It's been an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups. Here, WENN takes a look back at the final six months of 2010...
Love was in the air in July as a host of celebrities walked down the aisle - Spanish stars Penelope Cruz
and Javier Bardem
tied the knot in the Bahamas, while Emily Blunt
became Mrs. John Krasinski
after marrying The Office
star in romantic Como, Italy.
A pregnant Alicia Keys
said 'I do' to Swizz Beatz
, while Orlando Bloom
and Australian model Miranda Kerr
became husband and wife in a secret ceremony. Wedding bells also rang in Georgia
as country sweetheart Carrie Underwood
married her hockey hunk, Mike Fisher
But there was also plenty of heartache in Hollywood - Kelly Osbourne
called off her engagement to model Luke Worrall over allegations he had cheated on her, and Frasier
star Kelsey Grammer
's wife filed for divorce after almost 13 years of marriage. R&B singer Christina Milian
picked July to announce she was splitting from her producer husband The-Dream - less than a year after the couple wed in Las Vegas.
Celebrations were in order for Christina Applegate
after she revealed she was pregnant with her first child, while Vince Vaughn
, Zac Hanson
, Ugly Betty
star Becki Newton
and Nine Inch Nails
frontman Trent Reznor
also announced they were expecting babies with their respective partners.
Director Sam Taylor-Wood
and Aaron Johnson
became the proud parents of a baby girl - their first child together - while Australian pop star Dannii Minogue
welcomed baby boy Ethan with her partner Kris Smith
But July was not without scandal - Paris Hilton
was questioned by authorities at the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa over allegations she was smoking pot. Just two weeks later, she was held by police in France after she was allegedly caught carrying cannabis in her handbag.
The heiress' former pal Lindsay Lohan
also hit headlines for all the wrong reasons - just days after turning 24, she was ordered to spend 90 days in jail for violating the terms of her probation stemming from a 2007 DUI arrest.
Former Wham! star George Michael
also had a run-in with the law - he was arrested after driving his car into a shop in London, and Foxy Brown
was also taken into custody after allegedly violating a protective order.
Meanwhile, Rosemary's Baby
director Roman Polanski
was freed from house arrest after officials in Switzerland threw out a request to extradite him to the U.S. for sentencing on a child-sex charge.Mel Gibson
's marital woes continued into July - Los Angeles police launched an official investigation amid claims the Braveheart
star punched his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva during a heated altercation. It came after the leaking of a series of audio recordings in which a man said to be Gibson unleashes a series of foul-mouthed rants at his ex.
There was a health scare for British singer Cheryl Cole
as she was diagnosed with malaria after collapsing at a photoshoot, while movie legends Tony Curtis
and Zsa Zsa Gabor
were also hospitalised. Pink
was rushed to the emergency room after a stage stunt went wrong, sending the pop punk flying into a metal barrier during a concert in Germany.
Courtroom battles loomed for bad boy actor David Boreanaz
, who was slapped with a sexual harassment lawsuit from a former extra on his hit TV show Bones
, and Casey Affleck
, who was sued by a producer of his movie I'm Still Here
over sexual harassment allegations.
There were festival dramas aplenty in August, with The Libertines and Guns N' Roses
dominating headlines at Britain's Reading and Leeds weekenders. Pete Doherty
's group reunited earlier this year and played sets at the festivals - but their performances were blighted when overeager fans got crushed and trampled during the frenetic gigs, forcing the rockers off the stage to allow the revellers chance to recover. Axl Rose
sparked an ongoing war-of-words with event boss Melvin Benn after he decided to shut the sound off when the band overran its curfew.
Further drama occurred in August when Naomi Campbell
took to the stand in The Hague, Netherlands to testify at the war crimes trial of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor
, socialite Paris Hilton
was arrested for cocaine possession in Las Vegas, and Charlie Sheen
pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanour assault relating to a Christmas Day fight with now-estranged wife Brooke Mueller
. The Two And A Half Men
actor was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but served time in rehab instead.
Another star seeking help for her personal issues was Lindsay Lohan
. The Mean Girls
actress walked free from prison before the end of her sentence for violating her probation relating to a 2007 DUI arrest, and immediately entered rehab - only to leave the health centre early as well.
Lohan's woes weren't the only ones in Hollywood - Zsa Zsa Gabor
was in and out of hospital due to complications stemming from her summer accident which resulted in several bone fractures, while Aretha Franklin
broke her ribs in a freak fall, prompting her to cancel a string of shows.
