The Empire Film Podcast

The Empire Film Podcast
Official podcast of the world’s biggest and best movie magazine.

#373 - Jon Favreau
Jul 19 • 118 min
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…
Spider-Man: Far From Home Spoiler Special ft. Jon Watts, Kevin Feige, and Amy Pascal
Jul 17 • 183 min
Spoiler-Man, Spoiler-Man, spoils whatever a podcast can… Yes, in the latest Empire Podcast spoiler special, Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are bitten by radioactive spoilers, and develop the strange…
#372 - Corin Hardy
Jul 12 • 95 min
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…
Yesterday Spoiler Special ft. Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis
Jul 11 • 38 min
Listen… do you want to know a secret? How about a ton of secrets? Specifically about the movie Yesterday? In our latest spoiler special podcast, Chris Hewitt chats with Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle, the writer and director, respectively, of said…
#371 - Will Poulter
Jul 5 • 96 min
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…
#370 - Peter Strickland, Himesh Patel
Jun 28 • 99 min
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…
#369 - Noomi Rapace, Josh Cooley
Jun 21 • 102 min
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…
Kevin Smith Interview Special
Jun 16 • 50 min
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…
#368 - Asif Kapadia
Jun 14 • 90 min
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…
Rocketman Spoiler Special ft. Dexter Fletcher
Jun 11 • 77 min
Rocketman, Dexter Fletcher’s often audacious, always entertaining, and deeply fantastical retelling of a significant portion in the life of one Reginald Dwight, aka Elton John, is further proof that the big screen musical is back, and here to stay. And in…
#367 - James McAvoy
Jun 7 • 69 min
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:…
Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Special Interviews ft. The Russos and Markus/McFeely
Jun 6 • 129 min
It’s here. At long (long) last, the final part of our extended spoiler special celebration of all things Avengers: Endgame. This time, we let the filmmakers speak for themselves, as Chris Hewitt visits Agbo Studios, the LA HQ of the Russo brothers, for…
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum Spoiler Special ft. Chad Stahelski
Jun 3 • 77 min
People keep asking if we’re back. And we haven’t really had an answer. But now, yeah, we’re thinking we’re back. Or, more accurately, John Wick is, for another dose of bloody mayhem in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. And in our latest spoiler special…
#366 - Charles Dance, Jim Cummings
May 31 • 108 min
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.…
#365 - Dexter Fletcher, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever
May 24 • 102 min
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…
Avengers: Endgame Live Spoiler Special
May 20 • 129 min
A couple of weeks ago, we took a step into the unknown, heading off to Kings Place, London (our spiritual home) to record a live spoiler special for Avengers: Endgame. Just us - Chris Hewitt, Helen O’Hara, James Dyer, and Ben Travis - and 400 of our…
#364 - Kevin Smith; Brian Welsh & Lorn Macdonald
May 17 • 86 min
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…
#363 - Claire Denis
May 10 • 74 min
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…
Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Special
May 6 • 230 min
The most epic film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe arguably deserves - nay, demands - the most epic Empire Podcast spoiler special. So, because you demanded it, Chris Hewitt, Helen O’Hara, John Nugent, and Amon Warmann lock themselves into the podbooth…
#362 - Nicholas Hoult
May 3 • 72 min
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.…
#361 - Joe and Anthony Russo
Apr 26 • 69 min
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…
Shazam! Spoiler Special ft. David F. Sandberg and Peter Safran
Apr 20 • 68 min
In our latest spoiler special podcast, we say the magic word and delve deep into Shazam!, the latest movie in the DCEU, and the first to feature the eponymous hero - an indestructible champion who, when he’s not championing in an indestructible fashion,…
#360 - Andrew Scott and Neil Jordan
Apr 19 • 81 min
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…
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Teaser Trailer Breakdown Special
Apr 13 • 43 min
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…
#359 - Jessie Buckley
Apr 12 • 82 min
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…
Malcolm McDowell A Clockwork Orange Special
Apr 5 • 33 min
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…
#358 - Zachary Levi
Apr 5 • 72 min
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…
#357 - Kevin Costner, Tim Burton
Mar 29 • 91 min
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…
Us Spoiler Special ft. Jordan Peele
Mar 26 • 86 min
Jordan Peele’s second film as director, Us, like his first, Get Out, is the sort of film that is so packed with incident, subtext, symbols, recurring motifs, and meticulous thematic groundwork that it virtually demands a spoiler special. And we are more…
#356 - Ralph Fiennes and Oleg Ivenko; Winston Duke
Mar 22 • 93 min
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…
Captain Marvel Spoiler Special Redux ft. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Mar 15 • 124 min
Here it is. Because you demanded it, and then we got our publication dates mixed up and deleted it, and then you demanded it again, here’s the highest, fastest, furthest Empire Podcast spoiler special to date; a deep dive into the 21st movie in the Marvel…
#355 - Andrew Garfield
Mar 15 • 68 min
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…
Avengers: Endgame Final Trailer Breakdown Special
Mar 14 • 44 min
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,…
#354 - Ricky Gervais, Samuel L. Jackson
Mar 8 • 85 min
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…
#353 - Live Special at the Glasgow Film Festival ft. Michael Palin
Mar 4 • 80 min
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…
Alan Partridge Special ft. Neil and Rob Gibbons
Mar 3 • 80 min
“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…
Alita: Battle Angel Spoiler Special ft. Robert Rodriguez and Jon Landau
Mar 1 • 47 min
At last, it’s here - Empire’s spoiler special dedicated to Alita: Battle Angel, the movie that has been a pet project of James Cameron’s for some time. When he realised he wasn’t going to have time to make it, due to being immersed in the Avatar sequels,…
