Remember when Justin Bieber was a fresh-faced teen singer with that hit song "Baby" you couldn't quite get out of your head once you heard it? The Canadian pop star turned bad boy in 2013, seemingly making news for all the wrong reasons at nearly every turn. His year started off TMZ posting photos allegedly showing him smoking marijuana and 2013 only went down from there. The rest of his escapades included leaving a comment in the Anne Frank House guestbook suggesting Frank would have been a "Belieber" if she had lived, urinating into a mop bucket while insulting Bill Clinton, attempting to sneak his pet capuchin monkey into Germany, getting into fights with paparazzi, having his bodyguards carry him up the steps of the Great Wall of China, allegedly hitting up Brazil's legal brothels while on tour, spraying graffiti on the walls of an Australian hotel, and apparently misplacing all of his shirts. And to top it all off? He also lost his title of the celeb with the most Twitter followers to Katy Perry in early November. Ouch.
After much speculation, The Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm officially announced on Jan. 25 that J.J. Abrams would serve as director and producer of "Star Wars Episode VII," the first film in the "Star Wars" sequel trilogy.
Underlining the changing ways audiences are receiving their entertainment, Netflix surged through 2013 by relying on its own original content, making entire seasons of new series available for streaming to television, computers, smartphones and tablets. That original-content strategy has included a new season of the revived comedy "Arrested Development," a U.S. remake of "House of Cards" starring Kevin Spacey, and the new series "Orange is the New Black." Netflix called the latter comedy-drama "one of the most critically well received TV shows of 2013" and said it will end the year as Netflix's most watched original series to date. The strategy worked wonders for the company, which pushed above the 40 million subscriber mark for the first time and earned a total of 14 Emmy nominations and three wins this year.
Perhaps the most talked about moment of the Grammys on Feb. 10 didn't come onstage, but rather in the audience, with Chris Brown and Rihanna spotted smiling and cuddling. The two singing stars' relationship initially broke down on the eve of the 2009 Grammys, when Brown was arrested for assaulting Rihanna. He later pleaded guilty to felony assault and was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service. The reunion was short-lived though, with reports coming by the spring that the couple had yet again broken up.
Country music star Mindy McCready, 37, was found dead Feb. 17 on the front porch of her Heber Springs, Ark., home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. McCready also shot and killed a dog that belonged to her late boyfriend, record producer David Wilson, before shooting herself. Wilson had shot and killed himself on the same spot about a month earlier. McCready left behind two sons, 6-year-old Zander and 10-month-old Zayne.
Following years of legal problems and five stints in rehab, in March 2013 actress Lindsay Lohan plead no contest to misdemeanor charges stemming from a June 2012 car accident. She was sentenced to community service, psychotherapy and lockdown rehabilitation. In between May and July, she spent 90 days in rehab and is under orders to remain in therapy until November 2014, when her next court appearance is scheduled. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Aug. 18, she told Winfrey that she was an addict and realizes she needs "to shut up and listen" because her approach to dealing with personal problems had not worked.
After effectively putting his music career on hiatus to focus on acting, Justin Timberlake returned to the music scene in 2013 with "The 20/20 Experience," his first album in nearly seven years. The album, which was released March 15, was followed in September by a sequel of sorts in "The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2," which together earned him seven Grammy nominations. The year even saw him briefly reuniting with the rest of 'N Sync at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
If you listened to the radio at all this summer, chances are you ran across Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" all over the dial. While both can lay claim to the title of unofficial song of the summer of 2013, Thicke's song, and the unrated music video that hit the Internet on March 20, especially stand out for several reasons. You can start with the fact it was his first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, but there also was the controversies: Over its heavy use of a Marvin Gaye sample, over its lyrics and especially over its racy video featuring topless models. Thicke repeatedly found himself defending both the song and the video over claims that they are misogynist and promote date rape.
Already having conquered the rap and business world, Jay-Z turned his focus to sports management in 2013. In April, the rapper launched his own sports agency, Roc Nation Sports, teaming with Creative Artists Agency. Second baseman Robinson Cano, then of the New York Yankees, became his first client. Jay-Z who had to sell his small share in the NBA's Brooklyn Nets to make the move, would end up helping Cano to a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners in early December. Jay-Z also counts Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz among his initial clients.
