From Paula Deen admitting to using the N-word to the news that Ben Affleck will be the next actor to play Batman, there were a lot of things in pop culture to shake your pixie cut at in 2013.
Prince William welcomed a child – so did Kim Kardashian (she got divorced from one man and engaged to another this year). One kid was named George Alexander Louis, one was named North West … you can probably guess which baby belongs to which parent.
Whether your social-media image of choice was a selfie, Bitstrip or animated .GIF, here are some moments you might have posted about.
Some were positive and others less so, but we can be sure of one thing: Grumpy Cat was probably not impressed by any of them.
Who would have thought a year ago that by 2014 Lindsay Lohan would seem like she has her act together? After starting off the year with a plea deal in her car crash case for 90 days in rehab, the actress has stayed mostly out of the news. She made a handful of TV appearances after her exit from treatment, including one with Oprah Winfrey, whose OWN television network is slated to air a documentary series following Lohan in 2014. TMZ reported she is also working on a tell-all book.
But wherever there is one celebrity seemingly on the right path, there are others teetering on the edge. Here are some of the celebrities caught behaving badly in 2013:
2013: After a series of legal troubles involving driving-related charges in the prior year, the year began with many gossip-website reports of odd behavior (and more than a few questionable wig choices), the 27-year-old actress was arrested in May after reports that she was smoking pot in the lobby of her New York apartment building. When police arrived, officers allgedly saw her throw a bong out the window.
In July, she was hospitalized for a mental health evaluation after allegedly starting a fire in a California woman’s driveway. The initial 72-hour hold was extended, and she remained in a mental health treatment facility for several months. In December, it was announced that she was at home with her parents.
2014: The actress’slawyer wrote in a statement this month to People magazine that Bynes’ treatment will continue and she is considering returning to school to study fashion design.
2013: Her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards is probably one of the most-talked-about things of the year. No stranger in 2013 to outrageous behavior, Cyrus donned a skin-tight outfit, stuck out her tongue and grinded on fellow singer Robin Thicke while suggestivly gesticulating with a giant foam finger, sparking watercooler discussion for weeks about what on Earth the former “Hannah Montana” child star could have been thinking.
Though news came out shortly after that the 20-year-old pop star’s engagement to actor Liam Hemsworth had been broken, she didn’t miss a beat (or twerk) in keeping her name in the news. She doubled up on risqué performances, rode a wrecking ball nude for a music video and got into a public feud with Sinead O’Conner.
2014: She’ll be in Times Square to perform on New Year’s Eve then she’ll spend much of the first half of the year on tour with her “Bangerz” album.
2013: Brown’s 2009 beating of Rihanna is still causing issues for the singer, though the pair started the year off after having reunited. She even blew him a kiss at a February court date for probation issues stemming from the assault. Prosecutors said at the time that they could not find credible evidence he had completed his community labor sentence.
In June, Brown was charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run. The charge was dismissed after he reached a civil compromise with the other driver, but it lead to a new sentence of 1,000 hours of community labor.
Brown was arrested in October after a fight in Washington, D.C., with a man that tried to take a photograph with the singer. A day after his release from custody, Brown entered a rehab facility to deal with anger issues. He left the facilty after a few weeks, but a judge in November ordered Brown to serve three months in a residential treatment facility and perform at least 24 hours of community labor per week.
This month, a judge in Los Angeles heard details of the Washington fight and revoked Brown’s probation, but did not send him to jail.
2014: Brown is scheduled to appear in a Washington court early this month.
2013: Longtime co-hosts Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck departed ABC’s “The View” and Jenny McCarthy took one of the seats.
The Primetime Emmy Awards for the first time gave major nominations to Web series, including the Netflix program “House of Cards.”
There were a number of notable series finales this year including “Breaking Bad” (with an ending widely praised) and “Dexter” (with an ending widely panned). Also ending after long runs were “Burn Notice,” “What Not to Wear,” “CSI: NY” and “Futurama.”
TV icon Valarie Harper brought tears to longtime fans in March with news that she had terminal brain cancer. After a summer of appearing on TV and filming a TV movie role, it was announced in August that the actress had defied odds and the cancer was getting close to remission. In the fall, she competed on “Dancing With the Stars.”
And then there was the time Twitter got swept up in Syfy’s “Sharknado.”
2014: Speaking of series coming to an end, the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” is counting down the episodes in its ninth and final season.
Jay Leno will exit “The Tonight Show,” making way for Jimmy Fallon to headline the NBC late night program starting in February. “Saturday Night Live” star Seth Meyers will take Fallon’s place at “Late Night.”
Longtime interviewer and “The View” creator Barbara Walters has said she will “retire from appearing on television at all” this year. That leaves ABC’s daytime show with two chairs to fill.
And get your Twitter feed ready: “Sharknado 2: The Second One” is due this year.
2013: “Iron Man 3” was the top earner at the domestic box office, as of Dec. 24.
2014: It’s another spring/summer of sequels as tent-pole franchises roll out new films to collect at the box office. Expect a handful of remakes sprinkled with a few original stories through the warmer months until awards season bait is dangled in the fall.
Here are a few of the films hoping for blockbuster status:
•“The Legend of Hercules,” Jan. 10
•“The Monuments Men,” Feb. 7
•“RoboCop,” Feb. 12
•“Maleficent,” May 30
•“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” April 4
•“The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” May 2
•“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” May 23
•“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” June 27
•“22 Jump Street,” June 13
•“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” July 11
•“Guardians of the Galaxy,” Aug. 1
•“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” Aug. 22
•“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” Nov. 21
•“The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” Dec. 17
2013: The year wiggled in with a “Harlem Shake” and booty-popped out with a twerk.
Along the way, Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines” with his anthem of the summer, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis popped tags at the “Thrift Shop,” Daft Punk looked to “Get Lucky” and Ylvis posed an age-old question in “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?).”
Justin Timberlake announced a return to music and released two studio albums. Britney Spears wasn’t far behind on the comeback trail with a new album and the start of a residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Boy bands of yore saw a resurgence as “The Package Tour” reunited New Kids on the Block, BoyzIIMen and 98 Degrees. Backstreet Boys marked their 20th anniversary with an album and tour. A much-anticipated Nsync reunion materialized – however briefly – during a performance by Timberlake at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Fans of one boy band got some bad news as the Jonas Brothers, who were poised to release an album and set off on tour, announced instead that they were splitting up.
2014: Among artists and groups reportedly working on albums are Adele, Train, Limp Bizkit, Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Mötley Crüe, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, Nicki Minaj and Emeli Sandé.
Among celebrities that died in 2013: Author Tom Clancy, journalist David Frost, actress Esther Williams, psychologist Joyce Brothers, actress Jeanne Cooper, sportscaster Pat Summerall, actor Milo O’Shea, singer Mindy McCready, actor Lee Thompson Young, actress Lisa Robin Kelly, rapper Chris Kelly, actor Michael Ansara, actor Dennis Farina, singer Patti Page, writer/producer Don Payne, actor Corey Monteith, actor James Gandolfini, actress Jean Stapleton, singer George Jones, actress Annette Funicello, movie critic Roger Ebert, actor Paul Mantee, actress Shirley Mitchell, chef Charlie Trotter, actor Paul Walker, musician Lou Reed, actor Ed Lauter, actor Peter O’Toole