New Movies and TV: Matt Damon is ‘The Martian’ and Miley Cyrus hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’

New Movies and TV: Matt Damon is ‘The Martian’ and Miley Cyrus hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’

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.

In The Martian, Matt Damon shows us how to survive in outer space with a little help from an out-of-this-world supporting cast, which includes Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Kristen Wiig. Also flying high is Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Walk. The Don Jon actor steps into the shoes of legendary high-wire artist Philippe Petit.

On the small screen, Miley Cyrus helps Saturday Night Live kick off its 41st season by playing double duty as host and musical performer, while Claire Danes turns up the stress meter in the fifth edition of Homeland and the damaging trysts between Dominic West and Ruth Wilson on The Affair continue in the series’ sophomore season.

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Oscar buzz is building around Matt Damon’s latest offering – an intergalactic adventure that sees the actor playing an astronaut left behind in space. Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian (in theatres Oct. 2) shows the aftermath of a space mission gone awry and the challenges faced in surviving the elements on one's own. Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Canadian actress Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) round of the cast of this surefire box office winner.


On Aug. 7, 1974, New Yorkers watched as French high-wire artist Philippe Petit walked between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on a thin wire suspended more than 1000 feet in the air. Now, the daredevil’s triumphant performance is being re-created by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Walk (in theatres Sept. 30). The actor underwent extensive training for the role, much of which was instructed by Philippe himself. A week after the lessons started, Joseph was able to balance on a wire 10 feet in the air. “I started not correcting him,” Philippe told Entertainment Weekly. “I started giving him all my passion and all my sense of theatre and my poetry of the wire because I cannot walk on the wire without that passion. I had to give it to the actor and we see it on screen."


Spy (Sept. 29): Desk-bound analyst Melissa McCarthy gets sent into the heart of the action as a CIA operative tasked with taking down a deadly arms dealer (Rose Byrne).

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Oct. 2): Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) leads the famous pack of superheroes into battle against a rogue robot.



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Saturday Night Live has called on Miley Cryus to help kick off their 41st season on Oct. 3 (Global/NBC). And if the singer’s hosting gig at the MTV Video Music Awards in August is any indication, late night viewers are in for a colourful and outrageous show. The 22-year-old doesn’t shy away from criticism and is a master in self-deprecation, so expect SNL writers to make light of Miley’s wild antics and free-spirited attitude. The star will also perform songs from her latest album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz.


The fifth season (debuting Oct. 4, Super Channel) of the political drama Homeland brings with it many changes for its lead character, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). For starters, the former CIA agent has a new job at a German-based foundation, a new man in her life and has finally embraced being a mother. Naturally, living a quiet life isn’t in the cards for Carrie and she soon finds herself knee-deep in an international hacking scandal.


From the moment the shocking cliffhanger aired, fans of The Affair have been itching for the show's return. Now that Noah and Alison’s relationship is out in the open and the pair have seemingly started a life together, their happily ever after is put on hold as the mystery around Cole’s murder begins to unravel. Unlike its freshman season, viewers will now get to see the narrative through new eyes, with the adulterous pair’s ex-spouses (Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson) having a chance to tell their side of the story (premiere Oct. 4, TMN).

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