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The Empire Film Podcast is the official podcast of Empire, the world's biggest and best movie magazine. Check back each week for an assortment of irreverent, film-related chat, as well as interviews with Hollywood's best and brightest. 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 intervie ...
 
Women in Hollywood seem to have it all. They’re rich, successful and usually gorgeous to boot. But look closer and you’ll see that even these apparently blessed people are fighting an uphill battle against sexism. The revelations of #metoo and #timesup shook Hollywood to its foundations – but behind that obviously appalling sexual predation and low pay there’s an entire, insidious belief system designed to keep women sidelined in filmmaking: they comprise fewer than 20% of lead characters an ...
 
A weekly podcast talking about the joys in life. From TV, Games, Movies, Books, Music and more. Each week we discuss what media we've been experiencing and then have a main topic of discussion, which we have a lot of fun with and encourage our listeners to get involved with. Lets procrastinate together and get away from the real world. email: modernescapismpod@gmail.com socials links: linktr.ee/modernescapism (https://t.co/CAbI1o8rOc?amp=1) patreon: http://www.patreon.co.uk/modernescapism Fo ...
 
The podcast crash course through the history of Disney's animated classics, by film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Dr Sam Summers. Each week, we’ll be moving forward in time through the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue, watching every feature film in chronological order – from Snow White to Frozen II. Watch along with us, and listen as we explore each film’s historical context, advances in animation and lasting legacy, and talk about how they stand up today. No ...
 
We all know we should be talking about our mental health, but do we really? Or do we mainly listen to celebrities speaking up on our behalf? Rebecca Ryder opens up real conversations with real people who have relatable stories to tell, to help us all feel less alone in this socially-distanced world. Hear their battle tales, words of advice and their top picks for go-to songs to take on the world with! Follow on the socials: https://www.instagram.com/sameshitdifferentbrain/ https://www.instag ...
 
A podcast in love with TV Box sets. The latest news, chatter, and guests from in front and behind the camera of the greatest box sets in the world. Hosted by Northern English Hywel and Jamie - its like being looked after by two guards of the nights watch... Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/boxset. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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In this episode of Women Vs Hollywood, Helen O’Hara is joined by economist Dr Sofia Izquierdo Sanchez, academic Susan Kemp, and actor Jessica Regan to talk about the gender pay gap between men and women in Hollywood. You’ll hear about research into Hollywood’s wage inequality, how society dictates the value we place on ourselves, and our guests’ pe…
 
This week we were joined by the delightful Helen O'Hara, editor of Empire magazine, host of the Empire movie podcast and Author of Women vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women In Film as we celebrate the women of Hollywood. It's a fun, uplifting and detailed conversation! But before all that, we discussed: Black Widow Deathloop Women vs Hollywood…
 
I’m joined by Empire’s very own Geek Queen Helen O’Hara to talk about the science-fiction epic, Dune. Released in 1965 by Frank Herbert, Dune explores the world of Arrakis, a harsh desert planet filled with intrigue, deception, giant worms, space politics (the good kind not the Phantom Menace kind) and so much more! It’s a novel that changed scienc…
 
Occasionally someone will make something that is amazing, that is one of the greatest things you've ever encountered that, for one reason or another, you never, EVER want to experience it again. This week we're talking about One & Done, the media we've experienced that we adored but never ever want to watch, play or listen to again. Be they horrify…
 
Ding ding ding! The summer break is over, and class is back in session. After The Bangers Era™ ended with the death of Walt Disney, film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Dr. Sam Summers are hurtling headfirst into The Dark Age (or, for now, The Bangover) with 1970’s The Aristocats. This time, it’s off to Paris for a jazz-cat adventure r…
 
Now that the first season of What If...?, the animated MCU show that told alternate tales from across the Multiverse, has finished its run on Disney+, it's time for Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Ben Travis, and Amon Warmann to enter the virtual podbooth and have a good old natter about their favourite moments from the series. But that's not all — we …
 
