We've trawled through the happenings and the hits, the flops and the fuss to bring you the last 12 months in quiz form.
So, as we ring in 2010, here's your chance to test the old grey matter with 30 posers about the closing year.
Best of luck...
1. Name Kate Hudson's former baseball beau.
a. Alex Rodriguez
b. Derek Jeter
c. Manny Ramirez
2. Who won the 2009 Oscar for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role?
a. Sean Penn
b. Brad Pitt
c. Mickey Rourke
3. And who won Oscar gold in the Actress in a Supporting Role category?
a. Amy Adams
b. Penelope Cruz
c. Viola Davis
4. Name the actress who won damages from U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail after the publication called her "the most irritating actress".
a. Kate Winslet
b. Dame Judi Dench
c. Kate Hudson
5. Name the Russian who gave birth to Mel Gibson's baby in October.
a. Petra Nemcova
b. Oksana Grigorieva
c. Anna Kournikova
6. How many kids does Mel Gibson now have?
7. Which actress fasted for 12 days to highlight the plight of refugees in Darfur?
a. Angelina Jolie
b. Charlize Theron
c. Mia Farrow
8. Which great Brit recovered from a late 2008 coma to start work on his 74th film role this past summer?
a. Christopher Lee
b. Lord Attenborough
c. Sir Ian McKellen
9. Which top TV actress said, "I was named after my great-grandmother. If you look it up it's Greek, but my grandmother was apparently named after an Irish Catholic saint, who had an indiscretion with the Greek god Zeus and was kicked out."
a. Vivica A. Fox
b. Penelope Cruz
c. Calista Flockhart
10. Which movie star quit acting to become a batty rapper?
a. Hugh Grant
b. Joaquin Phoenix
c. Mark Wahlberg
11. Which Irish actor became a dad for the second time this year?
a. Colin Farrell
b. Colin Firth
c. Daniel Day-Lewis
12. She played TV chef Julia Child and Fantastic Mr. Fox's wife in two 2009 films. Name the Oscar winner.
a. Nicole Kidman
b. Julia Roberts
c. Meryl Streep
13. The castmembers of which famous TV sitcom reunited for an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm?
14. Which sexy star inhabited Jennifer's Body?
a. Megan Fox
b. Eva Mendes
c. Kate Beckinsale
15. Which Charlie's Angels star died on the same day as Michael Jackson?
a. Cheryl Ladd
b. Jaclyn Smith
c. Farrah Fawcett
16. Which 2009 movie did George Clooney not appear in?
a. Fantastic Mr. Fox
b. The Men Who Stare At Goats
c. The Blind Side
17. Which funnyman had heart surgery in 2009 to replace a heart valve?
a. Robin Williams
b. Pierce Brosnan
c. Alec Baldwin
18. Which box office smash hit featured balloons, an old man and a boy scout?
c. Monsters Vs. Aliens
19. Jaime Pressly, Claire Danes, Marla Sokoloff and Anna Faris all had what in common in 2009?
a. They got married this year
b. They had a baby this year
c. They spent time in rehab
20. Which actress was unceremoniously ditched from the Twilight franchise?
a. Ashley Greene
b. Dakota Fanning
c. Rachelle Lefevre
21. And which filmmaker's daughter will replace her in Eclipse next year?
a. Bryce Dallas Howard
b. Jessica Capshaw
c. Eva Amurri
22. Which Beatle does Aaron Johnson portray in Sam Taylor-Wood's directorial debut Nowhere Boy?
a. Paul McCartney
b. Ringo Starr
c. John Lennon
23. Which British actress was left "mortified" when Esquire magazine named her the year's Sexiest Woman?
a. Kate Winslet
b. Katie Price
c. Kate Beckinsale
24. Name the director of Inglourious Basterds.
a. Steven Spielberg
b. Ron Howard
c. Quentin Tarantino
25. Which British actor played the roles of Scotty in Star Trek and an adventurous mammal in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs?
a. Hugh Laurie
b. Simon Pegg
c. Colin Firth
26. And which original Star Trek castmember was 'beamed up' for the summer sci-fi epic?
a. Leonard Nimoy
b. William Shatner
c. George Takei
27. Name the apt title of tragic movie star Patrick Swayze's memoirs.
a. The Time of My Life
b. No More Dirty Dancing
c. Next of Kin
28. Who will co-host the Oscars in March?
a. Brad Pitt and George Clooney
b. Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman
c. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin
29. Which former heavyweight boxing champion played himself in hit comedy The Hangover?
a. Muhammad Ali
b. Mike Tyson
c. Lennox Lewis
30. And, here's a real toughie to finish on... Name Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's surrogate, who carried and gave birth to the couple's twins.
a. Kim Cattrall
b. Katherine Ross
c. Michelle Ross
Anna Faris and actor Chris Pratt are enjoying a Hawaiian honeymoon, after marrying on the island over the weekend.
