Welcome to Backstage, the TV and film podcast from Sky News. Joining Sky's arts and entertainment reporter Claire Gregory and correspondent Katie Spencer to pick through the week's best releases and showbiz news is TV and film critic Stevie Wong. The team discuss the BAFTA TV nominations. Brian Cox is the week's big guest talking about the latest series of Sky Atlantic's Succession. David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah on starring in the new south London-based film Rye Lane. There's Rina Sawayama on working with Keanu Reeves in John Wick 4. Plus, we review the BBC's latest adaptation of Great Expectations, starring Olivia Colman, and the return of Yellowjackets on Paramount Plus. Producers - David Chipakupaku and Jada-Kai Meosa John Editor - Paul Stanworth
Welcome to a special edition of Backstage, the TV and film podcast from Sky News, recorded at this year's Oscars Vanity Fair afterparty. Sky's entertainment reporter Claire Gregory is joined in LA by arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer, and TV and film reviewer Stevie Wong, to chew over a rather wholesome and historic night in Hollywood. Find out which celebrities zoom past on the blue carpet, the one person everyone was celebrating when they got their awards, and why Jamie Lee Curtis might be her own biggest cheerleader. Plus - is everything alright with Hugh Grant?! PRODUCER - DAVID CHIPAKUPAKU EDITOR - PAUL STANWORTH
Welcome to a special edition of Backstage, the TV and film podcast from Sky News, recorded in LA. As the stars begin to arrive for the 2023 Oscars, Sky's entertainment reporter Claire Gregory, TV and film reviewer Stevie Wong, and Sky's arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer bring you their predictions for where the chips may fall on film's biggest and glitziest night. Which film will pull in the most awards? What do Rihanna and the cast of RRR have up their sleeves for the performances? And what on earth will Will Smith be up to on the night? Plus, we have interviews with nominees Angela Bassett, Ke Huy Quan, Stephen Spielberg, The Daniels, Colin Farrell, and Michelle Williams, who tell us the difference an Oscar nod can make. Backstage will return for a special post-Oscars episode on Monday. To find out how to watch all of this year's nominated films, click here for our handy guide. https://news.sky.com/story/how-to-watch-all-the-big-films-nominated-for-oscars-and-baftas-12794963 And, don't forget, you can watch the Oscars Red Carpet live on Sky News from 11pm on Sunday 12th March. Then, if you're in UK, you can watch the live ceremony for free, exclusively on Sky News and Sky Showcase from midnight. PRODUCER - DAVID CHIPAKUPAKU JUNIOR PRODUCER - JADA-KAI MEOSA JOHN EDITOR - AMY HITCHCOCK
Welcome to Backstage, the TV and film podcast from Sky News. Joining Sky's arts and entertainment reporters Claire Gregory and Bethany Minelle to pick through the week's best releases and showbiz news is TV and film critic Stevie Wong. Elizabeth Banks joins the team to talk about her new film Cocaine Bear. And yes, it's about a bear that takes a lot of drugs. Sam Claflin and Camila Morrone drop by to discuss their new Prime Video series Daisy Jones & The Six. Find out what they loved about making their 70s musical drama. It's the school on everyone's lips - hear what the team have to say about the second series of ABC and Disney+'s Abbott Elementary. Plus; Claire catches up with Idris Elba, as Luther's first film premieres; Nicholas Pinnock talks all things Django on Sky Atlantic and NOW; and what will happen at the Oscars? The SAG Awards may have just given us a clue... PRODUCERS - DAVID CHIPAKUPAKU AND JADA-KAI MEOSA JOHN EDITOR - PAUL STANWORTH
It's a packed podcast this week, with plenty of stars coming joining Sky's entertainment reporters Claire Gregory and Bethany Minelle, and TV and film reviewer Stevie Wong. Hugh Jackman chats about his new film The Son, and tells the team how almost nothing he stars in impresses his children. Where in the world is Eugene Levy? Apart from on the podcast, he's been travelling the globe for his new Apple TV+ show, Reluctant Traveller. He tells the team about what's left on his bucket list. https://podfollow.com/backstagepod Parks and Rec star Adam Scott's Party Down returns for a third series on Lionsgate+. He tells Backstage what's changed for him, and the show's cast, since the cult-hit comedy debuted in 2010. Plus; Sky News presenter Sam Naz tells Backstage about her new WWII film on NOW; the team discuss whether ITVX's latest drama You & Me is worth your time; and there's celebration of the camptastic Ariana DeBose BAFTA rap. PRESENTERS - CLAIRE GREGORY, STEVIE WONG, AND BETHANY MINELLE PRODUCERS - DAVID CHIPAKUPAKU AND JADA-KAI MEOSA JOHN EDITOR - PAUL STANWORTH