However, the biggest health shock of the month was the revelation that Michael Douglas
had been diagnosed with a throat tumour. The Wall Street legend began radiation and chemotherapy shortly before going public with his battle and helped raise awareness of the disease by appearing on America's Stand Up
2 Cancer TV special to urge fans to raise cash for research.
There was happier health news for many in the public eye in August - Miranda Kerr
, Penny Lancaster
and Alanis Morissette
all announced their pregnancies, while British Prime
Minister David Cameron became a father again when his wife Samantha gave birth to their fourth child, Florence
, while they were holidaying in Cornwall, south-west England.
Wedding bells were also chiming, with Hilary Duff
walking down the aisle to marry ice hockey star Mike Comrie
, veteran singer Julio Iglesias
exchanging vows with his longtime girlfriend, and James Van Der Beek
cementing his union with his then-pregnant girlfriend Kimberly Brook
- they've since welcomed baby Olivia.
was the big winner and talking point at the MTV Video Music Awards this month - she picked up eight accolades and stunned everyone by taking to the stage in a meat dress. Meanwhile, Penelope Cruz
confirmed the news she was pregnant with Javier Bardem
's baby, and Angelina Jolie
- who visited flood-ravaged Pakistan - was named Best Celebrity Role Model in an online poll.George Michael
began his eight-week prison sentence in London after being found guilty of cannabis possession and driving under the influence of drugs, and Guns N' Roses
were booed and bottled offstage in Ireland after making fans wait for their performance.Smashing Pumpkins
star Billy Corgan
confirmed reports he was dating Aussie pop star Jessica Origliasso
, and the Charlatans axed U.S. shows after Jon Brookes
collapsed onstage during a concert in Pennsylvania. He was later diagnosed with a brain tumour..Isla Fisher
and Sacha Baron Cohen
welcomed their second child, John Lennon
's killer Mark Chapman was denied parole for a sixth time, and Sofia Coppola
picked up the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival amid a storm of controversy - her ex-boyfriend, Quentin Tarantino
, led the jury!
Meanwhile, Take That bandmates Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow
performed together for the first time in 15 years at a benefit for injured British soldiers, but Duff McKagan
quit Jane's Addiction
after five months and just three gigs.
The Troggs star Reg Presley
suffered a stroke while holidaying in Spain and country music duo Brooks & Dunn split after an emotional night at a Nashville charity gig.
and his wife were arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of drug possession, UB40 star Ali Campbell
was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Syndrome, and Leonardo DiCaprio
won a three-year restraining order against a woman claiming to be his wife.Johnny Depp
was named the highest paid actor by Forbes magazine, Britney Spears
' one-time minder, Fernando Flores
, filed suit against the pop star, claiming she had sexually harassed him and exposed herself in front of him, and The xx picked up Britain's prestigious Mercury Music Prize.Eddie Vedder
, Johnny Knoxville
and David Essex
wed - not to each other - and R&B star Lyfe Jennings
was jailed for three and a half years over a violent altercation with his former girlfriend.
Meanwhile, James Gandolfini
was caught driving on a suspended licence, Paris Hilton
was refused entry to Japan; Kings of Leon star Caleb Followill
and hot model Lily Aldridge announced their engagement, and actor Randy Quaid
and his wife were arrested and charged with burglary amid allegations they had been illegally squatting in the house they once called home.
Actor Shelley Malil
was convicted of attempted murder, Wyclef Jean
announced he'd be running for presidential office in Haiti again in 2015 after his 2010 bid was dismissed, and comedian Greg Giraldo
died in hospital after suffering an accidental drug overdose. Lindsay Lohan
returned to rehab, David Beckham
's lawyers served a writ to a hooker who claimed she'd slept with the soccer stud, and Heart rocker Nancy Wilson filed for divorce from moviemaker Cameron Crowe
There was baby news for Mario
Lopez, actresses Jodie Sweetin
and Danica McKellar
, actor James Van Der Beek
, Rascal Flatts
star Joe Don Rooney
and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver
Elo star Mike Edwards was killed in a freak accident, while veteran actors Harold Gould
, Gloria Stuart
and Kevin McCarthy
also passed away along with legendary French director Claude Chabrol
and filmmakers Arthur Penn
and Clive Donner
Other deaths included that of former boy band star Rich Cronin
, who passed away after a stroke, aged 35, and Hollywood lost true legends in Eddie Fisher
and Tony Curtis
Celebrity break-ups were big news in October with a number of high-profile couples calling time on their relationship. Courteney Cox
and David Arquette
stunned the world by announcing they were taking a break from their 11-year marriage, and just days later singer Christina Aguilera
confirmed her split from husband Jordan Bratman
. Ben Harper
and Laura Dern
also filed for divorce after 10 years together.
