From new series to memorable guest stars and the new movies releases that will have you racing to the theatre, Hello! Canada’s weekly report on new movies and TV shows is your all-access guide to the big and small screen. Check back on Mondays to stay up to date on must-see TV and noteworthy silver-screen news!
IN THEATRES THIS WEEK:
Still Alice (Jan. 23): Co-starring Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth, Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore plays an esteemed linguistics professor forced to come to terms with a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. For a one-on-one chat with star Kate Bosworth, pick up issue 432 of Hello! Canada on newsstands and tablet on Jan. 22!
The Humbling (Jan. 23): This TIFF 2014 Official Selection, based on the book by Philip Roth, features a complicated relationship between a struggling actor (Al Pacino) and a young and vibrant teacher (Greta Gerwig) who reignites his passion for life.
AWARDS SHOWS: SCREEN ACTORS GUILD (SAG) AWARDS
At Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards (Jan. 25, Global) all eyes will be on the talent that soared in television and film over the past year. Another familiar face will be in amongst the likes of Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey and Canada’s own Tatiana Maslany (nominated for her work in Orphan Black) – one that has been captivating audiences for the past 60 years. Debbie Reynolds, now 82, is this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and daughter Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) will be on hand to present her mother with the prize. A starlet of the MGM studio-era, Debbie became a superstar after dancing her way into the hearts of audiences in 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain. In honour of Debbie’s recognition, Hello! looks back at the life and career of the Hollywood legend.
ONE TO WATCH
Young Drunk Punk (series premiere Jan. 21, City): Bruce McCulloch (Kids in the Hall) recalls his younger days in the semi-autobiographical new series Young Drunk Punk. Set in Calgary during the 1980s, Bruce plays Lloyd McKay, a by-the-books property manager who tries desperately to control his teenage son and understand his daughter while giving his wife (played by his off-screen leading lady Tracy Ryan) a happy life. Acid-wash jeans, spandex and perms round out the cast.
Transparent (streaming Jan. 23, exclusively on shomi): Fresh off its double win at the Golden Globes, the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted series about a dysfunctional family navigating rocky relationships and acceptance makes its Canadian debut.
Backstrom (series premiere Jan. 22, City/Fox): The Office’s Rainn Wilson returns to the small screen as a self-destructive police detective who has an uncanny ability for solving crimes.
American Horror Story: Freak Show (season finale Jan. 21, FX Canada): This season of frights included shocking deaths, twisted relationships and Jessica Lange delivering the drama, as per usual. Even though the season is coming to an end, there is no need to worry because season five is on its way.
The Vampire Diaries (mid-season premiere Jan. 22, CTV Two): What’s in store for the supernatural of Mystic Falls? Executive producer Julie Plec teased on Twitter that in the second half of the hit show’s sixth season, our favourite fanged friends should expect “a hookup, a breakup and a makeup.” (P.S. the show just got renewed for a seventh season!)
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