Engagements. Divorces. Break-ups. Cheating scandals. Three-breasted women. Let's face it — we've seen a lot this year. So much, in fact, that it's hard to believe less than 12 months have passed between news that Taylor Swift would write songs about Jake Gyllenhaal and the news that Taylor Swift had written songs about Jake Gyllenhaal.
So what else has 2012 packed into its already jam-packed year? To take a trip down memory lane, we've handpicked some of our favorite Hollywood.com stories written about some of our favorite pop culture topics of the year. Read and enjoy below! Sniff. Pop culture grows up so fast.
Uggie, Hollywood's Most Famous Dog, Spills the Dirt on His Co-Stars — VIDEOThe Academy Awards' other break-out (it's not all about you, Angie's leg), Uggie, visited Lindsey DiMattina in Hollywood.com's offices to talk about his memoir, Uggie: My Story, and his ruff rough life alongside stars like Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.
Brad and Angelina's Engagement Lets Gay Americans Down: Brian Moylan on why the biggest engagement of the year may also be the biggest disappointment.
Colton Dixon: 'I'm Honored' to Be the Tim Tebow of 'Idol': Lindsey DiMattina's interview with the seventh place Idol finisher proved Colton Dixon knows his power within the Christian community. Hopefully he does better than the Jets.
15 Villains We Like Better Than Heroes: As Loki entered our lexicon upping The Avengers' record-breaking arrival, Shaunna Murphy explored comics' nuanced and complex villains — translation: those who were much more interesting than their heroic counterparts.
The Hulk Problem: Lou Ferrigno on Marvel's Struggles to Bring the Hero to Screen: Prior to The Avengers, Hollywood couldn't quite hit the Hulk hard enough to turn him into a hit. That makes the original Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, angry. You'll like him when he's angry. Read his chat with Matt Patches.
10 'Community' Episodes That Couldn't Exist Without Dan Harmon: Following Community's Season 4 renewal, chatter began circulating that beloved creator Dan Harmon would not return to the series. Weeks before that proved to be true — the showrunner was replaced by David Guarascio and Moses Port — Michael Arbeiter mapped out 10 episodes of the NBC series that wouldn't exist without Harmon. Read it and weep. Really. 'Girls': A Show for Guys?: In the Spring, HBO's Girls premiered to less fanfare than chatter. Did Girls represent the new wave of comedy, or was it simply a narrow, whitewashed representation of youthful immaturity? Whatever it was, Michael Arbeiter explains why guys dig Girls. 'Brave' and the Princess Problem, Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Pixar's latest, Brave also proved to be its most divisive. Was the film a refreshing departure from Disney past — centering on a spunky heroine with no eyes on marriage — or another example of the studio's inability to break from princess culture? Kelly Schremph talks to Women in Film and others about Brave's princess problem. 'Brave's Girl Power Problem: Empowering Girls at the Expense of Boys?: And, unfortunately, as Michelle Lee points out, Bravehad a boy problem too. Notes on Nora Ephron: In 2012, we lost pop culture greats like Andy Griffith, Dick Clark, and Larry Hagman. And then there was Nora Ephron, a woman that meant as much to pop culture as pop culture meant to her. Alicia Lutes' tribute to the late screenwriter is as touching as a moment atop the Empire State Building. Joe Manganiello Hints at a 'Magic Mike' Prequel: No butts (heh) about it, as soon as Magic Mike hit theaters, we were as drawn to the Xquisite club as Mike was to tables. So imagine how pumped we were when Michael Rothman talks to Joe Manganielloand discovered a prequel could be in the works. Magical! 'Spider-Man' Fandom: Why a Reboot Was the Only Answer: Matt Patches explored why, just 10 years after the original Spider-Mantrilogy debuted, there was little fanfare surrounding the latest reboot and why, still, pop culture demanded the sequel. 'Spider-Man' Star Emma Stone Knows You Turn Her Into GIFs: Spider-Man star Emma Stoneis aware of her place in GIF culture, and tells Hollywood.com and the Internet, "Don't let me become a GIF." In response, of course, the Internet turns Stone's interview with Hollywood.com into a GIF. 