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2011′s Most anticipated music & movies

Submitted by Matt Johnson on January 28, 2011 – 6:59 pmOne Comment

Both music and movies made 2010 a great year in entertainment. We saw films like “The Social Network,” “Inception,” “True Grit,” “The Town” and “Toy Story 3.”

We heard a variety of great music from artists like Spoon, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, Sufjan Stevens and The Black Keys.

This year is on track to be even better, with summer blockbusters like “Thor” and “Cowboys and Aliens,” and album releases from Lady Gaga and Coldplay.

Music:

Lupe Fiasco – He quickly rose to fame after the release of his critically-acclaimed 2006 album “Food & Liquor.” He followed that up with the release of “The Cool” in 2007. It’s been a waiting game since. “Lasers” was supposed to be released in 2010 but was pushed back. The release date is currently slated for March 8.

Coldplay – Here’s a band most people either really love or loathe. The currently unnamed album will be the band’s follow-up to their 2008 release, “Viva La Vida.”  Release date is TBA.

Lady Gaga – Yet another divisive artist. After a couple of whirlwind years, Gaga is set to release her second album “Born This Way”  in 2011. While some might not be looking forward to it, there are die-hards among us who can’t wait. The release date is May 23.

Lil’ Wayne – The Fireman is set to release “Tha Carter IV” in 2011. It’s not like fans have been doing without in the meantime. Since releasing “Tha Carter” in 2008, Weezy has let loose with numerous mixtapes and appeared on several tracks for other artists. Even so, the next chapter in the saga is highly anticipated among fans. The release date is TBA.

The Strokes – The band crashed onto the scene in 2001 with the release of “Is This It.” Commercially as well as critically successful, they followed it up with albums in 2003 and 2005. Then they took a hiatus as members worked on other projects. The currently untitled album will be released on March 22.

Movies:

“Sucker Punch” -  from Zack Snyder, director of “300” and “Watchmen,” this is definitely one of the most anticipated movies of the year.  The film revolves around a group of girls trapped in an asylum. There are alternate realities, dragons and musical numbers. Release date is March 25.

“Thor” -  Kenneth Branagh directing a Marvel superhero movie? The buzz is building for “Thor” and why not? Natalie Portman and Sir Anthony Hopkins are part of the cast and with Branagh directing, it should be nothing if not interesting. The release date is May 6.

“Sherlock Holmes 2” – Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law will reprise their roles as the title character and his assistant, respectively. Guy Ritchie will again direct.  The buzz is good so far and the movie is set to be released in December.

“Battle: Los Angeles” – The movie is loosely based  on the true story of a UFO that was spotted during World War II. To this day it’s not exactly clear what happened that day over the skies of Los Angeles. The trailer looks great and it’s definitely one of the movies to look forward to this year. Release  is set for March.

“Cowboys and Aliens” – Based on a graphic novel and directed by Jon Favreau, the cast is excellent, with Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde. It was only a matter of time before Western and Sci-Fi genres were thrown in a blender. Release is set for July.

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