2020 is bring some movies to watch out for like Underwater, Mulan and In the Heights.
Friday, January 3rd
The Grudge: A remake of the American remake of the Japanese horror favorite. Grudge focuses on a vengeful ghost with a long memory. Starring Andrea Riseborough, Betty Gilpin, John Cho, Demian Bichir and Lin Shaye. Directed by Nicolas Pesce.
Friday, January 10th
Like a Boss: comedy film directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly. The film stars Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Coolidge, Billy Porter, and Salma Hayek.
Underwater is science fiction horror film directed by William Eubank and written by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad. The film is produced by Chernin Entertainment and stars Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, and T.J. Miller
Friday, January 17th
Bad Boys for Life is a buddy cop action comedy film directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Will Smith and starring Smith and Martin Lawrence. The sequel to Bad Boys (1995) and Bad Boys II (2003) and the third and final installment in the Bad Boys trilogy, the film follows detectives Lowrey and Burnett reuniting once again when a Romanian mob boss exacts revenge on the duo just as they are about to officially retire.
Dolittle Directed by: Stephen Gaghan, starring Robert Downey Jr., Michael Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Tom Holland, Selena Gomez, Marion Cotillard, John Cena. This is a new Doctor Dolittle based more on the second book by author Hugh Lofting.
Friday, January 24th
The Gentlemen: Guy Ritchie returns with this British gangster tale about an American expat (Matthew McConaughey) with a weed empire in London whose imminent retirement from the business spawns a criminal free-for-all for his territory. Look for Hugh Grant playing against type.
Run is a suspense thriller film, directed by Aneesh Chaganty, from a screenplay by Chaganty and Sev Ohanian. It stars Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, and Luke Gross.
The Turning supernatural horror film directed by Floria Sigismondi, written by Carey W. Hayes, Chad Hayes, and Jade Bartlett. It is a modern adaptation of the 1898 ghost story The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.Steven Spielberg also serves as an executive producer. It stars Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, and Joely Richardson.
Color Out of Space is a horror film directed by Richard Stanley, based on the short story “The Colour Out of Space” by H. P. Lovecraft. It stars Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Q’orianka Kilcher and Tommy Chong. This is Stanley’s first feature film directed since his firing from The Island of Dr. Moreau.
The Last Full Measure war drama film written and directed by Todd Robinson. It stars Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irvine and Peter Fonda in his final film.
Friday, January 31st
Gretel and Hansel: This dark fantasy horror film based on the German folklore tale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm. The film is directed by Oz Perkins, produced by Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and Dan Kagan, and the screenplay is written by Perkins and Rob Hayes. Sophia Lillis and Sam Leakey portray the main characters respectively, alongside Charles Babalola, Jessica De Gouw and Alice Krige. In the film, Gretel and Hansel enter a dark wood in order to find work and food to assist their poor parents. They stumble upon the home of a witch.
The Rhythm Section: Blake Lively stars as a troubled female assassin movie, based on the eponymous novel by Mark Burnell. Stephanie Patrick, a plane crash survivor who wants to get to the bottom of the disaster that killed her family and discovers it was no accident, which sets her on a path of revenge. Also look for Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown and Max Casella
The Traitor is internationally co-produced biographicalcrimedrama film co-written and directed by Marco Bellocchio, about the life of Tommaso Buscetta, the first Sicilian Mafia boss turned pentito. Pierfrancesco Favinostars as Buscetta, alongside Maria Fernanda Cândido, Fabrizio Ferracane, Fausto Russo Alesi and Luigi Lo Cascio.
Friday, February 7th
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn):
stars Margot Robbie. Along for the ride will be Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rosie Perez. They will face off against Ewan McGregor as the Black Mask.
The Lodge: Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, the team behind 2014’s chilling psychological thriller Goodnight Mommy, return with another horror film. Riley Keough plays Grace, a young woman who is left alone at a winter lodge with her boyfriend’s two children — but not everything, or everyone, is quite what they seem, and as secrets are revealed and tensions rise, there may be more than just personal history to worry about.
