2014’s Top Entertainment Stories
2014’s top entertainment stories
Sony pulled The Interview from theatrical release (sort of), HBO said farewell to Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom, Bill Cosby went from America’s Dad to America’s Sexual Pariah, Robin Williams went from making us laugh to leaving us devastated and in tears, and U2 teamed up with Apple to piss off nearly everyone. Here are a few of 2014’s top entertainment stories.
No one wanted to believe that the man behind Heathcliff Huxtable and Fat Albert could have been capable of drugging (or attempting to drug) multiple women for his own sexual gratification. Mind you, the jury is still out on the credibility of these women’s claims, but with more and more accusations coming in, fewer people are standing behind Cosby. TV land pulled re-runs of The Cosby Show. Venues across America canceled upcoming appearances from the comedian, and the beloved comic who started off the year with a comeback special on Comedy Central closes out 2014 battling a slew of accusations from over a dozen alleged victims. Cosby has maintained silence in the press, with his longtime wife Camille coming to his defense. Whether or not these accusations pan out is secondary. The once flawless image of the comedian has forever been tarnished, and we will always wonder if America’s Dad spent too much effort trying to be everyone’s sugar daddy. Amazing how bad press can completely destroy the public’s perception of a man who has enjoyed celebrity status for half a century.
Mork Calling Orson… Look After Him Please
No matter what generation you belong to, Robin Williams was synonymous with laughter and joy. Is there anyone who didn’t have Aladdin as a staple of their childhood? Older fans remember Mork and Mindy, Williams’ rapid-fire stand up style, Dead Poets’ Society and of course Good Morning, Vietnam. Williams had a style all of his own – kind, gentle-hearted, and brutally funny. So when the news broke in August that the comedian and Oscar winning actor took his own life, the shockwave was felt across the nation. The only positive outcome was the open-door policy on discussing mental disorders that came in the wake of his suicide. Anyone taking their own life is tragic, but when one of the funniest men to ever walk the planet checks out, the cut runs deeper. We’ll forever miss you, Robin. Thanks for the laughter and the joy. Our only solace is that you are no longer in the pain you masked so well under your bright comedic mask.
Nucky Gets What’s Coming To Him
HBO wrapped up its popular prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire this year in the most fitting way possible. No sudden cut to black to leave fans wondering what became of the anti-hero at the show’s center, because Nucky Thompson was no hero. He was a man who saw opportunity in other’s suffering. Despite slight good qualities, Nucky was wholly bad – a man who sold out the future of a young girl by handing her to the clutches of his predatory mentor in order to gain the power he so richly desired. So what better way to wrap up the series than the girl’s grandson taking out Nucky on the boardwalk? No tears were shed for Nucky. He got what he deserved, and Terrence Winter’s Emmy winning program came to a decisive end. Nucky could not survive the life he chose, and he must suffer in a hell similar to those he created for others. You’re a pretty bad character if Al Capone comes across more sympathetic than you are!
U2 Drops An Apple Bomb
After 35 years in the business and being one of the most beloved bands in history (not to mention being awarded more Grammys than any other band), U2 did a good deed that went bad. Taking a hefty $10 million check from Apple, they dropped their long-awaited new album Songs of Innocence on iTunes for free for an entire month. What could possibly go wrong? Well, Apple automatically downloaded the album on iCloud account holders, and people woke up to an album on their account they never ordered and many didn’t want. The company later released an app to delete the album for those who were incensed over the privacy invasion. While some in the music business praised the business savvy decision, others blasted the band for “cheapening music” and setting a precedent that music should be given out for free. In the end, the move didn’t hurt U2 that much, when over 30 million users intentionally downloaded the new tunes. While the album received mixed reviews, no one can deny that U2, one of the longest-surviving bands in the business, had everyone talking about them. Not a bad trick for four guys in their mid-fifties. Shows to the subsequent tour sold out in minutes, and the band laughed all the way to the bank.
How To Receive Mass Publicity While Backing Down
Sony’s plans to release the controversial comedy The Interview received more publicity than anyone could have hoped for, and by pulling the movie from theatrical release only to then release it in limited release created a buzz that no other movie received this year. The result, the critically panned film received a rush of ticket sales from movie-goers who wished to give a middle finger to North Korea and the hackers who threatened terrorist attacks on theaters running the film. One has to wonder if Sony didn’t hack themselves in order to boost publicity for a film that undoubtedly would have disappeared from theaters as fast as Sex Tape did.
Other entertainment headlines for the year included pint-sized pop star Justin Bieber’s arrest for drag racing in a rented Lamborghini (Rented? Who the hell rents a Lamborghini?), Kim Kardassian showed her ass, oh and she bore her backside for a magazine shoot too, America said goodbye to beloved comedienne Joan Rivers, Taylor Swift went on an anti-Pandora campaign and no one seemed to care, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo got the axe after Mama June revealed her attraction to sexual predators, Michael Keaton went from Batman to Birdman, Phillip Seymour Hoffman died from a heroin overdose, and speaking of heroin, Courtney Love received a resounding chorus of boos from Nirvana fans at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony.
So what will 2015 bring in the entertainment world? Undoubtedly there will be more embarrassing arrests, viral obsessions, falling stars and tragic deaths. Here’s to 2014 and a bevy of entertainment news to keep us abuzz.