This week's new movies and TV shows: Blake Lively in 'Age of Adaline,' 3 questions with Ksenia Solo, 'Maps to the Stars' 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, new mom Blake Lively finds the fountain of youth in Age of Adeline, while John Travolta and Canada’s Christopher Plummer team up in The Forger. Also, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, starring Julianne Moore, is new on DVD and Blu-ray.

On the small screen, Lost Girl’s Ksenia Solo finds herself transported back in time to the days of the American Revolutionary War in TURN, Bruce Jenner speaks out in a revelatory new interview with Diane Sawyer and Monty Python fly into late night.

Don't forget to check back on Mondays to stay up to date on must-see TV and noteworthy silver-screen news!

MOVIES

BLAKE LIVELY IS FOREVER YOUNG

After Blake Lively said goodbye to the Upper East Side and her on-screen persona, Serena van der Woodsen, in 2012, the Gossip Girl alum has concentrated on her marriage to hubby Ryan Reynolds, the launch of her lifestyle site Preserve and her biggest venture to date – becoming a mom to daughter James. Now, the California-native makes her return to acting in the epic romantic flick Age of Adaline (April 24). Blake plays a 29-year-old woman who finds herself unable to age, and must watch as her loved ones grow old without her. “The story is so romantic, poetic and unique,” Blake has said. “It’s such a beautiful journey that I was just dying to do this movie.” Vets Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn star alongside Blake as Adaline’s past love and daughter, respectively.

IN THEATRES FRIDAY, APRIL 24

The Forger: A father-son team, played by Christopher Plummer and John Travolta, attempt to pull off the heist of their lives - stealing the Mona Lisa from Paris’s Louvre Museum.

Adult Beginners: After his business ventures fail, a young entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) looks to his sister Justine (Rose Byrne) for help to get back on track.

The Water Diviner: Russell Crowe stars as a dedicated father who travels to Turkey in search of his three sons after they go missing during the First Word War.

NEW ON DVD/BLU-RAY THIS WEEK


Maps to the Stars: David Cronenberg’s most recent cinematic creation, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, takes a satirical look at life in Hollywood. Oscar-winner Julianne Moore stars as a “washed-up” actress desperate to reclaim her star status, who looks to her assistant, played by Mia Wasikowska, for help. Like all good Cronenberg flicks, the film takes audiences on a wild and twisted ride, peppered with mystery and a dose of the bazaar. The film also stars Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon and John Cusack.

Sex, aging and the very strange career of Julianne Moore

Additional in-home releases: Taken 3 with Liam Neeson, Everyly with Salma Hayek, Two Days, One Night starring Marion Cotillard

TV

THREE QUESTIONS WITH… Ksenia Solo

“I’ve been craving an iced cappuccino for literally the last four months,” actress Ksenia Solo tells Hello! during a visit to Toronto in late March. “Even though it’s cold and miserable outside, I feel like I have a little slice of heaven with my Timmy Hos! It doesn’t get more Canadian than that!” [ Laughs]. It’s a busy time for the Latvian-Canadian actress who is all over primetime television thanks to her roles in three hit shows – Lost Girl , Orphan Blackand TURN: Washington’s Spies. Now in its second season, TURN(Mondays, AMC) tells the true story of the American Revolutionary War and the figures that helped shape the history of the United States. Here, Ksenia opens up about stepping into the 18th century to portray the politically minded Peggy Shippen, corsets and her penchant for playing strong independent women.

What is it like to play such a famous historical figure?
Peggy is such a fascinating character and it’s an incredible period of time to explore. She was a very skilled socialite and she hailed from one of the richest families in Philadelphia. But that was just a façade. She was also very cunning, very knowledgeable in politics and smart and charming and witty. TURN explores the events that led up to Benedict Arnold (her husband) becoming a traitor, which Peggy played a very pivotal role in.

You sport quite the wig in the show! What was like getting to dress up as an 18th-century woman?
The wig looks very intimidating because it’s very high and there’s a lot of hair [Laughs], but it wasn’t as heavy as I thought it would be. Surprisingly it was the easiest thing to wear out of everything. It was quite painful most days because of the corset and the many layers but I did enjoy getting to play in that world.

Lost Girl’s Kenzi, Shay on Orphan Black and Peggy are all very strong female characters. Is it important to you to play powerful women?
I feel very lucky that the three women that I’m playing now are all independent and strong in their own way. I look up to these characters and try to learn from them. I admire their courage and their sense of self.

DON’T MISS

20/20 (April 24, ABC): Keeping Up with the KardashiansBruce Jenner sits down with Diane Sawyer to talk about family, fame and his future.

Justified (series finale April 21, Super Channel): After six seasons of playing in the ultimate cat and mouse battle, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and career criminal Boyd Crowder settle the score once and for all.

The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (April 23, CTV Two/NBC) Britain’s acclaimed comedy troupe Monty Python (Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese) stop by the late show for some guaranteed laughs.

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