Film Cover Story with Finn Cole

Finn Cole is back where he’s happiest: at work, in front of the camera. Catching up with NME over the phone from LA, the rising star is between takes of Animal Kingdom – the popular US gangster drama returning for a fifth season next year. After 10 months stuck in various levels of lockdown, his relief at being able to do what he loves again is palpable. “My ideal place to be is on set, figuring out how to tell stories and entertain. That’s where I’ll usually be if you’re looking for me,” he say

Cover Interview: Adria Arjona

When you ask Adria Arjona how she’s coped with lockdown, her answer is unflinchingly honest. “Lockdown? Oh, it fucked me up,” the 28-year-old actor admits candidly. “It’s been so harsh. I’ve never spent this amount of time at home, never.” Since childhood, Arjona has rarely stayed in one place for long. After living a nomadic childhood on account of her father’s job (he is renowned, award-winning singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona) and traveling frequently from set-to-set as an adult with roles in True Detective, Emerald City, and Pacific Rim: Uprising—to name a mere few...

Interview: Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio on his new studio album

Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio is back with his third solo album, ‘Dead Hand Control’. A more hopeful look at the world following years of political upheaval, the record was completed between touring Vampire Weekend’s ‘Father Of The Bride’ and this year’s lockdown. After months of sitting on the release thanks to the pandemic, Baio is excited for the world to finally hear what he’s been working on...

Hannah Georgas on her new single with The National's Matt Berninger

Hannah Georgas has today released a new version of one of her standout album tracks, ‘Pray It Away’. With her album ‘All That Emotion’ produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, today’s new cut sees her team up with his bandmate Matt Berninger, who adds some lush vocals and a new depth to the song. We caught up with Georgas on the phone from her native Canada to hear more about the collaboration, heartbreak, same sex marriage, Dessner’s Taylor Swift secret, and her plans for the future...

Rebecca Ferguson: High Wire Act

BACK IN AUGUST 2014, on her very first day of filming on Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, Rebecca Ferguson jumped 120 feet off an Austrian rooftop. Not bad for a sufferer of vertigo. And so impressed was Tom Cruise, that later in the shoot he asked her how she felt about joining him in another stunt — her attached to the wing of a biplane, him piloting it. “I said, ‘You must be fucking joking!’” she recalls replying. “‘What? Absolutely not!’”

Alec Baldwin Pays Tribute To The Late, Great Alan Parker – Exclusive

On July 31, news came that legendary London-born filmmaker Alan Parker had died at the age of 76 – leaving behind a legacy of incredible movies, bringing his extraordinary craft to kid-gangster musicals, blazing prison movies, supernatural noirs, and Irish soul dramas alike. In the Dune issue of Empire – on sale now – we asked Hollywood’s finest to share their tributes to the man himself. Among them is actor Alec Baldwin...

Des' Daniel Mays on playing the officer who brought Dennis Nilsen to justice

“Well, there’s probably not a better qualified actor in the country to play a policeman than me,” Daniel Mays laughs as NME asks him about his long history of playing police officers. He’s played a Victorian officer in The Limehouse Golem, a 80’s DCI in Ashes to Ashes and a corrupt cop in Line of Duty. He’s even played a brought-back-from-the-dead, re-animated officer alongside Stephen Graham in Code 404 – one of lockdown’s television highlights...

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Spiller: how we made Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)

This was one of the fastest tracks I ever produced. It was 1999, the night before I was due to fly to Miami for the Winter Music Conference, where all aspiring DJs and producers went. I was trying to stay awake for my early-morning flight and put on an unreleased version of Carol Williams’ Love Is You. I ended up sampling it and, in a couple of hours, I had Groovejet more or less written....
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