Friday, February 14th
Sonic the Hedgehog: Voiced by James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough
What About Love: people’s attitude towards love. Tanner and Christian realize that they’re actually filming their own love story, but they have no idea that their film will ultimately save Christian’s life after tragedy strikes them both. Stars Sharon Stone, Andy García, Marielle Jaffe and Miguel Ángel Muñoz.
Downhill: Nat Faxon and Jim Rash helm this remake of the 2014 Swedish comedy-drama Force Majeure, which centers on a married relationship on the rocks after the husband abandons the family during an avalanche scare. In this version, that couple is played by Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, indicating it may lean a little harder on the comedy than the drama, and what more perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to watch another couple in a passive-aggressive tug of war?
Moviegoers of a certain age may remember the popular TV drama Fantasy Island, in which visitors to the titular vacation spot would be granted a chance to live out their wildest fantasies for a price. Blumhouse has decided to twist the concept into one of its horror offerings to bring it to the big screen, as this adaptation centers on a group of guests whose fantasies spiral out of control dangerously, and they must figure out how to survive.
Friday, February 21st
The Call of the Wild: The classic Jack London novel is back. In this film, a St. Bernard/Scotch Collie mix named Buck is stolen and transported up into Yukon territory, where he befriends a man named John Thornton and embarks on an adventure. Harrison Ford takes the lead human role, while Buck himself looks to be entirely CGI.
Emma comedy-drama film directed by Autumn de Wilde and written by Eleanor Catton. It is based on the 1815 novel of the same name by Jane Austen. The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn and Bill Nighy.
Friday, February 28th
The Invisible Man is a modern, updated standalone feature. Elisabeth Moss stars as the former lover of an abusive sociopath who has committed suicide — or has he? Maybe that’s him breathing over her shoulder and lighting things on fire in her house. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Storm Reid
Wendy fantasy drama film written and directed by Behn Zeitlin. The film stars Devin France, Yashua Mack, Tommie Lynn Milazzo, and Shay Walker and is intended to be a re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.
Friday, March 6th
Onward: Voiced by Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Octavia Spencer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus
The Way Back is a survival film directed by Peter Weir, from a screenplay by Weir and Keith Clarke. The film is inspired by The Long Walk (1956), the memoir by former Polish prisoner of warSławomir Rawicz, who claimed to have escaped from a Soviet Gulag and walked 4,000 miles (6,400 km) to freedom in World War II. The film stars Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, and Saoirse Ronan.
First Cow is directed by Kelly Reichardt, from a screenplay by Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond based on Raymond’s novel The Half Life. It stars John Magaro, Orion Lee and René Auberjonois in his final film role.
Friday, March 13th
Bloodshot: Vin Diesel
My Spy directed by Peter Segal, written by Jon and Erich Hoeber, and starring Dave Bautista, Kristen Schaal, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Chloe Coleman, and Ken Jeong. The film follows a CIA agent who must watch over a young girl after he is assigned to protect her family.
I Still Believe is a Christian biographical drama film directed by the Erwin Brothers and based on the life of singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp and his first wife, Melissa Lynn Henning-Camp, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly before they married. Camp’s song “I Still Believe” is the film’s namesake.
Friday, March 20th
A Quiet Place Part II: This sequel, was written by John Krasinski who also returns to direct, and Emily Blunt is reprising her role.
The Truth is a French-Japanese film, written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. It stars Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Ludivine Sagnier, Clémentine Grenier, Manon Clavel, Alain Libolt, Christian Crahay and Roger Van Hool. It is Kore-eda’s first film set outside Japan and not in his native language.
Friday, March 27th
Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan, directed by Niki Caro. Featuring Chinese star Liu Yifei as the titular character and a host of other Chinese legends like Donnie Yen, Gong Li, and Jet Li.
Saint Maud is a British psychological horror film written and directed by Rose Glass in her directorial debut. It stars Morfydd Clark and Jennifer Ehle.
