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2001 Predictions

Please understand that in reading this, we here at ILS are not professional predictors. I repeat, NOT professional predictors. Consider these suggestions for the following year made by watching what has traditionally happened in our culture.

Movies:

Hollywood will suffer another poor outing this year, especially during the Summer. Movies like Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy will only do well for a week or so and then will fall to the way-side. Because of the dramatic subject matter, Pearl Harbor will probably fare well and Jurassic Park 3 will probably draw a decent crowd because of its prior record. The biggest movie of the year, Lord of the Rings, won't hit until December, but it is sure to carry itself into 2002. Most viewers will just go to movies to kill time. Except for Lord of the Rings and possibly the Mummy 2, most people won't be waiting for movies to come out like they did for Star Wars: Episode I. 2002 is where people are look forward to. With so many good movies slated for then, people might not be interested in films this year.

Music:

Don't expect anything outstanding from anyone this year. Bands who made it big in 2000 will attempt to keep that going throughout this year (Slipknot, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit...). The only major unknown is Guns 'n Roses, who, if they actually release an album, might make a great comeback this year. Expect that most of the new acts in 2001 will sound just like all of the great acts from 2000. Ricky Martin, Madonna and Brittany Spear will all probably do well this year with their respective tours.

Games:

2001 will be a great year for gamers and videogame systems. It will be a diverse year that may leave some game systems in the wake. The Playstation 2, once supply catches up with demand, will perform excellently. With a vast number of great games (Onimusha Warlords, Devil May Cry, Metal Gear Solid 2, Final Fantasy X...) planned for the next year, you'll see a great number of people buying this machine, if they can get their hands on it.. And that will serve to be the greatest focal point for Sony. If they don't start mass-manufacturing PS2's, they may start losing fans to the new systems slated for release at the end of the year. On the other hand, the PSone will suffer as developers leap over to the new machine. By the end of the year, you will see very little in the way of new titles. The Dreamcast will hold on this year as it goes full-bore with its online strategy. Microsoft's X-box, though a strong contender, will have a good release, but unless they get a number of games that gamers are familiar with, may not do as well as the PS2 out of the gate. But, if Sony doesn't get on the ball, the X-Box might manage to take a good share of sales by the end of 2001.

Sports:

Alex Rodriguez's addition to the Texas Rangers will not win them a Championship. It'll make them a lot better, but they'll still have to contend with the Yankees, and one great player does not beat out a team of good players (ask John Elway...). On the other hand, Mario Lemuix's return will assure Pittsburgh a shot at the Stanley Cup. The emotional value of Mario's return alone will guide them to the finals.

Award Ceremonies:

Expect the unexpected. Eminem, despite all of the bad press, will probably win something. It may not be the Best Album category, but it will be something. When it comes to movies, There will be at least one or two people nominated for Best Actor/Actress/ Supporting, etc. that will make common movie-goers of the world say "Why?" It always happens. Some movies to look out for: Almost Famous, The Virgin Suicides and Shadow of the Vampire.

What's going to be big:

Backpacks with roller-wheels - With so many kids walking around with backpacks weighing 1/3 what they do, kids are going to take a note from their travelling parents and get backpacks that they can roll around.
Powerpuff Girls - Yeah, they've been going strong and they probably have at least another year of fame before their decline is imminent. The problem with marketing at kids is that they grow up.

What's going out:

Pokemon will finally come to a slow-down. It's enivitable. It took a few years, but the same thing happened to Power Rangers, Barney and the Teletubbies. And with the slow-down of Pokemon, similar titles, like Digimon, will also come into decline.
One of the teen bands will fall off the face of the planet this year. Whether it be the Back Street Boys, N'Sync, Brittany Spears, Christina Aguilera or 98O, one of these performers will cease to exist by the end of 2001.
James Cameron will follow a grand tradition of Movie Producers/Directors whose TV projects (Dark Angel) will get canned. Despite critical acclaim, the shows ratings will fall into the cellar.

- - Vane

 
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