The Hot 100

From movies to music, film to food, our critics reveal their Hot 100 choices for the year ahead. Mark your diaries...


1 Gangster Squad Jan 11

Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone and Josh Brolin lead an all-star cast as the LAPD battle to keep LA mobster-free during the 1940s and ‘50s. Adapted from Paul Lieberman’s bestselling book, with Ruben Fleischer directing.

2 Les Misérables Jan 11

The epic musical, set in 19th century France, gets the big screen treatment with Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Helena Bonham Carter starring. Tom Hooper directs.

3 Django Unchained Jan 18

Quentin Tarantino returns with a gritty western, in which a slave turned bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife. Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Don Johnson star.

4 Zero Dark Thirty Jan 25

The hunt for Osama Bin Laden, courtesy of Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, and starring Jessica Chastain as a hardnosed CIA operative determined to bring down the Al Qaeda leader. James Gandolfini, Chris Pratt and Joel Edgerton co-star.

5 Lincoln Jan 25

A biopic of the iconic American president Abraham Lincoln, as played by Daniel Day-Lewis and directed by Steven Spielberg.

6 This is 40 Feb 1

Written and directed by Judd Apatow, this is a sequel-of-sorts to Knocked Up which discovers how minor characters from that movie, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), are coping with life. Chris O’Dowd, Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy and Megan Fox co-star.

7 Hitchcock Feb 8

A behind-the-scenes exploration of the tensions underpinning the filming of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, with Anthony Hopkins playing the movie director, Helen Mirren his wife Alma Reville, and Scarlett Johansson playing Psycho star Janet Leigh.

8 A Good Day to Die Hard Feb 15

The fifth in the Die Hard series sees Bruce Willis reprise his John McClane role, this time in Russia helping out his CIA operative son Jack (Jai Courtney). Irish director John Moore helms.

9 Cloud Atlas Feb 22

Tom Twyker and Andy and Lana Wachowski direct an adaptation of David Mitchell’s bestselling novel, with Tom Hanks playing a number of roles in a multi-narrative tale. Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving and Jim Sturgess co-star.

10 About Time Mar 22

Domhnall Gleeson stars as a man who travels back and forth in time in pursuit of the woman of his dreams. Written and directed by rom-com guru Richard Curtis.

11 The Host Mar 29

A sci-fi thriller written and directed by Andrew Niccol, and adapted from Stephanie Meyer’s novel, this stars Saoirse Ronan as a young woman who has a parasitic alien injected into her body.

12 Oblivion Apr 12

Tom Cruise stars as a court-martialled soldier sent as punishment to a distant planet to obliterate an alien race.

13 Byzantium April tbc

Saoirse Ronan stars again, this time as one half of a mother-daughter vampire duo in a gothic thriller directed by Neil Jordan.

14 Iron Man 3 Apr 26

Robert Downey Jnr returns to play superhero Iron Man, this time to face his ultimate nemesis: the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).

15 Star Trek Into Darkness May 17

The reboot of the Star Trek franchise continues, with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana starring in a tale that finds the Enterprise crew battling a one-man weapon of mass destruction. JJ Abrams directs.

16 Dead Man Down May tbc

A New York crime lord’s trusted lieutenant is seduced by a victim’s lover in a thriller starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and Dominic Cooper. Niels Arden Oplev directs.

17 Man of Steel Jun 14

Another superhero reboot, this retells the origin tale of how Superman came to live on Earth. Henry Cavill plays the hero, Amy Adams plays Lois Lane, and Russell Crowe does a turn as Jor-El. Zack Snyder directs.

18 World War Z Jun 21

Brad Pitt stars in a dystopian sci-fi tale, playing a UN envoy travelling the world trying to put a halt to a zombie epidemic.

19 Despicable Me 2 June 28

Steve Carell returns to voice the arch-villain-turned-good-guy Gru in this sequel to the blockbusting animation, and he’s joined by a host of voice talent including Al Pacino.

20 Monsters University Jul 12

A sequel to the classic Pixar animation Monsters (2001), even if it’s a prequel-of-sorts, as it follows Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) as they meet and feud in Monsters University.

21 The Lone Ranger Aug 9

Armie Hammer plays the eponymous masked man, but Johnny Depp, playing his Native American sidekick Tonto, narrates the story and provides the star wattage.

