Showbiz 2014: What to expect

Star2 checks out 14 things to look forward to in show business this year.

1. Bullets Over Petaling Street

The triads gather in Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur to vote for their next leader. Unfortunately for one movie actress – who turns up at the wrong place at the wrong time – she inadvertently gets involved in the election. Worse still, she ends up being chosen as the Triad leader! How she will do this without getting killed in the process is where the fun of the film lies. Starring Debbie Goh, Chen Han Wei, Irene Ang, Jeffrey Cheng and KK Wong. (Opens Feb 13)

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past

With new uniforms (black is the new yellow and blue, y’all), we meet the younger and older versions of the mutants who populate X-Men films. Wolverine, of course, looks the same; presumably actor Hugh Jackman gets to go back and forth between playing the angry Wolverine and angrier Wolverine. Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) recruits Wolverine and sends him to the past, where he is supposed to find their younger selves (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) in order to save the future. (Opens May 22)

3. Divergent

With Hunger Games films setting the box office on fire worldwide, it makes sense for another book series set in the dystopian future (is there any other sort?) to be made into movies. This one is based on Veronica Roth’s story in which societies are broken into five clear groups, distinct by a particular virtue. A teenager who turns 16 is put through a test to determine which group they belong to.

Say hello to our heroine – Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) – who doesn’t think quite like her parents and doesn’t seem to fit into just one faction. Before you can say “things are about to change”, it does. (Opens March 20)

4. Godzilla

The last time we saw the giant mutant lizard, it was in 1998, when it suffered a horrible storyline and met with a not-so-fun death. Judging by the trailer released recently, this new radioactive monster is ready to let out another fearsome roar to strike fear in audiences everywhere (joy!). Or at least in the hearts of the characters portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe.

This film has been in the works for some time now, and we’re anxious to see the outcome. Whatever happens, director Gareth Edwards can’t do any worse than Roland Emmerich. Right? Right? (Opens May 15)

5. The Originals

There’s more vampire drama to look forward to this year on WarnerTV as The Vampire Diaries co-creator Julie Plec gives birth to yet another blood-sucking thriller, The Originals. Vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returns to his hometown, New Orleans, only to find that his former protege, Marcel Gerard is running the town, Hitler-style. Klaus and his siblings, Elijah and Rebekah, vow to take him down and reclaim their land but with some powerful witches in the mix, there will be – well, obviously – blood.

6. True Detective

The buzz among TV buffs is that True Detective will be the new drama to get addicted to. The eight-episode series is set in Louisiana, United States, and spans 17 years, chronicling the journey of two detectives as they hunt down the killer responsible for a dark murder.

This won’t be just another crime series: True Detective is an anthology that sees each season featuring a completely different cast of characters and case. If you’re not sold on this yet, the not-so-hunky-anymore-but-no-less-suave Matthew McConaughey makes his major small screen debut as the star of the show, alongside Woody Harrelson as his partner.

7. How I Met Your Mother and True Blood

The ninth and final season of How I Met Your Mother is upon us and the last episode will be shown in Malaysia some time in the second quarter of the year. The entire season is stretched out in a time frame of just one weekend where Barney and Robin are set to wed. Will resident casanova Barney actually say “I do”? And of course, we’re dying to know Ted’s love story with “the mother”!

Viewers will have to say goodbye to True Blood, too, in the third quarter of the year. Hopefully, some pressing questions will be answered: Is Eric really dead? Will Sookie end up with Alcide? What about that bunch of blood-thirsty rogue vampires approaching the party?

8. Oh My English! – Hello America

Hot on the heels of the success of the series’ first telemovie Oh My Ganu!, the cast of Oh My English! heads to the US this time round. After winning a short film competition, the students of SMK Ayer Dalam – accompanied by teachers Henry Middleton (Zain Saidin), Ayu (Tiz Zaqyah) and Malik (Aaron Aziz) – get the opportunity of a lifetime to visit an American high school in New York and visit iconic locations like the Times Square and Statue of Liberty.

Oh and there’s even talk of meeting pop star Selena Gomez. However, the trip takes a dramatic turn when some of the students get lost and accidentally end up in Washington!

9. Adele

The English singer-songwriter’s last album 21 in 2011 achieved critical and commercial success, having won six Grammy Awards, including album of the year. Adele has been on hiatus since giving birth to baby Angelo in 2012, but she has since gone back to the recording studio to work on a new album. According to The Mirror, the upcoming album is expected to be released in the middle of this year and will have a jazzy feel to it.

10 U2

U2 bassist Adam Clayton confirmed in a recent radio interview that the Irish rock band will be releasing a new album this year. Clayton described U2’s new sound as an “interesting hybrid”. U2 released its last album, No Line On The Horizon, in 2009 so you can bet fans are pretty eager to get their hands on the upcoming album. Previous reports have suggested that the band roped in producer Danger Mouse and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin to work on some of the tracks. Good idea?

11. Future Music Festival Asia 2014

The biggest music festival to take place in Malaysia is set to feature more than 40 acts including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Deadmau5, Wu-Tang Clan, Tinie Tempah and Armin Van Buuren, who will be bringing his “A State of Trance 650” programme. In March, over 65,000 music fans are expected to join the Safari-themed event at Mines Wonderland in Seri Kembangan, Selangor. Of course, fans can also expect some surprises along the way as organisers Livescape and Future Music Australia will announce more names to the line-up.

12. Singapore Rock Festival 2014

Last year, local rock fans bade farewell to the popular Rockaway Fest for good. Well, this time round, those itching for a massive dose of heavy metal music and rock tunes can headbang their way to the Singapore Rock Festival 2014! This event is held in March at Fort Canning Park in Singapore and will feature performances by Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and Black Veil Brides.

13. Teater Awek Chuck Taylor

Based on the best-selling novel by Nami Cob Nobbler, this Bahasa Malaysia-language theatre presentation stars Elza Irdalynna, Along Eyzendy and Inessa Irdayanty. The coming-of-age story tells of the woes of Hafiz and his budding relationship with hipster girl Mira. Tickets to the February show have already sold out! Fortunately, the show will be staged again during the PJ Laugh Fest that’s happening in May.

14. Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

For two hours, viewers get to enjoy a three-course meal served by characters of classic BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers. This unique immersion theatre is a loosely-scripted tribute to the sitcom made famous by comic actors John Cleese, Prunella Sales and Andrew Sachs way back in 1975. Presented for the first time in Asia by PJ Live Arts, Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience will be staged in May.

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