A special BAFTAs edition of Backstage recorded after the 2023 awards - with Sky's entertainment reporter Claire Gregory and arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer at the ceremony in London, and TV and film reviewer Stevie Wong in the US sharing how the BAFTAs were seen on the world stage. They hear from nominees Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis, and last year's Best Support Actress winner Ariana DeBose. The team also speak to Daria Navalnaya - a film about her father, the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who is currently imprisoned in his country, won in the Best Documentary category at the awards. Plus, hear how Emma Thompson almost didn't make it to the ceremony, and what exactly happens backstage at the biggest night in British film. Producer - David Chipakupaku Editor - Paul Stanworth
Welcome to Backstage, the TV and film review podcast from Sky News. Joining Sky's entertainment reporter Claire Gregory this week is TV and movie review Stevie Wong, and arts and entertainment reporter Bethany Minelle. On this week's show, Paul Rudd tells us what he'd be getting up to in an alternative universe, as Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania hits the cinemas. Claire, Stevie, and Bethany give their verdicts on the latest crime dramas from the BBC, The Gold and Better, which follow hot on the heels of Happy Valley. If you liked The Gold, why not listen The Hunt For The Brink's-Mat Gold from Sky News StoryCast? https://pod.fo/e/1ca8 Jenny Slate drops by to talk about her Oscar contender, Marcel The Shell With Shoes On, and tells us why she thinks her new film could be compared to a swimming pool. Plus, if you're needing a thriller in your life this week, hear the team's review of new Apple TV+ movie Sharper, which stars Julianne Moore, and a dancing Sebastian Stan. And what might happen at Sunday's BAFTA Film Awards? Claire, Stevie, and Bethany lay down their predictions. If you want to watch any of the films before Sunday, check out this handy guide https://news.sky.com/story/how-to-watch-all-the-big-films-nominated-for-oscars-and-baftas-12794963 from Sky arts and entertainment reporter, and friend of the podcast, Gemma Peplow. BACKSTAGE RETURNS EARLY ON MONDAY MORNING FOR A SPECIAL POST-BAFTAS EPISODE. HOSTS: CLAIRE GREGORY, STEVIE WONG, AND BETHANY MINELLE PRODUCERS: DAVID CHIPAKUPAKU AND JADA-KAI MEOSA JOHN EDITOR: PAUL STANWORTH
Welcome to Backstage, the film and TV review podcast from Sky News. Claire Gregory is joined this week by Sky's arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer, and TV and film reviewer Stevie Wong. The team give their thoughts on Happy Valley's explosive finale and the showdown between Catherine Cawood and Tommy Lee Royce. Warning, there are spoilers, so if you're still trying to avoid those, skip from 2:15 to 7:58. And if you want to listen to Claire's starring appearance this week's on the Sky News Daily podcast, click here. https://pod.fo/e/16308b Joe Goldberg is back and up to no good. Penn Badgley joins the podcast to talk all things You series four. Jessie Buckely and Claire Foy speak to the show about their Oscar-nomianted film Women Talking, which is out this week in cinemas. Just a warning that the team will be discussing the film's content of rape, sexual assault, and drug abuse. If you'd rather not listen to that, skip from 19:44 to 28:41. New Sky Max comedy Funny Woman follows Gemma Arterton as a 60s beauty queen trying to make it as a sitcom star in London. She tells the podcast why she thinks there's still some way to go for funny women. Plus, Stevie has the best/worst (delete as appropriate) rom-coms for your Valentine's Day needs - don't worry, you can hate-watch them too. HOSTS: CLAIRE GREGORY, STEVIE WONG, AND KATIE SPENCER JUNIOR PRODUCER: JADA-KAI MEOSA JOHN PRODUCER: DAVID CHIPAKUPAKU EDITOR: PAUL STANWORTH
