Preview: Film & TV Winter 2016

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Zoolander No. 2

2016 AWARDS SEASON (could be sidebar – maybe image is a statue of Tony Award?)

Admit it, you love the awards ceremonies. It’s in our LGBTQ DNA. From the fashion parade down the red carpet to the final trophies, these are among the biggest events on the entertainment calendar. Here are the dates to save or at least set your DVR:

Jan. 10 – Golden Globe Awards (Hollywood Foreign Press)

Jan. 17 – Critics’ Choice Awards (Broadcast Film Critics)

Jan. 23 – Producers Guild of America Awards

Jan. 25 – Screen Actors Guild Awards

Feb. 13 – Writers Guild of American Awards

Feb. 14 – British Academy Film Awards

Feb. 26 – Directors Guild of America Awards

Feb. 27 – Golden Raspberry Awards

Feb. 28 – Academy Awards

March 6 – Dorian Awards (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics)

IN THEATERS

Just in time for the presidential primary season, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (Paramount) hits screens Jan. 15, along with the comedy “Ride Along 2” (Universal). Another girl power sci fi film promises to be a hit with “The 5th Wave” (Columbia), Jan. 22, along with hunky Zac Efron and Robert De Niro’s comedy, “Dirty Grandpa” (Lionsgate). Dreamworks should dominate the box office on Jan. 29 when DreamWorks Animation releases “Kung Fu Panda 3.”

Joel and Ethan Coen have amassed an all-star cast including George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Scarlett Johansson for their Universal epic, “Hail, Caesar!” opening Feb. 5. For a lighter film, that weekend, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” (Screen Gems) also opens. Ben Stiller revisits his airhead male model in “Zoolander No. 2” (Paramount), opening Feb. 12

Walt Disney Animation releases another heartwarming film, “Zootopia,” March 4, but don’t count out Tina Fey’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” for the start of the spring movie season. “The Divergent Series” comes to a conclusion with “Allegiant” (Summit Entertainment), March 18, before the expected box office blowout, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” (Warner Bros./DC), hits the screen. Somewhere out there, theaters may find some room that weekend for Nia Vardalos’ sequel, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” (Universal).

Looking further down the calendar, several expected big releases include “Mothers Day” (Open Road Films), April 29; “Captain America: Civil War” (Marvel), May 6; “Snowden” (Open Road Films), May 13; “The Angry Birds Movie” (Columbia), May 20; and “X-Men: Apocalypse” (20th Century Fox/Marvel), May 27.

ON TV

“Downton Abbey” has returned for its final season on PBS, but there are plenty of other good shows coming or returning to the airwaves this winter.

If you like your boys (or girls) young, “Degrassi: The Next Class,” comes to Netflix on Jan. 15. Agents Mulder and Scully are back on “The X-Files” (Fox) on Jan. 24. FX premieres its real crime drama, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” on Feb. 2. Shonda Rhimes’s hits, “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” (with a hunky gay character played by Jack Falahee) return to ABC on Feb. 11. The engrossing Netflix original, “House of Cards” will be available for a binge watch on March 4. An incredibly funny, but overlooked series, “Schitt’s Creek” comes back for a second season on Pop (former TV Guide Channel) on March 16.


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