Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Remembering The Moments Of 2007

January
*American Idol starts off extra mean this time around. The worst moment: Simon Cowell tells a stunned young man at Seattle tryouts, Kenneth Briggs, that he resembles a "bush baby." (Of course, Briggs is awarded a guest appearance on the finale.)
*And at the Golden Globes, Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington inexplicably gets himself into further trouble by jovially repeating the same gay slur he was at the same time insisting he didn't use when he first got into trouble. Phew!

February
*February will always be Anna Nicole Smith's month. Her strange life — Playboy bunny, jeans model, reality star, billionaire's wife, Marilyn Monroe impersonator — is eclipsed by her stranger death. As an unsavory cast of characters dukes it out over where she should rest eternally and who gets the baby, the medical examiner says Smith's body lies decomposing faster than expected — as if even this publicity-starved starlet has had enough.

March
*The month where we all held our breath to see if Britney Spears can turn herself around after the head shaving incident in February. The month of March was Britney’s try at rehab, but it didn’t seem to work.

April
*It's not even a moment, just a couple of seconds: A quick comment on a video clip of the Rutgers women's basketball team lands Don Imus in the biggest trouble of his career. His "nappy-headed hos" remark triggers a gathering storm of outrage that leads to his firing — and for once, the ritual apology by a celebrity just isn't cutting it. Imus' critics want consequences, not apologies, and they get them — but they last only eight months.
*Also this month Larry Birkhead is proven to be Dannielynn’s father. After a long battle with Anna Nicole Smith’s lover and lawyer, Howard K. Stern.

May
*A big month for movies, especially the "threequel." Unfortunately, three isn't the charm for Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and Shrek the Third, which don't quite reach the heights of earlier installments.
*Director Judd Apatow tickles our funnybones with his profane yet touching Knocked Up.
*Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselbeck co-hosts of The View have their big fight on air on May 23. Two days later O’Donnell who had a season contract is allowed to leave the show early.

June
*Tony Soprano says goodbye, and countless fans curse the cable company, thinking that cut-to-black was a malfunction.
*Paris Hilton spends 23 days in jail for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. Later she tells Larry King she spent her time reading the Bible, though she can't recall a favorite verse, or, well, any verse at all.
*And wait, we're not done! This is the month that Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho makes that fateful trip to the airport restroom. His "wide stance" explanation will be endlessly spoofed, including by Brad Pitt and George Clooney on a tribute show for Julia Roberts.

July
*Harry Potter's month, hands down, with the release of the seventh and final installment in J.K. Rowling's insanely successful series. We won't reveal details of the adorable young wizard's fate in case any of you (like us) haven't gotten around to reading it yet, in any of the 64 languages that Potter books have been published in. But here's a choice tidbit not found in the book: later this year Rowling announces that the beloved character Dumbledore was gay.
*July also saw one of the biggest weddings of the year: Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives wed NBA player Tony Parker in an over the top wedding ceremony in Paris, France on the 7th.

August
*August came to a close on a sad note. Actor Owen Wilson attempted suicide at this home in Santa Monica, California. He survived and has since looked to be healing from that difficult incident.
*The month of "High School Musical 2," the sequel to the hugely popular Disney Channel movie. In this scrubbed-up, 21st-century "Grease," high school never looked so clean, so gentle, so tolerant, with cliques that melt like butter and mean girls that aren't really mean. Realistic? As legions of fans would say, whatever!! More than 17 million watch the first telecast alone, making it TV's biggest event of the summer. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are bona fide stars, which makes it ...

September
... a little awkward when nude photos of Hudgens surface on the Web. Will Disney disown its dark-haired sweetheart, heroine to countless young girls? Surely you jest (for one thing, there's the upcoming "High School Musical 3" to consider.) Hudgens apologizes, and life at East High goes on.
*Britney Spears could only hope for such a smooth landing. But it's bumpy, bumpy, bumpy for the troubled pop icon, who hazards a comeback at MTV's Video Music Awards, only to stumble through her song as if she were sloshing through mud. An unfortunately revealing sequined bikini guarantees the next day's painful headlines, but not nearly as painful as a few weeks later, when ...

October
... Spears loses custody of her two toddler sons to ex-hubby Kevin Federline. Though her album, "Blackout," is well-reviewed, her personal struggles continue with no end in sight.
*On a less serious note, the world spends a few days pondering the fate of Iggy the terrier, first adopted by Ellen DeGeneres, then given to her hairdresser's kid, then taken away according to the rescue agency's regulations. "Please, please, please, just give the dog back," DeGeneres weeps on national TV. But later she has to plead with angry fans to stop threatening the agency. Memories of Iggygate.

November
*Miley Cyrus, aka Disney's Hannah Montana, turns 15 amid one of the very the hottest concert tours of the year. Hottest kids tours, you ask? No, hottest tours period, with tickets selling out in minutes and scalpers having a field day. In Florida, a man hangs onto a pole for much of six days in a contest to win tickets for his fiancee's daughter.
*Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and professional dancer Julianne Hough won Dancing With The Stars and the next day Helio’s fiance broke of the couple’s engagement starting rumors of a Dancing hookup.

December
*December completes the circle for Don Imus, who debuts his new show on WABC with a cast that includes two black comedians and a promise to "never say anything in my lifetime that will make any of these young women at Rutgers regret ... that they accepted my apology." He also pledges to use his new show to discuss race relations.
*Keifer Sutherland starts his jail sentence of 48 days after being arrested in September for a DUI.

Source: Assistnace from MSNBC.com article and personal research

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