#352 - Stephen Merchant, Florence Pugh, Jason Clarke
Feb 22 • 111 min
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…
Avatar - An Empire 30th Anniversary Podcast Documentary
Feb 18 • 0 min
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…
The Ranking - Batman Movies
Feb 15 • 62 min
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…
#351 - Mary J. Blige, Patrick Stewart and Angus Imrie
Feb 15 • 85 min
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,…
Joel Edgerton Interview Special
Feb 8 • 25 min
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…
#350 - Live Special ft. Joe Cornish, Zawe Ashton
Feb 8 • 121 min
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…
#349 - Rosa Salazar, Dean DeBlois, Richard E. Grant
Feb 1 • 125 min
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…
#348 - Nicole Kidman, Charlie Brooker
Jan 25 • 106 min
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:…
Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born Special
Jan 22 • 58 min
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…
#347 - Adam McKay
Jan 18 • 93 min
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…
Bumblebee Spoiler Special ft. Travis Knight
Jan 12 • 66 min
It’s here! After taking so long that you would be forgiven for assuming that it had transformed into a [REDACTED FOR LEGAL REASONS] train, our Bumblebee spoiler special has arrived. It features Chris Hewitt, Helen O’Hara and complete and utter Decepticon,…
#346 - Jon S. Baird, Steve Coogan
Jan 11 • 90 min
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…
#345 - Robert Zemeckis & Steve Carell
Jan 3 • 85 min
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…
Aquaman Spoiler Special ft. James Wan
Dec 30, 2018 • 93 min
James Wan’s Aquaman is not only the sixth film in the DCEU (we counted), but quite possibly the most movie ever made, with enough incident and spectacle to fill a dozen movies crammed into its meagre running time of two hours and 23 minutes. And in our…
The Empire Podcast Review Of 2018
Dec 28, 2018 • 90 min
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,…
#344 - Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Wheatley
Dec 21, 2018 • 107 min
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…
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Spoiler Special ft. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Dec 18, 2018 • 85 min
Spider-Pod, Spider-Pod, does whatever a spider… ought. Yes, our latest spoiler special podcast is dedicated to the year-end delight that is Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, a film that may just usher in a new era for big-screen animation and the…
Creed II Spoiler Special ft. Steven Caple Jr.
Dec 14, 2018 • 62 min
When Ivan Drago said ‘I must break you’ in Rocky IV, we thought he was telling Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa just what he was about to do to him. Now, it seems clear that he was talking about the emotional havoc Creed II would wreak on our very own…
#343 - The League Of Gentlemen, Peter Jackson & Phillipa Boyens
Dec 14, 2018 • 109 min
“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.…
Avengers: Endgame Teaser Trailer Special
Dec 7, 2018 • 45 min
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…
#342 - Andy Serkis
Dec 7, 2018 • 65 min
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…
Taika Waititi On Screenwriting: An Empire 30th Anniversary Special
Nov 30, 2018 • 31 min
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…
#341 - Alfonso Cuaron
Nov 30, 2018 • 67 min
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…
Kurt Russell Interview Special
Nov 29, 2018 • 36 min
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…
The Ranking: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Nov 29, 2018 • 64 min
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…
Is Die Hard A Christmas Movie? - An Empire Podcast Special
Nov 29, 2018 • 50 min
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…
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Spoiler Special (ft. David Yates and David Heyman)
Nov 28, 2018 • 74 min
Spoilerimus specialis! It’s here at last - Empire’s spoiler special podcast dedicated to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, the latest entry in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. First off, Ben Travis has a lovely sit-down with the film’s director,…
#340 - Taron Egerton
Nov 23, 2018 • 71 min
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…
#339 - Jane Fonda, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Nov 16, 2018 • 105 min
“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,…
Carey Mulligan Interview Special
Nov 12, 2018 • 14 min
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…
#338 - Chris Pine and David Mackenzie, Tim Blake Nelson
Nov 9, 2018 • 100 min
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…
#337 - Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
Nov 2, 2018 • 74 min
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…
#336 - Rami Malek, Panos Cosmatos
Oct 26, 2018 • 111 min
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…
#335 - Jamie Lee Curtis, Gerard Butler
Oct 19, 2018 • 111 min
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…
Peter Jackson Interview Special
Oct 17, 2018 • 35 min
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,…
#334 - Paul Greengrass, Damien Chazelle
Oct 11, 2018 • 104 min
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…
#333 - Dominic Monaghan, Henry Thomas
Oct 6, 2018 • 136 min
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…
#332 - Teresa Palmer & Matthew Goode
Sep 27, 2018 • 92 min
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…
#331 - Eli Roth, Paul Feig
Sep 21, 2018 • 118 min
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…
#330 - Constance Wu; Michael Caine & Ray Winstone
Sep 14, 2018 • 102 min
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…
#329 - Live At The London Podcast Festival (ft. Corin Hardy)
Sep 8, 2018 • 105 min
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…
The Ranking - Star Trek
Sep 7, 2018 • 70 min
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…
Leigh Whannell Interview Special
Aug 31, 2018 • 42 min
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…
#328 - Chloe Grace Moretz, Dave Bautista, Bart Layton and Barry Keoghan
Aug 31, 2018 • 101 min
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…
#327 - Guy Pearce, Iain Morris
Aug 24, 2018 • 79 min
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…
50 Greatest Star Wars Characters Special
Aug 23, 2018 • 58 min
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…
#326 - Antoine Fuqua
Aug 17, 2018 • 89 min