Movie critic Roger Ebert, the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, died April 4 at the age of 70 in Chicago after a recurrence of cancer. Ebert, who had lived with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands since 2002, was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death. He, along with Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel, helped popularize nationally televised film reviewing when they co-hosted the PBS show "Sneak Previews" from 1975 through 1982, followed by several variously named "At the Movies" programs.
Actress Annette Funicello, best known as one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on "The Mickey Mouse Club" and for movies in the "Beach Party" genre in the mid-1960s, died April 8 of complications from multiple sclerosis at the age of 70 in Bakersfield, Calif. Doctors diagnosed Funicello with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative neurological disease, in 1987. She kept the illness a secret until 1992, the year she established The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases. The charity, which is still active, supports research into the cause, treatment and cure of multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases.
Reese Witherspoon delighted fans of celebrities behaving badly when she got into a drunken confrontation with an Atlanta police officer after her husband, Jim Toth, was arrested for driving under the influence in the early morning hours of April 19. Police dashcam video later posted on TMZ showed the actress ignoring the officer's order to stay in her car, instead yelling at him that didn't believe he was a real police officer and asking if he knew who she was. The confrontation ended with Witherspoon in handcuffs alongside her husband and charged with disorderly conduct. She later apologized for the incident, pleaded no contest and was fined $213. Toth pleaded guilty and was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service, an alcohol-education program and one year of probation.
Famed folk singer Richie Havens, the opening act at the 1969 Woodstock music festival, died April 22 of a sudden heart attack. He was 72. After Havens gained attention at Woodstock, he recorded a soulful-voiced cover of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," which rose on the pop charts in 1970. Havens, who retired in 2010, toured for more than 30 years and recorded 30 albums.
Country music legend George Jones, best known for hits such as "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "White Lightning," died April 26 at the age of 81 in Nashville after being hospitalized with high fever and irregular blood pressure. Jones' career was marked by a tumultuous marriage to Tammy Wynette and bouts with alcoholism that led to occasional concert cancellations. (One of his nicknames was "No-Show Jones.") But there was no denying his talent. Waylon Jennings once wrote a song that said, "George might show up flyin' high, if George shows up at all / But he may be, unconsciously, the greatest of them all."
After Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson split up in 2012 following the revelation that she had cheated on him with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, they eventually patched things up. But the couple broke up again, this time apparently for good, in May 2013.
After 2012 saw Amanda Bynes deal with a DUI arrest and two hit-and-run incidents, the actress received three years' probation after pleading no contest on May 9, 2013, to driving with a suspended license. But that was just the start of her problems. On May 23, she was arrested after police said she threw a bong from her Manhattan apartment. She was again detained on July 22 after allegedly starting a small fire in the driveway of a stranger's house in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The incidents led to her being put under a involuntary psychiatric hold and her parents winning a temporary conservatorship over her affairs. In the fall, she was moved from UCLA Medical Center to a private treatment facility outside Los Angeles for "specialized treatment." She was released into the custody of her parents in early December to continue her recovery at home.
Angelina Jolie revealed in a May 14 op-ed piece in the New York Times that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutant form of a gene that predisposes her for breast and ovarian cancer.
Actress Jean Stapleton, best known for her role as Archie Bunker's wife in the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom "All in the Family," died of natural causes at age 90 on May 31. She won three Emmy awards -- in 1971, 1972 and 1978, in addition to five other nominations in which he she fell short -- for her performance as Edith Bunker.
In June, Michael Douglas kicked off an animated conversation about the cause of oral cancer when he told The Guardian that he got throat cancer after engaging in oral sex. Oral sex can expose individuals to the human papilloma virus, which can cause cancer. Later, Douglas' publicist told CNN that Douglas did not blame HPV solely for his cancer; Douglas said he was also a smoker and a drinker. In October, he admitted that he didn't have throat cancer, as he originally told the press in 2010, but rather had tongue cancer and hid the diagnosis to protect his career. The actor and his wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, also made news when they announced in August they were taking a break from their marriage of nearly 13 years. However, they were reportedly back together by November.
