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By IN Staff Bored from recapping '12 and waiting for the world to end on 12/21, the IN Staff got together and decided to predict the future. Nothing was off limits for our forward thinking minds—local politics, the royal baby, the Academy Awards, even the 2016 Presidential race. We based most of these theories on nothing more than our gut feelings—some hopes, others fears. Whether or not they prove true, only time will tell. But we hope you enjoy reading them and making your own predictions and plans for the New Year. Here's to a great 2013. 88

Johnny Manziel, James Franco, George P. Bush, Ted from "How I Met Your Mother," a member of The Lumineers: Taylor Swift's '13 boyfriends. (Joani)

Disenfranchised music fans will stage a protest at the Pensacola Bay Center in the wake of the Kid Rock, Daughtry and 3 Doors Down concerts, and demand more popular and current music acts. Fun. anyone? (Sam)

Fun. / photo by Lindsey Byrnes

Cincinnati Reds win 2013 World Series thanks to former Blue Wahoos on the roster. Stolen base king Billy Hamilton is considered by many to be the top Reds prospect, but don’t count out pitchers Tony Cingrani and Pedro Villarreal. (Rick)

Restauranteur Joe Abston will lease every available space on both sides of South Palafox with plans to continue lining the street with themed eateries—following up Bar Grub, Western and Ocean with Outer Space. Sadly when he's finished downtown will still lack Thai food. (Jeremy)

Hillary Clinton will announce her bid for the presidency. OK, maybe not this year—it's still a little early for the 2016 race. But I do think she'll do plenty to add fuel to the "is she running?" fire. I see a tell-all memoir, followed by a high profile book tour and maybe an appearance or two on “The View.” I mean, she didn't "faint" and have to miss the Benghazi hearings for nothing, people. (Joani) December 27, 2012

The iPhone 6 will stink. How can Apple try to top the innovation of Steve Jobs? Eventually they’re going to reach a plateau, the iPhone screen can only be so big before it becomes a Mini iPad. Then again, what do I even know? I still use a Blackberry. (Jennie)

State Sen. Greg Evers conducts a pledge drive to buy a gun for every teacher in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. Guns in a kindergarten—what could go wrong? (Rick) 9

Despite efforts by some on Facebook to see it shut it down, Sumo Sushi will actually have its best year ever in '13. They'll even be voted Best Sushi in the IN's annual Best of the Coast poll. (Joani)

”Gossip Girl” will be reveled as… oh, wait we're too late on that one. (Joani)

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in "jOBS" will be just as bad as it sounds. The stupid lowercase/caps thing in the title gives it away. But don't worry—the other Jobs film that's in works from Aaron Sorkin, based on Walter Isaacson's best-seller, will probably be good enough to make up for it. (Joani)

Lindsay Lohan will finally serve time. We all know the world will be a better and safer place if we could just lock up Lindsay for a little bit. Not to mention, it’s just aggravating to see her get away with DUIs, theft, drug use and “Liz and Dick.” (Jennie)

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Twitter will start charging per tweet. Twitter will be the next Angry Bird and won’t let celebrities like Kim Kardashian make money off 140 characters by endorsing QuickTrim. (Jennie)

A "Girls" walking tour will start up in Williamsburg— forcing lots of hipsters who once loved the show to denounce it. But don't worry, they'll still watch in secret and buy Lena Dunham's book, which will be a bestseller. (Joani)

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SAVE THE DATE(S) 4.1-4.7 During the seven days of JazzFest, music is celebrated around the town in various venues. 4.4 The Blue Wahoos are back in season at the Maritime Park.

Gallery Night will be forced into a name change when the 10,000th person asks "Where are the galleries?" My suggestions: "Palafox Nights" or "Downtown Fridays." (Joani)

University of West Florida takes Bobby Bowden out of retirement to organize its first football team that will begin playing in 2015. Florida State alumni miss the Bowden championship teams and just might underwrite this hire, especially if they get a round of golf with the coach. (Rick)

With dismal graduation rates, appalling health issues, nerve-wracking crime and a gaping disparity gap, the region has a difficult time attracting businesses and residents. A task force of governmental and community leaders decide it’s time to get real, rolling out the new “Nowhere to Go But uP” ad campaign. The effort—advertising a cheap and undereducated workforce—is surprisingly successful. (Jeremy)

