The ten Finest Moments From The Empire Podcast Episode 500 Celebrations

12 hours. 10 Empire group members. 9 unimaginable friends. Tons of of pretty listeners. 500 podcast episodes within the making. Final Saturday, the Empire Podcast descended on Kings Place for an epic, day-long celebration to mark the five hundredth version of the common weekly pod. We welcomed an immense roll-call of friends, together with Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg for a brilliant spoilery chat on Scorching Fuzz, Tom Holland (the Spider-Man: No Method Dwelling actor, not James Dyer’s roofer), Joanna Hogg and Harris Dickinson speaking all issues The Memento Half II, Ted Lasso star, author and producer Brett Goldstein, West Facet Story’s Maria and future Snow White Rachel Zegler, Loki director Kate Herron, and, if all of these weren’t sufficient, captain of the Jackass: Ceaselessly gang, Johnny Knoxville.

There have been passive-aggressive t-shirts, Powerpoint displays, spontaneous kazoo performances, and Nic Cage-esque ninja-rolls on stage – plus, after all, opinions, information, and plenty and plenty of reside nonsense. Listed below are 10 of the standout moments from the day:


The ten Finest Moments From The Empire Podcast Episode 500 Celebrations

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The inaugural Empire Podcast quiz was a conflict of the titans with Group Empire Pod (Helen O’Hara, Ben Travis and Amon Warmann) taking up Group Pilot TV (James Dyer, Beth Webb and Boyd Hilton) in a battle of minds, all marshalled by quizmaster Chris Hewitt. Rounds included Well-known First (and Final) Phrases, Who’s That Stath? (guessing a Jason Statham film by a picture of his character; simply as difficult as you’d count on), a spelling bee, and, most chaotic of all, a spherical of Identify That Tune on the podcast group’s instrument of alternative: the common-or-garden kazoo. After an impromptu rendition of the Marvel fanfare, Ben and James, after struggling to recollect actually any movie theme tune, handled us to ditties from The Godfather, The Mandalorian, and Halloween, plus Ennio Morricone’s iconic rating from The Good, The Dangerous And The Ugly. We apologise to all composers (and customarily folks with ears) all over the place.

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All that, plus the quiz boasted a Superstar Questions spherical! A couple of buddies of the podcast who could not be with us on the day recorded taxing trivia for our two groups – together with Jason Isaacs on the architectural inspiration for the ship in Occasion Horizon, the now Oscar-nominated Ariana DeBose with a few West Facet Story puzzlers, Gareth Evans asking about Peter Jackson’s first movie Dangerous Style, Lee Little one on the unique Reacher e book titles he is dropped on earlier pod episodes, and composer Daniel Pemberton asking who created the scores for live-action Spider-Man.

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If that header has you considering “what the fuck?”, then you definitely’re in about the identical headspace as the whole viewers throughout Ben Travis’ epic plea for glory within the reside Three Reality Construction part. Typically falling wanting being named victorious in everybody’s favorite (proper?) section of the pod, Ben, in his personal phrases, “didn’t come to play” for the reside model. Utilising among the data he is gained from his Disniversity podcast, Ben handled the viewers to a really official Powerpoint presentation recounting the instances Winnie The Precise Pooh ran for Precise President – together with roping the viewers in for a singalong to marketing campaign theme tune ‘Pooh For President’. Everyone now! “Pooh for president, vote for Winnie The Pooh…”

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Battling the may of Pooh For President, James Dyer fought again with an epic Star Wars ramble – as ever, taking the scenic route earlier than delivering his personal ordinary catchphrase: “…however none of this stuff are my truth”. Cue an especially prolonged on-stage monologue peppered with extra galactic trivia tidbits than you’ll be able to shake a gaffi stick at. The eventual truth? That Chewbacca doesn’t have a penis. Well worth the wait.

