This week's new movies and TV shows: 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' and 3 questions with 'The Walking Dead' star Christian Serratos

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

IN THEATRES:

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (March 6):
With his first successful hotel almost filled to capacity, Sonny (Dev Patel) and his unlikely yet perfectly paired business partner, Muriel (Maggie Smith), go in search of a second property to meet the demand of elderly Brits looking to start a new life chapter in India. Dame Judi Dench, who plays the charming Evelyn, says the cast, “jumped up and down,” upon learning a sequel was in the works. Shooting on location was a dream for the Oscar–winning actress, who sums up the experience by simply saying, “I don’t know if you know India but, if you’re paid to go to India for eight weeks one year, and four years later you go back, that’s it!”

NEW ON DVD:

The Captive:
Long before he became a father to a baby girl with wife Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds showed off his paternal side in Atom Egoyan’s chilling thriller The Captive. In the film – which was shot in Sudbury in the dead of winter, “I had regrets the first day we went out and it was minus 40,” admits the famed Canadian director – Ryan plays a heartbroken father frantically searching for his missing daughter. “He’s very empathetic,” says Atom of his leading man, “I knew he could pull it off.”

Also out on DVD: Foxcatcher, Grace of Monaco, The Last of Robin Hood and on March 6, pick up The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

COMING SOON:

The first trailer for Sarah Gadon’s upcoming flick, Royal Night Out, was just released and Hello! Canada can’t wait to see the Toronto native step into the regal shoes of a then-19-year-old Princess Elizabeth. The movie, which Sarah tells us has a Roman Holiday feel to it, tells the true story (albeit, an embellishment based on the Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhode’s, memoirs) of the future monarch and sister Princess Margaret’s night of freedom on VE-Day in 1945. “It was really scary!” Sarah tells Hello!, “But I had fallen in love with the story and the character and I knew that I had to play the part.” Royal Night Out is expected to hit theatres in late spring.

TV

THREE QUESTIONS WITH…Christian Serratos

Last October, over 22 million people tuned in to watch the premiere of the fifth season of the hit zombie series The Walking Dead, making it the most watched drama in the history of cable television. Each week, viewers fearfully looked on as Atlanta’s spirited group of misfits banded together to battle the dead and fight for survival. Thankfully, one character who is still standing is the strong-willed and resourceful Rosita, played by Christian Serratos. The 24-year-old beauty is no stranger to grappling with the supernatural, thanks to her turn as Angela in the Twilight series. Here, Christian open up about cast mates and what she really thinks about Rosita’s short-shorts.

  1. It was heartbreaking to watch the group lose much-loved members this season. What kind of toll does that take on you and the cast?
    Losing friends on set sucks. You go to work everyday and you get to play with your friends. You have such a good time and you bond and you become a family and then you realize you’re not going to see them everyday. It just sucks.
  2. Who would you say is least like their character?
    Danai is a goofball! I think she’s hilarious. Like Michonne, Danai is not to be messed with as she is a badass woman, but I haven’t seen Michonne be as silly as Danai is.
  3. Do you share a similar taste in fashion as Rosita?
    Well, the majority of the time I’m glam. I just always feel better when I’m very girly and feminine. It’s just what I like to do. So it’s fun and nice to sometimes get very dirty and put on the grimy Walking Dead clothes. [Laughs]

ONE TO WATCH:

American Crime (series debut March 5, CTV/ABC):
After a young couple is attacked in their home, a small Californian community is faced with growing tensions and accusations that cross both socioeconomic and racial lines. Leading the incredible cast, which includes Timothy Hutton and Regina King, is Felicity Huffman in her return to the small screen after wrapping an eight-season run on Desperate Housewives in 2012.

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