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, two-time Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas puts on his baddie hat in the new thriller, Beyond the Reach. Meanwhile, Freida Pinto moves into theatres in Desert Dancerand we highlight which stars are in Canada this spring and summer working on future hit flicks.
On the small-screen, the Clone Club’s queen Tatiana Maslany is back and contending with a new male set of clones in the third season of her science fiction phenomenon Orphan Black – set to premiere on April 18. Don't forget to check back on Mondays to stay up to date on must-see TV and noteworthy silver-screen news!
THREE QUESTIONS WITH … Michael Douglas
He’s sure got a knack for playing the bad guy! Michael Douglas, the man who brought us Gordon Gekko, is once again indulging his inner villain in a new movie called Beyond the Reach, which co-stars Jeremy Irvine and premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The Oscar-winning actor plays a wealthy businessman with murderous intent, who embarks on a hunting expedition in the desert. “There’s a part of us who just loves the bad guy,” Michael recently joked during an appearance on Today. “I just enjoy it. There’s kind of a freedom and audiences enjoy it too.” Off camera, life is good for Michael, 70. He’s happier and healthier than ever since overcoming throat cancer and reconciling with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones – with whom he has two children, Dylan, 14, and Carys, 12 – after a brief split in 2013. Here, City’s correspondent Susie Wall chats with Michael about his love for Canada and hard work.
What does it mean to premiere this in Toronto?
I love Toronto. I don’t know how many movies I’ve made up here and I’ve got some dear friends. I’m very patriotic about the relationship between Canada and the U.S. and how we take this incredible border that we have it for granted. And you put on a hell of a festival!
Was this a difficult film to shoot?
It was a labour of love and we had a great time. It was a tough, tough shoot. We shot up in the Navajo reservation up in the corners of New Mexico. But I enjoy this kind of challenge. It reminds me of Romancing the Stone [his 1984 classic co-starring Kathleen Turner] a little bit.
You’re really tapping into your dominant male persona for this role. Any tricks to getting ready for a day on the set?
[ Laughs and shakes head] You sound like you know me!
Hollywood’s hottest actors are springing up all over the Great White North this season! Vancouver … Back in his hometown, Ryan Reynolds is filming the upcoming action flick Deadpool, while Steven Spielberg is working his directorial magic on the set of The BFG – based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book The Big Friendly Giant. Toronto and the GTA … The super villains of DC Comics’ Suicide Squad (Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis) have landed and are ready to hit the streets; Orange is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne and Chloe Sevigny are in Sudbury working on the horror flick, Antibirth. Montreal … Naomi Watts was recently spotted saying farewell to hubby Liev Schreiber and their two boys at Vancouver’s airport before catching a flight to Montreal to continue work on Shut In alongside Oliver Platt.
IN THEATRES FRIDAY, APRIL 17
Desert Dancer: Taking place during the tumultuous days of Iran’s 2009 presidential election, a group of ambitious and courageous artists break social rules by forming an underground dance company. Freida Pinto stars in this biopic based on the life of acclaimed dancer Afshin Ghaffarian.
Monsters: Dark Continent: In this follow up to 2010’s Monsters, a new military unit (featuring Johnny Harris and Game of Thrones’ Joe Dempsie) travel to the Middle East to battle a new insurgent of alien enemies.
True Story: Comedy pals James Franco and Jonah Hill put on their serious faces for this chilling tale rooted in mystery and deceit. Jonah plays a journalist who finds himself trapped in the web of a convicted murderer (James).
NEW ON DVD/BLU-RAY THIS WEEK
Escobar: Paradise Lost: A young Canadian surfer (The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson) gets mixed up with a Colombian drug lord (Benicio Del Toro) and further complicates things by falling in love with his niece.
Big Eyes: Amy Adams plays American artist Margaret Keane, who battles back against her husband after he claims her work as his own.
The Babadook: The boogie monster is very real in this Australian horror flick, which has successfully scared its way to a 98 per cent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
ORPHAN BLACK RETURNS
The clone count continues to rise on the hit science-fiction series, Orphan Black – but this time around, Tatiana Maslany doesn’t have to do all the work. The show, which kicks off its third season on April 18 (CTV and Space), introduced a new set of male clones in last season’s finale, which left fans wondering just how expansive the clone program really is. Kingston, Ont.-native Ari Millen takes on the challenge of portraying a class of clones seemingly developed by the military. Look for Shameless star Justin Chatwin and Lost Girl’s Ksenia Solo to either help or hinder Sarah (Tatiana) and her sister’s quest for answers.
The Messengers (series premiere April 18, shomi): A mysterious object falls out of the sky killing unsuspecting bystanders – who then come back to life stronger than ever and equipped with a special power to stop the impeding apocalypse.
Chris D’Elia: Incorrigible (streaming April 17, Netflix): Women, romance and babies – nothing is off limits for actor and comedian Chris D’Elia (Undateable), who presents his first comedy special for Netflix.
The 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (April 19, CBS): To mark a half-century of celebrations, the academy will hand out a host of milestone awards to some of country’s brightest stars including Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift – who might be all about pop right now, but whose southern-girl country roots remain strong.