Looking forward to an entertaining 2013

Mo Farah won two golds at the 2012 London Olympics - and he's going for gold again at the World Athletics Championships in August 2013.
Mo Farah won two golds at the 2012 London Olympics - and he's going for gold again at the World Athletics Championships in August 2013.
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WE look at what we’ll be wearing, watching, listening to and playing and where we’ll be going in the year ahead.

FILM

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in Hitchcock.

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in Hitchcock.

If you’ve been spending plenty of your ‘preciousss’ time in the cinema with a three-hour Tolkien adaptation, it’s not over yet.

The second part of The Hobbit is going to be one of the big movie events of 2013. It’s not out until December, though, so there’s plenty to see before your next encounter with tricky Gollum, that jewellery-’thieving’ hobbit and his grumpy dwarf friends.

The best way to predict 2013’s box office hits and Oscar contenders is to check out the Golden Globe nominees.

Along with the already released Argo and Life of Pi, the Best Picture nods go to Django Unchained, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.

First on that list is the new Tarantino offering, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio, Released in January, it’s a western (or southern as it’s set in the Deep South) following a freed slave who treks across America with a bounty hunter. Expect violence, a sharpshooting script, quirkiness aplenty and no doubt an ingenious soundtrack.

It’s the battle of the film-making giants as Lincoln (released January) is directed and produced by Steven Spielberg. It recounts the president’s efforts in 1865 to pass the 13th Amendment in the United States Constitution that would formally abolish slavery. Lincoln is played by Brit/Irishman Daniel Day Lewis. Well if Meryl Streep can play Thatcher...

Zero Dark Thirty (another January release) chronicles America’s efforts to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden. It has attracted controversy for some of its content but has earned four Golden Globe nominations.

Critics’ pens are also no doubt poised in anticipation for Hitchcock (February), starring Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins and Scarlett Johannson. This looks at the relationship between the influential filmmaker and his wife Alma Reville against the improbable backdrop of the Psycho film set.

Love and violence – it’s all in a day’s work for movie-makers, and there’s sure to be plenty of both in the next cinematic instalment of The Hunger Games series. Catching Fire (November) continues the adventure of eagle-eyed archer Katniss Everdeen, resident of a dystopian world.

Phew, need a bit of light relief among all the politics, history and horror?

Wreck-It Ralph (February) is another Golden Globe nominee and could be one of the animated movies of the year.

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfil his dream, but his quest brings havoc to 
the whole arcade where he lives.

And One Direction fans, hold tight to your cinema seats for this announcement – the concert movie is out in August. And it’s 3D.

Quick, train up those multiplex first aiders.

GAMING

Graeme Patfield, assistant editor of The News and a keen gamer, says: ‘Gamers find themselves in an odd place at the end of 2012. We know our 
PS3s and Xbox 360s are 
looking a bit long in the 
tooth and it’s about time 
they were superseded by better consoles.

But we don’t know when that’s going to happen. The games industry has had a tough year which almost saw major high street retailer GAME collapse. New hardware would give the whole gaming ecosystem a shot in the arm – providing fans are persuaded to part with their cash.

History tells us that Microsoft will jump in first, this time probably with a highly-specced multimedia centre that has Kinect movement sensors built into the hardware.

Sony will then follow with a more advanced but more expensive offering, possibly with a focus on downloadable content and movie streaming. Early adopters will make their choice but neither console will really hit the high sales figures until the price drops – which means there’s a long game to play here.

Despite the new goodies on the horizon we’ll see the 360 and the PS3 supported for some time to come. Some of the finest games of each generation are produced as the swansongs of ageing hardware – and forthcoming thrillers like The Last of Us and a Tomb Raider reboot are looking delicious.

And you can be sure that cheap – or free – downloadable games for smartphones and tablets will still sell well.’

SPORT

News sportswriter Steve Wilson looks ahead to the sporting events of 2013 and the athletes to watch out for.

Pompey must be hoping that 2013 will be kinder to them than 2012 after another traumatic year at Fratton Park.

But even if the club’s ownership can be secured, it is possible that a trip to League Two could be on the agenda with the Blues struggling to avoid the drop from League One.

However, most right-minded supporters wouldn’t actually mind that too much if it meant that the club’s future is finally stable to begin the long road to recovery.

Considering the sporting riches of 2012, it’s a relatively barren landscape other than the usual popular annual events.