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…
Mission: Impossible - Fallout Spoiler Special Part 3 Ft. Christopher McQuarrie
Aug 15, 2018 • 182 min
Shortly after we’d finished our marathon three-hour recording session with writer-director Christopher McQuarrie for our Mission: Impossible - Fallout spoiler special podcast, he got in touch to say that it “felt incomplete”. We couldn’t agree more. Which…
#325 - Hayley Atwell
Aug 10, 2018 • 79 min
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…
Ant-Man And The Wasp Spoiler Special ft. Peyton Reed and Stephen Broussard
Aug 10, 2018 • 109 min
Here’s a tiny treat to kick off your weekend just right: our Ant-Man And The Wasp spoiler special. Gasp! as Chris Hewitt ventures into the Quantum Realm of spoilers and asks director Peyton Reed and producer Stephen Broussard deep-dive questions about the…
#324 - Christopher McQuarrie
Aug 3, 2018 • 79 min
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?)…
Mission: Impossible - Fallout Spoiler Special Part 2 ft. Team Empire
Aug 1, 2018 • 47 min
Yesterday we posted the first part of our marathon Mission: Impossible - Fallout spoiler chat with the film’s writer/director, Christopher McQuarrie. All two hours and 43 minutes of it. It was insightful, intelligent, informative stuff. And there’ll be…
Mission: Impossible - Fallout Spoiler Special Ft. Christopher McQuarrie - Part 1
Jul 31, 2018 • 168 min
Because you demanded it (well, some of you), here it is: our longest spoiler special yet. Mission: Impossible - Fallout is, of course, the all-Cruising, all-flying, all-moustaching sequel to Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the spoiler special for…
#323 - Vanessa Kirby
Jul 27, 2018 • 82 min
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…
#322 - Jeremy Irvine, Drew Pearce
Jul 20, 2018 • 119 min
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…
#321 - Ethan Hawke, Brad Bird
Jul 13, 2018 • 115 min
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…
#320 - Natalie Dormer, Rob Brydon
Jul 6, 2018 • 81 min
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…
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom spoiler special ft. J.A. Bayona & Colin Trevorrow
Jul 2, 2018 • 121 min
Life has found a way. Again. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth in the Jurassic Park series, has been roaring in the faces of cinemagoers around the world for the last few weeks, and here at last is our spoiler special podcast. First up, director…
#319 - Shailene Woodley & Sam Claflin, Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson
Jun 29, 2018 • 74 min
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…
Westworld s2 Spoiler Special - Ft. Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan
Jun 26, 2018 • 85 min
The second season of HBO’s monster hit Westworld came to an end this week, with more mindbending revelations than you can shake a robot stick at. And we were delighted to welcome the show’s creators, robot overlord overlords Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan,…
#318 - Benicio Del Toro
Jun 23, 2018 • 62 min
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 Ranking - Ridley Scott
Jun 18, 2018 • 61 min
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,…
#317 - Alfred Molina
Jun 15, 2018 • 100 min
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,…
#316 - Andy Serkis
Jun 8, 2018 • 92 min
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…
Solo: A Star Wars Story - Spoiler Special ft. Ron Howard
Jun 7, 2018 • 129 min
“Solo! Nothing but Solo!” Solo: A Star Wars Story, the standalone tale that fills us in on the origin of everyone’s favourite Corellian smuggler, opened a couple of weeks ago. And here, at last, is the Empire Podcast spoiler special, in which Chris…
#315 - Martin Freeman
Jun 1, 2018 • 68 min
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…
#314 - Alden Ehrenreich, Michael Cera & Alia Shawkat
May 25, 2018 • 88 min
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…
Deadpool 2 Spoiler Special ft. Ryan Reynolds
May 21, 2018 • 83 min
He’s back! Love him, hate him, everybody can agree that he’s the sharp-witted, fast-talking, wise-cracking SOB that the world needs right now. But enough about Empire’s Nick de Semlyen - Deadpool is also back, in the stunningly unimaginatively titled…
#313 - Amanda Abbington
May 18, 2018 • 68 min
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.…
#312 - Clive Owen, Eddie Marsan
May 11, 2018 • 116 min
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…
#311 - Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans
May 4, 2018 • 76 min
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…
Avengers: Infinity War Spoiler Special
May 2, 2018 • 158 min
It’s all been leading to this. Ten years, nineteen films… one enormo-pod. Yes, it’s our Avengers: Infinity War spoiler special podcast, in which our very own team of Podvengers - Chris Hewitt, Helen O’Hara, Dan Jolin, and James Dyer -come together to chat…
Tom Hiddleston: Life As Loki Interview Special
Apr 30, 2018 • 27 min
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…
#310 - Joe & Anthony Russo
Apr 27, 2018 • 69 min
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…
#309 - David Morrissey
Apr 20, 2018 • 75 min
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…
#308 - Scott Adkins, Brad Peyton
Apr 13, 2018 • 101 min
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…
Ready Player One Spoiler Special ft. Ernest Cline
Apr 12, 2018 • 72 min
Ready, players? Here it is - Empire’s spoiler special dedicated to the latest movie from Sir Steven of Spielberg, Ready Player One, the biggest slice of virtual insanity since Jamiroquai donned that big hat and slid all over the shop. It starts with an…
A Quiet Place Spoiler Special ft. John Krasinski
Apr 11, 2018 • 75 min
How much do we love John Krasinski’s astounding high-concept horror movie, A Quiet Place? So much we decided to dedicate a very last-minute spoiler special to it. That’s how much. Last minute it may have been, but we managed to recruit Krasinski - the…
The Ranking - Brian De Palma
Apr 10, 2018 • 53 min
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…
Mark Hamill & Rian Johnson Interview Special
Apr 8, 2018 • 23 min
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…
#307 - Anya Taylor-Joy
Apr 6, 2018 • 75 min
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…
#306 - Leslie Mann, Paddy Considine
Mar 30, 2018 • 86 min
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,…
#305 - Steven Spielberg, Simon Pegg
Mar 23, 2018 • 102 min
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…
Avengers: Infinity War trailer breakdown Vol. 2!
