11 most anticipated films of 2013
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For those of you upset 2012 is almost over -- don't be. Next year looks highly promising when it comes to summer films and advancements in movie-making technology.
At the beginning of the month, Peter Jackson and his crew showed the world how quickly technology is changing.
The standard frame rate -- the speed at which consecutive individual frames of a film are projected -- has been 24 frames per second for more than 80 years. But the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey exposed a new brand of 48 frames per second.
In 2013, moviegoers will still have the options of 2-D, 3-D and IMAX. But the 48 frames and its crystal-clear picture could become the norm in the near future.
Besides advancements in technology, audiences will see a favorable amount of heroes this summer -- including Superman, Iron Man, Katniss Everdeen and S.E.A.L. Team Six.
Here's a look at the the 11 most anticipated films of 2013 (arranged by release date).
1. Zero Dark Thirty (January 11)
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton and James Gandolfini
Plot: The decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks.
2. Gangster Squad (January 11)
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte.
Plot: The LAPD fights to keep the East Coast Mafia out of Los Angeles in the 1940s through 1950s.
3. Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8)
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Starring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Zach Braff
Plot: The prequel to the Wizard of Oz -- where a stage magician is hurled from Kansas to the Land of Oz.
4. Iron Man 3 (May 3)
Directed by: Shane Black
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow
Plot: Tony Stark must fight the people who destroyed his headquarters, along with the evil villain -- the Mandarin.
5. The Great Gatsby (May 10)
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Tobey Maguire
Plot: An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby.
6. Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17)
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg and John Cho
Plot: Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.
7. The Hangover: Part III (May 24)
(Trailer not yet released)
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, Heather Graham and Mike Tyson
Plot: There's no wedding or bachelor party, but when the Wolfpack hits the road -- expect the worst.
8. Man of Steel (June 14)
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Michael Shannon
Plot: An alien infant is raised on Earth, and grows up with superhuman abilities.
9. World War Z (June 21)
Directed by: Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos and David Andrews
Plot: A United Nations employee races against time, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly zombie pandemic.
10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22)
(Trailer not yet released)
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman
Plot: The adventure continues as Katniss Everdeen prepares for the Quarter Quell in a futuristic dystopian world.
11. Anchorman: The Legend Continues (December 20)
Directed by: Adam McKay
Produced by: Judd Apatow
Starring: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate and David Koechner
Plot: The broadcast events continue for Ron Burgundy and his team.
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