This year might have been the absolute best and worst in entertainment news. It was awesome because things that we only imagined in our wildest fan dreams starting coming true. Were you disappointed when the Wonder Woman pilot was canceled? Us, too. All of a sudden "bam"! Gal Gadot (super gorgeous girl from the Fast & Furious series) is cast as the Amazon warrior princess in the upcoming Batman/Superman movie, which is sort of a pip dream come true in itself. Pining for more Star Wars? No problem. We get three more. The trailer for Episode VII comes out and it broke the Internet quicker than Kim Kardashian's butt did. So why was it the worst? Because we didn't actually get to watch any of these movies. It just left us drooling and waiting in anticipation. Even still, this year set a new standard in music and movies, gearing us up for an exciting and epic 2015. Take a look at our favorite picks in the entertainment category for 2014.
When 22 Jump Street was first announced, people were worried. We were worried. The first one was so good that people wondered if they'd be able to top it. What could have easily fallen victim to "Terrible Sequel Syndrome" (see: Son of the Mask) actually turned out to be awesome, with the perfect mix of slapstick, witty and self-deprecating humor. Thus was born numerous references that "bros" will make for years to come.
The Batman v Superman movie was a real head-scratcher at first. When rumors first started swirling, it sounded too crazy and too good to be true. All of a sudden, Ben Affleck got thrown into the mix. That had us laughing for a bit. But principal photography began in May. Then we got a logo. Next came a photo of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in costume. Finally, we were treated to an image of the Batmobile and Affleck suited up as sad Batman. We still have trouble believing it, but it's coming and it's gonna be awesome.
The first trailer for the extremely anticipated sequel to Marvel's moneymaker was supposed to debut during an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (in what would have been the most and possibly only watched episode of that show ever) but it leaked online a few days before so they had no choice but to release it early online. James Spader's voice on top of "I've Got No Strings" from Pinocchio was chilling, ruined childhoods everywhere and assured us that this Age of Ultron will, without a doubt, be one of the heaviest hitters of 2015.
When Beyoncé so much as lifts a finger, the world stops to look. So when she decides to surprise-release a "homemade" music video to an unreleased track, you know it's break time for the Internet. Following up to her self-titled album that came out last December, Queen B released "The Platinum Edition", featuring new tracks and remixes (see: ***Flawless with Nicki Minaj) and a live performance DVD of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. She twerks, jerks, drinks from red solo cups and reminds us why she is who she is.
5. Nicki Minaj "Anaconda" - Music Video
Earlier, when we said that this year was the best and worst in entertainment, this is sort of what we had in mind. The super NSFW music video for "Anaconda" set a new 24-hour record on VEVO, gaining 19.6 million views in just one day (power of the booty), beating out the previous record-holder, Miley Cyrus. Hate her or love her, Nicki Minaj is one of the most powerful and influential rappers in the industry and you can definitely expect to see more of her next year.6. Frieza Returns in New Dragon Ball Z Movie
There was a lot of breaking news this year but we'll admit that this one had us seriously flipping out. Not only did it mark the return of one of the absolute coolest cartoons from our childhoods, but it was the comeback of the quintessential arch-nemesis of our Saiyan hero. Sure, Cell was nasty, the Androids were cool and Majin Buu was insane but none pushed Goku to his limits quite like Frieza did. Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F easily makes our list just for its throwback factor but it also looks freaking cool. Look forward to its release next April.
This movie belongs on our list for a number of different reasons. Because the name wasn't as recognizable as some of Marvel's other franchises like Spider-Man or X-Men, people weren't sure what to expect. Turns out, it was amazing. Possibly one of the best films of the year. To add to that, it had a fantastic soundtrack that even our parents and their parents could appreciate. The album hit number one on Billboard and even dethroned the Frozen soundtrack (for a little while, at least). Additionally, it made Chris Pratt a superstar, introduced us to the lovable Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel!) and opened the door for so many sequels and spinoffs to come. Wins all around.8. Psy Breaks YouTube
The Web is always buzzing about someone's butt or some secret album release "breaking the Internet". Well, this time is actually sort of happened. Psy's "Gangnam Style" (which we've all watched more times than we'd like to admit) recently got so many views, it literally mangled YouTube's counter. They hadn't expected any video to ever be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer but the South Korean sensation surpassed 2,147,483,647 views and forced YouTube to upgrade their back end. Just out of sheer shock and admiration, Psy makes our list for 2014.
It's actually hard to believe that there has already been six Fast & Furious movies. It's difficult to tell them apart because they all look vaguely familiar and end in a barbecue, but somehow they get us each time with their fancy explosions and speeches about family. From the looks of it, Furious 7 will be as epic as they come with cars falling out of airplanes via giant parachutes (what?), Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson tearing off an arm cast (what??) and bad-guy Jason Statham (what?!). Yep. We want to see it as much as you do. Look forward to it hitting theaters next April.10. J.Cole "2014 Forest Hills Drive" - Album
J. Cole pulled a bit of a Beyoncé when he released his third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive out of the blue with little to no promotions. It was a risky move considering the lack of featured artists but his artistry and lyricism spoke for itself when he debuted on Billboard at number one after selling over 350 thousand copies in the just the first week. The album is raw and genuine like the rapper himself, making it one of our absolute favorites of the year. If you haven't checked out the album yet, do yourself a favor and listen now.
The teaser for Jurassic World came out and to say that we got excited was an understatement. It included less than ten seconds of actual footage but the slowed down piano version of the classic theme song against the backdrop of the new park gave us chills. Thanks again to some awesome (or horrible) person that leaked the full trailer, the official high-res version came out just shortly after and all the terrifying childhood T-Rex memories came flooding back in the best way possible. It became one of the fastest viewed trailers on YouTube this year and it's probably because we had it on loop for so long. Look forward to Chris Pratt and his domesticated-raptor army coming in June.12. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Trailer
We saved this one for last because even though it's been a few weeks since the trailer came out, we still have trouble containing our excitement. Like us, you've probably watched it over and over again, pausing at every frame and speculating over the characters (is that Luke and Leia's daughter or not?!). We even dig the new lightsaber (see: Stephen Colbert's defense of it). The Force Awakens gives us new hope (ha!) for 2015 and gives us a tiny bit of light to wake up to every morning. Re-visit the first six, check out The Clone Wars on Netflix, watch (or skip) Star Wars: Rebels on Disney and keep counting down the 359 days until the release of Episode VII!