We never really feel like the spring season has officially started until something very important happens: Justin Timberlake's face starts appearing
on all our social media feeds declaring, with gusto, "It's gonna be me." This May meme is a true sign that the season has turned.
A few other things happen every May like clockwork. Festival season begins, whether you like it or not. The year's first blockbusters make their loud, blustery entrances into movie theaters. And Netflix releases some of its greatest hits (
Master of None, House of Cards, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are all returning this month).
So put on your best fringe shorts, start reserving your opening-night movie tickets now, and plan your Netflix binge-club gatherings accordingly. It's gonna be May.
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(in theaters May 12) King Arthur
Three words sum up my excitement for this action-packed medieval masterpiece: Charlie and Jude. Yes, that is in reference to Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, who star in Guy Ritchie's latest testosterone-filled period piece,
King Arthur. And knowing that Hunnam for the role already has me thoroughly impressed. threw "1,000 punches" a day
Music Festival Season
One of my favorite parts of summer (other than boxing up my snow boots and thermal jackets) is getting ready for festival season. And I don't mean hair-braiding while taking selfies at Coachella — I mean listening to a stacked roster of live music across the country. No matter where you live, I urge you to spend at least one afternoon in the sun listening to good music around good people at a music festival. You'll never feel a bliss like it.
Sesali Bowen, Entertainment Writer
(in theaters May 19) Everything, Everything
Everything, Everything is the latest young adult novel to get the film treatment. In the big screen version, hitting theaters on May 19, Amandla Stenberg plays the main character Maddy. Subject to a life trapped inside of her home due to an autoimmune disease, Maddy manages to find love with the mysterious boy next door. In addition to a love story that might make you ugly cry, get ready for cute clothes on Stenberg and a lit soundtrack.
(May 19) The King & I, Faith Evans
Twenty years after his untimely death, we can expect new music from rapper Notorious B.I.G. — sort of. In a collaboration that lovers of Black music have been waiting for since he was still alive, R & B singer Faith Evans — Biggie's widow — is releasing an album of duets featuring herself and her late husband. If its title track, which features Jadakiss, is any indication, it's a beautiful mashup of the best of two genres.
Anne Cohen, Entertainment Editor
(May 30 on Netflix) House Of Cards
With all that's going on in American politics right now, we could all use a little Frank Underwood. Last season ended on a pretty big cliffhanger, as Frank and Claire prepared to fight two very different kinds of wars — one against public opinion, the other against a pseudo ISIS. On top of that, the two still have an election to win. I'm all for political intrigue, but the mystery I'm most excited to solve is what fantastic minimalist fashion Vice President Claire Underwood will hit us with.
(in theaters May 26) Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
I saw the first installment of the
Pirates of the Caribbean franchise five times in theaters. I am here for this. I don't care if it's bad, or that I last year. I need to watch undead pirates sail the high seas while I eat popcorn and pretend I can sword fight. If that mean's the pirate's life's for me, well then, yo ho ho. broke up with Johnny Depp More
Meghan DeMaria, Entertainment News Writer
(May 5) Pollinator, Blondie
Growing up with '80s-loving parents, I had an appreciation for Blondie at a pretty early age. (And "Heart of Glass" is one of my go-to karaoke songs.) I saw Blondie perform in New York a few years ago — Debbie Harry and the gang were still killing it.
But even for millennials who weren't spoon-fed '80s music as kids,
Pollinator should be a delight. The album will include tracks written by Charli XCX, Sia, and Dev Hynes of Blood Orange. I'm already in love with and I can't wait to hear the rest of the album. the first track, "Fun,"
(in theaters May 25) Baywatch
Okay, so I have never watched the original
Baywatch TV series. I'm not even a big Zac Efron fan. But the promotional materials for the new movie — and the — really are funny. And with awards season over, there's nothing wrong with a light-hearted comedy before summer starts. interviews The Rock has been giving
But the main reason I'm looking forward to the movie is Jon Bass. I was in love with his acting in the short-lived
Big Time in Hollywood, FL and would trust him to pull off any comedic role with ease. And apparently, his character, Ronnie, in the movie. I can't wait to see it play out. will find love with Kelly Rohrbach's C.J. Parker More
Erin Donnelly, Senior Entertainment Writer
(in theaters May 5) The Lovers
If you're drawn to watching neurotic middle-aged white people fret about their love lives but feel guilty about giving Woody Allen your money, consider this indie comedy starring the always fantastic Debra Winger. The premise is that Winger and Tracy Letts (great in
Divorce, but, more importantly, has a Pulitzer Prize for writing August: Osage County) are a bored married couple who embark on affairs...and then fall in love with each other again. It's like Nancy Meyers, minus the floral arrangements and vacant stares. Say no more.