Welcome to Backstage, the TV and film review podcast from Sky News. This week, Sky's entertainment reporter Claire Gregory is joined by arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer, and reviewer Stevie Wong. Can awards seasons ever go on without a hitch? Claire, Stevie, and Katie talk about the Andrea Riseborough Oscars row, and whether the Academy may change its campaigning rules. Episode three of The Last of Us has set the internet alight - the team look at why it's resonated with so many. If you're wanting to avoid spoilers, skip from 09:47 to 13:12. Brendan Fraser joins the podcast to talk all about The Whale, and his experience of awards season so far. In this part of the podcast, the team discuss the film's theme of obesity, which some may find upsetting. If you'd like to avoid this, skip from 13:12 to 22:29. Rupert Grint and director M. Night Shyamalan talk about their new apocalyptic horror film Knock at the Cabin, with Rupert telling Backstage why this film might have hit a little close to home. If you fancy a tear-jerker, the Apple TV+ show Dear Edward, starring White Lotus and American Horror Story's Connie Britton, might just be the one for you. Hear what the team made of this rather bleak series. Bryan Cranston joins the podcast to talk about series two of his Paramount Plus series Your Honor - warning, it's a bit bloody. Plus, a British soap history lesson for Stevie, as the team revisit the Crossroads Motel, with Helena Bonham Carter starring as Noele Gordon in the Russell T. Davies' new ITVX show Nolly. Hosts: Claire Gregory, Stevie Wong, and Katie Spencer Junior producer: Jada-Kai Meosa John Producer: David Chipakupaku Editor: Paul Stanworth
This week, Sky's entertainment reporter Claire Gregory is joined by arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer, and reviewer Stevie Wong as they react to this year's Oscar nominations. Plus, former 'Buffy' star Sarah Michelle Gellar chats to Claire about her new YA supernatural film 'Wolf Pack' - and 'Lockwood and Co' director Joe Cornish talks ghosts. The team also review Netflix film 'You People' starring Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Lopez's new film 'Shotgun Wedding'. Hosts: Claire Gregory, Stevie Wong, and Katie Spencer Jada-Kai Meosa John - junior producer David Chipakupaku - producer Annie Joyce - senior producer Paul Stanworth - editor
This week, Sky's entertainment reporter Claire Gregory is joined by arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer, and reviewer Stevie Wong. The team are at BAFTA HQ, as the nominations are revealed for this year’s film awards. Claire, Katie and Stevie analyse the nominees, plus hear from EE Rising Star and Leading Actor nominee Daryl McCormack. Psychological drama Tár follows a successful composer whose career goes into a tailspin after an allegation is made against her. Hear from its star and Leading Actress nominee, Cate Blanchett, plus hear the team's review of the film. Katie catches up with Margot Robbie, star of new film Babylon, from La La Land director Damien Chazelle, which charts the rise of talkies in the 1920s. But what did the team make of the three hour Hollywood epic? Plus, hear Claire, Katie, and Stevie's thoughts on new Disney Plus superhero-comedy Extraordinary - and is anyone actually watching the new winter series of Love Island? Hosts: Claire Gregory, Stevie Wong, and Katie Spencer Producer: David Chipakupaku Junior Producer: Jada-Kai Meosa John Editor: Paul Stanworth
Welcome to Backstage - the TV and film review podcast from Sky News, with entertainment reporters Claire Gregory and Bethany Minelle, and TV reviewer Stevie Wong. Awards season has begun, with the return of The Golden Globes, after last year's ceremony was held off-screen. Claire, Stevie, and Bethany have their takes on the winners, nominees, and piano music. It's thought of as one of the best video games in the world - now The Last Of Us has been turned into a brand new series on Sky Atlantic and HBO. The team give their thoughts on the post-apocalyptic drama. The Chippendales are known for their saucy dancing - but did you know there's a dark origin to the collars and cuffs? Kumail Nanjiani and Annaleigh Ashford speak to the team about their new Disney+ show, Welcome To Chippendales. Plus; Toni Collette and Anna Faris join the podcast to talk about their new Sky Original film The Estate; the team head to the NHS frontline for ITV1's new drama Maternal; and just what exactly is making everyone go wild for M3GAN? Hosts: Claire Gregory, Stevie Wong, and Katie Spencer Producer: David Chipakupaku Junior Producer: Jada-Kai Meosa John Editor: Paul Stanworth
