Olly Richards, Journalist

Freelance journalist writing about film, TV and other things that aren't boring. Contact: ollyrichards1@gmail.com

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Michelle Dockery – Observer Magazine, November ’13

An interview with the actor Michelle Dockery, of Downton Abbey, for The Observer’s ‘This Much I Know’ interview slot. Please click the image below for the full interview.

November 19, 2013

‘Filth’ On-Set Feature, Empire, October ’13

On-set feature for the Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth, featuring interviews with James McAvoy and director Jon S. Baird.

October 19, 2013

Naomi Watts Interview, Empire, October ’13

I met Naomi Watts in New York to talk about her new role as Princess Diana, plus the major films of her career.

October 19, 2013

James McAvoy Interview – Esquire Weekly, October ’13

Video interview with James McAvoy, star of Filth, an adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel. The video interview is only viewable by downloading the issue on iPad.

October 10, 2013

Selena Gomez – Observer Magazine, July ’13

A profile of actress/singer Selena Gomez, to coincide with the release of her new album, Stars Dance. Please click image below for full article.

August 19, 2013

‘Arrested Development’ Preview – Empire, July ’13

As Arrested Development returned for a new series, I spoke to the main cast about the show’s premature end and the weight of expectation on their return.

July 19, 2013

‘The Bling Ring’ Feature – Empire, July ’13

A feature on Sofia Coppola’s latest movie, The Bling Ring, for Empire magazine, including interviews with Coppola and star Emma Watson.

July 19, 2013

John Simm Interview – Observer Magazine, May ’13

An interview with the actor John Simm for The Observer’s ‘This Much I Know’ interview slot. Please click the image below for the full interview.

May 19, 2013

‘Oblivion’ Movie Review – Empire, April ’13

A review of the movie Oblivion, directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko. The review appeared in the June 2013 issue of … Continue reading

April 12, 2013

‘The Following’ Preview – Empire, Feb ’12

I visited the New York set of The Following, starring Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy, for a preview feature ahead of the show’s launch on Sky Atlantic.

April 12, 2013

Terence Stamp Interview – Empire, Feb ’13

To coincide with the release of Song For Marion, I spoke to Terence Stamp about the ups and downs of his 50-year career.

April 12, 2013

Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann Interview – Empire, Feb ’13

A joint interview with Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann about ‘This Is 40′ and the oddities of working with your spouse.  

April 12, 2013

‘Life of Pi’ Movie Review – Empire, January ’13

A long-form five-star review of ‘The Life of Pi’ by Ang Lee for Empire magazine. It is amazing (the film, not the review – I am not that conceited).

January 4, 2013

‘Friends’ Retrospective – Empire, December ’12

To mark the release of ‘Friends’ on Blu-ray, I spoke to creators David Crane and Marta Kaufmann about the show, and it was basically the most fun I’ve ever had.

January 4, 2013

Cate Blanchett Interview – Empire, December ’12

As Cate Blanchett reprised her role as Galadriel for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I interviewed her about the Lord of the Rings films and the rest of her career.

January 4, 2013

Various Movie Reviews – The Sunday Times Culture

Reviews of You Will Be My Son, The Man With The Iron Fists, Dead Europe, False Trail and Confession Of A Child Of The Century for the Culture section of … Continue reading

January 4, 2013

Nicole Kidman Interview – Omega Lifetime, November ’12

An in-depth interview with the Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman for Omega Lifetime, for whom she is a brand ambassador.

November 4, 2012

Keira Knightley Interview – Empire, September ’12

A career interview with Keira Knightley for the release of ‘Anna Karenina’ and to mark a decade since her breakout role in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’.