Friday, April 3rd
Fatherhood: directed by Paul Weitz from a screenplay he wrote alongside Dana Stevens, based upon the memoir of Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love, by Matthew Logelin. It stars Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard, Melody Hurd, Lil Rel Howery, Paul Reiser, and DeWanda Wise.
The Lovebirds: Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae star in this romantic comedy about a couple on the verge of a break-up who become embroiled in a murder mystery and must work together to clear their name. Veteran comedy writer Michael Showalter and Pitch Perfect‘s Anna Camp.
The New Mutants: The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone is at the helm with Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, and Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton — to play next-generation X-Men from Marvel’s comic book series of the same name. But the New Mutants’ dark path is riddled with horrors as they discover their abilities while imprisoned in a secret facility.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway: Voiced by James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo and Elizabeth Debicki
Wednesday, April 8th
No Time to Die: Director Cary Fukunaga takes the reins for the 25th James Bond film, with Daniel Craig returning for his fifth turn as 007. He’s joined by series regulars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Ben Whishaw, as well as returning characters played by Lea Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright. Recent Best Actor-winner Rami Malek is playing the villain.
Friday, April 17th
Trolls World Tour: Voiced by Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Dornan, Sam Rockwell, Rachel Bloom and Chance the Rapper
Antlers: Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons star in this supernatural thriller about a small-town teacher and her sheriff brother who find themselves in a waking nightmare when they discover one of her students is harboring a terrifying secret in his attic.
Promising Young Woman is a drama thriller film, written and directed by Emerald Fennell in her directorial debut. It stars Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Britton and Laverne Cox.
The Secret Garden: British fantasy drama film directed by Marc Munden, based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It stars Dixie Egerickx, Colin Firth and Julie Walters.
Friday, April 24th
Antebellum: This psychological mystery synopsis centers on a successful writer played by Janell Monáe who becomes trapped in some sort of alternate reality.
Friday, May 1st
The first Marvel property to kick off its Phase 4 will be this prequel focusing on Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff. Joining are by David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, and Florence Pugh.
Dream House is a psychological thriller film directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, and Marton Csokas. This is a rerelease.
Friday, May 8th
Greyhound: Tom Hanks returns to command the naval ship Greyhound, which was pursued by German U-boats across the Atlantic Ocean along with 36 other Allied ships. Director Aaron Schneider (Get Low) won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short back in 2003.
Legally Blonde 3: It’s been 15 years since we last saw Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon).
Covers a comedy directed by Nisha Ganatra and written by Flora Greeson. It stars Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Zoë Chao.
The Personal History of David Copperfield: Dev Patel stars in a reimagining of the classic Charles Dickens novel, told through a comedic lens by Armando Iannucci. Thee cast includes Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Ben Whishaw, and Peter Capaldi.
Friday, May 15th
Scoob!: Voiced by Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez, Frank Welker, Will Forte and Mark Wahlberg
The Woman in the Window: In Joe Wright’s adaptation of the novel, Amy Adams stars as child psychologist Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman who develops a friendship with a neighbor who lives in the building across the street (played by Julianne Moore), only to witness her friend being murdered by her husband.
The Organ Donor this is the ninth installment in the Saw franchise. The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, from a screenplay by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, based on a story by Chris Rock. The film stars Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, and Marisol Nichols.
Friday, May 22nd
Fast & Furious 9: Director Justin Lin and Vin Diesel.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run: Voiced by Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence and Mr. Lawrence.
Friday, May 29th
Artemis Fowl brings director Kenneth Branagh and stars Judi Dench and Josh Gad, for this adaptation of the popular fantasy book series that centers on a young criminal mastermind who kidnaps a fairy in hopes of ransoming her to an evil pixie in exchange for his father.
Friday, June 5th
Wonder Woman 1984: As villain Cheetah, Kristen Wiig goes against Gal Gadot. The action is set during the Cold War in the ’80s and finds Chris Pine reappearing as Wonder Woman’s love interest Steve Trevor, despite his apparent death in the first film.
