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 new movies and TV shows is your all-access guide to the big and small screen. This week, Sean Penn is back and taking names in The Gunman, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy is out on DVD and the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, makes its hotly anticipated debut in theatres. On the small-screen, the Hockey Wives season premiere scores points off the ice and we sit down with original Glee member Kevin McHale before the curtain closes on the hit TV musical.
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IN THEATRES (March 20)
The sequel to last year’s Divergent is “bigger and better” says its leading lady Shailene Woodley, who reprises her role as Tris Prior. As war looms between the factions, Tris teams up with Four (Theo James) and newcomer Evelyn (played by a brown-haired Naomi Watts) to fight back against forces threatening to destroy the world. Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer joins the cast as Johanna, a faction leader who offers Tris a safe haven.
After a two-year hiatus, Oscar-winner Sean Penn returns to the big screen as Jim Terrier – a former special forces soldier turned assassin. Wanting a change in his life, Jim tries to retire from his high-risk gig and settle down with the love of his life, but soon learns that trying to get out of the assassin game is just as deadly as his aim.
NEW ON DVD (March 17)
After a disastrous film review leaves him speechless, comedian Andre Allen (played by Chris Rock who also directed the film) works to revitalize his image, change his career and face the life he left behind. Rosario Dawson also stars.
The inspiring tale of a young girl’s journey to finding her family is brought to life by Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz.
After taking home nine trophies, including best picture, at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards and earning director Xavier Dolan his first jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this made-in-Canada flick is a force to be reckoned with. The film examines the complicated relationship between a single mother, her troubled son and a mysterious neighbour who steps in to help.
TOP 10 MOVIE SEQUELS WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE
On the heels of the most fashionable movie announcement of all time for Zoolander 2 and the confirmation that Frozen 2 is in the works, Hello! rounds up the top 10 most anticipated movie sequels.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH … KEVIN MCHALE
Like the saying goes (and the hit Nelly Furtado jam!) “All good things must come to an end.” After six musical and drama-filled seasons, Glee is ready to sing its final farewell (March 20, City). The show not only influenced the spike in choir club memberships across the globe, but it injected a never-before-seen formula into the small screen. It introduced audiences to the off-the-charts pipes of Lea Michele and gave a good ol’ Canadian boy, the late Cory Monteith, a platform to showcase his talent. So before the cast harmonizes for the last time, Hello! catches up with one of the original New Directions’ members, Kevin McHale, to reminisce about his time at McKinley High.
- What will you miss most about working on Glee?
I think the biggest thing will be the crew. I know people see us, and they see Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk [the show’s creators], but what they don’t realize is it takes hundreds of people every day to put the show on. We’ve had pretty little turnover in terms of crewmembers, so a lot of them have been there since the very beginning. They’re family. We’re as close to them as we are to any of the cast members.
- Have you learned anything about fame and success having been on such a hit show?
I think if anything … you gain a new sense of perspective. You realize what and who really matters in terms of your life. The reason why we were all so close is because when you’re on something that gets so much success, especially internationally, it’s a really hard concept to grasp. I had friends tell me at the start of the show, “Do you really get what’s going on? Can you really grasp that?” And you can’t. It’s impossible to really grasp what’s going on because none of us had been through it before and the bigger the show got the closer we all got with each other.
- How did you navigate through the crazy hysteria that surrounded the show?
Ryan Murphy coached us through the whole thing, which was really great and which is why you don’t really see many of us going off the rails. We were on the media’s good side for a long time and then at some point there’s a shift and people wait for that and try and tear you down. So when you go through that you have to realize what’s real and what’s not real. We’ve definitely changed because we’ve gone through it and we’ve learned so much. If anything it’s been an education and it’s something that we’ll never forget.
Hockey wives: (March 18, W Network)
While their partners are busy on the ice, the ladies of the hockey world are holding down the fort – as mothers, businesswoman, friends and dedicated philanthropists. For the first time on television, their hectic lives have been documented in the new series Hockey Wives (season premiere March 18, W Network). The behind-the-scenes look at life away from the rink puts the spotlight on 10 women, including Anger Management star Noureen DeWulf (wife of Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Ryan Miller) and TV personality Maripier Morin (Montreal Canadiens’ Brandon Prust’s lady love).
Watch our exclusive interviews with some of the hockey wives below!