2011’s star-span­gled manna

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WASHINGTON: The past year in en­ter­tain­ment news taught us many lessons: that seem­ingly fake re­al­ity show wed­dings rarely end well; that any­one who plays a foil to Jon Cryer on Two and a Half Men will even­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­ence a pub­lic melt­down; and that if you’re fa­mous, it’s a re­ally bad idea to take nude pho­tos of your­self with a cell­phone.

This year also gave us many Hol­ly­wood-re­lated mem­o­ries, mo­ments we won’t for­get about the fa­mous peo­ple we don’t know. Here are just a few.

Kate mo­ment that pro­vided the most schaden­freude: the can­cel­la­tion of Kate Gos­selin’s Kate Plus 8. Mommy blogs that run on Gos­selin snark were the hap­pi­est places on Earth when that news broke.

Kate mo­ment that pro­vided the least schaden­freude: the royal wed­ding of Kate Mid­dle­ton and Prince Wil­liam. This event was so classy and heart-warm­ing, the only thing to make sar­cas­tic com­ments about were the silly hats.

Big­gest singing er­ror dur­ing a pub­lic event: Christina Aguil­era’s Su­per Bowl botch­ing of The StarS­pan­gled Ban­ner lyrics.

Movie event that made us cry: Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows Part 2. Say­ing farewell to Harry, Ron, Hermione and ev­ery­one from Hog­warts was truly the sweet­est sor­row.

Movie event that made us cry un­in­ten­tion­ally: the trailer for Jack and Jill. Once we watched it, there was noth­ing left to do but weep for Al Pa­cino.

Best awards show ac­cep­tance speech by a Melissa: Melissa Mc­carthy’s weepy, beauty-pageant Emmy Award win for best ac­tress. With tears in her eyes and a tiara on her head, Mc­carthy was all aw­shucks grace and charm.

Worst awards show ac­cep­tance speech by a Melissa: Melissa Leo’s F- bombed Os­car re­marks. Leo, who won her first Os­car for her role in The Fighter, is a speak-her­mind kind of lady. How­ever, some­one needed to re­mind her there’s no swear­ing at the awards.

Creepi­est pre­tend celebrity crush: Jim Car­rey’s love for Emma Stone. In an online video meant as a joke, Car­rey said he wanted to marry The Help star and have “chubby lit­tle freckle-faced kids” with her.

Creepi­est, seem­ingly real pseudo-celebrity mar­riage: Doug Hutchi­son and Court­ney Stod­den. The 51-year-old bit player on Lost mar­ried a 16-year-old who looks like a 35-year-old porn star. Don’t know who they are? Con­sider your­self lucky. – Washington Post

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