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Your New You November Entertainment Guide

By Andrew Stone
Posted On Nov 04, 2015
Your New You November Entertainment Guide

If you think this month is boring, it’s you that’s boring.

 

by Andrew. C. Stone

 

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the holidays, and rather than fight the inevitable, we say, “Give in! Resistance is futile.” Lucky for us all, there are sights, sounds, and stupendous sources of cheers everywhere we turn. Here, our picks for November must-do flicks, shows, reads, and sounds.

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MOVIES

Big screens welcome a pretty intense cross-section of films this month. (Awards nomination season will commence soon, after all.) If epic action is your thing, line up for the new Bond film Spectre and, duh, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. (Those who’ve read the series know that Katniss is ready to kick things up a notch in Panem.) We’re excited for a number of tour de force turns by Tinseltown faves: Tom Hardy as twin brothers in Legend; Michael B. Jordan and Stallone in the Rocky follow-up Creed; Brad and Angelina in the Jolie-director By the Sea; and Antonio Banderas and Rodrigo Santoro in the trapped miners drama The 33. Expect passion and pathos aplenty as Julia Roberts tracks down her daughter’s killer in Secret In Their Eyes, which also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, and Lyndon Smith.

 

As for family fare, we’ve got super sweet animated feature The Peanuts Movie, starring Snoopy, Charlie, Lucy, and Linus as never seen before. Holiday guffaws are provided by the Diane Keaton-helmed Love the Coopers and bro-mantic romp The Night Before with Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie. Powerful offerings like film festival fave Carol (with Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett) and The Danish Girl (with Eddie Redmayne as transgender artist Lili Elbe) highlight LGBTQ romances from bygone eras. And must-see docs like Janis: Little Girl Blue and Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words shine the spotlight on women we worship.

 

MUSIC

Need some new tunes for shopping, cooking, and working out? Get ready to clutch your pearls. Releasing this month: Ellie Goulding’s Delirium, Bjork’s Vulnicura Strings, Natalie Merchant’s Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings (Yes!), Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hours (Drowning Shadows Edition), the Spectre soundtrack, Tim McGraw’s Damn Country Music, Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder’s Indie 500, Sara Bareilles’ What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress, One Direction’s Made in the A.M., Neko Case’s Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule, Kylie Minogue’s Kylie Christmas (Yes!), Chris Isaak’s First Comes the Night, Justin Bieber’s Purpose, Cee-Lo Green’s Heart Blanche, Adele’s 25, R. Kelly’s Buffet, Enya’s Dark Sky Island, David Guetta’s Listen Again, Nine Inch Nails’ I-IV, and even Wake Up! from Pope Francis. (Yes, that Pope Francis.)

 

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SPORTS

With the World Series wrapped up (sorry Mets), sports fans are shifting their focus to the gridirons, B-ball courts, and hockey rinks of the world, both pro and college. Get ready to root for a new season’s worth of real-life superheroes. Are you keeping up with the WNBA (wnba.com), by the way? Don’t think for one second that these ladies aren’t lighting fast and ferocious. Thanksgiving hits on Thursday, November 26 this year, when you’ll be tuning into the Philadelphia Eagles in Detroit to face the Lions, the Carolina Panthers in Dallas to battle the Cowboys, and the Chicago Bears in Green Bay to play the Packers. Texas Tech’s Red Raiders square off against the Texas Longhorns in Austin, too.

 

TELEVISION

What everyone says about the “golden age of TV” aren’t kidding. Can you believe we’ve gone from Mr. Belvedere and Small Wonder to Arrested Development and The Goldbergs? There are so many amazing shows airing on network, cable channels, and streaming services, we don’t know how to manage it all. Empire? Quantico? Scandal? NCIS? Yes, please. This month sees an inspired influx of new series, particularly on the big names in streaming and premium cable.

 

Netflix has Aziz Ansari starring as a struggling NYC actor in the undoubtedly hilarious Master of None. The ‘flix also has glam girl Krysten Ritter stepping into her superpowers as the title character of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Meanwhile, how did we ever live without Hulu? It will be streaming all of our fave series in addition to the new third season of the History Channel’s Vikings and a fun assortment of classic James Bond films. Amazon Prime delves into sci-fi god Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, and also enters the world of King Henry VIII with Wolf Hall. (Watch out, ladies.) As for HBO, we’ve got season three of riotously good Getting On. Do not overlook that genius show.

 

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BOOKS

All this chilly weather makes it easy to curl up with a great new book, and November sees a ton of worthy page-turners. Leah Remini makes waves with Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology (Ballantine Books; $16.20). Stephen King has a new collection of stories called Bazaar of Bad Dreams (Scribner; $18). Michael Donnelly’s The Crossing (Bosch; $14) and John Grisham’s Rogue Lawyer (Doubleday; $17.40) guarantee thrills that will have you chanting, “Just one more chapter.” Meanwhile, social media photography sensation Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York (St. Martin’s Press; $17.64) proves to be a downright awe-inspiring coffee table tome.

 

HOLIDAY SPIRIT

Need to get in the mood for turkey, stuffing, and cranberries? Rent Home For the Holiday, Pieces of April, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is always a must-see. And, of course, Black Friday is November 27th… so save a bit all month so you can really splurge.