The Empire Film Podcast is the official podcast of Empire, the world's biggest and best movie magazine. Check back each week for an assortment of irreverent, film-related chat, as well as interviews with Hollywood's best and brightest.
The Empire Film Podcast is the official podcast of Empire, the world's biggest and best movie magazine. We bring you all the latest movie news and nonsense, as well as reviews of the week's new films, an assortment of irreverent, film-related chat and interviews with some of Hollywood's best and brightest. New episodes every Friday.
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#469 Part Two — Jimmy Smits, Adam Wingard
In the second half of this week's genuinely bumper-sized, jam-packed Empire Podcast, the great Jimmy Smits jumps onto SquadCast with Ben Travis and Chris Hewitt, talking to them about his role in Jon M. Chu's adaptation of In The Heights, his New York heritage, and his skill with a lightsaber. Which you may even be able to hear. And, with Godzilla Vs Kong hitting DVD, Blu-ray and 4K this week, we bring you the opening ten minutes of our spoiler special chat with the film's director, Adam Wingard.
Either side of those, Chris and Ben are joined by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer to discuss the week's movie news, including an epic chat about Greenland: Migration that you might want to skip if you haven't seen Greenland, and review In The Heights, Ben Wheatley's In The Earth, Pixar's Luca, Paul W.S. Anderson's Monster Hunter, and Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard. Phew!
#469 Part One — Milla Jovovich, Reece Shearsmith
Because this week's episode of the Empire Podcast has more guests than Glastonbury, we've taken the rare step of dividing it into two parts. In the first part, Milla Jovovich tells Helen O'Hara all about reteaming with her Resident Evil director, and husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, on the sci-fi actioner, Monster Hunter. And then Chris Hewitt catches up with Reece Shearsmith, and they have a good old natter about working in the middle of a pandemic, Bob Monkhouse, and Reece's terrifying turn in Ben Wheatley's new movie, In The Earth.
Then Chris is joined in the virtual podbooth by Helen, James Dyer, and Ben Travis for a one heck of a half-episode that takes in The Three Fact Structure (ghosts! fountains! weddings!), and this week's listener question, while the pod-team struggles heroically not to get bogged down in a discussion of the week's big talking point: Batman's prowess in a certain branch of the sexual arts. Do they succeed in that heroic struggle? What do you think?
#468 — David Schwimmer & Nick Mohammed, Florian Zeller & Anthony Hopkins, John Krasinski
There are no fewer than *five* guests on this week's show as David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed stop by to talk about the second series of Intelligence, while Florian Zeller and Sir Anthony Hopkins put down their Oscars to tell us all about The Father (an interview during which Chris and Sir Anthony stage an impromptu Edge-off). And John Krasinski talks all things A Quiet Place Part II in a sneak look at our spoiler special interview. All that plus the usual move news and nonsense as Helen (who's in the driving seat while Chris spends the week lying on a beach earning 20%), James and Ben attempt to bring some chaos to the order of this week's films.
Dominic Monaghan And Billy Boyd Interview Special
Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd are two men on a mission. And that mission is to enter the murky world of podcasting with their new show, The Friendship Onion, in which the two former Hobbits, and friends of two decades' standing, chat about whatever the heck they want to. And if that just happens to be Lord Of The Rings-centric, then so be it.
The Friendship Onion is a ton of fun, as is this interview, in which Chris Hewitt and James Dyer talk to Dom and Billy about all manner of things, from the best apple to how to handle a rattlesnake in your living room, and the biggest question of all: have you ever texted someone a GIF of yourself? And the result was so much fun, and so hard to edit, frankly, that we decided to bring you the full 39-minute experience.
#467 — Kate Herron, Jodie Turner-Smith, Cillian Murphy
It's another bumper, jam-packed edition of the Empire Podcast this week, with three incredible guests all popping in for a virtual podchat. With Loki about to debut on Disney+, we were delighted to welcome that show's director, and long-time listener to the pod, Kate Herron, who tells Chris Hewitt and Helen O'Hara as much about the show as she can without Marvel security guards having a word. Then Chris has a natter with the wonderful Jodie Turner-Smith about her role as Anne Boleyn in the three-part Channel 5 drama that aired this week (still available on catch up, folks!). And last but not least Chris chats with Cillian Murphy, star of A Quiet Place Part II, about not sending emails to John Krasinski.
Then Chris is joined in the virtual podbooth by Helen, Ben Travis and Amon Warmann for a fun episode in which The Three Fact Structure takes an unexpected turn; they discuss cinema's best love at first sight moments; have a chat about the week's movie news (mainly the size of Chris Hemsworth's arms, in fairness), and review A Quiet Place Part II, After Love, and Dream Horse. Not, as Chris insists on calling it, Fish Pie.
Enjoy! And if you do, leave a nice review and rating for us on iTunes. Go on, go on, go on...
#466 — Mark Strong
The wonderful Mark Strong returns to the pod this week, telling Chris Hewitt all about why he jumped at the chance to co-star alongside Emmas Stone and Thompson in Cruella, his greenscreen experiences, and how he became the voice of the government's Covid-19 protocol advertisements during the pandemic.
Either side of that, Chris is joined in the virtual podbooth by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer for an episode in which they revisit last week's question, and put a small screen spin on it; discuss the week's movie news, including the Eternals trailer, the acquisition of MGM by Amazon, and Henry Cavill starring in a Highlander reboot; and review Cruella, First Cow, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, and Surge. Oh, and they ask the biggest question of them all: what, exactly, is SPUMC?
Five stars! (A recommendation!)
I love this podcast! It cracks me up and the film talk is always entertaining, even for someone like me who has never watched a minute of a Marvel movie. The three core hosts are great - Chris (hilarious, tons of energy), Helen (always the voice of reason, great analysis), and James (brings a kind of sexy, grumpy energy)— and they have a crackling chemistry together! Give it a listen!
I love the Empire Podcast!
I’ve been listening for over a year, and now I’m going through the back catalog. They’re like old friends at this point. They’ve had so many good movie recommendations – I have similar taste to the hosts, and they’re so much fun to listen to, even if I wasn’t originally interested in seeing the movie. I’ve tried some other film podcasts, but this is the one I come back to. They like the popcorn movies just as much, if not more than the ones that win prestigious awards. Keep up the funny impressions, the “we should talk about portals”, and the “as your lawyer” remarks. I love it ALL, and I highly recommend subscribing to the Spoiler Specials! They are totally worth the price.
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Hosts are the best, most down to earth geeky brits a yank could ask for. Godspeed Empire Pod!