assistant, Astronaut, and Ema. And Chris chats this week to Kitty Green, the writer/director of the excellent ...more

  • #411 — Gareth Evans

    Apr 23 2020

    Gareth Evans, the directorial mastermind behind The Raid, The Raid 2 and Apostle, turns his attention to the small screen this week, with the launch of his blistering, bruising, bloody crime saga, Gangs Of London. And to celebrate on the show's launch day he became a member of a very different gang — the Empire Podteam, joining Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer for most of this week's show. And he even brought a fact for our brand new weekly segment. What a legend. Along the way, the t...more

  • #410 — Ben Schwartz

    Apr 16 2020

    This week's pod sees the team — Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Amon Warmann — recording remotely once again as they discuss the week's movie news (note: this was recorded before the sad death of the great Brian Dennehy), review Stargirl, Coffee & Kareem, and Love. Wedding. Repeat, and tackle listener questions about their DVD collections and the best films-within-films. Also, the new fun fact section sees some major revelations, a huge tangent (even for us), and another brand-new na...more

  • #409 — Sharon Horgan, Prentice Penny

    Apr 09 2020

    Our latest remotely recorded pod is the first to come with remotely recorded, socially responsible interviews, as Chris Hewitt has lovely chats from a minimum safe distance with Military Wives' star, Sharon Horgan, and Prentice Penny, writer and director of the charming Netflix drama, Uncorked. Either side of those, Chris is joined-ish by Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Ben Travis, as they talk the week's movie news (Marvel release dates ahoy!), review Who You Think I Am, Uncorked, and Trolls Wo...more

  • #408 — Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Ruth E. Carter

    Apr 02 2020

    This week's Empire Podcast — recorded responsibly, yet again, from our living rooms of such lethal cunning — sees Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara and James Dyer joined by an old familiar face and voice: Empire's Editor-in-Chief, Terri White, taking a brief break from bringing up baby to slip onto the pod. Together, they discuss the week's movie news (there is some! Honest!), answer a bunch of listener questions, review The Platform, Standing Up, Falling Down (that's one movie, folks), and Four Kids A...more

  • #407 — Brett Goldstein

    Mar 27 2020

    This week's pod sees the team — Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer — in isolation once again, but that doesn't stop them from reaching out to actor/writer/comedian/podcast host Brett Goldstein, who becomes the latest person to join the team for the duration of an episode. Together, this bold and intrepid quartet discuss the week's movie news and answer some listener questions, including the best video calls in movies, and the greatest single-location films. Then, when Brett has left the ...more

  • #406 — Jesse Eisenberg

    Mar 20 2020

    This week's episode of the Empire Podcast is the first to be recorded remotely in the various homes of our podteam, thanks to the Coronavirus crisis. But we remain committed to bringing you the podcast and so Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara and James Dyer gather around their individual microphones and chat about their self-isolation schedules, Easter eggs, how Covid-19 has disrupted Hollywood, the best speeches to wash your hands to, and much more. We also review (there are some!), Spenser Confidenti...more

  • #405 — Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    Mar 13 2020

    This week's Empire Podcast sees Beth Webb chat to the wonderful Gugu Mbatha-Raw, star of this week's dramedy, Misbehaviour, about the 1970 Miss World pageant. And, thanks to some wonderful snipping from Editor Emma, you wouldn't know that Beth's microphone wasn't working during the interview. Thankfully, we haven't mentioned it, so we think we got away with it. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt is joined by Helen O'Hara, Alex Godfrey, and James Dyer for an episode that truly runs the ga...more

  • #404 — Live From Dublin ft. Liam Cunningham, Niamh Algar, Tom Glynn-Carney, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Nick Rowland

    Mar 08 2020

    This week's Empire Podcast is another live show in which Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara and token English bloke, the award-winning James Dyer, rock up for the Virgin Media Dublin International Film 2020. In front of a packed crowd, they discuss the Coronavirus' impact upon the movie industry, in the wake of No Time To Die being pushed back; additional movie news including the unveiling of the Batmobile; review Onward, Military Wives, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, and The Photograph; and answer aud...more

  • The Ranking — Alfred Hitchcock

    Mar 06 2020

    The latest episode of The Ranking — the magazine/podcast crossover in which Empire writers discuss the work of an actor/director, or a big old franchise/genre, and come up with the definitive top ten — is dedicated to The Master Of Suspense: Alfred Hitchcock. Join Ian Freer, Nick de Semlyen, Beth Webb, and Neil Alcock as they discuss the themes that run through Hitchcock's work, his problematic methods, their favourite moments, leading men and ladies, and much, much more. Then stick around at t...more

  • #403 — Elisabeth Moss, Richard Stanley

    Feb 28 2020

    We've got horror of all kinds on our mind this week at Empire Podcast Towers. First off, Chris Hewitt has a chat with Elisabeth Moss, star of Leigh Whannell's excellent update of The Invisible Man, and finds that she has blood on her hands. Well, feet. Then, Richard Stanley — making his return to directing with Colour Out Of Space after a looooooong time out — pops into the podbooth to natter away with Alex Godfrey about ouija boards, The Island Of Dr. Moreau, and getting stoned with cats. Els...more

  • #402 — Justin Kurzel

    Feb 21 2020

    Justin Kurzel is the director of fast-paced knockabout comedies like Snowtown, Assassin's Creed, and Macbeth. Sorry, serious and intense dramas, not fast-paced knockabout comedies. Easy mistake to make. And he's back with another slice of hard-hitting drama with next week's True History Of The Kelly Gang, which stars George Mackay, Essie Davis, Russell Crowe, and Nicholas Hoult in an attempt to tell the tale of Ned Kelly and his accomplices. And in this week's episode, he tells John Nugent how h...more

  • #401 — Emilio Estevez

    Feb 14 2020

    He's the son of Martin Sheen. The brother of Charlie Sheen. But Emilio Estevez has always been his own man, starring in the likes of Young Guns, The Breakfast Club, Stakeout, St. Elmo's Fire, and many more in the glory days of the 80s. His latest film is The Public, a drama which he wrote, directed, and starred in, and on this week's episode of the Empire Podcast he has a chat about that, and much more, with Empire's Editor-in-Chief, Terri White. Meanwhile, back in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt, ...more

  • Greatest Movies Of The 21st Century — Listeners Special

    Feb 13 2020

    Here it is, folks. As promised, here is the second part of our podcasts dedicated to dissecting Empire's 100 Greatest Films Of The 21st Century (So Far!). And in this episode, we throw open the doors of the podbooth to three listeners — Chad Armstrong, Christelle Brewster, and Luke Jones — who join host Chris Hewitt for a fun-filled and jam-packed countdown of the 100. Who thinks Paddington 2 should be higher? Who sings the praises of notable omissions like Gravity and, erm, Final Destination 2?...more

  • #400 — Live From Kings Place ft. Steve Coogan & Michael Winterbottom, Emily Beecham, Todd Haynes, and Christopher McQuarrie

    Feb 07 2020

    Despite not looking a day over 398 episodes, the Empire Podcast has officially turned 400. And we did so with a blowout bumper celebration earlier this week at our spiritual home of Kings Place, London, in front of a sold-out audience. In this episode, you'll hear Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Ben Travis discuss the week's movie news; review Parasite, Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn, and Dolittle; and take some audience questions. But it's not j...more

  • The Greatest Movies Of The 21st Century (So Far) Podcast Special

    Feb 03 2020

    The 21st century may only be twenty years old, but it's still borne witness to thousands of films. And so, as the third decade of the century begins, we decided to canvas Team Empire, and Team Empire Readers, to find the 100 films you deem the greatest 2000-2019 has had to offer. And, in this bumper-sized and fun-filled edition, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Ben Travis, and Empire's Editor-in-Chief, Terri White, chew the fat, argue the toss, pour scorn on some less-celebrated entries, and champion...more

  • #399 — Marielle Heller, Daniel Kaluuya, Bong Joon Ho

    Jan 31 2020

    This week's bumper, giant-sized edition of the Empire Podcast comes complete with a trio of amazing guests. Helen O'Hara talks to A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood director, Marielle Heller. Amon Warmann has a chat with the legendary Bong Joon Ho about his Oscar-nominated cracker, Parasite. And Chris Hewitt sits down with Queen & Slim star, Daniel Kaluuya, for a conversation that features more pick'n'mix chat than you might imagine. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen and James ...more

  • #398 - Robert Pattinson & Willem Dafoe

    Jan 24 2020

    We say a sad goodbye to Terry Jones and recall our favourite moments from across an illustrious career in Python and beyond; in news, we track who’s leading the Oscar race, catch up on the latest Marvel news, and try to make sense of the new David Lynch short; and review The Personal History of David Copperfield and The Grudge. Plus Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe stop by to talk about Lighthouses.

  • #397 — Jamie Foxx

    Jan 17 2020

    He's played Ray Charles (to Oscar-winning effect), Bats, Motherf**ker Jones, Django, Ricardo Tubbs, and the President of the United States Of America. But this week Jamie Foxx — for it is he — faces his greatest challenge yet: appearing on the Empire Podcast. OK, we may have oversold it. But in a fun and insightful interview with our Chris Hewitt, Foxx talks about his new movie, Just Mercy, in which he plays a prisoner who's wrongfully imprisoned on Death Row. Give it a listen to hear Foxx talk ...more

  • #396 — George Mackay & Dean-Charles Chapman; Josh & Benny Safdie

    Jan 10 2020

    And 2020 was going so well... The Empire Podcast makes its triumphant (?) return with the first proper pod of the new year, and it's a barnstormer. We have four guests for the price of two this week, as Helen O'Hara chats to the directors of Uncut Gems (the best Adam Sandler movie since Murder Mystery), Josh and Benny Safdie. Then Ian Freer has a natter with George Mackay and Dean-Charles Chapman, the stars of Sam Mendes' astonishing single-shot World War I movie, 1917. And, in the podbooth it...more

  • Review Of 2019 Special

    Dec 28 2019

    2019. What a year that was, eh? It was the year when Avengers: Endgame became the biggest film of all time. It was the year when Martin Scorsese returned with a bang with The Irishman, and put the cat amongst the pigeons with his comments on Marvel. It was the year when Star Wars ended... for now. It was the year of indie triumphs, glorious documentaries, killer clowns, overseas triumphs, and much, much more. And it was the year when Team Empire crammed themselves into the podbooth to talk about...more

  • Anthony Daniels — I Am C-3PO Interview Special

    Dec 22 2019

    Anthony Daniels has been playing C-3PO, the most famous protocol droid in the galaxy, for 42 years now, across nine Star Wars films, TV shows, and much, much more. The role has dominated his career, and his life — so much so that he's finally decided to record his experiences in the form of a wonderful new memoir called I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story. In this very special episode of the Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt invites Daniels into the podbooth for an extended natter about the book, Daniels'...more

  • #395 — Taika Waititi, Greta Gerwig, Matthew McConaughey & Hugh Grant

    Dec 20 2019

    Ho-ho-ho, listeners! This week's Empire Podcast is the last regular pod of the year, and we've pulled out all the stops to bring you four — FOUR! — of Hollywood's biggest names. There's Taika Waititi, writer/director/star of Jojo Rabbit, which opens on January 1, talking to Nick de Semlyen. Then there's Greta Gerwig, writer/director/not star of Little Women, which opens on Boxing Day, talking to Helen O'Hara. And finally there's Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant, not writers/not directors/but d...more

  • The Ranking — Santa Claus In The Movies

    Dec 17 2019

    Ho-ho-ho, readers! As an early Christmas present from us to you, our dear readers/listeners, here's the episode of the absolutely-on-schedule and not-late-at-all-no-you-shut-up regular series, The Ranking, that you've all been asking for. No, not the Star Wars one. Or the two-part MCU special. Or even the one about 1989. Instead, this is the one where we discuss and rank Santa Claus in the movies! Yes, from Richard Attenborough in Miracle On 34th Street to, erm, Edmund Gwenn in Miracle On 34th...more

  • Rocketman Live Special — In Conversation With Taron Egerton And Dexter Fletcher

    Dec 16 2019

    If you weren't lucky enough to snag a ticket for our latest live podcast extravaganza, then fret no longer — for here it is. A couple of weeks ago, we held a very special screening of Rocketman, the Elton John musical biopic, at Picturehouse Central in London. Why was it special? Well, because afterwards the film's star, Taron Egerton, and director, Dexter Fletcher, popped in for a chat with our very own Chris Hewitt. And what a chat it was, full of revelations (Al Pacino has seen Rocketman seve...more

  • #394 — Jonathan Pryce, Jake Kasdan

    Dec 13 2019

    This week's Empire Podcast takes things to the next level. Mainly because Olly Richards sits down with Jake Kasdan, director of Jumanji: The Next Level, to hear how he made the sequel to the 2017 surprise smash, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. Also, the great Jonathan Pryce — star of The Two Popes — has a chat about that film, and more, with John Nugent. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt returns to host, and is joined by Helen O'Hara and (latterly) Ian Freer as they discuss movies that ...more

  • #393 — Edward Norton

    Dec 06 2019

    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 s...more

  • #392 — Sam Claflin & Aisling Franciosi

    Nov 29 2019

    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 wee...more

  • #391 — Chadwick Boseman; Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff

    Nov 22 2019

    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, hone...more

  • #390 – Paul Feig, James Mangold

    Nov 15 2019

    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 ...more

  • #389 – Stephen Graham, Roland Emmerich

    Nov 08 2019

    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.

  • #388 — David Michod, Felicity Jones

    Nov 01 2019

    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...more

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

    Oct 31 2019

    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 tim...more

  • #387 — Jillian Bell

    Oct 25 2019

    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...more

  • Western Stars Special ft. Thom Zimny and Bruce Springsteen

    Oct 24 2019

    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 Ji...more

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

    Oct 21 2019

    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 theori...more

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

    Oct 18 2019

    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 Mo...more

  • David Arnold And Michael Giacchino Interview Special

    Oct 17 2019

    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...more

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

    Oct 11 2019

    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 ...more

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

    Oct 11 2019

    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 (sta...more

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

    Oct 05 2019

    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...more

  • The Greatest - Horror Movies, In Association With Sky Cinema

    Oct 03 2019

    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 Hal...more

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

    Sep 28 2019

    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 befor...more

  • #382 - Live In Edinburgh ft. Jack Lowden

    Sep 20 2019

    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 Sc...more

  • #381 - Live From The London Podcast Festival ft. Colin Trevorrow

    Sep 16 2019

    This week's episode is a live show which sees the Empire Podteam - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Terri White - embark upon their first-ever tour, starting in the far-flung city of... London. Kings Place, to be precise, just around the corner from the Empire office. Not exactly clocking up the air miles, huh. Recorded as part of the London Podcast Festival, this typically raucous live show sees the quartet review Downton Abbey, For Sama, and Hustlers (complete with eye-watering t...more

  • #380 - Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery

    Sep 06 2019

    You are cordially invited to this week's Empire Podcast, in which Mr. Ian Freer, of Empire Towers, is granted an audience with Mr. Hugh Bonneville, Miss Laura Carmichael, and Miss Michelle Dockery, stars of the new motion picture extravaganza, Downton Abbey, based on the popular televisual entertainment of the same name. Either side of that, you are invited to listen to the rest of the episode, in which Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and podcast newcomer Jeremy Dylan, a gentleman of Australian o...more

  • The Greatest - Star Wars Characters In Association With Sky Cinema

    Sep 05 2019

    A long time ago, in a podbooth far, far away... four brave and hardy souls tackle a question that has long had Rebels and Imperial types scratching their heads: who are the greatest Star Wars characters of all time? In the second instalment of The Greatest, an Empire Podcast limited series brought to you by Sky Cinema, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Sky Cinema's very own Alex Zane, and Absolute Radio's Dave Berry each launch an impassioned defence of their three favourite Star Wars characters. ...more

  • #379 - Louis Leterrier, Joanna Hogg

    Aug 30 2019

    This week's episode of the Empire Podcast features two very different directors. First up, Chris Hewitt chats to Louis Leterrier about his experiences directing the new 10-episode Netflix series, The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, and switching from live-action to puppets. They also talk about Leterrier's experiences making The Incredible Hulk, the nature of directorial compromise, and dousing Mark Strong in gallons of fake elephant stuff for Grimsby. Then, Ian Freer has a chat with the gr...more

  • #378 - Andre Ovredal, Gerard Butler

    Aug 23 2019

    This! Is! Butler! This week's episode sees one of our favourite recurring guests, Gerard 'Gerry' Butler, pop by the podbooth to tell Chris Hewitt all about his new movie, Angel Has Fallen. Along the way they discuss Nick Nolte, the five stages of movie stardom, and Gerry tells an eyewatering story that has great pedigree, chum. Also this week, Chris talks to Norwegian director Andre Ovredal about Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick that's set to ma...more