October 27, 2012

‘Reel Talk’ Column On AskMen UK

Each week I write a movie news column for AskMen. This will generally be themed around a big news story of the week, sometimes quite flimsily if it offers the … Continue reading

October 12, 2012

Chris O’Dowd Interview – ShortList, September ’12

A Q&A interview with Chris O’Dowd to coincide with the release of Moone Boy, the Sky 1 sitcom which he co-wrote and appears in. Read the full article here: http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/films/chris-odowd

October 4, 2012

Rachel Weisz Interview – Empire, August ’12

An in-depth career interview with Rachel Weisz, who was making her return to blockbuster cinema with the lead female role in ‘The Bourne Legacy’.  

October 4, 2012

Seth MacFarlane interview for ‘Ted’ – ShortList, August ’12

An interview with Seth MacFarlane to talk about his new film Ted, which marked his debut as a movie director, and his long-running show Family Guy, now in its eleventh … Continue reading

October 4, 2012

‘The Bourne Legacy’ Cover Feature – Empire, August ’12

Empire cover feature on The Bourne Legacy, the fourth film in the Bourne franchise. Includes interviews with Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz and Tony Gilroy.

October 4, 2012

The Dark Knight’s Rides – ShortList, July ’12

Talking through Batman’s vehicles in the Christopher Nolan trilogy with Chris Corbould. As special effects supervisor on all three films, Corbould has overseen the design of the Batmobile, Batpod and … Continue reading

October 4, 2012

Charlize Theron Interview – Empire, July ’12

A career interview with Charlize Theron, to coincide with the release of both Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman.

September 4, 2012

The Hard Sell: Dulux – Guardian Guide, July ’12

An entry for Guardian Guide’s ‘Hard Sell’ regular, this one featuring an advert for Dulux, which boasted many, many children and a perverted dog.

July 4, 2012

Michelle Pfeiffer Interview – Empire, May ’12

A rare career retrospective interview with Michelle Pfeiffer to coincide with the release of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows.michelle pfeiffer 12

July 1, 2012

Various Movie Reviews – The Sunday Times Culture

Film reviews for The Sunday Times Culture, from various weeks across March and April 2012.

May 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Guesting on the Empire Film Podcast, Episode 10

The Empire podcast discusses film news and reviews each week. For the tenth episode, I joined the podcast to offer opinions, waffle and some thoughts on Martin Short.   Empire … Continue reading

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‘The Pirates!…’ Movie Review – Empire, May ’12

Review of The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! for Empire magazine (exclamation marks theirs, not mine). Please click the image to read the full review on the Empire website.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Movie Review – Empire, May ’12

Review of The Hunger Games for Empire magazine. Please click the image to read the full review on the Empire website.

April 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ Feature – Empire, May ’12

Preview feature on Snow White and the Huntsman, including interviews with Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, for the May 2012 issue of Empire magazine.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Profile – Empire, April ’12

Cover feature on Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson for the April 2012 issue of Empire magazine.

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‘When Harry Met Sally’ Masterpiece Review – Empire, April ’12

A ‘masterpiece’ review of When Harry Met Sally* for the April ’12 issue of Empire magazine. (*Because obviously it is the greatest romantic comedy in history)

April 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

‘The Hunger Games’ Feature – Metro, March ’12

Interview feature with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutherson and Liam Hemsworth of The Hunger Games, for Metro.

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Noel Gallagher Interview – Project, Issue 11

An interview with Noel Gallagher about his new band, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, for Project magazine.

December 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Hard Sell: Wowcher – Guardian Guide, December ’11

Breakdown of the (really terrible) Wowcher ad for the ‘Hard Sell’ column in The Guardian Guide.

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‘Dark Shadows’ Preview Feature – Empire, November ’11

Set visit feature on Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows for the November 2011 issue of Empire magazine.

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Hugh Jackman Interview – Project, Issue 10

Cover feature interview with Hugh Jackman for the movie Real Steel. Published in Project #10.

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Tinie Tempah Interview – Project, Issue 7

Cover feature on Tinie Tempah for issue 7 of Project, the men’s magazine published on iPad.

August 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Daniel Radcliffe Interview – Empire, August ’09

Career retrospective interview with Daniel Radcliffe for the August 2009 issue of Empire magazine.

May 4, 2010 · Leave a comment
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