5.3-5.5 Get your southern food fix at the Pensacola Crawfish Festival. 5.17-5.19 Travel packages are already available for Hangout Fest. Don’t miss the biggest party on the beach. 1.13 The 70th Golden Globes

featuring hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

2.2 Start training now for the 15k Double Bridge Race or take a stroll in the 5K run/walk race. 2.3 Super Bowl XLVII will be in New Orleans in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Not a football fan? Tune in for the anticipated halftime show featuring Beyonce. 2.8 The Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade kicks off the four-day celebration of Mardi Gras leading to Fat Tuesday. 2.24 The 85th Academy Awards featuring host Seth MacFarlane. 3.9

A local non-accredited for-profit college will manage to squeeze more money out of underpaid but optimistic Pensacola workers by offering new Pinterest and Instagram marketing certifications. (Sam)

Gov. Rick Scott will get an "Extreme Makeover" courtesy of the Florida Chamber. He will need it if he can ever expect to boost his approval rating north of 40 percent. (Rick)

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The McGuire’s 5K Prediction Run is the largest prediction run in the nation. Dressing up is optional, but encouraged. 3.13-3.17 Go Irish on the Island extends your favorite green holiday with Catholic mass, poker tournaments, a re-enactment of Tim Finnegan’s Wake ending with a pub crawl on March 17.

7.8-7.13 The Red White and Blues week on Pensacola Beach kicks off with a fireworks display and ends with the world-famous Blue Angels performing over Santa Rosa Island. 8.2 The Bushwacker Festival and 5k is centered on Pensacola Beach’s favorite adult drink. 9.6 The Emerald Coast Beer Fest features breweries, brewpubs, homebrew clubs and distributers. 9.27-9.29 The 35th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival will be held in the historic Seville Square downtown. 10.2-10.6 The 5th Annual Songwriter’s Festival fills every stage in Pensacola Beach with local and nationally-known singers and songwriters. 11.1-11.3 The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival draws more than 200 artists from all over the country.

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Grumpy Cat will get a sitcom. Not sure who will play the voice of the cat, but I'm thinking Seth Rogen or maybe the chick who did “Daria.” (Joani)

The Royal Baby will be the new 'It' Baby. Move over Suri Cruise, you're still as beautiful as ever, but in 2013 your spotlight will head over to England while we gush over all things royal baby, especially whether Kate will bear a future prince or princess. (Jennie)

Due to global warming induced sales boosts in the winter of 2012, even more fro-yo chains will open in Pensacola this year. Fingers crossed for Pinkberry! (Sam)

Based on nothing more than a random Facebook rumor and a little hope in my heart, I'm predicting Mumford & Sons will be one of the '13 Hangout Fest headliners. I also feel safe saying they will be this year's Grammy "surprise." And just like Arcade Fire and Bonny Bear, oops, we mean Bon Iver, before them, I'm sure "Who are Mumford & Sons?" will trend on Twitter. (Joani)

A high profile influential Christian—like Mike Huckabee—will come out in support of the online petition to classify Westboro Baptist Church as a "hate group." By years end, Christians all around the country will get on board and force the hate mongers to start calling themselves what they really are. And pay taxes. (Joani)

Good thing he's already comfortable in the spotlight because the Facebook fan page "Our Mayor is hotter than your Mayor" is going to hit over 100,000 likes, gaining national attention for the dreamy sometimes-model Ashton Hayward. Lots of appearances on cable news and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” are sure to follow. (Joani)

The Zimmerman Agency goes home empty handed from the annual Pensacola Advertising Federation's ADDY awards. Mostly because they aren't local, but also because that logo wasn't as good as most created by Pensacola based agencies. (Joani)

Walmart will earn even more money via worker exploitation, teaming up with KFC to sell quick and cheap turkey dinners to hungry holiday shoppers in line during new 2013 PreBlack Friday Thanksgiving Day hours. (Sam)

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MOVIES TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2013 Even though he's making jokes about it now, Robert Pattinson really will play the role of Christian Grey in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie. (Joani)

Whether they’re bound to sweep award shows or just look like a fun flick, watch for these movies to come to a theatre near you. GANGSTER SQUAD Set in the 1940s

and 1950s in Los Angeles, the LAPD is fighting to keep the East Coast Mafia out of La La Land. Also, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are reunited. You have to admit they were pretty cute in “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” Release Date: January 11

