This week's new movies and TV shows: 'Game of Thrones' character guide, Scott Eastwood in 'The Longest Ride' and more

By Clare Douglas

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 buzz-worthy movies and TV shows is your all-access guide to the big and small screen. This week, we’ve got exciting updates from some of Hollywood’s most highly anticipated films – including a Nicholas Sparks-adapted romance with breakout actor Scott Eastwood (yes, that’s Clint’s handsome lookalike son!) and the star-studded cast of Suicide Squad, which films in Toronto this spring.

On the small-screen, Hilary Duff returns to TV with a fashionable new series and Game of Thrones season 5 finally premieres on HBO Canada this week. Need a GOT refresher? Catch up with our quick character guide ahead of the premiere this Sunday, April 12 – and don't forget to check back on Mondays to stay up to date on must-see TV and noteworthy silver-screen news!

MOVIES

THE LONGEST RIDE starring SCOTT EASTWOOD

Clint Eastwood has taken many long rides as the king of western movies and now his 29-year-old son, Scott Eastwood, is beginning his own ride as one of Tinseltown’s hottest breakout actors. In the latest film adaptation of one of author Nicholas Sparks’ romantic tales, Scott plays a determined bull rider who is torn between his love for the sport and the love of his life. The handsome star, who is about to begin work on Suicide Squad (see below), has three more films hitting theatres this year including the biopic Snowden, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley.

SUICIDE SQUAD ADDS NAMES

The streets of Toronto are about to get a little more unruly. Production on Suicide Squad – based on the famous DC Comic series about convicted super villains who undergo missions for the government in order to get their sentences shortened – will get underway later this month. Confirmed cast members include Jared Leto (The Joker), Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne and Jai Courtney. The comic world is buzzing with rumours about the film, including the casting of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke and a potential cameo by Hollywood’s newest Batman, played by Ben Affleck. With a squad like this, the film, which is slated to hit theatres next year, is a sure thing at the box office.

NEW ON DVD: APRIL 7

A Most Violent Year: After immigrating to America in the 1980s, a married couple (Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain) fights for a stable life during one of New York’s most turbulent periods in history.

Voices: Don’t let the cute animals fool you: This is anything but a happy family flick. A seemingly normal business man (Ryan Reynolds) is hiding a very unusual secret – one that leads him to commit a variety of crimes, including murder.

TV

CATCH UP ON GAME OF THRONES

Even though the throne has found a kinder ruler in Tommen Baratheon, the list of self-professed rightful heirs continues to grow in Westeros. Use Hello!’s quick character guide to find out where the players stand before the epic fantasy drama’s fifth season kicks off on April 12 (HBO Canada).

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HILARY DUFF RETURNS TO TV

A decade after Hilary Duff said farewell to Lizzie McGuire – the show that made her a superstar – the 27-year-old actress is back and ready to wow audiences once again. After memorable guest spots on Gossip Girl and Two and a Half Men, Hilary makes her full-time return to the small screen in the new series Younger (series premiere April 7, M3). Co-starring Broadway vet Sutton Foster and Entourage’s Debi Mazar, Younger tells the story of a 40s-something divorcee who poses as a 26-year-old in order to bridge her way back into the world of publishing. Expect killer fashion moments from the leading ladies as show creator Darren Star called on his Sex and the City costume designer, Patricia Field, to outfit the cast.

DON’T MISS

Daredevil (season one streaming April 10, Netflix)
Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Cox steps into the role made famous by Ben Affleck in the 2003 movie adaptation of the Marvel comic. Blinded by a toxic waste spill, Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, relies on his other senses to battle crime in Manhattan. Also starring: Rosario Dawson and Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood).

Veep (season four premiere April 12, HBO Canada)
Now that she is President, will Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) be able to handle the pressure? House’s Hugh Laurie joins the cast in a top-secret role.

MTV Movie Awards (April 12, MTV Canada) Blockbuster hits Fault in Our Stars and Guardians of the Galaxy lead the pack of nominated films up for this year’s batch of golden popcorn prizes. After singer Jessie J hosts the pre-show, comedian Amy Schumer will take over emcee duties and special awards will be handed out to Trailblazer Shailene Woodley and Comedic Genius Kevin Hart.

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