Kim Kardashian and boyfriend Kanye West welcomed their first child, a daughter named North West, on June 15. "Kimye," as the celebrity couple has been dubbed, became the butt of an untold number of jokes on late-night talk shows and social media when North's name was revealed about a week later. The couple capped off the year by getting engaged in October, with Kanye using AT&T Park, the home of baseball's San Francisco Giants, to make an epic proposal that included a 50-piece orchestra and fireworks.
Actor James Gandolfini, best known for his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos," died from a heart attack on June 19 while vacationing in Rome, Italy. Gandolfini, who was 51 years old, won three Emmys for the role of Tony Soprano and was nominated another three times. He also appeared in movies such as "True Romance," "Get Shorty" and "Zero Dark Thirty."
Celebrity chef Paula Deen's career and public reputation went into a tailspin this summer after her deposition in a lawsuit, in which she admitted using the "N-word" in the past, was released in mid-June. In the media firestorm that followed, Deen lost lucrative endorsements and her Food Network cooking show, while the publication of her eagerly anticipated cookbook was canceled. The lawsuit, which was filed by a former employee who leveled accusations of racism and sexual harassment, was eventually dismissed on Aug. 26.
Following a tough 2012 that saw him arrested for assault and public intoxication, which earned him probation, country singer Randy Travis' 2013 wasn't any better. The 54-year-old was initially hospitalized July 7 in Texas with viral cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, which led to a stroke. After surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, he remained under heavy sedation and in critical condition near death for several days. He was eventually released from the hospital on July 31 and entered a physical therapy facility.
The Syfy made-for-TV movie "Sharknado," which features Ian Ziering and Tara Reid battling flying sharks hungry for humans, premiered on July 11 and instantly captured the imagination of the Twitterverse. The so-bad-it's-good movie managed to snag 1.37 million viewers in its debut, enough to earn several repeat showings, receive an actual one-night-only theatrical release and spawn a New York City-set sequel planned for 2014. The name of the sequel? "Sharknado 2: The Second One."
"Glee" star Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room at the age of 31 on July 13. Three days later the British Columbia Coroners Service announced his death was caused by "a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol." Monteith had a history of drug use, telling Parade magazine in 2011 that he used "anything and everything, as much as possible." He entered rehab at age 19, but it took a family ultimatum after stealing money from a relative to convince him to get clean. He entered rehab again in April 2013, about three months before his death.
With fanfare fit for a prince, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William welcomed their first child, George Alexander Louis, on July 22. After his grandfather and father, Prince George of Cambridge is third in line to succeed his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson and her multimillionaire art collector husband Charles Saatchi began divorce proceedings on July 31, weeks after images of him grabbing her by the throat at a London restaurant made headlines. Lawson again made headlines in December when she took the stand as a witness in the fraud trial of two former personal assistants and admitted to using cocaine in two periods of her life and spoke of her troubled relationship with ex-husband. In light of her tribulations, she described 2013 as "the longest year of my life."
Ben Affleck started off the year with a bang, with "Argo," his third directorial effort, taking home Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards. Affleck, who also earned the Golden Globe and the Directors Guild of America awards for best directing for the movie, made news again when it was announced on Aug. 22 that he would play Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel set for release in 2015. The news of his casting in the superhero flick nearly broke the Internet with a backlash that spread like wildfire across social media.
Whether it was her provocative music videos or twerking at the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus couldn't seem to stay out of the limelight for long in 2013. But while some shook their heads at her new sexed-up public image, it seems to have worked for the singer formerly known as Hannah Montana. The music videos for "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball," the first two singles off her fourth studio album, "Bangerz," attracted record viewers online and the latter became her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It wasn't all good news for Cyrus though, as she and actor Liam Hemsworth called off their engagement in September, ending a four-year relationship.
