From new series to memorable guest stars and the new movies releases that will have you racing to the theatre, Hello! Canada’s weekly report on new movies and TV shows is your all-access guide to the big and small screen. Check back on Mondays to stay up to date on must-see TV and noteworthy silver-screen news!
Paddington (Jan. 16): The fluffy star of Michael Bond’s iconic children’s books makes his mark on the silver screen opposite Downton Abbey’s patriarch Hugh Bonneville and Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman. Alone in London, Paddington finds himself lost, hungry, homeless and the target of a villainous taxidermist (played by Nicole) who wants to add him to her collection. Nicole, who has a happy home life with husband Keith Urban and daughters Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret, hopes that the movie inspires families to always give a helping hand. She tells the New York Times: “There is a theme of welcoming strangers in the movie and reminding us we’re all different. And to be kind. Those are important things to teach children.”
Wet Hot American Summer (TBD): It’s been 14 years since the cabins were cleaned out and the last of the sloppy joes were served at Camp Firewood – and now, the counselors of Wet Hot American Summer are reuniting in the woods of Maine for more hilarious hijinks. The follow-up to the hit 2001 cult film is finally returning to screens, this time as an eight-episode series on Netflix. The entire cast, including Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Janeane Garofalo have signed on, along with Emmy-winning director David Wain at the helm. The countdown to summer is on!
THREE QUESTIONS WITH … 12 Monkeys star Amanda Schull: In the small-screen adaptation of 1995’s Twelve Monkeys starring Brad Pitt, Hawaii-native Amanda Schull steps into the shoes of Dr. Cassandra Railly (made famous by Revenge’s Madeleine Stowe). The story follows a mysterious time traveller, who calls on Dr. Railly to help him prevent a plague that will one day wipe out the world’s population. Before the sci-fi series premieres on Jan. 16 (Showcase), Hello! caught up with beautiful actress and former professional ballerina (she made her big–screen debut in Center Stage) to talk about filming in Toronto, TV obsessions and how the show inspired her to think about her own time traveling dreams. “I would love to go back and witness history … like the signing of the Declaration of Independence,” she says, adding, “Or to see dinosaurs!”
- How does the series or your character differentiate from the film?
We have a lot of similar story lines, but we have the opportunity to really blow open those story lines, expand on them and bring in new characters and conspiracies. Cassandra knows she’s not stupid. She has always trusted her intelligence and in what she knows to be true. I can identify with that because I’m pretty practical myself.
- You’ve become an honourary Canadian after spending so much time here filming both Suits and 12 Monkeys! What is the best part about working in Canada?
The people here are wonderful to work with. It’s a tightly knit crowd. You’re a good group of people. I really like you Canadians.
- What are you binge watching right now?
I just finished all five seasons of Breaking Bad, so I need to come out of that Breaking Bad hole first. I have so much to catch up on – Homeland, Veep, The Newsroom, The Good Wife. I just want to fall into a hole and not talk to anybody and just watch television. That sounds like a really good existence.
Fashion Police (Jan. 12, E!): Hollywood’s most glamorous stars strutted their stuff on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday – which means it’s time for the always-honest panel of Fashion Police to deliver their verdict! Sadly, one very distinctive voice will be absent this year. The sudden loss of Joan Rivers in September continues to weigh heavily on co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne, who tells Us Weekly that she is “excited but terrified,” while also admitting “change isn’t fun, but it has to happen.” Joining the pair are comedian Kathy Griffin and celebrity stylist (and proud Canadian!) Brad Goreski. The Port Perry, Ont.-native, who got his start as Rachel Zoe’s assistant, is no stranger to red-carpet fashion. In fact, he’s styled his clients Jessica Alba, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Stacy Keibler all the way to top of best–dressed lists!
To mark Brad’s Fashion Police debut, Hello! looks back at five of his top styling moments.
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