Most Anticipated

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With 2013 at a close we find ourselves in a new year. This year means new experiences, new friends, adventures and new year’s resolutions I have already given up on. The one thing we can count on in 2014 is entertainment news! 2014 is projected to be one of the biggest years for film with tons of massive titles coming out from now till December. Here is a list of some of the biggest stories in the movie world I am pumped for in 2014!

 

Trailers/ Info

            Trailers are a window into the soul of a movie, or at least what marketing wants you to believe is the soul. Trailers combine the highlights and best bits of all our favorite upcoming movies. Not only that, but also movie fans know that any little tid bit of information as to what’s going on with a film is a gift from the movie gods above! Here are some of the biggest trailers and speculated information to be dropping in 2014.

  1. Anything on Star Wars Episode VII: A name, an actor, a place a shooting location, ANYTHING! Disney and director JJ Abrams have been silent with anything regarding star wars. Since its announcement our new exploration into one of the most incredible universes in all of cinematic history, Disney has not given us anything but tiny little nuggets here and there. Fans are nervous about the project because… well, we all remember what happened last time they made more Star Wars films and quite frankly no one is looking for another Jar Jar Banks. We also should be at least getting a teaser or full trailers within 2014, if not then early 2015.
  2. Marvel Phase 3: If you do not follow Marvel very closely you may be wondering why they have something that sounds like a plan for global domination which, with all the money they make, is not too far off. Marvel has divided its film universe into separate “phases” of projects. Phase 1 consisted of: The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Iron Man 2, Captain America and The Avengers. This then launched into Phase 2: Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers 2. While Captain America 2, The Guardians and Avengers 2 have yet to be released we have known about their development since Comic Con of 2012. So the question you may have is “what is in phase 3?” The truth is, we do not know much yet. Marvel Producer and godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Kevin Feigie has stated projects he would like to do and we have some guesses but as far as official confirmation we have only one film: Ant Man, which is to be directed by Edgar Wright and starring Paul Rudd. Common guesses for these new films are Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Thor 3, Iron Man 4, and of course Avengers 3 which will more than likely to feature the biggest Marvel Villain: Thanos (the red guy from the end of The Avengers) who we are supposed to see some of in Guardians of the Galaxy. Disney will more than likely announce at least a few of these projects soon. UPDATE: Marvel has since all but confirmed that phase three will feature Thor 3 but also a Captain America 3. The have agreed to bring on the same director, which really shows the faith they must have in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

 

  1. Man of Steel 2: Batman vs Superman is every comic fans dream to see on the big screen. DC won Comic Con last year with their announcement that The Man of Steel will battle the Caped Crusader in this new installment of the DC cinematic universe. Principal photography begins right now in our brand new Gotham City: Detroit. That is right, the new home to our Dark Knight is none other than our local Motor City. This will be our first look at our new Batman, Ben Afleck, in the cape and the cowl. We are also to be expecting a trailer some time nice year due to the fact that the original teaser trailer for the Man of Steel came out a full year before the film itself.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Update: Man of Steel 2 has been officially postponed to May of 2016 as opposed to its summer 2015 original release. It has been moved to one week away from Fox’s “X-Men: Age of Apocolypse.” Honestly this seems to me like one of three things. 1. They postponed it as a game of chicken with Fox. These two films opening a week from one and other is mutually assured destruction. One of them will have to move their date and I believe that, due to the fact that Warner Bros DC universe does not have much in terms of a leg to stand on, Man of Steel 2 will move again. 2. Warner Brothers had a terrible script that was prematurely announced assuming it would be fixed by their shoot time of January 2014. They were wrong, it is still awful and needs to be re-written. 3. They are preparing for their cinematic universe. After the success of the Dark Knight DC and Warner Bros. needed to GET ON THE CINEMATIC UNIVERSE GAME. I say it in caps because Warner Bros made a huge mistake. They saw that their comic book movies could make BANK and yet they did not start planning a cinematic universe until AFTER Man of Steel made millions. DC should have planned their films up to 2020 by now. Marvel was laying out the ground work for the Avengers when the Hulk was in pre production. While we are waiting for them to release the names of our Phase 3 films, they’re working on phase 5. Get working DC, if the rest of your universe is like Man of Steel, then I will be spending my dollar elsewhere.

But, of course, what is a trailer without the movie itself? Well, rest assured that 2014 will be jam packed with enough films to empty your wallets at the box office this year. Here are some of my most anticipated in order.

12. Transformers 4 Age of Extinction: Did you think the Transformers films were over? So did I, but it’s looking like we’ve got at least one more coming down the pipe. The new transformers film, still directed by Bay, will star Mark Wahlberg and feature the Dino-Bots, a fan favorite. Shia Lebouf and Megan Fox will not be returning. The first trailer dropped during the Superbowl and I must say, it’s pretty freaking cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF_ayN3ll3k

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11. The Lego Movie: Our favorite childhood toys make their jump to the big screen in this big blockbuster animated film starring Chris Pratt in the title role. The film will also feature the voices of actors such as Morgan Freeman, Jonah Hill, Liam Neison, Will Arnet, Channing Tatum, Alison Brie and many more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPnY2NjSjrg

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10. The Muppets Most Wanted: A huge hit with old and young, the Muppets most recent jump to the film was a resounding success with good box office numbers and great critical acclaim. The film, well known for it hilarious cameos, gains new members to the cast including Tina Fey, Ty Burell, and Django Star Christoph Waltz. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQiGyBiNjLI

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9. The Hobbit: There and Back Again: The final film in all of Peter Jackson’s interpretations of Tolkin’s Middle Earth. Coming off the success of the past two Hobbit films, An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug, this film is sure to follow in its predecessors massive box office and critical success.

