The Empire Film Podcast

Empire Magazine

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. For our famous deep dives into specific movies, subscribe to the Empire Spoiler Special Podcast at Love TV? Subscribe to our sister show, The Pilot TV Podcast, which covers every quality show landing on the small screen — because you can't watch *everything*. read less

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The Empire Film Podcast offers thorough reviews of movies. The podcast addresses everything from the best movies to the worst Hollywood films. It also provides the latest movie news and events around the film industry.

The hosts hold humorous and candid conversations about many aspects of movies. They explore plotlines, characters, directors, and actors. Other topics are box office success, franchises, and more. Episodes also feature interviews with famous actors, directors, and filmmakers. The Oscars, Disney, and the MCU all come up in conversations on the show.

Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer preside over most podcast episodes. The hosts are all staffers at Empire Magazine, a British publication. Sometimes, other staffers cohost episodes. The podcast is the audio counterpart of the movie-centric magazine, which debuted in 1989. The first episode of the podcast debuted in 2012. The hosts are knowledgeable about movies and have engaging personalities. Listeners can expect to laugh a lot when listening to the podcast.

The Empire Film Podcast includes segments such as interviews and "Spoiler Specials." There is also a Q&A segment that features listener-submitted questions. Movie recommendations, favorite characters, and actors are some questions fans ask the hosts. Chris, Helen, and James discuss contemporary and classic movies in the spoiler episodes. The "Spoiler Specials" episodes contain many details about the reviewed movie. The hosts examine plotlines, characters, and more in the special episodes. They laugh, argue, and agree to disagree when reviewing films.

A-list actors like Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Hugh Grant are among the guests interviewed on the podcast. Directors Oliver Stone, Adam McKay, and David O. Russell have appeared as well. Movies reviewed include franchises like Star Wars, Mission: Impossible, and Indiana Jones. Whatever the guest or topic, The Empire Film Podcast entertains and informs.

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#600 (Live At Kings Place, London) — Tom Hiddleston, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Ray Winstone
#600 (Live At Kings Place, London) — Tom Hiddleston, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Ray Winstone
Another landmark live show for the Empire Podcast saw a capacity crowd cram themselves into Hall One at our spiritual home of Kings Place, London, to celebrate Episode 600. And we brought along some exceptional star guests as well, as Tom Hiddleston — Loki himself — popped in for an extended chat about the God Of Mischief, and other animals, with Chris Hewitt; Mia McKenna-Bruce, the star of How To Have Sex and newly-minted BAFTA Rising Star Award nominee, chatted to Beth Webb about Robert De Niro, McDonald's, and Fake James Cameron; and Ray Winstone sat down with Alex Godfrey to natter about his forthcoming one-two punch of The Gentlemen and Damsel, and some of his legendary films, from Sexy Beast to Nil By Mouth. That extended trio of interviews can be found at approx: 57:16.00 and ends roughly at 2:14:00Either side of that, you will find more live show chaos from the podteam, as Chris is joined on stage by Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Ben Travis to discuss the week's movie news, review The Holdovers, Mean Girls (not that one), The Kitchen, and The End We Start From, and they tackle as many audience questions as they can before the venue turns out the lights. Mind you, we would have kept going by the light of our Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire glow-in-the-dark cover. Anyway, it's an absolute belter of a show, and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it. And thanks for all your support over the years. We couldn't do this without you. Enjoy.
#597 — Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver
#597 — Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver
The final Empire Podcast of 2023 is here, folks, and it's a belter, with two incredible guests. First up, Michael Fassbender returns to the pod after an absence of a few years, and in an extended interview with Chris Hewitt, he talks about returning to the big screen with the double-whammy of David Fincher's The Killer and Taika Waititi's Next Goal Wins. Plus, he talks about going to Anfield, home of Liverpool Football Club, for that game against Barcelona in 2019, shares his love of The Streets Of San Francisco, and confesses that he may not actually be telling the truth in interviews. It's a very fun chat that starts at 20:11, and ends at 42:09. Then, Alex Godfrey has a nice natter with Adam Driver, star of Michael Mann's Ferrari, about driving, about whether he's happy, and about possibly taking on the De Niro role in Heat 2. That starts at 56:33, and ends at 1:13:08. Either side of those, Chris is joined in the virtual podbooth by Helen O'Hara and James Dyer and, despite the apparent absence of stuff to talk about in the Merryneum between Christmas and New Year's Day, they manage it, sharing their New Year's filmic resolutions, ranking The Hollywood Chrises (but in a most unexpected way), discussing the week's movie news including the shock omission of Wonka from the shortlist for Best Original Song at the Oscars, and review Next Goal Wins, Ferrari, and Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy And The Heron. Thanks so much to everyone who listened this year, whether it was to one pod or all we produced. We couldn't do it without you. Here's to a great 2024. Happy New Year, everyone, and enjoy.