Mar 16, 2018 • 48 min
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…
#304 - Armie Hammer & Timothee Chalamet, Rooney Mara & Garth Davis
Mar 16, 2018 • 86 min
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…
The Ranking - Martin Scorsese
Mar 14, 2018 • 46 min
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…
#303 - David Oyelowo, Lynne Ramsay
Mar 10, 2018 • 90 min
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…
Oscars 2018 Sleepless Special
Mar 5, 2018 • 30 min
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…
#302 - Francis Lawrence
Mar 2, 2018 • 72 min
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…
The Ranking - Stephen King
Feb 26, 2018 • 36 min
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…
#301 - Lennie James, Nick Murphy
Feb 23, 2018 • 79 min
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…
The Cloverfield Paradox Spoiler Special
Feb 22, 2018 • 46 min
Unless you’ve been stranded on a space station, battling with a temperamental particle accelerator, you probably know that The Cloverfield Paradox - the latest entry in the burgeoning Cloverfield franchise - changed the game a couple of weeks ago, when it…
Black Panther Spoiler Special - Ryan Coogler, Nate Moore
Feb 20, 2018 • 127 min
Wakanda Forever! In this very special edition of the Empire Podcast, we dig deep into the 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, the story of newly-crowned King Of Wakanda, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). As usual, the…
#300 - Live Podcast Special With Taron Egerton & Ruth Wilson
Feb 16, 2018 • 115 min
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…
#299 - Colin Firth And Rachel Weisz
Feb 9, 2018 • 63 min
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…
Blade Runner spoiler special ft. Denis Villeneuve
Feb 5, 2018 • 75 min
There was a danger, at one point, that our Blade Runner 2049 spoiler special podcast wouldn’t arrive until 2049 itself. But here it is, lovingly timed to coincide with the UK home entertainment release of Denis Villeneuve’s beautiful, profound,…
#298 - Paul Thomas Anderson
Feb 2, 2018 • 59 min
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…
#296 — Lee Unkrich
Jan 19, 2018 • 67 min
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,…
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Spoiler Special
Jan 15, 2018 • 123 min
It’s taken a while, but here it is at last — our Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoiler special podcast, ready to go down as smooth as a green milkshake. In this two-hour behemoth, the Empire Podcast team — Chris Hewitt, Helen O’Hara, James Dyer, and Ian Freer…
#295 — Joe Wright, Martin McDonagh
Jan 12, 2018 • 92 min
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…
#294 — Jason Isaacs & Sonequa Martin-Green, Andrea Riseborough
Jan 5, 2018 • 96 min
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…
Review Of The Year 2017
Dec 29, 2017 • 88 min
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…
Hugh Jackman Interview Special
Dec 22, 2017 • 21 min
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…
#293 - Karen Gillan
Dec 15, 2017 • 82 min
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…
#292 — James and Dave Franco/John Cena
Dec 7, 2017 • 78 min
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…
#291 - Dan Stevens
Dec 1, 2017 • 61 min
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…
Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Podcast Discussion Special
Nov 29, 2017 • 34 min
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…
#290: Lee Child, Craig Roberts
Nov 24, 2017 • 108 min
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…
#289: Henry Cavill, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell
Nov 17, 2017 • 85 min
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.
Paddington 2 spoiler special ft. Paul King and Simon Farnaby
Nov 16, 2017 • 65 min
Some bears just deserve a spoiler special. With Empire still lingering under the spell of Paul King’s entrancing Paddington 2, this very special episode sees Chris Hewitt talk to King and his co-writer Simon Farnaby and grill them mercilessly - or…
#288: Annette Bening, Kenneth Lonergan
Nov 10, 2017 • 80 min
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…
Red Dwarf Special With Craig Charles, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules & Doug Naylor
Nov 9, 2017 • 84 min
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:…
Thor: Ragnarok Spoiler Special With Taika Waititi
Nov 6, 2017 • 149 min
We sat down with the World’s Best-Dressed Director, Taika Waititi, for a spoilerific chat on Thor’s threequel – plus, we assemble four friends from work to gather in a pod booth and dissect the movie in almost needlessly forensic detail. SPOILERS FROM THE…
#287: Jamie Bell, Tobin Bell
Nov 3, 2017 • 71 min
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…
Jeff Goldblum Special
Oct 27, 2017 • 26 min
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 • 93 min
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…
#285: Daniel Radcliffe, Jason Isaacs, Gerard Butler
Oct 20, 2017 • 96 min
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…
David Fincher Interview Special
Oct 19, 2017 • 42 min
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:
#284: Rebecca Ferguson, Noah Baumbach
Oct 13, 2017 • 87 min
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 6, 2017 • 73 min
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…
#282: Mike Flanagan
Sep 29, 2017 • 70 min
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…
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Spoiler Special
Sep 29, 2017 • 141 min
Manners maketh man. And they maketh pod as well, as Team Empire dives deep into Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to the hugely entertaining spy caper, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Join Chris Hewitt, Terri White, Helen O’Hara and James Dyer as they…
#281: Michael Winterbottom
Sep 22, 2017 • 83 min
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:
#280: LIVE with Mark Strong & Matthew Vaughn at the London Podcast Festival