'Amazing Spider-Man': How Scientific Was the Science?: Could someone replicate lizards' regenerative properties to regrow limbs? Would any company be interested in creating web technology? And could Peter Parker really order scientific liquid on Amazon? University of Minnesota and superhero science expert Dr. Jim Kakalios weighs in! Will People Head to the Theater for 'Dark Knight Rises'?: In the early morning hours of July 20, a shooter named James Holmes entered an Aurora, Colo. theater during a midnight screening of Dark Knight Risesand opened fire, killing 12 and injuring dozens more. Talking to theatergoers and theater workers, Matt Patches explores trepidation surrounding seeing the film following the tragedy. Midnight Movie Screening Culture: What Happens Now?: Following the Dark Knight Risestragedy, questions lingered regarding midnight movie culture: Would theatergoers still be allowed to wear costumes? Will theaters implement more security? Marc Snetiker talks to security experts and audience members about what might change about the cult event. Seeing 'The Dark Knight Rises' Before and After the Tragedy: Marc Snetiker, who attended a midnight screening prior to learning about the tragedy, admits his experience seeing the film was far more carefree than those who purchased tickets after. Aly Semigran and Michael Arbeiter, on the other hand, describe the tension and sadness surrounding each screening of the film following the tragedy. Why Are We So Skeptical of Celebrity Couples?: In late July, Kristen Stewart took a bite out of Twihards' hearts when she publicly admitted to cheating on boyfriend and co-star Robert Pattinson with married Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders. The dramatic apology ("I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry") launched talk over whether Stewart's relationship with Pattinson was ever real in the first place, piling on similar chatter that arose when Katie Holmes and Tom Cruisedivorced. Here, Kate Ward talks to experts about why our cynical society is unable to separate truth from fiction. Kristen Stewart and the New World of Internet Hatred: Brian Moylan sympathizes with Stewart, a young actress that entered a gray moral zone (like many her age) during the harsh age of the Internet. The Three-Breasted Alien in 'Total Recall' and Other Pop Culture Twos Gone Awry: We love Total Recall's three-breasted woman — both original and rebooted. What we don't love is these pop culture trios gone awry. Walk away, Game of Thrones' three-eyed Raven, the strawberry in Neapolitan ice cream, and the wise man who gave myrrh. Aly Semigran explains why you're all not wanted. 'Breaking Bad' Cast Connections: 'Total Recall' and Other Common Bonds — INFOGRAPHIC: Bryan Cranston starred in the Total Recall reboot, while Dean Norris starred in the original 1990 movie. But you'd be surprised to see how else the Breaking Badcast is connected. Michael Arbeiter shows us the six degrees here, bitch! The Many (Unchanging) Faces of Edward Norton: One of these things is just like the other. In fact, all of these things are just like the other. Bic's Slimmer, Sparklier Pens 'Just For Her' Hit the Market: Bic's sparkly, slim pens "Just For Her"?! Abbey Stone writes about how the sexist line is just not write. (Heh.)'Fifty Shades of Grey': What do Authors and BDSM Experts Think?Your aunt (disturbingly) loves E.L. James' break-out BDSM hit. But what do erotica novelists and BDSM experts think about the digestible — but poorly written — series? Read here to find out what Aly Semigran learned — or just go eat your breakfast. 'Breaking Bad': An Ode to Mike: Michael Arbeiter's salute to Breaking Bad's seemingly immortal Mike Ehrmentraut, a man who gave full measure. Dean Norris Teases 'Brutal' 'Breaking Bad' Finale: 'There's Going to Be an 'Oh, S**t' Moment': When Shaunna Murphy spoke to Dean Norris about Breaking Bad's "devastating" finale, the actor teased an "Oh s**t" moment. It turns out he would be right — literally and figuratively. Leanne's Spoiler List: Will Finchel Get Back Together? Lea Michele Answers!: In early September, Hollywood.com brought you the first edition of Leanne's Spoiler List, your home for obsessive TV scoop. In its debut edition, Leanne Aguilera's column teases a Finchel reunion, to the emoticon-fueled squeals of Gleefans. Ryan Seacrest Is All That's Left of the 'American Idol' Brand: Call it Reality Show Roulette — singing competition series' incessant revolving celebrity panels. In September, American Idol finally announced its judging panel, led by Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, and Randy Jackson. Kelsea Stahler talks to a brand marketing expert about how Idol's one remaining (non-Jackson) mainstay, Ryan Seacrest, is vital to the Idolbrand. Seacrest (can never go) out! Cable Dominates Emmy Nominations: This is the Year of the Small, But Mighty: Kelsea Stahler talks to Emmy voters about why small is so big at the 2012 Emmys. Turns out (small) size might matter after all. Are Some Shows Gaming the Emmys?: American Horror Story for Best Miniseries? Ashley Judd for Best Actress in a Miniseries for Missing? Brian Moylan consults the Academy of Television of Arts and Sciences, Connie Britton, and Missing's executive producer about how they're still playing by Emmys' rules. 