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On the small screen, British actress Alice St. Clair takes care of the wounded in the First World War drama The Crimson Field and, as Suits and Under the Dome debut their new seasons, Nurse Jackie says a final farewell.
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Mark Wahlberg and his foul-mouthed, substance-abusing teddy bear of a best friend Ted (Seth MacFarlane) are back and up to more shenanigans in Ted 2 (in theatres June 26). In the follow up to the hit 2012 comedy, the furry character wants nothing more than to become a father. After discovering that the courts doesn’t allow for stuffed animals to have custody of children, Ted and John (Mark) seek out the help of beautiful lawyer Samantha (played by Amanda Seyfried) to challenge the rule. Look out for hilarious and memorable appearances by Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.
HELEN MIRREN’S CROWNING PERFORMANCE COMES TO CANADA
Earlier this month, Dame Helen Mirren was awarded a Tony for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the Broadway stage production of The Audience. Her stay on the Great White Way comes on the heels of a highly successful run in the same role in London’s West End. Now Canadians will be able to watch the icon in action when special screenings of the play hit select theatres on June 25 and July 4.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH … Alice St. Clair
In the new series The Crimson Field (Sundays, PBS), British actress Alice St. Clair plays a nurse stationed in northern France during the First World War. Audiences will likely recognize the beautiful English rose from her breakout role playing the future Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, in the TV movie William & Catherine: A Royal Romance. Stepping into the regal shoes of Kate was somewhat familiar territory for Alice, who holds the title of Lady in relation to her father, the 7th Earl of Rosslyn. “I can’t say I can answer that!” Alice tells Hello! with a laugh when asked if she will portray the Duchess on screen again. “Not in the foreseeable future. But it was a great role. Great fun.” Here, Alice chats about her new role and the surprising inspiration she found in her family’s attic.
Can you tell us a little bit about your character Flora?
Flora is the youngest of the volunteer nurses. She’s really enthusiastic and quite naïve and innocent. She comes from a wealthy family so at the beginning I don’t think she really knows what she’s expecting. But what’s so fun about her is that she adapts so well to her role as a nurse and actually really excels. She’s sort of the one that you might not think was going to be the good nurse but ends up being very good at her job.
Did you do a lot of research about the war before you started the project?
I did. I already knew a bit about it because my great great grandmother was a volunteer nurse herself in Cairo. And one of my great great aunts was also a nurse and had written a book called Six Weeks at the War. I used that book quite a lot for inspiration. It was written in a diary of accounts of what happened. But as I got into reading it I suddenly thought, “I shouldn’t read too much because the thing about this character is she wouldn’t have known all the details that the book was stating.” So I stopped reading it and finished it later.
How did you come to discover this family connection to the war?
I was vaguely aware of it because I had seen photos, but I really didn’t know much about it. It was my dad that told me. He took me into our old attic and showed me the actual original diary and said, “Look through this!”
SUITS RETURNS JUNE 24
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As the fifth season of the hit legal drama Suits gets underway on June 24 (Bravo), Harvey (Gabriel Macht) struggles to survive in the workplace without his trusty assistant, Donna (Sarah Rafferty). Meanwhile, colleague Mike (Toronto-native Patrick J. Adams) can’t contain his excitement over his newfound "fiancé" status after Rachel (Meghan Markle) accepted his marriage proposal in last season’s finale. Look for a distracted Harvey to be granted a bit of time to adjust to his new situation, but Gina Torres (who plays fierce boss Jessica) tells Screenrant that the clock is ticking, “If you’re putting my firm in jeopardy, then something’s gotta happen.”
Under the Dome (season 3 premiere June 25, Global/CBS): The third season of the science-fiction drama promises to unearth some answers about the dome’s ultimate agenda and why it entrapped the town of Chester Mill.
Big Brother (season 17 premiere June 24, Global/CBS): Fourteen strangers descend on the Big Brother house for another summer of fun, competition and a whole lot of back stabbing.
Nurse Jackie (series finale June 28, TMN): After seven successful seasons, Edie Falco says farewell to on-screen troubled persona Jackie and the dark comedy that racked up over 20 Emmy nominations during its run.
Humans (series debut June 28, AMC): How much technology is too much? This new series, starring William Hurt (A History of Violence), examines this question by exploring the pros and cons of living in a world that includes personal robots.