Happy New Year! How’s the head?
Did you hit the town or mosey on over to the neighbor’s annual shindig where you sipped too much fizz and brought up the great fence debate of last summer? Or did you avoid all the hooplah and just snuggle up, asleep long before the chimes?
Well, however you celebrated, may I wish you all a fabulous 2014. But just before we say goodbye to all that 2013 gave us, let’s a have a last look at the biggest stories that we poured over: the good — welcome Prince George; the bad — farewell to the courageous and heroic Mandela; and the ugly — Miley, latex, and all that twerking business…
It was the year “The Selfie” took over, an Englishman did the unthinkable and won Wimbledon, the economy began to sluggishly move upwards again, and the great bachelor Simon Cowell announced he was to become a dad. Who would’ve guessed it?
Below is my review of 2013, featuring the top 3 entertainment stories in every month.
Let’s hope that 2014 brings us even more joy, laughter, and all-around exciting entertainment news!
A Review of the Biggest Entertainment Stories in 2013:
January 2013 | Beyonce’s Lip-Syncing Debacle 1 of 12
Sure, 2013 might have been the year of Queen Beyonce but in January she didn't get off to the best start when she was forced to reveal that she had in fact lip-synced "The Star Spangled Banner" at Obama's inauguration. However, she wowed in her electric performance at the Superbowl a few weeks later. She followed with a triumphant Mrs. Carter World Tour and then even more exciting news in December — we'll get to that in a bit!
In other news: Jodie Foster came out in a heart breaking speech at the Golden Globes and One Direction star Harry Styles split up with songstress Taylor Swift after a brief romance. Swift later admitted penning the song I Knew You Were Trouble about Styles.
February 2013 | Jennifer Lawrence Wins Oscar 2 of 12
Oscars Oscars Oscars! Thank goodness for the tears, tiaras and tantrums of the awards season, or how else would we get through February? Jennifer Lawrence, the homecoming queen of 2013, stole Anne Hathaway's glory when she tripped en route to get her Best Actress Award. We fell in love with Jen that night — as did the rest of the world. Other big winners were Ben Affleck's nail-biter Argo and Daniel Day Lewis who picked up his THIRD Oscar. Big love also to Brit-singer Adele who was ridiculously down-to-earth when accepting her must-deserved Oscar for her Bond song, Skyfall.
In other news: Britain held it's own Oscars with the BAFTAs. As usual it rained and the big winners were Argo (again), Quentin Tarantino and good old Daniel D-L. Legend. Olympic-winner Oscar Pistorius was charged with the murder of his supermodel girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp who was fatally shot on Valentine's day.
March 2013: Justin Bieber’s Rough Week in London 3 of 12
The Bieber hit London for a sell-out performances at the O2 arena but caused all sorts of grief by turning up a whopping two hours late for his gig. Needless to say, fans were appalled. Then he lashed out at some paps outside his hotel and took to twitter to vent about his "rough week."
In other news: In a bald move, singer Jessie J. shaved her head for Comic Relief, raising over half a million pounds. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina is elected as the new Pope. Bergoglio, 76, is the Roman Catholic Church's 266th pontiff but the first from Latin America.
April 2013: Reese Witherspoon Arrested 4 of 12
Hollywood's golden Girl actress Reese Witherspoon was arrested on April 19th as her husband Jim Toth was being breathalyzed. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and failing to maintain a lane. Reese meanwhile was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for arguing with the arresting officer and refusing to stay in her vehicle. She later issued an apology and said she had had one drink too many.
In other news: The Iron Lady — a woman who divided the UK — Margaret Thatcher died at the age of 87; she was Prime Minister of the UK from 1979 to 1990. Meanwhile in the US, it was reported Sharon Osbourne had left her husband Ozzy. She later admitted she threatened to leave if he didn't resolve his issues with alcohol and drugs.
May 2013: Angelina Jolie Undergoes Preventative Double Mastectomy 5 of 12
Angelina Jolie shocked the world when she announced that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy. In a piece in The New York Times entitled "My Medical Choice," Jolie wrote about her decision and procedures with the aim of raising awareness and helping other women to make informed choices. She admitted she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer after learning that she carried a mutation of the BRCA1 gene. Jolie is one heck of a courageous woman.
In other news: Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart called it quites on their much-reported upon romance, and The Spice Girls announced that the musical inspired by their music, Viva Forever, was to close due to poor ticket sales after just 6 months of its opening...
June 2013: Kim Kardashian Gives Birth to North West 6 of 12
Kimye, otherwise known as Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West, celebrated the arrival of daughter North, 5 weeks early. Kim promptly hid away and wasn't seen in public for over 8 weeks. However, she wasn't so shy when she appeared on the cover of US Weekly in December with the headline "My Body Is Back." The couple got engaged in October on Kim's 34th birthday.