  • The Greatest - Batman Or Superman? In Association With Sky Cinema

    Aug 17 2019

    It's a question as old as time. Perhaps even older. Who is the greatest DC big screen hero: the Caped Crusader, Batman, or the Man Of Steel, Superman? In this very special edition of the Empire Podcast, brought to you by Sky Cinema, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Sky Cinema's very own Alex Zane, and Absolute Radio's Dave Berry venture into the Empire Podcave and hash it out. It's all here over the course of a very fun 60 minutes, from impassioned paeans to Christopher Reeve to rigorous discussi...more

  • #377 - Simon Amstell

    Aug 16 2019

    Former Never Mind The Buzzcocks host Simon Amstell, who used to host Never Mind The Buzzcocks, pops by the podbooth this week for an interview in which his stint on Never Mind The Buzzcocks isn't mentioned once. (Sorry about that, we're aiming for that SEO sweet spot). Instead, he tells Chris Hewitt about how he made his new film, Benjamin, and along the way they attempt the world's first director's commentary entirely from memory. It doesn't go well. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joi...more

  • #376 - Gurinder Chadha and Viveik Kalra

    Aug 09 2019

    On this week's show, we invite Gurinder Chadha and Viveik Kalra onto the pod to wax lyrical about The Boss or, more specifically, their new film Blinded By The Light - guaranteed to put a Springsteen in your step. Meanwhile, Chris, James and Helen stand up in defence of some underappreciated classics (love Kurt Wimmer's Equilibrium or GTFO) and Chris gives us his reaction to news of the upcoming Event Horizon TV series ("Do you see? DO YOU SEE?!"). Plus we review this week's film releases and, i...more

  • #375 - Nick Frost

    Aug 02 2019

    It doesn't happen often, but this week sees the Empire Podbooth doors thrown open to allow the great Nick Frost - star of The Cornetto Trilogy, Paul, Cuban Fury, Fighting With My Family, and now Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans - to pull double duty as both our star guest and a colleague of such lethal cunning. So, this week Nick sits in with Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer as they answer a number of listener questions, discuss Nick's career, find out how not to be sta...more

  • #374 - Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat

    Jul 26 2019

    This week's Empire Podcast sees James Dyer take a rare break from banging on about TV to sit down for a lovely chat with Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat, stars of the rollicking Dublin-set comedy-drama, Animals. Then, in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt is joined by James, Helen O'Hara and Ben Travis to talk about movie heatwaves, discuss the week's film-related news*, including the Picard trailer and the sad death of the great Rutger Hauer, and review The Current War. Lie back, turn on th...more

  • MCU Comic-Con Reaction Special

    Jul 26 2019

    Because (four of) you demanded it, and because we finally found some free time to record it, and because we didn't want to bang on for ages about Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on this week's regular podcast, here is a relatively short podcast in which Team Empire - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Ben Travis - react to and mull over all the big news from the Marvel Studios panel at last week's San Diego Comic-Con. It's all here: discussion of Black Widow, The Eternals, ...more

  • #373 - Jon Favreau

    Jul 19 2019

    This week's Empire Podcast is all about cats, jellicle and otherwise. Chris Hewitt has a lovely in-depth chat with the wonderful Jon 'Favs' Favreau, who's a cool cat, about his new movie as director, the live-action adaptation of The Lion King, which is about big cats, and there's a little of MCU business thrown in for good measure as well. Because Chris. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to answer a slew of listeners' questions, review The Lion King, Vard...more

  • #372 - Corin Hardy

    Jul 12 2019

    He's a good egg, that Corin Hardy. He wrapped filming on Gangs Of London, the Gareth Evans-created TV show for which he's directed several episodes, on Thursday, and still found the time and energy to pop into the podbooth for a chat with Chris Hewitt about his... well, actually, Corin doesn't have anything to plug. So, instead, he and Chris talk about life for Corin post-Nun, working on Gangs, and do an impromptu John Carpenter episode of The Ranking. [0:50:33 - 01:20:03] Then, in the podboo...more

  • #371 - Will Poulter

    Jul 05 2019

    We've been big fans of Will Poulter at the Empire Podcast, especially since he agreed to be one of the guests on our very first live show back in 2014. So we're delighted to welcome him back for this week's episode, which sees Ben Travis chat to Will about his new film, Midsommar, and much more besides. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt is joined by Ben and Helen O'Hara for an episode that takes in The Play That Goes Wrong, great movie weddings, the week's movie news (and there's a lot...more

  • #370 - Peter Strickland, Himesh Patel

    Jun 28 2019

    This week's Empire Podcast sees Chris Hewitt sit down with Himesh Patel, the former Eastender (as in, he was on Eastenders) who stars in this week's Beatle-centric rom-com, Yesterday, and they discover a shared connection. Plus, John Nugent has a chat with the wonderful director, Peter Strickland, about his new movie, In Fabric, in which fashion is, literally, killer. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by James Dyer and Ian Freer to discuss production companies that changed their liv...more

  • #369 - Noomi Rapace, Josh Cooley

    Jun 21 2019

    This week's episode sees Chris Hewitt welcome Swedish actress Noomi Rapace - the original Lisbeth Salander - into the Empire Podbooth for a fun, frank, and often filthy chat about her new movie, The Captor, her surprising taste in music, life as a Londoner, and much more. Also in this episode, John Nugent chats to Josh Cooley, director of Toy Story 4, about giving audiences a huge Buzz. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to talk about their favourite condim...more

  • Kevin Smith Interview Special

    Jun 16 2019

    Here it is - the full and unexpurgated (well, a little expurgated) recording of the time a couple of weeks ago when Kevin Smith chose to spend his morning off in London, following a successful live Hollywood Babble-On show at The O2, by coming into the Empire Podbooth to have a good old natter with Chris Hewitt and Ben Travis. The first thirteen minutes of this ran on the Empire Podcast a couple of weeks ago, so if you want to get to the new stuff, skip past that. Otherwise, this is nearly 4...more

  • #368 - Asif Kapadia

    Jun 14 2019

    This week's Empire Podcast sees the wonderful Asif Kapadia pop by the podbooth to have an in-depth natter with Chris Hewitt about his new documentary, Diego Maradona. No prizes for guessing what it's about - a tumultuous period in the life of one of the most brilliant, but controversial, figures modern sport has ever seen. And if you're wondering if Chris and Asif, two massive Liverpool fans, end up talking about a certain recent Champions League final win, well... yes. But it's early, so non-Re...more

  • #367 - James McAvoy

    Jun 07 2019

    James McAvoy is always welcome on the Empire Podcast, and this week he returns to talk to Chris Hewitt about the role he's played most often in his illustrious career: Professor Charles Xavier. It's a role McAvoy is playing for the last time in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and he runs through his Charley X Hall Of Fame in a fun interview. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Nick de Semlyen to talk about watching versions originale in France, discuss the week's mov...more

  • #366 - Charles Dance, Jim Cummings

    May 31 2019

    Godzilla: King Of The Monsters may feature all kinds of mammoth monsters, but none are as impressive or towering as the great Charles Dance, who has a nice chat with Ben Travis about his new movie, working with Arnie on Last Action Hero, and more. [00.14.50 - 00.32.00] Our second guest this week, Thunder Road star/writer/director Jim Cummings, has a fun and frank chat with Chris Hewitt about working on a bargain budget, recording his script as a podcast (top hint), and sending a cheque to Bruce ...more

  • #365 - Dexter Fletcher, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever

    May 24 2019

    On this week's episode of the award-losing Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt finds that Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher has the Dwight Stuff as they talk all things Elton John. Plus our fearless leader Terri White sits down for a fun chat with Booksmart stars, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever. Then, in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and Ben Travis to discuss spoiler culture, review Aladdin and Rocketman, discuss R-Battz and the new Chris Nolan film, and then shill like crazy f...more

  • #364 - Kevin Smith; Brian Welsh & Lorn Macdonald

    May 17 2019

    This week's episode sees the host of the best damn movie podcast in the world sit down... with Kevin Smith. Just a little joke, there. No, we were delighted that the legendary Mr. Smith, in town following a sell-out live edition of Hollywood Babble-On at the O2, no less, found time to drop by our newly-built studio for a chat with Chris Hewitt and Ben Travis. This is just the tip of the iceberg - a longer version of this interview will be up as a special in a couple of days. Then, Chris - a ...more

  • #363 - Claire Denis

    May 10 2019

    This week's Empire Podcast goes full arthouse, as legendary French director Claire Denis talks to Empire's Editor-In-Chief, Terri White, about her new film, High Life. And then, because nothing can touch the Empire Podcast without being corrupted, there's a bit where they both repeatedly say the word, 'f**kbox'. [00:35:29 - 00:56-09] Then back in the f**kbox - sorry, podbooth - Chris Hewitt is joined by Helen O'Hara, James Dyer and, right at the end, John Nugent to discuss their favourite mov...more

  • #362 - Nicholas Hoult

    May 03 2019

    We haven't seen Nicholas Hoult on the Empire Podcast for a while, so we jumped at the chance to talk Tolkien with him this week, sending Chris Hewitt along for a good old natter about Hoult's new movie, in which he plays the celebrated author, J.R.R. Tolkien. Along the way they talk about Hoult's handwriting, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and much, much more. Then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer as they decide which animated movie casts they'd like to see in a li...more

  • #361 - Joe and Anthony Russo

    Apr 26 2019

    We may be in the Endgame now, but don't expect to hear any spoilers from Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of the latest Avengers movie, and this week's Empire Podcast guests. Instead, they sit down for a chat with Chris Hewitt about the rigours of making a movie that's widely expected to be one of the biggest of all time, and their future non-MCU plans. Then, back in the podbooth, Helen O'Hara takes the reins and is joined by James Dyer and Chris, who ran to the studio straight from a plane f...more

  • #360 - Andrew Scott and Neil Jordan

    Apr 19 2019

    Helen is in the driving seat once again on this week's podcast (although Supernatural nipple chat was mercifully kept to a minimum) as we dive into the *last* Empire podcast before the team sees Avengers: Endgame. And to celebrate that fact we not only sit down with everyone's favourite sexy priest, Andrew Scott, to talk about his new film Steel Country, but we also invite director Neil Jordan on board to discuss sex. And also Greta. Nick De Semlyen and James Dyer round out this week's lethal...more

  • Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Teaser Trailer Breakdown Special

    Apr 13 2019

    Yesterday saw both the first teaser trailer and the announcement of the title of the ninth, and final, film in the main Star Wars saga. That title was The Rise Of Skywalker, and that teaser was a bit of a belter, reintroducing beloved characters, and posing plenty of big questions. Just as a teaser should. And with Team Empire unable to gather in the podbooth yesterday, we had to wait until today - the morning after the night before - to assemble in Helen O'Hara's living room for an imprompt...more

  • #359 - Jessie Buckley

    Apr 12 2019

    In this week's episode of the award-non-minated (that's the technical term for a show that isn't nominated for an award) Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt has a good old natter with the wonderful Irish actor and singer Jessie Buckley, who is on sensational form as a Glaswegian country singer in this week's Wild Rose. Then, either side of that, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and Ben Travis to talk semi-nude Jude Law, discuss the week's movie news, review Wild Rose, Hellboy, and Mid90s, and -- bec...more

  • Malcolm McDowell A Clockwork Orange Special

    Apr 05 2019

    Stanley Kubrick's controversial, thought-provoking, tremendously stylish A Clockwork Orange, now a mere 48 years young, bludgeons its way back into cinemas this weekend. And so Chris Hewitt jumped at the chance to interview its star - the king of the Droogs himself, Malcolm McDowell. In this extended interview, they discuss McDowell's complicated and ever-changing relationship with the film, and with Kubrick himself; why Gene Kelly gave McDowell the cold shoulder; and what it's like to get a...more

  • #358 - Zachary Levi

    Apr 05 2019

    On this week's Empire Podcast, we say the magic word - Bangilybang! - and, lo and behold, Zachary Levi, star of this week's DC Comics adaptation, Shazam!, appears. He has a lovely chat with Chris Hewitt about grabbing his second chance at superhero stardom with both hands. Back in the podcave, with Chris waylaid by that nefarious villain, Unforeseen Circumstances, Helen O'Hara leads James Dyer and Ben Travis in a spirited discussion of the week's movie news (Endgame footage! Joker trailer!),...more

  • #357 - Kevin Costner, Tim Burton

    Mar 29 2019

    This week's Empire Podcast features two bona fide legends of Hollywood, California, both having a chat with that bona fide buffoon of a town not too far away from Holywood, Northern Ireland, Chris Hewitt. First off, Chris travels to Madrid for an audience with Elliot Ness/Wyatt Earp/Jim Garrison/We Could Do This All Day [delete as applicable], Kevin Costner, star of Netflix film, The Highwaymen. Then, back in a London hotel room, Chris comes face to face with the wild, weird, and wacky imagi...more

  • #356 - Ralph Fiennes and Oleg Ivenko; Winston Duke

    Mar 22 2019

    This week's Empire Podcast sees something of a first for the show. No, it's not coherent - you should know by now that that is but a mere pipe dream. Instead, it's the first time (we think; we may be wrong) that we've featured a translator on the show, as Nick de Semlyen chats to The White Crow's director, Ralph Fiennes, its star, Oleg Ivenko... and Oleg's lovely translator. Then, Chris Hewitt has an in-depth chat about Us and Black Panther with the wonderful Winston Duke, before heading bac...more

  • #355 - Andrew Garfield

    Mar 15 2019

    Since he stopped being the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield has largely taken a step back from the big screen. But he returns this week with David Robert Mitchell's gonzo noir, Under The Silver Lake, and on the latest Empire Podcast he has a nice old natter with Ben Travis about that movie, Scorsese, and Stan Lee. 'Nuff said, True Believers. Then, back in the podbooth, with Chris Hewitt absolutely, positively not available for recording, Helen O'Hara steps ably into the bre...more

  • Avengers: Endgame Final Trailer Breakdown Special

    Mar 14 2019

    Because (somewhere around a dozen of) you demanded it, here it is: a podcast about a trailer. But not just any trailer. In this very special episode, Chris Hewitt and Helen O'Hara pop into the podbooth to discuss and dissect the second, and final trailer, for Avengers: Endgame. Along the way they come up with all kinds of harebrained theories about what Joe and Anthony Russo may have in store for us when the movie opens next month, call Thanos all kinds of rude names, and discover the meaning of...more

  • #354 - Ricky Gervais, Samuel L. Jackson

    Mar 08 2019

    It's like an episode of Extras on the Empire Podcast this week, as Ricky Gervais - star, writer, director of the new Netflix show, After Life - and Captain Marvel star, Samuel L. Jackson - old Nick Fury himself - pop by to have a good old natter with Chris Hewitt about a great many things, from getting advice from Jerry Seinfeld to why Jackson doesn't tweet about Liverpool FC anymore. Then, in the podbooth itself, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to talk about great movie pets,...more

  • #353 - Live Special at the Glasgow Film Festival ft. Michael Palin

    Mar 04 2019

    For this week's pod, the team journeyed North to bonnie Scotland to record live at the Glasgow Film Festival - mainly so we could eat our own bodyweight in Irn-Bru sweets, which one listener was kind enough to provide. We also found the time to sit down with Sir Michael Palin, who reminisced with Chris Hewitt about The Holy Grail, Doon Castle and new documentary Final Ascent. Plus all the usual movie news and nonsense, including Helen's analysis of all things Oscars and only the tiniest bit of D...more

  • Alan Partridge Special ft. Neil and Rob Gibbons

    Mar 03 2019

    "Stop getting Alan wrong!" That could well be what you shout at a couple of points in this very special Empire Podcast appreciation of all things Alan Partridge, as Alan anoraks (Alanoraks?) Chris Hewitt, Nick de Semlyen and Pilot TV's Boyd Hilton get together for a solid 49 minutes of scorching Alan-based chat... and end up misquoting him on several occasions. The authorities have been informed. But that's not all. Chris also sits down for a chat with Neil and Rob Gibbons, the clever flucki...more

  • #352 - Stephen Merchant, Florence Pugh, Jason Clarke

    Feb 22 2019

    Due to another incredible scheduling snafu by Chris 'What's a spreadsheet' Hewitt, this week's episode of the Empire Podcast features a veritable cavalcade of star guests. There's a Fighting With My Family double bill, as John Nugent talks to that film's director, Stephen Merchant, and its star, Florence Pugh. Then a very tired Chris meets a very jetlagged Jason Clarke, star of The Aftermath, and they end up talking about David O'Leary. In the podbooth, Chris is joined by Nick de Semlyen and...more

  • Avatar - An Empire 30th Anniversary Podcast Documentary

    Feb 18 2019

    Empire's 30th birthday celebrations continue unabated with this very special podcast documentary - or, if you will, podumentary - exploring the biggest film of all time: James Cameron's Avatar. Host Chris Hewitt dips into the Empire archives, and also sits down for a brand-new chat with Cameron, the film's writer-producer-editor-director, to tell the story of how Cameron's groundbreaking visit to Pandora came to be. It's packed with info about Cameron's Eureka! moment, how he nearly chose to...more

