Imagine seeing one of these headlines in 2013. You’ll be shaking in your boots like we were when merely typing them out.
“Pixar announces Toy Story 4 in development”
Rumors over the past couple of years have suggested that Disney Pixar is kicking around the idea of a fourth Toy Story film. The murmurs come to the dismay of fans who don’t want to see the story extended past the happy ending where Andy said goodbye to his beloved toys. We think Pixar should focus on dreaming up new ideas rather than diving back into Toy Story.
“Netflix: ‘We know we suck now. We’re closing'”
The online streaming service has struggled to remain relevant in 2012 as competition from Amazon and Apple grows. Moreover, the content pickings have been pretty slim, especially when it comes to films that have been recently released on DVD/Blu-ray. Despite this, we love being able to cozy up with Netflix and have access to (most of) our favorite shows and films. If Netflix left us, where would we go for our endless entertainment?
“Catching Fire delayed until July 2014, Lionsgate cites need for ‘summer tentpole'”
Harry Potter fans were traumatized in 2008 when Warner Bros. announced that they were pushing the release of Half-Blood Prince to the following summer because they needed a summer blockbuster. Lionsgate seems pretty happy with their November release dates, having scheduled the remaining three films for November 2013, 2014, and 2015, but if the need for a big summer hit beckons, it may be hard to resist pushing one of The Hunger Games films into a July opening.
“Glee to be canceled following the end of season five, producers oddly blame lack of new songs to cover”
In 2012 we said goodbye to great shows we’ve covered like Terra Nova, Merlin, and Weeds. Ratings for Glee have been on a steady decline over the past couple of years, and Fox may consider an end to their once-successful show if the trend continues. Reasons for the show’s decline? A sometimes strange storyline, an unnecessarily large cast of characters, and breaks in the season which may hurt the show’s momentum. Despite the issues, we still love it and aren’t ready to see the kids go.
“Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special plans scrapped after former Doctors required huge, unachievable paydays”
Throughout this year we’ve been hoping to learn who and what the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will involve. While details have still been light, we’re so nervous about it that we live in fear of it all falling apart. If we don’t see this headline in 2013, hopefully we will see this one: “David Tennant officially on board for 50th Anniversary Special.”
“Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson sign on to Twilight reboot”
The two stars have heard talk of it happening and rumors have teased us, but ultimately it would not be a good idea to see the Twilight series be rebooted or spun off in any capacity involving Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson. Edward and Bella’s original story has ended, and now we must look forward to other vampire stories – perhaps told by Stephenie Meyer.
“Nicki Minaj releases new album”
This one we already know is going to happen. The rapper has announced Pink Friday: The Pinkprint for a 2013 release. We were very put off by Minaj when she had her American Idol judging outburst, and quite frankly we’re not looking forward to seeing her critique singers with actual talent on Fox’s singing show.
“Pottermore continues doing what they’re doing, fans continue visiting site five times a year”
J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore completed the release of the first two books this year, but we found ourselves bored with many of the “chapters” and “moments” throughout. We’re itching for new features to be brought onto the site, and if they keep chugging along as they did this year, then we’re not going to have much to look forward to. In fairness, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed J.K. Rowling’s new writing.
“Sherlock series 3 delayed until 2014, Benedict Cumberbatch to blame for getting too popular”
The upside: Benedict Cumberbatch has had a huge year for his career. A role in The Hobbit as the dragon Smaug, a role in Star Trek: Into Darkness as Khan, and various smaller projects – all while trying to work in his Sherlock duties. But that’s just the problem! Cumberbatch has gotten so famous and perfect and amazing that Sherlock has had to take a back seat. Need tangible evidence? In November we learned that the production start had to be delayed due to Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s schedules.
“Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin dies, series left unfinished, world says ‘Told you so'”
It’s a legitimate concern. Martin is old (64 years of age), and he’s taking his sweet time finishing up his A Song of Ice and Fire series. How do we tell our beloved, women crazed author to step it up a notch and get her done?
“Average movie ticket price skyrockets to all time high, movie torrenting propels to all time high too”
We love going to the movies, but damn if the cost of doing so hasn’t gotten pricey. This writer has found himself attending early morning showings of new films in order to see them on the cheap. With filmmakers and theaters looking to squeeze every last penny out of us using gimmicks like 3D and IMAX, we’re hoping the average price doesn’t continue to rise.
“Peter Jackson finds additional J.R.R. Tolkien appendices, announces The Hobbit will be a quinary”
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit director Peter Jackson was already skating on thin ice when he decided to create two films out of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit book. Then earlier this year he and Warner Bros. decided to turn it into a trilogy. At this rate, we’re bracing for a decision to actually split the trilogy into a quinary (five films). Afterall, he’s got at least 20-25 minutes of material for An Unexpected Journey’s Extended Edition.
Honorable mentions (submitted by our readers while this article was in development):
– Scott: “Harry Potter rebooted with the cast of Twilight”
– Pablo: “New Arrested Development episodes disappoint fans”
– Jen: “Stephenie Meyer adds a fifth book to the Twilight series.
– Jamie: “Ender’s Game movie delayed/canceled.. again.”
– Lori: “Lionsgate casting Twilight TV series; Stephenie Meyer not collaborating”
– Jason: Disney buys whatever the hell is left for them to buy”