HOLLYWOOD, CA (FOX44) – This year's headlines out of tinsletown included hook-ups, scandals, melt-downs, jail time and of course, drama. FOX's Adam Housley has a complete rundown of it all.
Attracting worldwide attention is never easy but they didn't have to try hard. An estimated 2-billion people tuned in at some point to watch Prince William of Wales turn the beautiful Kate Middleton into Princess Catherine. The prince kicked off months of royal wedding craze when he proposed to Kate with his late mother's wedding ring.
Hollywood had its fair share of fairy-tale weddings too. Actress, Reese Witherspoon, found love in Hollywood agent Jim Toth. Joining them was long-time country singer LeAnn Rimes and actor Eddie Cibrian, two of Nashville’s biggest stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. And hopefully the third times a charm for Sir. Paul McCartney, the former Beatle tied the knot with heiress Nancy Shevell.
But not all stars are enjoying happily-ever-after’s. Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds called it quits. Jennifer Lopez shocked many after announcing she's moving on from her husband and father of two Marc Anthony. And after a public cheating scandal Demi Moore filed for divorce from Ashton Kutcher. And it became a little too real for Kardashian followers after the mega reality star Kim Kardashian caused quite the pandemonium when she filed for divorce 72-days after marrying NBA forward, Kris Humphries. The announcement ignited a slew of rumors about the wedding's legitimacy.
Here is what Jen Peros from US Weekly said about the Kardashian divorce: "You know I think a lot of fans are outraged by this split because you know a lot of people put a lot of time into watching the show. They fell in love with Kim and they were so invested in her journey to find love and then she gets divorced 72-days after this multi-million dollar wedding. A lot of people, you know, were upset about this"
And what's Hollywood without some high-profile scandals. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, said hasta la vista. This break-up came after the former California Governor drops a bombshell admitting to fathering a child with the family's longtime housekeeper. And stealing the headlines for weeks was actor Charlie Sheen's public meltdown. The troubled actor appeared to have drunk way too much tiger blood this year, got fired from hit show "Two and a Half Men", and then went on a public rant against the show's executives.
Lindsay Lohan proved this was not the year for her comeback, after being charged with jewelry theft. The actress went from house arrest to the slammer. A judge eventually slapped Lohan with more than 400-hours of community service. Also, more than 2-years after the death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop's former physician, Conrad Murray, is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. He was later sentenced to the maximum 4-years in prison.
Tinseltown also had its share of goodbyes. Grammy-award winning singer, Amy Winehouse, was found dead in her London apartment from alcohol poisoning. And the ever-extravagant Elizabeth Taylor left us at the age of seventy-nine.
And a new year delivers Hollywood a bundle of new a-list tots. Actress Natalie Portman brought home an Oscar and a baby boy. Victoria and David Beckham welcomed their first daughter, Jessica Alba delivers her second girl, Kate Hudson and her fiancé are having their first child together, and Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon went big with the birth of their twins.
And over on FOX, Idol fans declared country singer, Scotty McCreery, as their season 10-winner. While former Idol judge, Simon Cowell, brought his British hit singing show, "The X-Factor", to the states. The highly anticipated debut proved to be another success for the television mogul. Just before the New Year judges send home the season 1-winner with a 5-million-dollar recording contract.
But they weren't the only ones winning big this year; this award season puts royalty back in the spotlight. "The King's Speech", the most-nominated film of the year, wins best picture at the Academy Awards. The star, Colin Firth, won for best lead actor. And Natalie Portman took home best lead actress for her performance in "Black Swan" Country three-some "Lady Antebellum" won 5-grammys, leaving with the most awards of the evening.
And ending the year on top of the box office is "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II". The franchise's final film set an all-time record, with close to 200-million dollars in ticket sales.
2012 is sure to bring Hollywood plenty of more weddings, babies, scandals, and of course, drama. Some of the most anticipated headlines of 2012 include Jessica Simpson’s wedding to fiancé, Eric Johnson. The couple is also expecting their first child together. And power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé is also expecting their own bundle of joy.