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

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (December 18th)

Whether or not you care about George Lucas's space opera, the seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise will be 2015's most unavoidable cinematic event. With plot details at a minimum and a recent teaser trailer that emphasized the tease, The Force Awakens will be shouldering the expectations, antipathy and guarded optimism of millions of moviegoers. The cast features a who's-who of prominent rising stars — Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong'o — to accompany familiar faces like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. But the biggest X factor is the man behind the camera. J.J. Abrams grew up a Star Wars kid: He's now the first director of his generation to put a stamp on a series that defined plenty of childhoods. May the force be with him. T.G.

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