  • The Ranking - Batman Movies

    Feb 15 2019

    Holy delayed podcast, Batman! Yes, it's finally here - the Batman edition of The Ranking, the podcast/magazine crossover in which four Empire writers - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Dan Jolin, and Olly Richards - argue the toss over a series of movies. In this case, it's the Batfilms. All the Batfilms. Yes, even the rubbish ones. So settle in for an hour of feverish Batdebate that features Helen and Dan arguing about the politics of The Dark Knight Rises, fewer impressions of Bane than you mig...more

  • #351 - Mary J. Blige, Patrick Stewart and Angus Imrie

    Feb 15 2019

    After the lunacy of last week's live episode, the Empire Podcast settles down this week, with an actual knight, and R&B royalty. First, Ben Travis has an audience with the wondrous Mary J. Blige, chatting about her new Netflix show, The Umbrella Academy, and much, much more. Then Chris Hewitt chats to not one, but two Merlins, as The Kid Who Would Be King stars, Sir Patrick Stewart and Angus Imrie, drop by the podbooth. We feel we should warn you - there is more discussion of @SirPatStew nudity ...more

  • Joel Edgerton Interview Special

    Feb 08 2019

    Actor. Writer. Director. Producer. Joel Edgerton is the very definition of a multi-hyphenate, in front of and behind the camera. He performs all four duties admirably on Boy Erased, which opens in the UK this week. A drama starring Lucas Hedges as a young man sent to a gay conversion therapy centre by his Baptist parents (Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman), where he struggles with the strict methods of Edgerton's counsellor, it's a fine follow-up to the Australian's directorial debut, The Gift. ...more

  • #350 - Live Special ft. Joe Cornish, Zawe Ashton

    Feb 08 2019

    Can it really be seven years since four giggling idiots walked into a studio in London, and decided to inflict their godawful opinions about movies upon unsuspecting members of the public? Apparently it can, for this is the 350th episode of the Empire Podcast. And to celebrate it in style, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Empire's Editor-in-Chief, Terri White, were joined by a sell-out crowd at Kings Place in London earlier this week for a raucous live podcast. There will be movie rev...more

  • #349 - Rosa Salazar, Dean DeBlois, Richard E. Grant

    Feb 01 2019

    This week's Empire Podcast is the kind of bumper edition you might need to book a flight in order to have time to listen to it all. We have three - count 'em, THREE - incredible guests. First, Helen O'Hara talks to Alita herself, Rosa Salazar, the star of Alita: Battle Angel. Then, Ben Travis talks with Dean DeBlois, director of all three How To Train Your Dragon movies, as he brings the trilogy to a close with The Hidden World. Finally, waiting at the very end of the pod as a lovely reward, Nic...more

  • #348 - Nicole Kidman, Charlie Brooker

    Jan 25 2019

    This week, Oscar-winning actor Nicole Kidman drops by the pod booth to class up the joint and tell us about her latest chameleonic tour-de-force Destroyer. Plus, Charlie Brooker joins us to talk about the brain-melting branching narrative of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Plus, there's news on the Empire Podcast's latest foray out of the comforts of the booth...

  • Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born Special

    Jan 22 2019

    We're huge fans of Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, A Star Is Born, here at Empire Podcast Towers. So much so we gave it five stars when it opened in cinemas late last year. So, when we heard that the star/director/producer/co-writer/caterer of the now-Oscar-nominated emotionally devastating love story was in town, Chris Hewitt went along to have a good old natter with Cooper about the challenges he faced as a director, key moments in the movie [INSERT SPOILER WARNING HERE], and cracking Jack...more

  • #347 - Adam McKay

    Jan 18 2019

    For years, Adam McKay was dedicated to making us laugh with brilliant, surreal, gloriously daft comedies like Anchorman, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys. Lately, he's turned his attention to making us laugh, and also scream in horror at the state of the world, with the Oscar-winning The Big Short and next week's Vice, in which Christian Bale plays former US Vice-President, Dick Cheney. In this week's podcast, McKay chats to Chris Hewitt about that film, about his new approach, and his very rea...more

  • #346 - Jon S. Baird, Steve Coogan

    Jan 11 2019

    Well, this is another nice mess. Stan & Ollie, Jon S. Baird's film about a UK tour undertaken by Laurel & Hardy towards the end of their careers, opens this week. So Chris Hewitt has a nice chat with Baird about that, shameless namedropping and more, and in the bargain they come up with the podcast's strangest spin-off episode to date. Then Chris has a chat with the film's Stan, BAFTA-nominated Steve Coogan, about impressions, double acts, Partridge, Tripping with Rob Brydon, Holmes & Watson...more

  • #345 - Robert Zemeckis & Steve Carell

    Jan 04 2019

    2019 may be only a few days old, but the Empire Podcast does not rest. So we're back back back for the first pod of the year, which sees Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Empire's Man In LA, James 'Jaime Blanco' White, dive back into the podbooth to discuss their Christmas breaks, chat about the movie news (what there is of it), and review The Favourite, Holmes & Watson, and Welcome To Marwen. Speaking of Welcome To Marwen, that film's director, Robert Zemeckis, and star, Steve Car...more

  • The Empire Podcast Review Of 2018

    Dec 28 2018

    So, 2018. That was the year that was. And in this very special episode of the Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt is joined by James Dyer, Helen O'Hara and, on a shared microphone because there are no airs and graces round these parts, Empire's Editor-In-Chief, Terri White, to chew the fat about the cinematic year. From cameos of the year to scenes of the year, they leave very few stones unturned, before counting down their personal Top 10s. And all while trying desperately - nay, heroically - not to w...more

  • #344 - Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Wheatley

    Dec 21 2018

    Anyone who's listened to the Empire Podcast on an even semi-casual basis would know that Helen O'Hara and Chris Hewitt are big fans of Hamilton (particularly Helen). So, when the chance arose to have the creator/star of that already-legendary Broadway musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, on the pod in his new guise as star of the delightful Mary Poppins Returns, they said, in unison, 'we are not going to be throwing away our shot, that's for sure'. So he's our first guest of the last regular pod of 2018...more

  • #343 - The League Of Gentlemen, Peter Jackson & Phillipa Boyens

    Dec 14 2018

    "Excuse me, has anyone got a bottle of orange juice?" The legends that are the League Of Gentlemen are back back back, freed from the confines of Royston Vasey and unleashed into the real world with their new live DVD, The League Of Gentlemen Live Again. And Chris Hewitt couldn't resist the chance to get them into the podbooth to ask all four of them - Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, and Jeremy Dyson - about their touring arrangements, and the correct pronunciation of Claes Bang....more

  • Avengers: Endgame Teaser Trailer Special

    Dec 07 2018

    Dread it. Run from it. The Empire Podcast's deeply nerdy audio breakdown of the brand new teaser for the fourth Avengers movie arrives all the same. Join Chris Hewitt and Helen O'Hara as they pore over the brand new teaser trailer for the movie we can now officially call Avengers: Endgame, conjure up more bonkers theories and possibly baseless speculation than you can shake a Time Stone at, and ask the big questions. What are those things called on Hawkeye's arms? Does Thanos hate dogs? And ...more

  • #342 - Andy Serkis

    Dec 07 2018

    Before you ask, yes, this week's Empire Podcast was recorded five minutes before the Avengers trailer dropped. No, we didn't have time to go back in and record anything. Yes, we're upset. Yes, there will be a special podcast, up later today. No, we don't know how [REDACTED] gets out of [ALSO REDACTED]. So, to this week's episode, then, in which Chris Hewitt sits down for an audience with the great Andy Serkis, star and director of Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle. They talk about the film's long...more

  • Taika Waititi On Screenwriting: An Empire 30th Anniversary Special

    Nov 30 2018

    Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday, dear Empire, happy birthday to us! Yes, Empire is turning 30. And to celebrate, we're launching a year-long (well, thirteen month-long) celebration of some of our favourite filmmakers. And that activity isn't restricted to the magazine. We're going all in on the podcast as well. Which brings us neatly to Taika Waititi. The man who directed Eagle Vs Shark, Boy, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, What We Do In The Shadows, and Thor Ragnarok is...more

  • #341 - Alfonso Cuaron

    Nov 30 2018

    Alfonso Cuaron is one of the finest, and most versatile, directors working today, able to leap effortlessly from huge tentpoles like Gravity and Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, to smaller, more intimate movies like Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children Of Men (although that one was also pretty huge). He explores a more personal canvas in Roma, out now in selected cinemas and available from next week on Netflix, and on this week's podcast he chats to Ian Freer about that movie, becoming his ow...more

  • Kurt Russell Interview Special

    Nov 29 2018

    You can probably count the number of actors whose iconic roles you can count on the fingers of two hands on the fingers of, erm, one hand. Kurt Russell is one of those actors. After all, he's played Elvis Presley, Snake Plissken, R.J. Macready, Jack Burton, Tango-or-Cash, Stuntman Mike, Ego The Living Planet, and Wyatt Earp across the breadth of an incredible career that's spanned nearly six decades. And now he's added Santa Claus to the list, with his fun turn as Father Christmas in The Christm...more

  • The Ranking: Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Nov 29 2018

    In the latest, and absolutely not late, no you shut up, episode of The Ranking, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Nick de Semlyen try to discuss the movies of one of the biggest (literally and figuratively) movie stars of all time: Arnold Schwarzenegger. The only obstacle in their path: Arnold superfan, James Dyer, who might not let them get a word in edgeways. Join us for an hour of top Arnie anecdotes (or Arn-ecdotes), as the podteam crush their enemies, see them driven before them, and hear the...more

  • Is Die Hard A Christmas Movie? - An Empire Podcast Special

    Nov 29 2018

    It's a question as old as time. Or as old as 1988. Is Die Hard, that Bruce Willis action classic, a Christmas movie, or just a movie that happens to be set at Christmas? In this very special episode of the Empire Podcast, Empire's Chris Hewitt and James Dyer are joined by Sky Cinema's Alex Zane and Absolute Radio's Dave Berry to settle a debate that has raged for decades, once and for all. And once they put that little matter to bed, they discuss the film itself in great detail. It's all her...more

  • #340 - Taron Egerton

    Nov 23 2018

    The last time Taron Egerton rocked up on the Empire Podcast, he didn't realise that it would be in front of a live audience of 400 people. Sorry about that, Taron. This time around, it's a much more intimate setting as he talks Robin Hood, Rocketman, and the future of Kingsman with Ben Travis. Then, in the podbooth, Chris Hewitt is joined by Ben and fellow colleagues of lethal cunning, Helen O'Hara and James Dyer, to discuss the week's movie news, from more Cats casting to the sad passing of...more

  • #339 - Jane Fonda, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    Nov 16 2018

    "This is my first British podcast," Jane Fonda tells Helen O'Hara towards the end of their funny and candid chat in this week's episode, which just goes to show that even a living legend notches up new experiences all the time. We're proud, and honoured, to be Fonda's first, as she chats about 9 To 5, which is re-released in cinemas this week, Grace & Frankie, political activism and more. Then Helen (with a little help from Chris Hewitt) has a chat with Outlaw King's Aaron Taylor-Johnson, du...more

  • Carey Mulligan Interview Special

    Nov 12 2018

    Ever since she burst onto the scene with a star-making turn in An Education, Carey Mulligan has been one of our favourite actresses. Always interesting to watch, she imbues whatever she does, whether it's working with the Coen Brothers on Inside Llewyn Davis, Baz Luhrmann on The Great Gatsby, or Paul Dano on his directorial debut, this week's Wildlife, with intelligence and an admirable willingness to embrace character flaws. She hasn't won an Oscar yet, but it's surely only a matter of time - a...more

  • #338 - Chris Pine and David Mackenzie, Tim Blake Nelson

    Nov 09 2018

    Chris Pine goes all Scottish in this week's Outlaw King, the story of Robert The Bruce, and in this week's episode he, and the film's director, David Mackenzie, talk to Helen O'Hara about making their film in the shadow of Braveheart, and more. Also, Tim Blake Nelson talks to John Nugent about working with the Coen Brothers on The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, almost two decades after first hooking up with them (professionally speaking, of course) on O Brother, Where Art Thou? Then, in the podboo...more

  • #337 - Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

    Nov 02 2018

    Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have starred in a beloved TV show, and an equally beloved series of films, together. They've written films together. They've produced films together, including this week's horror-comedy, Slaughterhouse Rulez. But it's all been leading to this: the pinnacle of their career, the summit of their friendship, the zenith of their journey as human beings: the Empire Podbooth, where they have a very funny but, we will warn you now, very adults-only chat with Chris Hewitt about ...more

  • #336 - Rami Malek, Panos Cosmatos

    Oct 26 2018

    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught on a podcast, no escape from reality. Yes, this week sees the release of Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Rami Malek, the man who plays Mr. Fahrenheit, aka Freddie Mercury, pops into the podbooth to talk about that with Chris Hewitt. Then, Panos Cosmatos, the director of Nic Cage fever dream revenge thriller Mandy, has an intense and involved chat with Ben Travis that covers everything from grief to staging a chainsaw battle. NB: the sound ...more

  • #335 - Jamie Lee Curtis, Gerard Butler

    Oct 19 2018

    This week's Empire Podcast is very much a tale of two interviews. First, actual living legend Jamie Lee Curtis talks to Chris Hewitt about returning to the Halloween franchise, and the role of Laurie Strode, for what feels like a fresh start. In a serious, even intense, interview, they touch upon the impact of the #MeToo movement upon the new film, about surviving trauma, and the emotional resonance of returning to the role. Then, podcast favourite Gerard Butler pops by the podbooth to talk abou...more

  • Peter Jackson Interview Special

    Oct 17 2018

    In this very special edition of the Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt and Nick de Semlyen are joined by one of our favourite directors. Yes, it's Sir Peter Of Jackson, who drops by the podbooth to talk about his fantastic documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, which uses cutting-edge technology to shed a new light on the First World War. As well as an in-depth chat about the techniques Jackson used to restore archive footage, and his fascination with WWI in general, Chris and Nick also find time t...more

  • #334 - Paul Greengrass, Damien Chazelle

    Oct 12 2018

    The Empire Podcast gets serious this week, as the great Paul Greengrass - director of 22 July, a new Netflix film about the horrific mass murder committed by Anders Breivik in Norway in 2011 - talks to Chris Hewitt about the rise of the far right, and the role democracy has to play in combating it. [22:15 - 43:46] Then Ben Travis talks to First Man director Damien Chazelle about the challenges of making a film about the attempt to get Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts on the moon back ...more

  • #333 - Dominic Monaghan, Henry Thomas

    Oct 06 2018

    This week's longer-and-let's-face-it-probably-more-incoherent-than-usual episode of the Empire Podcast sees that lovable rascal and former Hobbit, Dominic Monaghan, sit in with Chris Hewitt, Ben Travis, and James Dyer for most of the episode. During which time they talk about movie cliffhangers, discuss the week's film news, talk about Jose Mourinho, his love of Star Wars, tattoos, Lord Of The Rings, Wagon Wheels, The Beatles, and much, much more. It's a lot of fun. Our door is always open, Dom....more

  • #332 - Teresa Palmer & Matthew Goode

    Sep 27 2018

    We've got witchcraft of all kinds on our mind in the Empire podbooth this week. Our guests, Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode, are the stars of Sky's A Discovery Of Witches, and they're a ruddy delight as they have a natter with Ben Travis. Either side of that, Chris Hewitt hosts Ben, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer as they talk a ton of trailers, review Skate Kitchen, Black 47 and Night School, go off on more tangents than a Rube Goldberg machine, and discuss the thorniest subject of them all: w...more

  • #331 - Eli Roth, Paul Feig

    Sep 21 2018

    It's a tale of two directors on the Empire Podcast this week, as Eli Roth pops by to talk to his Drunk British Slob from Hostel Part II, Chris Hewitt, about The House With A Clock In Its Walls, working with Bruce Willis, and persuading Hollywood to see past his hardcore horror past. Then Chris chats to A Simple Favour director, Paul Feig, about moving into comedy thriller territory, being the best dressed man in show business, working with Emma Thompson, and not working with Melissa McCarthy...more

  • #330 - Constance Wu; Michael Caine & Ray Winstone

    Sep 14 2018

    From talking representation in modern cinema, to discussing Jim Broadbent's bum, you can't say that this week's Empire Podcast doesn't cover all the bases. Or whatever they say in cricket. In the podbooth, Chris Hewitt is joined by Terri White, Ben Travis, and Nev Pierce to talk about a great many things, from Henry Cavill's possible departure from the DCEU to Terri's desire to open a pub. They also tackle a listener's question, and there's an extended reviews section in which they tackle Cra...more

  • #329 - Live At The London Podcast Festival (ft. Corin Hardy)

    Sep 08 2018

    This week's episode of the Empire Podcast was recorded live at Kings Place, London, as part of the London Podcast Festival. If you've ever been to our live shows before, you'll know what that means. If you haven't, this (slightly) edited version is a fine snapshot of what we're like when we're live. Namely, even swearier than usual, dafter than usual, and more juvenile than usual. If that's your bag, then listen on as Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Empire's Editor-In-Chief, Terr...more