(in theaters May 19) Alien: Covenant
I can thank my nephew and our trip to see
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them for sparking my interest in Katherine Waterston, who plays terraforming expert Daniels in this Prometheus sequel/ Alien prequel. Will she be as badass as Sigourney Weaver's Ripley? My hopes are high. More
Maia Efrem, Associate Entertainment Editor
(May 17 on ABC) Downward Dog
Voice-over shows are tough to get right. But what if the voice were just the stream-of-consciousness ramblings of a dog? Does that make it better? The protagonist and narrator of this show is Martin, a canine trying to figure out stay-at-home life with his human, played by Allison Tolman. I'm sure the pitch meeting for this pilot was adorable, but the show seems sappy and I'm just not sure where the story line is going to go. Martin's biggest nemesis is the neighborhood cat, and he spends his days sleeping and throwing shade at the vacuum cleaner. A full season of that? I'm game to give it a try!
(in theaters May 12) Snatched
This will be Amy Schumer's first movie since 2015's
Trainwreck. In that time she's gone from Hollywood's darling to nabbing a sweet Netflix deal and igniting a few controversies along the way. The comedy is about an American mother and daughter drugged and abducted while vacationing in South America. To be honest, I'm mainly excited about Goldie Hawn's return to the big screen. More
Rebecca Farley, Editorial Assistant
(May 5 on Netflix) Sense8
Over time, I've come to defend, adore, and apologize for this show as if it were a gregarious family member at a public event. Yes, it's shamelessly dramatic. Yes, the concept is bizarre and takes at least a paragraph to describe. (If you're looking for a synopsis, look elsewhere.) No, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. This is one of those cases, though, where the whole is giant blue whales better than the sum of its showboating parts. The visuals are sumptuous, the actors are stellar, and the production value affords this absurd sci-fi show a pedigree beyond its script. I happily binged the first season, devoured the Christmas special, and my chompers are ready for the comeback tour that arrives May 5.
(May 2) And We're Off! b y Dana Schwartz
Dana Schwartz is a peculiar intersection of everything that fascinates me in this world: Twitter humor, memes, articles on
The Observer, and young adult fiction. Her upcoming novel And We're Off details 17-year-old Nora's trip to Europe. At every stop in the trip, Nora has to create a piece of artwork. To make matters worse, Nora's mom decides to come along. This is another fun intersection of things I love: Europe, moms, and low-stakes teen drama. Will she find herself in Europe? Will Nora's mom ever stop being so goshdarn embarrassing?! Oh, to be a teenager. More
Naveen Kumar, Senior Entertainment Editor
Nite Jewel, (May 5) Real High
There is an ineffable sort of chill slickness to tracks from L.A.singer-songwriter Ramona Gonzalez, aka Nite Jewel. (The title of her third album,
Liquid Cool, hits the nail on the head.) This month she's back with her fourth, mixing soulful, sultry vocals, low-key R & B, and up-tempo electro beats. Based on the , I can already tell singles she dropped earlier this year Real High is going to be all over my beach playlist this summer.
(May 12 on Netflix) Master of None
As another second-generation Indian dude, I've never seen myself more closely represented on screen than in Aziz Ansari's sharp, funny, and refreshingly honest Netflix comedy. The idea that two Asian American comedians (Ansari and producer Alan Yang) could have a hit series — and a romantic comedy with legions of devotees at that — would've been unheard of just five years ago. Apparently, audiences can relate to characters from different backgrounds than their own! Go figure.
Kathryn Lindsay, Entertainment News Writer
(May 30) Theft By Finding: Diaries by David Sedaris
A new David Sedaris book means two things: I get to burst out laughing while reading it on the subway, and I get to burst out laughing in the audience when
he's reading it on a book tour. While I'd argue that most David Sedaris stories are best heard straight from the horse's mouth, this is different. Sedaris has notoriously kept meticulous diaries his entire life as fodder for his essays, and I've always wondered just how he does it. This is literally my chance to peek into the brain of my writing idol.
(May 19 on Netflix) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Admit it — just reading that got the theme song stuck in your head. While I love Ellie Kemper, the eclectic supporting cast is the best part of the Netflix series, and one of my favorite characters, Xanthippe, is back for season 3. I'm excited for Kimmy to go to college, and I'm even more excited to see the ripple effect it has on the rest of the cast.
Elena Nicolaou, Entertainment Writer
(in theaters May 5) Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy came out two years ago, I went to the theater reluctantly — and left glowing. The movie checked all my boxes for satisfying summer blockbuster. An ensemble cast with actual chemistry? Check. An adorable sidekick that I want to embroider on all my pillowcases? Check. A soundtrack full of my favorite music? Double check. While I know sequels rarely live up to the hype of their predecessors, so long as Guardians of the Galaxy 2 maintains some of its key components, I’m sure it’ll be a ball.
