Here are some of the most interesting new releases in movies, TV, books, comics, music and more on the horizon in December. As always, release dates are subject to change without notice.


"Dead Astronauts" by Jeff VanderMeer (MDC). The latest from the author of "Annihilation" takes place in a dystopian city controlled by an omnipresent corporation. Look for a time-traveling fox, a haunted woman, a group of rebels and a giant, ancient fish, among other weirdness. (Dec. 3)


"Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah" (Netflix). Haddish’s comedy special focuses on fame, fortune and her complicated upbringing. (Dec. 3)


"Marriage Story" (Netflix). Noah Baumbach’s buzzy divorce dramedy, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. (Dec. 6)


"Playmobil: The Movie." Blame the success of the Lego movies for this one. I always quite liked this line of German toys: the play sets covered lots of historical time periods. I recall the pirate ship being particularly cool. Did we need a movie of it? Well … (Dec. 6)


"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon Prime). The third season of this Amazon original series shows the titular heroine heading on the road for a tour. I wonder if she’ll do the same set every night, in the manner of, you know, a real stand-up comedian. (Dec. 6)


Camila Cabello, "Romance" (Syco Music/Epic). The second album from the Cuban American singer features single "Cry for Me." (Dec. 6)


The Who, "Who" (Polydor/Interscope). It’s their first album in 13 years. Currently, the entity known as the Who comprises Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry; everyone else is a hired gun. (Dec. 6)


"The L Word: Generation Q" (Showtime). It’s back. Now it’s about much younger ladies! Starring Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng and Rosanny Zayas, with Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey. (Dec. 8)


"Michelle Wolf: Joke Show" (Netflix). The comedian (whom you might remember from a White House Correspondents’ Dinner brouhaha) looks at *checks notes* the differences between men and women. (Dec. 10)


"House of X/Powers of X" by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva (Marvel). This enormous hardcover collects "House of X" Nos. 1-6 and "Powers of X" Nos. 1-6, the most lunatic soft-reboot of the X-Men in their 50-year-plus history. Hickman managed that most difficult of challenges when writing the X-Men: Move out of the shadow of Chris Claremont, who wrote the team’s adventures for 15 years and made them superhero superstars. Hickman’s work is fantastic and insane. (Dec. 11)


"Richard Jewell." Clint Eastwood’s new movie focuses on the man accused of planting the Olympic Park bomb in 1996. Man, that was a weird story. (Dec. 13)


"The Expanse" (Amazon Prime). The new season of Amazon's space opera based on James S.A. Corey's books draws on the fourth in the series, "Cibola Burna." (Dec. 13)


Harry Styles, "Fine Line" (Erskine/Columbia). "What if Mick Jagger was a teen-pop star circa now?" is a great idea for a human being. (Dec. 13)


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"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." This is it, people: (allegedly) the last movie in the nine-movie cycle about the somewhat exhausting Skywalker family. Also, while we’re on the subject: the first four episodes of "The Mandalorian" are a better "Star Wars" movie than "Solo." (Dec. 20)


"Cats." Look, it’s your money, but this looks horrible. (Dec. 20)


Frank Zappa, "Hot Rats (50th Anniversary Edition)" (Frank Zappa Catalog/UMe). A six-CD box set of this 1969 album includes rare mixes, vault nuggets and complete basic tracks mixed from the original multi-track masters, plus a Zappa Land board game with custom game pieces, dice and playing cards. If you are a rock nerd of any sort, you know someone or know someone who knows someone who really wants this. (Note: I am not one of them.) (Dec. 20)


Hanukkah begins. Have you ever read the Books of Maccabees? Should be an action movie. (Dec. 22)


"John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch" (Netflix). Comedian John Mulaney and a group of children ages 8-13 are joined by celebrity guests like David Byrne, Andre De Shields and Natasha Lyonne for a melange of songs; comedy sketches; meditations on the unknown from children and adults; and a papier-mâché volcano. (Dec. 24)


Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. Somewhere, someone is having the very best Christmas they will ever have. Somewhere, someone is having the very worst. Keep them both in mind. And watch the 1951 "Christmas Carol," starring Alastair Sim, which is obviously the very best one. (Dec. 25)


"Little Women." Greta Gerwig takes a swing at this classic. Early returns look promising. Stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet and Meryl Streep, because of course it does. (Dec. 25)


"Dare Me" (USA). A TV series adaptation of Megan Abbott’s totally excellent cheerleading noir. I am, as the kids say, here for it. (Dec. 29)


Happy New Year’s Eve. Good luck in 2020, and drive safe. (Dec. 31)