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, Tom Hanks delivers another masterful performance in Bridge of Spies while Idris Elba stars in the critically acclaimed civil war drama Beasts of No Nation. Fans of R. L. Stine’s series of Goosebumps books are in for a treat as Jack Black helps to bring the stories to life on the big screen. Also, Julianne Moore and Ellen Page break down barriers in Freeheld and buckle in for a scary ride in Crimson Peak.
On the small screen, Golden Globe-winning actress Gina Rodriguez returns for the sophomore season of Jane the Virgin while Amy Schumer works for laughs in her first HBO comedy special. Plus, this week’s top TV listings, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s new show Truth Be Told and the second season ofThe Knick.
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BRIDGE OF SPIES
In this historical drama, written by the Coen brothers and set during the Cold War in the 1950s, Tom Hanks plays an American lawyer tasked with freeing a captured U.S pilot in the Soviet Union. The film sees Tom reuniting with his good pal and frequent collaborator Steven Spielberg, who holds court as director.
Director Guillermo del Toro, also known as the master of all things scary, takes audiences deep inside a haunted mansion bursting with secrets and hard realities. Mia Wasikowska plays Edith, a young woman who moves in with her new husband and his mysterious sister (Jessica Chastain) only to discover that she must use her ability to communicate with the dead to unlock the frightening secrets buried deep inside her new home.
BEASTS OF NO NATION
Idris Elba stars in Netflix's first feature film, Beasts of No Nation (streaming Oct. 16). Set in Africa, the British actor plays a warlord who recruits a child to join his army. The harrowing tale puts a spotlight on the devastating afflictions faced by child soldiers and the immeasurable work it takes to reclaim their lives.
ALSO IN THEATRES OCT. 16
Freeheld: Ellen Page and Julianne Moore tell the story of real-life couple Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, who battled to win the rights to pension benefits for same-sex couples.
Goosebumps: Two decades after R.L. Stine's hit series of spooky children's books were adapted into a hit television series, the stories are set to come to life again, this time on the big screen. Jack Black helps a group of kids fight off the imaginary demons found inside the pages of the iconic novels, after they are set free to roam the streets.
JANE THE VIRGIN
Last season ended with Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Rafael’s newborn baby boy being kidnapped by the elusive Sin Rostro, but showrunner Jennie Urman was quick to calm fans' fears by revealing that baby Mateo will soon be reunited with his parents when the show debuts its sophomore season on Oct. 12 (Shomi). Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Jennie revealed that this season, “Jane’s big emotional story will be how does one becomes a mother and still retain one’s sense of self and accomplish all the things she wanted to, especially as a young woman who hadn’t planned to have a child so quickly.”
AMY SCHUMER LIVE AT THE APOLLO
Fresh off her hilarious hosting duties on Saturday Night Live, Amy Schumer takes to the stage at New York’s famed Apollo Theatre to deliver one memorable stand up routine in her first HBO Canada comedy special Amy Schumer Live at The Apollo (Oct. 17). Directed by Chris Rock, the Emmy-winning comedian dishes on everything from love and relationships to dieting in Hollywood and nothing or no one is safe from her wicked wit.
Truth Be Told (series debut Oct. 16, Global/NBC): Mark-Paul Gosselaar plays for laughs in this new sitcom, which follows the funny, messy lives of two couples who live next door to each other and who talk about anything and everything.
The Knick (season 2 premiere Oct. 16, HBO Canada): The action in the operating room heats up as Dr. John Thackery’s (Clive Owen) drug addiction spirals out of control and leaves Dr. Edwards the prime candidate for chief of surgery.
Saturday Night Live (Oct. 17, Global/NBC): Musical guest Demi Lovato joins former cast member Tracy Morgan as he returns home to his old turf in Studio 8H as host of the famed late night comedy show.