Yes, folks, we know that this week's Empire Podcast is a long 'un, but in fairness it's still three minutes shorter than No Time To Die, and is so packed with podcast goodness that we barely know where to begin. On the interview front, there are cracking conversations as Chris Hewitt sits down with the legendary Jamie Lee Curtis to talk about retur…
 
The BFI London Film Festival is happening AS YOU READ THIS, folks. And, as proud media partners, we at Empire were delighted to present this week's gala world premiere of Craig Roberts' The Phantom Of The Open, a heartwarming and hilarious tale of Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a keen amateur golfer who gatecrashed the British Open in 1976 with …
 
In this episode of Women Vs Hollywood, Helen O’Hara is joined by film critics Anna Smith, Simran Hans and Rebecca Harrison to discuss the impact of film criticism on the movie industry. You’ll hear about our guests’ experiences as female film critics, great critics of the past like Pauline Kael, and also how things are slowly beginning to improve f…
 
How do you get Rebecca Hall on the Empire Podcast? Practice! Yes folks, in the week that the London Film Festival throws opens its doors to the world, Chris Hewitt has a natter with Rebecca Hall, the writer-director of the compelling drama, Passing, which is playing at the Festival. They talk about the personal connection Rebecca felt to the story,…
 
Not everything ages well. Even art made with the best of intentions can fall foul to the ravages of time. This week we're talking about media that aged like milk, that didn't stand the test of time. But before that, we discussed: No Time To Die Battlefield 4 Genesis Marvel's What If? CONTACT US @ModernEscapism twitch.tv/modernescapism modernescapis…
 
This is the second part of a two part series on Old English wisdom poetry. Translator and commentator Bob DiNapoli discusses his new book, Reading Old English Wisdom, the Fetters in the Frost. This poetry is the work of ancient English pagan poets which was fortuitously preserved by monasteries more than a thousand years ago.Interviewed by Di Couse…
 
EPISODE 5 - STUDIO ERA In this episode of Women Vs Hollywood, Helen O’Hara is joined by Shelley Stamp and Susan Kemp to discuss the Studio Era, which began in the early 1920s and lasted until the end of the 1940s. The studio system was designed to treat film as a factory product, and it had a huge impact on women, people of colour, and LGBTQ+ peopl…
 
Wake up... No Time To Die! Yes, this week finally sees the release of the final film in Daniel Craig's five-movie stint as James Bond, and to celebrate the occasion Chris Hewitt sits down for chats with both a relaxed and convivial Craig and his villainous counterpart, Rami Malek, who plays new Bond baddie, Safin. Do we expect you to listen? Well, …
 
Ensembles... ASSEMBLE! Yes, this week we're talking about our favourite ensembles, the best collections of the best people working on the most brilliant things. Yes, we're being positive for once (It makes a nice change). Before all that we discussed: Squid Game Magic The Gathering Colossal The Green Knight Oodles finally got a PS5! CONTACT US @Mod…
 
Helen O’Hara is joined by Phyllida Lloyd, Tina Gharavi, Amy Adrion, Sarah Grant and Cathy Brady to discuss their experiences as female directors. We’ll hear about their struggles, their triumphs, and their hopes for the future. You can find our host, Helen O’Hara (she/her), on Twitter @HelenLOHara. You can also find Helen on The Empire Film Podcast…
 
We’re back after a short break with a massive topic in popular culture, True Crime! Joining me for this topic of conversation is host of three true crime podcasts; True Crime All the Time, True Crime All the Time Unsolved and Criminology; it’s Mike Ferguson! Mike brings an incredibly insightful and balanced view of the subject matter as discuss whe…
 
It's another big old bumper Empire Podcast this week. For reasons that are beyond our control (maybe have a word with S.P.E.C.T.R.E.), we're back on Squadcast, with Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara and James Dyer getting up very early (for them) to talk about the strangest places they've ever conducted interviews, discuss the week's 'fantastic' movie new…
 