22 Diana September tbc

Naomi Watts plays Diana, the former Princess of Wales, in a biopic that focuses on the last two years of her life. Oliver Hirschbiegel directs.

23 Captain Phillips Oct 11

Action adventure as Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) and his crew encounter Somali pirates in the latest offering from former Bourne director Paul Greengrass.

24 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Nov 22

The sequel to The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen as she readies herself for the Quarter Quell, a killing games that takes place every 25 years.

25 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Dec 13

The second in the proposed Hobbit trilogy, this continues Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) adventure as he seeks to reclaim his gold from the Dragon, Smaug (Benedict Cumberpatch).


26 Gary Barlow, Olympia, Dublin, Jan 7

Take That singer turned X Factor judge embarks on a small-scale theatre tour.

27 Ed Sheeran, O2, Dublin, Jan 11, 12

Ginger strummer takes his quest for world domination up a gear. Hits such as A-Time have proved irresistible to teenagers.

28 Two Door Cinema Club, O2, Jan 19

Bequiffed Downpatrick trio bring their fizzy synth-pop to our largest indoor venue.

29 Azealia Banks, Broke With Expensive Taste album, Feb 9

The potty-mouthed New Yorker had a big YouTube hit with the expletive-drizzled 212. Can she sustain the hype on a full album?

30 Jake Bugg, Academy, Dublin, Feb 10

This, his first stand-alone Irish date, sold out in a heartbeat.

31 Bloc Party, Olympia, Dublin, Feb 12, 13

Whiny Britrockers tour their so-so reunion album ‘Four’. Will anyone care they’re back?

32 Of Monsters and Men, Olympia, Feb 21

This Icelandic five piece had huge summer hit with chirruping single ‘Little Talks’.

33 Example, O2, Dublin, Feb 21

If Eminem was from a British sink-estate and could sing a bit he’d sound like Elliot Gleave (chart-friendly rapper Example).

34 Mark Eitzel, Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Feb 22

For those in the know a rare Irish show is not to be missed.

35 The Killers, O2, Dublin, Feb 22

The Killers’ latest LP, Battle Born, channelled naff ‘80s rockers such as Boston and Toto.

36 Atoms For Peace, Amok album, Feb 22

Radiohead’s Tom Yorke is joined by Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea, and producer Nigel Godrich for murky side-project Atoms for Peace and their bleep-infused debut album, Amok.

37 Foals, Holy Fire album, Mar 25

Great excitement precedes the third record from Oxford indie-funkateers Foals.

38 Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob album, Jan 26

Sisters Tegan and Sara Quinn have been working with Lily Allen songwriter Greg Kurstin. Their new LP is billed as their catchiest yet.

39 The Script, O2, Feb 28, Mar 1

The Irish group stage what promises to be (yet another) triumphant homecoming.

40 One Direction, O2, Dublin, Mar 5, 6

Expect the decibel level to be off the scale for their two night stand.

41 Lianne La Havas, Olympia, Mar 5

Mercury-nominated singer brings her sweet, savvy soul to the capital.

42 Girls Aloud, O2, Mar 16, 17

The reunion we never thought would happen is upon us.

43 Jessie J, O2, Dublin, Mar 18

Mouthy pop star and Voice UK judge follows up 2012’s Live at the Marquee date in Cork with her biggest Dublin headliner.

44 Villagers, Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Mar 19

Conor O’Brien’s critically lauded indie crew tour their fantastic second record.

45 Tom Baxter, Pavilion, Cork, Mar 24

Crooning heartthrob Tom Baxter is In Cork to road-test material for his next LP.

46 Bon Jovi , What About Now album, Mar 25

The rockers play Slane next year and have a new album on the way.

47 Ellie Goulding, Olympia, Dublin Apr 7

Soft-pop singer Goulding hits the road with chart topping second LP, Halcyon.

48 Fun, Olympia, Dublin, Apr 14

A band who would like to be the American Coldplay are shamelessly slushy but with songs so catchy it (almost) doesn’t matter.

49 Lana Del Rey, Vicar Street, Dublin May 26, 27

Del Rey invaded our collective consciousness with the gauzy, bewitching Video Games in 2011. Now she is touring.

