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January 2017: Entertainment

Award Shows: the Golden Globes will air Jan 8 (Jimmy Fallon hosts) and the SAG awards on Jan 29; Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan 24.


–Live by Night, based on the 2012 Edgar Award-winning novel by Dennis Lehane, is set in the roaring 20s during Prohibition; Ben Affleck directs and stars – Jan 13

–20th Century Women stars Annette Benning and Elle Fanning; set in Santa Barbara in 1979, it’s the story of a single mother in her 50’s who’s raising an adolescent son and who enlists two younger women to help – Jan 13

–Patriots Day is a wrenching account of the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing; starring Mark Wahlberg – Jan 13

–The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah is the largest independent film festival in the US, with almost 50,000 people expected this year – Jan 19-29

–Split, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is a psychological thriller about a man with 23 personalities who abducts 3 teenage girls. James McAvoy is garnering strong early reviews for his performance – Jan 20

–The Founder is based on the true story of how Ray Kroc (played by Michael Keaton), met Mac and Dick McDonald, brothers running a burger operation in 1950’s Southern California; positioned himself to take ownership of the company; and ultimately created a billion-dollar empire – Jan 20

Television debuts.

–If you haven’t seen Barry on Netflix (it was a surprise drop in mid-December), watch it now; the tale of a year in the life of young Barak Obama, it’s lovely

–Taboo on FX stars Tom Hardy as an adventurer in the early 1880s who returns to England intent on revenge against the men who killed his father; he falls foul of the all-powerful British East India Company – Jan 10

–Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on the children’s series of the same name by Lemony Snicket; Neil Patrick Harris stars – Jan 13

–The Young Pope on HBO is the story of a renegade new Pope, the youngest in the modern era and an American with a shady past; the cast includes Jude Law and Diane Keaton – Jan 15

–Homeland returns for its 6th season on Showtime – Jan 15

–Billions on Showtime, starring Paul Giamatti, is the tale of a prosecutor bent on bringing down a powerful and wealthy hedge fund founder – Jan 17

–The miniseries War and Peace, already airing in the UK, arrives in the US on A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel – Jan 18


–Two Broadway shows that were buzzed about in previews officially open:

–Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh star in The Present, Anton Chekov’s first play – Jan 8

–August Wilson’s Jitney, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, premiers on Broadway – it’s his first play, and the only one from the American Century Cycle never previously seen on Broadway – Jan 19

—Off-Broadway, there are several new works this month:

–Tell Hector I Miss Him at the Atlantic Theater Company; previews Jan 11, opens Jan 23

–Liar, The, at the Classic Stage Company; previews Jan 11, opens Jan 26

–Yours Unfaithfully at Theatre Row’s Beckett opens Jan 26

–Yen at the MCC Theater; previews Jan 12, opens Jan 30

–The Baryshnikov Arts Center presents Bela Pinter’s play Our Secrets, about surveillance in 1980s Communist Budapest – Jan 25-29

–Catch a look behind the scenes of upcoming theater premieres at the Guggenheim: Tony Award winners Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole will discuss and perform scenes from “War Paint,” an upcoming musical about the rivalry between two cosmetics pioneers – Jan 22

Popular Music and Cool Concerts.

–Brian Eno releases his new album, Reflection on Jan 1

–Jake Clemons (E Street Band) releases Fear & Love – Jan 13

–Kings of Leon play Madison Square Garden – Jan 20

–Chicago II (Steve Wilson Remix) by Chicago drops Jan 27

New book releases. 

–Oprah Winfrey’s first book from her own publishing imprint, Food, Health and Happiness – Jan 3

–Difficult Women, the new short-story collection from Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay – Jan 3

–Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission by Bret Baier – Jan 10

–Transit, the second entry by British author Rachel Cusk in a planned trilogy that began with her well-received 2015 novel Outline – Jan 17

–Human Acts is the new novel from Han Kang, author of the Booker prize-winning novel The Vegetarian – Jan 17

–Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied his critics and Transformed America is New York Magazine columnist Jonathan Chait’s first book – Jan 17

–Perfect Little World, Kevin Wilson’s next work after his critically-acclaimed novel The Family Fang – Jan 24

–Paul Auster’s highly-anticipated new novel 4 3 2 1– Jan 31

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