Now that the book on 2006 has been officially closed, it’s time to set our eyes on the horizon ahead of us. 2007 will be a year full of superhero movies, long-awaited CD releases and over-hyped video game shipments – and just about everything coming our way this year in the entertainment field is a sequel. Here are the movies to look for in 2007:

The Buzz Favorites

Jump In!Corbin Bleu returns from the runaway success of High School Musical to star in this movie about a Double Dutch tournament. Expect no one over the age of 25 to know anything about the movie, other than the ridiculous amount of money it makes from the tween crowd.

Beowulf – A movie carried by the weight of its astounding cast: Ray Winstone, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Anthony Hopkins and Alison Lohman. Also, it was the movie mentioned whenever there was news about Jolie’s pregnancy. There will be tons of web hype, which may add up to very little in the box office (see SOAP).

GrindhouseQuentin Tarantino. Robert Rodriguez. Grindhouse is two horror movies separately written and directed by the two and stuffed into one feature-length film. Oh, and in between the two stories you get some fake movie trailers. The two directors will pull huge numbers thanks to Kill Bill and Sin City, among their other works. Expect Naveen Andrews of Lost and Rosario Dawson to tug even more cult film fans into the theatres.

The Comics

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer – The first film opened without problems, until the fans saw the movie and blasted it for not following the comic book mythos exactly. Still, Silver Surfer has always been a character fans have yearned to see on the big screen and the movie doesn’t have to go against War of the Worlds this time.

Transformers – Arriving just in time for nostalgic fans of the original series, who are now in the work force. Michael Bay, master of over-stimulation, may be the perfect director for this action flick. Still, some worry that the script may have too much story than necessary. Is it too much to ask for the two rival factions to just show up one day and fight for the rest of the movie?

Spider-Man 3 – When the web-slinger’s first movie debuted in theatres, fans of the comic series immediately began to wonder how the cast and production would handle one of the greatest sagas in Spider-Man’s history: Venom. Finally the symbiote suit has been shown, and whether or not the critics like it, people will show up to see the third movie.

Ghost Rider – Can a convoluted storyline and Nicolas Cage successfully translate into a good movie? It’s telling that the comic hasn’t had a solid run since the 90s, but super hero movies sell well at first, even if they truly are below-average.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Longtime fans are hoping for a return of the serious TMNT from the original comic series. However, director and screen writer Kevin Munroe has only done children’s programming, so it seems that TMNT is going to be a tween to teen flick a la the new cartoon series. Still, nostalgic twenty-and-thirty-somethings that grew up with the oddball cartoons and movies will still pack the theatres to see how the turtles look in CGI.

300 – Based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller of Batman fame. It will gather the same hype as Sin City, also a book written by Miller, due to the fact that 300 was also shot scene-by-scene to mimic the novel. This means intense battles, tons of gore, and the distinct storytelling of Miller that also made Sin City a cult hit.

The Sequels

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Younger fans who have read the books will continue to fawn over the movie series, while older critics will continue to wonder how much longer Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson can fill their roles without acne and body hair becoming a serious problem. Still, it will continue the trend of making over $250 million.

Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End - Director Gore Verbinski and the crew set sail one last time for this, the third and final chapter in the swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy, and Chow Yun-Fat star. The first movie made $300 million and the second $423 million. Thus, it’s not a stretch to say the third chapter will top both and once again be the highest grossing movie of the year. Unfortunately for Buena Vista, there is no fourth (yet).

Shrek the Third – The movie, which has nothing to do with Shrek’s offspring despite the title, reunites the cast members from the first two episodes: Mike Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, Antonio Banderas as Puss 'n' Boots, Julie Andrews as Queen Lillian, Rupert Everett as Prince Charming, and John Cleese as King Harold. Also joining the ensemble are a panorama of new guests, including pop phenom Justin Timberlake as Fiona's wayward cousin Artie, Eric Idle as Merlin, and Amy Sedaris as Cinderella. Despite the first two making a mint, the movie premiers just one week before Pirates 3, so a large opening weekend will have to be snatched for success.

Ocean’s 13George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle and dozens of other stars gather to continue the experiment of just mashing as many Hollywood names together as possible into a movie and still make money. The cast itself should be enough to get butts in the seats, unless the populace has grown tired since 12 and 11.

Hairspray – Not so much as a sequel as a remake. The cast includes Amanda Bynes, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Michelle Pfeiffer and John Travolta in drag. It remains to be seen if John Waters fans can handle a screenplay not written by him - and if everyone else can sit through a movie with Travolta after everything going on in 2006 about Scientology.

Bourne UltimatumMatt Damon, Joan Allen, and Julia Stiles all return for the final chapter in the Bourne series, adapted from books. Supremacy was such a critical hit due to the fact that it pulls no punches when it comes to leading character deaths, so it remains to be seen how Ultimatum follows it up.

The Comedies

The Simpsons MovieA show that can’t possibly live up to the greatness of its earlier years, it remains to be seen how the movie will fare with fans. The official domain for the movie was registered in 1998; the creators said that the movie would be the last thing they do regarding The Simpsons in past interviews, and rumors abound that the plot has something to do with Bart losing his virginity to a much older woman. This movie has more buzz than most combined, and the public barely has a teaser trailer.

Blades of GloryWill Ferrel and Jon Heder star as rival Olympic ice skaters that take advantage of a loophole in the rules that allows them to compete as a pair after they are banned from singles competition. Enough said.

Fred ClausPaul Giamatti and Vince Vaughn in the roles they were born to play: Gimatti as Santa and Vaughn as his bitter, disgruntled older brother. The cast is rounded out by Kevin Spacey and Rachel Weisz, so expect a Christmas movie as offbeat as Bad Santa but much more family-friendly.

Evan Almighty – Back when Steve Carell was Evan in Bruce Almighty, he was busy doing The Daily Show and voice-overs for Outlaw Golf. Since then, he appeared in Anchorman, 40 Year Old Virgin, The Office, and many other comedic movies. Now those behind Bruce Almighty are ready to sell that stock in a movie that may actually be funnier than the original thanks to the fresh stylings of Carell.