This week's new movies and TV shows: 'Cinderella,' 'The Bachelor' finale and 3 questions with 'Royals' star Merritt Patterson

By: Clare Douglas

This week's new movies and TV shows: 'Cinderella,' 'The Bachelor' finale and 3 questions with 'Royals' star Merritt Patterson

From new series to memorable guest stars and the new film releases that will have you racing to the theatre, Hello! Canada’s weekly report on new movies and TV shows is your all-access guide to the big and small screen. Check back on Mondays to stay up to date on must-see TV and noteworthy silver-screen news!



Before Cinderella dances into theatres on March 13th, Hello! highlights five reasons why this retelling of the romantic fairytale is going to be the best yet:

1. Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine (a.k.a., the evil stepmother):

Wicked, cruel and downright mean – Cate’s take on the iconic villain is both refreshing and relatable. “She lashes out at Cinderella because she represents who she once was and because she despises the kind of woman she has become,” the Oscar-winning actress has said. “She is badly disillusioned by life.”

2. Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother:

With a flick of her wand, Helena Bonham Carter not only saves the day as Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, but also confirms that she was born to play the role of the quirky stressed-out dream maker. Her performance had us wishing we had her services on speed dial.

3. The costumes:

Three-time Oscar-winning designer Sandy Powell is the mastermind behind the film’s winning looks. The British seamstress also created the memorable costumes in Shakespeare in Love and Young Victoria. When it came to designing the magical gowns for Cinderella and crew, Sandy tells, “I felt like I couldn’t stray too far from what everyone expects and wants Cinderella to be … Having said that, I wanted to do something that is different from what we’ve seen before.”

4. The chemistry between Cinderella and Prince Charming

When Prince Charming leads Cinderella onto the dance floor he takes the hearts of audiences with him. Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden’s take on Prince Charming is the perfect complement to the grace and beauty of Lily James’ (Downton Abbey) Cinderella. Unlike past adaptations of the fairytale, Richard tells The Guardian that in this version it’s, “a strong girl by herself and young man coming together that makes the story, rather than a far more sexist view.” The two rising stars hope to recapture their on-screen chemistry, with the help of Cinderella director Kenneth Branagh, in the upcoming West End production of Romeo and Juliet.

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5. The glass slipper:

Women around the world are sure to leave movie theatres with one thing on their wish list - the film’s custom-made Swarovski crystal glass slippers. Sadly, they won’t find their way into anyone’s closet, but Disney did call on shoe designers to create their own versions of the legendary shoe. Creations by Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman and Salvatore Ferragamo are available online now.


To mark the 50th anniversary of the award-winning musical The Sound of Music, a special edition featuring behind-the-scenes footage will be released on March 10th. The exclusive collector’s item also includes cast commentary, trivia games and the all-important sing-along version. For even more Maria and Captain Von Trapp-goodness, tune into ABC on March 18th for The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Special with Diane Sawyer.


Run All Night (March 13):
When his on-screen son (Joel Kinnaman) is wanted by criminal kingpins for witnessing a murder, Liam Neeson steps in to protect him at all costs. As lonely hit man Jimmy Conlon, the action star has only one night to save his son and hopes to mend their broken relationship in the process.


Self/less (in theatres July 31):
Ryan Reynolds and Sir Ben Kingsley take body swapping to the next level in the upcoming thriller Self/less. Ben plays an ailing genius who turns to science to extend his life. With his mind transplanted into the body of a healthy Ryan Reynolds, he quickly learns that his new lease on life might come with complications.



Cancel the garden party … there’s anarchy in the monarchy! That is, the fictional monarchy of E!’s first-ever scripted series, The Royals (season premiere March 15). In the scandal-filled drama, Vancouver-born actress Merritt Patterson plays the beautiful Ophelia, the daughter of the King’s head of security and the lady who catches the eye of the country’s future king, Prince Liam. Here, the 24-year-old star spills secrets about her character, working with Elizabeth Hurley and what she missed most about home while filming on location in London.

  1. What can you tell us about your character Ophelia?
    The Duchess of Cambridge is probably the closest [member of the Royal Family] I found similarities to with Ophelia. She comes from a normal background, she grew up in the States and so far she has led a normal life. She’s also just a really fun and sassy character. She can get herself into situations that are a bit over her head and therefore are a bit humbling.
  2. What was it like going head-to-head with Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena?
    It was a lot of fun. Elizabeth Hurley is incredible. I was always excited to have a scene with her, especially when it was one-on-one because the characters do have a bit of friction. I think the queen would prefer the prince to date someone of his standard, so she’s not too fond of Ophelia.
  3. What did you miss most about Vancouver while you were in London filming for four months?
    Filming in London was incredible. One of my favourite parts of working and being in the film industry is getting to travel. We also got to film at all these incredible locations that you wouldn’t normally have access to, like Blenheim Palace. I really enjoyed myself but I didn’t spend as much time near the water, which I’m used to, being from Vancouver. So I definitely missed the beaches and being able to swim.


Style Matters with Jeanne Beker
Canada’s fashion authority Jeanne Beker has been reporting on all things fashion since she kicked off her career more than three decades ago. Now, the Toronto native is trying on a new hat as Style Editor at The Shopping Channel. Staring March 12, Jeanne will share her fashion tips and must-haves on the series, Style Matters with Jeanne Beker. Like all of her sartorial endeavors, Jeanne says that with this new show she hopes to “empower every woman’s ‘inner editor’ and help her make the choices that will best suit her own unique style voice.”


The Bachelor
When farmer Chris set off on his journey to find true love, he couldn’t have predicted the rocky road ahead of him. This season of The Bachelor was riddled with tears, catfights, accusations, jealousy and unanswered questions – everything Bachelor Nation has come to love and desire. In the finale (March 9, OMNI/ABC), Chris makes a trip home to Arlington to ask his close-knit family for advice on who he should spend the rest of his life wife – Becca or Whitney. After the Final Rose airs directly after the romantic proposal (or rejection) and is guaranteed to feature awkward moments and a special announcement by host Chris Harrison. Our fingers are crossed that he declares Vancouver-native Kaitlyn Bristowe as the next bachelorette. She already has Chris Soules’ vote and has been spending time with Canada’s first bachelorette, Jillian Harris!

iZombie (series premiere March 17, Shomi)
The detective drama gets a twist of the supernatural in this new show based loosely on the DC Comics’ series of the same name. New Zealand actress Rose McIver plays Liv, a smart and driven young woman who just happens to also be a zombie. In order to survive she takes a job at the local coroner’s office to have easy access to … brain food. She soon discovers that each meal comes with a side of the recently deceased’s memories, including visions of past criminal acts. Armed with the evidence that police need to close unsolved cases, Liv finds a new purpose and a rewarding reason to live.

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