This week's new movies and TV shows: Shania Twain, 'Focus' starring Will Smith and 3 questions with Anna Hopkins

By: Clare Douglas

From new series to memorable guest stars and the new film 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!

MOVIES:

THREE QUESTIONS WITH … Anna Hopkins

Rising star Anna Hopkins is quickly making a name for herself in Hollywood. The 28-year-old Montreal native followed up her breakout role as Paul Giamatti’s daughter in 2010’s Barney’s Version with guest spots on Lost Girl, Arrow and The Flash, and last year joined the cast of the hit sci-fi drama Defiance. Now, the actress is taking a walk on the wicked side, playing a less-than-kind fashionista in the fairytale-themed family comedy After the Ball (in theatres Feb. 27). Hello! caught up with the beautiful actress to chat about filming in her hometown, her co-star, Chris Noth, and the important lessons she's learned from her colleagues.

  1. What was the best part about filming in your hometown?
    It was so lovely to go back. My grandmother still lives in Montreal so I didn’t stay in a hotel because I decided to stay with her. I got to tell her all the stories from set everyday when I got home.
  2. Playing Mr. Big’s stepdaughter must have been so much fun! Were you a fan of Sex and the City?
    [Laughs] You know what, I only ever saw a few episodes! But he’s so iconic as the character of Mr. Big, so when I found out he was in the film I thought it was pretty exciting. I think some of my friends were even more excited because they loved the show.
  3. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since becoming an actor?
    Just to be consistent with my work and to work really hard. The people that I really look up to and that I think have wonderful careers are ones that are easy to work with on set and come with a very positive attitude. I saw that with Paul Giamatti and Michel Côté, who I just did a French film with. These actors have been in many wonderful movies and are stars, but they come to set like it’s their job and they’re so professional. I think watching that has stuck with me and I try to do that with my work as well.

IN THEATRES

Focus (Feb. 27): Will Smith is back and up to no good as a master of deception who finds an equally duplicitous partner in The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie.

NEWS:

Production has officially set sail on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales! In the fifth installment of the Pirates franchise, Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow is still down on his luck, running for his life and searching for a lost treasure that will overturn all of his misfortunes. Joining Johnny and the crew on their latest adventure (which is scheduled to hit theatres July 2017) is Javier Bardem as the villainous Captain Salazar and British actress Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner), who takes over the leading lady reins from Keira Knightley.

TV

ONE TO WATCH:

Shania Twain: Still the One Live from Vegas
This past December, Canada’s country queen Shania Twain said farewell to Las Vegas following her 105-show residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. For fans that missed out on the Timmins, Ont.-native rocking out to hits like “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” the chanteuse brings her show to primetime in the special Shania Twain: Still the One Live from Vegas (Feb. 28, CTV/ABC).

Looks like she made it: 49 photos of Canadian super star Shania Twain

DON’T MISS:

House of Cards (season three debuts Feb. 27 on Netflix): Newly appointed President Underwood and his First Lady are primed and ready for their next chapter in the Emmy-winning political drama.

The Last Man on Earth (series premiere Mar. 1 on Fox):
Saturday Night Live-alum Will Forte searches for any signs of life on earth in this futuristic comedy that co-stars January Jones and Mary Steenburgen.

Secrets and Lies (series premiere Mar. 1 on CTV/ABC):
Big-screen stars Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis play a married couple coping with deceit and accusations after a neighbour’s child is found dead.

Parks and Recreation (series finale Feb. 24 on City/NBC):
After seven hilarious seasons, Amy Poehler takes her final bow as political powerhouse Leslie Knope.

Mysteries of Laura (Feb. 25, CTV/NBC):
It’s a Will & Grace reunion! Eric McCormack guest-stars as Laura’s (Debra Messing) no-nonsense onscreen ex-fiancé, Dr. Andrew Devlin.

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