The Hot List for 2014: What to Watch out for in Movies, Books, TV, and Music This Year

Welcome 2014. Come on in and make yourself comfy.

So what can we expect from a year with the Football World Cup in Rio, more superhero movies than you can shake a stick at and a potential ABBA reunion?

Adele promises a new album, as do rock gods U2, and Bruno Mars will be singing up a storm at the Superbowl … the queen of country Dolly Parton will release new material and maybe headline Glastonbury — get your cowboy boots at the ready, y’hear?

There will be movies starring Pitt, Clooney, Crowe and Cruise, and quirky Wes Anderson is back with The Grand Budapest Hotel. His films have the most beautiful design in any (in my mind) so what will be the color palette for this one? Maybe the brown and pink hues of The Royal Tenenbaums … we shall see.

On TV the Brit success Broadchurch will be back for Season 2 and has hopped over the pond to the US of A for a remake with David Tennant still attached, renamed as Gracepoint (I hope the ending isn’t as obvious for y’all as it was for us …); House of Cards Season 2 is out — which reminds me, I must pick up Season 1; Capaldi begins as Dr. Who; and we have all the glorious awards ceremonies to perk up the dreary not-yet-spring months.

Fashion insiders predict we will all be wearing boxy jackets and the color yellow,  and we can expect “compassion and optimism” from the Year of the Horse.

Without further ado — below are 12 great things to come in 2014. If it’s hot, it’s HERE …

  • Hot Movie of 2014: Gone Girl 1 of 12
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    You've read the book (you haven't — where have you been?), now see the movie. With Fincher (director of Se7en and Zodiac) behind the lens, this is bound to be amazing. Starring Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, a journalist turned bar owner whose wife goes missing on their 5th wedding anniversary. Rosamund Pike co-stars as Amy, the perfect wife. Or is she? It will be out around October 2014 and I will be first in that cinema queue. 

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  • Hot Actress of 2014: Shailene Woodley 2 of 12
    Shailene Woodley attends the Orange British Academy Film Awards in London

    So her part in The Amazing Spiderman series may have ended up on the cutting room floor, but who cares when she has won the lead role in the upcoming film adaptation of the popular Divergent film series. Woodley's star is about to shine. After a great turn in the critically acclaimed The Descendants and a much lauded performance in upcoming The Spectacular Now, this actress will be the one to steal Jen Lawrence's crown.

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  • Hot Writer of 2014: Emma Donoghue 3 of 12

    No pictures available yet, but this is exciting news! Emma Donoghue, the author of Room, a book that haunted me for months after reading it, has a new one out in March called Frog Music. The premise: It is the summer of 1876 and San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice ... if he doesn't track her down first. *Squeals with excitement*

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  • Hot Music Group of 2014: ABBA! 4 of 12

    And we thank YOU Abba, for the music. In April, it will be exactly 40 years since ABBA's song Waterloo won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. As millions of their fans beg the group to reunite once more — will they be up for it? Agnetha Faltskog, who formed Abba in 1972 with guitarist and songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus, told a German newspaper that it was one of the options being mulled by the group. 


    "Of course it's something we're thinking about," 63-year-old Faltskog told the weekly Welt am Sonntag. "There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way. But I can't say at this point what will come of them." Fingers crossed the legendary Swedish group do! 


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  • Hot Movie of 2014: Noah 5 of 12
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    Darren Aronofsky is arguably the actor's director, having secured Oscar nominations for the two leads of his last two films: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler and Natalie Portman in Black Swan. Noah marks his belated move into big budget film-making with a stellar cast, featuring: Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins. The story is one we are all familiar with: the Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood. Fingers crossed this isn't another Water World ...

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  • Hot Actor of 2014: Dane Dehaan 6 of 12
    Dane Dehaan attends the screening of ' Kill Your Darlings' at Odean West End during the 57th BFI London Film Festival in London

    For me, The Place Beyond the Pines was immaculate in the first act... whereas act 3 was only saved the Dane DeHaan's flawless performance.  DeHaan was subsequently picked up to portray Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. From nice boy to ultimate villain..  Soon to be seen with R Patz in Life, this will be Dane Dehaan's much deserved year... 

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  • Hot Book of 2014: The Paying Guest by Sarah Waters 7 of 12
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    Roll on Autumn 2014.... when the writer of The Night Watch and The Fingersmith, will release her new novel The Paying Guest. It is 1922, and London is tense. In South London, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the 'clerk class', the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far, and how devastatingly, the disturbances will reach…

    Another Sarah Waters' classic... 

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  • Hot Male Artist of 2014: Sam Smith 8 of 12

    Sadly, I'm not as "on the button" as I used to be in the world of music, but even I have heard amazing things about this 21-year-old Brit singer/songwriter Sam Smith. Already winner of the Brits Critics Choice Award, Smith releases his debut album In the Lonely Hour in May. Signed to Universal Music's Capitol label, his debut single, Money on my Mind will be out in February. You'll be singing along to his tunes before you know it...

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  • Hot TV Series of 2014: True Detective 9 of 12
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    You lucky, lucky USA folk. You get to see this LONG before I do. No spoilers please! This 8-part drama series on HBO stars Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Monaghan, and Michael Potts. True Detective utilizes multiple timelines to trace two detectives' hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana across 17 years. The anthology format, where there will be different stars in each season, first succeeded in American Horror Story ... hope it's as good!

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  • Hot Female Artist of 2014: Diane Birch 10 of 12

    You may not have heard of Diane Birch, but in 2014 you sure will! With a voice that more than echoes Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, her soulful tracks will stay with you long after she has sung the last note. Oddly enough it is the pint-sized purple wonder Prince that she owes her biggest thanks to, as he heard her playing in an L.A. hotel and invited her to jam. As you do. At 30, she has more than earned her musical stripes, and the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter just released her sophomore album, Speak a Little Louder, which shows off her vocal talents. Close your eyes and it could be a track off Rumours ... 

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  • Hot TV Series of 2014: Penny Dreadful 11 of 12
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    Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes is at the helm of this 8-part TV series starring Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett, and Eva Green. The horror TV series will weave together the origins of literary horror characters, such as Frankenstein, Dorian Grey and Dracula, as they grapple with their monstrous alienation in Victorian London. Showtime will upload a blog featuring interviews with the cast and behind-the-scenes footage when it launches. The above is a picture designed for the blog ... suitably creepy dontchathink?

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  • Hot Movie of 2014: Fury 12 of 12

    Writer-turned-director David Ayer offers two films in 2014, but the one we are most excited about is Fury, a World War II action drama about the final days of the battle in Europe. Brad Pitt plays a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy who commands a tank called "Fury." He and his men (Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Jon Bernthal) face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. We have watched all summer with bated breath as Brad and his tanks filmed in the Oxfordshire countryside. Brad and tanks — what's not to love? 

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