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Six pop culture predictions for 2014

By Darian Lusk/CBS News 4:46 PM January 4, 2014

We gazed into our crystal ball and pulled out these six sage predictions for 2014

What happened to Akon? What does Lady Gaga actually look like? And most recently, what will 2014 hold for the world of pop culture? We gazed into our crystal ball and pulled out these six sage predictions for 2014:

1. Beyonce may have another baby

After giving planet Earth a near heart attack with an unannounced album at the end of 2013, Beyonce could lie low this year. After all, we’re not sure how much more gushing about “Queen Bey” our Facebook feeds can take.

Beyonce will still be out on her “Mrs. Carter” tour until the end of March, but her schedule is open after that. While there’s nothing concrete pointing to a new member of the Carter family, 2014 could mean a sibling for Blue Ivy. There were pregnancy rumors last June after Beyonce canceled a few tour dates, and while she could very well spend the rest of 2014 in the studio or just enjoying her life as the goddess of music, we predict the potential rumors could be true this time around for Beyonce and husband Jay Z. We foresee a little brother perhaps, with an even more outrageous name. Like Blue Ivy 2, Explicit, Bronx, Samsung, or Boyance.

2. Comic book movies will have their biggest year yet

Sure, with “Iron Man 3,” “Thor 2″ and “Man of Steel,” 2013 was a decent year for the superhero blockbuster. Decent, but not great. Well have no fear, man-children of America, for 2014 will make up for it in a big way.

From Marvel Studios, there’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Spider-Man 2″ (which is going to feature some great super villains this time around, being Jaime Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as the Rhino. And we know Giamattiplays a great villain.)  X-Men: Days of Future Passed and Guardians of the Galaxy, though we’re not really sure what that last one is yet. In addition, prepare for the long-awaited Sin City sequel, the even longer-awaited 300 sequel, and – though they aren’t based on comic books – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,”“Robocop”and “Godzilla.” Catch all that?

3. The Kimye wedding will be one of the most-viewed television events of the year

In 2014, we foresee Kanye West and Kim Kardashian getting “Bound 2″ each other. A Kim/Kanye wedding is practically the American equivalent to the royal wedding; these two are the closest we have to royalty, after all. The incredibly extravagant event will be fully televised, the rapper’s white leather tuxedo will inevitably become a fashion trend, and Seth Rogen and James Franco will parody the entire occasion. Then people will think it’s funny because it’s the exact same thing except instead of Kimye, it’s Seth Rogen and James Franco! Comedy.

 4. These emerging actors have star potential 

Each year, a select few obscure (and not-so-obscure) celebrities enter the spotlight and become relevant. In 2013, it was singer Lorde, Rebel Wilson, and (sigh) Miley Cyrus. This year, we have some rising stars that should be on your radar.

  • First, there’s Shailene Woodley, the promising young actress, previously seen in “The Descendants” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” Woodley is starring in, amongst other things, “Divergent,” based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling book trilogy. Wait, a movie series based on a best-selling book trilogy? These films have serious “Hunger Games” potential, so while it’s dangerous to use a phrase like “the next Jennifer Lawrence,” it may not be unwarranted.
  • John Oliver, the comic who subbed in on “The Daily Show” in 2013, obviously impressed because he is getting his own talk show on HBO. And stand-up comedian John Mulaney is getting his own comedy series with Fox, so expect more of them both.
  • And lastly, there’s Oscar Isaac, the voice at the center of the latest Coen Brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Isaac, who plays the folk-crooning, self-destructive titular lead, is slated for three movies in 2014, including thriller “The Two Faces of January” with Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.  This emerging actor has serious awards potential. His name is even Oscar.

5. The return of Adele?

It’s been four years since Adele released “21,” the highest-selling album of the last five years and the record that almost singlehandedly revitalized the music industry. And while we aren’t sure if Adele will be naming her third album “25,” one thing is almost certain — that album is coming out this year.

Ryan Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic, is collaborating with the British singer on her new album and is already raving about it. “Adele sounds even better than before. I love where she’s at,” Tedder said in a recent interview. No promises, but Adele’s next album may be the biggest thing in 2014.

Other possible hot album releases this year include a sophomore set from Frank Ocean, rumored to drop this summer, another album from Coldplay and one from U2 — the band’s first since 2009.

6. “Mad Men” will be the “Breaking Bad” of 2014

As the final chapter begins, more viewers will likely be jumping on the “Mad Men” bandwagon. Young people will be catching up on the AMC crown jewel and bringing up the latest episodes in casual conversation to be socially relevant. Thing is, this show will be the “Breaking Bad” of 2015 as well because the final 14 episodes are being split up.

According to AMC, the first half of the last season is “The Beginning,” while the 2015 batch will be titled “The End of an Era.” ”Breaking Bad” used the technique as well.  And it worked wonders at increasing viewership for Vince Gilligan’s drama, so it should do the same this time around.

Also on TV, expect a lot of buzz about the fifth and maybe final season of “Community,” and IFC’s six- episode parody miniseries “The Spoils of Babylon” with Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba and Kristen Wiig. Also, “Sherlock,” “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey” are all back for another season.

What are your predictions for 2014? Who will gain relevance? Who will fade into obscurity? Let us know in the comments section!

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