The couple, who got engaged late last year, exchanged vows on Saturday and have kick-started married life in Maui.
Faris hinted that the pair would run off to wed last month, revealing plans to "slip off and elope" with her then-fiancé to avoid the pressure of a large family gathering.
Pratt confirms to Radaronline.com, "I'm a very happy guy. We're in Hawaii having a wonderful time."
This is the second marriage for the House Bunny star, who was previously wed to actor Ben Indra.
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Elizabeth Banks is in Cannes as a new ambassador for L’Oreal. I caught up with the actress on the 7th-floor terrace of the Martinez Hotel on Wednesday. This is Banks’ first time in Cannes and she was clearly enjoying it, although she was a bit nervous about the walk up the red carpet.
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Banks doesn’t have a film in Cannes but has plenty of projects gearing up. She said she’d just heard from The Details director Jacob Estes on Wednesday, who was scouting locations in Seattle. The movie, with Banks, James McAvoy, Anna Friel and Laura Linney, starts shooting in three weeks.
The busy actress is also becoming a serious producer. She executive produced Jonathan Mostow’s Surrogates, which stars Bruce Willis and comes out in September. She’s also in development at DreamWorks on the workplace comedy Forever 21, which she’ll star in and produce.
Juggling such a full slate isn’t a problem for Banks, who says, “I am a total Type A personality. I like being busy.”
When Banks isn’t busy acting or producing, she might be found blogging. Recently, she created something of an Internet scandal when she wrote a blog for The Huffington Post that called out Zac Efron-starrer 17 Again for glamorizing teen pregnancy.
When I asked her if she knew the post would result in such a firestorm, she rather devilishly said, “I sort of meant to.” Basically, she explained, “Some people saw it as an ode to Zac, some people saw it as a rant against teenage pregnancy. It was both.”
Still, Banks says she doesn’t read her own press and if she does she’s “not affected by it.” Asked about the biggest misconception people may have of her, she said she’s had to fight the “dumb blonde” stereotype and that in general she finds herself “fighting for legitimacy.” Not as a woman, she explained, but more so as an actress who’s now producing.
People’s first reaction, she said, goes something like, “What? The girl from the bathtub in 40-Year-Old Virgin is producing a Bruce Willis movie? Yeah, right!"
MORE NEWS : Fawcett Prays for a Miracle
Anna Nicole Smith is considering a TV show concept with Farrah Fawcett
after the two blonde reality stars kissed and made up after a war of words in
The former Charlie's Angels actress called Anna Nicole a "train wreck" in her
new TV series Chasing Farrah, leading Smith to blast her one-time heroine in
her National Enquirer gossip column.
Farrah then apologized to Anna Nicole during an appearance on chat show Jimmy
Kimmel Live, prompting Smith to consider a future for the odd couple.
Smith says, "Maybe we'll become friends out of this... Just think about the
reality show we could do."
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Actress Farrah Fawcett has hit out at reports she had an affair with
private detective Anthony Pellicano, who she insists has been wrongly accused
of wiretapping her house.
The actress has been named by Pellicano's biographer
John Connelly as one of his possible wiretapping victims before he was
sentenced to jail on explosives charges.
The actress, who recently rekindled her romance with Ryan O'Neal, says, "It
was incorrect. Have I been wiretapped? Yes. But who they said wiretapped me was
incorrect. He's in prison. Anthony Pellicano did not (do it). They don't even
know (who did it).
"It was just a couple of times. I think it's a man. But anyway, the FBI, I
did talk to them... I just wanna clear up that... I did not have an affair with
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Fawcett is also eager to get on Anna Nicole Smith's good side
again, after a brief war of words.
Fawcett labeled Smith's self-titled reality show a "train wreck" in the
first episode of her new unscripted series Chasing Farrah. And the former Charlie's Angels star's comments proved to be highly offensive to busty heiress Smith, who recently stated in her weekly column for tabloid the National Enquirer, "Train wreck? Have you seen a mirror lately? Looks like your train wreck came 15 years ago.
"What did you do anyway, hit your nose on the train? Because it sure needs to
be straightened out. It's a shame you had to talk about me because I really loved you."
But Fawcett is keen to squash the battle, explaining, "This is so sad. When
they were pitching the show to me I said the shows that I did not want to do. I
wouldn't even be capable of doing one like Anna Nicole. I mean, I think she's
very brave, very gutsy. I'm not Anna Nicole, I couldn't do that.