Sep 17, 2017 • 84 min
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…
#279 — Iwan Rheon, Francis Lee
Sep 8, 2017 • 77 min
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…
Game Of Thrones Season 7 Spoiler Special With Isaac Hempstead-Wright
Sep 5, 2017 • 122 min
The podcasters send their regards! A spoilerific and occasionally excruciatingly nerdy chat about the biggest show on TV – plus, an interview with the Three-Eyed Raven himself, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who uses his Greensight to prognosticate on the future…
#278: Bill Nighy, Adam Wingard
Sep 1, 2017 • 83 min
This week, the inestimably brilliant Bill Nighy drops by to talk The Limehouse Golem; plus Adam Wingard talks Death Note and Godzilla vs King Kong. More from the Empire Podcast: Bill NighyAdam WingardEmpire Podcast
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Special With Robert Patrick
Aug 29, 2017 • 84 min
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 • 102 min
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:
Steven Soderbergh Interview Special
Aug 25, 2017 • 46 min
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:
#276: Stanley Tucci
Aug 18, 2017 • 71 min
On this week’s pod: we got The Tooch! More from the Empire Podcast:
#275: Al Gore, David Lowery
Aug 11, 2017 • 111 min
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:
#274: James McAvoy, Bryan Cranston
Aug 4, 2017 • 88 min
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:
#273: Stan Lee, Kumail Nanjiani
Jul 28, 2017 • 77 min
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:
#272: Comic-Con Special With Ivan Reitman, Jeph Loeb, Roel Reiné, Scott Buck
Jul 23, 2017 • 115 min
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:…
War For The Planet Of The Apes Spoiler Special With Andy Serkis And Matt Reeves
Jul 17, 2017 • 114 min
Pod…together…strong! A spoilerific chat with the star and director of the latest Apes movie, followed by a spoilerific chat between three Empire writers. Spoilers will be flung like monkey poo from the start! More from the Empire Podcast:…
#271: Jason Blum, Brian Fee, Kevin Reher
Jul 14, 2017 • 98 min
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:
Spider-Man: Homecoming Spoiler Special
Jul 12, 2017 • 79 min
The team discuss the latest Spidey outing in intensely spoilerific detail. There are no interviews on this Spoiler Special, but you can listen back to non-spoilery chats with Tom Holland and director Jon Watts in our last two episodes. (SPOILERS! FROM!…
#270: Andy Serkis, Jon Watts
Jul 7, 2017 • 75 min
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?)
Baby Driver Spoiler Special With Edgar Wright
Jul 4, 2017 • 108 min
Edgar Wright enters the pod booth for an incredibly in depth and spoilerific chat about his latest film, Baby Driver. (Incase it wasn’t already clear enough, SPOILERS FROM THE START!)
#269: Lily Collins, Tom Holland
Jun 30, 2017 • 78 min
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 • 78 min
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:
Empire’s 100 Greatest Movies Special
Jun 19, 2017 • 52 min
To mark Empire’s 100 Greatest Movies poll, we gather three podders into the pod booth for an hour-long conversation special. See the full 100 Greatest Movies list here: More from the Empire Podcast:…
#267: Julia Stiles
Jun 16, 2017 • 60 min
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:
The Mummy Spoiler Special With Alex Kurtzman
Jun 14, 2017 • 72 min
Welcome to a new world of pods and monsters! We attempt to, ahem, unwrap the first Dark Universe movie by speaking to its director and discuss the film in forensic detail. SPOILERS, OBVIOUSLY! More from the Empire Podcast:
#266: Michael Sheen, Rachel Weisz
Jun 9, 2017 • 69 min
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:
Wonder Woman Spoiler Special
Jun 9, 2017 • 61 min
Fire up the lasso of truth! Sadly we were unable to speak to Wonder Woman’s cast or crew for this special, but after popular demand, we decided to have a chat about it anyway. SPOILERS FROM THE START! More from the Empire Podcast:…
Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 Spoiler Special With Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg
Jun 5, 2017 • 61 min
Ahoy there mateys! Climb aboard the good ship Empire Podcast for another swashbucklin’ Spoiler Special. But we warned: these seas be treacherous and filled with spoilers… More from the Empire Podcast:
Salma Hayek, Miguel Arteta, Marc Maron
Jun 2, 2017 • 92 min
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:
#264: Roger Donaldson
May 26, 2017 • 82 min
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:
Sir Roger Moore Interview Special (Repeat)
May 23, 2017 • 41 min
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:
Alien: Covenant Spoiler Special With Sir Ridley Scott
May 23, 2017 • 108 min
We hug your face and impregnate your brain with spoilerific Alien: Covenant chat, ably aided by a half-hour interview with Sir Ridders. More from the Empire Podcast:
#263: Charlie Hunnam
May 18, 2017 • 68 min
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:
#262: Danny McBride
May 12, 2017 • 73 min
This week’s guest has always been the McBridesmaid, never the McBride…until now. More from the Empire Podcast:
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Spoiler Special With James Gunn
May 10, 2017 • 105 min
Director James Gunn drops by the pod booth to talk Guardians 2 in spoilerific detail, and three of Empire’s biggest A-holes discuss the film. SPOILERS, OBVIOUSLY! More from the Empire Podcast:
#261: Julian Barratt & Simon Farnaby
May 4, 2017 • 60 min
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:
#260: Neil Gaiman
Apr 28, 2017 • 92 min
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:
Warren Beatty Interview Special
Apr 21, 2017 • 52 min
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:…
#259: Geoffrey Rush
Apr 21, 2017 • 79 min
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. ‚Äč More from the Empire Podcast:
#258: Gemma Arterton
Apr 13, 2017 • 78 min
This week, Gemma Arterton drops by to talk about Their Finest, as we discuss our finest laser scenes in movies.
