Ah, October. Pumpkin spice lattes in hand. The crunch of leaves finally underfoot. Bodies ensconced in plaid flannel and boots. And...new TV, movies, books, and musical offerings to bring good tidings and plenty of weekend and evening activities.
This month, R29's editors and writers pick the best of October's offerings to bring you a handy guide to what's worth tuning into — and what you can skip. From a terrifying snowman to a show that takes you inside the mind of serial killers, it's obvious that this month is a real spook-tacular. Keep reading to see what to put on your agenda. It's time for some Netflix and
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Anne Cohen, Entertainment Editor The Snowman (in theaters October 20) I'm from Canada, so a movie about a serial killer who targets women and only strikes during the winter strikes particular terror into my heart. I am wholeheartedly rooting for Michael Fassbender to solve this one, and look forward to watching him every step of the way. Mindhunter (October 13, Netflix) Looks like October is the month of serial killers! You might want to go ahead and block off the weekend of October 13. I get the feeling we'll all be cozying up inside and assuring Netflix that yes, we are in fact still watching.
Photo: By Justin Bishop; Courtesy of Paramount Pictures; Michael Parmelee/USA Network.
Lauren Le Vine, Senior Entertainment Editor Mr. Robot (October 11, USA) The fates of many characters are currently up in the air. Darlene (Carly Chaikin) and Cisco (Michael Drayer) were involved in a shootout at a restaurant. Darlene was taken into FBI custody; Cisco died. Elliot (Rami Malek) was shot by Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström). Could the show actually kill off its lead character — and his alter-ego Mr. Robot (Christian Slater)? Per the season 3 trailer, Elliot is alive, although we all remember the bait-and-switch in which he was revealed to be incarcerated, but not in his own mind, in season 2. We also thought Tyrell was either dead or possibly fictional for much of the last season. Mr. Robot loves to play with Elliot’s perception of reality, and our own in the process. According to a cleverly orchestrated marketing campaign, Bobby Cannavale will be introduced to the show as Irving, although what his complete role in the apocryphal technology-driven madness remains to be seen. He’s apparently a used car salesman, but that could all just be a clever ruse for another member of the Dark Army or a part of Phase 2 of Mr. Robot’s master plan. Hello, new friend. Suburbicon (in theaters October 27) George Clooney. Julianne Moore. Matt Damon. Oscar Isaac. The Coen brothers. The pedigree is there, obviously, but the backstory behind Suburbicon is what makes the film so enticing. Just read up on the history of William Levitt’s many Levittown developments in the mid-1900s, which were supposed to be suburban idylls, but have a dark history of racism and exclusionary policies. In the film, not everything is as it seems beneath the serene surface of Suburbicon, and Damon’s character is soon embroiled in the murder of a mobster and other nefarious doings.
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Elena Nicolaou, Entertainment Writer Dynasty (October 11, The CW) Don’t tell anyone, but I love watching soapy, dramatic shows about people with very nice objects. Dynasty is what I’ve been waiting for. In the show, two solidly 1% families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, feud for all-encompassing control of their wealth and family members. So, yeah: The Kardashians, but fictional. The show begins with billionaire Blake Carrington (Grant Show) announcing he’s marrying P.R. superstar Cristal Flores (Nathalie Kelley), and Blake’s daughter, Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies), freaking out. Let the schlock begin. The Florida Project (in theaters October 5) After directing his first feature film, Tangerine, entirely on an iPhone, director Sean Baker is back to tell another story, equally bursting with adventure and life (just minus the iPhone). Six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) lives with her single mother, Hailey (Bria Vinaite), in a motel on the outskirts of Disney. For Moonee, the start of summer means the start of great fun with other kids who live in the motel. Contrasted with Moonee’s grand 'ol time are the harrowing steps her young mother takes to keep them both afloat. Willem Dafoe also stars as the motel’s manager, who looks out for his “family” of extended stay residents.
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Ariana Romero, Entertainment Writer Stranger Things (October 27 on Netflix) You’re waiting for Stranger Things season 2. I’m waiting for Stranger Things season 2. We’ve all been waiting for Stranger Things season 2 since the Netflix blockbuster first premiered in July 2016. Who isn’t excited for Stranger’s horror-ified sophomore year, where Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) will have a cool new perm, Will (Noah Schnapp) will actually get to join in on the action, and there’s a new teen girl joining the Stranger crew. This is news that would even make the Demogorgon smile. White Famous (October 15 on Showtime) Jay Pharoah was one of modern Saturday Night Live’s standout performers, with his relentlessly funny Barack Obama impressions and ability to mimic basically any Black rapper or comedian alive, woman or man, Nicki Minaj or Kevin Hart. Now, Pharaoh finally has his own much-deserved show, where he’ll skewer the need for Black actors and comedians to be labeled as “White Famous” to be viewed as truly successful. Oh, and, This Is Us’ Kid Randall (Lonnie Chavis) plays Pharoah’s TV son, so you already know this one is a winner.