There's nothing worse than enjoying something, heading to enjoy the follow up and realising it's GARBAGE! Some things have a slow, gentle decline in quality, but this week we're talking about films, tv shows and games that had a huge, massive, ridiculous drop in quality. Immediate drops in quality. We get animated. But before that, we talked about:…
 
Before a new era – The Dark Age – begins, our short break continues with a different kind of bonus episode. In the most ambitious (animated film podcast) crossover event of all time, film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic (or should that be ‘addict’?) Sam Summers are joined by Jake Cunningham and Michael Leader, aka the Ghibliotheque pod…
 
EPISODE 3 - SILENT MOVIES In this episode of Women Vs Hollywood, Helen O’Hara is joined by Radha Vatsal, Shelley Stamp and Pamela Hutchinson, to discuss the very beginning of the film industry, and the women who found success in the Silent Era. Surprisingly, women often had better opportunities to make it in the movie business in the early 1900s th…
 
Where was this week's Empire Podcast recorded? *very Phil Collins voice* Stu-stu-studio! That's right, folks. After a year and a half of SquadCasting and podcasting remotely, this week's pod sees Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara and James Dyer gather in the same studio for some film-related fun. Join them as they natter on about the great reunion moments…
 
Pencils down, pupils – after a bucketload of Bangers, we interrupt our short break with a third Study Group episode. This time, film journalist Ben Travis and animation academic Sam Summers look back over the Bangers Era of the Walt Disney Animation Studios catalogue – from Cinderella to The Jungle Book – discussing their favourite sequences and ch…
 
In this episode of Women Vs Hollywood, Helen O’Hara is joined by Clare Binns, Holly Tarquini, Sophie Monks Kaufman and Tricia Tuttle, to discuss the impact of festivals on women in the film industry. They’ll explore the ways that festivals have excluded women in the past, and the ways that women are fighting for better representation today. You can…
 
This week's Empire Podcast sees Phyllida Lloyd, director of the excellent drama Herself, sit down with her star and writer, Clare Dunne, for an interview with Chris Hewitt about how they pulled off one of the year's best films. And when we say she sits down, we mean it. They were sitting beside each other in Phyllida's kitchen. A sign that nature i…
 
It's time to head over to Dunder Mifflin and meet a whole host of colorful characters in what is arguably one of the best re-makes of any show ever, The US Office. I'm joined by returning guest Daisy Edwards to discuss favourite characters, moments and all the good stuff that makes this show such a standout in modern comedy today. Enjoy the episode…
 
Macguffins. Fun to say, impossible to define. Well, for us, anyway. This week we're talking about our favourite and least favourite macguffins: items/concepts/objects that push a narrative forward that ultimately mean nothing or very little to the story of a piece of media. Yeah... it's complicated. Before all that we talked about: Scratch Bastid's…
 
Ever since Groundhog Day burst onto the scene in 1993 with all the force of Bill Murray decking Stephen Tobolowsky, we’ve fallen in love with timeloop films; those movies that trap their protagonists in an endless cycle and challenge them to improve themselves or get lost forever. And in this very special episode of the Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt…
 
Celebrate Our Cinemas is a brand-new, limited-edition podcast series, brought to you by Empire in association with Meerkat Movies from Compare The Market. Each week, Chris Hewitt sits down with a notable guest from the world of film and digs deep into their cinema-going history. In this, the sixth and final episode of the series, Chris chats with E…
 
Welcome to the very first episode of Women Vs Hollywood, in which Helen O’Hara explores the glamorous world of Awards. With the help of Amy Gustin, Tom Salinksy and Jessica Regan, she’ll discuss why female filmmakers are often overlooked at awards ceremonies, and how things may be changing for the better. You can find our host, Helen O’Hara (she/he…
 
I'm joined once again by host of The Basement Podcast, Ryan Oestreich. Ryan and I discuss the show in more detail including the slap bet, the final season, the ending and more! The Basement Podcast Social Media Twitter - https://twitter.com/TheBasement_Pod Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/1MhBDP5jYVU2oBCAi1X21K?si=uH32T7nXTR-G9ayZKns8zA&dl_b…
 
