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May 2017: Entertainment


–Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 kicks off the summer movie season – May 5

–The Lovers starring Debra Winger and Tracey Letts – May 5

–Snatched is a mother-daughter action flick with Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer – May 12

–King Arthur: legend of the Sword, directed by Guy Ritchie, stars Jude Law and Djimon Hounsou – May 12

–Eleanor Coppola makes her feature directorial debut with the romantic comedy Paris Can Wait, starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin (we can’t wait!) – May 12

–Spanish director Pedro Almodovar is President of the Jury at the 70th Anniversary of the Festival International du Film de Cannes; Jessica Chastain and Will Smith are among the jurors – May 17-28

–Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus, opens – May 19

–Baywatch, the classic TV show, has been reimagined as a feature film with Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron and Priyanka Chopra (did someone say Dwayne Johnson? We are soin!) – May 24

–Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, with returnee Johnny Depp and new bad-guy Javier Bardem, is the 5th in this Disney franchise – May 26


–Amazon debuts I Love Dick, adapted from the novel of the same name, starring Kathryn Hahn, Griffin Dunne and Kevin Bacon – May 12

–The British Academy Television Awards, commonly known as the BAFTAs, take place at the Royal Festival Hall, London – May 14

–Twin Peaks reboots on Showtime, set 25 years after the original, with some returnees (Kyle MacLachlan and David Duchovny) and some new faces (Naomi Watts and Eddie Vedder); David Lynch directs – May 21

–Dirty Dancing reboots on ABC with Abigail Breslin in the lead role – May 24

–House of Cards, the fifth season, is available on Netflix; Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott join the cast – May 30

–I am Jane Doe, a documentary about sex trafficking in the US, is narrated by Jessica Chastain – premiering on Netflix May 31


–The 2017 Tony Award Nominations will be announced on May 2

–Caroline, or Change, an Olivier Award winner for Best Musical, will launch the Chichester Festival Theater’s season in the Minerva Theatre; directed by Michael Longhurst and starring Sharon D. Clarke, an Olivier winner for The Amen Corner – performances begin May 6 with an official opening May 11, and a run through June 3

–The Public Theater opens this year’s Shakespeare in the Park season with Julius Caesar– May 23-June 18

–Some of London’s biggest open-air theatres kick off their summer seasons: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre opens On The Town – May 19; Shakespeare’s Globe continues with Romeo and Juliet through June 9 and Twelfth Night begins May 18

Popular Music.

–Blondie’s latest album, Pollinator, drops May 5

–Miami hosts this year’s Rolling Loud Music Festival with headliners Kendrick Lamar, Future and Lil Wayne – May 5-7

–Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman tour heads to Europe; starting in Stockholm – May 8

–U2 kicks off a summer 25-date stadium tour to honor the 30th anniversary of its fifth album, “The Joshua Tree,” performing the work in its entirety each night; the first stop is Vancouver – May 12

–In related news, the Joshua Tree Music Festival is on – May 18-21

–Rascal Flatts and Snoop Dogg both drop new albums – May 19

–The Billboard Music Awards air live from Las Vegas – May 21


–Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood is a memoir by the poet, who recounts her life as the daughter of a hippie Catholic priest – May 2

–The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell is a series of essays about parenting, law enforcement and being a self-described “blerd” (black nerd) – May 2

–Into the Water is the new thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins; this one is set in northern England – May 2

–Men Without Women is the new collection of short stories from Haruki Murakami – May 9

–House of Names is Colm Toibin’s retelling of Aeschylus’s Oresteia; it’s an examination of the troubles and bad behavior that can accompany great power – May 9

–Mother Land by Paul Theroux is the story of a large family in New England being tyrannized by its matriarch – May 9

–Rich People Problems is the third installment of the chronicles of the uber-rich in Asia by Kevin Kwan – May 23

–The Dinner Party and Other Stories is the latest from novelist Joshua Ferris – May 25

–Touch is Courtney Maum’s satirical look at tech and our need for human interaction (if it’s as good as her last, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, it’s really good) – May 30

–Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) is David Sedaris’ latest – May 30

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