A tough 2016 brought, among other things, political upheaval all over the globe and the deaths of some of our most beloved actors, musicians and athletes. Perhaps one way some of Long Island’s own celebrities are escaping the year is to anticipate what good things are coming for them in 2017. Here’s some of what’s in store:
The Massapequa-reared Seinfeld continues his residency, “The Homestand,” at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre, with 20 shows across 10 dates from Jan. 5 to Oct. 5. The former date is also that of the Season 9 premiere of his Crackle short-form streaming series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
The “Mean Girls” star wants to make “Mean Girls 2,” telling CNN on Dec. 29 that “I’ve already written a treatment for it; I just need a response” from the producers and rights-holders. Lohan, originally of Cold Spring Harbor and Merrick, also said that in April she begins shooting a film based on the 2011 abduction of Swiss couple Olivier David Och and Daniela Widmer by the Pakistani Taliban -- and that she has relocated from London to Dubai for a time. She’s also completed work on the werewolf movie “The Shadow Within,” her first feature since “The Canyons” (2013) — and on Dec. 1 put the film’s theatrical-release poster on her Instagram page, captioned “coming soon to a theatre near you.”
Born in Amityville and raised in Massapequa, the Emmy Award-winning actor is scheduled to begin filming the sociopolitical seriocomedy “The Public” in Cincinnati in mid-January, and has four movies in the can: The animated comedy “The Boss Baby,” in which he voices the title character, due March 31; Alexander Payne’s sci-fi comedy “Downsizing,” set for release Dec. 22; the comedy “Drunk Parents,” with Salma Hayek, Jim Gaffigan, Joe Manganiello and Bridget Moynahan, which is awaiting distributors and release dates; and the romantic drama “Blind,” with Demi Moore. He’s also doing a book tour to support his memoir, “Nevertheless,” coming out April 4. And in September, he’ll be a speaker at the Inbound business-leader conference in Boston.
Hot-streak comedian Schumer, who was raised in Rockville Centre, is doing three arena shows in Canada in February and another in Baltimore in March. And she has two movies upcoming: the comedy “Snatched,” due out May 12, opposite Goldie Hawn, in the Oscar-winner’s first film in 15 years; and DreamWorks’ PTSD drama “Thank You for Your Service,” the directorial debut of “American Sniper” screenwriter Jason Hall, in which Schumer plays a supporting role.
Commack-born comedian O’Donnell will guest-star as Del Martin, co-founder of America’s first lesbian organization, Daughters of Bilitis, in ABC’s upcoming historical gay-rights miniseries “When We Rise,” created by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”). No airdate has been announced.
The Huntington-born and Greenlawn-raised Carey voices Gotham City’s Mayor McCaskill in “The Lego Batman Movie,” hitting theaters Feb. 10. But the bigger news is her 35-show “All the Hits” tour with co-headliner Lionel Richie, which kicks off March 15 and plays Madison Square Garden April 1 and Nassau Coliseum April 8. As a result, the final leg of her Las Vegas residency, “Mariah #1 to Infinity,” at Caesars Palace, has been pushed from April 26-May 13 to July 8-18.
The music legend, raised in Hicksville, continues his residency at Madison Square Garden, with concerts currently scheduled for Jan. 11, Feb. 22, March 3 and April 14 -- plus, he’s playing the re-opening of the Nassau Coliseum on April 5 (and has at least three dates elsewhere in the United States through March 24).
Supermodel Brinkley broke up with singer-songwriter John Mellencamp in 2016, but now reportedly is dating famed music producer David Foster. And, after putting her 5,500-square-foot 1843 Sag Harbor Colonial on the market in October, she may be planning to relocate her family this year.
James has his hands full with his CBS sitcom, “Kevin Can Wait.” But the comedian, who was born in Mineola and reared in Stony Brook, didn’t wait to work on more movies after his 2016 Netflix flick “True Memoirs of an International Assassin” — he joined the ensemble of pal Adam Sandler’s 1990s-set Netflix feature “Sandy Wexler,” alongside Terry Crews, Arsenio Hall, Jennifer Hudson, Colin Quinn, Rob Schneider and others.