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8. Mocking Jay Part 1: After the superior sequel to Gary Ross’ “Hunger Games” in 2013’s Catching Fire, excitement for the first part of Suzane Collin’s final book has risen dramatically. With superior visual effects, more engaging story and an amazing cliffhanger ending, fans and chompping at the bit to get our first installment of the final chapter in this series.

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7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Did everyone like 2012’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes? No, but no one can deny its massive feat in CGI and motion capture technology. With a brilliant performance by Andy Circus as the ape “Ceaser” I am beyond thrilled to watch him return as the hyper-intelligent ape in this dark sequel. Plus swapping out James Franco for Gary Oldman is a good idea in literally anything.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y8PeR6vpcs

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6. Interstellar: Christopher Nolan is known for his success in creating visually brilliant sci-fi and action films ranging from Inception and the Prestige to The Dark Knight Trilogy. This year fans will watch his newest creation Interstellar unfold in cinemas in May. This time, Nolan explores black holes and time travel with a stacked cast including his frequent collaborator Michael Cain and Oscar nominee Matthew Mchonaahay. While the trailer may just be a glorified Levis commercial I trust in Nolan. He has yet to make a bad film (I am talking to you DKR haters!).  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyc6RJEEe0U

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5. X-Men Days of Future Past: The X-Men return to the big screen after the box office success of The Wolverine. The film centers around Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine traveling back in time to stop Magneto and Charles Xxavior form becoming mortal enemies and change the history of mutants completely. The film, directed by X-Men and X-Men 2’s Brian Miller, will combine the modern day cast of X-Men with the cast featured in X-Men first class. This film is in a tie for best trailer of this year, and easliy one of the best movie trailers of all time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK2zYHWDZKo

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4.The Fault in our Stars: This is the first big screen adaptation of New York Times bestseller John Green’s novels. The Fault in our Stars follows the story of two teens, Hazel Grace and Agustus Waters, as they battle with terminal cancer. The cast consists of Shayline Woodley, who will also be playing Tris in Divergent, Ansel Elgort, Natt Wolf, and stand-up comic Mike Birbiglia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ItBvH5J6ss

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3. The Amazing Spiderman 2/ Captain America 2: It is a tie! At first I left Captain America in my honorable mentions but in light of the reent superbowl trailer and the wide critical acclaim, citing it as one of the best superhero movies made to date, my excitement jumps up considerably! Now to Spiderman. On top of this rebooted series being vastly superior to Toby Miguire, this new Spiderman sequel will contain better CGI and a superior score, composed by the great Hanz Zimmer. The film features Harry Ozbore, played by Chronicle actor Dane Dehan, and Django’s Jamie Fox as Electro. The film also serves as a kick off point for Sony’s recently announced Sinister Six and Venom spin off movies. You know a film will be good when the studio has already green like at least four sequels. Another movie with an INCREDIBLE trailer. Like X-Men, one of the best ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8MykckiOiU Here is the Captain America 2 Superbowl Spot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpfOREC-eiI

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2. Godzilla: This reimaging of the classic Japanese monster will finally be able to give the beast visual justice. The film stars Kick Ass’s Aaron Taylor Johnson as a leading role and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston in another. The first official trailer shows the films dark, almost apocalyptic tone as well as the briallian visuals and incredible CGI. The film is also rumored to harbor another notable monster that will do battle with the almighty Godzilla. Uh, Yes please. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIu85WQTPRc

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Before I reveal my number one, here are a few honorable mentions.

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George Clooney’s directoral debut: The Monumentous Men

Marvel’s: Captain America 2 The Winter Solider

Michael Bay’s: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

And the Book to Film adaptations of: Dirvergent and The Maze Runner which would have ranked higher on my list, as it is one of my favorite books, had the film come out earlier. The gap between last book in the series and first film is far too long.

  1. The Guardians of the Galaxy: Any idea who these guys are? Most people do not, but that is part of the fun! Guardians of The Galaxy is the last installment in Marvel’s Phase 2 before the highly anticipated 2015 Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. The story follows a group of alien beings that travel around the universe as sort of the Avengers of Space. Not only that, but also the cast is incredible with actors such as Chris Pratt as Starlord, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Racoon and Vin Deisle as the talking and fighting tree: Groot. The film is also set to feature a shaved headed Karren Gillian as a main villain. This also may be a first chance to get a solid look at the most anticipated character in the Marvel cinematic Universe: Thanos the Destroyer.

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2014 is sure to be an amazing year for film, but what do you think? What are you looking forward to in the new year and what movies are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.