  • The Ranking - Star Trek

    Sep 07 2018

    In the latest episode of The Ranking, which is absolutely on time and in no way massively late (no, YOU shut up), a crack team of massive Star Trek fans who know what they're talking about, and Chris Hewitt, join together to definitively rank the Star Trek films in order. Join James Dyer, Helen O'Hara, Dan Jolin and that Hewitt eejit as they discuss the merits of the original crew, the Next Gen movies, the JJ Abrams not-a-reboot-actually and its sequels, drop a load of bad impressions, and g...more

  • Leigh Whannell Interview Special

    Aug 31 2018

    Leigh Whannell is the actor-turned-screenwriter-turned director behind the likes of Saw (the early, good ones), the Insidious movies, and this week's hard-boiled slice of sci-fi, Upgrade, in which a paralysed Logan Marshall-Green bonds with an operating system that allows him to take bloody revenge on the men who attacked him. And, as it turns out, Whannell is also a dream of an interviewee, sitting down with Chris Hewitt for this extended chat about the journey of Upgrade from script to scr...more

  • #328 - Chloe Grace Moretz, Dave Bautista, Bart Layton and Barry Keoghan

    Aug 31 2018

    If this week's Empire Podcast were any more jam-packed, you could pop a label on it and call it a jar of Hartley's. We are joined by not one, not two, not three, but FOUR guests this week. First up is Chloe Grace Moretz, the former Hit-Girl herself, who talks to Chris Hewitt about her new movie, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, falling in and out of love with acting, and being a DJ. [00:11:55 - 00:31:02] Then Chris talks to the man mountain that is Dave Bautista [00:52:09 - 01:07:05] about his ...more

  • #327 - Guy Pearce, Iain Morris

    Aug 24 2018

    Iain Morris is the co-creator of The Inbetweeners, director of raucous Brit-com The Festival (in cinemas now), and now a temporary member of the Empire Podteam. In this week's episode he joins Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer to discuss the week's movie news (mainly Danny Boyle leaving Bond 25), and the sexiest moment in the MCU. He also talks about The Festival, Joe Thomas' bum, and throws in a Crowded House anecdote that may be the single most shameless example of namedropping in Emp...more

  • 50 Greatest Star Wars Characters Special

    Aug 23 2018

    We asked you to vote for the greatest Star Wars characters of all time, and you didn't let us down. This month's issue of Empire features an epic countdown of those characters, from beloved Original Trilogy stalwarts, to newer, fresher blood, with the odd cartoon character thrown in for good measure. And in this very special episode of the Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt, James Dyer, and Nick de Semlyen get together in the podbooth to take the scenic route through the list, unleashing an array o...more

  • #326 - Antoine Fuqua

    Aug 17 2018

    Antoine Fuqua has worked with Denzel Washington four times, more than any other director. And on this week's episode, he talks to Chris Hewitt about reteaming with the Oscar-winning legend for The Equalizer 2, their first outing on Training Day, and his hopes that Denzel might star in his Scarface remake. Elsewhere, the frank and very funny Fuqua talks about bouncing back in Hollywood after King Arthur, and about the social conscience that runs through his films as an African-American director. ...more

  • #325 - Hayley Atwell

    Aug 10 2018

    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. ...more

  • #324 - Christopher McQuarrie

    Aug 03 2018

    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 liste...more

  • #323 - Vanessa Kirby

    Jul 27 2018

    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.

  • #322 - Jeremy Irvine, Drew Pearce

    Jul 20 2018

    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 c...more

  • #321 - Ethan Hawke, Brad Bird

    Jul 13 2018

    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 Holly...more

  • #320 - Natalie Dormer, Rob Brydon

    Jul 06 2018

    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 e...more

  • #319 - Shailene Woodley & Sam Claflin, Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson

    Jun 29 2018

    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 revie...more

  • #318 - Benicio Del Toro

    Jun 23 2018

    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 prop...more

  • The Ranking - Ridley Scott

    Jun 18 2018

    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 ...more

  • #317 - Alfred Molina

    Jun 15 2018

    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...more

  • #316 - Andy Serkis

    Jun 08 2018

    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 th...more

  • #315 - Martin Freeman

    Jun 01 2018

    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, ...more

  • #314 - Alden Ehrenreich, Michael Cera & Alia Shawkat

    May 25 2018

    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...more

  • #313 - Amanda Abbington

    May 18 2018

    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 ...more

  • #312 - Clive Owen, Eddie Marsan

    May 11 2018

    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 ...more

  • #311 - Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans

    May 04 2018

    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...more

  • Tom Hiddleston: Life As Loki Interview Special

    Apr 30 2018

    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 ch...more

  • #310 - Joe & Anthony Russo

    Apr 27 2018

    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 bes...more

  • #309 - David Morrissey

    Apr 20 2018

    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 ...more

  • #308 - Scott Adkins, Brad Peyton

    Apr 13 2018

    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 int...more

  • The Ranking - Brian De Palma

    Apr 10 2018

    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 th...more

  • Mark Hamill & Rian Johnson Interview Special

    Apr 08 2018

    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....more

  • #307 - Anya Taylor-Joy

    Apr 06 2018

    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 th...more

  • #306 - Leslie Mann, Paddy Considine

    Mar 30 2018

    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 ...more

  • #305 - Steven Spielberg, Simon Pegg

    Mar 23 2018

    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...more

  • Avengers: Infinity War trailer breakdown Vol. 2!

    Mar 17 2018

    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, bu...more

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

    Mar 16 2018

    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 Chala...more

  • The Ranking - Martin Scorsese

    Mar 14 2018

    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...more

  • #303 - David Oyelowo, Lynne Ramsay

    Mar 10 2018

    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 wel...more

  • Oscars 2018 Sleepless Special

    Mar 05 2018

    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 O...more

  • #302 - Francis Lawrence

    Mar 02 2018

    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 ...more

  • The Ranking - Stephen King

    Feb 26 2018

    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 nove...more

  • #301 - Lennie James, Nick Murphy

    Feb 23 2018

    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 podboo...more

  • #300 - Live Podcast Special With Taron Egerton & Ruth Wilson

    Feb 16 2018

    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, ...more

  • #299 - Colin Firth And Rachel Weisz

    Feb 09 2018

    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 Pan...more

  • #298 - Paul Thomas Anderson

    Feb 02 2018

    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'...more

  • #296 — Lee Unkrich

    Jan 19 2018

    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 Chri...more

  • #295 — Joe Wright, Martin McDonagh

    Jan 12 2018

    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 write...more

  • #294 — Jason Isaacs & Sonequa Martin-Green, Andrea Riseborough

    Jan 05 2018

    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...more

  • Review Of The Year 2017

    Dec 29 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...more

  • Hugh Jackman Interview Special

    Dec 22 2017

    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.

  • #293 - Karen Gillan

    Dec 15 2017

    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 Gilla...more

  • #292 — James and Dave Franco/John Cena

    Dec 08 2017

    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....more

  • #291 - Dan Stevens

    Dec 01 2017

    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...more

  • Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Podcast Discussion Special

    Nov 29 2017

    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 ende...more

  • #290: Lee Child, Craig Roberts

    Nov 24 2017

    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...more

  • #289: Henry Cavill, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell

    Nov 17 2017

    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.

  • #288: Annette Bening, Kenneth Lonergan

    Nov 10 2017

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

  • Red Dwarf Special With Craig Charles, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules & Doug Naylor

    Nov 09 2017

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

  • #287: Jamie Bell, Tobin Bell

    Nov 03 2017

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

  • Jeff Goldblum Special

    Oct 27 2017

    Ah…now eventually, you do plan to have Jeff Goldblum on your… on your Jeff Goldblum Interview Special, right? Hello?… Hello? Yes?

  • 286: Vince Vaughn, S. Craig Zahler, Claire Foy + Guest Host Sam Bain

    Oct 27 2017

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

  • #285: Daniel Radcliffe, Jason Isaacs, Gerard Butler

    Oct 20 2017

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

  • David Fincher Interview Special

    Oct 19 2017

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

  • #284: Rebecca Ferguson, Noah Baumbach

    Oct 13 2017

    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.

  • #283: Ridley Scott, Denis Villeneuve

    Oct 06 2017

    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.

  • #282: Mike Flanagan

    Sep 29 2017

    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 bangi...more

  • #281: Michael Winterbottom

    Sep 22 2017

    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: http://empireonline.com/podcast

  • #280: LIVE with Mark Strong & Matthew Vaughn at the London Podcast Festival

    Sep 17 2017

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

  • #279 — Iwan Rheon, Francis Lee

    Sep 08 2017

    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.

  • #278: Bill Nighy, Adam Wingard

    Sep 01 2017

    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: www.empireonline.com/podcast Bill NighyAdam WingardEmpire Podcast

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day Special With Robert Patrick

    Aug 29 2017

    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.

  • #277: Will Poulter, Doug Liman

    Aug 25 2017

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

  • Steven Soderbergh Interview Special

    Aug 25 2017

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

  • #276: Stanley Tucci

    Aug 18 2017

    On this week’s pod: we got The Tooch! More from the Empire Podcast: http://www.empireonline.com/podcast

  • #275: Al Gore, David Lowery

    Aug 11 2017

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

  • #274: James McAvoy, Bryan Cranston

    Aug 04 2017

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

  • #273: Stan Lee, Kumail Nanjiani

    Jul 28 2017

    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: http://empireonline.com/podcast

  • #272: Comic-Con Special With Ivan Reitman, Jeph Loeb, Roel Reiné, Scott Buck

    Jul 23 2017

    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: http://empireonline.com/podcast

  • #271: Jason Blum, Brian Fee, Kevin Reher

    Jul 14 2017

    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: http://empireonline.com/podcast

  • #270: Andy Serkis, Jon Watts

    Jul 07 2017

    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?)

  • #269: Lily Collins, Tom Holland

    Jun 30 2017

    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.)

  • #268: Colin Trevorrow

    Jun 23 2017

    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: http://empireonline.com/podcast

  • Empire's 100 Greatest Movies Special

    Jun 19 2017

    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: http://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/best-movies/ More from the Empire Podcast: http://empireonline.com/podcast

  • #267: Julia Stiles

    Jun 16 2017

    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: http://empireonline.com/podcast

  • #266: Michael Sheen, Rachel Weisz

    Jun 09 2017

    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: http://empireonline.com/podcast

  • Salma Hayek, Miguel Arteta, Marc Maron

    Jun 02 2017

    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: http://www.empironline.com/podcast

  • #264: Roger Donaldson

    May 26 2017

    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: http://empireonline.com/podcast

  • Sir Roger Moore Interview Special (Repeat)

    May 23 2017

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

  • #263: Charlie Hunnam

    May 18 2017

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

  • #262: Danny McBride

    May 12 2017

    This week's guest has always been the McBridesmaid, never the McBride...until now. More from the Empire Podcast: http://empireonline.com/podcast

  • #261: Julian Barratt & Simon Farnaby

    May 05 2017

    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: http://empireonline.com/podcast

  • #260: Neil Gaiman

    Apr 28 2017

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

  • Warren Beatty Interview Special

    Apr 21 2017

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

  • #259: Geoffrey Rush

    Apr 21 2017

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

  • #258: Gemma Arterton

    Apr 13 2017

    This week, Gemma Arterton drops by to talk about Their Finest, as we discuss our finest laser scenes in movies.

  • #257: Riz Ahmed

    Apr 07 2017

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

  • #256: Carl Weathers, Norman Reedus, Greg Nicotero

    Mar 31 2017

    Whaddsa matter – Empire Podcast got you pushing too many pencils? More from the Empire Podcast: www.empireonline.com/tags/empire-podcast/

  • #255: Armie Hammer

    Mar 24 2017

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

  • #254: Dan Stevens, Bill Condon

    Mar 17 2017

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

  • #253: Tom Hiddleston

    Mar 10 2017

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

  • #252: Sir Patrick Stewart

    Mar 03 2017

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

  • #251: Gore Verbinski

    Feb 24 2017

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

  • #250: LIVE with Christopher McQuarrie

    Feb 17 2017

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

  • #249: Denzel Washington, Will Arnett

    Feb 10 2017

    On this week's podcast, the man behind Fences, and the man behind the figurines of The Lego Batman.

  • #248: Matthew McConaughey, Ang Lee

    Feb 03 2017

    That's what I love about these podcast guests, man. I get older, they stay the same age... More from the Empire Podcast: http://www.empireonline.com/tags/empire-podcast/

  • #247: Taron Egerton

    Jan 27 2017

    You know what they say – you can take the boy out of Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch... More from the Empire Podcast: http://www.empireonline.com/tags/empire-podcast/

  • #246: James McAvoy + Guest Host Garth Jennings

    Jan 20 2017

    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.

  • #245: Michelle Williams

    Jan 13 2017

    This week, Michelle-by-the-pod-booth talks Manchester-By-The-Sea. More from the Empire Podcast: http://www.empireonline.com/tags/empire-podcast/

  • #244: Neil Patrick Harris

    Jan 05 2017

    For the first podcast of 2017, we play a game called "Haaaaaave you met Neil?" More from the Empire Podcast: http://www.empireonline.com/tags/empire-podcast/

  • Review Of The Year 2016

    Dec 21 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: http://www.empireonline.com/tags/empire-podcast/

  • #243: Michael Fassbender

    Dec 21 2016

    For the final regular pod of the year...it's Fassassin's Creedbender time! More from the Empire Podcast: http://www.empireonline.com/tags/empire-podcast/

  • #242: Ricky Gervais, Forest Whitaker

    Dec 16 2016

    On this week's pod: a famously softly-spoken man, and a famously less-softly-spoken man. More from the Empire Podcast: http://www.empireonline.com/tags/empire-podcast/

  • #241: Oliver Stone

    Dec 09 2016

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

  • #240: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart

    Dec 02 2016

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

  • #239: Robert Zemeckis

    Nov 25 2016

    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.

  • #238: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo

    Nov 18 2016

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

  • #237: Adam Driver

    Nov 11 2016

    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/

  • #236: Derek Cianfrance

    Nov 04 2016

    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.

  • #235: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mads Mikkelsen

    Oct 28 2016

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

  • #234: Cobie Smulders

    Oct 21 2016

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

  • #233: Felicity Jones, George Takei

    Oct 14 2016

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

  • #232: Luke Evans, Andrea Arnold

    Oct 07 2016

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

  • Daniel Radcliffe Interview Special

    Oct 07 2016

    A special 30-minute interview special with everyone’s favourite boy wizard, Daniel Radcliffe. More from the Empire Podcast: http://www.empireonline.com/tags/empire-podcast/

  • #231: Tim Burton, Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña

    Sep 30 2016

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

  • #230: LIVE with Tom Bennett and Mike Colter

    Sep 25 2016

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

  • #229: Sam Neill, Colin Firth

    Sep 16 2016

    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: http://www.empireonline.com/tags/empire-podcast/ Read our Hunt For The Wilderpeople review: http://www.empireonline.com/movies/hunt-wilderpeople/review/ Read our...more

  • #228: Viggo Mortensen & Noel Clarke in the pod booth

    Sep 08 2016

    This week, we chat to the fantastic Viggo Mortensen. Plus, Noel Clarke joins us in the pod booth as we record the actual podcast!

  • #227: Jamie Dornan

    Sep 02 2016

    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.

  • #226: Todd Phillips

    Aug 26 2016

    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.

  • Greatest Movie Villains Special

    Aug 25 2016

    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.)

  • #225: Pedro Almodóvar

    Aug 19 2016

    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.

  • #224: Baz Luhrmann

    Aug 12 2016

    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.

  • #223: Margot Robbie

    Aug 05 2016

    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).

  • #222: Paul Greengrass, Andrew Stanton, Lindsey Collins

    Jul 29 2016

    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).

  • #221: The cast of Star Trek Beyond

    Jul 22 2016

    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!

  • #220: Mark Rylance / Star Wars Celebration

    Jul 17 2016

    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.

  • Star Trek 50th Anniversary Special

    Jul 14 2016

    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.

  • Independence Day: Resurgence Special with Roland Emmerich

    Jul 12 2016

    Roland Emmerich stops by the pod booth for a spoilerific chat about all things Independence Day: Resurgence. BEWARE: SPOILERS WITHIN (obviously...).

  • #219: Christopher Lambert

    Jul 08 2016

    This week, there can be only one guest.

  • #218: Elle Fanning, Nicolas Winding Refn

    Jul 01 2016

    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.

  • #217: Jeff Goldblum

    Jun 24 2016

    Bangily bang, that's how it always starts. Then later there's running and um, screaming. (Jeff Goldblum is on the podcast!)

  • Greatest Sci-Fi Moments Special

    Jun 23 2016

    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!

  • Warcraft Special with Duncan Jones

    Jun 23 2016

    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!

  • 216: Patrick Wilson, James Wan

    Jun 17 2016

    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.

  • 215: Salma Hayek

    Jun 10 2016

    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.