In other news: Sopranos actor James Gandolfini died at the age of 51 in Italy. (If you missed his last film role in Enough Said, give yourself a gift and watch it. It's amazing.) Television cook Nigella Lawson is seen outside a London restaurant with her husband Charles Saatchi appearing to throttle her. The couple went on to divorce and endured a vicious court battle in December, when Saatchi accused his former assistants of stealing from him.
July 2013: After 77 Years, the First British Man Wins Wimbledon 7 of 12
Scot Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic to become the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years. The 26-year-old tennis star converted his fourth championship point in a dramatic final game to win 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 and claim his second major title. After a grueling three hours and 10 minutes in searing temperatures, Murray finally followed in the footsteps of Fred Perry's 1936 win at the All England Club. A nation rejoiced!
In other news: There was also the small matter of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Kate 'n' Wills) welcoming their first child — Prince George. He is the sole grandson of the Prince of Wales, and is third in line to succeed Queen Elizabeth II. A nation rejoiced — again! There was shock when Glee star Cory Monteith, 31, was found dead in a Canadian hotel from a suspected drugs overdose.
August 2013: Miley Cyrus’ Controversial MTV Performance 8 of 12
Miley Cyrus, the girl who ruled the headlines in 2013, shed her Hannah Montana image and twerked herself into a worldwide debate at the MTV Video Music Awards. Her controversial performance was a duet with Robin Thicke on his summer anthem Blurred Lines. Cyrus stripped down to a skin-colored, latex two-piece outfit that almost made her look naked and then proceeded to use a giant foam finger in a suggestive manner, all whilst twerking and gyrating up and down Thicke's crotch area. No one seemed to condemn Thicke, whereas Miley heaped a whole LOT of flak.
In other news: One Direction star Zayn Malik got engaged to his Little Mix singer girlfriend Perrie Edwards. Hearts broke across the land... Meanwhile X Factor supremo boss Simon Cowell announced he was to become a dad in 2014. Heads scratched across the land... The bachelor was tamed!
September 2013: 50 Shades of Grey Cast Announced 9 of 12
After much anticipation, the cast of the 50 Shades of Grey movie was announced: Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson would take the lead. However, Hunnam dropped out in October and was replaced by relatively unknown Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan. The director at the helm is British artist Sam Taylor-Johnson. Filming has begun and the release date is set for February 2015.
In other news: Catherine Zeta-Jones and husband Michael Douglas announced their separation after 13 years of marriage. (However, now the couple is rumored to have gotten back together.) Comedian Russell Brand is ejected from the British GQ Awards for his Nazi jibes surrounding sponsor Hugo Boss.
October 2013: Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor’s Feud 10 of 12
Miley Cyrus claimed her "Wrecking Ball" video was an homage to Sinead O'Connor's (Prince-penned) "Nothing Compares 2 U" video. Sinead then wrote an open letter to Miley, worried about her being exploited by a vicious music industry. Miley responded ungraciously by posting old tweets where Sinead had previously discussed her mental health. In disgust Sinead went on to publish several more open letters ... and the war of words between them has yet to be resolved.
In other news: Legendary rocker Lou Reed, the highly revered guitarist and songwriter, died at the age of 71. Meanwhile Kim Kardashian caused yet another media ho-ha when she posted a very revealing pic of her derriere on Instagram in a teeny weeny swimsuit.
November 2013: Paul Walker Dies at Age 40 11 of 12
The Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker was killed on November 30th in Los Angeles when the Porsche car he was a passenger in crashed. Friends and co-stars were quick to pay tribute to the much liked actor, with Vin Diesel saying in a post on Instagram: "Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace."
In other news: The surviving members of Brit comedy icon Monty Python announced reunion tour dates for 2014, which promptly sold out in 43 seconds. Four more dates were added and sold out in minutes. Thousands turned out in San Francisco to make 5-year-old Miles Scott's dream (through the Make-a-Wish Foundation) come true, whereupon he became Batkid for a day and helped Batman save the city. Possibly the most heart-warming story of the year. If you didn't cry, you don't have a pulse.
December 2013: Nelson Mandela Dies at Age 95 12 of 12
The world mourned the passing of one of the greatest heroes of our time, when Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon, died at age 95 in Johannesburg. Mandela was famously imprisoned for 27 years for his beliefs on equality. He was an icon of peace, freedom, and hope. South African President Jacob Zuma said "the nation has lost its greatest son," adding: "He is now resting. He is now at peace." He was buried, following a state funeral, on December 15th.
In other news: Beyonce dropped her self titled album Beyonce with no prior publicity or announcement — which included 14 tracks and 17 videos — and it went straight to iTunes No.1 spot. Olympic diving champion Tom Daley very bravely came out on an uploaded video he posted a link to on his Twitter account, which has over 2.4 million followers, adding the message: "Got something I need to say ... not been an easy decision to make. Hope you can support me."
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