50 Selena Gomez and the Roses, new album Spring 2013

Justin Bieber’s ex-cranks up her campaign for grown-up fame with the latest LP from her pop-rock band The Scene.


51 First Fortnight Festival, Jan 2-12

The festival established to create a better understanding of mental health issues will feature contemporary British artist Stuart Semple, along with home-grown talent such as Le Galaxie, We Cut Corners and actress Mary McEvoy.

52 RTE National Symphony Orchestra Horizon 2013, Jan 22 — Feb 12

RTE National Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music series features free lunch-time concerts by the cream of today’s young composers, Linda Buckley, Jonathan Nangle, Raymond Deane and Ann Cleare.

53 Temple Bar Trad Fest, Dublin, Jan 22 — 27

Temple Bar Trad Fest is one of the biggest annual celebrations of traditional music in the country. Headliners for the 2013 programme include Sharon Shannon, Martin Hayes and Declan O’Rourke. Venues include Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin City Hall and the Button Factory.

54 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, Jan 25-31

The triennial opera competition runs at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and is open to all singers aged 20-34. The total prize fund is €30,000, and winners will also be engaged to sing at the Wigmore Hall in London and Wexford Festival Opera.

55 King Lear, The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Feb 6 — Mar 23

The Abbey’s first production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear in over 80 years will be directed by Selina Cartnell and star Owen Roe as the unfortunate monarch.

56 Cork Spring Poetry Festival, Feb 13 -16

Munster Literature Centre’s Spring Poetry Festival will kick off with the launch of Horse Music, the tenth volume of poetry by University College Cork writer-in-residence Matthew Sweeney. Other guests include the American poet, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, and the Estonian, Triin Boomets.

57 12 Points Festival, Dublin, Feb 13 — 16

The “small but perfectly formed” jazz festival will feature 12 acts over four days. The programme has yet to be announced, but one can expect it will draw on the wealth of young talent working in the genre across Europe.

58 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Feb 14 — 24

Actor, director and producer Danny De Vito will be the guest star at Ireland’s biggest festival of international film, featuring the usual abundance of Irish and international features, documentaries and shorts.

59 Ennis Book Club Festival, Co Clare, Mar 1-3

The festival includes author readings, workshops and walking tours. Authors and speakers confirmed for 2013 include Marina Lewycka, John Banville, Fergal Keane and Kate Bateman.

60 Cork French Film Festival Mar 3 — 10

Cork French Film Festival has boasted guests such as the veteran director Agnes Varda, the screenwriter Jean Claude Carriere and the actor Pierre Etaix in the past few years.


61 Ratlines, January

The ingredients of Stuart Neville’s Ratlines (Harvill Secker, €14.99) are gripping: it is the eve of JFK’s presidential visit to Ireland in 1963; a German is killed at a seaside guesthouse, the latest of three foreign nationals murdered in a few days; while the Minister for Justice, Charles J. Haughey, has to protect a shameful state secret — the dead men were all former Nazis granted asylum by the Irish government.

62 A Possible Life, January

In A Possible Life (Hutchinson, €14.99), Sebastian Faulks turns his pen towards the Second World War, to the interweaving stories of an English soldier holed up in a prisoner-of-war camp, dreaming of village cricket back in Hampshire; a girl hopping out of a Chevy with a guitar; and a father too ashamed to acknowledge his son.

63 Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked, February

In Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked (Jonathan Cape, €16.99), James Ladsdun has written a true-life account of his travails at the hand of a former student who becomes obsessed with him.

64 The Childhood of Jesus, March

Nobel Prize laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J.M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus (Harvill Secker, €18.99) is a modern, dreamy take on the early days of Jesus.

65 Trespassers, March

The stories Julia O’Faolain has to tell about her father, the writer Sean O’Faolain, would be enough to fill a book. The fact that she can add her own luminous life adventures make for an exciting memoir, entitled Trespassers (Faber, €16.99).