  • The Nice Guys Interview Special With Shane Black, Joel Silver

    Jun 07 2016

    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.

  • #214: Kelsey Grammer

    Jun 03 2016

    We're listening... That's right, Frasier himself, Kelsey Grammer pops in to talk about his illustrious career and new film, Breaking The Bank.

  • #213: James Bobin, Jodie Foster

    May 27 2016

    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.

  • #212: John Carney

    May 20 2016

    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.

  • #211: Ewan McGregor, Richard Linklater

    May 13 2016

    This week, Ewan McGregor talks Our Kind Of Traitor and Trainspotting 2; and Richard Linklater talks Everybody Wants Some!! and exclamation marks.

  • #210: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg

    May 06 2016

    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.

  • #209: Chris Evans, Eric Bana

    Apr 29 2016

    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?

  • #208: Sir Ian McKellen, Don Cheadle

    Apr 22 2016

    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.

  • #207: Jon Favreau, Rebecca Ferguson

    Apr 15 2016

    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).

  • #206: Kevin Costner

    Apr 08 2016

    Acting/directing legend Kevin Costner drops by the pod booth to talk about his new thriller Criminal. Plus, we talk about garages in films.

  • #205: Jeff Nichols

    Apr 01 2016

    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.

  • 204: Dexter Fletcher

    Mar 25 2016

    On this week's podcast, Dexter Fletcher talks about his heartwarming new film Eddie The Eagle. Plus, we review Batman v Superman.

  • #203: Jeremy Irons

    Mar 18 2016

    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".

  • #202: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Anya Taylor-Joy

    Mar 11 2016

    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.

  • #201: Joel and Ethan Coen, Andrew Lincoln

    Mar 04 2016

    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.

  • #200: LIVE with Jason Isaacs and Ben Wheatley

    Feb 26 2016

    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.

  • #199: Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie

    Feb 19 2016

    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.

  • #198: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Stephen Fry, Ryan Reynolds - February 12

    Feb 12 2016

    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.

  • #197: Jack Black, Matt Smith

    Feb 05 2016

    This week, Jack Black talks monsters with Goosebumps, and Matt Smith talks zombies with Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.

  • #196: Mark Ruffalo – January 29

    Jan 29 2016

    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.

  • #195: Adam McKay - January 22

    Jan 22 2016

    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.

  • #194: Domhnall Gleeson, Alejandro González Iñárritu - January 15

    Jan 15 2016

    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.

  • #193: David O. Russell - January 8

    Jan 08 2016

    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.

  • Review Of The Year 2015

    Dec 27 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.

  • #192: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Hooper - 18 December

    Dec 18 2015

    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.

  • Peep Show Special with Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong

    Dec 17 2015

    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.

  • #191: Peter Mullan, Tina Fey, Paula Pell

    Dec 11 2015

    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.

  • Christopher McQuarrie Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Special

    Dec 07 2015

    Christophere McQuarri, director of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, drops by the pod booth for a mammoth, far-reaching, almost-three-hour spoilerific conversation.

  • #190: Lily Tomlin - 4 December

    Dec 04 2015

    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.

  • #189: Tom Hanks - 27 November

    Nov 27 2015

    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.

  • #188: Natalie Dormer - 20 November

    Nov 20 2015

    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".

  • #186: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Saoirse Ronan - 6 November

    Nov 06 2015

    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.

  • #185: Nicholas Hoult - 30 October

    Oct 30 2015

    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.

  • #184: Cary Fukunaga - 23 October

    Oct 23 2015

    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.

  • #183: Christian Slater - 16 October

    Oct 16 2015

    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.

  • Guillermo Del Toro Special

    Oct 15 2015

    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.

  • Pan Special

    Oct 09 2015

    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.

  • #182: Abi Morgan, Sarah Gavron And Robert Zemeckis - 9 October

    Oct 09 2015

    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.

  • #181: Anne Hathaway And Robert De Niro - October 2

    Oct 02 2015

    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.

  • Ridley Scott Special

    Sep 30 2015

    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.

  • #180: David Oyelowo - September 25

    Sep 25 2015

    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.

  • #179: Jason Clarke, Simon Farnaby and Laurence Rickard - September 18

    Sep 18 2015

    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.

  • #178: Kaya Scodelario and M. Night Shyamalan - September 11

    Sep 11 2015

    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.

  • #177: Ron Perlman, Tom Hardy and Brian Helgeland - September 4

    Sep 04 2015

    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!

  • #175: Jack Whitehall - August 21

    Aug 21 2015

    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.

  • #174: Cara Delevingne - August 14

    Aug 14 2015

    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.

  • #173: Hugh Grant - August 7

    Aug 06 2015

    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?

  • #172: Josh Gad - July 31

    Jul 31 2015

    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.

  • #171: Pete Docter - July 24

    Jul 24 2015

    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.

  • #170: Jake Gyllenhaal - July 17

    Jul 17 2015

    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.

  • #169: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane - July 10

    Jul 10 2015

    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.

  • #168: Hayley Atwell - July 3

    Jul 03 2015

    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.

  • #167: Emily Mortimer, Robert Sheehan, Corin Hardy - Edinburgh Live Special - June 26, 2015

    Jun 25 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.

  • #166: Ian McKellen, The Entourage Team - June 12

    Jun 19 2015

    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.

  • #165: David Hasselhoff, Richard E. Grant - June 12

    Jun 12 2015

    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.

  • #164: Peter Serafinowicz, Paul Feig - June 5

    Jun 05 2015

    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).

  • #163: Simon Pegg - May 29

    May 29 2015

    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.

  • #162: Hugh Laurie - May 22

    May 22 2015

    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.

  • #161: Lake Bell, Sarah Gadon - May 15

    May 15 2015

    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.

  • #160: Kit Harington, Peter Firth, Jon Stewart

    May 08 2015

    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.

  • #159: Carey Mulligan - May 1, 2015

    May 01 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".

  • #158: Paul Bettany, Charlie Cox - April 24, 2015

    Apr 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?

  • #157: Alan Rickman - April 17, 2015

    Apr 16 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.

  • #156: Ryan Gosling - April 10, 2015

    Apr 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.

  • The Walking Dead Special - Greg Nicotero

    Apr 07 2015

    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 ...more

  • #155: Ron Moore - April 3, 2015

    Apr 02 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!

  • Antonio Banderas Interview Special

    Mar 27 2015

    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...

  • #154: Kenneth Branagh - March 27, 2015

    Mar 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.

  • #153: Sir Ben Kingsley, Sean Penn - March 20, 2015

    Mar 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.

  • #152: Jim Parsons, Gemma Arterton - March 13, 2015

    Mar 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.

  • #151: Julianne Moore, Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell - March 6, 2015

    Mar 06 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!

  • #150: Margot Robbie - February 27, 2015

    Feb 27 2015

  • Oscars 2015 Special

    Feb 23 2015

    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.

  • #149: Bill Nighy, Maika Monroe - February 20, 2015

    Feb 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!

  • #148: Mark Strong, Peter Strickland - February 13, 2015

    Feb 12 2015

  • #147: Titus Welliver, Douglas Booth - February 6, 2015

    Feb 06 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.

  • #146: Alex Garland, Paul Thomas Anderson

    Jan 29 2015

    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?

  • #145: Ethan Hawke, J.C. Chandor - January 23, 2015

    Jan 22 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.

  • #144: Meryl Streep, Alicia Vikander - January 16, 2015

    Jan 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.

  • #143: Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones - January 9, 2015

    Jan 09 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...

  • #142: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Tim Burton - December 19, 2014

    Dec 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.

  • #141: Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Wong - December 12, 2014

    Dec 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.

  • Empire Podcast Review Of The Year 2014

    Dec 10 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.

  • #140: Jude Law, Cary Elwes - December 5, 2014

    Dec 05 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.

  • #139: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Hugh Bonneville - November 27, 2014

    Nov 27 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

    Nov 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.

  • #136: Anne Hathaway, James Ellroy - November 7, 2014

    Nov 07 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.

  • #135: Daniel Radcliffe, Laura Dern - October 31, 2014

    Oct 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.

  • #134: Steve Carell, David Ayer - October 24, 2014

    Oct 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.

  • #133: Robert Duvall, Anna Faris, James Marsden - October 17, 2014

    Oct 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!

  • #132: Hugh Grant, Kaya Scodelario - October 10, 2014

    Oct 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...

  • #131: Sam Neill, Luke Evans - October 3, 2014

    Oct 03 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...

  • #130: Rosamund Pike, Lee Child, Antoine Fuqua - September 26, 2014

    Sep 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.

  • #129: Liam Neeson, The Riot Clubbers - September 19, 2014

    Sep 19 2014

  • #128: Sir Roger Moore, George MacKay - September 12, 2014

    Sep 11 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.

  • #127: William Fichtner, Dan Stevens - September 5, 2014

    Sep 05 2014

  • #126: Jon Hamm, Richard Ayoade - August 29, 2014

    Aug 28 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.

  • #125: Luc Besson, Marion Cotillard - August 22, 2014

    Aug 21 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.

  • #124: Wesley Snipes, Terry Crews - August 15, 2014

    Aug 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.

  • Jackie Chan Live Special

    Aug 13 2014

    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.

  • #123: Robert Pattinson, Simon Pegg - August 8, 2014

    Aug 07 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.

  • #122: Chris Pratt, The Inbetweeners - July 25, 2014

    Aug 01 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.

  • #121: Brett Ratner, Jason Blum - July 25, 2014

    Jul 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...more

  • #120: Andy Serkis, Kevin Feige - July 18, 2014

    Jul 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...

  • 24: Live Another Day Special - Jon Cassar

    Jul 16 2014

    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, cou...more

  • #119: Richard Linklater, Jack Reynor - July 11, 2014

    Jul 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.

  • Peter Fonda Special

    Jul 07 2014

    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.

  • #118: Keira Knightley, Dean DeBlois - July 4, 2014

    Jul 04 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".

  • #117: Elijah Wood, Brian Cox - Edinburgh Live Special - June 27, 2014

    Jun 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 feeli...more

  • #116: Ansel Elgort, Jon Favreau - June 20, 2014

    Jun 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 actress...more

  • #115: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amma Asante - June 13, 2014

    Jun 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.

  • Podcast 114: Jason Biggs, Taylor Schilling, Bob Weide - June 6

    Jun 06 2014

    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.

  • #113: Doug Liman, Sam Riley - May 30, 2014

    May 29 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 Ta...more

  • #112: Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman - May 23, 2014

    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.

  • #111: Viggo Mortensen, Hossein Amini, Gareth Edwards - May 16, 2014

    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...more

  • #110: Michael Fassbender, Next Goal Wins - May 9, 2014

    May 09 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.

  • #109: Maisie Williams, Domhnall Gleeson - May 2, 2014

    May 02 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.

  • #108: Martin Freeman, David Cross - April 25, 2014

    Apr 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 Po...more

  • #107: Lukas Moodysson, Marc Webb, Avi Arad - April 18, 2014

    Apr 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.

  • Barry Norman Special

    Apr 10 2014

    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.

  • #106: Sam Claflin, Gareth Evans - April 11, 2014

    Apr 10 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.

  • #105: Anne Hathaway, Darren Aronofsky - April 4, 2014

    Apr 04 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.

  • #104: Kermit, Miss Piggy, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan - March 28 2014

    Mar 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.

  • #103: Josh Brolin, Jack O'Connell - March 21 2014

    Mar 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.

  • #102: Imogen Poots, Jonathan Glazer - March 14 2014

    Mar 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.

  • Terry Gilliam Special

    Mar 11 2014

    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).

  • #101: Wes Anderson, Andrew Scott - March 7 2014

    Mar 07 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.

  • Oscars 2014 Special

    Mar 03 2014

    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...

  • #100 (The Live Show): Ice Cube, Will Poulter, You Guys

    Feb 28 2014

    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.

  • #99: Matthew Modine, Akiva Goldsman, Nymphomaniac - February 21 2014

    Feb 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 prepar...more

  • #98: Nick Frost, Bob Balaban - February 14 2014

    Feb 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.

  • #97: Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman, Spike Jonze - February 7 2014

    Feb 07 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...

  • #96: Peter Berg, Alex Gibney - January 31 2014

    Jan 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.

  • #95: Chris Pine, Oscar Isaac - January 24 2014

    Jan 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.

  • #94: Juliette Lewis, James Purefoy - January 17 2014

    Jan 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.

  • #93: Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor - January 10 2014

    Jan 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.

  • Empire Podcast Review Of The Year 2013

    Dec 20 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.

  • #92: David O. Russell, J.C. Chandor, Judd Apatow, Adam McKay - December 20 2013

    Dec 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.

  • #91: Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Matt Berry - December 13, 2013

    Dec 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.

  • #90: Daniel Radcliffe, Alexander Payne - December 6, 2013

    Dec 06 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.

  • #89: Colin Farrell, Joe Eszterhas - November 29, 2013

    Nov 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.

  • The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy Special - Edgar Wright And Simon Pegg

    Nov 25 2013

    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.

  • #88: Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Francis Lawrence - November 22, 2013

    Nov 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.

  • George A. Romero Special

    Nov 18 2013

    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...

  • #87: Forest Whitaker, Allen Leech - November 15, 2013

    Nov 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.

  • #86: Jude Law, Alfonso Cuarón - November 8, 2013

    Nov 08 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".

  • #85: Tom Hiddleston, Kevin Feige, Alan Taylor, Mark Kermode - November 1, 2013

    Nov 01 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).

  • #84: Harrison Ford, Stephen Merchant, Shane Meadows - October 25, 2013

    Oct 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...

  • #83: Paul Greengrass, David Gordon Green, Don Mancini - October 18, 2013

    Oct 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.

  • Tony Gilroy Screenwriting Special

    Oct 14 2013

    Tony Gilroy is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, the pen wielder behind the Bourne movies and his own directorial work, such as Michael Clayton (which got him his Oscar nod), Duplicity and, most recently, Bourne Legacy. In town for a special BFI screenwriters' speech, we asked Gilroy to drop round the Empire Podcast booth afterwards to talk about how he battles writers' block and brings his ideas to the big screen. Look forward to details on the future of the Bourne franchise, his take on the ...more

  • #82: Hayley Atwell, Gareth Evans, Douglas Booth - October 11, 2013

    Oct 11 2013

    A triple-bill of interviews for you this week, from Agent Carter herself, Hayley Atwell, to your latest Romeo, Douglas Booth. In the middle is the director of The Raid - and, as you'd expect, The Raid 2 - Gareth Evans, who was in town to talk about his contribution to V/H/S/2.

  • #81: James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan - October 4, 2013

    Oct 04 2013

    It's an Atonement reunion on this week's Empire Podcast, with James McAvoy here for Filth and Saoirse Ronan dropping by in honour of How I Live Now. Look forward to the former talking about his "hairy mutant you-know-whats" and the latter explaining how to swing a lightsaber. Elsewhere, the Podcast Team tackle TV finales, tie-in theme park rides and the return of Narnia...

  • #80: Dexter Fletcher, Matthew Fox - September 27, 2013

    Sep 27 2013

    Dexter Fletcher is on fine form during this week's Empire Podcast, talking about his latest, Sunshine On Leith, as well as Doom, The Long Good Friday and his Nando's Black Card. Matthew Fox, meanwhile, is on hand to talk about his time on Party Of Five, his love of Batman, and why he decided to shoot Emperor with Tommy Lee Jones (and not appear in a rom-com, say).

  • #79: Cillian Murphy, Luke Treadaway, Matthew Lewis - September 20, 2013

    Sep 20 2013

    What movie unexpectedly made you cry? Which film quotes do you use on a regular basis without even realise you're quoting anything? How much did Grand Theft Auto V earn in its first day on sale again? The Empire Podcast team answer all these questions and more, also finding the time to interview Luke Treadaway and Matthew Lewis for their British indie, The Rise, and Cillian Murphy, in honour of his BBC series Peaky Blinders.

  • #78: Ron Howard, Roland Emmerich - September 13, 2013

    Sep 13 2013

    Two A-list directors on the Empire Podcast this week, namely Rush's Ron Howard and White House Down's Roland Emmerich, and four Empire journalists, namely... well, you'll find out soon enough. Elsewhere, the team review both aforementioned films (as well as Insidious Chapter 2) and discuss Disney songs, film directors' best adverts and Jurassic World.

