This week, Tom Cruise soars in his fifth turn as Ethan Hunt for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Jake Gyllenhaal fights back in Southpaw and National Lampoon’s Vacation hits the road, this time with funnyman Ed Helms behind the wheel. Also, newly released DVDs include Kristen Stewart’s Clouds of Sils Maria.
On the small screen, as Canadian Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe makes her final decision and former contestants return for another shot at love on Bachelor in Paradise, a cabin full of A-list stars that includes Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd moves into Camp Firewood for another Wet Hot American Summer.
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TOM CRUISE-S INTO ACTION
More than 19 years after super spy Ethan Hunt started his missions, Tom Cruise just can’t shake his fearless alter ego. Perhaps it’s because the actor, much like his character, lives for adrenaline-fueled adventures, death-defying stunts and non-stop action. In the fifth installment of Tom’s turbo-charged franchise, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (July 31), Agent Hunt leads his team on a pursuit to stop a rogue organization from destroying his secret intelligence unit. The 53-year-old actor’s backup on this mission include Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg and Alec Baldwin.
THE GRISWOLDS HIT THE ROAD AGAIN
Rusty Griswold is all grown up and ready to follow in his father’s clumsy footsteps. The character, which was first played by Anthony Michael Hall, Ethan Embry and The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki, has been placed in the highly efficient and hilariously gifted hands of The Hangover’s Ed Helms in Vacation (July 29). Rusty sets out to design the perfect cross-country road trip for his wife (played by Christina Applegate) and their two sons, but like all good Griswold outings, disaster strikes at every turn, leaving audiences in stitches and the National Lampoon reputation intact.
JAKE GYLLENHAAL AND RACHEL MCADAMS ARE A TOTAL KNOCKOUT
To play the ambitious boxer Billy Hope in the gritty drama Southpaw (in theatres July 31), actor Jake Gyllenhaal trained for more than eight months to get his body into fighting shape. The physical transformation that he had to undergo was just as intense as the emotional struggle his character is forced to deal with after a tragedy leaves him heartbroken. St. Thomas, Ont.-native Rachel McAdams stars alongside Jake as his loving wife, Maureen.
ON DVD JULY 28
Clouds of Sils Maria: Kristen Stewart’s portrayal of a young actress who forces a cinematic legend (Juliette Binoche) to face her past won her a prestigious Cesar award at France’s “Oscars.”
Home: Rihanna and Jim Parsons voice two unlikely friends in this charming animated flick about an alien invasion gone awry.
The Water Diviner: When his three songs go missing in Turkey, a determined father (played by Russell Crowe) goes to any length to find them.
WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER RETURNS
After years of rumours and fan campaigns, Wet Hot American Summer has been revived for a new eight-episode prequel series premiering July 31 (Netflix Canada). The 2001 cult-favourite film’s stellar cast, including Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Janeane Garofalo have suited up in their Camp Firewood best for another summer of hilarious hijinks, romance and unrequited love stories. As if the cast wasn’t talented enough, producers will introduce a variety of new characters played by Kristen Wiig, The Good Wife’s Josh Charles and scene-stealer Jon Hamm.
BACHELORETTE KAITLYN HANDS OUT HER FINAL ROSE
What a ride it has been for Vancouver’s Kaitlyn Bristowe. After trying to find love as a contestant on the 19th season of the Bachelor, she returned to battle it out with fellow Bachelor alum Britt Nilsson for a chance to find her Prince Charming amongst a pool of eligible men. Now she is faced with a very difficult choice. Will she accept Ryan Gosling-look-alike Sean’s proposal or say yes to the always-persistent Nick. After her decision is revealed in the finale on July 27 (City/ABC), the couple will spill details about their love story on the always-entertaining After the Final Rose special. Viewers of the show need not worry, as more tears, dates and romance will be served up on August 2, when past contestants mix and mingle in Mexico for another season of Bachelor in Paradise.