The trailer for the brand new podcast "Women Vs Hollywood" - a companion to the book of the same name by Helen O'Hara. Subscribe now and tell your friends You can purchase Women vs Hollywood in the UK, here: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/women-vs-hollywood-the-fall-and-rise-of-women-in-film/ You can purchase the audiobook of Women vs Hollywood on A…
 
This week's Empire Podcast sees Chris Hewitt sit down with Simu Liu, the title star of the latest MCU film, Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, for a wide-ranging chat (1:18:17.675 - 1:36:05.820) that takes in Liu's time in London as a teen, his prediction for Avengers 20, and a heartfelt tribute to the late Brad Allan, the film's second uni…
 
There's so much good media out there, but for some reason some absolutely brilliant works fall under the radar, are misunderstood or are just plain unappreciated. This week, we're talking about the things we love that were CRIMINALLY underrated. But before that, we talked about: Jolt Battlebots Boss Level Eldest Souls The Last Of Us Part II CONTACT…
 
Celebrate Our Cinemas is a brand-new, limited-edition podcast series, brought to you by Empire in association with Meerkat Movies from Compare The Market. Each week, it sees Chris Hewitt sit down with a notable guest from the world of film and dig deep into their cinema-going history. What was the first film they remember seeing? What film made the…
 
This week's Empire Podcast is a sad, sombre, reflective affair. Not because the Empire Podteam -- Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer -- are particularly maudlin about the prospect of discussing the week's movie news, including the revelation that The Matrix 4 is now called The Matrix Resurrections, or reviewing (with the help of newcomer Ka…
 
(Don't worry, Deejay is fine. Oodles is just an idiot) It's time. You've all been asking for it and it's finally time to talk about it. THE. BEST. BADDIES. That's right, we're going in hard talking about our favourite villains, vagabonds and baddies. It's good to be bad. But before all that, we discussed: Wool by Hugh Howey The Beastie Boys Story T…
 
Because (some of) you demanded it, and because we probably won't have a lot of time to do so on this week's regular pod (what with saying goodbye to Terri White and all that), here it is: a podcast special in which Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and birthday boy Ben Travis gather in the virtual podbooth and have a breakdown while breaking down the exc…
 
Celebrate Our Cinemas is a brand-new, limited-edition podcast series, brought to you by Empire in association with Meerkat Movies from Compare The Market. Each week, Chris Hewitt will sit down with a notable guest from the world of film and dig deep into their cinema-going history. What was the first film they remember seeing? What film made them l…
 
As a wise doctor once said, "we're in the endgame now." Particularly when it comes to The Walking Dead. The eleventh and final season of the iconic, groundbreaking show is set to premiere from Monday 23rd August, with new episodes dropping every week as a Star exclusive on Disney+, and that is an occasion so momentous that, once again, the Empire P…
 
It's time to head over to Slough and meet the legendary characters of Wernham Hogg with my guest Joshua Glenn. We dive headlong into arguably one of the most influential sitcoms of all time, The Office. Josh brings his love of the show as well as some incredible insights on the shows deeper themes and why he thinks it's had such a massive impact on…
 
This week's episode of the Empire Podcast sees Chris Hewitt return from a short stint in Norn Iron, accent stronger than ever, for a fun episode in which he, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Amon Warmann play another round of the beloved The Three Fact Structure, talk about their favourite surgery scenes from the movies (spoilers abound, so tread care…
 
It's our first birthday! Yes, Modern Escapism is a year old, so we decided to celebrate with our first ever live show! We broadcasted this episode live on Twitch so enjoy us immediately falling off the rails and dealing with a rowdy Twitch chat. We also brought forth our favourite things. Just the things that make us the happiest. But before all th…
 
On this episode, our guests are Chae Paterson and Geoffrey Prince, talking about their new book, Lines in the Sand. Hear tales of the 1970s and the Whitlam dismissal, and the similarities in the social anxiety of those times and now, of mental health, and "going bush", and finding healing in the natural world and writing. Lines in the Sand is publi…
 
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