#257: Riz Ahmed
Apr 7, 2017 • 52 min
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:
#256: Carl Weathers, Norman Reedus, Greg Nicotero
Mar 31, 2017 • 95 min
Whaddsa matter – Empire Podcast got you pushing too many pencils? More from the Empire Podcast:
#255: Armie Hammer
Mar 24, 2017 • 65 min
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:
#254: Dan Stevens, Bill Condon
Mar 17, 2017 • 95 min
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:
Kong: Skull Island Spoiler Special With Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Mar 13, 2017 • 59 min
A spoilerific chat with the director of the newest monster movie in town. Plus, we discuss the film in forensic detail. SPOILERS FROM THE START! More from the Empire Podcast:
#253: Tom Hiddleston
Mar 10, 2017 • 74 min
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:…
Logan Spoiler Special With James Mangold
Mar 7, 2017 • 122 min
A bumper two-hour spoilerific look at Wolverine’s last stand, including an in-depth hour-long interview with director James Mangold. Spoilers for Logan from the start, obviously. More from the Empire Podcast:…
#252: Sir Patrick Stewart
Mar 3, 2017 • 71 min
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:
#251: Gore Verbinski
Feb 24, 2017 • 78 min
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:
John Wick Chapter 2 Spoiler Special With Keanu Reeves & Chad Stahelski
Feb 21, 2017 • 88 min
The star and director of John Wick 2 dish the dirt on cinema’s best-dressed assassin. Plus, we attempt to discern how much a gold coin is worth. SPOILERS FOR JOHN WICK 2 FROM THE START! More from the Empire Podcast:…
#250: LIVE with Christopher McQuarrie
Feb 17, 2017 • 107 min
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:…
#249: Denzel Washington, Will Arnett
Feb 10, 2017 • 93 min
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 3, 2017 • 82 min
That’s what I love about these podcast guests, man. I get older, they stay the same age… More from the Empire Podcast:
#247: Taron Egerton
Jan 27, 2017 • 72 min
You know what they say – you can take the boy out of Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch… More from the Empire Podcast:
#246: James McAvoy + Guest Host Garth Jennings
Jan 20, 2017 • 87 min
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 • 64 min
This week, Michelle-by-the-pod-booth talks Manchester-By-The-Sea. More from the Empire Podcast:
#244: Neil Patrick Harris
Jan 5, 2017 • 75 min
For the first podcast of 2017, we play a game called “Haaaaaave you met Neil?” More from the Empire Podcast:
Review Of The Year 2016
Dec 21, 2016 • 88 min
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:…
#243: Michael Fassbender
Dec 21, 2016 • 60 min
For the final regular pod of the year…it’s Fassassin’s Creedbender time! More from the Empire Podcast:
Rogue One Spoiler Special with Gareth Edwards
Dec 19, 2016 • 100 min
After a couple of false starts, the Rogue One Spoiler Special is back – updated to include a small tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. Apologies for the delay. More from the Empire Podcast:
#242: Ricky Gervais, Forest Whitaker
Dec 16, 2016 • 83 min
On this week’s pod: a famously softly-spoken man, and a famously less-softly-spoken man. More from the Empire Podcast:
#241: Oliver Stone
Dec 9, 2016 • 63 min
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:
#240: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart
Dec 2, 2016 • 76 min
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:
#239: Robert Zemeckis
Nov 25, 2016 • 86 min
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 • 58 min
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:
#237: Adam Driver
Nov 11, 2016 • 71 min
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:
Doctor Strange Spoiler Special with Scott Derrickson
Nov 8, 2016 • 111 min
We portal into the Spoiler Dimension for a spoilerific chat with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, and three of Empire’s biggest Marvel nerds discuss the MCU’s latest in depth. More from the Empire Podcast:…
#236: Derek Cianfrance
Nov 4, 2016 • 72 min
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 • 86 min
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:…
#234: Cobie Smulders
Oct 21, 2016 • 76 min
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:…
#233: Felicity Jones, George Takei
Oct 14, 2016 • 77 min
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:…
#232: Luke Evans, Andrea Arnold
Oct 7, 2016 • 74 min
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:
Daniel Radcliffe Interview Special
Oct 7, 2016 • 30 min
A special 30-minute interview special with everyone’s favourite boy wizard, Daniel Radcliffe. More from the Empire Podcast:
#231: Tim Burton, Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña
Sep 30, 2016 • 77 min
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:…
#230: LIVE with Tom Bennett and Mike Colter
Sep 25, 2016 • 114 min
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:
#229: Sam Neill, Colin Firth
Sep 16, 2016 • 83 min
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…
#228: Viggo Mortensen & Noel Clarke in the pod booth
Sep 8, 2016 • 90 min
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 2, 2016 • 74 min
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 • 65 min
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 • 73 min
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 • 67 min
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.
Suicide Squad Spoiler Special with David Ayer
Aug 12, 2016 • 81 min
Suicide Squad director David Ayer joins us for a spoiler-filled chat that gets right to the core of DC’s latest movie offering. (CONTAINS SKWAD SPOILERS. OBVIOUSLY.)
#224: Baz Luhrmann
Aug 12, 2016 • 87 min
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 5, 2016 • 55 min
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).
Star Trek Beyond Spoiler Special with Justin Lin and Simon Pegg
Jul 29, 2016 • 126 min
Star Trek Beyond’s director Justin Lin and co-writer/co-star Simon Pegg join us for a spoiler-filled special that’s actually longer than the film itself. Warp speed, Mr. Sulu!
#222: Paul Greengrass, Andrew Stanton, Lindsey Collins
Jul 29, 2016 • 100 min
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).
Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig
Jul 27, 2016 • 72 min
We ain’t afraid of no ghosts! Nor are we afraid of no internet trolling! Paul Feig joins us for a spoilerific chat on the new Ghostbusters reboot – be sure you’ve seen the film before listening.
