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May Cheat Sheet: Movies, Music, TV Shows, and Books to Check Out This Month

May Cheat Sheet: Movies, Music, TV Shows, and Books to Check Out This Month

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    "The Great Gatsby" has been one of the most anticipated movie releases since rumors of a remake started circulating. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Isla Fisher star in a new rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic story of a young man that discovers the dark reality behind his neighbor's glamorous life. The soundtrack features modern artists like Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Lana Del Rey. It's released in 3D and 2D on May 10.

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    This year's Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or the Met Gala, as most people refer to it) is called PUNK: Chaos to Couture, which means there will be plenty of punk looks on the red carpet. We can't wait to see what everyone turns up in on May 6—and we're keeping an eye on what pregnant Kim Kardashian will be wearing!

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  • The Cinema Society With Swarovski & Grey Goose Host The Premiere Of eOne Entertainment's "Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's" - Arrivals

    The upcoming documentary "Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's" traces the history of the famed department store and features A-listers recalling their most beloved Bergdorf Goodman memories. Expect cameos from celebrities and fashion bigwigs like Mary-Kate Olsen, Rachel Zoe, and Marc Jacobs. It's out May 3.

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    The celebrated neo-folk band Noah and the Whale will release their latest album this month, dubbed "Heart of Nowhere." You can pick it up in stores or on iTunes on May 6.

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  • Audi Celebrates The U.S. Premiere Of Marvel's "Iron Man 3"

    The hotly anticipated "Iron Man 3" is in theaters on May 3, and the film's star Gwyneth Paltrow has been showing off a slew of red carpet looks—including this dangerously sheer number.

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    A Delicate Truth is the latest book by author John Le Carré. It takes place in 2008 and in 2011, and recounts two stories surrounding a counter-terrorist operation codenamed "Wildfire." Relevant and chilling, the book hits stores on May 7.

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  • "So You Think You Can Dance" 2010 Tour At Radio City Music Hall

    If you're a dance lover, you know that the best part of summer is the return of "So You Think You Can Dance." The smash hit competition series returns to Fox on Tuesday, May 14 at 9 p.m.

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    Chris O'Dowd will star in HBO's latest show "Family Tree." The documentary-style show follows a man who has just lost his girlfriend and his job in a quest to discover his family lineage. It premieres on HBO May 12 at 10 p.m.

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    Celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain has ventured into the cookbook publishing business. His debut title will be The Prophets of Smoked Meat by barbecue expert Daniel Vaughn, who writes a popular blog called "Full Custom Gospel BBQ." In stores May 14.

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    "Jersey Shore" star Vinny Guadagnino is back in the reality TV game—and this time, it's a talk show that features celebrities like Lil Wayne and Mark Wahlberg visiting his Staten Island home and interacting with his hilarious family. It debuts May 2 at 10 p.m. on MTV.

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    Bravo's latest reality show, called "Newlyweds: The First Year," starts this month, and follows a group of four couples in their first year of marriage. If the previews are any indication, it will be an overly dramatic look at absurd people—and we're already anticipating it will be our next guilty pleasure. Premieres on Bravo May 6 at 10 p.m.

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    If you were a fan of The Da Vinci Code, pick up Dan Brown's latest account of Robert Langdon's adventures in "Inferno." In stores May 14. 

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    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of two teenagers who fall in love in Nigeria and deal with personal and cultural changes when they return from living abroad years later. In stores May 14.

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    Daft Punk will release their latest album Random Access Memories this month, which will feature collaborations with Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams, Giorgio Moroder and Todd Edwards. Pick it up or download it on May 17.

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    Khaled Hosseini, who wrote The Kite Runner, releases And the Mountains Echoed this month about family relationships in a worldwide story that takes place in Kabul, Paris, San Francisco, and the Greek island of Tino. In stores May 21. 

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    "Brooklyn D.A." will follow District Attorney Charles Hynes as he stars in a six-part series about his Democratic primary race against two other candidates. The series will air on CBS starting May 21 at 10 p.m.

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    Jeff Foxworthy will host "The American Baking Competition" this month on CBS. The show's contestants will compete for the title of Star Baker—the prize includes a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster for a cookbook, and a $250,000 prize. The new show premieres May 29 at 8 p.m.

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    Demi Lovato's latest album Demi comes out this month. She says, "With my new album, I'm hoping to provide inspiration for girls everywhere who are going through the same issues I've faced. I think this will come through in a lot of the material. My first single is really special to me— to me it symbolizes my journey from the person I was to the happy healthy person I am today, and the fact that people are able to rise above anything, despite the odds." In stores May 14.

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    The boys are back in town! "The Hangover III" comes out on May 24, and even if nothing can recreate the hilarity of the first film in the trilogy, we're sure it's worth a trip to the movies.

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    Indie favorite Vampire Weekend is back with their latest album called Modern Vampires of the City. Expect to hear it bumping from the iPods of every hipster in sight. It's out May 14.

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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 May.

This month, Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the hotly anticipated remake of “The Great Gatsby,” we get to check out all the stars’ red carpet looks at the Met Gala, and a slew of promising new novels hit the shelves—and that’s just the beginning!

Click through the slideshow for key things to see, hear, and read this month!

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