Pop culture: What to get excited for in 2015
(CNN) — Get ready pop culture lovers, 2015 is about to blow your minds.
A new year means new stuff to count down to, obsess over and generally geek out about. From hotly anticipated films to celeb births, here are just a few things that we absolutely cannot wait for:
TV shows, movies, action figures. Marvel already owns the new year with “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant Man” hitting theaters in the summer, ABC’s “Marvel’s Agent Carter” on the small screen in January and Netflix’s “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” later in 2015. It’s a veritable superhero smorgasbord.
“Fifty Shades” – finally
We are super hot for the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ film out in February (just in time for Valentine’s Day). If the trailer is any indication, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as prim Anastasia Steele and millionaire Christian Grey bring the heat. Fans of the novel have been fiending for it.
Possible BeyJay album
After their megasuccessful “On the Run” tour and those break up rumors that proved to be false, talk heated up that Beyonce and husband Jay Z are planning to drop a joint project. The pair haven’t confirmed the chatter, but they haven’t denied it either. Fingers crossed!
Author Nick Hornby has delighted us in the past with novels like “High Fidelity” and “About a Boy” so we have no doubts that “Funny Girl” will win us over too. The plot centers around a young sitcom star in 1960s Britain. The book is due out in February.
“Better Call Saul,” y’all
Face facts: “Breaking Bad” is not coming back. But the spinoff prequel, “Better Call Saul,” will at least give us a dose of one of our favorite characters in the form of sleazy attorney Saul Goodman, played masterfully by Bob Odenkirk.
The second royal baby
Looks at how doggone cute that toddler Prince George is with his chubby, rosy cheeks. The world eagerly awaits the new baby Windsor. Kate Middleton and Prince William have confirmed that baby no. 2 is due to arrive in April 2015.
New tunes from the Red Hot Chili Peppers
If bassist Flea is to be believed, the Red Hot Chili Peppers forthcoming album is going to make you move.
“It’s cool,” he told Rolling Stone of the new project which he hopes to debut in 2015. “It’s super danceable, funky s**t and some real introspective, pretty stuff. It feels good, man, and it’s fun to play it.”
The return of Toni Morrison
The Nobel laureate will once again grace book shelves with “God Help the Child” due in April. The novel about childhood trauma and a stunningly beautiful, “blue-black” woman named Bride is already a must read.
“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson”
Pretty much everything Ryan Murphy touches for FX turns to gold, so it will be interesting to see how his miniseries fares. The cast includes Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, “American Horror Story” vet Sarah Paulson as prosecuting attorney Marcia Clarke and “Friends” star David Schwimmer as defense attorney Robert Kardashian.
Star Wars Episode VII
There’s a ton riding on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and plenty of time until it debuts in theaters in December 2015 to debate whether or not fans will love it or snub it. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas is reportedly less than excited to see what director J.J. Abrams does with the latest addition to the franchise.