66 View from the Shard

Opening Feb 1, the View from the Shard claims to be the highest viewing point in Western Europe, providing visitors with 40 mile panorama over London. The 1,016-foot view is matched by an eye-watering £24.95 fee. See

67 The Gathering

There’s no getting away from The Gathering in 2013. 1,700+ events will feature everything from John McColgan’s Riverdance sequel (Heartbeat of Home) to family get-togethers. If you can’t beat ‘em? Join ‘em, at

68 Cruise control

Still they build them. And still they come. Some two dozen new cruise ships set to launch in 2013 include the 3,500-passenger MSC Preziosa in March, and Norwegian Breakaway, carrying over 4,000 passengers, in April. See

69 The Marker, Dublin

April 2013 is the opening date for The Marker, the five-star, Manuel Aires Mateus-designed hotel in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. The €130m project will include 187 rooms, a 23m infinity pool, and a rooftop bar. See

70 Rio goes green

It’s a marketing brainwave. For minimal cost, Ireland gets maximum exposure by arranging to have iconic buildings around the world turn green on St. Patrick’s Day. New this March is Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue. Could you be there to see it?

71 Holiday World, Dublin & Belfast

Can’t decide where to go in 2013? Hit the Holiday World Show in Dublin (Jan 25-27) or Belfast (Jan 18-20) for a cabin-bag full of ideas, as well as tips on new trends, show-only deals and advice. See

72 Springtime in the skies

Aer Lingus is starting a new route from Dublin to Corfu from Mar 31, and this is the first spring Ryanair are flying to Poland and Lithuania from Cork. From the end of March, Aer Lingus is adding extra capacity from Cork to Barcelona and Faro, too.

73 A bulging Blue Book

Ireland’s Blue Book has added three exclusive new properties for 2013. They include Mount Juliet Country Estate in Co. Kilkenny, Screebe House in Connemara, and the Martello Tower in Sutton. For special offers see

74 Sin City strikes back

50,000 people will travel to Las Vegas in 2013. That’s according to John Donohue, the city’s Convention and Visitors’ Authority rep in Ireland. Amongst the new openings awaiting them are the world’s first Nobu Hotel in Caesar’s Palace (February).

75 Cities rise... and fall is predicting Geneva, Chicago and Havana as its most popular destinations for budget travellers in 2013.


76 Dine in Dublin

It’s a whizz of an idea — dozens of a city’s best restaurants serving set menus at affordable prices (typically 20% savings). Dine in Dublin runs from Mar 25 to 31. When will Cork get in on the act?

77 Super Bowl Sunday at the Strand

American football fans are given a sporting chance at a night away this Feb 3, when Limerick’s Strand Hotel hosts an American Pop-up Bar for Super Bowl XLVII. B&B, a burger, pint and late checkout Monday are available for €60pps.

78 Good Food Ireland’s online shop

Since 2006, Good Food Ireland has been promoting the top producers, restaurants and food experiences in the country. An online shop is expected early this year, enabling customers to have their favourite produce shipped as far as the US.

79 Blazing Salads 2

After Christmas indulgences, spring is a fallow time for foodie literature. This March, however, watch out for Lorraine Fitzmaurice’s Blazing Salads 2 (Gill & McMillan; €19.99), with recipes including everything from party food to protein-packed soups.

80 Irishfest

After decades drinking of mass-produced stouts and lagers, Ireland has finally cottoned on to craft beers. Irishfest, formerly the Irish Craft Beer Festival, runs from Mar 14 to 18 at the IFSC, with some 20,000 aficionados expected.

81 Smoking sections

Expect to see a growing number of Irish restaurants smoking their own meats and fish in 2013. At the vanguard is Weafer & Cooper in Glasthule, where a new Bradley Smoker is infusing produce with hints of maple, hickory, alder and oak.

82 Sligo’s Italian Quarter

When Sligo’s Bistro Bianconi moved to Tobergal Lane recently, a whole new Italian Quarter followed. It’s early days, but the addition of a bakery, deli and wine bar in A Casa Mia, and the newly revived Gulliver’s restaurant, signal an exciting project for the New Year.

83 RAI Irish Restaurant Awards

Can it really be that time again? Nominations for the 2013 Irish Restaurant Awards commence in February, with regional awards announced through March and April in Ulster, Leinster, Connacht and Munster. National awards follow on May 20.