Friday, June 19th
Soul: Voiced by Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, John Ratzenberger and Daveed Diggs
Friday, June 26th
Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu adapts Lin-Manuel Miranda’s breakout musical, In the Heights. The show, which kicked off the Hamilton creator’s career, winning four Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The musical follows the stories of several characters in New York’s heavily Latino neighborhood, Washington Heights, over three days.
Top Gun Maverick is the long awaited sequel (31 years!) The cast includes Miles Teller, who will play Goose’s son and Val Kilmer is officially back as Iceman. And as the trailer released during Comic-Con promises, it will again feature Tom Cruise riding motorcycles, playing volleyball, and flying jets.
The Glorious Corner
A CHER STEAL — This year’s 97th edition of the Macy’s Day Parade was a rather underwhelming one, save for Chicago – inexplicably singing “Your My Inspiration” – and the always, indefatigable Cher, singing a track “DJ Play a Christmas Song” off her new holiday-themed album. The first few bars will terribly auto-tuned, but that seemed to disappear and Cher’s vocals rang full and bold.
She was, typically, a pro. Mixing effortlessly and emotionally with the dancers in a terrific set. Some pundits reported the clip was shot days earlier, but she was live and, just sensational. I wish more of today’s performers possessed her vigor and skills. That’s why most of the current acts, here today, will be gone tomorrow.
As we went to press, we learned that this parade was Macy’s most-watched edition ever! Congrats.
HALL VS. OATES — Some terrible news appeared in Wednesday’s media that Daryl Hall had taken out a TRO against partner-John Oates. I’ve loved what these two have done for decades and I loved Hall’s solo albums; especially the one he did with Robert Fripp in 1977 Sacred Songs. His record company at the time (RCA) hated it so much, they held up its release for three years.
I also well remember them in the 80’s when it seemed you could’t turn on a radio without hearing their music. 29 of their 33 singles were major chart hits on Billboard. But I do go back to them even in the 70’s, with their terrific “She’s Gone” which basically launched them. And, my favorite album of their War Babies, produced by Todd Rundgren. Quick note: That album sounds as good and relevant as it did when it came out in 1974.
The problem seems to arise from Oates wanting to sell his portion of certain songs to Primary Wave Artists – which ironically owns several of their songs already. It’s a small point, but that seems to be the issue. In all actuality, it’s another case of a classic-rocker selling his music.
In Oates’ book several years ago (Change of Seasons: A Memoir), he hardly mentioned Hall and regrettably that animus has apparently reared its angry head. They’re Philly boys, I’m from Philly and it’s just an awful coda to what was one of music’s major success stories. Sad all around.
SHORT TAKES — Terrific article in this week’s Closer on Micky Dolenz. Check it out here: https://www.closerweekly.com/posts/micky-dolenz-on-telling-stories-on-stage-and-in-his-book/
btw: Dolenz tapes KTLA’s Countdown To 2024 this week in LA …
I first met Phil Quartararo in the lobby of the old Mondrian Hotel in LA with John Sykes and we struck up a friendship that lasted until he passed last week. He was at Virgin for a time and worked with the artists there including The Spice Girls and Paul Abdul. In these fast-changing-times in the music business, he remained somewhat behind the scenes of late, but admitted he missed working with the artists. Phil was a guy you never ever heard a bad word about. Huge loss. Here’s Billboard’s take on Phil:
… As you’ve not doubt read, there is trouble in the Marvel-comic kingdom. The latest Captain Marvel movie (The Marvels) didn’t perform nearly as well as everyone hoped for and their newest star, Jonathan Majors as Kang, is tied up in several court matters.
