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This week, Channing Tatum and the Kings of Tampa are ready to thrill audiences again in Magic Mike XXL, while Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his iconic role in Terminator Genysis, plus we've rounded up some patriotic movies that will take your Canada Day to the next level.
On the small screen, the quest for dominance continues in the latest season of the Tyler Posey-fronted Teen Wolf. Also, the animals of the new series Zoo are acting out, and Falling Skies ’ actress Sarah Carter opens up to Hello! about the show’s fifth and final season.
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5 films to watch this Canada Day!
Celebrate the country’s birthday with these maple leaf-certified flicks:
One Week: Joshua Jackson (above) is billed as the leading actor of this made-in-Canada movie, but the country truly takes the starring role. Joshua’s character, Ben, sets out on a cross-country road trip following a grim health diagnosis, leaving audiences with a breathtaking ride through Canada’s stunning landscape.
Picture Day: Before she got cloned in TV’s Orphan Black , Tatiana Maslany delivered a memorable performance in the indie film Picture Day. In the production, which was filmed in Toronto, Tatiana plays a young woman stuck between adolescence and adulthood.
Maps to the Stars: The most recent from Canadian icon David Cronenberg, Maps stars an A-list cast that includes Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Sarah Gadon, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska. The film premiered at Cannes (above) and took home two Canadian Screen Awards.
Mommy: Director Xavier Dolan’s film Mommy was a force to be reckoned with the second it made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2014. Dolan’s gritty look at the life of a single mother struggling to raise her unruly son won numerous awards, including the prestigious Jury Prize.
Monsieur Lazhar: Nominated for Best Foreign Language film at 2012’s Academy Awards, Monsieur Lazhar documents the journey of an Algerian immigrant attempting to start over as a teacher in Montreal.
The sun isn’t the only thing heating things up this summer! Channing Tatum returns to the big screen in Magic Mike XXL (July 1), the follow up to his 2012 hit, Magic Mike . Based loosely on his own experiences as an exotic dancer in his early 20s, Channing was happy and eager to reunite with his fellow Kings of Tampa dancers (Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez) for the hotly anticipated sequel – under one condition. “ I was like, ‘If we’re going to do another one I want to go all out.'I don’t want them ever to be able to do a final routine on stage ever again! ” says Channing.
Terminator Genisys (July 1): In the fifth instalment of the Terminator franchise, Kyle Reese is sent back to 1984 to protect his mother Sarah (played by Games of Thrones queen Emilia Clarke) from an assassination. Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his part as the eponymous robot.
Jackie & Ryan (July 3): Nothing complements country music like a good ol’ country romance! In this Southern-based tale, Katherine Heigl stars as a former country singer who finds unlikely love with a back-up musician.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH … Sarah Carter
“Maggie taught me a lot and I think she’s going to be with me forever,” reflects actress Sarah Carter about her character on the science fiction drama Falling Skies. The Steven Spielberg-produced fantasy hit kicks off its fifth and final season on June 30 (Super Channel) and, although bittersweet, Sarah tells Hello! that, “since we knew it was our final season we could go into it with the intention of cleaning things up and really deciding how to lead the audience in terms of exactly how far our characters have come.” We caught up with the Winnipeg native to talk spoilers, her nomadic career and being blown away by fan support.
into the final season, what can viewers expect to see with your character,
The main thing this season I’m dealing with are the spikes. Without giving anything away, Maggie has to make an extremely difficult personal decision and she does this taking the risk that she may lose her life. The whole season is for everybody really coming back to humanity, who they really are and who they are going to be in this promise for a peaceful life.
you find it difficult to adjust to life in Los Angeles after living in
Not at all. I went from Winnipeg over to Europe so I knew I wanted to get away and I knew I wanted to just see the world. My career has been conducive to that. I’ve lived in China, Indonesia and Belfast. So it’s not just Canada and the U.S. - even in U.S. I’ve been in Miami and Texas. You really get to travel.
you surprised by the passion and support fans have for the show?
The fans sometimes know more than we understand because they’re following every story line. Some of them are obsessed and it’s always surprising how upset they get. For example, when Maggie and Ben got together, I knew that was going to stir up huge reaction but some of the fans were furious or disgusted and some of the fans loved Ben and Maggie.
ONE TO WATCH
The teens of the Tyler Posey-fronted Teen Wolf have more to deal with than the supernatural in season five (June 29, MTV) – they will be navigating their equally challenging senior year of high school. And with Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) out of the picture, Scott (Tyler) gets comfortable with his true alpha status in the wolf pack.
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Zoo (series debut June 30, CTV/CBS): Civilization is faced with its latest adversary when a string of violent animal attacks against humans sweep the globe.
Scream (series premiere June 30, MTV): Bella Thorne stars in this scary adaptation of Wes Craven’s smash slasher franchise.
Extant (season 2 premiere July 1, Global/CBS): Set six months after last season’s epic finale, the debut of Halle Berry’s science fiction drama’s sophomore season sees her character confined to a psychiatric hospital.