84 Galway Food Festival...

Galway’s culinary star is on the rise, and this festival (Mar 28 — Apr 1) celebrates all that is good about food and dining in the city. The Waterford Festival of Food follows shortly afterwards from Apr 11 to 14. See

85 Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine

Ballymaloe’s first Literary Festival of Food and Wine takes place from May 2 to 6. Held at both the house and cookery school, guests will include Madhur Jaffrey and Alice Waters, with demos, tastings and foraging events all in the works.


86 WOMEN’S LITTLE CHRISTMAS AFTERNOON TEA The River Lee Hotel, Cork, Jan 6, €30, 1890-998998,

Catch up with the girls and take part in this annual tradition that is one of Cork’s oldest customs. Tickets include a drinks reception, afternoon tea, makeovers and style advice, boutique market stalls, a fashion showcase of Munster’s top boutiques and goody bags. All proceeds going to cancer research.

87 SHOWCASE FASHION 2013: RDS, Dublin 4, Jan 20-23, €20 for non-registered visitors,

Fashion curator and producer Sonia Reynolds is partnering with Showcase to create Showcase Fashion 2013 — Ireland’s creative expo.

88 HENNESSY GOLD CUP 2013: Leopardstown Racecourse, Co. Kildare, Feb 9, from €20,;

Stakes are high as Ireland’s style set compete for the title of ‘Hennessy Gold Cup Best Dressed Lady’ and a €7,000 voucher for the Design Centre in Dublin’s Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.

89 XPOSÉ LIVE: RDS, Dublin; Silver Springs, Cork, April 19-21; May 24-26, €15,;

Glenda, Karen, Kirsteen and Lisa take over Dublin’s Grand Canal Theatre to host a series of fashion shows as part of the Xposé Live In The City Fashion Experience. Each ticket gives discounts on high street brands.

90 THE WEDDING JOURNAL SHOW LIVE!: Citywest Complex, Dublin; King’s Hall, Belfast, Jan 11-13; Feb 22-24, €9,

Over 300 local exhibitors under one roof.


91 Family Tree, BBC

Chris O’Dowd is the king of TV comedy at the moment, and 2013 looks set to be another biggie for the Irish actor with a second series of Moone Boy and this new collaboration between HBO and BBC. Christopher ‘Spinal Tap’ Guest is the main man behind a mockumentary that will have O’Dowd in the role of Tom Chadwick, whose bad luck in life gets turned around by a mysterious box left to him by his great aunt.

92 Vikings, History Channel

The feared invaders may have plundered here, but in true Irish style we’ve eventually managed to make a few bob from them. Filmed in Wicklow, the historical drama starring Gabriel Byrne spent €20m in Ireland. March 3.

93 Quirke, BBC

Gabriel Byrne really had a busy 2012 on this side of the Atlantic. In November, he started filming this three-part adaptation of the novels by Benjamin Black/John Banville, and looks the perfect man to play the hard-drinking pathologist in 1950s Dublin.

94 The Following, Sky Atlantic

This big-budget new series from Fox has Kevin Bacon as is the alcoholic former FBI agent who gets called back into action when an imprisoned serial killer uses Facebook to recruit a willing band of copycats.

95 The Village, BBC

Charlie Murphy (Siobhán in Love/Hate) stars alongside Maxine Peak and John Simm. Set in 1914, the series begins filming in the Peak District later this year.

96 Hello Ladies, Sky Atlantic

Stephen Merchant looks set to join his old mate Ricky Gervais from The Office in making a name for himself in the US. Taking its title and much of its material from Merchant’s stand-up show, the comedy drama will get an initial eight-episode run.

97 Love/Hate, RTÉ

Series three caused quite a stir and banished any accusations that it was glamorising the world of crime. Gangland violence, prostitution, drug addiction and sexual violence were all deftly — and appropriately brutally — portrayed by a show that gets at least one more run in the autumn.

98 Dublin Ink, TV3

This 12-part series will be set in a tattoo shop on Cow’s Lane in Dublin, primarily focusing on the two sets of brothers who own and manage the business.

99 The Gilded Age, NBC

Yes, Julian Fellowes is working on a fourth series of Downton Abbey, but it’s this American commission that has really whetted the appetite. Set in late 19th century New York, it follows some of those who made huge sums of money during a period of massive industrial growth for the US.

100 Breaking Bad, TG4

The superb tale of Walt, Jesse and their adventures in the world of crystal meth manufacture comes to a conclusion.

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