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In our second ever reside version of The Rating, Empire Editor Nick de Semlyen joined Helen O’Hara, John Nugent, Amon Warmann and Dan Jolin (full along with his personal Cage-on-Wogan somersaulting talk-show entrance) to debate the filmography of 1 Nicolas Kim Coppola – aka, after all, Nicolas Cage. From his early days, to his loopy straight-to-DVD motion turns, to a few of his extra attention-grabbing latest position selections, the group talked via all of it. The eventual high 10 shall be revealed in an upcoming problem of Empire, but it surely triggered a ruckus with a few of our friends backstage – Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg had been livid that Elevating Arizona did not rank larger, and Brett Goldstein demanded a recount for one in all his fave Cage flicks Kiss Of Demise.

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With its fifteenth anniversary across the nook, the reside Spoiler Particular was devoted to the second instalment in Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s Cornetto Trilogy, Scorching Fuzz. We had been delighted to be joined by Wright and Pegg themselves, sharing hilarious tales and recollections from the making of the movie – and although Nick Frost sadly could not attend (as a consequence of one thing known as ‘COVID’ that we preserve listening to about?) he very kindly despatched a voice word for Edgar to share, recounting such gems because the ‘breakfast wine’ that he and Pegg appreciated to take pleasure in after an evening shoot, and one of many few instances they’ve ever argued while in a police automobile capturing the speedometer scene. The Scorching Fuzz Spoiler Particular shall be launched quickly on our subscriber-only podcast feed – be taught extra and join right here.

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He is not the director of Fright Night time. He is not the creator of Rubicon and Persian Fireplace. He is not a footballer for The New Saints, and he has by no means repaired James Dyer’s roof. He’s, after all, the star of movies together with The Unattainable, Captain America: Civil Warfare and Spider-Man: No Method Dwelling – and he was the unimaginable first visitor that kicked off our most important present final Saturday night time. Sure, Tom Precise Holland joined Chris Hewitt for a chat about Uncharted, working with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, and Aunt Could’s dying in No Method Dwelling (spoiler alert – and Holland does not care who is aware of it). The roar that arose because the viewers realised who was about to stroll out on stage was immense – hearken to the podcast episode now to listen to it in full.

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Recent off the again of a number of Emmy wins for his Apple TV+ present Ted Lasso, Roy Kent himself, aka Brett Goldstein, joined Chris Hewitt on stage. After solely being again in London from the US for just a few days, he was extraordinarily blissful about being submerged again into the British tendency to drop the c-word in informal dialog – “Lastly! Somebody casually saying ‘cnt’! I really feel so a lot better.” Cue a tirade of swears that meant Chris has to dig the previous bleep* sound impact out a number of instances when enhancing the pod, adopted by a chat about Roy Kent’s wardrobe that led to a mutual appreciation of M&S’ Autograph vary.

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After her astonishing debut efficiency in Steven Spielberg’s West Facet Story, it was a pleasure to have the ability to welcome Rachel Zegler to Episode 500. Much more joyous was studying how rapidly her and the long-lasting director turned agency buddies. “It was rapid love between the 2 of us. He is very a lot a ‘name me Steven’ sort of man,” she recalled while on stage. “I met him six months into my audition course of, and it was simply this intuition that this was someone who was going to be crucial and influential to me in my life – if he hadn’t already been along with his basic movies that made me love what I get to do for a residing.” Her favorite entry within the Spielberg filmography? Lincoln – which apparently triggered the director to yell to Tony Kushner that she’s the film’s youngest fan but.

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When it got here to opinions part in the principle pod, there was just one place to begin – Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall. MOONFALL! The director’s newest catastrophe (or disastrous?) film sparked a riotous debate amongst the pod group about whether or not the movie is so dangerous it is good, or simply plain dangerous. Within the ‘cinematic genius’ nook, we’ve got James and Ben. Within the ‘one of many worst issues ever’ nook, we’ve got Helen and Chris. One wonders how this might presumably be up for debate, when the film options such traces as “Brian, we’re contained in the moon!”.

For everybody who joined us in individual on the day, watched the principle present by way of livestream (which continues to be out there right here till Saturday 12 February), or has ever listened to an episode of the pod, we’re so grateful on your assist. Right here’s to the subsequent 500!

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