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 buzz-worthy movies and TV shows is your all-access guide to the big and small screen. This week, Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara accept their membership into the ‘fabulous on-screen female duo club’ in Hot Pursuit, Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton make the perfect pair in 5 Flights Up and Ben Affleck’s visit to the Toronto set of Suicide Squad causes a frenzy amongst comic-book fans.
On the small screen, Canadian actor Brett Dier spills secrets from the Jane the Virgin season finale, icons Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin make their Netflix debut in Grace and Frankie while Scandal, The Big Bang Theory and more close up their seasons.
Don't forget to check back on Mondays to stay up to date on must-see TV and noteworthy silver-screen news!
REESE AND SOFIA ARE RED HOT
Buddy comedies have been a staple in television and film for decades, but the legendary boys' club is now old news thanks to success of movies like Thelma and Louise and recent hit The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Next up? Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are making their mark in their new film Hot Pursuit (in theatres May 8). Reese plays an uptight police officer assigned to escort a drug lord’s widow (Sofia) across the country. Naturally, things don’t go exactly as planned and the two A-listers find themselves on a laugh-inducing adventure. The actresses, who also produced the film, join a long list of female duos who captivated audiences with their humour and humility. Here are five of our favourites!
ALSO IN THEATRES
Bravetown: A troubled teen forced to move in with his father in small-town America finds a new purpose, new love and a new life with the help of an understanding therapist played by Josh Duhamel.
Maggie: A dedicated father (Arnold Schwarzenegger) refuses to leave his daughter (Abigail Breslin) behind after she turns into a zombie.
5 Flights Up: Real estate decisions don’t come easy for a long-time married, New York-based couple in this dramedy, which stars Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.
James Franco calls on The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson to star in his next directorial endeavor, The Long Home.
Ben Affleck’s recent visit to Toronto has fuelled speculation that he will make an appearance as Batman in Suicide Squad.
Asa Butterfield (Hugo) is rumoured to have nabbed the role of Spider-Man in the franchise’s next round of action flicks.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2welcomes three-time Oscar-nominee Laura Linney to its cast.
Three Questions with.. BRETT DIER
“I don’t want to give it away, but I do want to give it away … but I can’t give it away!” a conflicted Brett Dier, star of the hit series Jane the Virgin, told Hello! Canada during a recent chat. We asked the Canadian actor to spill secrets from the upcoming season finale (May 12 on Shomi), and even though he did a pretty good job at keeping things “spoiler free,” he nonetheless offered up a small teaser. “People’s jaws will drop. The finale is going to leave you with a lot of anxiety, I think,” he said, adding, “There are like 10 twists in the episode. It just keeps throwing stuff at you. It’s pretty incredible!”
And what about Michael’s complicated relationship with Jane (Gina Rodriguez)? You’ll see them get in a better spot,” shared Brett. “It’s still awkward, but it’s not as awkward.” Here, the 25-year-old actor reflects on the success of the show, inspirations and calling Hollywood home.
Congrats on receiving a Golden Globe
nomination in your show's freshman season! What was that night like for you?
First of all, Gina winning was absolutely insane. [Leading lady Gina Rodriguez won Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical]. I was sort of star-struck and in a daze the whole time because a lot of my favourite actors were there. I spoke to Steve Carell for like 47 seconds! He was so cool. And Benedict Cumberbatch was there and Paul Rudd. I was just talking to those guys – not longer than a minute though because I ran out of things to say and I got nervous and ran off. I didn’t feel like I was really there, mentally. I was just in a daze.
What actor inspired you when you were
Jim Carrey is the reason why I became an actor. I haven’t met him yet! He hasn’t been at any of the things that we’ve been to. I’m dying to meet him. It would be pretty cool if he guest starred on the show. He could play my dad!
After landing the role on Jane, was it hard
leaving Vancouver to settle down in Los Angeles?
It was a big adjustment because I left my parents. I’m really close with my parents, so it’s weird not having them here right now. Plus, all my friends in Vancouver … it was hard leaving them. But my girlfriend (actress Haley Lu Richardson, Ravenswood) is here, so that’s what is keeping me really happy and sane.
ONE TO WATCH
Old friends Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are back together and are ready to make you laugh! More than three decades after they showed their boss who really was boss in Nine to Five, the legendary actresses are reuniting in the new comedy series Grace and Frankie (season one streaming May 8, Netflix) . Both characters are happily married until they discover that their husbands are actually happily in love with each other. Forced to deal with their new reality, Grace (Jane) and Frankie (Lily) develop an unlikely friendship. The series also stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston.
The Good Wife (season six finale May 10, Global) Charles Lester (Wallace Shawn) returns to fix the mess left behind by Kalinda (Archie Panjabi).
New Girl (season four finale May 5, City/Fox): One roommate moves out of the loft while Jess ( Zooey Deschanel) and Nick ( Jake Johnson) reevaluate their relationship.
Scandal (season four finale May 7, City/ABC): Olivia ( Kerry Washington) and company try to take down Command once and for all.
The Big Bang Theory (season eight finale May 7, CTV/CBS) Will Penny ( Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) finally talk about their wedding?
Revenge (season four finale May 10, City/ABC): It was recently announced that the Emily VanCamp-fronted series won’t be back for a fifth season, so you’ll have to tune in to see if Amanda Clark's revenge plot was worth it in the end.