  • #77: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, David Lowery - September 6, 2013

    Sep 06 2013

    Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl share stories from their days on soap sets during their interview on this week's Empire Podcast, also touching on runaway killer tyres, Mario Kart and Scalextric in honour of Rush, out next week. Elsewhere, Ain't Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery reveals his neverending love of Star Wars, Malick and moustaches, and the team discuss the 50 Shades Of Grey casting news, Tranformers 4's Dinobots - whatever they are - and the best composers that ever compos...more

  • #76: Jim Rash, Nat Faxon, Shane Carruth - August 30, 2013

    Aug 30 2013

    You may know him as Community's Dean Pelton, but in real life he's Jim Rash, the man who co-wrote The Descendants with Nat Faxon and won an Oscar in the process. The award-winning pair were in the Empire Podcast booth this week to talk about their directorial debut, The Way, Way Back, but also managed to talk about the final episode of Friends - no, really - and how it feels to dress up as Lady Gaga. Elsewhere, super-indie melon-twister extraordinaire Shane Carruth, who previously brought us ...more

  • #75: Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Seyfried - August 23, 2013

    Aug 23 2013

    It's a hard-to-spell-and-hard-to-say American actors double-bill this week with both We're The Millers' Jason Sudeikis and Lovelace's Amanda Seyfried joining Team Empire for chats about moustaches, dry heaving as a workout regime, stuffed animals and corpses (amongst other things). Find out what Amanda Seyfried's favourite cloud is! Win Seasons 1-5A of Breaking Bad on Blu-ray thanks to Squarespace.com! Listen to Jason Sudeikis singing TLC's Waterfalls! Hear our thoughts on the Ben Affleck Batma...more

  • Sharlto Copley And Neill Blomkamp Elysium Special

    Aug 21 2013

    District 9's Sharlto Copley and Neill Blomkamp reunite for another sci-fi action film in the form of Elysium, only this time there are fewer prawns and far more Matt Damons - that is to say, just one. Joining us for a relaxed chat about everything from Neill's aborted Halo movie to Hot Toys Joker figurines (as well as the movie itself, of course), the actor-director pair are on top form, so you won't want to miss out on this one.

  • #74: John Cleese, Jeff Wadlow - August 16, 2013

    Aug 16 2013

    As well as chatting with the comedy hero that is John Cleese, this bumper-sized edition boasts a lot more to look forward to. Get ready to hear the team talk comedy sketches that deserve a chance on the big screen, the further casting announcements from the Expendables 3 camp, Twitter users to follow, Elysium, Kick-Ass 2 - which explains our interview with the director, Jeff Wadlow - not forgetting 2 Guns, Planes itself and the greatest character introductions in cinema's history. Also: random t...more

  • #73: Armando Iannucci, Anthony Stewart Head - August 9, 2013

    Aug 08 2013

    Now busier than central Norwich on market day, Armando Iannucci is the man who brought us On The Hour, The Day Today, The Thick Of It, In The Loop, Time Trumpet, Veep and now Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, but despite his hectic schedule, he still found time to drop by the Empire Podcast booth for a natter about Hitler, sneaking into US government buildings and perfecting the Alan whine. Elsewhere, the silver-tongued Anthony Stewart Head is grilled by our own Buffy buffs about his latest, Percy...more

  • Mitch Hurwitz Arrested Development Special

    Aug 05 2013

    Mitch Hurwitz is the worryingly funny writer-cum-director-cum-showrunner behind Arrested Development, the cult classic sitcom that enjoyed just two and a half seasons between 2003-2006, only to come back from the dead this year thanks to Netflix and its legions of fans. In this very special Empire Podcast, the comedy genius behind Pop Pop, Franklin The Puppet, the banana stand and much more talks all about Season 4, as well as what we can expect from the Arrested Development movie...

  • #72: Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan, Logan Lerman - August 2, 2013

    Aug 02 2013

    Alan Partridge finally arrives on the ruddy bloody big screen next Wednesday, so this week's Empire Podcast features an extensive interview with the man behind the cardigan, Steve Coogan, where he reveals the origins of both Lynn and Michael, as well as what to expect from (the beginning of) the sequel...

  • #71: Hugh Jackman, James Mangold, Noah Baumbach - July 26, 2013

    Jul 26 2013

    The delightful black-and-white Noah Baumbach movie Frances Ha goes head-to-head with James Mangold's summer blockbuster The Wolverine this weekend, and so the two directors duke it for supremacy in his week's Empire Podcast. Mangold does have one clear advantage, though: Hugh Jackman's in his corner. Gulp.

  • Comic-Con Special: Marc Webb, Hayley Atwell

    Jul 22 2013

    It's been one hell of a Comic-Con this year, with Avengers 2 getting a subtitle, the whole of the X-Men: Days Of Future Past crew turning up and some intriguing idea about Superman teaming up with Batman in a film getting the green light from Warners HQ. There to cover it all was Team Empire, and here is the podcast special to prove it, complete with interviews with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb and the one and only Agent Carter, Hayley Atwell.

  • #70: Nic Cage, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright - July 19

    Jul 19 2013

    The World's End is out this weekend, which probably explains why Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright were kind enough to drop in the podcast booth to talk all about it, on top of pitching a new movie set in Twickenham (in all makes sense in context). Also out this weekend is serial killer thriller The Frozen Ground, which starts John Cusack and Nic Cage, with the latter also stopping by to talk about everything from Daffy Duck to Mike Myers, not forgetting Expendables 3, mimes and hittin...more

  • #69: Guillermo Del Toro, Pacific Rim, Monsters University - July 12, 2013

    Jul 12 2013

    There's one hell of a monster mash in this week's Empire Podcast, with Pixar's Monsters University going head to head with Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim. Will Sulley smash a jaeger in its robo-noggin, or shall Mike and co. be left trembling before the mighty power of Del Toro's metal mountain men? Only time will tell. Elsewhere in the podcast, you can expect our usual mix of general film chit chat - what's your favourite visual gag in films, by the way? - and movie news and reviews. Liste...more

  • #68: Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Reece Shearsmith - July 5, 2013

    Jul 04 2013

    If you've ever wanted to hear magic tricks on a podcast - come on, you know you want to - then look no further, as Now You See Me's Isla Fisher and Jesse Eisenberg are more than happy to oblige in this week's Empire Podcast. As well as dove impersonations and expert card shuffling, there's A Field In England's Reece Shearsmith on crashing the Empire Awards, pretending to take magic mushrooms and delivering that line in Spaced. Which line, you wonder? Best get listening then...

  • #67: Steve Carell, Seth Rogen - June 28, 2013

    Jun 28 2013

    Two of the nicest guys in show business, Steve Carell and Seth Rogen, dropped into the Empire Podcast studio this week, the former to talk about Despicable Me 2, the latter in honour of his latest, This Is The End. Along the way, Carell enjoys using his Gru voice for no particular reason, and Rogen explains how he battled with Edgar Wright and his team over apocalytic movie titles. Elsewhere, the fine art of watching films in foreign climes is dicussed, and the concept of 'tracking' in cinem...more

  • Neil Gaiman Special

    Jun 24 2013

    Neil Gaiman is the award-winning author (and graphic novelist) who's brought us The Sandman, American Gods and The Graveyard Book, as well as Stardust and Coraline, which film fans may recognise from the movies they inspired. And as Mr. Gaiman has a new book out - The Ocean At The End Of The Lane - we took the time to speak to him at length about his career, his good pal Hayao Miyazaki and the Gaiman movies that might have been...

  • #66: Jason Statham, Max Brooks - June 21, 2013

    Jun 21 2013

    The one and only acting man mountain that is Jason Statham drops by the Empire Podcast studio this week, as does the man who has scared millions to tears after writing the World War Z - the book, not the film - Max Brooks. As if hearing from those two fascinating fellows wasn't enough, there's also our tribute to the late great James Gandolfini, as well as a discussion of the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey adaptation and which tagline is the very best ever written.

  • Joss Whedon Much Ado About Nothing Special

    Jun 14 2013

    Joss Whedon is director of the Serenity, Avengers and now... a black and white Shakespeare adaptation that he shot in just 12 days with a group of friends and a very small film crew. In this very special podcast, you can hear him (and the stars of the film, Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker) talk about the project, as well as details on Avengers 2, Quicksilver and, as they say, much, much more...

  • #65: Man Of Steel, Dominic Cooper, Antje Traue - June 14, 2013

    Jun 14 2013

    We don't need to tell you a new Superman movie's out this weekend - after all, the theme's been stuck in your head for months now - but here we go anyway: Man Of Steel is out out out now now now, and we've got an interview with Zod's right-hand woman (Faora, played by Antje Traue) to prove it. We've also got Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer, but that's for next Monday's spoiler special...

  • #64: Damian Lewis, Michael Shannon - June 7, 2013

    Jun 07 2013

    Matt Smith will be Doctor Who no longer. Karen Gillan will play a baddie in Guardians Of The Galaxy. The world stands in awe of the astonishing twist in Game Of Thrones. Oh, and Michael Shannon drops by to talk about The Iceman, Man Of Steel and QPR/Chelsea derbies, joining Homeland's Damian Lewis in the interviewee's chair this week. It's all going on in this week's Empire Podcast, and no mistake.

  • Gillian Anderson X-Files Special

    May 31 2013

    Gillian Anderson has been appearing on our TV screens rather a lot of late, turning up in NBC's Hannibal and another serial killer series, The Fall, over in the UK. In the Empire Podcast studio to talk about both those shows - as well as a little phenomenon some like to call "The X-Files" - Anderson is frank, funny and slightly forgetful as she talks about her pub quiz adventures with Simon Pegg, an upcoming project known as 'The Curse Of The Buxom Strumpet' and what X-memorabilia she stole back...more

  • #63: M. Night Shyamalan, Saoirse Ronan - May 31, 2013

    May 31 2013

    It's a difficult-to-spell interviewee double bill this week, with M. Night Shyamalan and Saoirse Ronan both in the podcast studio, the former to talk After Earth (out next week) and the latter to talk Byzantium (out this week). Elsewhere, the team sound the NEW ISSUE horn and discuss the thorny issue of spoilers.

  • #62: Alec Baldwin, Nicolas Winding Refn, Kristen Scott Thomas - May 24, 2013

    May 24 2013

    The Cannes Film Festival is almost over. To celebrate that fact, here's our final Cannes 2013 podcast, which sees a very special guest in the form of newcomer Stevie Wong coming into the Empire fold to talk about the hits (and the misses) of Cannes V.66. Over in London, we review The Hangover Part III, Epic and My Neighbour Totoro, and in the interviews department, Alec Baldwin and James Toback talk about their documentary Seduced And Abandoned and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn shares a fe...more

  • #61: Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Jeffrey Tambor - May 17, 2013

    May 16 2013

    The Great Gatsby goes head to head with Fast and Furious 6 in this week's special Cannes-based Empire Podcast, with FF6 narrowly overtaking TGG at The Valley Of The Ashes to win three stars to Jay-G's two. Discover more about the world's biggest film festival by listening to one of the world's top five Damos - that's Damo Wise, by the way - talking about it (at length), then be sure to check out Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton chatting about that Gatsby chap and Pop Pop himself, ...more

  • British Board Of Film Classification Ratings Special

    May 13 2013

    In an Empire podcast first, readers posed their Twitter questions, queries and grievances on movie ratings direct to the man who oversees classifications on a daily basis, BBFC executive director David Austin. Why was Gremlins rated 15? Why did What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? go from an 18 to 12? What’s a 12A for, anyway? What happened with A Good Day To Die Hard? We made Austin a cup of tea, showed him to the hot seat and fired your questions at him for 55 fascinating minutes.

  • #60: Star Trek Into Darkness, Damon Lindelof, Jeff Nichols - May 10, 2013

    May 10 2013

    Star Trek Into Darkness is out, so it's time to talk Kirk-y. And who better to do so than the writers and producers of the film, namely Bryan Burk, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof? Also in the interviewee's chair is the director of Mud, Jeff Nichols, who explains how he made a movie where Matthew McConaughey keep his top on. Sort of.

  • #59: David S. Goyer, Rian Johnson - May 3, 2013

    May 03 2013

    The Blade trilogy, the Dark Knight trilogy, Man Of Steel, Godzilla... what's David S. Goyer going to do next? Well, aside from create a TV show called Da Vinci's Demons, appear on this week's Empire Podcast. Joining him is Looper and Brothers Bloom and Brick's Rian Johnson, who was kind enough to drop by just because he was in the area. Elsewhere, the podcast team talk musical gems in the movies and whether Kelsey Grammer has ever actually tossed any eggs. You'll see.

  • #58: Iron Man 3, Steve Coogan, Don Cheadle - Apr 26 2013

    Apr 26 2013

    Don Cheadle threatens to vaporise a member of the Empire Podcast team this week, while Steve Coogan does a pitch-perfect Roger Moore impersonation, just because he can. Sample discussion question: who has the best chin in cinema? Sample news story: Zach Braff is on the Kickstarter gravy train. Sample reviews: Iron Man 3, The Look Of Love and Bernie - and in a special teaser insert, a spoiler-free preview of our thoughts on Star Trek Into Darkness.

  • #57: Evil Dead, Olympus Has Fallen, Mathieu Kassovitz - Apr 19 2013

    Apr 19 2013

    The star and director of Evil Dead, Jane Levy and Fede Alvarez, stop by the Empire Podcast studio to talk blood, body parts and chainsaws this week, with only two of us fainting during the process. Elsewhere, La Haine director and Amelie star Mathieu Kassovitz drops in in honour of his latest, Rebellion, and the podcast team talk embarrassing interview questions, yearly Star Wars outings and funerals in the movies (for some reason...).

  • #56: Aaron Eckhart, Sylvester McCoy - Apr 12, 2013

    Apr 12 2013

    When he was a kid, Aaron Eckhart lived in the UK. When he lived in darkest Surrey, he picked up the acting bug, attempted to become a singer/songwriter and played a bit of rugby. Since then, he's gone onto appear in The Dark Knight, Thank You For Smoking and now Olympus Has Fallen, and in this week's Empire Podcast you can find out all about how it happened. Then there's Radagast The Brown himself, the one and only Sylvester McCoy, who is charm personified as he talks about his days as The Docto...more

  • John Boorman Special

    Apr 05 2013

    John Boorman is the legendary British film director behind Point Blank, Deliverance, Zardoz, Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, Hope and Glory, The General, The Tailor of Panama and many more. As he has been recently awarded a BFI fellowship - which is currenly showing a selection of his films in a special John Boorman season - we asked him into the podcast studio for an in-depth interview, and here, ladies and gentlemen, is the fascinating result.

  • #55: Rufus Sewell, Harmony Korine - Apr 5, 2013

    Apr 05 2013

    Rufus Sewell refers to himself as "that twat on a horse" in his interview on this week's Empire Podcast, whereas Harmony Korine does no such thing, instead talking about James Franco phallating a gun in honour of his latest, Spring Breakers. Elsewhere, a very important discussion is blown wide open: which film director has the best voice? Also, we say goodbye to the one and only Roger Ebert...

  • #54: Danny Boyle, Jonathan Pryce, David Holmes - Mar 29, 2013

    Mar 28 2013

    The long Easter weekend may have finally arrived, but that's not going to stop us from unleashing a new Empire Podcast on your generic MP3 devices, no sir/madam. Boasting interviews from Danny Boyle (Trance), Jonathan Pryce (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and David Holmes (Good Vibrations) as well as reviews of Trance, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Good Vibrations, it's chock-full of cinematic goodness, as well as an in-depth discussion of Star Trek's tribbles. Of course.

  • Danny Boyle Special

    Mar 27 2013

    Danny Boyle is the man behind Trainspotting, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, The 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and now Trance, a twisty-turny hypno-thriller that sees James McAvoy's art auctioneer taking part in a heist with professional criminal Franck (Vincent Cassel) - only he forgets where he put the loot, which is where Rosario Dawson's hypnotist comes in to try and salvage a solution from the back of his noggin. Here, then is an extended interview with the great man, touching...more

  • #53: Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy - Mar 22, 2013

    Mar 22 2013

    In this week's Empire Podcast, Ryan Reynolds talks about the proposed Justice League movie (as well as that infamous Deadpool spin-off script of his), and Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman tell the world the current state(s) of play for Bridesmaids 2 and the upcoming Arrested Development series on Netflix. Then there are reviews for this week's releases - including The Croods, Identity Thief and Jack The Giant Slayer - as well as your questions answered and more than a few news stories...

  • Warwick Davis Special

    Mar 15 2013

    Harry Potter, Star Wars, Leprechaun, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Life's Too Short... Warwick Davis has appeared in many, many things, but nothing quite like his very own Empire Podcast special. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of his starring role alongside Val Kilmer in Willow, there's plenty on incantations, morphing and magical acorns, as well as some top baking tips, just because.

  • #52: Eli Roth, Mark Strong, Eran Creevy - Mar 15, 2013

    Mar 15 2013

    The Empire Podcast celebrates its first birthday in this very special (and extra silly) 52nd episode. Joining the usual gang of film-loving misfits are The Last Exorcism Part II's Eli Roth and Welcome To The Punch duo Eran Creevy and Mark Strong (yep, him again), making this an interview-packed spectacular. So get your downloading fingers at the ready and join us for bad jokes, movie birthday chat and reviews of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Paperboy, Red Dawn and more...