Welcome to Backstage - the TV and film review podcast from Sky News - and a Happy New Year to you all! Claire Gregory, Stevie Wong, and Katie Spencer are back for 2023, with Christian Bale and Harry Melling joining the podcast to talk about new Netflix film The Pale Blue Eye. Find out why Harry decided to learn his lines in a graveyard... Stars of the new Prime Video supernatural thriller The Rig, Martin Compston and Emily Hampshire, chat to Backstage about oil rigs, and trying haggis for the first time. The team head back to Hebden Bridge for the final series of Happy Valley on BBC One and iPlayer, and have a look at Vicky McClure's new show on ITVX, Without Sin. Plus - get your polyester suit out the wardrobe, and polish up your egotistical catchphrase - The Apprentice is back on BBC One and iPlayer. Hosts: Claire Gregory, Stevie Wong, and Katie Spencer Producer: David Chipakupaku Junior Producer: Jada-Kai Meosa John Editor: Paul Stanworth
It’s a festive end of year special for this week’s Backstage, the TV and film podcast for Sky News. Claire Gregory is joined by our Hollywood pundit Stevie Wong and Sky’s arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer. The team discuss all the best things they have watched this year, from the latest iteration of The Batman, to the newest series of Bluey. We also listen back to some of our mega Hollywood interviews from the past year, and look ahead to 2023. You can watch this episode of Backstage on our YouTube or SkyNews.com. Hosts: Claire Gregory, Katie Spencer and Stevie Wong Producers: Chris Lockyer and David Chipakupaku Editor: Paul Stanworth
This week's Backstage, the TV and film podcast from Sky News, hwars from the people behind one of the most highly anticipated film sequels of all time, as well as going through some of the big Christmas viewing options. Host Claire Gregory is joined by our Hollywood man in the know, Stevie Wong and Sky's arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer. It was the Golden Globe nominations this week - the team look at who is up for what, as well as asking the question - has enough been done to win back celebrity affection for the now-disgraced awards? The team also dive into one of the most talked about shows in the UK - The Traitors - as the hype reaches fever pitch for the creative murder mystery show. The cast and crew behind Avatar: The Way of Water speal to Katie on the film's blue carpet about the long-awaited sequel to the blockbusting film - James Cameron, and Kate Winslet. We also chat to His Dark Materials star Amir Wilson, who reflects on the fantasy show as races into its conclusive season. There are also reviews for Sky's I Hate Suzie Too with Billie Piper, and Netflix's Emily In Paris season three. Hosts: Claire Gregory, Stevie Wong, and Katie Spencer Producer: Chris Lockyer Editor: Paul Stanworth
It's mega award-winners and royal revelations on this week on Backstage - the TV and film podcast from Sky News. Host Claire Gregory is joined as always by our Hollywood man in the know, Stevie Wong, as well as Sky's arts and entertainment reporter Bethany Minelle. The big news of the week is Harry and Meghan coming out the blocks with their tell-all documentary about their move away from the royal family and the pressures within the world's most famous family. Sky's royal correspondent Laura Bundock drops in to chat about all the revelations (or perhaps lack of them...) unearthed in the documentary (which is streaming now on Netflix). We also look at Will Smith's return to the screen since *that* incident at this year's Oscars, in Emancipation, while Stevie chats about the winners of the British Independent Film Awards and the nominations for this year's Critics Choice - of which he is one of the panel! Oscar-winner Kate Winslet talks to Backstage about moving to work behind the camera as well as in front of it, ahead of her film I Am Ruth on Channel 4, and Golden Globe and Emmy winner Damian Lewis chats about his new thriller on ITV X, A Spy Among Friends. There's also sleigh bells in the air, as the gang review festive flick, This Is Christmas on Sky.
