By Sameen Amer
Fri, 11, 23

Developed an interest in acting at a young age and performed in children’s theatre productions....


Out this week



* Rockstar by Dolly Parton: Forty-ninth album by the American singer, her first foray into rock music; comprises mostly of covers of rock songs, and features a host of musical guests, including Sting, Steven Tyler, Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Chris Stapleton, Miley Cyrus, P!nk, Brandi Carlile, Debbie Harry, Elton John, Lizzo, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr, among others.



* The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (starring Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer) – dystopian action, fifth instalment in The Hunger Games film franchise, a prequel to the original series a young Coriolanus Snow (Blyth) – the future tyrannical leader of Panem – mentors and develops feelings for the female District 12 tribute (Zegler) during the 10th Hunger Games.

* Trolls Band Together (with the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Camila Cabello, Eric Andre, Troye Sivan) – animated musical comedy, third instalment in the series; after one of his brothers (Sivan) is kidnapped, Branch (Timberlake) and his siblings must reunite their disbanded boyband and rescue him.

* Thanksgiving (starring Patrick Dempsey, Addison Rae, Milo Manheim, Jalen Thomas Brooks) – horror thriller; after a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a serial killer appears to terrorize the birthplace of the holiday.

* Next Goal Wins (starring Michael Fassbender, Oscar Kightley, Kaimana, David Fane, Rachel House) – biographical sports comedy drama, based on the 2014 documentary of the same name; in order to keep his job, a Dutch American football coach (Fassbender) must convert one of the weakest football teams in the world into an elite squad.

* Leo (with the voices of Adam Sandler, Bill Burr, Cecily Strong, Jason Alexander) – animated musical comedy; after being stuck in the terrarium of a school classroom for decades, a lizard (Sandler) and his turtle friend (Burr) decide to escape to experience life on the outside.


Rachel Anne McAdams


* Born on 17 November 1978 in Ontario, Canada.

* Is the eldest of three children; has a sister, Kayleen, and brother, Daniel.

* Started figure skating as a child and skated competitively till she was 18.

* Developed an interest in acting at a young age and performed in children’s theatre productions.

* Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts honours degree from York University’s theatre program in 2001.

* Appeared in Canadian television and film productions before making her Hollywood debut in the comedy The Hot Chick (2002).

* Rose to fame for her roles in the 2004 films Mean Girls and The Notebook.

* Has since starred in films including State of Play (2009), The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Morning Glory (2010), Midnight in Paris (2011), Spotlight (2015), Doctor Strange (2016) and its sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), Game Night (2018), and Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020).

* Has been in a relationship with screenwriter Jamie Linden since 2016. They have two children – a son and a daughter – together.