After the massive success of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda brings his first stage musical, In The Heights, to the screen. We met to discuss all his big 2020 projects...then the pandemic struck. Click the image below to read the full Sunday Times Culture story.
Ahead of the release of her directing debut, Rare Beasts, I spoke to Billie Piper about the evolution of her career, growing up famous and learning not to care what anyone thinks. Click the image below for the full interview at NME.
Ahead of the fifth series of the hit show Peaky Blinders, I spoke to series director Anthony Byrne, securing exclusive news on plans for series 6. Click the image below for the full article.
Ahead of his bonkers new movie, Under The Silver Lake, I spoke to Andrew Garfield for Time Out. Click the image below to go to the full article.
For Empire's look back on the best films of 2018, I spoke to John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, the team behind the horror hit A Quiet Place. The full article appears in the December 2018 issue.
Bradley Cooper makes his directing debut with a fourth version of A Star Is Born, with Lady Gaga as his co-lead. Click the image below for my verdict at GQ.co.uk.
Glow was a bit of a sleeper hit for Netflix. Loosely based on the real-life series, The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, it tells the stories of a group of women who have been ignored by the mainstream acting industry but find a place for themselves on a cheapo cable show. The first series was promising;... Continue Reading →
Ari Aster's first feature, Hereditary, is not only an impressive debut, it is one of the best movies of 2018. It's certainly the scariest. The story of a family going through almost literal hell, Hereditary has a haunting quality that makes it feel pulled from another era. I spoke to Aster for Empire, discussing the... Continue Reading →
After the massive success of their first series, the Fab Five from Queer Eye quickly returned for a second season. I met them (minus, sadly, Jonathan) in London to talk about sudden fame, social responsibility and what happens when they're all out together (absolute carnage. Click the image below for the full interview at NME.
Because I don't know when to say no, I agreed to watch a whole day of Winston Churchill biopics for Empire's 'Bingewatch' page. They went on forever. I wanted to kill myself. I can now do a very passable Churchill impression, but don't make me.
In the deeply odd erotic thriller L'Amant Double, Marine Vacth plays a troubled woman who has affairs with a pair of twins. I went to Paris to meet her for Time Out and find out what the hell was going on. Click the image below for the full article.
Rightly or wrongly, Solo: A Star Wars Story fills fans in on the origins of Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich. It's the first big gamble for the Star Wars series, laying the ground for a whole lot of character prequels to come. I reviewed it for GQ. Click the image below for the full... Continue Reading →
For my first commission for GQ, I reviewed the biggest blockbuster of the year, Avengers: Infinity War. (Spoiler: I liked it) Click the image below to read the full review.
The new adaptation of Stephen King's It is one of the biggest box office hits of the year. Ahead of its release, I spoke to Bill Skarsgard, who plays the demon clown Pennywise, for NME's cover feature. Click the image below to read the full feature.
Because I am a man of enormous style (lies), FashionBeans asked me to compile a list of the most stylish men in the history of cinema. These are the men I chose. You are free to disagree, if you enjoy being incorrect. Click the image below to read the full feature.
Idris Elba is in his second year as an ambassador for Purdeys' 'Thrive On' campaign. I met him to talk about what it means to be a role model and to ask about the things that inspire him, for House Notes' 'Him Issue'.
She's been one of the most revered actresses in film since her appearance in 'Doubt', but 'Fences' was the movie that finally won Viola Davis an Oscar. When she was still just an Oscar-nominee, I travelled to LA to speak to Davis about achieving success later in life and the changing face of American cinema.
Max Landis, writer of 'Victor Frankenstein' and 'American Ultra' is one of the most prolific screenwriters in Hollywood. He is also one of the most controversial, frequently airing his opinions on huge movies like 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Ghostbusters'. I went to Hollywood to meet a man with a great deal to say.