'Modern Family' Spell Won't Be Broken Anytime Soon. And That's Okay.: "Who would have thought Modern Familywould win the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series?" said no one. The ABC comedy, which won the highest honor for the third year in a row, earned scorn from some hoping for a change. But Kelsea Stahler explains why the trend will only continue. 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' For a Second Season: Internet Implodes: This summer, a ball of sketti-smeared energy named Honey Boo Boo bursted into our lives and created one of the the more vicious debates in pop culture. Was the series exploiting poor Alana and her poor family? Or was the series a playful documentary of a loving and accepting family? Either way, the debate will continue into Season 2, as Alicia Lutes discovered upon the renewal's announcement. 8 Things More Offensive Than Victoria's Secret's Sexy Little Geisha: Michelle Lee wonders whether the lingerie company really did cross the line with their ridiculous Sexy Little Geisha garb. Instead, she offers up eight other racially insensitive characters and things in pop culture to direct your anger at. (Ahem, 2 Broke Girls' Han Lee.) Facebook and Chairs: What Other Objects Is It Like? — VIDEO: According to Facebook's first ad campaign, chairs are like Facebook. And so are doorbells, airplanes, basketball, bagged lunches, Ron Swanson's mustache, and participating Applebee's locations. (Okay, we made those last three up.) Why We Can't Peg President Obama's Pop Culture Persona: President Clinton was the womanizer, President Bush was the doltish goof, and even Gerald Ford had a distinct (if inaccurate) pop culture persona. President Obama, however, proved to be much harder to peg for comedians. Kelsea Stahler talks to Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele and other comedy insiders about why Obama will never be labeled by Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, and others. Shh! We Have Obama and Romney's Secret Notes from the Debate: Not really, but we wish these were real. Are These Quotes from a Presidential Debate or 'Real Housewives' Reunion?: You'll be surprised how often the line blurs. Take Brian Moylan's quiz! Smear Ads 2012: Stop Liking Ryan Gosling — VIDEO: Did you know Ryan Gosling is fueling one of the worst wars in the world? His words, not ours. See our smear ad (paid for by your boyfriend). Love By Numbers: The Big 'Bachelor' Breakup Barometer: In July, we were surprised when Bachelorette's Emily Maynard chose Jef Holm over Arie Luyendyk. And, in October, we weren't surprised when Maynard and Holm became the latest couple in the Bachelor franchise to part ways. Just what is the mean length of Bachelorrelationships? Alicia Lutes does the math! Boy Meets World Halloween Episode Oral History: Matt Patches assembles Boy Meets World's cast and crew to talk about the series' memorable and unsettling 1998 Halloween episode, "And Then There Was Shawn." As Rider Strongtold Patches about the episode, "I actually thought, 'Well, this will be fun for us, but our audience might hate it.'" But you didn't — so read about how the series and episode came to be and remembered. Why Isn't There a Female Equivalent of James Bond?: Why haven't female heroes grabbed national attention like Bond grabs his girls? Feminist experts tell Kelsea Stahler why sexism may be responsible for a lack of lady spy love. Adele, 'Skyfall,' and the State of the Movie Soundtrack: Aly Semigran talks to experts about the disappearing phenomenon of movie soundtracks in a digital age. Still, some soundtracks will never go out of style or age, quite like Bond himself. Does James Bond Have a Problem with Gays?: We salute Skyfallfor a surprising scene that implies Bond has flirted with homosexuality. Still, the scene hardly makes up for Bond's gay problem. Brian Moylan explains why.
'Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2': Kristen Stewart on Bella as a Feminist Role Model: Is Bella a role model? Many feminists say no. But Kristen Stewart gives a Shaunna Murphy a different — and smart — answer. 10 Crimes Committed By the Characters of 'Twilight': Believe it or not, the beloved characters from the Twilightfranchise have committed fraud, theft, insider trading, and whatever the hell law that imprinting nonsense has to have broken. Matt Patches tells us why the Cullen clan should trade their Forks mansion for a prison cell. How Bad is Guy Fieri's Restaurant? The People Speak: Following Pete Wells' harsh New York Times review of the Food Network personality's Guy's American Kitchen, the intrepid Abbey Stone and Kelsea Stahler went express to Flavor Town and learned diner's reactions were surprisingly positive — even if Hollywood.com was saddened to learn the restaurant took their blue watermelon margarita off the menu following Wells' complaints.Taylor Swift Rumor Mill: Jake Gyllenhaal and Harry Styles Are Her Latest VictimsAbbey Stone on why Taylor Swift's game is getting old. Continue to be coy about your relationships, Taylor, and we'll never, ever, ever get back together. 'iCarly': The Best Sitcom Since 'Arrested Development': Michelle Lee has a point, even if that headline made you blue yourself. Pop Culture Dioramas: Art Inspired by 'Avengers,' 'Magic Mike,' and More: Pop culture art projects worthy of As, Fs, and WTFs!
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Look out Suri Cruise: Vivienne Jolie-Pitt is becoming quite the fashionista. Though her parents, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, are infinitely famous, their 3-year-old daughter is raking in quite a bit of attention after being spotted wearing bright red lipstick while on an outing with Mother Angie and sister Shiloh (see below).
Vivienne and Shiloh head to the movies at El Capitain Theater in Hollywood (Photo Credit: Ginsberg Spaly)
Along with rocking the crimson lip color, Vivienne wore a black and white dress, gold lamé pants, and red slip-on sneakers. For such a youngster, she certainly seems to have developed her own style and the same can be said for the entire Jolie-Pitt brood. Throughout the years, all six of the Jolie-Pitt children have impressed - and sometimes confuse - the world with their diverse and eccentric wardrobes choices.
While Shiloh, 5, is known for her tomboy style that consists mostly of shorts and T-shirts (or what Angelina Jolie refers to as her "Montenegro Style"), Vivienne and Zahara's styles tend to portray more of a girly-girl aspect. The two of them are constantly seen donning pretty dresses and fashionable footwear.
As for the boys, Maddox has set many trends over the years. Whether he's rocking faux fur jackets or sporting a snazzy hat, this guy's fashion-forward thinking has made many call him one of Hollywood's best dressed kids. Plus he can rock a mohawk like no other. And to further solidify his inevitable rock star image, Brad Pitt bought his eldest son a guitar just last week. Oh yeah, this guy is going to be a lady-killer for sure. Like father, like son.
Meanwhile, Pax and Knox are known for their casual, cool outfit selections. While Knox successful pulls off the whole cardigan and jeans look, Pax opts for a more outdoor-y feel, sometimes sporting cargo khakis pants and a matching jacket.
If this keeps up, all these kids will be red carpet ready within the next few years. Now if they can just get their mom's famous leg pose down, then they'll be media gold.
Top Story: Lil' Kim Indicted by Grand Jury
Lil' Kim was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice by a grand jury in a New York federal courtroom Wednesday for lying to a grand jury investigating a 2001 shootout involving members of her entourage, Reuters reports. According to court documents, the 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, is charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction. The charges stem from a Feb. 25, 2001, shootout outside Manhattan radio station Hot 97, where Jones and associates from the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. appeared as on-air guests. Upon leaving the studio, Jones and her entourage were involved in a shootout with rap rival Foxy Brown, who had previously labeled Lil' Kim's album Notorious K.I.M. as "weak" and "lame." The incident left one man shot in the back. The initial police report said Jones was not present when shots were fired, but a video showed her standing on the street during the shootout and then jumping into a limo with people suspected in the incident. Indictments, which occur when a grand jury decides there is sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, do not determine guilt. Jones was released on a $500,000 personal recognizance bond and is expected to appear in court to face the charges at an arraignment hearing scheduled for April 14.