A tumultuous few weeks for former reality TV star and NBA player Lamar Odom came to a head when he was arrested Aug. 30 by a California Highway Patrol officer on a driving under the influence charge. Odom, who is married to Khloe Kardashian and has starred with her in the reality TV show "Khloe and Lamar," pleaded no contest on Dec. 9 and was sentenced to three years of probation and three months of alcohol counseling. The arrest came after rumors surfaced that he was addicted to painkillers and had disappeared for a few days after a fight with his wife, both denied by Kardashian herself on Twitter and Odom's agent. His bad year came to a fitting conclusion with Kardashian filing for divorce on Friday, Dec. 13.
While fans of the steamy "Fifty Shades of Grey" eagerly awaited casting news for the movie adaptation of the erotic romance novel, there was mixed reaction when the casting was actually announced on Sept. 2. "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam was cast in the role of Christian Grey alongside Dakota Johnson in the role of Anastasia Steele. However, Hunnam gave up the part in mid-October, with Jamie Dornan, best known for the movie "Marie Antoinette" and the TV series "Once Upon a Time," announced as his replacement on Oct. 23. The movie also was pushed back, going from an original release date of Aug. 1, 2014, to Feb. 13, 2015.
More than 10 million people tuned in to the series finale of "Breaking Bad" on Sept. 29 to see what ultimately would happen to high school chemistry teacher turned drug lord Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). One of the most critically acclaimed TV dramas in recent memory, the AMC show went out with a bang after five seasons.
A Los Angeles jury decided Oct. 2 that although AEG Live hired Dr. Conrad Murray the concert promoter was not liable for Michael Jackson's fatal drug overdose. The jury found that Murray was competent, so even though AEG Live hired him, it was not liable for Jackson's death and didn't owe the Jackson family millions of dollars in compensation. The verdict brought the five-month-long trial to a close. Jackson's mother and the singer's three children sued AEG Live in 2010, arguing that the company's negligence in hiring, retaining or supervising Murray was a factor in the singer's June 25, 2009, death. Jackson died of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, which Murray told investigators he was using to treat the singer's insomnia so he could rest for rehearsals. Murray served two years for involuntary manslaughter. Jackson died just days before his comeback tour -- promoted and produced by AEG Live -- was set to debut in London in the summer of 2009.
Lou Reed, who took rock 'n' roll into dark corners as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, died from liver disease at the age of 71 on Oct. 27. He had undergone a liver transplant in May. In 1970, Reed left the Velvets for a long solo career turning out classics like "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Sweet Jane."
If you're in the market for a new video game console, both Sony and Microsoft are eager for your business. The rivals both introduced the next generation of their video game systems within one week of each other, with Sony's PlayStation 4 going on sale Nov. 15 and Microsoft's Xbox One hitting stores on Nov. 22. Worldwide sales of the PlayStation 4 had topped 2.1 million as of Dec. 1 while Microsoft announced on Dec. 11 that the Xbox One, which costs $499 compared to the PS4's $399 price tag, had also reached 2 million sold.
The year 2013 was a banner year for the BBC sci-fi series "Doctor Who." The show marked its 50th anniversary with a special broadcast worldwide on Nov. 23 that united Matt Smith, the 11th actor to inhabit the role of the time-traveling alien known as "The Doctor," with his predecessor, David Tennant, and John Hurt as another incarnation of the character. It achieved the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama. The show came nearly four months after the announcement that Peter Capaldi would be replacing Smith in the role starting with this year's Christmas special.
Actor Paul Walker, who shot to fame as star of the high-octane street racing franchise "Fast & Furious," died in a fiery car crash in Southern California on Nov. 30. Walker, 40, was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by racing team partner Roger Rodas, that slammed into a light pole and burst into flames in an office park in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood. Rodas was also killed in the crash. The one-page preliminary report released by the Los Angeles County coroner's office on Dec. 4 listed Walker's cause of death as the "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries."
Irish actor Peter O'Toole, perhaps best known for playing T. E. Lawrence in "Lawrence of Arabia," died in his sleep at age 81 on Dec. 14. O'Toole holds the record for most Academy Award nominations without a win, earning nods for "Lawrence of Arabia," "Becket," "The Lion in Winter," "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," "The Ruling Class," "The Stunt Man," "My Favorite Year" and "Venus." He acknowledged in 2012 that his acting career had ended, bidding a "profoundly grateful farewell" to the industry.