Friday, December 30, 2016

2017 pop culture predictions: Top movies, celebrity marriages, big book deal

What follows are some interesting pop-culture predictions for 2017 that I’ve seen online.

‘Star Wars 8’ reigns supreme

“Star Wars: Episode 8” is a “no-brainer lock” to be the highest-grossing movie of 2017, Screen Rant proclaimed.
Rounding out the top five earners in descending order will be “Despicable Me 3,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Transformers: The Last Knight” and “Justice League,” Screen Rant forecast.

Kardashian-West marriage goes south

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton predicts that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West “will get divorced in 2017.”

Celebrity weddings ahead

The Knot predicts that the following celebrity couples, among others, will get engaged in 2017:
  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
  • Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
  • Kylie Jenner and Tyga

Barack Obama gets huge book deal

Fortune magazine predicts that retiring President Barack Obama will get a book deal worth $20 million.
“The post-presidential book deal is a time-honored moneymaker for past Presidents,” Fortune said. “But Obama, already the author of a writerly bestseller and a historic figure as the first African-American president, will command a higher premium than most.”

Streaming video service wins an Oscar

Fortune also predicts that either Netflix or Amazon.com will win an Oscar for its original content.
“Netflix’s ‘13th,’ by ‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay, is a strong contender in the doc genre, and Amazon’s devastating drama ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is getting buzz,” Fortune said.

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