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2015 Preview: 68 Reasons This Year Will Rule

The smash albums, blockbuster movies and water-cooler TV shows to watch out for over the next 12 months

2015 Preview

2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don't see 'em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don't bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock's Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop's Yeezus will rise again. There will be Beach Boys, Fall Out Boys, and screaming females – the last, both inside and outside screenings of Fifty Shades of Grey. With the caveat that all dates are subject to change, here are the music, movies and TV you need to know about all year long.

Fantastic Four

FANTASTIC FOUR, Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, 2005, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

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‘Fantastic Four’ (August 7th)

Face front, true believers! The superheroes that put Marvel Comics on the map way back in 1961 are getting rebooted for their return to the big screen following their two woeful Jessica Alba/Michael Chiklis–starring efforts in the mid-2000s. With the X-Men franchise rooted in the same continuity it's had ever since it launched in 2000, this is Fox's first real response to Marvel Studios' successes with Iron Man, The Avengers, et al. A terrific cast that includes Fruitvale Station's Michael B. Williams as the Human Torch and House of Cards' Kate Mara as the Invisible Woman is a good place to start. Flame on, game on! S.