Phew—2014 is over. But you know what that means. Another year is on the horizon, and with a turn of the calendar comes a tidal wave of pop culture items, each eager to become your new favorite thing. Fortunately for you, Entertainment Weekly’s annual forecast issue is here to help you wade through the waters and find the movie, show, album, or book (it’s a race to find the next Gone Girl!) that’s destined to find its way into your hands in 2015.
You may have heard about a few little indies coming up. Star Wars: The Force Awakens? We’ve got secrets to share, plus fresh quotes from new cast members like Andy Serkis (who dispelled some rumors about his confidential role) and returning alumni like Mark Hamill. Avengers: Age of Ultron and Terminator: Genisys? We dive deep into next year’s hottest robo-villains with some exclusive first-look shots. And then there’s Jurassic World, Sisters (starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler), the new James Bond flick, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Pixar’s latest movie Inside Out—and we’ve got scoop on all of them.
If you’re not planning to spend your entire year at the cinema, there’s plenty of must-see TV coming down the pike, too. We’ve got your first script page for the second season of Fargo, a mega-sized look at the latest season of Community (now on Yahoo!), and deep dives into Netflix’s comic gambit Daredevil and Comedy Central’s Colbert successor Larry Wilmore. Plus, there’s Fox’s epic hip-hop drama Empire, which promises to be your newest guilty pleasure, if you can find time to watch between AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul or the return of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock.
On the music front, we’ve got the 20 albums you can’t miss this year (including new releases from Rihanna, Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse, and Kelly Clarkson) and we’re taking a closer look at the New British invasion starring Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Hozier, and other English imports who are going to have major impact on the American charts in 2015. (We also look back at other UK acts that crossed the Atlantic, like the Spice Girls.) You can also start planning your “sick” days now, because our pages are also packed with the dates of the best festivals across the country and the next big music acts we’re eager to geek out over.
EW has scoop on 116 things that you’re going to be talking about this year—so why not get a head start now? Grab the forecast issue and impress your friends with your newfound powers of prediction.