#221: The cast of Star Trek Beyond
Jul 22, 2016 • 84 min
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 • 58 min
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 • 61 min
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 • 27 min
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 8, 2016 • 68 min
This week, there can be only one guest.
#218: Elle Fanning, Nicolas Winding Refn
Jul 1, 2016 • 71 min
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 • 73 min
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 • 52 min
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 • 29 min
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 • 59 min
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 • 66 min
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 7, 2016 • 48 min
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 3, 2016 • 67 min
We’re listening… That’s right, Frasier himself, Kelsey Grammer pops in to talk about his illustrious career and new film, Breaking The Bank.
X-Men: Apocalypse Spoiler Special with Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg
May 31, 2016 • 108 min
Director Bryan Singer and writer/producer Simon Kinberg join us for an epic, spoilerific chat that delves deep into the secrets of X-Men: Apocalypse. CONTAINS SPOILERS. (Obviously.)
#213: James Bobin, Jodie Foster
May 27, 2016 • 78 min
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 • 71 min
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 • 71 min
This week, Ewan McGregor talks Our Kind Of Traitor and Trainspotting 2; and Richard Linklater talks Everybody Wants Some!! and exclamation marks.
Captain America: Civil War Spoiler Special with Joe & Anthony Russo, Kevin Feige
May 9, 2016 • 125 min
An epic, two-hour, spoilerific discussion of Marvel’s latest superhero dust-up, with Marvel boss Kevin Feige, and Civil War directing team Joe & Anthony Russo. CONTAINS SPOILERS.
#210: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
May 6, 2016 • 86 min
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 • 83 min
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 • 81 min
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.
Daredevil Season 2 Spoiler Special with Charlie Cox, Elodie Yung
Apr 19, 2016 • 85 min
We welcome Daredevil and Elektra into the pod booth for a spoilerific chat about all things Season 2. (There are multiple and frequent spoilers throughout.)
#207: Jon Favreau, Rebecca Ferguson
Apr 15, 2016 • 81 min
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 8, 2016 • 78 min
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 1, 2016 • 56 min
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.
Batman v Superman Spoiler Special with Zack Snyder, Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder
Mar 30, 2016 • 129 min
Our bumper spoiler-filled Batman v Superman special features interviews with director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, plus a spoiler-filled discussion of the film in forensic detail. SPOILER ALERT: THERE ARE SPOILERS.
204: Dexter Fletcher
Mar 25, 2016 • 84 min
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 • 77 min
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 • 92 min
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 4, 2016 • 75 min
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 • 117 min
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 • 70 min
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.
Deadpool Spoiler Special with Ryan Reynolds
Feb 16, 2016 • 47 min
Our most R-rated podcast ever welcomes Ryan Reynolds into the pod booth for a spoilerfic chat about his anti-superhero Deadpool, and we discuss the film in depth. Reminder: make sure you’ve seen Deadpool before listening. SPOILERS herein…
#198: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Stephen Fry, Ryan Reynolds - February 12
Feb 12, 2016 • 92 min
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 5, 2016 • 86 min
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 • 65 min
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 • 65 min
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 • 94 min
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 8, 2016 • 75 min
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 • 56 min
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.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoiler Special with Lawrence Kasdan
Dec 21, 2015 • 81 min
As Episode VII rolls into a galaxy near you, we invite its co-writer Lawrence Kasdan into the pod booth, and discuss the new film in heavy spoilerific detail. WARNING: this podcast contains Star Wars spoilers! (Obviously!)
#192: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Hooper - 18 December
Dec 18, 2015 • 57 min
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 • 34 min
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 • 63 min
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 7, 2015 • 159 min
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 4, 2015 • 58 min
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 • 94 min
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 • 53 min
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”.
Spectre Spoiler Special - Sam Mendes
Nov 9, 2015 • 90 min
For our Spectre Spoiler Special, Sam Mendes drops by the pod-booth; and four of Empire’s biggest Bond nerds don tuxedos for a spoilerific chat on 007’s 24th adventure.
#186: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Saoirse Ronan - 6 November
Nov 6, 2015 • 79 min
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 • 59 min
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 • 60 min
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 • 52 min
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…
Guillermo Del Toro Special
Oct 15, 2015 • 28 min
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…
Mad Max: Fury Road Spoiler Special
Oct 12, 2015 • 76 min
Not many directors can mix heart-warming family fare and apocalyptic road rage with effortless ease. But then George Miller isn’t one for convention. Desperate to know what awaits Furiosa at the Citadel? Will the Doof Warrior live to play another day?…
Pan Special
Oct 9, 2015 • 38 min
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…
#182: Abi Morgan, Sarah Gavron And Robert Zemeckis - 9 October
Oct 9, 2015 • 80 min
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…
#181: Anne Hathaway And Robert De Niro - October 2
Oct 2, 2015 • 55 min
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…
Ridley Scott Special
Sep 30, 2015 • 26 min
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…
#180: David Oyelowo - September 25
Sep 25, 2015 • 69 min
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…
#179: Jason Clarke, Simon Farnaby and Laurence Rickard - September 18
Sep 18, 2015 • 75 min
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…
#178: Kaya Scodelario and M. Night Shyamalan - September 11
Sep 11, 2015 • 84 min
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 4, 2015 • 80 min
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…
#176: Ed Skrein - August 28
Aug 28, 2015 • 66 min
This week Empire welcomes a debutant to the podbooth. Ed Skrein is a name you’ll be hearing a lot in months and years ahead. He’s “the new Jason Statham” in Transporter: Refueled, and will battle wisecracking Wade Wilson as Ajax in Deadpool. He’s a man on…
#175: Jack Whitehall - August 21
Aug 21, 2015 • 46 min
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.…
Judd Apatow Special
Aug 17, 2015 • 35 min
Judd Apatow, the director behind The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, This Is 40 and the recently-released Trainwreck, stepped into the podbooth this week to talk his career, directing comedy and the matter of awkward in-flight erections.
