Ed Sheeran’s new album (February)
Two years after the release of +, Sheeran will drop his second album on February 17. Only one song title has been released thus far (“Photograph”), and Sheeran says that no other information will be announced until the album comes out. “I don’t want everyone knowing what the record is before they get it—I want them to listen to it first,” he said in an interview. But he has given out one hint: “I can’t tell you the name [of the album] just yet, but it doesn’t start with a letter.”
The Fault in Our Stars (June)
Hazel Grace and Gus’ renowned love story will finally come to screens on June 6. The film crew shot the movie in multiple locations around the globe, from Pittsburgh to Amsterdam. Adapted from John Green’s novel, which appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list, the upcoming film has gathered much excitement among its large fanbase. Green has kept his followers updated with frequent videos, tweets, and pictures from the set.
22nd Winter Olympics (February)
The 22nd (XXII) Winter Olympic Games will be held in Sochi, Russia from February 7 to February 23. This will be the first time that the former Soviet Union hosts the Olympics since the 1980 games in Moscow. This event will include 15 disciplines of 7 sports, including bobsleigh and curling. With the Olympic Torch Relay underway, history has already been made: Alexandr Kaptorenko, a 101-year-old Siberian table tennis player, recently set the record as the oldest torchbearer in Olympic history.
If you’re anything like me, the end of Catching Fire—the second installment of the Hunger Games film series—left you desperate for the third and final installment of the series. Well, not final: Mockingjay will be split into two parts, the first of which with a release date of November 21, 2014, and the second with a release date of November 20, 2015. Mockingjay – Part 1 began filming in October 2013 both in Europe—Paris and Berlin—and Atlanta, Georgia. Written by Suzanne Collins, the hugely successful The Hunger Games book series has taken the world by storm as it tells the story of a corrupt, dystopian society set in what was once known as America.
After taking an almost two-year hiatus, Sherlock will finally be coming back to screens on January 19 (January 1 for British watchers). The show left on a major cliffhanger, and fans have been dying to see just what happened to the mysterious, curly-haired mastermind known as Sherlock Holmes. The first episode of the third series will be titled “The Empty Hearse” and will be based loosely on “The Adventure of the Empty House,” the short story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It will be followed by two more episodes, “The Sign of Three” and “His Last Vow.”
Transformers: Age of Extinction (June)
The fourth film of the exciting Transformers series will be released on June 27. Director Michael Bay has announced that this will be his last film with the franchise, but Age of Extinction will not be the last Transformers film, as the ending will introduce the beginning of a new trilogy. All types of details have been released about the movie and the fates of the transformers, including information on new vehicles and characters’ new technology and robot modes. The newly released photos and teasers have been fueling the enthusiasm for the movie, especially as filming ends and the release date draws closer.
Super Bowl XLVIII (48) (February)
For the first time ever, the Super Bowl will be held in New Jersey’s very own MetLife Stadium on February 2. This greatly anticipated American tradition will take place on Groundhog Day and is expected to attract over 100 million viewers. (An estimated 104.8 million tuned into last year’s Super Bowl.) According to Fox, there was an extremely high demand for advertising this year, selling out quickly at about $4 million for every 30-second advertisement. The participants for this year’s Super Bowl are still very much unknown, although that’s due to change quickly as playoffs near (January 4).
20th FIFA World Cup (June–July 2014)
Yet another sporting event that occurs every four years, the FIFA World Cup is an international men’s soccer tournament that will take place from June 12 to July 13 in Brazil this year. The qualifying competitions began in June 2011 with 32 teams coming from all over world to compete for a chance to play in the final game. Spain, the defending champion from 2010, is again a crowd favorite for this year’s win, along with Germany, Argentina, and Brazil.