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This week, Jennifer Lawrence and company return for the final instalment in the Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, while Tom Hardy pulls double duty playing a pair of twin brothers in the gangster flick Legend.
On the small screen, the race to save lives on the new hospital drama Chicago Med kicks off and Krysten Ritter earns her superhero stripes in Marvel’s latest comic book adaptation, Jessica Jones. Also, we visited the Chicago Fire set to chat with Taylor Kinney about his most treasured belongings and whether or not he watches his fiancée Lady Gaga on American Horror Story: Hotel.
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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2
With the war against the Capital raging on, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must fulfill her destiny and lead the people of Panem to freedom in the finale of the epic Hunger Games saga. In Mockingjay - Part 2 (in theatres Nov. 20), Katniss quickly learns that liberating a nation built on fear will take more courage and resilience than she's shown so far.
Tom Hardy takes on the challenging task of playing two characters in the action-packed drama Legend (in theatres Nov. 20). In the film, which made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Inception star plays identical brothers who became notorious for their criminal empire in 1960s Britain. Based on John Pearson’s book, The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, Legend examines the lengths the brothers will go to in order to stay on top of the gangster game.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH ... TAYLOR KINNEY
Since 2012, Taylor Kinney has been putting out fires on the hit drama Chicago Fire (Wednesdays, Global/NBC). Now in its fifth season, the series has become one of primetime’s staple shows, inspiring spin-off series like Chicago P.D. and the new Chicago Med. Unlike his onscreen character Kelly Severide, who has yet to find “the one,” the handsome actor is blissfully in love with his fiancée Lady Gaga. Here, the Pennsylvania native reveals his fiery close call, his sense of humour and what it's like to watch his lady love scare viewers in the latest chapter of American Horror Story.
What’s the first thing you would grab if your house were on fire?
It’s happened before! I was in San Diego and the house that I was living in caught on fire. This guy was banging on the windows like, ‘Your house is on fire!’ And I thought, ‘Please go away.’ I grabbed a phone charger and a new record player that I didn't care about at all. Your mind just doesn't work the way you think it will. I think if I ever run into that experience again I won’t grab the phone charger.
Some of your castmates say you have a sophisticated sense of humour. Where does that come from?
I don’t know! [ Laughs] I don't know how sophisticated anyone’s sense of humour is on this show. Maybe the only place I could imagine that coming from is that I like reading the newspaper every day.
Have you watched Lady Gaga on American Horror Story?
When I can [I watch her.] We do plug in some pretty long hours, so I’ve seen a few.
After the success of the series Daredevil, Netflix is thrusting another Marvel superhero into the spotlight. In Jessica Jones (first season streaming Nov. 20, Netflix), the delightful Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 ) steps into the shoes of a short-lived superhero, forced to retire from her crime-fighting career only to open a detective agency. Joining Krysten are some notable faces from the science fiction world, including Doctor Who’s David Tennant and The Matrix heroine, and proud Canadian, Carrie-Anne Moss.
Television audiences are well aware of the inner-workings of Chicago’s fire and police department thanks to the hit series Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. Now, the doors have been opened to the local hospital in the new drama Chicago Med. Much like its sister shows, Chicago Med explores the lives of a dedicated team of professionals determined to save lives and help better the community. Oliver Platt leads a talented cast, which includes Colin Donnell (The Affair), S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order) and Torrey DeVitto (The Vampire Diaries).