"She got mad and wrote something very bad and then at the end she said, 'It's
too bad because I really loved you.' So I feel badly. It wasn't directed at
"I could've said (Donald Trump's The Apprentice). I didn't mean her. I meant
the show. I apologize if I hurt her feelings. Just love me again, okay?"
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Holdover hits prevailed this weekend as moviegoers showed little enthusiasm for new arrivals.
Universal's PG-13-rated comedy "Meet the Parents" held on to first place in its second weekend with a still engaging estimated $21.35 million (-25%) at 2,615 theaters (+1 theater; $8,165 per theater). Its cume is approximately $59.4 million.
"Parents'" international release is through DreamWorks Pictures, which co-financed the film and will share equally in its success.
"Parents" had the highest per-theater average for any film playing in wide release last weekend.
"It's fabulous," Universal distribution president Nikki Rocco said Sunday morning. "This is a bonafide hit, a bonafide blockbuster. Because of the mid-week numbers, we knew that the word of mouth was out already. The question just is, 'How big is big?' It will be well over $100 million. We're at $59 million in 10 days."
Rocco pointed out that "Parents," which opened in first place the previous weekend, is the fourth consecutive film opening via Universal in the number one position this year. It follows "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," "Bring It On" and "The Watcher." Universal is the first studio to achieve such a first place box office roll since Paramount scored in 1989 with "Major League," "Pet Sematary," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier."
Besides its four-in-a-row streak, Universal has two other first place openings for 2000, to make a total of six - "Erin Brockovich" and "U-571" round out the list.
Directed by Jay Roach (director of both "Austin Powers" hits), "Parents" stars Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller.
Rocco was also delighted with Universal's platform release launch of its critically-acclaimed, R-rated drama "Billy Elliot," the first title from the studio's new Universal Focus banner. "Billy" placed 20th with an estimated $0.22 million at 10 theaters ($22,015 per theater).
"$22,000 per screen is fabulous. When you're only going out with 10 playdates, you have to analyze other films that were of limited release and specialty films. It's certainly better than when 'Il Postino' opened and much better than when 'Ned Devine' opened. 'Ned Devine' was nine playdates and it was much less than this. Quite frankly, 'The Full Monty' opened in six playdates in September of 1997, and their per screen was $29,000. So we're right there. It's extremely encouraging."
"Monty" opened via Fox Searchlight Pictures to $176,585 at 6 theaters ($29,431 per theater) the weekend of Aug. 15-17, 1997. Having opened on Wed., Aug. 13, its five-day cume was $244,375. It went on to gross about $46 million in domestic theaters.
"Devine" opened via Fox Searchlight Pictures to $148,971 at 9 theaters ($16,552 per theater) the weekend of Nov. 20-22, 1998. It went on to gross about $25 million in domestic theaters.
"Postino" opened via Miramax Films to $95,310 at 10 theaters ($9,531 per theater) the weekend of June 16-18, 1995. It went on to gross about $22 million in domestic theaters.
"Billy's" exit polls, Rocco said, were very encouraging: "70% were over 30 (years old). 58% female. 96% in the Top Two boxes (excellent and very good) and 83% definite recommend. This is wonderful. We knew that this picture would play. It's a wonderful film."
The next step in rolling it out, she added, would be, "to bring in a few more markets and maybe expand a little in New York and L.A. for next week. And then the following week, a few more markets, a little more expansion in those that we're opened in, and then by the first or second week of November to be in 400 or 500 playdates. We're being cautious. It's a typical roll-out plan."
Buena Vista/Disney's PG-rated football drama "Remember the Titans" from producer Jerry Bruckheimer retained runner-up honors in its third weekend, still showing good legs with an estimated $13.5 million (-29%) at 2,726 theaters (+25 theaters; $4,958 per theater). Its cume is approximately $64.7 million.
Directed by Boaz Yakin and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman, "Titans" stars Denzel Washington.
New Line's R-rated horror thriller "Lost Souls" found the best reception of the weekend's four wide openings, placing third with a spirited estimated $8.4 million at 1,970 theaters ($4,263 per theater).
"We feel pretty good about it," New Line distribution president David Tuckerman said Sunday morning. "I think the ad campaign (done by New Line marketing president Joe Nimziki and his team) was great."
Focusing on the marketplace, which continues to be soft despite the success of "Parents" and "Titans," Tuckerman pointed out, "We're in a malaise. There's no question about it. And I don't think we're going to get out of it until we have a huge opening to jolt the public back into wanting to go to the movies.
