- Memorable moments in entertainment news, according to eTalk's Lainey -
TORONTO, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - As the year comes to a close, eTalk - Canada's
top entertainment newsmagazine - looks back at the celebrity moments that made
2007 one of the most interesting in showbiz history, and one of the busiest
for the eTalk team. The news - both good and bad - had eTalk's gossip guru,
Elaine "Lainey" Lui, reporting from around the world and kept her website
(www.laineygossip.com) among the top searched in North America.
Here, according to Lainey, is eTalk's Top 10 List of Good, Bad and Ugly
Celebrity Moments of 2007:
10. The Year of Helen Mirren - The British actress swept all the major
awards shows in 2007 for her turn in the role of Queen Elizabeth II in
The Queen. Winning Best Actress at both the Golden Globes and Oscars
proved that seasoned thespians still have it.
Lainey says: "Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren - the grand
dames give us hope that Hollywood isn't all about DUIs, shaved heads and
home video sex tapes."
9. Concerts with a Cause - The summer of 2007 saw two huge concerts
beamed around the globe from London, England and eTalk was there,
providing exclusive coverage. Live Earth showcased international musical
talent to address global warming; and Concert for Diana was a celebration
of the life of Diana, the Princess of Wales.
Lainey says: "Celebrities mixing with royals and showbiz philanthropy
defined 2007. With an election looming in 2008, expect celebrities to
turn their attentions to campaigning. Hardcore."
8. The Rise of Canadian Men - Actors Seth Rogen and Michael Cera proved
that funny, awkward men can rise to fame out of nowhere. Two strong box
office earners (Knocked Up, Superbad) made them both household names.
eTalk followed the careers of these funnymen, from their sitcom days to
the box office success they enjoy today.
Lainey says: "Quirky can be sexy. Quirky and Canadian is even better."
7. Men Behaving Badly - Let's not forget about the bad boys. While Rogen
and Cera basked in box office glory, Alec Baldwin was leaving nasty phone
messages for his daughter, David Hasselhoff was caught on camera in an
inebriated state, Isaiah Washington's racial slurs cost him his Grey's
Anatomy job and a drunken Orlando Bloom nearly left his car (and injured
friend inside) after driving into another vehicle in L.A.
Lainey says: "2007 was the Year of the Douche."
6. The Year of Transformations - 2007 saw celebrities come out of nowhere
with new looks, new priorities and likely some new publicists as well.
Jessica Biel said goodbye to her TV past, latched on to Justin Timberlake
and became one of the hottest stars in the industry; Daniel Radcliffe
shed his Harry Potter image and took on a theatrical role which saw him
nude and looking much, much older; and of course, Nicole Richie had us
all fooled - who knew there was a demure mom-to-be under that bad girl
Lainey says: "Hollywood sells dreams. In Hollywood, impossible dreams
can come true. Which means Britney can bounce back."
5. Brangelina Media Storm - Humanitarian actors Brad Pitt and Angelina
Jolie had quite a year, and the media followed their every move. A
growing family + new movies = media frenzy. Lainey witnessed
first-hand how the couple can descend on film festivals and whip up a
storm. In Cannes, the duo showed the world their affection for one
another. At TIFF, the couple caused such chaos in downtown Toronto that
they couldn't get out of their car to join friends for dinner.
Lainey says: "There were mad fans holding their babies up to the
Brangelina SUV begging to be Brangelina blessed. Seriously."
4. Beckham Mania - Victoria and David Beckham crossed the pond to carve
their path to stardom in America. Becks kicked off the campaign as the
new star player for the L.A. Galaxy, Posh had her own TV show, they both
released new fragrances, made friends with celebrity Scientologists, and
were seen everywhere by the cameras.
Lainey says: "Posh and Becks were born for Hollywood. And Hollywood has
embraced them like blood."
3. Celebrity Babies - This year saw the continuing trend of celebrity
adoptions, but for those stars who already have babies and toddlers in
tow, 2007 was a coming out party. eTalk saw Suri (Tom & Kate), Kingston
(Gwen & Gavin), Violet (Ben & Jennifer) and all the Jolie-Pitts in full
force, but also reported on new celebrity pregnancies, including Jennifer
Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Halle Berry and Nicole Richie.
Lainey says: "Forget interviews and talk shows, having a baby and
pimping it out to the paparazzi is the new way to sell a movie or build a
2. Anna Nicole Smith - Sadly, not all celebrity moments end well. Anna
Nicole was one tragedy that stood out among a year of bizarre tales.
From her son's suspicious death, to her untimely death and the legal
battles that ensued, eTalk stayed on top of this story, including sending
Lainey to Florida to cover the unfolding events.
Lainey says: "A classic case of what I call 'sad smut.' Her death was
tragic. The frenzy that followed perhaps even more so."
1. Girls Behaving Badly - Britney Spears comes to mind (for obvious
reasons), and how can anyone forget Paris Hilton's stint in jail (or the
tearful cries to her mother)? Between Britney, Paris, Lindsay and Nicole,
rehab centres and jail cells became the new trendy getaway spot for 2007.
Lainey says: "Seeing Hollywood Ebola Paris Hilton sobbing in the back of
a squad car, getting hauled back to prison June 8 made my year. June 8
will be remembered fondly for all time."
It was a year of some good, lots of bad and plenty of ugly. eTalk closes
the chapter on 2007 and looks ahead to a new year of celebrity ups and downs.
eTalk continues to review the year in entertainment with special episodes
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