This time last year, who knew The Passion would be a smash, the Red Sox would become world champions, or that a breast would pop out at the Super Bowl? Sure, we had hopes, but there are some things you can’t predict. Just keep that in mind as you peruse this calendar — about as good as it gets for a blueprint of what you can expect in 2005 (recognizing, of course, that all dates are subject to change). But remember: Anything can happen — even at this year’s Super Bowl, where…Paul McCartney will perform. So, may we suggest layers, Sir Paul?
01.25 Set your alarm! Oscar nominations will be announced at 8:30 a.m. EST.
-TUNES LeAnn Rimes is all growed up with her new CD, This Woman.
01.26 SEASON PREMIERES The Simple Life: Interns (Fox); The Ashlee Simpson Show and Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica. (MTV)
01.27 THEATER Ethan Hawke and Bobby Cannavale star in Hurlyburly Off Broadway.
02.04 OPENING Debra Messing hires escort Dermot Mulroney in The Wedding Date.
02.06 Shouldn’t be too ”nippy” in sunny Jacksonville for Super Bowl XXXIX. (Fox)
02.08 ON DVD There are two types of people: those who are excited for the DVD release of Michael Mann’s Miami Vice: Season One, and those who are pumped for the first season of Full House. You can’t be both. Sorry.
02.09 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, in Aspen, Colo. (through Feb. 13)
02.10 55th Annual Berlin International Film Festival (through Feb. 20)
02.11 OPENING Hitch, with Will Smith and Kevin James. Plus Pooh’s Heffalump Movie.
? LIVE The wild boys of Duran Duran return for an encore tour of the States.
02.13 47th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)
–Blue Collar Comedy Tour: Rides Again (Comedy Central)
02.14 LIVE Lock up the women and kids. Mötley Crüe kick off their first tour in five years.
02.16 LIVE Well, sort of. Ashlee Simpson’s tour begins in Anaheim, Calif.
02.20 SEASON PREMIERE Season 2 of The L Word (Showtime)
–Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza (Comedy Central)
02.21 SERIES PREMIERE Finally! Sylvester Stallone’s boxing reality show, The Contender. (NBC)
02.22 The Queen of All Media! Tori Amos’ new CD, The Beekeeper, is released just 14 days after her first book, Tori Amos: Piece by Piece.
02.26 20th Annual Independent Spirit Awards
02.27 The Oscars! Better take a disco nap, it’s gonna be a long night. (ABC)
02.28 SEASON PREMIERE Summerland, with Lori Loughlin, on The WB
03.01 TUNES J. Lo’s new album, Rebirth
-ON DVD Season 1 of The Brady Bunch
-IN BOOKSTORES By Myself and Then Some, by Lauren Bacall
03.03 THEATER Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, with John Lithgow, on Broadway
03.04 OPENING Be Cool. Travolta is back. Again. And he’s dancing with Uma. Again. Also, Vin Diesel’s back — in The Pacifier.
? LIVE Free of those ”rude, vile pigs,” Elton John’s U.S. tour begins in Louisiana.