  • #51: Sam Raimi, Zach Braff, Tim Roth - Mar 8, 2013

    Mar 08 2013

    This week's episode boasts three special guests, namely Tim Roth, Sam Raimi and Zach Braff. Mr. Roth was here to talk Broken, lunchbox movies and working with Bette Davis, whereas Messrs. Raimi and Braff rocked up to the Empire Podcast studio to tell us all about that Oz chap everyone's banging on about. Elsewhere, the team tackle such tricky quandaries as how you solve a problem like Fassavoy - it'll make sense in context, promise - and which books should be adapted into films as soon as pos...more

  • #50: Mar 1, 2013 - Mark Wahlberg, Paul Andrew Williams

    Mar 01 2013

    In a week where his '70s-influenced thriller hits cinemas, the one and only Mark Wahlberg comes to the Empire Podcast studio to talk Broken City, Ted 2 and what to expect from his role in Transformers 4. Elsewhere, a whole heap of movies get reviewed - including Broken City, Stoker and Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters - and the director of Song For Marion, Paul Andrew Williams, gets quizzed about Terence Stamp's fitness regime.

  • Oscars 2013 Special

    Feb 25 2013

    The 2013 Academy Awards happened - and in the middle of the night on a premium channel, to boot. To help you make sense of what happened on Sunday night, three of Empire's Oscars reporting team stayed up through the night to record this special round-up edition of the show, just for you. So with this in mind, expect a distinct lack of coherence... even more so than normal.

  • #49: Feb 22, 2013 - Naomie Harris, Olga Kurylenko

    Feb 22 2013

    Two Bond girls made their way to the Empire Podcast this week: two whole, real-life Bond girls. It might seem like we planned this, but that's just not true - it turns out Terrence Malick's To The Wonder, which happens to star Quantum Of Solace's Olga Kurylenko, is out in cinemas this week, and Skyfall is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray to boot. Elsewhere, the team review Song For Marion, Cloud Atlas and Mama, with the news section full of stories about apes.

  • #48: Feb 15, 2013 - Jai Courtney, David Morrissey, David Oyelowo

    Feb 15 2013

    The guests: Jai Courtney, David Morrissey, David Oyelowo, Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert. The films: A Good Day To Die Hard, Beautiful Creatures, This Is 40. The news: Robert Downey Jr., Quentin Tarantino, The BAFTAs. The questions: a bit weird. All this and more in this bumperiest of bumper-sized Empire Podcasts...

  • #47: Feb 8, 2013 - John C. Reilly, Nicholas Hoult

    Feb 08 2013

    This week's Empire podcast is somewhat video game-flavoured this week, with J.J. Abrams' plans for a Portal and/or Half-Life movie in the news section and Wreck-It Ralph in the reviews department. In the readers' questions category, expect an in-depth discussion of those Star Wars spin-off movies everyone's talking about - Porkins: The Movie! - as well as some ruminating upon that tricky conundrum of whether certain deleted scenes should have actually remained in the movie. Then there are our in...more

  • #46: Feb 1, 2013 - Denzel Washington, Robert Zemeckis, Rafe Spall

    Feb 01 2013

    With regular host Chris Hewitt away on a top secret mission to Los Angeles, Helen O'Hara takes his place in the podcast hosting chair, overseeing a show where reviews editor Ian Freer explains just how star ratings work, The Muppets sequel gets analysed and the week's releases - including Flight and Bullet To The Head - are reviewed. Plus, look forward to a snippet of the longer Denzel Washington and Robert Zemeckis interview and a fresh 15 minutes with I Give It A Year star Rafe Spall and I Giv...more

  • Denzel Washington And Robert Zemeckis Flight Special

    Jan 27 2013

    Flight unites Denzel Washington with Robert Zemeckis, and this Empire Podcast special does likewise, with the Oscar-winning actor and Oscar-winning director spending over 40 minutes talking about their new drama as well as their careers in general, Nelson Mandela's house and their favourite Beatles albums.

  • #45: Jan 25, 2013 - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Strong

    Jan 25 2013

    In a week where two five star movies hit cinemas - namely Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln - the Empire podcast is bumper-sized, boasting lengthy reviews of both films, as well as a discussion of the JJ Abrams / Star Wars: Episode VII rumours, your questions answered and news of Steven Spielberg's return to TV with Masters Of The Air. Oh, and The Governator drops by for a chat, as does the one and only Mark Strong.

  • #44: Jan 18, 2013 - Kathryn Bigelow, James Purefoy

    Jan 18 2013

    This week, the Empire Podcast team mourn the (potential) loss of HMV on the high street, interview Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and The Following star James Purefoy, review Django Unchained, The Sessions and Monsters, Inc. 3D and answer listeners' ever-so-slightly bonkers questions. Listen out for a passionate discussion of movie pet hates, and be sure to let us know your own over the next few weeks...

  • #43: Jan 11, 2013 - Tom Hooper, Toby Jones

    Jan 11 2013

    What are the curveballs thrown out by this week's Oscars nominations? Who's likely to trade blows (not literally) with Lincoln on the night itself? Empire kicks off the new year with an avalanche of analysis, chatter and Sebastian the Hedgehog references. (Yes, we're still doing that.) That isn't all this week, though. If you have a trip to Les Misérables planned then catch a fascinating chat with director Tom Hooper and Toby Jones talking about his portrayal of Hitchcock in The Girl.

  • Empire Podcast Review Of The Year 2012

    Dec 29 2012

    2012 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 (see the 32 minute onwards for the likes of 'Death Of The Year' and so on) - then press play on this here podcast.

  • #42: Dec 21, 2012 - Christopher McQuarrie, Colin Trevorrow, Juan Antonio Bayona

    Dec 21 2012

    The final Empire Podcast of the year brings three directors into the studio, namely Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible). For more podcast fun, be sure to download the second Hobbit Spoiler special, as well as the Review Of The Year special, which is due up on 31st December.

  • #41: Dec 14, 2012 - Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage

    Dec 13 2012

    Pretty much all other big name releases are running scared this week, hiding in their metaphorical trolls' caves as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey stomps into cinemas. So with that in mind, this particular Empire Podcast boasts three interviews with stars from said film, namely Andy Serkis (Gollum), Martin Freeman (BIlbo) and Richard Armitage (Thorin), as well as your regular dose of film-related fun and general movie blather.

  • Eric Idle Special

    Dec 11 2012

    Eric Idle, then. Member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Rutles and The Unseen University, he's been making people chuckle for years and years, be it on stage, TV screen, cinema, record player or in this instance, podcast recording booth. Here you can find out more about his ongoing Spamalot musical (and the court case it's currently embroiled in), his downloadable stage show What About Dick?, what it was like to shoot The Holy Grail and even his involvement in this year's Olympic Closing Ce...more

  • #40: Dec 7, 2012 - Sam Rockwell, Martin McDonagh, Warp Films

    Dec 06 2012

    In the latest Empire Podcast, Seven Psychopaths' Sam Rockwell and Martin McDonagh talk about the latter's follow-up to In Bruges and the former's love of dancing on screen. Elsewhere, Warp Films' 10th anniversary is celebrated and Sightseers writers and stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram stop by for a chat. Plus, the team try to work out exactly what it is about The Wolf from Pulp Fiction that makes him worthy of such a reputation...

  • #39: Nov 30, 2012 - Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Wheatley, Stephen Woolley

    Nov 30 2012

    A interview triple bill for you this week with actor Jake Gyllenhaal (End Of Watch), director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers) and producer Stephen Woolley (Great Expectations) all dropping by to talk a whole load of waffle with the Empire Podcast team. Elsewhere, the Star Wars Episode VII news round-up continues apace, Star Trek Into Darkness gets a synopsis and Susan Boyle biopic casting suggestions are made.

  • #38: Nov 23, 2012 - End Of Watch, Silver Linings Playbook, Frank Spotnitz

    Nov 22 2012

    End Of Watch and Silver Linings Playbook are two movies well worth watching this weekend. Want more details than just that? Listen to this very podcast, and details are what you shall have - as well as more Star Wars Episode VII titbits, a discussion of journalism on film and an obligatory mention of Nick's very good friend, The Rock.

  • #37: Nov 16, 2012 - Graham Linehan, Amour, The Master, Breaking Dawn Part 2

    Nov 15 2012

    Graciously accepting our repeated offers to come round for a cup of tea, Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan (and the man behind The IT Crowd) popped in for a chat in front of some Empire Podcast microphones, and you can listen to the resulting interview in this very podcast. As well as some wise words from the man who came up with a character as bonkers as Father Jack, the Empire Podcast team review a pair of five star releases - namely Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and Michael Haneke's Am...more

  • #36: Nov 9, 2012 - Mark Millar, Skyfall Writers, World War Z

    Nov 09 2012

    Appearing on this week's Empire Podcast are Kick-Ass and Wanted creator Mark Millar - and now head honcho of Fox's Marvel properties - and Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. As well as those two interviews, there are discussions of actors that will put you off watching a movie entirely and the recent arrival of the trailer for World War Z. For all that and a whole lot more, click play or download or just subscribe to our RSS feed...

  • #35: Nov 2, 2012 - Star Wars VII, Matt Smith, Jason Biggs, Argo

    Nov 01 2012

    A huge piece of movie news arrived this week in the form of Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm for $4 billion and the announcement of Star Wars: Episode VII's release in 2015. Naturally, the first chunk of this week's Empire Podcast discusses this in depth, with the rest filled out by your usual dose of reviews, interviews (including Doctor Who's Matt Smith and Grass Roots' and American Pie's Jason Biggs) and other highly entertain cinematic bits and bobs.

  • Sir Roger Moore Special

    Nov 01 2012

    The one and only Sir Roger Moore stopped by the Empire Podcast studio this week in honour of his latest book, Bond On Bond. The result is this 40-minute special interview podcast, which covers everything from the third Bond's Christmas dinner tips to explaining the plot of Inception. A word of warning, however - though he's as debonair and funny as ever, the 85-year-old Sir Roger does speak rather softly, so do pay attention 007...

  • #34: Oct 26, 2012 - Skyfall, Halloween, Jeffrey Combs

    Oct 24 2012

    What better way to celebrate Halloween than listening to Empire's Halloween kinda-sorta special? As well as discussions of all things ghouly and grisly, Skyfall gets a non-spoilery review, the Iron Man 3 trailer gets dissected and we interview the Re-Animator himself, Jeffrey Combs.

  • #33: Oct 19, 2012 - Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Katie Featherston

    Oct 19 2012

    In a bumper, 90-minute plus Empire Podcast, the team welcome Martin Short and Catherine O'Hara for Frankenweenie, Katie Featherston for Paranormal Activity 4 and Benh Zeitlin and Quvenzhané Wallis, the director and star of Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Elsewhere, all the Bonds get recast and the London Film Festival is discussed, as well as all the film news and reviews that you expect from the world's biggest movie magazine.

  • #32: October 12, 2012 - Nicolas Winding Refn, Richard Coyle, Ruby Sparks, Pusher

    Oct 12 2012

    Two movie-making pairings come to the Empire Podcast booth this week, namely Pusher's Nicolas Winding Refn and Richard Coyle and Ruby Sparks' Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Elsewhere, Adele's Skyfall tune gets dissected and corrected, the possibility of Taken 3 is discussed and the Empire Podcast team work out what the best cameo in all of cinema is. The results? Inconclusive, but entertaining.

  • #31: September 28, 2012 - Taken 2, Liberal Arts, David Thomson

    Oct 05 2012

    In a week boasting three Empire Podcasts, at least one had to be the actual regular Empire Podcast - and this, ladies and gentlemen, is it. In the discussions department, there's directorial hot streaks, movies banned by mother and rewatchable gems, whereas over in the reviews section we've got Taken 2, Liberal Arts and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower all getting a grilling. Then there's the brilliant David Thomson, the author of The Big Screen: The Story Of The Movies And What They Did To Us, w...more

  • James Bond Special - Britt Ekland, Stevan Riley

    Oct 04 2012

    Today, Friday October 5, has been designated by Q branch as Global Bond Day. So with Skyfall hitting UK cinemas on October 26 - and US ones on November 8 - there's no better time to talk Bond, and Empire is more than happy to oblige. So join Chris Hewitt, Nick de Semlyen, Dan Jolin and Neil Alcock for a journey through 007's back catalogue, as well as interviews with Mary Goodnight herself, Britt Ekland, and the director of the new Bond documentary Everything Or Nothing, Stevan Riley. Be warned,...more

  • Red Dwarf Special - Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Doug Naylor

    Oct 03 2012

    Join Empire for a trip down Red Dwarf memory lane - remember, Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers - as we talk talkie toasters, Alan Rickman playing Lister, Howard Goodall's bonkers lyrics, Kryten impersonations, bullshitting Bill Clinton, getting "Smeg!" shouted at you in the street with Chris Barrie, Craig Charles and Doug Naylor in honour of Red Dwarf's 10th series, currently airing on Dave.

  • #30: September 28, 2012 - Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Olsen

    Sep 28 2012

    Two five-star movies are discussed on this week's Empire podcast, with Looper and Holy Motors both on our reviewing checklist, supported by the conversational talents of interviewees Liam Neeson (for Taken 2) and Elizabeth Olsen (for Liberal Arts). Elsewhere, the podcast team talk sneaking into movies underage and accidentally dressing up as Sickboy from Trainspotting. As you do.

  • #29: September 21, 2012 - Olivia Williams, Ken Loach

    Sep 21 2012

    Olivia Williams and Ken Loach drop by the Empire podcast studio for a quick chat this week, and as Chris is off on a work trip to somewhere in deepest, darkest Hollywood, Helen takes over hosting duties. Under her watchful guidance, the team talk shouting out in movies, the Avengers Assemble Blu-ray conundrum and sick day movies, on top of reviewing Now Is Good, Killing Them Softly, Hysteria and Savages.

  • #28: September 14, 2012 - ParaNorman, Premium Rush, The Sweeney

    Sep 14 2012

    For our 28th podcast, we welcome ParaNorman directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler into the studio to talk about zombies, bad puns and people with shovel-like faces. Elsewhere on the podcast, the team discuss film's best insults - "Why you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder!" - and the rare occasions they've been forced to leave a cinema. Then there are reviews of ParaNorman, Premium Rush and The Sweeney, as well as more than a few dodgy cockney accents.

  • #27: September 7, 2012 - Dredd, Anna Karenina, John Hillcoat And Nick Cave

    Sep 07 2012

    During the recording of Empire's 27th podcast, the sound desk exploded (slightly), forcing the team to relocate to a different studio. Because of this, the audio on our interview with Lawless' director and writer (respectively), John Hillcoat And Nick Cave, is slightly on the shonky side - but fortunately they're both excellent and informative humans beings, so it all evens out. What's more, Chris and company also get the chance to review Dredd, Anna Karenina and That's My Boy, as well as discus...more

  • #26: August 31, 2012 - Karl Urban, Tim And Eric

    Aug 31 2012

    Following on from his appearance on our special Comic-Con podcasts earlier in the year, Karl Urban stops by the podbooth to (amongst other things) recreate Singin' In The Rain using his Judge Dredd voice. Elsewhere, Tim and Eric - of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job fame - talk about their feature debut, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, and the podcast team review Total Recall, A Few Best Men and Cockneys Vs. Zombies.

  • Adam Buxton Special

    Aug 24 2012

    Adam Buxton is somewhat of a cult hero. Thanks to his work on the Adam & Joe show on Channel 4, then on XFM, then on BBC 6Music, he's amassed such a dedicated fanbase that we knew that releasing just ten minutes of our chat with him would be a great waste. Here then is a half-hour long special with the bearded podcast king, boasting the question-asking talents of Chris Hewitt, Nick de Semlyen and Ali Plumb.

  • #25: August 24, 2012 - Tony Scott Tribute, James Marsh/Adam Buxton

    Aug 24 2012

    Three interviews make this a jam-packed Empire Podcast this week, with Imposter director Bart Layton, Shadow Dancer (and Man On Wire) director James Marsh and veritable Podcast king, Adam Buxton, all coming round for a chat with the team. Elsewhere, we pay tribute to the one and only Tony Scott, review The Three Stooges (but not Keith Lemon) and discuss the fear-enducing powers of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

  • #24: August 17, 2012 - Len Wiseman And Robert Webb

    Aug 17 2012

    The director of the Total Recall remake, Len Wiseman, and the star of Peep Show (and now The Wedding Video), Robert Webb, are an unlikely pairing, but here they are, the guests on the latest edition of the Empire Podcast. Elsewhere, the team discuss which books they'd like to see turned into movies, The Expendables 2 and just how to pronounce Zach Galifianakis' name.

  • #24: August 17, 2012 - Len Wiseman And Robert Webb

    Aug 17 2012

    The director of the Total Recall remake, Len Wiseman, and the star of Peep Show (and now The Wedding Video), Robert Webb, are an unlikely pairing, but here they are, the guests on the latest edition of the Empire Podcast. Elsewhere, the team discuss which books they'd like to see turned into movies, The Expendables 2 and just how to pronounce Zach Galifianakis' name.

