Each month, a seemingly endless array of movies, music and books are released. So many in fact, that it can be a feat of epic proportions to keep track of them all. Luckily, dear readers, we’ve done the leg work on your behalf and winnowed down what’s worth keeping up with culture-wise throughout the month of December.
Click through the slideshow for key things to see, hear, and read this month!
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"Les Misérables" is without a doubt this season's most anticipated movie. With a star-studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried, this rendition of Victor Hugo's masterpiece is sure to leave you weeping in the multiplex. As a side note, hearing Hathaway sing is worthy of the pricey ticket (hey, at least it's still cheaper than Broadway). In theaters December 25.
Ever wonder what editors at the world's most influential fashion magazine do on a daily basis? Question no longer, and watch HBO's latest documentary, "In Vogue: The Editor's Eye." In celebration of Vogue's 120th anniversary, Grace Coddington, Babs Simpson, and other key contributors discuss the makings of the magazine in this deeper look inside its offices. The movie premieres December 6 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
Fellow Men by Bridget Alsdorf explores the intertwined relationships between artists by examining 19th century French paintings. She takes us back to Paris during the avant-garde period and explores a world few of us know anything about. We suggest snagging a copy to impress guests at your holiday parties. Available December 2.
Tom Cruise stars in this month's action-thriller "Jack Reacher" as a military policeman that reappears after leaving the service. His mission: To prove his friend's innocence and find the real murderer. Will he save the day, and will Tom Cruise actually convince us he can still be an action hero? In theaters December 21.
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Showis one of the most anticipated TV events of the year. This time, Alessandra Ambrosiowore the $2.5 millionMiracle bra, Rihanna,Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars performed, and some glitzy lingerie (and controversial garb) graced the runways. It will air on CBS on December 4 at 10 p.m.
The End of the World is supposedly December 21, 2012. If you're a true believer, meet fellow apocalyptics at the rocky mountain of Bucarach in remote France—it might be hard to get past the police barricades, but an alien space shuttle is supposed to save a few hundred lucky human beings. You might also want to re-watch "2012" to prepare for this alleged mass disaster!
Who wasn't a fan of Pixar's "Monsters Inc."? If these little creatures amused you, don't miss them hit the big screen in 3D. Bring your younger family members, or relive your childhood with this updated animated classic. In theaters December 19.
In case you missed this film's On-Demand pre-release in November, don't miss "Save the Date" in theaters. Indie actors Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie play sisters trying to make sense out of their love lives. If you liked "Garden State" and "The Kids Are Alright", you'll probably be charmed by this one, too. In theaters December 16.
Even if you don't dig country music, the American Country Awardsare bound to entertain you. This year's nominees include Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Trace Adkins and Kristen Chenoweth will host. Watch for the outrageous fashion alone. It airs on FOX on December 10 at 8 p.m.
Threat Vector is legendary author Tom Clancy's 110th novel! Clancy never ceases to entertain and this focuses on the complicated political relationship between the U.S. and China. It may not be your average beach read, but it's the perfect mix of intellectual stimulation and straight up action. Pick up a copy on December 4.
If you're a TLC reality TV junkie and love shows like "Toddlers and Tiaras" and "Dance Moms," tune in to watch "Cheer Perfection." We expect plenty of mama-drama, somersaults, and tears. Oh, and sparkles. What more could you want?! It airs on TLC on December 19 at 10 p.m.
Ke$ha's second album "Warrior" comes out December 14. She delivers her signature party beats and poppy lyrics. She wrote the album on tour, and has promised to not deviate too far from her first hit album. She may not have the voice of Mariah Carey, but she's entertaining as hell and is a must on any holiday party playlist.
"Ziggy Marley In Concert" hits iTunes December 18. Bob Marley's son and protege claims to have been inspired by "God," or Rastafarian "Jah," for his latest release. He thinks that recordings of live performances gives listeners insight into the general "vibe" of his concerts, and chances are, he's right. Make sure this is on your "Relax" playlist.
Nicholas Sparks, of "The Notebook" fame, has re-released his novel Safe Haven for fans that want to be prepared for the movie adaptation that hits theaters in February. This is another love story that promises a ton of laughter—and even more tears. The novel hits bookshelves on December 18.
Wiz Khalifa's latest, "O.N.I.F.C." comes out on December 4. The album features collaborations with leading hip-hop favorites Cam'ron, Akon and 2Chainz. We can't wait to hear if Wiz has toned down any party tunes now that he's engaged to Amber Rose and expecting a baby.
It may not be something to read, listen to or watch, but it's worthy of a major mention. Target and Neiman Marcus have partnered up just in time for the holidays to offer some awesome gifts in collaboration with some of the world's hottest designers. Participants include Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, and Oscar de la Renta. The collection hits stores December 1, and is also available online. Check out all the items here, and get ready to wait in line!