#174: Cara Delevingne - August 14
Aug 14, 2015 • 74 min
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,…
#173: Hugh Grant - August 7
Aug 6, 2015 • 52 min
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…
#172: Josh Gad - July 31
Jul 31, 2015 • 67 min
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.…
#171: Pete Docter - July 24
Jul 24, 2015 • 63 min
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…
Ant-Man Spoiler Podcast - Peyton Reed
Jul 21, 2015 • 89 min
Whether you loved Paul Rudd’s take on Marvel’s miniature superhero or thought its third act was a bit of an, ahem, anticlimax, you’ve got to listen to this Empire Podcast spoiler special in honour of Ant-Man. That is, if you’ve already watched the film.…
#170: Jake Gyllenhaal - July 17
Jul 17, 2015 • 56 min
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…
#169: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane - July 10
Jul 10, 2015 • 69 min
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…
#168: Hayley Atwell - July 3
Jul 3, 2015 • 90 min
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…
#167: Emily Mortimer, Robert Sheehan, Corin Hardy - Edinburgh Live Special - June 26, 2015
Jun 25, 2015 • 119 min
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…
#166: Ian McKellen, The Entourage Team - June 12
Jun 19, 2015 • 79 min
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”…
Jurassic World Spoiler Podcast - Colin Trevorrow
Jun 15, 2015 • 90 min
The director of the indomitable Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow, stopped by the Empire Podcast booth recently to spill some T-Rex-sized beans about the box office record-breaking blockbuster, and here is the fascinating result. Topped up with near an hour…
#165: David Hasselhoff, Richard E. Grant - June 12
Jun 12, 2015 • 93 min
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,…
#164: Peter Serafinowicz, Paul Feig - June 5
Jun 5, 2015 • 94 min
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 • 62 min
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.
Tomorrowland Spoiler Podcast - Brad Bird Damon Lindelof
May 22, 2015 • 54 min
Dare you unearth the secrets of Tomorrowland? If you’re reading this, and you’ve seen Tomorrowland, chances are you do indeed dare. So for interviews with the director, Brad Bird, and his co-writer, Damon Lindelof, as well as half an hour’s chat from the…
#162: Hugh Laurie - May 22
May 22, 2015 • 60 min
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…
#161: Lake Bell, Sarah Gadon - May 15
May 15, 2015 • 96 min
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…
#160: Kit Harington, Peter Firth, Jon Stewart
May 8, 2015 • 75 min
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…
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Spoiler Podcast - Joss Whedon And Paul Bettany
May 1, 2015 • 103 min
The long-awaited Empire Podcast spoiler special for Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron features an hour’s worth of detailed discussion from the podcast team, as well as a frank, funny and very informative 30-minute interview with writer-director Joss…
#159: Carey Mulligan - May 1, 2015
May 1, 2015 • 73 min
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”.
Daredevil Season 1 Spoiler Podcast - Charlie Cox
Apr 24, 2015 • 55 min
If you’ve seen all 13 episodes of the first season of Netflix / Marvel’s Daredevil, you’ll want to talk about all 13 episodes of the first season of Netflix / Marvel’s Daredevil. You’d probably also like to speak to the star of the show, Charlie Cox,…
#158: Paul Bettany, Charlie Cox - April 24, 2015
Apr 24, 2015 • 88 min
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…
#157: Alan Rickman - April 17, 2015
Apr 16, 2015 • 84 min
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…
#156: Ryan Gosling - April 10, 2015
Apr 10, 2015 • 62 min
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…
The Walking Dead Special - Greg Nicotero
Apr 7, 2015 • 32 min
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…
#155: Ron Moore - April 3, 2015
Apr 2, 2015 • 61 min
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…
Antonio Banderas Interview Special
Mar 27, 2015 • 26 min
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…
#154: Kenneth Branagh - March 27, 2015
Mar 27, 2015 • 60 min
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…
#153: Sir Ben Kingsley, Sean Penn - March 20, 2015
Mar 20, 2015 • 77 min
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…
#152: Jim Parsons, Gemma Arterton - March 13, 2015
Mar 13, 2015 • 100 min
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…
#151: Julianne Moore, Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell - March 6, 2015
Mar 6, 2015 • 83 min
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…
#150: Margot Robbie - February 27, 2015
Feb 27, 2015 • 63 min
Oscars 2015 Special
Feb 23, 2015 • 39 min
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…
#149: Bill Nighy, Maika Monroe - February 20, 2015
Feb 20, 2015 • 78 min
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…
#148: Mark Strong, Peter Strickland - February 13, 2015
Feb 12, 2015 • 75 min
Matthew Vaughn Kingsman The Secret Service Spoiler Special
Feb 9, 2015 • 42 min
Kingsman: The Secret Service shot to the number one spot in the UK box office, and now Empire’s Kingsman: The Secret Service spoiler special is shooting to the number one spot of your podcast feed. Awaiting you is a joyfully frank 40 minute interview with…
#147: Titus Welliver, Douglas Booth - February 6, 2015
Feb 6, 2015 • 69 min
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 • 74 min
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…
#145: Ethan Hawke, J.C. Chandor - January 23, 2015
Jan 22, 2015 • 82 min
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…
#144: Meryl Streep, Alicia Vikander - January 16, 2015
Jan 16, 2015 • 67 min
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…