From new series to memorable guest stars and the 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. This week, we have an enchanting chat with Into the Woods star Billy Magnussen ahead of the film’s DVD release and showcase the movies set to make waves at the box office. On the small screen, Big Brother Canada returns, James Corden makes his late-night debut and we reveal why the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is binge-worthy television.
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THREE QUESTIONS WITH … BILLY MAGNUSSEN
Actor Billy Magnussen is a man of many talents. The New-York native is not only a seasoned theatre vet, but he stirred things up on the small screen in As the World Turns and Boardwalk Empire, before riding his way into the world of Disney as Rapunzel’s prince in the magical blockbuster Into the Woods (DVD release March 24). Did we mention he’s also in the band Reserved for Rondee? Also, how many people can say that Meryl Streep got them a role in a major motion picture? (Meryl saw Billy perform on stage in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike back in 2013 and told Woods’ producers that they needed to hire him). Here, the handsome star, who shares the screen with Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Bridge of Spies, reflects on his time in the woods and saying farewell to his twenties.
- What was your most memorable moment from working on Into the Woods?
The first moment that I walked into the room for the read through. I literally finished my play in New York, got on a red eye to London and then got off the plane and walked into a room with the cast, and I was like… ‘No this isn’t really happening.’
- Do you miss your costume? Your leather pants were amazing!
I’m wearing the leather pants right now (Laughs). I know Chris Pine was jealous that I got them.
- With your 30th birthday coming up [on April 20], do you have any special plans for the next chapter of your life?
Thirty. It showed up so fast! I’m big into traveling and new adventures. I’d just like to take another road that I haven’t taken before. I don’t know what to expect … but I hope that I can always take that first step.
IN THEATRES (March 27):
Home: A banished alien finds friendship and adventure in a young earthly girl (voiced by Rihanna) who is determined to find her mother before an extraterrestrial invasion threatens to keep them apart.
Get Hard: Facing a decade in jail, a hedge funder (Will Ferrell) convicted of fraud hires a small-business owner (Kevin Hart), who he wrongly assumes is an ex-con, to help him prepare for life behind bars.
Danny Collins: In this musical flick, Al Pacino stars as a rock star struggling to reconnect with his family and coming to terms with aging. The discovery of a letter penned by John Lennon forty years prior inspires the singer to rediscover his passion for music, his family and his life. Also starring Jennifer Garner and Annette Bening.
FIVE REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BINGE WATCH UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
Spring may have arrived on the calendar, but the lingering chill in the air calls for one more round of binge-watching-fuelled-hibernation. Tina Fey’s latest creation, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), tells the story of a young girl on a quest to recapture her life after spending 15 years in an underground apocalyptic cult. Click here for five reasons why Kimmy will be your new favourite show.
Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Luke Bryan, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift will battle it out for the Artist of the Year prize at the second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 29 (NBC). The live event is sure to a memorable night of music, with Rihanna and Madonna set to perform their latest hits and Justin Timberlake on hand to receive the Innovator of the Year award. The Mendes Army (fans of Canadian cutie Shawn Mendes) are banding together to out-stan the Swifties and the BeyHive for the Best Fans honour, while British import Charli XCX is hoping to be crowned with the Renegade title.
The ultimate social experiment is back! Sixteen Canadians (willing to share one bathroom!) will compete in a battle of wits, strategy and discrepant personalities on the third season of Big Brother Canada (season premiere March 23, Global). Host Arisa Cox will guide the houseguests through weekly challenges for food and power and then offer her shoulder to cry on to the unlucky competitors who get booted from the house.
Late night gets a new face on March 23 with the debut of the Late Late Show with James Corden (CTV Two/CBS). James, 36, has left his native Britain for sunny Los Angeles to take over the reins of the show made famous by Craig Ferguson. During his premiere week, James will welcome the always charming Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Mila Kunis, Chris Pine and Kevin Hart.