The June Click List: R29 Entertainment Editors' Picks For The Month

We're pretty sure all of those "The Future Is Female" T-shirts and posters were specifically referring to the month of June 2017. Just a few of the femme-powered offerings coming up over the next 30 days: Wonder Woman, Orange Is the New Black, Lorde's new album, Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, Roxane Gay's new book, and more Queen Sugar. Sure, we would have loved to have a woman president inaugurated this year, but the rise of such women-driven entertainment is definitely worth celebrating.
Plus, who needs light and frothy beach reads when we can cuddle up with Gay's Hunger and Anne Helen Petersen's Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman?
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June, we salute you. July has a lot to live up to.
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Morgan Baila, Entertainment News Writer

Baby Driver (in theaters June 28)
Now, this may seem like a movie about a kid named Baby (Ansel Elgort) driving a getaway car for a crew of more famous — and more dangerous — people (Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm) while listening to loud music and... that would be correct. But it is also one of the most enjoyable and exciting films coming out this summer, delightful for its unique editing and amazing soundtrack.

Lorde's Melodrama (June 16)
Lorde's sophomore album is sure to be a treat. It's obvious her style has changed based on the first two singles off Melodrama, "Green Light" and "Liability," and I can't wait to hear what else she has done in the four years since her debut, Heroine.
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Sesali Bowen, Entertainment Writer

All Eyez On Me (in theaters June 16)
Named after his fourth studio album — the last project he would release while he was still alive — All Eyez On Me is the upcoming drama about the life of Tupac Shakur. The iconic but complicated rapper and actor is considered by many to be one of the greatest MCs to ever bless the mic. Over 20 years after the icon's death, legendary music video director Benny Boom is directing the movie that so many fans of hip-hop have been dying to see.

Queen Sugar (June 20 on OWN)
Following the success of its groundbreaking first season, Ava DuVernay's scripted series Queen Sugar is returning to OWN in June. Because Oprah Winfrey does everything big, the premiere will happen over two nights, June 20 and 21. It will pick right up where we left off, with the Bordelon family trying to honor their father's wishes and legacy by keeping his sugar mill afloat.
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Anne Cohen, Entertainment Editor

The Beguiled (in theaters June 23)
I have this crazy theory that Sofia Coppola has been sneaking into the deepest darkest corners of my brain while I'm asleep. How else could she come up with what looks like Gone With the Wind meets Fatal Attraction?

G.L.O.W. (June 23 on Netflix)
I knew absolutely nothing about wrestling before watching this show. But I have to say, if it's anything like watching Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin duke it out while Marc Maron makes snarky comments, then consider me a wrestling convert.
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Meghan DeMaria, Entertainment News Writer

Despicable Me 3 (in theaters June 30)
The number of Minions-branded products in my home is more than zero (and no, I don't have any kids). I know most people find them annoying — and yes, the standalone Minions movie was terrible, as was Despicable Me 2. But I still have high hopes for the third movie.

Based on the trailers, it looks like Despicable Me 3 might do what the original film did best — focus on family dynamics, with the occasional minion scene. Still, I'd be lying if I denied that the main reason I'm excited about the third installment is that it features a villain who's obsessed with the '80s. If this movie ignites a love for '80s music in a new generation, it should be promoted at all costs.

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen (June 20)
Anne Helen Petersen's BuzzFeed articles are always on point, whether she's praising The Handmaid's Tale or criticizing Ivanka Trump. She literally has a PhD in gossip — Petersen knows what's up. And her newest book does not disappoint.

Petersen takes a closer look at the actions of women who've dared to be "unruly" in the public eye. She devotes chapters to women like Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian, and Melissa McCarthy — ladies who, in their own ways, have defied societal expectations about what it means to be a woman. Her research and observations are eye-opening, whether or not you're a fan of all of the women she features. But the best part of the book is Petersen's devotion to intersectionality, which is all too often missing from discussions about feminism. For anyone who considers themselves a feminist, this book is a must-read.
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Erin Donnelly, Senior Entertainment Writer

Wonder Woman (in theaters June 2)
Incredibly, it took more than 75 freaking years for Wonder Woman to get her own movie. I was lucky enough to visit the London set last year, and I still have goosebumps from seeing a character whose Underoos I once rocked finally getting her due. Gal Gadot is perfectly cast. Director Patty Jenkins is an inspired choice. But really, it all boils down to this quote from my little niece, when asked why she'd chosen a Wonder Women costume for Halloween: "She's just SO awesome." What she said.

