We Can’t Wait! The 15 Most Anticipated Projects Of 2014
2013 is coming to a close, and it’s time to gear up for another year — a year filled with highly anticipated films and albums. With a sneak peak of Beyonce’s “Grown Woman” video — we thought we could expect an album from her next year, but she tricked us! She released her fifth album with no promotion whatsoever earlier in the month, and it has broken all kind of records and changed the game. Still, Beyonce has us excited for a great year to come for her and other celebrities working on and expected to release new projects in the year 2014. Let’s make it a year for the books.
Still Anticipating Beyonce
Still, we’re anticipating the “Flawless” Queen Bey in 2014: more touring, the awards, the live performances and promotion of her latest album. Although, she has proven she doesn’t need it. And whatever other projects she decides to grace us with in 2014. All hail Queen Bey!
Bruno Mars, Super Bowl 2014
Mars is following Beyonce as the 2014 Super Bowl halftime performer. Mars first two albums were multi-platinum successes and featured hits, “Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade,” “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man.” Could this heavily publicized performance be the hint towards a new album in 2014? Let’s hope so.
Storm, Mutants of color, X-men: Days of Future Past
Halle Berry is returning as Storm for the fourth time in X-Men: Days of Future Past next year and she’s bringing some mutants of color to war with her against the sentinels in an apocalyptic future. Bishop (Omar Sy) who is African American and can absorb/redirect energy, Warpath (Booboo Stewart) who is Native American and is super-strong and athletic, Blink (Bingbing Fan) who can teleport — is Asian in the movie yet purple in the comics, and Sunspot (Adan Canto) who is Brazilian and can absorb/channel solar power. I’m among the many X-men fans who cannot wait to see Bryan Singer return to the director’s seat and his latest adaptation of the saga. The film will be released on Friday, May 23, 2014.
Jamie Foxx, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Halle Berry is not the only Academy-Award winning actor taking on a comic book part next year. Foxx is co-starring as the (ultimate) Electro in next year’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It’s coming out on May 2, 2014 — exactly three weeks before X-men. Marvel/Columbia Pictures are doing big things next year (once again) and the studios are bringing along black actors for the ride.
Rihanna’s next album
It will be nice to have some more spunky, catchy pop tunes from Rihanna. Rumors have been circulating the “S&M” singer will be releasing a new album (or two) next year. Hopefully, this album will focus on quality — after finally taking a break from producing an album every year with no 2013 release. Let’s see what this pop star has in store next year, and if she will be producing an array of more number one hits.
Get on Up
Finally, a James Brown biopic is in production! And the cast is looking accomplished. Academy-Award winner Octavia Spencer and two-time Academy-Award nominee Viola Davis will star in the biopic with Chadwick Boseman as Brown. This film is slated for a Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 release.
Think Like A Man II
Although I think it’s perfectly fine for women to think like women, the first film was a hit, which Black Hollywood could always use. S0 it only made since to make a sequel. The follow up is to be released Friday, June 20, 2014, and the ensemble cast is back!
Although this film is highly anticipated more for its controversy than its fanbase, it will be interesting to see if this film flops or becomes a hit. Maybe, critics will stand behind Zoe Saldana and the film if both delivers. That might be the boost this film needs to be commercially successful because Saldana’s casting has to be one of the most controversial movie castings ever. No release date yet.
New Danity Kane music!
After the major and highly anticipated return at the House of Blues in LA, fans cannot wait until the group returns with their third album and first in nearly six years in 2014.
“R&B Divas: Atlanta” and “R&B Divas: LA” will make their grand returns next year — with new cast members including LaTavia Roberson and Meelah Williams joining the Atlanta show while Chrisette Michelle and Leela James are joining the LA branch.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Guess what? More black actors are being added to the franchise, which is good since black people LOVE FANTASY movies too! Evan Ross and Mahershala Ali will be joining the saga’s cast next year. Let’s hope there won’t be anymore racist Twitter rants about the casting choices like in the past. The film opens up Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.
Mariah Carey, The Art of Letting Go
Carey’s latest album has been delayed until next year. It will be Carey’s 14th studio album. The album has already released three singles that performed either moderately successful or poor. Maybe, Carey is taking her time and going back to drawing board to make the best album she possibly can. She’s made comebacks before, she can definitely do it again.
Usher, Hands of Stone
Usher has been sporting his Sugar Ray Leonard look around. The R&B crooner will play the legendary boxer in next year’s biopic starring Robert De Niro as Ray Arcel and Edgar Ramirez as Roberto Duran. No release date yet.
The Return of “Scandal”
Ahh, we have to wait until Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 for the return of “Scandal.” And of course, the show has left us on a cliffhanger! No spoiler alerts for those lagging behind — needing to catch up on the first half of season three. They have plenty of time, that’s for sure. In the meantime, we’ll have the wait while biting our nails for the show’s grand return.
The youngest Academy-Award nominated actress, Quvenzhane Wallis, will play Annie in a dramedy remake of the musical. Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz will star as well. The film is to be released Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. We have a whole another year to see the young star shine again.
Chris Brown, X
Brown might be in and out of trouble, but he’s still a decent enough musical artist with a nice fanbase. He has a lot going on right now, which has surely impacted the release of his album, but there’s hope for his fans next year. The album has been dropping promotional singles like crazy.
Which albums, movies or comebacks are you awaiting next year?