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, Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling get in touch with their emotions in Inside Out and we catch up with beautiful British actress Olivia Cooke to discuss her heartbreaking new film, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
On the small screen, Canadians Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch prepare for their close-up in the second season of True Detective, Poldark comes to North America and we round up the best TV dads in honour of Father’s Day.
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THREE QUESTIONS WITH … Olivia Cooke
After winning the jury and audience prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, word quickly spread that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a film not to be missed. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon recruited talents like Connie Britton and Molly Shannon to bring author Jesse Andrews’ harrowing tale of a young girl’s experience with cancer to the big screen. British actress Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) plays Rachel – a bright and beautiful teenager who fights for her life after being diagnosed with leukemia. But the film also explores the rippling effects of friendship and its everlasting impressions on the heart. Hello! caught up with Olivia at the Thompson Hotel in Toronto to discuss teen movies and the on-set event that changed her life.
How does this film differ from other movies that are centred on teenagers?
I feel like a lot of teenagers are depicted in a really offensive way that I wouldn’t want to watch if I was a teenager. Why I liked Rachel is because she was just quietly comfortable and she just likes herself. Rarely is a teenage girl depicted as liking herself. She’s always riddled with all these insecurities. I think it’s very healthy that that role gets portrayed. No one is doing things in order to get laid. It really drives me crazy when it’s just about getting to kiss the girl.
Why did you feel it was important to shave your head for the role?
It was something I felt I needed to do. Even if you have the best makeup artist in the world and you’ve won Oscars you can still tell there’s hair under there, and I’ve got a lot of hair as well. I thought maybe they wouldn’t go for it and I’d look really cool for saying it [ Laughs]… but we really did it.
How did you feel after you did it?
This weird scream cry came out of me and I’ve not produced any sound like that in my life. I didn’t realize how much I relied on the looks that I got on the street by men and when I didn’t get that anymore I felt so invisible and ugly and void of any femininity. It just made me realize how unachievable beauty standards are. I’m still the same person. I’ve still got the same head… but because I don’t have hair, which is such a defining feature on a woman, I was suddenly completely invisible. It made me feel really sad about the world we live in.
Disney/Pixar’s latest animated film, Inside Out, is a roller coaster of emotions! When an 11-year-old girl finds herself having trouble adjusting to life in a new city, she calls on her team of trusty emotions – joy, sadness, fear, disgust and anger – for help. But when the voices in her head (played by comedy masters Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader) start to argue over how to handle the situation, Riley’s world is turned upside down.
ON DVD JUNE 16
Run All Night: Liam Neeson plays a retired hit man forced to return to the job after his estranged son gets mixed up in some shady business affairs.
Unfinished Business: A tenacious businessman (Vince Vaughn) heads to Europe to close a big deal only to find himself on a never-ending ride of missteps thanks to his clueless associates (Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson).
Chappie: The citizens of a world policed by robots decide to fight back and take control over society. Starring Hugh Jackman.
10 OF THE BEST TELEVISION DADS
In honour of Father’s Day on June 21, Hello! pays homage to ten of the best, brightest, often-flawed but loving patriarchs of primetime.
CLICK HERE FOR GALLERY OF TV DADS
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson kept audiences glued to their TVs in the first season of the dark detective drama True Detective. Now, the show returns (June 21, HBO Canada) to tackle a new crime, cast and city. Set in California, the drama stars Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch as officers from different degrees of law enforcement. After the body of a transportation tycoon surfaces, the trio is forced to work together to find the murderer. Taking a break from comedy, Vince Vaughn gets dramatic as a career criminal with ties to the victim – and Colin Farrell’s character, Officer Ray Velcoro. For Canadian-native Rachel, the project has been a “job of a lifetime” and she recently told Marie Claire magazine that her tough-as-nails on-screen persona, Ani, is the, “hardest, most complex character I’ve ever played.”
ONE TO WATCH: POLDARK
The period drama hit that had the UK talking (not just because of lead actor Aidan Turner’s stunning good looks) makes its North American debut on June 21 (PBS). Based on the historical novels by Winston Graham, Poldark tells the story of a British soldier who, after bravely fighting in the American Revolutionary War, returns home to find the life he left behind in shambles. The 18th-century drama, which also stars The White Queen’s Eleanor Tomlinson, already received the green light to start production on a second season.
Killjoys(series premiere June 19, Space) Canadian actors Luke Macfarlane and Aaron Ashmore play a pair of bounty-hunting brother who handle their business in very different ways. The outer space-set drama also stars The Hour’s Hannah John-Kamen.
Celebrity Family Feud(series premiere June 21 series, ABC): With their families by their sides, Hollywood stars like Toni Braxton, Anthony Anderson and chef Curtis Stone battle it out in the name of charity.
Tyrant (season 2 premiere June 16, FX): Barry (Adam Rayner) tries to turn things around after his treasonous actions landed him behind bars last season.
Mistresses(season three premiere June 18, CTV/ABC): The scandalous drama returns with Jennifer Esposito joining the cast as a mysterious new mistress.