By Joe Montgomery

Like the years before it, 2008 promises a slew of new diets, nicotine “10 step plans,” and an onslaught of new gym memberships. So after week one, when our resolutions have been kicked under the rug, we can all turn to the comfort of knowing that, even though 2008 may not be the year for a healthy-new you, it will at least promise some exciting new prospects in the world of entertainment.

This year is giving us a great new album to download illegally from the Internet and import onto our iPods. Weezer will be releasing a sixth CD, due to come out on April 22. The band isn’t giving out the name, but they are deviously calling it, “The Sixth Album.”

It has been a long wait for fans sin Weezer’s 2005 release, and anticipations are high. Let’s hope it lives up to expectations.

For you gamers out there, Namco announced the release of “Soul Calibur IV” in 2008 for PS3 and X-box 360.

Little information about the game is available, but I have no doubt there will be many new characters and levels for gamers to duke it out in vivid and detailed graphics. But what we do know is that the Soul Swords have a contender-the Light Saber.

“Soul Calibur IV” will feature Darth Vader and Yoda, and perhaps more characters from the Star Wars saga in this new installment. So for all you gamers: may the force be with you.

The silver screen is sure to impress us this year with new movies to keep us from our textbooks.

The “Speed Racer” movie might draw your attention away. The Wachowski brothers (directors of the Matrix trilogy) are recreating the 1960’s cartoon, and it looks to be a visual thrill ride for moviegoers to check out May 9.

Pixar is also coming out with an animated film this year that hopefully improves on last year’s summer release of “Ratatouille.” “Wall-E,” scheduled to release on Aug. 30, but subject to change, is an animated film that could be the most detailed and visually distinctive Pixar release since “Finding Nemo” judging by online trailers.

It follows the life of a robot built to manage a junkyard in the year 2700, who for 700 years has lived alone; until the day he gets a visitor who will show him what he is meant to do instead of what he was built to do.

Coming to theaters May 22 is another adventure that will take us on a treasure hunt, featuring a hat that never falls off, a brown leather jacket and a bullwhip. Indiana Jones is returning in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” with Harrison Ford donning the cap of Indiana Jones again and Shia LaBeouf (star of “Transformers”) assisting him.

No information about the plot is available, but with Harrison Ford cracking his whip and finding more loot than Jack Sparrow, I will be waiting eagerly for this movie.

There are many other films due this year, including “Iron Man,” the new Batman film, “The Dark Knight” and the anticipated comedy, “Get Smart,” starring Steve Carell.

So with all this and more to look forward to, we can prepare for yet another neglectful year full of passing up the gym and closing textbooks to take a bite of what’s hot in 2008.