But October also saw an influx of celebrity weddings - Katy Perry
and Russell Brand
sealed their love in a lavish Indian ceremony, and both Paul Weller
and David Schwimmer
hit the news when it emerged they had married their girlfriends in secret earlier in the year.
There was also plenty of baby news - Mariah Carey
confirmed she is expecting her first child with husband Nick Cannon
after months of speculation, while Celine Dion
put the heartache of fertility treatment behind her to become a mum to twin boys. Hip-hop supercouple Alicia Keys
and Swizz Beatz
welcomed a baby boy named Egypt and Neil Patrick Harris
became father to twins born via a surrogate.
Britain was in mourning following the loss of comedy legend Norman Wisdom
, who passed away at the age of 95, while the world of music was rocked by the death of legendary soul singer Solomon Burke
after he collapsed at an airport in Amsterdam, Holland. The death of soprano Joan Sutherland
in Switzerland at the age of 83 prompted an outpouring of grief in her native Australia, and The Slits star Ari Up
lost her battle with cancer at the age of 48.
The scandal of the month came courtesy of Charlie Sheen
, who hit headlines when cops were called to his trashed suite at a New York City hotel during a night with a young model/actress. The star's reps blamed his meltdown on "an adverse reaction to medication". It was also a bad month for Mel Gibson
- his personal problems with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva cost him a role in The Hangover
sequel, while Taylor Swift
was hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit from a former manager. But the country star made up for it by embarking on a new romance with Hollywood hunk Jake Gyllenhaal
There were also plenty of stars keeping the prison service busy - rapper T.I.
was sent back to jail for breaching his probation while Lindsay Lohan
escaped her second potential prison sentence of 2010 when a judge ordered her to spend three months in rehab instead. Careless driver George Michael
regained his freedom after completing 27 days of his eight-week jail sentence.
The royal news of the year was the talk of the month as Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement and plans to wed in 2011
Teen star Demi Lovato
stunned young Hollywood when she quite the Jonas Brothers
tour and checked into rehab to address personal and "emotional" issues, and Charlie Sheen
and Lil Wayne officially became free men again - the actor's divorce from Brooke Mueller
became official, while rapper Wayne was released from prison.
MGM, the studio behind the James Bond
film franchise, filed for bankruptcy, actor Justin Long
was injured in a car crash, and soul queen Aretha Franklin
pulled out of a series of shows to undergo surgery.Spice Girls
star Emma Bunton
announced they were pregnant, Lady Gaga
was the big winner at the European Music Awards, and Rachel Weisz
and moviemaker Darren Aronofsky
child star Butch Patrick
entered rehab to tackle substance abuse and alcohol issues, Wesley Snipes
was ordered to jail after losing his bid for a retrial in his tax case, Audrina Patridge
's stalker was jailed for two years when he failed to stay away from the star, and country singer Eddie Montgomery
was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Meanwhile, Ryan Reynolds
was named Sexiest Man Alive
by People magazine, Eva Longoria
split from her husband Tony Parker
amid reports he had been cheating on her, Kate Winslet
split from boyfriend Louis
Dowler, and Hollywood was stunned when top publicist Ronni Chasen
was shot dead while driving through Beverly Hills .
In music news, Take That's Progress became Britain's fastest selling album of the century so far, Radiohead's Thom Yorke
helped mastermind a piece of human art that could be seen from space, Miley Cyrus
celebrated her 18th birthday party with pals Demi Moore
and Rumer Willis
, and Justin Bieber
stole the show at the American Music Awards, taking home four prizes.Malin Akerman
replaced Lindsay Lohan
as Linda Lovelace
in the much-hyped Inferno, Leonardo DiCaprio
was caught up in a mid-air drama when a plane he was flying to Russia in was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine stalled, and there was drama backstage at hit U.S. TV show Dancing With The Stars
as studio staff came across an envelope containing a mysterious white powder intended for contestant Bristol Palin
- it turned out to be talc!Emmy Rossum
and Counting Crows
frontman Adam Duritz
split, Jennifer Jason Leigh
filed for divorce from filmmaker husband Noah Baumbach
, and Ugly Betty
actor Michael L. Brea was charged with murder after stabbing his mother with a Samurai sword. Willie Nelson
was arrested and charged with drug possession, indie movie Winter's Bone
became a big Oscars contender after claiming top prizes at the Stockholm and Gotham Film Festivals, and the Spider-Man
musical opened on Broadway after a series of delays - the critics largely hated it.
