2013 In Review — Top Entertainment Stories

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Singer Beyonce performs the National Anthem during the public ceremonial inauguration for U.S. President Barack Obama on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. She later admitted to lip-synching the performance to ensure it was perfect for the big occasion.
Beyonce Lip Syncs National Anthem (Jan. 21) (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Singer Beyonce performs the National Anthem during the public ceremonial inauguration for U.S. President Barack Obama on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. She later admitted to lip-synching the performance to ensure it was perfect for the big occasion.
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The highly controversial music video features a group of scantily clad -- and barely clothed -- ladies dancing around Thicke and T.I. Many groups were outraged and nearly everyone was talking about it.
Robin Thicke Releases "Blurred Lines" Music Video (March 20) (credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) The highly controversial music video features a group of scantily clad -- and barely clothed -- ladies dancing around Thicke and T.I. Many groups were outraged and nearly everyone was talking about it.
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Roger Ebert, who brought film criticism to the mainstream with his rival-turned-partner Gene Siskel, died April 4, according to his employer, the Chicago Sun-Times. The 70-year-old had just a few days earlier said he was taking a "leave of presence" after learning his cancer had returned.
Roger Ebert Dies (April 4) (credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) Roger Ebert, who brought film criticism to the mainstream with his rival-turned-partner Gene Siskel, died April 4, according to his employer, the Chicago Sun-Times. The 70-year-old had just a few days earlier said he was taking a "leave of presence" after learning his cancer had returned.
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Video was released of actress Reese Witherspoon's arrest in Atlanta, when she was charged with disorderly conduct on April 19. The actress was seen screaming at officers and has since apologized for her behavior.
Reese Witherspoon Arrested (April 19) (credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) Video was released of actress Reese Witherspoon's arrest in Atlanta, when she was charged with disorderly conduct on April 19. The actress was seen screaming at officers and has since apologized for her behavior.
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Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about her decision to make a pre-emptive strike against cancer, opting for a preventative double mastectomy. Her decision launched a worldwide discussion.
Angelina Jolie Announces Her Preventative Double Mastectomy (May 14) (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about her decision to make a pre-emptive strike against cancer, opting for a preventative double mastectomy. Her decision launched a worldwide discussion.
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The southern chef was fired from the Food Network for her racist comments. She apologized for the incident, which occurred years ago, but told Matt Lauer, "I is what I is."
Food Network's Paula Deen Admits To Using N-Word (May 17) (credit: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images) The southern chef was fired from the Food Network for her racist comments. She apologized for the incident, which occurred years ago, but told Matt Lauer, "I is what I is."
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The overly hyped birth of Kimye's first child together was nearly overshadowed by their directional moniker for the young infant.
Kanye West, Kim Kardashian Welcome Baby North West (June 15) (credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) The overly hyped birth of Kimye's first child together was nearly overshadowed by their directional moniker for the young infant.
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The actor died suddenly of cardiac arrest in Italy this June.
James Gandolfini Dies At Age 51 (June 19) (credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images) The actor died suddenly of cardiac arrest in Italy this June.
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The synopsis, according to IMDB.com, "When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature's deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace." 'Nuff said.
Sharknado, Made For TV Movie, Debuts (July 11) (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) The synopsis, according to IMDB.com, "When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature's deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace." 'Nuff said.
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"Glee" actor Cory Monteith died of a drug overdose on July 13, 2013.
"Glee" Star Cory Monteith Dies At 31 (July 13) (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images) "Glee" actor Cory Monteith died of a drug overdose on July 13, 2013.
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Interstate Bakeries Corp., the largest U.S. wholesale bakery, maker of Wonder bread and Hostess Twinkies, filed for bankruptcy in 2004 after struggling with more than $1.3 billion in debt and weak demand for bread products amid the popularity of low-carbohydrate diets. Subsequently, Twinkies were pulled off the shelves for eight months before making a miraculous return on July 15, 2013.
Twinkies Make A Comeback (July 15) (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Interstate Bakeries Corp., the largest U.S. wholesale bakery, maker of Wonder bread and Hostess Twinkies, filed for bankruptcy in 2004 after struggling with more than $1.3 billion in debt and weak demand for bread products amid the popularity of low-carbohydrate diets. Subsequently, Twinkies were pulled off the shelves for eight months before making a miraculous return on July 15, 2013.
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy July 22 at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, Prince George, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge.
The Royal Baby, Prince George, Is Born (July 22) (credit: Scott Heavey/Getty Images) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy July 22 at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, Prince George, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge.
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Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor Who. He replaced Matt Smith. Filming of the new season of Doctor Who started in October, with its debut slated for 2014.
Dr. Who Gets A New Doctor – Peter Capaldi (Aug. 4) (credit: ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images) Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor Who. He replaced Matt Smith. Filming of the new season of Doctor Who started in October, with its debut slated for 2014.
