This week's new movies and TV shows: 'The Avengers,' 3 questions with Dean Winters 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, one of the summer's most highly anticipated adventure flicks - Avengers: Age of Ultron - finally hits theatres on May 1, and Carey Mulligan stars as headstrong Bathsheba Everdene in Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd.

On the small screen, we gear up for a slew of exciting series finales - including Mom, Backstrom, Blue Bloods, Madame Secretary and The Last Man on Earth - and Hello! chats exclusively with Battle Creek star Dean Winters, who dishes on everything from his friendship with costar Josh Duhamel to what he wanted to be growing up (a firefighter!).

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

MOVIES

THE AVENGERS REASSEMBLE

It’s been three years since audiences last saw the ultimate superhero team take flight and fans couldn't be more excited to see Marvel’s megastars join together once again to battle Earth’s latest threat in Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1). Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk and Hawkeye welcome some new friends (or foes?) in the latest installment, including brother/sister duo Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. A new Avengers movie doesn’t just mean an action-packed ride at the theatres, but given its A-list cast of colourful personalities the press tour is just as entertaining. Here are 10 of Hello’s favourite quotes from Robert Downey Jr. and company.

TOP 10 AVENGERS' CAST QUOTES: CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW THE GALLERY

IN THEATRES MAY 1

Far From the Madding Crowd: Thomas Hardy’s literary tale about a strong independent woman ( played perfectly by Carey Mulligan) and her quest to find true love amongst three very different suitors comes to life.

NEW ON DVD APRIL 28

The Wedding Ringer: Kevin Hart is a marital master in this hilarious buddy comedy about a socially awkward man who needs help finding a best man for his wedding.

Paddington: The beloved children’s book gets the silver screen treatment complete with a wicked villain played by the inimitable Nicole Kidman.

The Boy Next Door: Jennifer Lopez finds herself in deep trouble when an affair with her neighbour turns dangerous.

TV

THREE QUESTIONS WITH … Dean Winters

In the crime drama Battle Creek (Sundays, Global/CBS), actor Dean Winters plays Russ Agnew, a no-nonsense old school detective who has trouble accepting help from a showboat FBI agent with a knack for solving crimes. It’s that push-and-pull partnership between Dean and co-star Josh Duhamel that has captivated audiences and is reminiscent of buddy cop dramas of days past (think Starsky and Hutch and Cagney & Lacey). Here, the 50-year-old actor, who has had memorable turns in Oz,Law & Order:Special Victims Unit, Rescue Me and 30 Rock as Tina Fey’s most-horrible of boyfriends, talks cop dreams, chemistry and hazards on the job.

Dean stars as no-nonsense Russ Agnew on Battle Creek. Photo © Getty

Breaking Bad and now Battle Creek’s creator Vince Gilligan is known for pairing up compatible actors and your chemistry with Josh is great. Were you friends before you signed on to the show?
Josh and I didn’t know each other. We’d never met before. At the end of the day it’s a nice balance. On Breaking Bad [Walt and Jess] were complete opposites but their chemistry on screen was great and I like to think that’s what Vince was looking for [in Battle Creek].

Russ has found himself in some tricky situations, not to mention getting shot earlier in the season. Do you like doing all the action sequences?
Yeah! Every episode I get wounded. It’s like a thing. Actually every show I’ve ever done I’ve just got the crap kicked out of me. I think the universe is trying to tell me something [ Laughs] … but it’s fun to play with that.

Did you have any childhood aspirations to become a police officer?
When I was a kid I actually wanted to be a firefighter. The first cop I played was years ago and it was exciting because we got to do ride-alongs and I ended up becoming friends with a lot of cops. They’re a whole different breed of human being. It’s always fun to play.

ONE TO WATCH

Based on J.K. Rowling’s adult novel of the same name, The Casual Vacancy(premieres April 29, HBO Canada) takes viewers into the seemingly charming English village of Pagford where local politics is causing quite a ruckus. After a spot on the town council opens up, the villagers can’t agree on a replacement. The stellar cast includes Harry Potter alum Michael Gambon, Skyfall’s Rory Kinnear and Star Wars’ Jedi master Silas Carson.

SEASON FINALES

Mom (April 30, City/CBS): Bonnie (Allison Janney) and Christy (Anna Faris) continue to feud after Christy’s son announces that he wants to live with his father.

Backstrom (April 30, City/Fox): Arctic Air’s Adam Beach guest stars as curtain closes on the mystery drama’s freshman season.

Blue Bloods (May 1, CTV/CBS): The conclusion of season five leaves one of the Reagans in peril.

Madam Secretary (May 3, Global/CBS): Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) reflects on her journey thus far and confronts her former friend Juliet over her traitorous ways.

The Last Man on Earth (May 3, Fox) Now that their unconventional romance is over, will Phil (Will Forte) and Carol make amends?

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