Meanwhile, David Cassidy
pleaded not guilty to DUI charges following his arrest in Florida, Uma Thurman
's stalker was arrested after violating a restraining order, and AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd
was convicted of cannabis possession in New Zealand.
The baby news of the month came from the Travoltas as movie star John and his wife Kelly Preston
welcomed Benjamin into the world and the proud new parents list for November also featured Stella McCartney
, Vera Farmiga
, Green Day
star Mike Dirnt
and actress Emilia Fox
, while rocker Chris Daughtry
became a dad to twins.
The music world mourned the loss of Australian rocker James Freud who died just days after his band Models were inducted into the Aria
Hall of Fame.
And it was a sad month for Hollywood as movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis
passed away alongside actresses Ingrid Pitt
and Jill Clayburgh
and Naked Gun star Leslie Nielsen
The film world also bid farewell to The Empire Strikes Back
director Irvin Kershner
and revered Italian filmmaker Mario Monicelli
December saw a series of scandals as the stars brought a touch of sex and drugs to the festive season - and wildchild Miley Cyrus
led the way. The former Disney star ended 2010 by reminding us all she's a grown up now after she was caught on camera smoking legal hallucinogenic Salvia from a bong, and hit headlines again days later when she was pictured in a girl-on-girl clinch and exposing her bra while surrounded by hunky men.
Her pal Demi Lovato
joined the Hannah Montana
star in scandal when provocative photos which appeared to show her partly-exposing her breasts leaked on the internet, and Christina Aguilera
's reps vowed to hunt down computer hackers who leaked nearly-nude photos of the Beautiful hitmaker.Pink Floyd
rocker David Gilmour
told of his shame after his son was arrested for clambering over a war memorial during student riots in London, and Hulk Hogan
's wedding to Jennifer McDaniel
descended into chaos when cops were called to break up a clash between a bodyguard and a photographer.
Love was in the air for Reese Witherspoon
, who got engaged to Hollywood agent Jim Toth
, and also making wedding plans this month were Ginnifer Goodwin
, Shania Twain
, Kelsey Grammer
, Jennifer Connelly
and Paul Bettany
rocker Bret Michaels
, and Hugh Hefner
. And it was double delight for Natalie Portman
– the actress got engaged and announced she's pregnant by choreographer Benjamin Millepied
. Meanwhile, Michael Sheen
and Rachel McAdams
became Hollywood's hottest new couple.
Actor Vince Vaughn
became a father for the first time, and there were also new arrivals for Alanis Morissette
, Ali Larter
, and Elton John
, who became a father at 63 after he and boyfriend David Furnish
welcomed a son via a surrogate mother.Nicole Richie
had her father Lionel dancing on the ceiling when she wed Joel Madden
, but other stars weren't so lucky in love - Zac Efron
and Vanessa Hudgens
ended their romance, Elizabeth Hurley
confirmed her marriage split from Arun Nayar after she was linked to cricketer Shane Warne
, rocker John Mellencamp
split from his wife of 18 years, and Ryan Reynolds
filed for divorce from Scarlett Johansson.
In the courts, Kc
and The Sunshine Band co-founder Richard R. Finch was jailed for seven years for sexually abusing young boys, Rip Torn
was given a suspended jail term for his drunken bank break-in, and rapper Dmx was sent to prison for a year for violating his probation by using drugs. In Florida, officials posthumously pardoned Jim Morrison
over his infamous arrest for indecent exposure at a 1969 The Doors concert.
Meanwhile, Heather Locklear
was hospitalised for a bacterial infection, Eminem was celebrating after landing 10 Grammy nominations, rap mogul Suge Knight
was arrested after missing a court hearing, and exiled moviemaker Roman Polanski
's The Ghost Writer
was the big winner at the European Film Awards.Lady Gaga
was named Artist of the Year by Billboard magazine editors, veteran entertainers Dame Julie Andrews
and Dolly Parton
were announced as recipients of lifetime achievement Grammy awards at a special upcoming ceremony in 2011, and Natalie Portman
's hopes of Oscar glory for her movie Black Swan
received a major boost by landing a record 12 nominations for the 2011 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
The showbiz world mourned the loss of jazz musicians Billy Taylor
and James Moody
, Pink Panther
creator Blake Edwards
, rocker Captain Beefheart, singer/songwriter Teena Marie
, and Boney M
star Bobby Farrell
And it was a miserable end to 2010 for Taylor Momsen
- the Gossip Girl
star spent Christmas in Amsterdam, Holland - away from her family and friends in the U.S. - after she became stranded in Europe due to flights chaos following snowstorms across the continent.