"Frankly, I don't think that opening is going to be until 'Little Nicky' (the PG-13-rated Adam Sandler comedy opening very wide via New Line Nov. 10). I think 'Charlie's Angels' is going to open terrific (very wide via Columbia Nov. 3), but I think 'Little Nicky' is going to jolt 'em. Every week in November, there are good films opening that are going to gross."
Directed by Janusz Kaminski, "Souls" stars Winona Ryder and Ben Chaplin.
Paramount's R-rated urban appeal comedy "The Ladies Man" opened in fourth place with a quiet estimated $5.7 million at 2,022 theaters ($2,819 per theater).
Directed by Reginald Hudlin, "Ladies" stars Tim Meadows, Karyn Parsons and Billy Dee Wiliams.
With very good reviews, DreamWorks' R-rated political thriller "The Contender" opened in fifth place to a hopeful estimated $5.53 million at 1,516 theaters ($3,646 per theater).
Written and directed by Rod Lurie, "Contender" stars Gary Goldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges and Christian Slater.
"We're pretty pleased with the fact that the movie grossed more in its opening weekend than it cost," DreamWorks distribution executive Don Harris said Sunday morning.
"The movie seemed to play across the board. It played in the South and the Mid-West, which we were pretty happy about. We'll probably add some runs this week. That will get determined tomorrow when we see some more information. The plan all along was to open it at about this level and then add as we go through into the fall."
Warner Bros.' reissue of its R-rated 1973 horror classic "The Exorcist" expanded in its fourth week, sliding two pegs to sixth place with a still-solid $5.4 million at 1,655 theaters (+505 theaters; $3,263 per theater). Its cume is approximately $30.7 million, heading for $40 million in domestic theaters.
Directed by William Friedkin, "Exorcist" stars Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair and Max von Sydow.
Artisan Entertainment's R-rated romantic comedy "Dr. T and the Women" arrived in seventh place to an uneventful estimated $5.2 million at 1,489 theaters ($3,492 per theater).
Directed by Robert Altman, "Dr. T" stars Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett, Laura Dern, Shelley Long, Tara Reid, Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler.
Warner Bros. and Franchise Pictures' R-rated Sylvester Stallone action adventure "Get Carter" plunged five rungs in its second week to eighth place with a slow estimated $2.72 million (-59%) at 2,315 theaters (theater count unchanged; $1,173 per theater). Its cume is approximately $11.5 million.
Directed by Stephen Kay, "Carter" stars Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Mickey Rourke and Michael Caine.
Warner Bros.' PG-13-rated comedy "Best in Show," which went wider in its third week, placed ninth with a very promising estimated $2.35 million at 291 theaters (+238 theaters; $8,060 per theater). Its cume is approximately $4.1 million.
"That's huge," Warner Bros. Distribution president Dan Fellm n said Sunday morning. "The picture has (very good legs). It only dropped 8% in the existing theaters."
Directed by Christopher Guest, "Best" stars Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest and John Michael Higgins.
Rounding out the Top Ten was DreamWorks' R-rated dramatic comedy "Almost Famous," down four notches in its fifth week with a less lively estimated $2.27 million (-39%) at 2,262 theaters (+177 theaters; $1,001 per theater. Its cume is approximately $26.7 million.
Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, "Almost" stars Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
"Famous" is being released internationally by Sony's Columbia Pictures, which co-financed the production and will share equally with DreamWorks in its success.
OTHER OPENINGS This weekend also saw the arrival of Universal's critically-acclaimed, R-rated drama "Billy Elliot," the first title from the studio's new Universal Focus banner.
"Billy" went into limited release, placing 20th and giving Universal something to dance about with a very promising estimated $0.22 million at 10 theaters ($22,015 per theater).
Now playing in six top markets (New York, L.A., Boston, Toronto, Chicago and San Francisco), "Billy" will roll out slowly in the coming weeks as word of mouth builds and its favorable reviews circulate.
(Universal distribution president Nikki Rocco's comments about "Billy" are included in today's Top Ten grosses report.)
Directed by Stephen Daldry, "Billy" stars Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, Jamie Bell, Jamie Draven and Adam Cooper.
SNEAK PREVIEWS Warner Bros. held sneak previews this weekend at about 750 theaters of its PG-13-rated drama "Pay It Forward."
No details were available Sunday morning. Warners' sneaks the previous Saturday night at 350 theaters had been well attended. Those on hand scored it 81% in the Top Two Boxes (excellent and very good). "Pay" opens Friday (Oct. 20) at between 1,500 and 1,800 theaters.
Directed by Mimi Leder, "Pay" stars Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment.