The World Athletics Championship in Moscow in August will represent an opportunity for the likes of Jess Ennis and Mo Farah to go for gold once again.

England and Wales host the rugby league World Cup in October, while fans of the other rugby code will be anticipating the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia in June.

The women’s European Championship or the men’s European under-21 Championship is about the best you are going to get for an international football tournament.

But even without the Olympics or World Cup, cricket is set to take centre stage again in the summer as England host Australia for the latest instalment of The Ashes.

MUSIC

Wave 105 DJ and Weekend columnist Steve Power is predicting big things from the winner of the Brit Awards’ Critics Choice Gong – Chichester singer songwriter Tom Odell.

Twenty-two-year-old Odell came up against stiff competition for the award given ahead of the Brits February ceremony. Steve says: ‘He beat AlunaGeorge and Laura Mvula to the prize. Tom becomes the first male winner and follows in the footsteps of Emeli Sande and Jessie J. He’s already been compared to the late Jeff Buckley, although when you see him behind the piano there are definitely hints of a Chris Martin stature.’

He also tips Palma Violets, who have recently been added to the Isle of Wight Festival line-up, as ones to watch. ‘Their debut album is out at the end of February. It’s called 180, after the house in Lambeth in London where the band have become notorious for throwing impromptu gigs and parties.’

Another music industry forecaster, writer Andy Welch, says Laura Mvula should appeal to the same soulful voice fans who love Adele’s 21. But he adds: ‘Mvula’s idiosyncratic, offbeat arrangements make her music more interesting than Adele’s.’

TRAVEL

It will be a landmark year for flight and that should have a positive impact on certain destinations.

The first advertised departure of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the colours of a UK airline will be grabbing the attention of planespotters and travel fans everywhere.

The focus will be on East Midlands airport in May when the Thomson Airways flight departs for Cancun, Mexico. Promoters claim long-haul travel will never be quite the same again in a plane which dramatically cuts engine noise and offers much greater passenger comfort.

Other predictions for 2013 include the return of the package holiday. A key destination is Turkey where some tour companies have been upgrading hotels in certain resorts.

The Dreamliners will also be operating between Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow and Cancun and package prices will be competitive.

Cruises are still booming and more adventurous travellers will be mulling the multitude options for activity breaks. Abseiling, coasteering, sailing and canoeing are all big draws.

TV

Those generous actors, writers and producers are hard at work to bring you some cracking new television shows for 2013. They include: Mr Selfridge, ITV1, January

Former Coronation Street actress Katherine Kelly and Entourage star Jeremy Piven appear in this sumptuous retelling of the opening of department store Selfridges back in 1909.

The Following, Sky Atlantic,

January This cat-and-mouse thriller follows the pursuit of a university professor turned convicted serial killer (played by James Purefoy). Having recently escaped from prison, he’s being hunted by the FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) who had originally captured him.

The Spa, Sky Living, Spring

Benidorm creator Derren Litten has turned his hand to a project a little closer to home. The Spa is set in an ultra-modern gym and spa, and stars The Thick Of It actress Rebecca Front as a club manager in the style of 
Gordon Brittas.

Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, Autumn

Set in the suburbs of post-First World War Birmingham, a gang called the Peaky Blinders (because they used to hide razor blades in the peak of their caps) terrorises the city via robbery, protection and off-track betting. It’s Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight’s first television project and promises to bring to life an unknown but extraordinary chapter of our history.

FASHION

Southsea style expert Louise Allen says we’ll be keeping it bold in 2013 but this time turning our attention to stark black and white.

Louise, who runs image consultancy Khrysalis, explains: ‘Unusually this spring sees a dramatic focus on black and white. Normally we see a few sugar and flower colours but this season we have big bold dramatic stripes and patterns. It’s a little bit 60s Bridget Riley and Mary Quant but great fun.’

Other trends highlighted by Louise include:

Bermuda shorts – ‘Loose, slouchy shorts were a main feature of the Paris and New York runways for this season.’

Peekaboo – ‘In early spring with your first flush of sun kiss tan what could be more exciting than the peekaboo look. Daring cutouts, midriff-baring separates, up-to-there splits and sheer fabrics are all over the magazines. Do not fear if you feel excluded because there is a slash and cut for all body shapes.

Sporty Dresses – Spring’s sporty dresses with their flirty A-line skirts look as good with wedges and high-heeled sandals as they do with comfy canvas sneakers.