(May 21 on Showtime) Twin Peaks
At last, one byproduct of reboot mania that I’m actually excited for. Confession: I have yet to finish all of the original
Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s iconic show about a mysterious murder in a small town in the Pacific Northwest — but I’m catching up in time for the May 21 premiere. It’s prime time to ingratiate myself into the Twin Peaks fandom. I’ll be drinking the “damn good coffee” Kool-Aid in no time. More
Kaitlin Reilly, Entertainment News Writer
(May 14 on E!) What Happens At The Abbey
E!'s latest reality series, about the staff at popular West Hollywood gay bar The Abbey (and I do mean
popular — have fun spilling your drink on yourself as you attempt to maneuver through the crowd on a Friday night) looks like a mix of Vanderpump Rules and Jersey Shore — and I am both horrified and here for it. While I have little faith that it will accurately depict anything — from its titular WeHo hot spot to, say, actual human beings — it is refreshing to see a reality show boast multiple cast members of the LGBTQ community, when most series are notorious for using same-sex hookups as a salacious highlight in their sizzle reel. I'm crossing my fingers that the series doesn't cross the line between inclusivity and exploitation.
(May 24 on ABC) Dirty Dancing
Do we need another TV remake of a movie musical? Not really — but the fact that we need
Dirty Dancing the way a fish needs a bicycle isn't going to stop me from watching it. The music is great, and I want to see Abigail Breslin — who most recently played the consistently hysterical Chanel No. 5 on Scream Queens — step into Jennifer Grey's dancing shoes. Will I have the time of my life? I'm willing to at least give it a shot. More
Ariana Romero, Entertainment Writer
(May 12 on Amazon) I Love Dick
How many times can one trailer get away with saying the word “dick”? According to the two-minute preview of Amazon’s
I Love Dick, the answer is 11. The series goes deep into the depth’s of lead character Chris’ (Kathryn Hahn) obsession, sexual fantasies, and letter writing ability, all of which are ignited by her husband’s new cowboy-ish colleague, Dick (Kevin Bacon).
Creator Jill Soloway — who’s also the mind behind Amazon's beloved
Transparent — has already as a “soapy delicious psycho-sexual comedy.” You had me at “soapy delicious,” Jill. described the Texas art town series
The MTV Movie & TV Awards (May 7 on MTV)
The MTV MTV Awards are confusingly named, to say the least. But at least categories like Best Kiss put
Empire’s Cookie and Lucious up against Beauty and the Beast, which is the most appropriate comparison in pop culture history. For that, along with a Get Out Allison Williams vs. the Demogorgon match-up, I am thankful for this awards show reboot.
Fare thee well, regular old MTV Movie Awards.
Molly Stout, Entertainment Director
(in theaters May 19) Paint It Black
This indie movie has so many things we love: Amber Tamblyn behind the camera, Alia Shawkat in front of it, and a twisted, familial murder mystery set in both gritty downtown L.A. and aristocratic Beverly Hills. Tamblyn clearly knows what she's doing, and we can't wait to see her direct more and more.
(May 22 on ABC) The Bachelorette
Let's be honest. We watch all shows in the
Bachelor franchise for the cringe factor. The cringe-worthy entrances. The cringe-worthy sound effects. The cringe-worthy rejections. And, based on what we saw of new Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay's potential suitors on After The Final Rose last month, we have so much cringing to look forward to. More
Carolyn L. Todd, Entertainment News Writer
(in theaters May 3; May 17 on Spike TV) I Am Heath Ledger
Am I the only one who can't believe that Heath Ledger died nine years ago? This haunting new documentary — composed largely of handheld footage Ledger filmed himself (often of himself) — promises to give us intimate insight into the actor's colorful life and shocking death at age 28. I know this will be difficult and uncomfortable to watch at parts, but a decade after we lost the man, I'm more than ready to learn firsthand about the world he left behind.
(May 26 on Netflix) War Machine
I think funny Brad Pitt is the most underrated Brad Pitt, which is part of the reason I can't wait for this outrageous new war satire starring him as a caricature of disgraced U.S. General Stanley McChrystal. It's based on some real shit — the late journalist Michael Hastings' bombshell exposé
The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan — and I'm counting on War Machine to give me hope that one day we'll be able to laugh about the presently fucked-up state of affairs. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Kylie Jenner Brought All Of Her Friends To Travis Scott's Birthday Celebs You Should Be Following On Instagram This Band Thinks 13 Reasons Why Is Dangerous — & It's On The Soundtrack