The 10 most anticipated films of 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For those of you upset 2012 is almost over -- don't be. Next year looks highly promising when it comes to summer films and advancements in movie making technology.

At the beginning of the month, Peter Jackson and his crew showed the world how quickly technology is changing.

The standard frame rate -- the speed at which consecutive individual frames of a film are projected -- has been 24 frames per second for more than 80 years. But the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey exposed a new brand of 48 frames per second.

In 2013, moviegoers will still have the options of 2-D, 3-D and IMAX. But the 48 frames and its crystal-clear picture could become the norm in the near future.

Besides advancements in technology, audiences will see a favorable amount of heroes this summer -- including Superman, Iron Man, Katniss Everdeen and S.E.A.L. Team Six.

Here's a look at the the 10 most anticipated films of 2013 (arranged by release date).

1. Zero Dark Thirty - (January 11)

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton and James Gandolfini

Plot: The decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks.

2. Gangster Squad - (January 11)

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte.

Plot: The LAPD fights to keep the East Coast Mafia out of Los Angeles in the 1940 through 1950's.

3. Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8)

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Starring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Zach Braff

Plot: The prequel to the Wizard of Oz -- where a stage magician is hurled from Kansas to the Land of Oz.

4. Iron Man 3 (May 3)

Directed by: Shane Black

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow

Plot: Tony Stark must fight the people who destroyed his headquarters, along with the evil villain -- the Mandarin.

5. The Great Gatsby (May 10)

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Tobey Maguire

Plot: An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby.

6. Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17)

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg and John Cho

Plot: Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

7. The Hangover: Part III (May 24)

(Trailer not yet released)

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, Heather Graham and Mike Tyson

Plot: There's no wedding or bachelor party, but when the Wolfpack hits the road -- expect the worst.

8. Man of Steel (June 14)

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Michael Shannon

Plot: An alien infant is raised on Earth, and grows up with superhuman abilities.

9. World War Z (June 21)

Directed by: Marc Forster

Starring: Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos and David Andrews

Plot: A United Nations employee races against time, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic.

10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22)

(Trailer not yet released)

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donal Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Plot: The adventure continues as Katniss Everdeen prepares for the Quarter Quell in a futuristic dystopian world.


Anchorman: The Legend Continues (December 20)

Directed by: Adam McKay

Produced by: Judd Apatow

Starring: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate and David Koechner

Plot: The broadcast events continue for Ron Burgundy and his team.

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