EXPANSIONS On the expansion front, Fine Line's R-rated drama "Dancer in the Dark" went wider in its fourth week, placing 17th with a calm estimated $0.41 million at 123 theaters (+12 theaters; $3,330 per theater). Its cume is approximately $1.6 million.
Written and directed by Lars Von Trier, "Dancer" stars Bjork and Catherine Deneuve.
WEEKEND COMPARISONS Key films -- those grossing more than $500,000 for the weekend -- took in approximately $78.99 million, up about 6.79% from the comparable weekend last year when key films grossed $73.97 million.
This weekend's key film gross was down a marginal 0.20% from this year's previous weekend when key films grossed $79.15 million.
Last year, 20th Century Fox's opening week of "Fight Club" was first with $11.04 million at 1,963 theaters ($5,622 per theater); and Paramount's fourth week of "Double Jeopardy" was second with $10.23 million at 2,936 theaters ($3,485 per theater). The top two films one year ago grossed $21.2 million. This year, the top two films grossed an estimated $34.9 million.
STUDIO MARKET SHARES Based on business by key films (those grossing $500,000 or more), last weekend's top six distributors were:
Universal was first with two films ("Meet the Parents" and "Bring It On"), grossing an estimated $22.99 million or 29.1% of the market.
Buena Vista (Disney and Touchstone) was second with one film ("Remember the Titans"), grossing an estimated $13.5 million or 17.1% of the market.
Warner Bros. was third with four films ("Get Carter," "The Exorcist," "Space Cowboys" and "Best in Show"), grossing an estimated $11.05 million or 14.0% of the market.
DreamWorks was fourth with three films ("The Contender," "Almost Famous" and "What Lies Beneath"), grossing an estimated $8.51 million or 10.8% of the market.
New Line was fifth with one film ("Lost Souls"), grossing an estimated $8.4 million or 10.6% of the market.
Paramount was sixth with one film ("The Ladies Man"), grossing an estimated $5.7 million or 7.2% of the market.
ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES (11)Digimon: The Movie/Fox: Theaters: 1,825 (+2) Gross: $1.82 million (-57%) Average per theater: $998 Cume: $7.2 million
(12)Bring It On/Universal: Theaters: 2,167 (-195) Gross: $1.64 million (-28%) Average per theater: $750 Cume: $64.8 million
(13)Urban Legends: Final Cut/Columbia: Theaters: 2,221 (-318) Gross: $1.32 million (-49%) Average per theater: $595 Cume: $20.3 million
(14)What Lies Beneath/DreamWorks: Theaters: 1,027 (-348) Gross: $0.72 million (-36%) Average per theater: $697 Cume: $153.2 million
(15)Space Cowboys/Warner Bros.: Theaters: 1,002 (-501) Gross: $0.59 million (-34%) Average per theater: $585 Cume: $89.1 million
(16)Nurse Betty/USA Films: Theaters: 1,018 (-455) Gross: $0.5 million (-55%) Average per theater: $495 Cume: $23.7 million
(17)Dancer in the Dark/Fine Line: (see EXPANSIONS above)
(18)The Watcher/Universal: Theaters: 879 (-870) Gross: $0.37 million (-68%) Average per theater: $415 Cume: $28.6 million
(19) Nutty Professor II: The Klumps/Universal: Theaters: 540 (-252) Gross: $0.25 million (-43%) Average per theater: $460 Cume: $121.8 million
(20)BILLY ELLIOT/Universal Focus: (see OTHER OPENINGS above)
(21)Scary Movie/Dimension Films: Theaters: 493 (-268) Gross: $0.21 million (-49%) Average per theater: $435 Cume: $156.0 million
(22)Girlfight/Screen Gems/Sony: Theaters: 253 (0) Gross: $0.19 million (-61%) Average per theater: $765 Cume: $1.2 million
(23)Gladiator/DreamWorks: Theaters: 173 (-76) Gross: $0.11 million (-40%) Average per theater: $645 Cume: $186.6 million
(24)Bamboozled/New Line: Theaters: 17 (0) Gross: $0.1 million (-45%) Average per theater: $6,140 Cume: $0.4 million
(25)Requiem For A Dream/Artisan: Theaters: 2 (0) Gross: $0.047 million (-27%) Average per theater: $23,704 Cume: $0.2 million
(26)Two Family House/Lions Gate: Theaters: 4 (-5) Gross: $0.021 million (-31%) Average per theater: $5,201 Cume: $0.064 million
(27)Tigerland/Fox: Theaters: 5 (0) Gross: $0.016 million (-42%) Average per theater: $3,152 Cume: $0.060 million