Pop Culture Stories of 2011
1. Charlie Sheen's meltdown
Perhaps no star had a wilder roller coaster ride in 2011 than Charlie Sheen. First there was the leaked news in January of a Vegas bender with a trio of "goddesses." That escalated into a bizarre series of rants and petulant behavior. Soon, Sheen was fired from the CBS hit comedy Two and a Half Men, and later replaced by Ashton Kutcher. After coining a few catchphrases (like "tiger blood" and "winning"), embarking on an ill-received comedy tour, and setting Twitter records, the star booked a new sitcom, Anger Management.
2. The rise of Adele
"Rolling in the Deep," the booming first single off British chanteuse Adele's sophomore album 21, was inescapable following its release in February. Then, following a stripped-down, show-stopping performance during the MTV Video Music Awards, Adele's follow-up track, "Someone Like You," became equally ubiquitous.
3. The Oscar host fiasco
When Oscar producers selected James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host the 2011 Academy Awards, they were unabashed about their desire to court a more youthful audience, proudly proclaiming Franco and Hathaway as the "next generation of Hollywood icons." When all was said and done, critics called the telecast the "worst Oscars ever."
4. The Royal Wedding
An estimated two billion people tuned in to watch the televised wedding of Britain's Prince William to Kate Middleton.
5. The success of Bridesmaids
The raunchy and radical comedy starring Kristen Wiig as a neurotic maid of honor kicked off the summer movie season with an enormous box office haul in May.
6. Oprah's final episode
After 25 years, countless nuggets of wit and wisdom, tens of millions of dollars worth of "Oprah's Favorite Things" giveaways, and a star-studded farewell concert, The Oprah Winfrey Show ended on May 25.
7. Harry Potter ends
After selling 450 million books, raking in $6 billion at the box office, and becoming an inextricable part of an entire generation's childhood, one of most popular franchises in history came to an end when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
8. Friday Night Lights says goodbye
For the extraordinarily passionate fans of Friday Night Lights, who championed the quiet NBC drama through its five critically-acclaimed, ratings-challenged seasons, the series finale was one of the year's ultimate Kleenex moments.
9. Beyonce's baby announcement
Babyonce? When Beyonce broke the news during August's MTV Video Music Awards that she and husband Jay-Z were expecting a child, it didn't just dominate headlines, it broke records.
10. Ladies at the Emmys
If there was any doubt that 2011 was the year of women in comedy, it disappeared at the Emmy Awards. When Amy Poehler's name was read as the first nominee for Best Actress in a Comedy, she disobediently leapt to her feet and rushed the stage, and was soon joined by each of her fellow nominees in an orchestrated bit that turned into a mock Miss Comedy 2011 beauty pageant.
11. Kim Kardashian's divorce
Just 72 days after reality TV star Kim Kardashian wed NBA player Kris Humphries in a lavish $10 million ceremony billed as the "wedding of the century," Kardashian filed for divorce. The quickie end to the union — the couple earned a reported $250,000 per day during their marriage from sponsorships and publicity deals.
12. Boy George - an icon.
In 2011 a bishop watched a television interview with Boy George, and discovered that an 18th century stolen Cypriot icon was hanging in the singer's living room. Boy George immediately agreed to return the artifact and received a gift in return.
13. Kid Rock Saves the Symphony
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra was in a deep financial crisis. Kid Rock, in what he called "the best drunk move I ever made," decided to throw a benefit concert. He raised over one million dollars for the symphony and helped save classical music in Detroit.
14. Superman Found (Again)
A copy of Action Comics #1 (the first comic featuring Superman) was found in an abandoned storage unit, estimated to be worth over $1 million. The comic actually belonged to Nicholas Cage, who had it stolen from his house 11 years earlier, and was returned to him.
High-five's all around for a job well done!
"Rolling In The Deep," by Adele, was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 when you started on June 1, 2011. Click below to play video.
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Quotes from 2016
"I'm a winner" - Charlie Sheen
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Frank Buckles, the last surviving soldier of World War I, lived for 110 years and died in 2011. When asked about his secret for long life, he simply offered, "When you start to die... don't."
Simon Cowell praised Rebecca Black's song Friday: "the fact that it's making people so angry is brilliant". He advised her to not "listen to anyone over the age of 18. I'm being deadly serious. Whatever she's done has worked... she's the most talked-about artist in America right now".
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