ZERO DARK THIRTY The story of the famous raid on Al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is told by the Academy Award winning writer and director of “The Hurt Locker.” Release Date: January 11 HANSEL AND GRETEL WITCH HUNTERS If Abraham Lincoln can slay

vampires, why can’t two siblings track and kill witches all over the world? Release Date: January 25

SIDE EFFECTS Channing Tatum and

"The Newsroom" will win all the Emmy's & Golden Globes it's nominated for and finally find an audience to appreciate its brilliance. And just an FYI: I don't throw the world "brilliant" around often. (Joani) "Beasts of the Southern Wild" will be the movie everybody is buzzing about when Oscar nominations come out Jan. 10. (Joani) But "Lincoln" will be the big winner—especially in the acting and directing categories. (Jennie) Also Seth MacFarlane will not be as good of a host as Jon Stewart was. And Michelle Williams wasn't very good in "Take This Waltz" so if she wins for that—it's totally a make-good Oscar.  (Joani)

Steven Soderbergh combine forces yet again. Sorry ladies, this isn’t “Magic Mike 2.” In this film, a woman turns to prescription medication to handle the anxiety of her husband being released from prison. Release Date: February 8


Coppola story follows a graphic designer as his life starts to unravel when his girlfriend breaks up with him. Charlie Sheen stars in this quirky comedy, alongside Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. Release Date: February 8

IDENTITY THIEF A mild-mannered

business man goes on a trip to catch the person who stole his identity. This movie features a frizzy-haired Melissa McCarthy, which should be enough of a reason to see this. Release Date: February 8


A different perspective on the wonderful world of Oz. Plus, Michelle Williams is a believable Glinda, The Good Witch. Release Date: March 8

CARRIE Chloe Grace Moretz stars in the remake of the 1970s classic about a sheltered girl with telekinetic powers. Release Date: March 15 THE PLACE BEHIND THE PINES

The city of Pensacola will begin to tell us what the big, secret deal over at the airport is all about. Hint: The “International” on the signage will be swapped out for “Intergalactic.” (Jeremy) December 27, 2012

Ryan Gosling plays a stunt motorcycle rider who considers committing a crime to provide for his wife and child. Release Date: March 20

THE HOST Sad about Twilight’s end? There’s a new Stephenie Meyer story to

wrap yourself up in. Instead of vampires, this one follows a parasitic alien soul. Release Date: March 29

OBLIVION Science-fiction lovers should be excited about this story about the demise of Earth due to decades of war with aliens. Release Date: April 19 THE BIG WEDDING A long-divorced couple pretends to be married as their family reunites for a wedding. The ensemble cast featuring Robert De Niro, Robin Williams and Susan Sarandon should make this a fun popcorn flick. Release Date: April 26 IRON MAN 3 Your favorite Superhero

goes up against his most powerful enemy yet: the Mandarin. Release Date: May 3

THE GREAT GATSBY “The Great Gatsby” was supposed to be open in time to go see on Christmas morning to try and escape from family. With the extra five months, you have plenty of time to read the book again. Release Date: May 10 STAR TREK INTO THE DARKNESS The last Star Trek movie was in 2009. Trekkies can hardly stand the wait. Release Date: May 17

MAN OF STEEL The story of Superman

starts at the beginning as an alien infant that is raised on Earth. Release Date: June 14

WORLD WAR Z Another zombie movie, but in this one Brad Pitt plays a U.N. employee trying to stop the world of the zombie pandemic. Release Date: June 21

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY The prequel to Monsters Inc. is bound to be lovable. Release Date: June 21

THE LONE RANGER Native American

warrior, Tonto, played by Johnny Depp, recounts the story of John Reid, the man of the law, as he transforms into a legend of justice. Release Date: July 3

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE The second installment in The

Hunger Games trilogy should be highly entertaining if the first movie is any indication of its production value. Release Date: November 22

SAVING MR. BANKS Maybe it’s still too early to begin anticipation, but the story about how the award-winning “Mary Poppins” came to be will be interesting for any Disney lover. Release Date: December 20

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES Ron Burgundy is back. Release Date: December 20


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