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What could be the cultural hits of 2011?

More Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler movies, Sex and the City 3: hostage takers, WikiLeaks the Movie starring Tilda Swinton, and the Kardashians take Kabul.

Could Tilda Swinton as Julian Assange in Wikileaks: The movie play in theatres next year? Carlo Allegri / AP Photo
Could Tilda Swinton as Julian Assange in Wikileaks: The movie play in theatres next year? Carlo Allegri / AP Photo

With 2011 poking its futuristic robot head aggressively around the corner, you've no doubt all been wondering what the coming year has in store for us on the film, music and books scene, haven't you? Will next year see every single film on the planet remade in 3D? Will Coldplay's fifth album be just as dreary as the past four? And just how many first-time authors will be billed as "the next Stieg Larsson"? Nothing is absolutely certain, but we're prepared to make a few - perhaps slightly outlandish - suggestions on what the biggest hits of the next year might be. Of course, we've made all this lot up. But you never know.

Love Hurts

Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler star in this romantic comedy set in New York. Amanda (Aniston) is a shy dental nurse who has watched all of her friends pair off without ever meeting a suitable partner herself. After being injured in an unprovoked attack by madman Alan (Butler), she finds love in the most unlikely of places: while giving evidence in court! Following a series of side-splitting situations, both victim and assailant start to believe in love at first sight.

Mark Twain

The late American author follows on from 2010's smash-hit literary sensation, The Autobiography of Mark Twain, with his second memoir, "Mark Twain: My Story", which his publishing house has promised will contain more revelations and juicy gossip from late 19th-century American society. What really happened at the book launch for the former president Ulysses S Grant's memoirs? Which former BFF provided much of the inspiration for Pudd'nhead Wilson? Much like other prolific authors such as Katie Price, Mark Twain is due to release a new "tell-all' autobiography every year for the coming decade.

WikiLeaks: The Movie

Tilda Swinton plays Julian Assange in this dramatic interpretation of the whistleblower's life, from his teenage days as a spotty-faced Australian hacker right up to his current status as the worst person you'd want to tell a secret to. Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson play Assange's former Swedish lovers who come under the influence of Hillary Clinton (Reese Witherspoon), enraged at his embarrassing political revelations. Meanwhile, Richard Griffiths is the lovable lawyer fighting for his bail. In an explosive finale, Assange attempts to escape extradition with a daring chase through the snowy streets of London.

Michael Jackson

Following on from the recent international success of his debut posthumous album, Michael, Jackson is now putting the finishing touches to his "difficult" second outing from beyond the grave. The singer, who passed away in 2009, is believed to have collaborated with several stars of the moment, including Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, on several new tracks, while also turning to fellow afterlife neighbours James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Black Lace's Alan Barton for vocal support.

Sex and the City 3

While holidaying in Greece, Carrie and the gang accidentally board the wrong yacht and find themselves heading through the Suez Canal towards the pirate-laden waters of the Horn of Africa. Samantha's insistence on sunbathing in a rather revealing bikini immediately begins to attract the attention of a number of local buccaneers, and the girls are eventually taken hostage. After distracting their guards with a rendition of Olivia Newton-John's Physical, they escape to shore but find themselves roaming the dusty streets of Somalia without a pair of Jimmy Choos between them. In the end, it's up to Mr Big to rendezvous with the local ambassador and ensure that the fabulous foursome are reunited with their wardrobes. Hurrah!

Khloe and Kourtney Take Kabul

We expect TV screens to be buzzing in 2011 with the reality show antics of everyone's favourite family of alliterative Americans. In the latest series, "Khloe and Kourtney Take Kabul", the junior Kardashian sisters find that launching a fashion and beauty boutique in the Afghan capital isn't all smooth sailing, often with hilarious results. Expect katfights, krushes and kidnappings.

Love Conquers All

Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston star in this romantic comedy set in 11th-century Britain. Allison (Aniston) is a confident career woman who has watched all of her friends couple up without every having the time to find her own Mr Right. After the ruthless William the Conqueror (Butler) successfully invades her homeland in 1066, she finds love in the most unlikely of places: with her newly installed ruler! Following a series of hilarious failed rebellions and Anglo-Norman antics, both king and subject begin to see that it's important to let your heart rule your head, as well as your country!