  • #24: August 17, 2012 - Len Wiseman And Robert Webb

    Aug 17 2012

    The director of the Total Recall remake, Len Wiseman, and the star of Peep Show (and now The Wedding Video), Robert Webb, are an unlikely pairing, but here they are, the guests on the latest edition of the Empire Podcast. Elsewhere, the team discuss which books they'd like to see turned into movies, The Expendables 2 and just how to pronounce Zach Galifianakis' name.

  • #23: August 10, 2012 - Brave And The Bourne Legacy

    Aug 10 2012

    Alas and alack, thanks to The Olympics, there weren't as many famous folk about to step into our podbooth this week. So here's one of our rare interview-less efforts, where the team discuss such important things as Joss Whedon returning to direct Avengers 2, the on-going Justice League project as well as reviews for Brave and The Bourne Legacy.

  • #23: August 10, 2012 - Brave And The Bourne Legacy

    Aug 10 2012

    Alas and alack, thanks to The Olympics, there weren't as many famous folk about to step into our podbooth this week. So here's one of our rare interview-less efforts, where the team discuss such important things as Joss Whedon returning to direct Avengers 2, the on-going Justice League project as well as reviews for Brave and The Bourne Legacy.

  • #23: August 10, 2012 - Brave And The Bourne Legacy

    Aug 10 2012

    Alas and alack, thanks to The Olympics, there weren't as many famous folk about to step into our podbooth this week. So here's one of our rare interview-less efforts, where the team discuss such important things as Joss Whedon returning to direct Avengers 2, the on-going Justice League project as well as reviews for Brave and The Bourne Legacy.

  • #22: August 3, 2012 – Dolph Lundgren And Fernando Meirelles

    Aug 02 2012

    For Empire's 22nd podcast, two titans of their field - one literally a titan - dropped by to say hello, namely Expendables 2's Dolph Lundgren and 360's Fernando Meirelles. Elsewhere in the podcast, we discuss Danny Boyle's London 2012 opening ceremony, the confirmation that The Hobbit will be a trilogy and the news of Chris Marker's passing.

  • #22: August 3, 2012 – Dolph Lundgren And Fernando Meirelles

    Aug 02 2012

    For Empire's 22nd podcast, two titans of their field - one literally a titan - dropped by to say hello, namely Expendables 2's Dolph Lundgren and 360's Fernando Meirelles. Elsewhere in the podcast, we discuss Danny Boyle's London 2012 opening ceremony, the confirmation that The Hobbit will be a trilogy and the news of Chris Marker's passing.

  • #22: August 3, 2012 – Dolph Lundgren And Fernando Meirelles

    Aug 02 2012

    For Empire's 22nd podcast, two titans of their field - one literally a titan - dropped by to say hello, namely Expendables 2's Dolph Lundgren and 360's Fernando Meirelles. Elsewhere in the podcast, we discuss Danny Boyle's London 2012 opening ceremony, the confirmation that The Hobbit will be a trilogy and the news of Chris Marker's passing.

  • #21: July 27, 2012 – Jason Isaacs And Peeder Jigson

    Jul 27 2012

    This week, the Empire Podcast team review Searching For Sugarman and The Lorax, mop up a couple of remaining questions on The Dark Knight Rises, and interview the likes of Jason Isaacs and the one and only Peeder Jigson. Don't know who Peeder Jigson is? Best head this way then... https://twitter.com/PeederJigson/

  • #21: July 27, 2012 – Jason Isaacs And Peeder Jigson

    Jul 27 2012

    This week, the Empire Podcast team review Searching For Sugarman and The Lorax, mop up a couple of remaining questions on The Dark Knight Rises, and interview the likes of Jason Isaacs and the one and only Peeder Jigson. Don't know who Peeder Jigson is? Best head this way then... https://twitter.com/PeederJigson/

  • #21: July 27, 2012 – Jason Isaacs And Peeder Jigson

    Jul 27 2012

    This week, the Empire Podcast team review Searching For Sugarman and The Lorax, mop up a couple of remaining questions on The Dark Knight Rises, and interview the likes of Jason Isaacs and the one and only Peeder Jigson. Don't know who Peeder Jigson is? Best head this way then... https://twitter.com/PeederJigson/

  • Jason Isaacs Special

    Jul 20 2012

    The one and only Jason Isaacs stepped into our humble podcast recording studio recently, and here is the incredibly eloquent and really rather funny result, touching on everything from Soccer Aid to Event Horizon, Harry Potter to fake moustaches. And just to let you know, there are 20 F-bombs and two C-bombs denotated over the course of this podcast. True story.

  • #20: July 20, 2012 – Christopher Nolan And Ice-T

    Jul 20 2012

    This week, there's a very big movie out in cinemas - The Dark Knight Rises - and a couple of smaller ones, including the critically acclaimed history of hip-hop, Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap. The directors of both films appear on this week's podcast, with Christopher Nolan and Ice-T offering up some wise words to balance out our manic waffle. P.S. A Dark Knight Rises spoiler podcast will arrive on Tuesday 24th, so look forward to that once you've watched the film in question!

  • Comic-Con Podcast #3 - Guillermo del Toro And Richard Taylor

    Jul 15 2012

    Sorry for the delay, folks, but at long last we can announce that the third and final part of this year's Comic-Con Daily Podcast Specials is online, for your listening pleasure. And it's quite a doozy as well. Not only do Chris Hewitt, Nick de Semlyen and Jaime Blanco dissect the busiest, biggest day in the history of the 'Con, when the likes of Pacific Rim, Man Of Steel, Iron Man 3 and The Hobbit all graced Hall H, but we talk to Guillermo del Toro and Lord of the Rings legend, Richard Taylor....more

  • Comic-Con 2012 Podcast #2 - Karl Urban And Neill Blomkamp

    Jul 14 2012

    On today's edition, our crack team - Nick de Semlyen, Chris Hewitt and James White - discuss everything they saw, heard, did and smelled at the 'Con today. And that includes (deep breath) panels for The Walking Dead, spoiling the comic's 100th issue for Jonathan Ross, Resident Evil: Retribution, The Big Bang Theory, Looper, Total Recall, Game Of Thrones, Marvel's Item 47 short and the first look at Neill Blomkamp's new film, Elysium.

  • Comic-Con 2012 Podcast #1 - Jackie Chan

    Jul 13 2012

    Empire heads to San Diego for Comic Con 2012, with our team recording the first of three special daily podcasts discussing and dissecting the best of what they've seen so far at the world's biggest geek gathering - and in this instance, interviewing the one and only Jackie Chan.

  • Gremlins Podcast - Zach Galligan

    Jul 13 2012

    Zach Galligan, the star of Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Waxwork and many more stopped by the Empire podbooth for a chat about his career, with the emphasis most definitely on his work with the likes of Gizmo and Mogwai. Here's the result, which even features titbits on a possible Gremlins 3 project...

  • #19: July 6, 2012 – Bobcat Goldthwait

    Jul 06 2012

    This week's episode sees the Empire Podcast team discussing such important things as movie collectibles, stripping on film and how exactly continental drift works. As well as all that, there are reviews of Ice Age 4, Magic Mike, God Bless America and a hilarious interview with the one and only Bobcat Goldthwait.

  • Empire Podcast - William Friedkin Special

    Jun 29 2012

    The director of The French Connection, The Exorcist, Rampage, Sorceror and now Killer Joe popped round recently to talk about his career, his passions and fried chicken - and here's the full, unedited, worryingly long interview for you to enjoy at your leisure. N.B. You'll probably enjoy this special podcast more a) if you have already watched Killer Joe and b) if you've already watched To Live And Die In L.A. There is a big spoiler from that film mentioned at the 38th minute, so if you want...more

  • Empire Podcast #18: June 29, 2012 – Jon Hamm And Stellan Skarsgård

    Jun 29 2012

    This jam-packed Empire podcast features interviews from Jon Hamm and Stellan Skarsgard, a fond farewell to the one and only Nora Ephron and all the movie news and reviews you can shake a metaphorical stick at.

  • Empire Podcast - Emily Blunt Special

    Jun 22 2012

    Emily Blunt is a thoroughly charming person. For proof, watch any of her movies, and for even more proof, have a listen to this special Empire podcast with her, where she obstinately refuses to do the cookie monster impression she displays in The Five-Year Engagement into one of our microphones.

  • Empire Podcast #17: June 22, 2012 – Noel Clarke And Emily Blunt

    Jun 22 2012

    On this week's Empire podcast, you can look forward to hear both Emily Blunt and Noel Clarke's dulcet tones, as well as our admittedly slightly less dulcet warblings. Plus, all the news, reviews and general movie nonsense you could possibly fit into an hour-long podcast.

  • Empire Podcast #16: June 15, 2012 – Kermit The Frog And Pepe The King Prawn

    Jun 15 2012

    The Sunshine Boys themselves, Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths, came into the podbooth this week, as did Kermit the Frog and Pepe the King Prawn, making this special extended edition of the Empire podcast an unequivocal, absolute must listen. So if you're ready for the most Muppetational, Sunshiney podcast ever, click play immediately.

  • Empire Podcast - Danny DeVito And Richard Griffiths Special

    Jun 15 2012

    To be in the presence of Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths is a real treat, so as we could only put in about 15 minutes or so of our interview with the two Sunshine Boys in our podcast proper, here's the extended cut, just for you.

  • Empire Podcast - Robert Weide Special

    Jun 08 2012

    The director of Woody Allen: A Documentary drops by for a chat about - what else? - Woody Allen: A Documentary. As well as dosing us up on Woody-related facts, we also learn about the origins of Weide's much-loved sitcom, Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is nice. Plus, what a Woody Allen impersonation! Trust us, you'll be impressed...

  • Empire Podcast #15: June 8, 2012 – Simon Pegg, Crispian Mills And Robert Weide

    Jun 08 2012

    The fifteenth Empire podcast boasts not one, not two, but three interviewees, namely the director and star of Fantastic Fear Of Everything - Crispian Mills and Simon Pegg - and the man behind Woody Allen: A Documentary, Robert Weide. Pegg tells us a little bit about Star Trek 2, The World's End and Nick Frost's dance moves, while Weide delivers an Allen impersonation that'll knock your socks off. Elsewhere, we've got plenty of movie news and reviews for you to enjoy, not to mention the podcast d...more

  • Empire Podcast - Neil Marshall Game Of Thrones Special

    Jun 01 2012

    Call yourself a Game Of Thrones fan? Watched all the episodes so far? Then we have a podcast you're going to enjoy really rather a lot. Director of the ninth episode in the second season - that's Blackwater, by the way - Neil Marshall dropped by to talk about how he handled stepping in at the last moment, and even tells us a few things about previous projects (like Centurion, Dog Soldier and The Descent) as well as upcoming plans...

  • Empire Podcast #14: June 1, 2012 – Rick McCallum

    Jun 01 2012

    For our fourteenth podcast, we tackle the tricky topics of One Shot becoming Jack Reacher, GI Joe 2 getting put back until 2013 and a little sci-fi you might have heard of called Prometheus. The Angels' Share and Snow White And The Huntsman also end up on the reviewing griddle, and the enormously entertaining Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum drops by for a fantastically frank chat.

  • Empire Podcast #13: May 25, 2012 – Gareth Evans

    May 25 2012

    In the thirteenth Empire podcast, we discuss the merits of movie tattoos, the comedic aspirations of Men In Black 3, the wisdom of remaking The Magnificent Seven and why Gareth Evans' father is Wales' leading authority on martial arts flicks.

  • Empire Podcast #12: May 18, 2012 - Wes Anderson, Barry Sonnenfeld

    May 18 2012

    For our twelfth episode, we discuss the return of a certain bear from Peru and the rest of the week's key bits of movie news, then we've got our reviews of this week's releases, including The Raid and The Dictator. Plus, Wes Anderson himself pops round for a chat, as does Men In Black director Barry Sonnenfeld.

  • Empire Podcast - Edgar Wright Special

    May 11 2012

    Following in the hallowed footsteps of Terence Stamp and Mike Newell comes this special 43-minute podcast starring the one and only Edgar Wright, the man behind Hot Fuzz, Shaun Of The Dead and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. As well as talking about his latest online project, Brandon Generator, Mr. Wright also discusses his work and answers some of your pressing questions... To subscribe to us on iTunes, head this way: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-empire-podcast/id507987292

  • Empire Podcast #11: May 11, 2012 - Edgar Wright

    May 11 2012

    For our eleventh episode, we discuss the Avengers sequel, Kick-Ass 2 and Avatar 4 - and, as they say, much, much more. Not forgetting our reviews of this week's releases, including Dark Shadows, Jeff Who Lives At Home and How I Spent My Summer Vacation. Oh, and Edgar Wright says hello, but more on him later...

  • Empire Podcast #10: May 4, 2012 - George RR Martin

    May 04 2012

    For our tenth episode, we discuss the unstoppable success of The Avengers, possible Hulk spin-offs for Mark Ruffalo, Alan Partridge hitting the big screen and much, much more. Some of that 'much, much more' includes reviews of this week's releases - think American Pie: Reunion, Safe and The Lucky One - as well as Game Of Thrones author George RR Martin dropping by for one of the nerdiest chats of all time.

  • Empire Podcast #9: April 27, 2012 - Kevin Feige, Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge

    Apr 27 2012

    For our ninth episode, we discuss why James Cameron should rule the world, Pixar's 'Day Of The Dead' movie and Iron Man 3's casting news - alongside reviews of this week's releases, including Avengers Assemble, Damsels In Distress and Being Elmo. Oh, and Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige drops by to give us some pretty interesting Iron Man 3 details, and American Pie: Reunion's Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge come round to compliment our microphones. For some reason.

  • Empire Podcast - Mike Newell Special

    Apr 23 2012

    Mike Newell is the man behind Four Weddings And A Funeral, Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire and many more - and recently, he came into the Empire office to talk about his favourite film ever, La Grande Illusion. But after that, he spent some time with us chatting about the rest of his career... and Johnny Depp's unusual activities on set. You'll have to listen through to see what we mean, to be honest. Anyway, here's the resulting mega podcast, just for you. Enjoy!

  • Empire Podcast #8: April 20, 2012 - Guy Pearce

    Apr 20 2012

    For our eighth episode, we discuss Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, 'moral bankruptcy' and Sin City 2 - plus reviews of this week's releases, including Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, Marley and Lockout. Oh, and Guy Pearce drops by to say hello, which was nice.

  • Empire Podcast #7: April 13, 2012

    Apr 13 2012

    For our seventh episode, we discuss cheesey action movie one-liners, Gary Ross leaving the Hunger Games franchise and first 10 minutes of Prometheus - and hear some wise words from Mike Newell on La Grande Illusion, as well as The Cabin In The Woods director Drew Goddard on, um, The Cabin In The Woods . Not forgetting our reviews of this week's releases, including The Battleship and - would you believe it? - The Cabin In The Woods.

  • Empire Podcast #6: April 07, 2012

    Apr 07 2012

    The sixth episode of The Empire Podcast sees Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Ali Plumb and Phil de Semlyen discuss the big news of the week, including Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs and the return of Woody Allen on screen, as well as reviewing Headhunters and Titanic 3D. Also, Battleship's Peter Berg, Taylor Kitsch and Brooklyn Decker pop round to say hello.

  • Empire Podcast - Terence Stamp Special

    Mar 30 2012

    In last week's podcast - Empire Podcast #4 - we included about 15 minutes of our hour-long Terence Stamp interview. Here we've got the whole thing, complete with the former General's anecdotes on Marlon Brando, being approached in saunas and his tantric guru phase. You'll see what we mean.

  • Empire Podcast #5: March 30, 2012

    Mar 30 2012

    The fifth episode of The Empire Podcast sees Chris Hewitt, Nick de Semlyen, Helen O'Hara and pod debutant, Dan Jolin, discuss the big news of the week, including Anchorman 2 and The Jameson Empire Awards, and review Wrath Of The Titans and StreetDance 2 3D. Also, Wild Bill's Dexter Fletcher and Jason Flemyng drop in for a frank and funny chat.

  • Empire Podcast #4: March 23, 2012

    Mar 23 2012

    For our bumper-sized fourth episode, we discuss Nathan Fillion's God-like status, Jack Ryan's possible return and Tim Burton's Dark Shadows - and hear some wise words from Aardman co-founder Peter Lord, as well as General Zod himself, Terence Stamp. Not forgetting our reviews of this week's releases, including The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists, The Hunger Games and Wild Bill.

  • Empire Podcast #3: March 16, 2012

    Mar 16 2012

    For our third episode, we discuss the return of Braveheart, the Garbage Pail Kids making a comeback and the upcoming Eastwood/Beyonce collaboration, A Star Is Born. Not forgetting our reviews of this week's releases, including We Bought A Zoo, Contraband and 21 Jump Street.

  • Empire Podcast #2: March 9, 2012

    Mar 09 2012

    For our second episode, we discuss the new Avengers Lego, MIB III and the Jameson Empire Awards nominations - plus reviews of this week's releases, including John Carter.

  • Empire Podcast #1: March 2, 2012

    Mar 06 2012

    Paddy Considine talks Tyrannosaur; we talk This Means War, Project X and Wanderlust