New Jackson Accuser's Memories Repressed
Sources close to the Michael Jackson case told Reuters Wednesday that the latest claim of sexual molestation was brought by an 18-year-old who was said to have recovered repressed decade-old memories of an assault that took place when he was 3 to 5 years old. According to Reuters, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist counseled the new accuser and helped him remember the alleged assault and filed a child abuse complaint against Jackson last year with Santa Barbara County Protective Services. The Los Angeles Police Department, however, has refused to reveal details about the accuser or his allegations. Jackson's lawyers have called the allegations baseless.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 Sells 2 Million DVDs
Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1, whose sequel, Kill Bill Vol. 2, hits theaters Friday, sold more than 2 million DVDs during its first day in release, Miramax chief operating officer Rick Sands told Reuters Tuesday. "Kill Bill is an extraordinary achievement and reaffirms that Quentin's films are true movie events," Sands said. According to Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert weekly sales chart, Warner's The Matrix Revolutions was the top-selling DVD for the week ending April 11.
Beckham's Assistant Discusses His Private Parts
David Beckham's former personal assistant, who claims she had sex with the 28-year-old soccer star in Madrid two years ago, told the UK's Sky One television channel in the interview Thursday she could prove her allegations are true. "There's something I know about him, an intimate part of his body that I think only women who have been in bed with him would know," she said. When asked if Beckham was circumcised, Loos answered: "I'm not going into that. I'm not talking about that. If I do ever need to talk about that, it'll be in a court, not on TV." Bookmakers are now offering odds on what the intimate detail might be, including a tattooed behind and a pimply back, Reuters reports.
Matt Groening To Guest on The Simpsons
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening will make his first speaking role on the animated series, Fox said Wednesday. In "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," Edna Krabappel calls off her wedding to Principal Skinner after he gets a case of cold feet, and falls for the Comic Book Guy, who takes her to a sci-fi convention. While at the convention, they run into Groening, who is guest-starring as himself and signing autographs for his fans. The only other time Groening has appeared on the show is in a framed photo on the wall of Comic Book Guy's store. The episode airs on Fox this Sunday, the AP reports.
Kathie Lee Gifford Makes Brief Return to Morning TV
Kathie Lee Gifford returned briefly to morning talk television this week, sitting in for her onetime co-host Regis Philbin on ABC's Regis and Kelly show Thursday and co-hosting Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends Wednesday with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. Gifford, who left the morning talk show she co-hosted with Philbin for 15 years in July 2000, said she and Philbin have remained friends. She also talked about the musical career of William Hung, whose version of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" got him kicked out of the American Idol competition. "He's going to stop being lovable very, very soon ... we've seen it, it's a one-trick pony," she said. "And if he gets his teeth fixed, his career is over."
Tom Cruise Raises $1.2M for WTC Workers
The New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, an organization co-founded by Tom Cruise, has raised $1.2 million to expand a treatment program for rescue workers exposed to potentially hazardous materials after the collapse of the World Trade Center. The organization has treated more than 200 workers who say they were suffering effects from breathing the smoke-filled air after the Sept. 11, 2001, the AP reports. The project's program, developed by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, consists of a medically monitored regimen of exercise, sauna sweat-out, vitamins and minerals to help rescue workers cleanse their bodies of toxic residues.
Dick Clark Becomes Diabetes Spokesman
Dick Clark, the former host of American Bandstand and producer of the American Music Awards, announced Tuesday that he has had type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes, since 1994, but kept it a secret from everyone except close friends and family, the AP reports. According to the Ogilvy public relations firm, which is promoting his new role as a spokesman for the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the pharmaceutical maker Merck & Co, Clark, 74, is launching Diabetes: Know the Heart Part--a national public education campaign to alert Americans to the link between diabetes and heart attack and st