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Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:01 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

We don't have to peer into a crystal ball, read anyone's palms or perform any divination rituals to figure out what's going to hit our TVs, tablets, pages or speakers in the coming months.

With release dates and pop culture news sites, we know what's coming. Still, that doesn't make us any less excited for “Iron Man 3,” new video game consoles or a Stephen King sequel novel.

Quite a few Nebraskans will take big roles in pop culture, too. Alexander Payne has a new movie on the way, Tim Kasher of Cursive is working on new music and Nick D'Agosto will be in a new Showtime series.

We rounded up all the stuff coming up that we know people will be talking about later this year.

Adam DeVine

The Millard South High grad continues on the Comedy Central series he created, “Workaholics,” as both a writer and actor. The sometimes raunchy show is about post-college roommates. DeVine also had a featured role in the 2012 movie “Pitch Perfect.” He's worked extensively in standup comedy as well.

Comedy Central

Alexander Payne

The Omaha native's sixth film, “Nebraska,” a father-son road trip starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, is expected to open in the fall. Since Payne's last four movies have all earned Oscar nominations (he won for the screenplays of best-picture nominees “Sideways” and “The Descendants”), there's anticipation for this black-and-white story of reconnection. It's the fourth Payne movie filmed in his home state.

Amy Heidemann

Though Heidemann had a big year in 2012 — a performance on “Saturday Night Live” and the cover of Rolling Stone come to mind — her pop duo, Karmin, is set to do it all over again in 2013. The duo is hard at work on its debut full-length album, which is expected soon.

“Anchorman” sequel

It's time to welcome back Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy, the dim-witted TV news anchorman and main character in the upcoming sequel “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Burgundy will again be joined by the rest of the Channel 4 News Team, Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and Champ Kind (David Koechner).

"Anchorman 2" trailer (lewd content, viewer discretion, etc.)

Andrew Rannells

The co-star of Ryan Murphy's hit NBC sitcom “The New Normal,” about a gay couple having a child through a surrogate, looks to continue next season in the role of Bryan Collins. Rannells, from Omaha, also has the recurring role of Elijah on Lena Dunham's HBO series “Girls.” He broke big in 2011 with a Tony nomination playing Elder Price in the Broadway musical smash “The Book of Mormon.”

Conor Oberst

During time off from Desaparecidos and Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst has been cranking out new songs, which we heard during his recent solo performances. Whether it's a new Desaparecidos or solo record, we expect some new material this year.


In the middle of last year, the rapper announced that he was working on a new record. We rejoiced. The as-yet-untitled album has landed on many critics' “most awaited albums” lists. If it's as good as his last album, “Recovery,” we can't wait to hear it.

The Faint

The band put out a short EP during its recent tour (The Faint's first in a few years) and they've been in and out of their studio as well. We hope a new record is coming.


What gadget, exactly? We're not sure. Yet. It could be new a gaming console or some kind of tablet, but without an iPhone or iPad expected this year, no single gadget has emerged as the one to follow. Our best guess is that the upcoming PlayStation and Xbox consoles will be the thing everyone's buzzing about this holiday season.

“The Hobbit”

We heard a lot about it last year, too, but the next installment comes in December. Leading up to “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” we'll hear lots more about Tolkien, hobbits, dragons and all kinds of wonderful things.

Iron Man

With “Iron Man 3” coming to theaters on May 3, we expect people to be talking about the Avenger — again — this summer. Full of explosions and personal attacks on protagonist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the trailer has us hoping for a darker take on the armored hero.


James Valentine

The Maroon 5 guitarist is poised to have a big year with a mostly sold-out tour that includes a stop in Omaha on March 3. Valentine grew up in Lincoln and moved to Los Angeles with his band, Square. He later joined a band called Kara's Flowers, which was later renamed Maroon 5. The band's 2012 album, “Overexposed,” hit No. 2 on the Billboard chart and the song “One More Night” was No. 1 on the Hot 100. They're only expected to get bigger this year.

Justin Timberlake

While we didn't love it, Justin Timberlake released his first new music since his 2006 album, “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” last week. The single “Suit & Tie” features a verse with rapper Jay-Z and is already on pace to outsell his smash hit “SexyBack.” The new album, “The 20/20 Experience,” doesn't yet have a release date.


The company known for movie rentals is dipping its toe into the world of original programming, including a new series called “House of Cards,” a political drama set in Washington, D.C., and starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and others. Netflix will also debut a new season of the former TV series “Arrested Development,” but more on that in a second.

"House of Cards" trailer

“Arrested Development”

The dysfunctional Bluth family will be back in this quirky comedy series, which only lasted three seasons on Fox. Netflix will release a 14-episode season that has Michael (Jason Bateman) visiting each member of the Bluth family and filling fans in on what the family has been up to. The TV season will (tentatively) be followed by a film finale released in theaters.

Nick D'Agosto

Cast as a high school student in Alexander Payne's 1998 movie “Election,” D'Agosto has since had a few movie roles (“Final Destination 5,” “Dirty Girl,” “Rocket Science”) and been cast in seven TV pilots that didn't make it on the air. The Omaha native has had recurring roles on TV series “Heroes” and “90210.” Look for him in the September premiere of a new Showtime series, “Masters of Sex,” about sexual researchers Masters and Johnson. His character's name is Ira Gall.

The Rolling Stones

Whether they head out on a full tour or just play a long stints in the biggest cities, we anticipate the Stones will play again — maybe for the last time.

“Star Trek Into Darkness”

Get ready to hear the name Benedict Cumberbatch. Some may already know him from the excellent BBC series “Sherlock” as well as small stints in “War Horse” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” As the villain in the latest installment of the “Star Trek” film series, his name will be on a lot more tongues very soon.

Stephen King sequel

Horror writer Stephen King freaked us all out with his novel “The Shining,” about a family snowed in at a haunted hotel in the mountains. Then Jack Nicholson freaked us out again with his portrayal of the family patriarch Jack Torrance in the film version. King's set to release a sequel to “The Shining” called “Doctor Sleep” on Sept. 24. The story follows a grown-up Danny Torrance as a hospice worker who helps dying patients.

According to ew.com, “he comes into contact with a clan of roving, psychic vampires called The Tribe.” Freaky. Also look out for “Under the Dome,” a CBS miniseries based on King's novel of the same name.


The superhero returns to the big screen in “The Man of Steel,” a reboot of the franchise with “300” and “Watchmen” director Zack Snyder at the helm and the recently concluded Batman film trilogy's Christopher Nolan as a producer. When the film drops on June 14, it will be the talk of every town.

Tim Kasher

The Cursive frontman is preparing to release a new solo album, and he'll be playing songs from the upcoming record as well as tunes from his solo debut, “The Game of Monogamy,” on an upcoming tour, which includes a pair of Omaha dates in March. No other details on Kasher's upcoming album are available yet, so we'll have to see what we find out at the shows.

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