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, Charlize Theron rules the desert in Mad Max: Fury Road, Anna Kendrick harmonizes in Pitch Perfect 2, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's latest collaboration gets a release date.
On the small screen, Queen Latifah plays legendary blues crooner Bessie Smith, Bruce Jenner opens up to his family about his life-changing decision and Mad Men signs off.
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IN THEATRES: 88
Hannibal star Katharine Isabelle leads a stellar cast, including Christopher Lloyd, Jesse McCartney and Kyle Schmid, in the indie Canadian flick, 88. After a traumatic experience leaves her with amnesia, a confused young woman (Katharine) goes on a violent and deadly rampage to seek vengeance against her former boss, who she believes killed her boyfriend. The dark thriller is the latest offering from Niagara Falls-born director, April Millen (Dead Before Dawn). Hello! caught up with Jesse, who is filming his fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks film, to talk about his thrilling role, singing and working in Canada.
Did you have fun filming in Canada? I hope us Canadians treated you well ...
You Canadians always treat us well!! Don’t you know? Eh? Always a pleasure to be “up north” with you.
What attracted you to the film?
I was intrigued by the “fugue state” and how it manifests in people. I thought the script was very good and the lead female role was powerful.
Since you are such a wonderful singer-songwriter, we have to ask ... If you had to write a song about your character Winks, what would it be called?
“I winked at you – you stared at me” (but it all came down to tragedy)
THE BELLAS ARE BACK!
In her directorial debut, Elizabeth Banks has reassembled the raddest female a cappella group for another round of riff offs in Pitch Perfect 2 (in theatres May 15). Following up the hugely successful 2012 film, Pitch Perfect, Anna Kendrick leads the Barden Bellas (including old pros Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow, and new member Hailee Steinfeld) all the way to the World A Cappella Championships. The soundtrack includes covers of Destiny’s Child’s Bootylicious, Carrie Underwood’s Before He Cheats and an original song, Flashlight, written by Sam Smith and Sia.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Charlize Theron is back on the big screen and she is all kinds of furious. The beautiful South African actress is kicking butt as the fearless heroine Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15). The movie is the latest installment in the Mad Maxfranchise, which debuted in 1979 with Mel Gibson at the helm. This time around, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) plays the titular character who teams up with Furiosa to save the lives of a group of enslaved women.
Top model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoë Kravitz (Divergent) play two of five women being held captive by the thriller’s antagonist, Immortan Joe. With the film expected to crush the competition at the box office, the flick’ssupporting cast of on-the-rise actors are next week’s must-know names.
Here, Hello! shines a light on five actors that help Charlize and company make Mad Max one memorable ride through the desert.
BRAD AND ANGELINA COZY UP BY THE SEA
A decade after Brad Pitt and wife Angelina Jolie fell in love on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the parents-of-six are reuniting for a much different type of movie - By the Sea - about a couple struggling with their marriage. Expected to hit theatres on Nov. 13, the movie sees Angelina doing triple duty as star, writer and director. "This is a story about a relationship derailed by loss, the tenacity of love, and the path to recovery and acceptance," Angelina tells The Hollywood Reporter.
ONE TO WATCH
Almost eight decades after Bessie Smith passed away in a car accident at the age of 43, the legendary blues singer is being remembered in the small-screen adaptation of her life story, Bessie (May 16, HBO Canada). The musical icon, who went from busking in the streets of Tennessee to become one of the highest-paid performers of the 1920s, is played by Oscar-nominated actress Queen Latifah. The role, says Queen Latifah, was a lifelong dream come true. Like Bessie, “I’ve experienced racism, I’ve experienced sexism, I’ve experienced loss in my love life,” she tells Backstage. “I know what it is to let people down, to have to ingratiate yourself and kind of humble yourself. To drink yourself to sleep because you’re in pain, I know what that is.”
American Idol (season 14 finale May 13, CTV/FOX): Jamie Foxx, Fall Out Boy, Pitbull and New Kids on the Block will rock the stage before Ryan Seacrest reveals this season’s winner.
Wayward Pines (series debut May 14, City/Fox): The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan brings his spooky touch to the small screen in this series based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch. Matt Dillon plays a secret service agent who while investigating the disappearance of two fellow agents finds more questions than answers. Also starring Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo and Terrence Howard.
Mad Men (May 17, AMC): Don Draper (Jon Hamm) toasts his final drink as the critically acclaimed series comes to a close.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (May 17 & 18, E!): Bruce Jenner opens up to his family about his journey in a two-part special of the hit reality show.
Billboard Music Awards (May 17, CTV/ABC): Taylor Swift and Sam Smith lead all nominees with 14 and 13 nods, respectively. Hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen one of music's biggest nights will include performances by Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea and John Legend.