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, Tomorrowland’s Matthew MacCaull dishes on co-star George Clooney and his biggest inspiration (hint: it’s his grandmother!), while Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper say Aloha to love in Cameron Crowe’s latest drama.
On the small screen, 'tis the season of game shows with Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader making its return to primetime and celebrity contestants facing off in I Can Do That. Also, David Duchovny is a daring detective in Aquarius and Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon and nominee David Oyelowo give golden performances in made-for-TV movies.
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THREE QUESTIONS WITH … Matthew MacCaull
“It’s been surreal!” says Canadian actor Matthew MacCaull about his journey to Tomorrowland – Disney’s latest adventure flick co-starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson. The film (in theatres now) tells the story of Casey (Britt), a young astrology enthusiast whose unwavering optimism and belief in innovation spurs a world-saving expedition to a land where anything is possible. Matthew plays Dave Clark, a mysterious agent who tries to stop Casey from completing her mission. Here, the Montreal native (who now calls Vancouver home) reveals to Hello! Canada where his own ‘Tomorrowland’ is, why George Clooney is such a superstar and his heroic plans for the summer.
The film is bursting with inspiration... who or what inspired you when you were a child?
My grandmother. She’s non stop. She raised an entire family, she’s a farmer’s wife, she teaches herself to play new instruments all the time. She’s taught me the value of a good work ethic but also to just see that there’s nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it. My real 'Tomorrowland' is my grandparents' farm in PEI. That’s my superman’s fortress of solitude. It’s this stereotypical Canadian dairy farm in the middle of nowhere, the ocean's just over the hill with tall grasses blowing in the fields and, yeah, that’s definitely home. So if I could touch a pin and it would take me there then that would be perfect.
What was it like working with George?
He has a magic spell and just charms everybody. He really is that genuine, down-to-earth guy. And you think "Dammit! He’s a really good guy!" ( Laughs). The humility that he carries himself with is just so inspiring and refreshing to see. When you first meet George he just looks at you and gives a wink that says, "Hey, you’re okay" and he lets you in on the secret and you’re like, "Yeah, things are okay here." He just puts you at ease.
Any big plans for the summer?
Well I’ve started filming Cedar Cove with Andie MacDowell. I’m brought in as a new character called Dr. Chad for season three. But, also, when I first moved to Vancouver as an actor starting out, you have to have so many jobs to try and make a go of this, so one of the jobs I started way back when was lifeguarding on the beach in the summertime. I love the ocean so to this day I’m a lifeguard! It’s something I really enjoy doing. I love interacting with people and the environment. It’s a beautiful job.
BRADLEY COOPER SAYS ALOHA
Director Cameron Crowe ( Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) returns to camera duty in the new romantic-comedy Aloha (May 29). Set in Hawaii, Bradley Cooper plays a military contractor who returns to the Pacific island to work on a new project. He soon finds himself dealing with unresolved feelings for his ex (Rachel McAdams) and a budding relationship with his new boss (Emma Stone). The real star of the film, with its lush greenery and crystal-blue waters, is Hawaii - and it's sure to have you daydreaming about your next vacation. To keep you in a Hawaiian state of mind, here are ten hit films that also call the Polynesian oasis home.
IN THEATRES MAY 29
San Andreas: Dwayne Johnson kicks into hero mode to save his family after the “Big One” hits California.
Barely Lethal: Fresh off her vocal victory in Pitch Perfect 2, Hailee Steinfeld stars as a young special-ops agent who dreams of being a normal teenager.
Results: A personal trainer’s (Guy Pearce) plans to expand his gym business become interesting after a wealthy client wants in on the action. Also starring Canada’s Cobie Smulders.
SPRING ON THE GAME SHOWS!
Archery, acrobatics and arithmetic – this season’s offerings of competition game shows are as diverse as they are entertaining.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (May 26, Fox): Jeff Foxworthy’s late-2000 hit is back with even smarter kids ready to school adults and viewers alike.
America’s Got Talent (season 10 debuts May 26, City/NBC): Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Melanie Brown and Howard Stern are on the hunt for the best undiscovered talent in the United States.
I Can Do That (series premiere June 9, NBC): Celebrity contestants (Nicole Scherzinger, Joe Jonas and Ciara) tap into talents they didn’t even know they had. First up, the stars will try to master double dutch and archery before a live audience judges their performance.
Bullseye (series premiere May 27, Fox): Extreme sports meets brains and brawn in this new physical game show hosted by Twilight’s Kellen Lutz.
ONE TO WATCH
In the new thrilling drama Aquarius (series premiere May 28, NBC), David Duchovny plays a detective in pursuit of the soon-to-be infamous criminal, Charles Manson. A father suspects his daughter might be trapped in Manson’s web and seeks the help of Detective Sam Hodiak (David) to find her before it’s too late. The series is set in the months prior to the Manson family’s murderous rampage, which left nine people dead (including actress Sharon Tate).
Nightingale (May 29, HBO Canada): Oscar nominee David Oyelowo (Selma) delivers a chilling performance as a war veteran battling a new enemy – post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe: (May 30 and 31, Lifetime Canada) A behind-the-scenes look at the screen siren’s tumultuous life away from the cameras, including her rocky romances and ongoing struggle with mental-health issues. Starring Kelli Garner and Susan Sarandon.