So, we hear that Kang is out and Doctor Doom is in. Stay tuned …
And Forbes’ James M. Clash has released Amplified; culled from his terrific interviews with the icons of rock ‘n roll; including Grace Slick; Art Garfunkel; Ginger Baker; Micky Dolenz; and Roger Daltry. Here’s the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CNJZYW2J?ref_=cm_sw_r_apan_dp_WKCSH7AC0ZTK18RZF4ED&language=en-US NAMES IN THE NEWS — Steve Leeds; Kate Hyman; Bono; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Peter Abraham; Bobby Bank; Dina Pitenis; Frank DiLella; Donnie Kehr; Steve Leber; Don Wardell; Anne Adams; Billy Smith; John Boulos; Kimberly Cornell; Sam Rubin; Nexstar; and ZIGGY!
Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project and The Madison Square Park Conservancy Holiday Tree Lighting
Did you know the first public Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the country’s history took place in Madison Square Park? Celebrate the 111th anniversary of the first holiday tree lighting, with MSPC, the park community and neighborhood partners on December 6th from 4 – 6 PM
Enjoy this free joyful event with a photo op, baked-goods, and live music performances by acapella group, New York Life Singers, from New York Life Insurance Company and featuring guest vocalist Gabrielle Lee with Broadway Pianist and Musical Director, Alvin Hough Jr. in partnership with the Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project.
Know before you go:
- Giveaways while supplies last.
- No stroller parking is available so please consider leaving strollers at home if possible.
- Free and open to the public, no reservations are necessary.
Events For December
Cabaret, Talks and Concerts For December
Tis the season to be entertained. Here are picks:
92 Street Y: 1395 Lexington Ave. 12/2 – 4: Lyrics & Lyricists In the Key of Life: The Genius of Stevie Wonder. Led by Broadway’s Darius de Haas; 12/5: Recanati-Kaplan Talks Death, Let Me Do My Show: Rachel Bloom in Conversation and 12/14: Sharon Stone and Jerry Saltz Talk About Art.
Birdland Jazz: 315 West 44 St. Every Monday at 5:30 Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks and 9:30pm Jim Caruso’s Cast Party; Every Tuesday at 8:30pm The Lineup with Susie Mosher; Every Saturday at 7pm Eric Comstock with Sean Smith (Bass) & special guest Barbara Fasano (Voice); 12/11: Karen Mason for her annual Christmas show “Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!”; 12/12 – 16 Stacy Kent; 12/18: James Barbour returns to Birdland with his annual Holiday Concert: 12/21 – 25: “A Swinging Birdland Christmas” starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch and 12/28 – 31: Marilyn Maye.
Cafe Carlyle: 35 E 76th St. 12/1 – 9: Sutton Foster; 12/12 – 16: Gavin DeGraw and 12/19 – 31: Michael Feinstein.
Carnegie Hall: 881 7th Ave at 57th St. 12/5: Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith; 12/6: Dee Dee Bridgewater with Sean Jones and the NYO Jazz All-Star Big Band; 12/13: Michael Feinstein and Jean-Yves Thibaudet and 12/22 – 23: The New York Pops The Best Christmas of All with Norm Lewis
Don’t Tell Mama: 343 W. 46 St.
Dizzys Club Coca Cola: Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street.
Christmas in Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and Kelly Clarkson
The Christmas in Rockefeller Center special will air on NBC and Peacock at 8 p.m. ET on November 29, 2023 with the iconic Christmas tree lighting taking place at the end of the special.
The 2023 Christmas in Rockefeller Center special will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson, who will also be performing. Clarkson recently moved her talk show from Los Angeles to New York, where it shoots in 30 Rock. That makes her an obvious host for the tree lighting as it will be glowing right outside her office. Clarkson announced the new gig on her show on October 26, 2023.
Look for Cher!, Chloe Bailey, Adam Blackstone, Keke Palmer, David Foster, Katharine McPhee, Liz Gillies, Darlene Love, Seth MacFarlane, Barry Manilow, Carly Pearce and Manuel Turizo.
The Christmas at Rockefeller Center special will be available to watch on the NBC app, on NBC.com and on Peacock as well as NBC.
The tree is lit daily from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. On Christmas Day, it’s lit for a full 24 hours and on New Year’s, it stays lit from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m.
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