I, Daniel Blake (in theaters June 2)
Ken Loach's heart-wrenching drama, about a middle-aged carpenter struggling to get benefits after a health scare leaves him unable to work, was named Best British Film at this year's BAFTAs. Don't let the focus on British bureaucratic BS put you off; American viewers are certainly no stranger to red tape, and our current health care debacle lends added poignancy and relevance.
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Maia Efrem, Associate Entertainment Editor

Coldplay’s Kaleidoscope (June 30)
Kaleidoscope, the upcoming album from Coldplay, might be make-or-break for their fans, who have been more than a little harsh in their criticism of the band's recent releases. Frustrated devotees can't stop comparing every new album to The Scientist, but I don't think it's fair to ask a band to stop evolving. Kaleidoscope, Coldplay's 13th album (!), has been dubbed the companion EP to 2015's A Head Full of Dreams, and I personally loved more than a few singles on it. I'm excited to geek out to whatever this new album has to offer.

The Mummy (in theaters June 9)
Like him or not, there's no denying Tom Cruise is a pretty spectacular action star. Whatever action franchise he touches seems to turn to box-office gold. So it's no wonder he was tapped to be the lead in The Mummy reboot. This was one of my favorite movies growing up, and the new film feels more mature, darker, less campy, and — dare I say — even scary? I am also loving that the villain, aka the mummy, is a woman. Something tells me Cruise will come back for more Mummy films.
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Rebecca Farley, Editorial Assistant

The Tony Awards (June 11 on CBS)
I've always enjoyed the Tony Awards over every other awards ceremony because the people involved are bona fide performers. They're not the behind-the-camera famous faces you see at the Oscars, the Emmys, or the Golden Globes. The Tony Awards are attended by Broadway's best entertainers, and they know how to entertain. In addition to all the musical performances from the Best Musical nominees, the people onstage just know how to, well, be on stage. The speeches are funnier, the presenters more dramatic, and the host (this year's is Kevin Spacey) 100% less miserable. The Tony Awards may be slightly less glamorous than other awards shows, but they're a billion times more fun.

Orange Is The New Black (June 9 on Netflix)
Though my heart is bludgeoned by the loss of Poussey, I will return my wearied eyes to this absolutely devastating show. I just can't quit Orange Is the New Black, probably because for each heartbreaking loss, the show gifts me with something so goddamn delightful I can't turn away. This season is going to be intense — it takes place over three days as the residents of Litchfield riot. Based on the trailer, though, the show will maintain its devotion to character and quirk. Litchfield, please never leave me. (But please, let's get rid of Piper.)
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Naveen Kumar, Senior Entertainment Editor

Beth Ditto, Fake Sugar (June 16)
Fans of early-aughts post-punk trio Gossip will remember Beth Ditto (real name Mary Beth Patterson) as the guttural voice of badass women everywhere who take zero shit. It's been six years since the release of her first solo EP, and we're finally getting a full album. You'll thrash your head, strut down sidewalks like runways, but most of all, you'll dance your ass off. As the title of her first single suggests, it's gonna be "Fire."

UnReal (TBD on Lifetime)
Look, The Bachelor just isn't for me. I can't even hate-watch it (trust me, as an editor on this team, boy have I tried). I find it painfully manufactured, aggressively heternormative, and frankly, absurd. Which is why I am utterly in love with Lifetime's brilliantly dark and soapy look behind the scenes of "reality" TV romance. It's twisted, self-aware, and unlike anything else on TV. It even featured a Black bachelor before the ABC franchise finally cast its first nonwhite lead after 15 YEARS on the air (!). Oh, and for the third season premiering this summer, UnReal is serving up its take on The Bachelorette. On Lifetime, that means only one thing: eye candy.
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Kathryn Lindsay, Entertainment News Writer

Orphan Black (June 10 on BBC America)
My teenage self discovered Orphan Black, like she did most things, through Tumblr. I had seen GIFs of these identical women with varied personalities all over my dashboard, and gave in one summer far later than I should have. The show is so good, and Tatiana Maslany, who plays all five (and counting) of the main clones, finally won an Emmy for it in 2016. The story gets deeper and more complicated with every season, so now that we've hit season 5, things are just going to get messier.

