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Summer 2013 Watch List

What am I looking forward to this summer? Besides endless hot, sweaty days, occasional excursions to crowded beaches, and backyard barbecues with family and friends? Lots of movies and television, of course.

Movies

1. Man of Steel (June 14)

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2. The Bling Ring (June 14)

If you want to see a movie for the “lulz,” I’d recommend Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson. Reviews from Cannes indicates it’s a hot mess, but come on, didn’t we already kind of know that from watching the trailer? It’s a movie about the infamous Bling Ring squad who robbed various celebrity homes, including the homes of Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan.

It’s bad enough that the characters are so annoying; even worse, the stuff they covet is butt-ugly. We’re not talking about Marie Antoinette’s birthday-cake gowns, her candy-box jewels, or even her pink Converse sneakers, the objects of desire Coppola fetishized in an earlier reverie. We’re talking zebra-print dresses, neon patent-leather stilettos, and costly bags laden with too many chains. [Village Voice]

Regardless, I want to see how Watson’s acting has improved or deteriorated since her performance in Perks of Being A Wallflower, where her American accent still needed a little polishing. I cackled at her speech at the end of the trailer.

3. This Is the End (June 14)

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4. Pacific Rim (July 12)

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5. Fruitvale Station (July 16)

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6. Blue Jasmine (July 26)

Photo: Perdido Productions

Photo: Perdido Productions

Directed by Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine is the story of a fashionable New York housewife. Not much else is known about the plot of the movie, but why I’m most interested in watching this movie is for the cast: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., and Sally Hawkins. C.K., in particular, is an interesting choice. From watching his FX series Louie, you can guess there are a lot of similarities between him and Woody Allen. They’re both neurotic, albeit in different ways, and they have a knack for storytelling and directing. Even with Louie‘s small budget, Louis C.K. is able to bring his audience a very compelling television series that is more dark and dramatic than you would expect from a successful stand-up comedian. Putting together the minds of two comics like C.K. and Allen into a movie… well, that’s going to be interesting.

7. The To Do List (August 16)

I enjoyed Aubrey Plaza in Safety Not Guaranteed, so I’m definitely on-board for her next movie, The To Do List. The 28-year-old actress and comedian stars as high school senior Brandy Clark who wants to become as sexually experienced as she can before she goes off to college – hence “the to-do list” refers to a list of sexual activities. The movie is both written and directed by a woman, Maggie Carey, wife of former SNL cast member Bill Hader (Hader bid farewell in yesterday’s season finale of Saturday Night Live). Plaza previously starred in Carey’s web series entitled The Jeannie Tate Show about a soccer mom who runs a talk show in her mini-van; Plaza starred as Carey’s teenage daughter. The To Do List also stars Rachel Bilson, Clark Gregg, Connie Britton, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Adam Pally, and Plaza’s former NYU classmate, Donald Glover.

Television

1. Teen Wolf (June 3)

Teen Wolf had a solid second season, but with all of the information that has come out about season 3, I’m a bit wary that it’ll be able to deliver another solid season. It seems like there are way too many characters and storylines; undoubtedly, someone’s screentime is going to get shafted. Hopefully, I’m wrong, because Teen Wolf has set the bar for teen supernatural shows. This season, we’re introduced to a slew of Alpha werewolves, who we saw Erica and Boyd run into last season. Isaac (Daniel Sharman) has a more prominent role this season, and Boyd (Sinqua Walls) returns as well. We won’t be seeing Erica (Gage Golightly), unfortunately, but since the actress’ Pilot didn’t get picked up by The CW, I’m hoping the character will make her return at some point.

2. Graceland (June 6)

Broadway actor Aaron Tveit, whose credits include the musical version of Catch Me If You Can, The CW’s Gossip Girl, and last year’s Oscar-nominated Les Miserables, stars in Graceland. The show is about a group of law enforcement agents from various departments – the DEA, the FBI, and U.S. Customs – who work undercover and live together in a house somewhere in coastal Southern California. Tveit’s character is the newbie of the bunch, and he’s immediately put under the tutelage of laid-back, rules-breaker Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata). The show will air on the USA network.

3. Ray Donovan (June 30)

At first glance, I wasn’t too interested in watching Ray Donovan, a drama on Showtime starring Liev Schreiber as the titular character. Like Olivia Pope on Scandal, Donovan is a “fixer,” except he deals with the rich and famous of Los Angeles instead of Washington D.C. and – as far as I can tell – he’s not sleeping with the President of the United States. What piqued my interest was the fact that the show is created by Ann Biderman, the woman responsible for Southland, an excellent, well-written, amazingly-acted series that ended its run on TNT this past April. For that reason alone, I’m willing to give Ray Donovan a try.

4. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (July 16)

The CW is bringing back ABC’s improv comedy show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, formerly hosted by Drew Carey. The series ran for 8 seasons from 1998 to 2007 and regularly featured Wayne Brady (who won an Emmy in 2003 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program), Colin Mochrie, and Ryan Stiles. Season 9 is bringing back all three performers, but with Aisha Tyler – voice of Lana Kane on Archer and host of the “Girl On Guy” podcast – as the host. It’ll be interesting to see if the revamp is successful or not. There’s no doubt that these people are very talented and funny, though, and I enjoyed the show immensely during its initial run. You can find clips on YouTube of some of their laugh-out-loud moments. I’ll definitely be tuning in for this on July 16.

5. Breaking Bad (August 11)

Photo: AMC

Photo: AMC

The best show on television is wrapping up this summer… AND I AM SO EXCITEDWe last left off with Hank (Dean Norris) finally figuring out that Walt (Bryan Cranston) was the elusive Heisenberg, right when Walt had seemingly decided to quit the meth business for good and focus on his family. I can’t wait to see how the series ends, although I know it’s going to be a bittersweet and I will probably cry into my pillow when it’s all over. This series has provided us with some of the best moments of television ever, and I can’t wait to see what future projects creator Vince Gilligan has in store for us next.

Reality Shows

1. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (June 2)

I’m not proud of myself but… last year, I started watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians. As dull, horrendous, and overly-scripted it was, I kept tuning in for more episodes every week. I knew it was wrong, but I kept doing it anyway. I think it has to do with the fact that Kimye happened – that is, the joining of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West into holy coupledom. Now Kim is pregnant with baby Yeezy, and I want to see how this unfolds on their reality show. And yeah, I’m also a bit intrigued by the Jenner family drama and how Khloe – who’s been having difficulty conceiving a child with husband Lamar Odom – will deal with Kim’s pregnancy… It’s not my proudest moment. The Kardashians are the personification of materialism, excess, and overindulgent capitalistic behavior and – like a huge chunk of America – I can’t stop looking away.

What movies, television shows, music, etc. are you guys looking forward to the most? Comment below!