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, Chris Pratt and Jurassic World are larger than life in the dinosaur franchise's latest epic adventure, while indie flicks like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl make their mark and Reese Witherspoon leads an exciting list of casting news.
On the small screen, Canadian actor Anthony Lemke talks to Hello! Canada about his intergalactic expedition in the new sci-fi series Dark Matter;Orange Is the New Black debuts its third season; the latest Game of Thrones instalment comes to a thrilling conclusion and Drew and Jonathan Scott are back in competition mode in Brother vs. Brother.
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JURASSIC IS OUT OF THIS WORLD
After falling into extinction for 14 years, the Jurassic Park franchise is ready for its revival. The fourth chapter of the series, Jurassic World, hits theatres on June 12 and stars Parks and Recreation’s Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film is set 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park and Isla Nublar is home to a new dinosaur amusement park. With visitor rates on the decline, the park staff reveals a new hybrid dinosaur in hopes of attracting more interest. Instead of an increase in profits, they are left with loads of destruction when the dinosaur goes rogue. Joining Chris on the adventure is New Girl’s Jake Johnson, Judy Greer and Jurassic vet BD Wong (Dr. Henry Wu).
ALSO IN THEATRES JUNE 12
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: A young cancer patient (Olivia Cooke) and her classmate Greg (Thomas Mann) form a special bond in the face of her life-changing illness.
Vendetta: Dean Cain plays a detective who purposely gets himself imprisoned in order to seek personal revenge on a criminal that killed his wife.
Set Fire to the Stars: A semi-autobiographical look at the life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones) and his struggle with addiction. Elijah Wood also stars.
CASTING ROUND UP
The casting mill is mixing up an exciting lineup of stars and soon-to-be-filmed future hits:
Hot Pursuit’s Reese Witherspoon swaps her gun for wings in the upcoming retelling of Tinkerbell; DC Comic’s Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) has reportedly tapped Chris Pine to star as the fierce superhero’s boyfriend, Steve Trenor; Anne Hathaway is teaming up with Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo for Colossal – a film that is said to be a mix of Lost in Translation and Godzilla; and Zoë Kravitz is saddling up as a gunslinging hit woman in Black Belle.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH … Anthony Lemke
What should you do when you wake up and realize that someone or something has erased your memory? Search for answers. That is the mission that Canadian actor Anthony Lemke is on in the new science fiction series Dark Matter (premiere June 12, Space). In the show, which is set on a spaceship floating in outer space, the Ottawa native plays Three – a no-nonsense crew member who, as Anthony describes, is “a guy who runs off at the mouth a bit too much and says exactly what he and probably what everyone on the team is thinking, but no one will say." Here, the actor who has had memorable turns in Lost Girl, The Listener and 19-2tells Hello! Canada about his exciting new role, being a dad to three little ones and being kept in the dark.
What attracted you to this project?
My character is an ends justifies the means kind of guy and it’s just a heck of a lot of fun to play. It’s very freeing as an actor to play that kind of role. Also the whole notion of whether or not you can ever change who you are given all of your past memories and experiences is a really interesting philosophical discussion. It all leads to a whole lot of fun action throughout the 13 episodes as these guys, who discover that they’re not exactly squeaky clean, realize that they’ve made a lot of enemies and they don’t know who their enemies, or friends, are.
Have any of your three children shown interest in becoming an actor like dad?
They are young so they’ve got a lot of time. In the beginning they don’t really know what it means to be an actor. It’s not until they start going to school and people say, ‘Hey I saw your dad on TV!” That’s when it starts to hit home that acting is a bit of a different kind of profession. There are times when they say… ‘wouldn’t it be fun dad? [to act]’ It’s definitely an industry that’s been good to me and I’ve had a lot of fun in it and if my kids express that desire then I’d be more than happy to help them navigate getting into the industry.
Since your character’s memory is erased, did writers keep any details from you so it wouldn’t affect the way you played Three?
Yes! There’s a big twist that happens at the end of the first season and Joe, the head writer, held back and wrote it all neutrally so we didn’t know when we were reading the script and shooting the last episode how that twist was going to play out and who was going to be involved. We didn’t know until we were shooting it on the last day of filming. And that was pretty typical of the way all the little spoilers were revealed to us. They kept us not knowing all the time. It made it a lot of fun to work on the show because you just don’t know where it’s going.
THE LADIES OF LITCHFIELD RETURN
It’s been almost a year since viewers caught up with Piper ( Taylor Schilling) and the rest of the colourful inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary. In Orange Is the New Black's third season (streaming June 12, Netflix), Piper’s ex-girlfriend Alex is back behind bars and on a quest to find out why, while the death of queen bee Vee brings both feelings of relief and revenge for members of her inner circle. Also, a new inmate (played by Ruby Rose) catches the eye of more than a few of the ladies.
Game of Thrones (season five finale June 14, HBO Canada): A season of shocking deaths, masterful manipulation and fierce battles comes to a thrilling conclusion.
Brother vs. Brother(season 3 premiere June 8, W Network): Drew and Jonathan Scott take sibling rivalry to the next level as they both try to outsell the other in the ultimate game of house flipping.
2015 CMT Awards (June 10, W Network): Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban (who will debut his new single “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”) are set to rock the stage at this year’s festivities.
Josh Wolf Show (series premiere June 11, CMT): American comedian Josh Wolf follows in his close friend and collaborator Chelsea Handler’s footsteps by hosting his first late night variety show.