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This week, comedy’s "It" girl Amy Schumer plays by her own rules in the hilarious Trainwreck, Sir Ian McKellen is Mr. Holmes and Hugh Jackman shines a light on fair trade coffee and community development in Ethiopia. Also, down at Comic-Con, Ben Affleck proudly presents another exciting look at his first turn as the caped crusader in 2016’s hotly anticipated blockbuster, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
On the small screen, Kate Hudson and Kate Winslet join other daring celebrities looking for adventure in the second season of Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Denis Leary returns to the small-screen playing a rockstar in Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
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AMY SCHUMER’S BIG SCREEN DEBUT
Fans of Amy Schumer have been laughing at her honest and outrageous sense of humour since 2013, when the New York-born comedian burst onto the small screen in viral skits on her sketch show Inside Amy Schumer. Now, Amy has teamed up with director Judd Apatow for the laugh-out-loud comedyTrainwreck (in theatres July 17). Taught at a young age that monogamy is the monster, Amy’s same-named character grows to develop a fear of commitment. Although she is happy living an uninhibited, no-strings-attached lifestyle, Amy’s stance on love is tested when she meets an adorably charming doctor (played by Bill Hader).
HUGH JACKMAN’S PASSION PROJECT
When Hugh Jackman and wife Deb travelled with World Vision to Ethiopia in 2009, neither they nor their friend, director Josh Rothstein, expected to be so drastically affected by the experience that it would inspire the development of the harrowing documentary Dukale’s Dream (on demand, July 14). The trip was an opportunity for the World Vision Ambassador to visit with communities that had benefited from support provided by the organization - and led to the birth of a lifelong friendship between the Wolverine star and a young African coffee farmer. In the documentary, the Australian actor admits that he knew little of the practice of ‘Fair Trade’ and, through helping Dukale on his farm and witnessing his strength and determination to support his family, Hugh returned home a changed man. “Dukale wanted me to plant some trees with him,” recalls Hugh about a special moment between the two men, adding, “I remember putting the seedling in and it was so precious. I knew what it meant for him moving forward. I’ve never planted something so carefully in my life.” Recently, director Josh told Hello! that Hugh is dedicated to his mission to promote fair trade and that he, "really owns [his reach as a famous actor] and uses it to bring some extraordinary insight into important issues." The actor has even gone as far as creating his own ethically produced coffee line, Laughing Man Coffee, which will be available in Canada next year.
BEN AFFLECK PRESENTS: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
This year’s Comic-Con convention in San Diego was chock full of TV promos, sneak peeks and full-length trailers for some of the most talked-about upcoming movies. One of the most anticipated moments of the festival came when Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill revealed a short preview of their film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The superhero flick also introduces the stunning Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Amy Adams reprises her role as Superman’s main squeeze, Lois Lane.
ALSO IN THEATRES JULY 17
Mr. Holmes: Sir Ian McKellen takes a crack at playing the famed detective in the latest adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery masterpiece.
Lila & Eve: Two grieving mothers (Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis) bond over their pain and shared desire for revenge.
KATE HUDSON GETS WILD
Seeing their colleagues Zac Efron and Channing Tatum learning to survive in the Northeast Appalachian wilderness on a two-day, adrenaline-filled voyage through Yosemite National Park with adventurer Bear Grylls didn’t scare these celebrities! The second season of his hit show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls (premiere July 13, NBC), sees a new batch of stars embark on thrilling adventures. First up, free-spirited actress Kate Hudson ventures into the Dolomites rocky mountain range in Southeastern Italy for some rappelling and hiking through treacherous terrain. The mom-of-two teased fans on Twitter, saying that the fearless host made her, “do some crazy stuff!” Watch for Kate Winslet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and James Marsden testing their survival skills later this season.
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (series premiere July 16, FX): Rescue Me’s Denis Leary steps up to the microphone as the lead singer of a now defunct '90s rock band who is given a second chance at fame when his daughter decides to follow in his musical footsteps.
Married (season two premiere July 16, FX): Wedded bliss continues to be a struggle for best friends Russ and Lina (Nat Faxon and Judy Greer), who this season will learn that their lives outside their marriage are just as important as the life they created together.