This week's Backstage, the TV and film podcast from Sky News, features not one, not two, but three megastars of the big and small screen - as well as a look at all of this week's news and reviews. Host Claire Gregory is joined, as always, by our Hollywood man in the know Stevie Wong, as well as Sky News arts and entertainment reporter Chris Lockyer. This week the team look at the I'm A Celebrity final winners, and the rise in popularity of former health secretary Matt Hancock, as well as what is happening at Disney, after its latest film dived at the Thanksgiving box office in the US. Also - there's discussion about what is probably the maddest film concept for years - Cocaine Bear, and whether or not Universal Studios is single-handedly saving the cinema. Universal and Sky are both owned by Comcast. Warwick Davis chats to Backstage about the highly anticipated series Willow - the sequel show to the 1988 film, as well as Ardal O'Hanlon, who discusses his role in Sky original comedy Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything. Plus, Oscar winner Gary Oldman stops by to talk about the second season of Apple TV+ smash Slow Horses. Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss an episode, and if you liked what you heard, why not leave us a review? Hosts: Claire Gregory, Stevie Wong, and Chris Lockyer Producer: Chris Lockyer Editor: Paul Stanworth
Welcome back to Backstage, the film and TV review podcast from Sky News. Claire Gregory, Stevie Wong, and Katie Spencer get stuck into this week's best bits, including the cinema release of Matilda the Musical. Miss Trunchbull herself, Dame Emma Thompson, joins the podcast to chat about why she loves making films for families. Meanwhile new movie, She Said, follows the story of the journalists who broke the story that set off the #MeToo movement, and brought down one of Hollywood's most powerful producers. Actress Carey Mulligan tells Backstage a bit about how her industry has changed since then. Just to warn you, in our She Said review, we will be discussing sexual assault. The review is from 15:20 to 27:54 - if you'd rather listen to something else, feel free to skip through this bit. Elsewhere, The Addams family return, with daughter Wednesday leading her own series on Netflix. Find out how star Jenna Ortega felt about working with previous Wednesday, Christina Ricci, on the show. Have you ever shared a bed with someone, but never actually met them? We review new rom-com The Flatshare on Paramount+, based on the best-selling book by Beth O'Leary. Plus, The Guardians of the Galaxy are back for Christmas; Neighbours has been saved from the TV scrapheap by Amazon's Freevee service; and we look at Claudia Winkleman's new BBC competition series The Traitors. Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss an episode, and if you liked what you heard, why not leave us a review? Hosts: Claire Gregory, Stevie Wong, and Katie Spencer Producer: David Chipakupaku Editor: Paul Stanworth
Welcome back to Backstage, the film and TV review podcast from Sky News. Claire Gregory, Stevie Wong, and Bethany Minelle have not one, but two legends of Hollywood on this week's show - Sylvester Stallone joins the podcast to chat about his new show, Tulsa King, on Paramount+. And surprising new star of Asda's Christmas ads, Will Ferrell, gives his thoughts on the lasting impact of Elf. The devilishly delicious duo of Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult talk all things The Menu - you may need a strong stomach. And, back for more, Letitia Wright returns to Backstage for the second week in a row, this time to chat about her new film with The Crown's Josh O'Connor, Aisha. Plus, find out why new Netflix show 1899 split opinions in the team - and can the Great British Bake Off ever get back to its glory days? Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss an episode, and if you liked what you heard, why not leave us a review? Hosts: Claire Gregory, Stevie Wong, and Bethany Minelle Producer: David Chipakupaku Editor: Paul Stanworth
It's another starry Backstage, the TV and film podcast from Sky News, this week - featuring a return to Wakanda and a look at Tim Minchin's latest project. Claire Gregory is back from her holidays and is joined by our Hollywood man in the know Stevie Wong, alongside Sky's arts and entertainment reporter Bethany Minelle. Matt Hancock has finally entered the jungle, and the gang discuss what happened as the former health secretary made his reality TV debut, plus Claire laments about the cancellation of HBO's Westworld - her favourite show! Stevie also takes us through the BIFA (British Independent Film Awards) nominations for this year, with Paul Mescal's Aftersun stealing the limelight. The stars of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever chat to us about the newest entry in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as looking at the legacy of Chadwick Boseman on the franchise. This week we review Spirited, the Christmas film from Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell, the BBC's joint project with Prime Video, The English, with Emily Blunt, as well as the second season of Tim Minchin's Upright - who tells Backstage about why he nearly never did any more episodes.
The Crown's return, a surprise entry into the jungle and Bill Nighy's very Oscar-y film all feature on this week's Backstage - the TV and film podcast from Sky News. Katie Spencer is joined this week by Sky's arts and entertainment reporters Bethany Minelle and Gemma Peplow as they take you through the latest news, interviews and reviews. The shock announcement that former health secretary Matt Hancock will head into the jungle is this week's big news, with I'm A Celebrity returning this weekend to the Aussie jungle after two years in the UK. The team also talk The Crown, which returns to screens next week, and all the twists in turns in the show's PR campaign, which has been kept very tightly to the streamer's chest. There's also an interview with Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce, who are the new Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Elsewhere, the trio review Bill Nighy's film Living, which is on course for a run at the Oscars, as well as Millie Bobby Brown's Enola Holmes 2, abortion drama Call Jane (including a chat with Elizabeth Banks...) and the new mental health documentary from Selena Gomez.
