Summer is finally here, and with it comes a host of new TV shows, movies, and books to experience. Here are our recommendations for the most anticipated entertainment this month.
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1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - One of TV streaming's largest successes has returned for a fourth season, just in time for summer. This original comedy created by Tina Fey stars NBC alumna Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, who's learning to live an adult life in New York City after being held hostage in an underground bunker for 15 years. Also starring Titus Burgess, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane, this show's newest season - which covers topics like sexual harassment, gender inequality, white privilege, and even TV streaming itself - is now available on Netflix. The first three binge-worthy seasons are also available on the platform.
2. The Bold Type - Freeform (previously ABC Family) had major success last summer with this new series, which will return for a second season on June 12. The dramatic comedy focuses on the lives of three young women (Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy) working at Scarlet, a Cosmopolitan-esque magazine (former Cosmo editor Joanna Coles is an executive producer on the show). Besides its storylines covering hard-hitting topics (like sexual identity, toxic masculinity, modern-day relationships, and racial representation), the show has been commended for its costumes' budget-friendly, realistic representation of modern business-casual office-wear (unlike other office-set TV dramedies...cough, cough, Younger). It packs a feminist punch, honing in on office culture, career-focused women, and the work that goes into modern-day journalism; in short, it's the perfect show for those with publishing aspirations who love funny, dramatic, and serious moments alike.
1. I Have Lost My Way - This latest YA novel by If I Stay author Gayle Foreman follows three young adults drawn together in New York City after a tragic accident. Each has something they have lost or given up, and over the course of a day they realize they can only fix their problems by helping the others solve theirs. Like the author's past books, this is an emotional and heart-wrenching read rich in detail, background, and discovering one's self - but it’s one worth reading this summer.
2. When Life Gives You Lululemons - Fans of The Devil Wears Prada (and the book it's based on by ex-Vogue assistant Lauren Weisberger) found a favorite character in Emily Charlton, the sassy and loyal assistant to Miranda Priestly. Now an image consultant to Hollywood stars, Emily - who's fallen on difficult times in her career - finds a new project in ex-supermodel Karolina Hartwell, who's been viciously attacked by tabloids after marital and legal drama. Joining forces with an ex-lawyer in Greenwich, Connecticut, Emily is determined to help Karolina clean her reputation - and have a comeback of her own. Fans of Weisberger's previous novels will devour this new chapter in the Prada universe, as well as its messages about women pursuing careers, motherhood, and their personal relationships.
3. Little Fires Everywhere - Fans of movies like American Beauty or shows like Pretty Little Liars will appreciate the suburbia-unmasked plot of this 90's-set novel, which follows a suburban family's life changes after Mia, a nomadic artist, and her daughter move into their utopian neighborhood. Every character is altered by Mia's arrival, and the subsequent events that follow - yes, there is a fire - leave few stones unturned in their lives. This novel was praised upon its release last fall, and has built up a network of readers that have hailed it as a fantastic summer read - so if you have a free afternoon, don't hesitate to pick this up!
1. Ocean's 8 - One of the highest-anticipated movies of the summer, Ocean's 8 follows the younger sister of Sandra Bullock’s Ocean's 11 character as she brings together a female team to steal a million-dollar necklace at the Met Gala. Set in the same universe as the infamous Ocean's 11 films, this action-packed heist movie is sure to appeal to fans of the original franchise and draw in new ones. Plus, with a star-studded, diverse, women-led cast including Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, and Anne Hathaway, it won't be one to miss.
2. The Incredibles 2 - Fourteen years after the original Incredibles movie came out, Disney finally made the highly-demanded sequel, out this month. Picking up directly where the first movie ended, this film depicts the titular family during the return of "Supers" and their place in society, as Mr. Incredible's wife, Elastigirl, pursues her role as a superhero and he stays behind to watch their kids. While its main intention is to entertain, this film comments on the roles of parenthood and society, as well as gender roles within a family. The retro-futuristic aesthetic of the first film will be the same, even though the sequel's antagonist has yet to be identified - but Disney's long production period and millennial anticipation for the film is sure to make it a box-office hit this season.
3. Tag - Based on an absurd true story (yes, it's real - Google it), Tag follows a group of five male besties who have been playing the same game of "tag" for thirty years, regardless of their personal safety, jobs, or romantic relationships. This time, four of the five guys are making sure that their only friend who hasn't been tagged yet (Jeremy Renner) will be "it" before they retire the game once and for all - even if it disrupts his upcoming wedding. There's always one comedic film released for summer starring a host of well-known actors (in this case, Renner, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Isla FIsher, and Ed Helms) that values laughs over plot - and this is sure to be that for 2018.
Aaron Royce, 20, is a student and journalist with writing experience for print and online publications. His journalism interest began when he started reading back issues of Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and Vogue before entering high school; he was a co-editor for the school’s newspaper and arts magazine. Post-graduation, he attended Christopher Newport University before transferring to NOVA’s Annandale campus, where he is currently a sophomore pursuing a Communications major. He recently completed a summer as Northern Virginia Magazine’s style intern, and now writes for online publications and interns with ArtJamz Creative Director, RMCI Senior Designer and fashion blogger Anchyi Wei.