Rough Night (in theaters June 16)
Thanks to #workperks, I got a chance to see Rough Night a little early, and now I'm dying to hear what everyone else thinks. It stars some of my favorite people, and comes with a twist that somewhat negates the initial outrage about the trailer. It's definitely a dumb summer movie, but I found myself genuinely cracking up at some of the moments on screen. It's a movie about women, starring women, by a woman, so I really want it to do well.
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Elena Nicolaou, Entertainment Writer

The Big Sick (in theaters June 23)
If anything is going to save the romantic comedy genre, it’s The Big Sick. Written by husband-wife duo Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, the film is actually based on the true events of their relationship’s early days. In the film, Kumail (Nanjiani), a stand-up comedian, starts dating Emily (Zoe Kazan) even though he knows his conservative Pakistani family would never approve. Then, a more serious threat arises: Emily falls into a coma, and Kumail doesn’t know if she’ll survive the illness, let alone weather his parents’ disapproval. The Big Sick takes all the elements of the classic romantic comedy — boy meets girl, boy messes things up — and makes them more funny, more moving, and completely unforgettable.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (June 5)
In 1997, the Indian author Arundhati Roy published The God of Small Things, a novel of such genius, complexity, and heart that I found myself rereading entire chapters just out of sheer pleasure. Though Roy has published nonfiction and essays since her Booker Prize-winning novel was released, it’s taken 20 years for her to return to fiction. Spanning decades and regions of India, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is poised to be as bursting with life as her debut. In the novel, two protagonists are brought together over an abandoned baby girl — and so begins the epic.
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Kaitlin Reilly, Entertainment News Writer

My Cousin Rachel (in theaters June 9)
If there's a movie that takes place on a gloomy estate, sign me up. Daphne du Maurier's story — which will likely appeal to fans of Crimson Peak — looks deliciously creepy on film, as does "cousin" Rachel Weisz. I'm excited for horror that feels more flooded with dread than gore.

The Pretty Little Liars Series Finale (June 20 on Freeform)
We've waited years for the reveal of the ultimate A, and on June 27, they will be identified. As someone who spends her time endlessly theorizing, I NEED TO KNOW if my conclusions were at all in line with what the series had in mind for the show's villain. It's pretty much the only thing that's keeping me from being so sad about the end of PLL forever. (Also: Spencer totally has an evil twin. Fight me on this one.)
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Ariana Romero, Entertainment Writer

Claws (June 11 on TNT)
I was truly blessed by seeing an advanced screening TNT’s latest series, and it’s already my call for the summer’s best new show. The newbie cable dramedy follows the ladies of a Florida nail salon who use their business as a criminal front. Claws, nails, get it? The Niecy Nash-led series captures all the sultry heat of a summer day and distills near-deadly sex scenes, illicit plots, and lots and lots of weaves.

Despite all this humid madness, there’s also a strong current of amazing female friendship driving the heart of Claws. And if all of that isn’t enough to get you to tune in, please know the wonderful Karrueche Tran ends up brandishing a gun while sporting a pink fur coat. What else does anyone need?

Hunger by Roxane Gay (June 13)
I’m here for whatever Roxane Gay wants to do, whether we’re talking tweets, short story collections, or memoirs. The New York Times best-selling author’s newest offering, Hunger, falls into the latter category. In Gay’s latest memoir, the self-described “bad feminist” tackles body image, her own emotional struggles, and our collective anxieties over food with her signature shocking honesty.

My Kindle could not be more excited.
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Molly Stout, Entertainment Director

You Must Remember This podcast
I am fully addicted to Karina Longworth's You Must Remember This podcast, where she dissects the juiciest scandals and catastrophes from Hollywood's Golden Age. I heard a rumor that Longworth will launch new episodes this month and, even if it isn't true, I'll be refreshing my Podcasts app daily until that moment comes.

The Incredible Jessica James (June 23 on Netflix)
They had me at Jessica Williams. But they also had me at A. rave Sundance reviews, B. Chris O'Dowd, and C. the New York setting. Williams plays an unsuccessful playwright coming out of a bad breakup, who falls for a divorced guy played by O'Dowd. Critics are calling this a star-making movie for Williams, and I'm here for that.
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Carolyn L. Todd, Entertainment News Writer

The Little Hours (in theaters June 30)
This satirical take on Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron stars Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, and the underrated Aubrey Plaza as medieval nuns with sailors' mouths and healthy sex drives living in a Tuscan monastery. The always funny Dave Franco plays the convent's new servant, who the Father (John C. Reilly) tells the women is deaf and mute to stifle their temptation. Co-starring Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke, and Nick Offerman.

The Great British Baking Show (June 16 on PBS)
Is there anything more delicious, more relaxing, or more enjoyable than watching Brits of all backgrounds bake their buns off? The most civil, wholesome reality show of all time will delight you with the contestants' whimsical creations and their charming demeanors. Best viewed with a baked good in hand.
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