Summer is right around the corner and that means big budget movies, beach reads, shake-moving concerts and more. Get hype for our picks of the best entertainment options this season.
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Reporting by Celia San Miguel & Jesus Trivino
1. X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Apocalypse, May 27
The Buzz: The end is near. In Bryan Singer’s latest X-Men installment, Professor X (James McAvoy) has a new nemesis: Apocalypse (Guatemalan and Cuban actor Oscar Isaac), the first known mutant, who has reawakened after thousands of years of hibernation and is now plotting to destroy the earth. The stage is set for a war of epic proportions.
Ghostbusters, July 15
The Buzz: Let there be slime! An all-female ghostbusting quartet — played by funny gals Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones — picks up the proton packs and sets out to save the world. As Margaret Thatcher once said, “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” Andy Garcia joins the fun as the mayor of a ghost-besieged New York City.
3. Ice Age: Collision Course
Ice Age: Collision Course, July 22
The Buzz: In the fifth installment of the wildly successful Ice Age franchise, an undeterred Scrat chases his elusive acorn into a spaceship and unwittingly heads into outer space. As meteors and asteroids careen toward earth, Sid (John Leguizamo), Gertie (Stephanie Beatriz), and squad scramble to save the day.
4. Hands of Stone
Hands of Stone, August 26
The Buzz: Panamanian icon Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán gets the biopic treatment. Directed by Venezuelan Jonathan Jakubowicz, and starring compatriot Édgar Ramirez (Joy) and Robert De Niro as Durán’s trainer, Ray Arcel, Hands of Stone looks to introduce a new generation to one of the greatest boxers of all time.
5. Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Beyond, July 22
The Buzz: Star Trek Beyond finds Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) on their five-year mission to explore the next frontier. But when the USS Enterprise is destroyed, the intrepid space explorers must fight for survival on a hostile planet and face the wrath of an alien villain (Idris Elba).
6. Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black (Netflix), June 17
Now that DEA agents nabbed Cesar, what will happen with Daya’s (Dascha Polanco) baby? Will Officer Bennett (Matt McGorry) return for his fiancée and claim his child, or will he abandon them both? Was Alex (Laura Prepon) murdered? And will audiences finally learn what landed the perpetually messy-haired Blanca (Laura Gomez) in the slammer? It’s time to find out!
7. The Get Down
The Get Down (Netflix), August 12
Beat Street lovers, rejoice! Created by Baz Luhrmann, this new original Netflix series explores how creativity rose from the ashes of a beleaguered, bankrupt, crime-infested New York City in the 1970s, leading to the birth of disco and hip-hop. Newcomer Herizen Guardiola steps into the role of leading lady as Mylene Cruz, an aspiring singer from the South Bronx whose disco dreams are stifled by her religious parents. Jimmy Smits plays her uncle, politician Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz.
8. Summer Olympics
Summer Olympics (NBC), August 5
The Rio de Janeiro Olympics marks the first time the Games have ever been held in South America. Watch the top athletes from 205 countries vie for gold in track and field, swimming, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, boxing, volleyball, and a host of other events on NBC.
9. Devious Maids
Devious Maids (Lifetime), June 6
They may devote themselves to cleaning lavish Beverly Hills mansions, but the curious and feisty maids in the Marc Cherry–created Lifetime series always find themselves in serious messes! Executive producer Eva Longoria guest-stars on this season’s premiere, and Argentine actress Sol Rodriguez joins the Devious Maids family as Daniela, a sassy maid with Hollywood aspirations who will likely clash with Carmen Luna (Roselyn Sanchez). But might Daniela be the daughter Carmen gave up for adoption all those years ago? Let the conspiracy theories begin!
10. The Strain
The Strain (FX), August 28
The vampire monsters are back and more bloodthirsty than ever in the third season of this Guillermo del Toro/Chuck Hogan creation. How will the gang go on after Nora’s (Mia Maestro) death? But more importantly, why did it take until last season to realize Gus (Miguel Gomez) was a rapper (Aztek Escobar) signed to Jay Z in a past life?
11. My Voice by Angie Martinez
My Voice by Angie Martinez, Available Now
Christened the “Hip-Hop Oprah” by Nicki Minaj, veteran radio DJ Martinez details Tupac Shakur’s final interview as well as conversations with a pre– White House Barack Obama. The boricua author also discusses her controversial move in 2014 from New York’s Hot 97 to rival Power 105 in her memoir.
12. The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel
The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel, Available Now
Engel’s latest novel is about moving beyond mourning to a place of hope. When her brother is sentenced to death row, Reina Castillo moves to the Florida Keys in search of a fresh start. There she learns the healing power of the ocean and the importance of interpersonal connections.
13. Never Too Real by Carmen Rita
Never Too Real by Carmen Rita, Available May 31
Entrepreneur and former CNBC host Rita makes her foray into the realm of fi ction with this empowering novel about four ambitious, successful, career-driven Latinas whose close-knit friendship makes the bond
between Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte look positively flimsy.
14. The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Mamen Sanchez
The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Mamen Sanchez, Available August 9
In this quirky caper, five fiery Spanish women join forces to prevent an Englishman from shutting down their literary magazine. When he disappears, local authorities begin digging for clues. But their efforts
are constantly foiled by the scheming señoritas.
15. Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words by Margarita Engle
Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words by Margarita Engle, Available August 30
Recommended for kids ages 10 and up, this novel in verse relates the true story of Cuban-born Afro-Chinese activist and author Antonio Chuff at Latour. In the process, it educates young readers about the
plight of Chinese indentured servants and African slaves in 19th-century Cuba.
16. Selena Gomez, Revival Tour
Selena Gomez, Revival Tour
Selenators, this is your summer! Thy Queen, Selena Gomez, reigns supreme with her North American Revival tour, starting May 6. Expect all her current hits (“Same Old Love,” “Good for You”) off the Billboard-topping album and more.
17. Jennifer Lopez, Las Vegas Residency
Jennifer Lopez, Las Vegas Residency
Viva La Lopez! Jennifer Lopez brings her biggest hits (“Jenny From the Block,” “Ain’t It Funny,”), eye-grabbing outfits, and all her toned-beyond-humanlypossible assets to the second leg of her Las Vegas residency from May 22 to the end of the year at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
18. Marc Anthony, The Private Collection
Marc Anthony, The Private Collection
New York City welcomes home one of its most beloved sons when The Marc Anthony Private Collection appears at Radio City Music Hall for a limited engagement starting August 26. The electrifying Puerto Rican salsero will perform hits from throughout his storied career. Pa’ bailar!