We have Hollywood superstars and British pop royalty on this week's Backstage, the TV and film podcast from Sky News. This week Katie Spencer is joined by Sky News arts and entertainment reporter Chris Lockyer, and pop culture pundit Ronse Esangbedo, as they take you through the biggest interviews and latest releases. The team chat about the surprise re-introduction of David Tennant to Doctor Who after Jodie Whittaker's dramatic final episode, paving the way for Ncuti Gatwa later next year (called of course by Backstage last week...). There's chat about The Crown, which has come under scrutiny in recent weeks by Royal commentators ahead of its release in November. Chris speaks to Daniel Radcliffe and Evan Rachel Wood about the hotly-anticipated Weird Al Yankovic parody biopic - listen in to find out who they would cast in a film about their own lives. There are of course the usual reviews, with new Netflix fantasy The B****** Son and The Devil Himself, Prime Video's The Devil's Hour and HBO's second season of The White Lotus all featuring. Claire Gregory also speaks to Paloma Faith about her role in the latest adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons, and the importance of women behind and in-front of the camera.
This week's Backstage, the TV and film podcast from Sky News, features interviews with Jamie Lee Curtis, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sope Dirisu, and as usual, reviews of some of the latest shows. Host Claire Gregory is joined this week by our pundit in the know, Stevie Wong, and Sky News arts and entertainment reporter Bethany Minelle. The team look at what the latest Netflix subscriber figures mean, the final Jodie Whittaker episode of Doctor Who, and Stevie talks us through some of the latest British exports he's been enjoying. Jamie Lee Curtis, famed for starting a trend of the "final girl" in horror films, talks about her latest (and last) appearance in the Halloween franchise, as well as how she deals with the online world when it comes to her work. We also hear from Sope Dirisu as the latest season of Gangs Of London drops on Sky, and Chloe Grace Moretz, who tells Backstage about her new sci-fi thriller The Peripheral. The gang also review the new Apple TV+ film Raymond and Ray, starring Hollywood heavyweights Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke.
This week's Backstage, the TV and film podcast from Sky News, comes from the heart of the London Film Festival. Claire Gregory and Katie Spencer sat down at the British Film Institute on London's Southbank to talk all things LFF - including interviews from all the biggest stars. They talk to Oscar winner Jessica Chastain about her new medical drama The Good Nurse, and Bill Nighy, about his new film, Living. There's also interviews with Brendan Fraser, Aubrey Plaza, She Is Love director Jamie Adams, My Policeman actress Gina McKee and festival chief Tricia Tuttle.
This week's Backstage, the TV and film podcast from Sky News, comes from the heart of the London Film Festival. Claire Gregory and Katie Spencer sat down at the British Film Institute on London's Southbank to talk all things LFF - including interviews from all the biggest stars. They talk to Oscar winner Jessica Chastain about her new medical drama The Good Nurse, and Bill Nighy, about his new film, Living. There's also interviews with Olivia Colman, Brendan Fraser, Aubrey Plaza, She Is Love director Jamie Adams, My Policeman actress Gina McKee and festival chief Tricia Tuttle.
This week's backstage features the London Film Festival, chats with award winners and reviews of the latest spooky films. This week, Claire Gregory was joined by regular pundit Stevie Wong and Sky News' arts and entertainment reporter Chris Robertson as they delve into this week's biggest film and TV news and all the newest releases. The team talk London Film Festival, with Claire grabbing a candid chat with Matilda The Musical's Emma Thompson and Stephen Graham as they hit the red carpet for gala night. They also discuss the new Billy Eichner film Bros and if big screen romcoms have had their day, as well as Apple TV+'s controversial future Will Smith release. Oscar-winner Viola Davis talks all about her new film The Woman King in this week's big interview - you can listen to the full chat at the end of the podcast. The start of October means a tranche of new Halloween films and shows (much to Stevie's delight) so the team reviews the new Mike Flanagan horror The Midnight Club, Marvel's surprise release Werewolf By Night, and vampire remake Let The Right One In.