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Social media exploded with the announcement that Ben Affleck will play the next Batman, a role that's been filled in highly successful films by Christian Bale.
Ben Affleck Named The New Batman (Aug. 22) (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Social media exploded with the announcement that Ben Affleck will play the next Batman, a role that's been filled in highly successful films by Christian Bale.
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It was the twerk heard round the world. Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke shocked MTV audiences with their "Blurred Lines/We Can't Stop" performance.
Miley Cyrus And Robin Thicke Perform At The MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 25 (credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV) It was the twerk heard round the world. Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke shocked MTV audiences with their "Blurred Lines/We Can't Stop" performance.
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Breaking Bad actors Bryan Cranston (R) and Aaron Paul (L) said farewell to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman as the highly popular series came to an end.
"Breaking Bad" Ends With Series Finale (Sept. 29) (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) Breaking Bad actors Bryan Cranston (R) and Aaron Paul (L) said farewell to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman as the highly popular series came to an end.
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AEG Attorney Marvin Putnam (R) with Shawn Threll (2nd-R) speak to the media outside court following the verdict in the Jackson vs AEG Live trial Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The jury dismissed a lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson's family seeking massive damages from tour promoter AEG Live over the pop legend's 2009 death. At the climax of a five-month trial, the 12-person panel agreed that AEG Live hired doctor Conrad Murray, but found that he was not unfit or incompetent for the job he was hired to do, a key requirement for the Jackson lawsuit to have succeeded. The jury had deliberated for three days in Los Angeles, after a trial in which the Jackson family alleged that AEG Live negligently hired and supervised Murray.
AEG Live Cleared In Michael Jackson's Wrongful Death (Oct. 2) (credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images) AEG Attorney Marvin Putnam (R) with Shawn Threll (2nd-R) speak to the media outside court following the verdict in the Jackson vs AEG Live trial Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The jury dismissed a lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson's family seeking massive damages from tour promoter AEG Live over the pop legend's 2009 death. At the climax of a five-month trial, the 12-person panel agreed that AEG Live hired doctor Conrad Murray, but found that he was not unfit or incompetent for the job he was hired to do, a key requirement for the Jackson lawsuit to have succeeded. The jury had deliberated for three days in Los Angeles, after a trial in which the Jackson family alleged that AEG Live negligently hired and supervised Murray.
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Velvet Underground guitarist and lead singer Lou Reed died on Oct. 27.
Rock Legend Lou Reed Dies At 71 (Oct. 27) (credit: PAUL BERGEN/AFP/GettyImages) Velvet Underground guitarist and lead singer Lou Reed died on Oct. 27.
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Leukemia survivor Miles, 5, dressed as BatKid, runs the bases as part of a Make-A-Wish foundation fulfillment at AT&T Park November 15, 2013 in San Francisco. The Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area foundation turned the city into Gotham City for Miles by creating a day-long event bringing his wish to be BatKid to life.
BatKid Rules San Francisco (Nov. 15) (credit: Ramin Talaie/Getty Images) Leukemia survivor Miles, 5, dressed as BatKid, runs the bases as part of a Make-A-Wish foundation fulfillment at AT&T Park November 15, 2013 in San Francisco. The Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area foundation turned the city into Gotham City for Miles by creating a day-long event bringing his wish to be BatKid to life.
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The two funnymen did a shot-for-shot remake of the ridiculous Kanye West music video for "Bound 2," which starred his fiancee, Kim Kardashian. If you can't tell, Seth Rogan played Kim.
James Franco, Seth Rogan Remake Kanye West Video (Nov. 25) (credit: YouTube) The two funnymen did a shot-for-shot remake of the ridiculous Kanye West music video for "Bound 2," which starred his fiancee, Kim Kardashian. If you can't tell, Seth Rogan played Kim.
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A photo of actor Paul Walker is seen December 1, 2013 among flowers and candles left by fans at the site of the car accident in which the "Fast and Furious" actor and another man died the previous day, in Santa Clarita, California. Santa Clarita police warned fans Monday against "burning rubber" near the spot where the car Walker was a passenger in crashed, as they continued to probe the accident. 
Police issued the caution after reports of people pulling stunt maneuvers on the stretch of road in town northwest of Los Angeles, where Walker died on Saturday.
Paul Walker Dies In Car Crash (Nov. 30) (credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images) A photo of actor Paul Walker is seen December 1, 2013 among flowers and candles left by fans at the site of the car accident in which the "Fast and Furious" actor and another man died the previous day, in Santa Clarita, California. Santa Clarita police warned fans Monday against "burning rubber" near the spot where the car Walker was a passenger in crashed, as they continued to probe the accident. Police issued the caution after reports of people pulling stunt maneuvers on the stretch of road in town northwest of Los Angeles, where Walker died on Saturday.
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