I visited the set of Star Trek Beyond, the third in the rebooted franchise. I spoke to director Justin Lin and the cast about reinventing a 50-year-old series. Click on the image for the full article.
To mark 20 years since the release of Toy Story, and to tie with the 2015 release of The Good Dinosaur, I went to Pixar to talk about how the best animation house in the world has changed over the past two decades. Click the image below to see the full article.
I write film reviews every month for NME, the entertainment weekly. A sample of those reviews can be found below. More are available on their website.
I interviewed Daniel Radcliffe for the release of the film 'Victor Frankenstein', his first major studio film since the end of the Harry Potter series. Click the image below for the full article.
When it was released in 2004, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was hailed as the future of cinema. It's director, Kerry Conran, was meant to ascend to the A-list. He has never directed another movie. I spoke to his brother and co-creator Kevin to get the story of what went wrong. Click the... Continue Reading →
I'm a regular film reviewer for The Sunday Times Culture supplement, writing about everything from big budget action movies to little arthouse dramas. A sample of those reviews are below. More can be found here.
Just because you're in a blockbuster film doesn't mean you get a blockbuster pay day. I rounded up the actors who were given shockingly low wages for hit films. Click the image below for the full feature.
A rare print interview with Jennifer Aniston, talking about her dramatic award-nominated role in Cake, her years in Friends and her screen debut in Mac and Me.
Most houses in movies are just flimsy chipboard constructions, knocked down as soon as filming is over. But some of the most striking are real places you can visit, or if you have a few million burning a whole in your pocket, actually buy. Click the image below for the full feature.
The latest big budget series from Sky One takes place in a mysterious town in the Arctic Circle. I visited the Iceland set of Fortitude to find out more.
A sit down with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors of The Lego Movie, which was, frankly, robbed of an Oscar nomination.
An in-depth cover feature on the third Hunger Games sequel, Mockingjay, Part 1, including interviews with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks and director Francis Lawrence.
A career retrospective interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, talking about Star Trek, The Hobbit, Shakespeare and his new role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
A year ahead of the release of Jurassic World, the fourth Jurassic Park movie, I spoke to its director Colin Trevorrow to get inside information on what to expect from the latest trip into the dinosaur playground.
I visited the London set of the Tom Cruise action movie Edge of Tomorrow on the day a helicopter was landed in Trafalgar Square.
On set in Belgium for Grace of Monaco, in which Nicole Kidman plays Grace Kelly, for Empire magazine.
I interviewed Jennifer Lawrence throughout the year in the lead up to the release of the first sequel to The Hunger Games. A tough job but...
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.
On-set feature for the Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth, including interviews with James McAvoy and director Jon S. Baird.
I met Naomi Watts in New York to talk about her new role as Princess Diana, plus the major films of her career.
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.
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.
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.
A feature on Sofia Coppola's latest movie, The Bling Ring, for Empire magazine, including interviews with Coppola and star Emma Watson.
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.
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 Empire. http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=137987
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.
To coincide with the release of Song For Marion, I spoke to Terence Stamp about the ups and downs of his 50-year career.
A joint interview with Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann about 'This Is 40' and the oddities of working with your spouse.
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).
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.
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.
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 The Sunday Times.
An in-depth interview with the Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman for Omega Lifetime, for whom she is a brand ambassador.
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'.
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
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'.
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 season. Read the full interview: http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/films/seth-macfarlane
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.
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 the new vehicle The Bat. Full article here: http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/films/the-dark-knights-rides
A career interview with Charlize Theron, to coincide with the release of both Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman.
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.
A rare career retrospective interview with Michelle Pfeiffer to coincide with the release of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows.michelle pfeiffer 12
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 Film Podcast, #10
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.
Review of The Hunger Games for Empire magazine. Please click the image to read the full review on the Empire website.
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.
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)
Interview feature with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutherson and Liam Hemsworth of The Hunger Games, for Metro.
An interview with Noel Gallagher about his new band, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, for Project magazine.