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Rebecca Farley, Editorial Assistant Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (October 3) Egan's Pulitzer prize-winning novel Visit from the Goon Squad sent writers scurrying to recreate Egan's brand of slightly overlapping and analogous short stories. Her follow-up, Manhattan Beach, is a World War II ditty about the Brooklyn Navy Yard's only woman diver Anna Kerrigan as well as Kerrigan's father Eddie and his boss Dexter Styles. Egan's work is always slightly absurd, so expect it to veer away from the boundaries of traditional World War II fiction — into the loopy, Eganesque world of female divers and club owners we go! Saturday Night Live, Season 43 (Saturdays on NBC) SNL lost a few very important members last year: Sasheer Zamata, Bobby Moynihan, and Vanessa Bayer. Based on these exits, season 43 will have three new cast members — just think! Three brilliant, up-and-coming comedians eager to take on political satire. The newcomers are Heidi Gardner, a Groundlings alum, Luke Null, an iO Chicago performer, and Chris Redd, an established stand up comedian. It's always exciting when SNL gains new talent — these additions could dismantle the show's current hierarchy. Which isn't to say the show needs dismantling, but wouldn't it be lovely to have some fresh voices in American comedy?
Photos: Mike Yarish/The CW; Courtesy of Sony Classics.
Kathryn Lindsay, Entertainment News Writer Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 3 (October 13 on The CW) Rachel Bloom is everything I aspire to be. She's funny, she's talented, and you can tell she does what she does because she loves it. Just look at her face during literally any musical number. But when it comes to season 3 of the CW show, things look even better. The only thing I enjoy more than a deranged Rebecca Bunch is an angry Rebecca Bunch, made better by the fact that Bloom has managed to keep this story going past its original premise in a way that still feels true to the show. I'm happy Rebecca's moved on, I'm happy everyone is friends, but most of all, I'm happy that Josh is going to finally get what's coming to him. Novitiate (in theaters October 27) Nuns are back, baby, thanks to people like me who, for some reason, can't get enough of their stories. I'm particularly interested in Novitiate because not only does it show the process of becoming a nun, providing somewhat of an origin story, but it also is a thriller. Specifically the film, set in the early 1960s, takes another look at controversy within the Catholic Church (something that's in vogue right now thanks to thanks to Spotlight and The Keepers), with a focus on violence, tradition, identity, and womanhood. Sign! Me! Up!
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Meghan DeMaria, Entertainment News Writer The Mayor (October 3 on ABC) This new comedy series is about a rapper who runs for mayor to boost his career — and to his surprise, he actually wins. (If the premise of this show doesn't make you think "Ice Town," please go watch Parks and Recreation on Netflix immediately.) Ben Wyatt aside, though, the ABC sitcom looks promising. The trailer is genuinely funny, and I'm excited to see Yvette Nicole Brown back on the small screen. Plus, Daveed Diggs is an executive producer, which is bound to make everything more entertaining. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green (October 10) I'm not a huge YA person, but I've been sold on John Green ever since I discovered his YouTube videos. And in his books, he captures what it's like to be a teenager in such a real and honest way — I'm sure this novel will be no different. Green has always been up front about his own struggle with mental illness, but this is his first novel to tackle it head-on, so it's definitely a book to keep on your radar. Plus, it's his first book since The Fault in Our Stars was published in 2012. There are a lot of expectations riding on it, since his recognition has grown so much in those five years.
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Morgan Baila, Entertainment News Writer The Killing of a Sacred Deer (in theaters October 20) From the man that brought you the dystopian journey that was The Lobster, comes The Killing of a Sacred Deer. From the reviews and eerie trailer (featuring a creepy a capella version of Ellie Golding's "Burn"), this mystery-drama is odd, yet enjoyable — macabre, yet beautiful. Also, it stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell as the lead couple, he a surgeon and she his wife, so I'm all in. Riverdale (October 11 on The CW) Riverdale is every Gossip Girl-lovers saving grace, and it's back a second season which the cast promises is a much... friskier ( really). Are we even ready for a sexier, more deadly, hormone-fueled high school murder mystery show?! Yes, I think we are.
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Sesali Bowen, Entertainment Writer Gucci Mane's Wedding Special (October 17 on BET) Since his release from prison in 2016, Gucci Mane has released three albums, an autobiography, and was suspected of being a government clone. He also got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Keyshia. And now the rapper, who is one of the godfather's of trap music, is inviting us to share in their love on Gucci Mane & Keyshia Ka'Oir: The Mane Event — a televised wedding special. #Brrr Jane the Virgin (October 13 on The CW) Our favorite American telenovela is returning for it's fourth season. Jane is already a widow and a single mom, but her book is about to be published, and Mateo is growing up! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Jane is about to have a hoe phase now that we've got the whole virginity thing out of the way. Abuela if you're reading this, I didn't mean it.
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Molly Stout, Entertainment Director Curb Your Enthusiasm (October 1 on HBO) When my husband can’t sleep, due to anxiety or a bad cold or any number of reasons, he clicks through HBO on-demand and finds an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm to lull himself to sleep. Far from a lullaby, Larry David’s 30-minute studies in neuroses and apathy don’t seem like they’d calm anyone down, but my husband, like David, is a very particular man who I find wildly appealing. After years of these little late-night therapy sessions, I’m addicted to the show and can’t wait to add brand-new episodes to our insomnia repertoire. Blade Runner: 2049 (in theaters October 6) I will watch Ryan Gosling do anything, but we now have the opportunity to watch him slay future apocalyptic terrors in a Denis Villeneuve remake of the 1982 classic Blade Runner (that I’ve never seen, and don’t plan on seeing, to be honest). I also love that Gosling’s character’s boss is played by Robin Wright, who seems like she was made to boss around men, professionally. The movie is super long (163 minutes), which some people don’t like, but I don’t understand why anyone would complain about spending too much time staring at Gosling. In today’s actual apocalyptic world, I will take extra time in a theater watching artsy sci-fi over sitting on my couch watching CNN any day.