We speak to an Oscar winner and a grime star this week, in the latest Backstage - the TV and film podcast from Sky News. Claire Gregory is joined as usual by Stevie Wong, alongside Sky News' arts and entertainment reporter Chris Robertson, as they look at the latest news and reviews in the world of film and TV. The team discuss Netflix's Tudum event, and all the new releases, trailers and sneak peaks that came with it, as well as delving into HBO's latest big money project - The Last Of Us. They also look at Avatar's reclamation of the global box office top spot, and some creepy horror film marketing this week after a number of odd individuals were spotted at baseball games in the US. Oscar-winning superstar Jeff Bridges chats to Backstage about his latest project The Old Man, where he plays a washed-up CIA operative on the run (listen to the end for the full interview!) and Big Narstie discusses the rise of grime and drill music ahead of the launch of new show Jungle. This week we review Kenneth Brannagh's This England, where he plays Boris Johnson in Sky's new COVID-19 drama, as well as sandwich shop comedy The Bear. And how could we let the new Hocus Pocus pass us by - find out if the team enjoyed the spooky Sanderson sisters sequel, 29 years on from the blockbusting original, as they run amuck, amuck, amuck!
This week's Backstage podcast from Sky News is chock-full of interviews and reviews. Host Claire Gregory is joined once more by regular Hollywood insider Stevie Wong, alongside Sky News' arts and entertainment reporter Bethany Minelle. The team discuss one of the buzziest stories of the week - the now-famous queue that stretched through London to see the Queen lying-in-state last week - which came with some daytime-TV-related controversy, as well as looking at the power of podcasts, after the news that true crime show Serial was credited with getting Adnan Syed released from prison this week. This week's big interview comes from the cast of new Star Wars show Andor, with producer Chris Robertson chatting to its star Diego Luna, and new (very well-dressed!) baddies Kyle Soller and Denise Gough. The team get stuck into Netflix thriller Athena - a French-language film which starts with a literal riot. Stevie chats to director Romain Gavras about his new project and gets the bottom of how many takes it took to shoot a one-shot, 15-minute-long fight sequence. Steven Moffat's new show Inside Man with David Tennant and Stanley Tucci also gets the Backstage treatment - a story that features a quaint English parish, and a murderer on death row. Claire also chats with Lena Dunham and Andrew Scott about new starry comedy Catherine Called Birdy - listen to see what advice Scott had for her when it comes to pursuing her high school crush, Keanu Reeves.
The team this week reflect on their memories of the Queen's impact on film and TV, after her death last week. From Claire Foy and Olivia Colman in The Crown, to Her Majesty "skydiving" into the Olympic Stadium in 2012 - listen to what moments they picked out. In other entertainment news, Claire Gregory is back from her trip to the Toronto International Film Festival, and will update regular pundit Stevie Wong and Sky News's arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer on what else she got up to - including speaking with Steve Coogan. It has been a big week for Hollywood, with a raft of new film and TV announcements from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and 20th Century Studios after Disney's biennial convention last weekend - including cast announcements for The Thunderbolts and a first look at the live action Little Mermaid film. It was also the Emmy's this week, with Succession the night's big winner, alongside fan favourites Ted Lasso and The White Lotus - the team break down what happened on TV's biggest night. Plus - Katie regales her red carpet chat with Hollywood megastars George Clooney and Julia Roberts, who are in new film Ticket to Paradise - with Mr Clooney offering new prime minister Liz Truss some words of encouragement.
This episode of Backstage was recorded before the death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced. This week, Claire Spencer is in Toronto and is joined on the podcast by regular pundit Stevie Wong, as well as Sky's arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer, as they dissect the week's biggest film and TV news, and look at the latest shows and movies coming to screens. Claire is at the Toronto International Film Festival, as the race to awards season begins, and talks us through the biggest films to premiere at the event – including chatting to Billy Eichner - the man behind the first ever major studio-backed gay romcom. The Backstage team also talk you through the drama from Don't Worry Darling – the new Harry Styles film that has fired up Hollywood's rumour mill, and talk through the House Of The Dragon v Lord Of The Rings viewership news. That's as well as reviews for Sam Rockwell's new ensemble whodunnit comedy, See How They Run, 70s comedy Minx, the gritty remake of American Gigolo and the "genre-busting" Disney+ show, Wedding Season. Send in your questions: firstname.lastname@example.org || Rate and Review on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.