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Calendar: Culture

Dec 19, 2016


3: Roxane Gay releases a short-story collection, Difficult Women.

8: Jimmy Fallon hosts the 74th Golden Globes.

15: HBO's The Young Pope stars Jude Law as the first American Bishop of Rome.

20: M. Night Shyamalan spins fear from dissociative identity disorder in Split.

28: BBC America puts the planet's splendor on display again in Planet Earth II.


5: Lady Gaga brings her powerful pipes to the Super Bowl LI halftime show.

12: Beyoncé is up for nine Grammys; Lena Dunham returns for a final season of Girls.

14: Decorated author George Saunders drops a novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.

17: Gore Verbinski's A Cure for Wellness is a thriller that unfolds at a mysterious spa.

24: Racism is the real villain in writer-director Jordan Peele's horror film Get Out.

26: Jimmy Kimmel hosts the Academy Awards.


3: Hugh Jackman is Wolverine for the last time in Logan; Ewan McGregor and director Danny Boyle reunite for T2 Trainspotting.

7: Excerpts from Joan Didion's notebooks are published as South and West.

17: Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast hits theaters; Marvel's Iron Fist show lands on Netflix.

24: The Power Rangers leap onto the big screen; Woody Harrelson plays a neurotic misanthrope in the graphic-novel adaptation Wilson.

31: Scarlett Johansson is a cyborg in Ghost in the Shell; Jessica Chastain stars in a WW II drama, The Zookeeper's Wife.


4: Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah releases a story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky.

14: Tensions--and redlines--rise in The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the franchise.

23: The Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens on Broadway.

28: Emma Watson joins Tom Hanks' sinister tech company in The Circle.

TBD: See who wins Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards.


2: Paula Hawkins follows up The Girl on the Train with the thriller Into the Water.

5: See Baby Groot dance again in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

12: Goldie Hawn (below left) and Amy Schumer are kin in the comedy Snatched.

TBD: The Enterprise soars to prime time in Star Trek: Discovery.


13: Read Sherman Alexie's memoir You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.

16: Broad City director Lucia Aniello directs her first feature, Rock That Body.

23: Sofia Coppola remakes western The Beguiled.

30: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler star in The House.


7: New Peter Parker Tom Holland casts webs in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

14: The human-ape conflict continues in War for the Planet of the Apes.

21: Jada Pinkett Smith and pals hit the road in Girl Trip; Rihanna (above) stars in the sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets; Allied forces face grave danger in Christopher Nolan's WW II film Dunkirk.

28: Idris Elba plays the Gunslinger in a film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.


1: Laurent Binet releases a novel about the French intelligentsia, The Seventh Function of Language.

4: Emojis come to life in Emojimovie: Express Yourself.

25: Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones star in an action comedy, Villa Capri.

TBD: Stunts are all but certain at the MTV Video Music Awards.


22: Miles Teller battles an Arizona wildfire in true story Granite Mountain; ninjas suffer through high school in Lego Movie follow-up The Lego Ninjago Movie.

29: Tom Cruise plays a pilot turned smuggler in the '80s-set biopic American Made.

TBD: The 69th annual Emmys honor TV's finest.


6: Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard in the long-awaited sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049.

13: Follow Jason Voorhees' latest murderous rampage in a Friday the 13th reboot; watch Michael Fassbender investigate a woman's mysterious disappearance in The Snowman.

20: Gerard Butler heads to space to prevent satellites from wreaking havoc in the disaster movie Geostorm.

27: The third movie in J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield anthology arrives.


3: Chris Hemsworth and his mythical hammer descend upon New York City in Thor: Ragnarok.

15: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella drops Hit Refresh, a book about change.

17: DC Comics superheroes convene for Justice League.

22: Pixar's animated Día de los Muertos movie, Coco, features an all-Latino cast.


15: The force is with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

22: Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson come out singing in Pitch Perfect 3; Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart (left) fuel a Jumanji reboot; and Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways) returns with Downsizing, starring Kristen Wiig.

25: Hugh Jackman plays circus legend P.T. Barnum in a biopic, The Greatest Showman.

Compiled by Mahita Gajanan and Eliza Berman

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