The shocking death of Cory Monteith, Ben Affleck casting as the new Batman, and the endings of 'Breaking Bad' and 'Dexter' are among the most talked-about stories in the third trimester.
The third part of AceShowbiz's annual kaleidoscope began by highlighting the sudden passing of Cory Monteith in July which sent Hollywood and "Glee" fans into a mourning mode during the summer break. Movie fandom, meanwhile, showed various reactions when Warner. Bros announced the casting of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman in "Man of Steel 2".
Toward the end of September, Walter White's story concluded in the record-breaking series finale of "Breaking Bad", just a week after viewers bid farewell to another beloved antihero Dexter. In music, Miley Cyrus pulled a stunning act by going completely naked in her "Wrecking Ball" music video.
Less than two months after completing rehab for his substance abuse issue, Cory Monteith lost his battle against the 'demon.' On July 13, the 31-year-old hunk best known for his role as Finn Hudson on "Glee" was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. The coroner office later confirmed that he died of a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol. His death was a great loss for his family and girlfriend Lea Michele as well as for the show and everyone involved in it. Thus, in the wake of his sudden passing, FOX postponed the fifth season premiere of the show while the writers were discussing the best way to honor him. A farewell episode to Monteith and his character was aired in October.
- Other notable events of the month:
- Jul 01: Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger were officially married.
- July 07: Pro-LGBT group Geeks Out launched campaign to boycott "Ender's Game" due to the novel 's author Orson Scott Card's anti-gay views.
- Jul 08: Elton John postponed summer concert after being diagnosed with appendicitis.
- Jul 10: Cote de Pablo announced she would quit "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" in season 11.
- Jul 10: Elisabeth Hasselbeck made her last appearance as "The View" co-host. .
- Jul 11: Sam Mendes was officially sealed to return as the helmer for "Bond 24".
- Jul 13: Cory Monteith, 31, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room.
- Jul 14: Anti sexual violence group Take Back the Night got angry after Justin Timberlake used the group's name for his single.
- Jul 14: Kelly Osbourne's engagement to boyfriend Matthew Mosshart was confirmed.
- Jul 15: Jenny McCarthy was officially tapped to join "The View" as a new co-host.
- Jul 16: Adam Levine got engaged to model Behati Prinsloo.
- Jul 16: Stevie Wonder planned to stop performing in Florida after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin.
- Jul 16: Tom Hanks was billed to reprise his role as Robert Langdon in the movie adaptation of Dan Brown's "Inferno".
- Jul 16: Robert Downey Jr. was named highest-paid actor by Forbes.
- Jul 18: Tina Turner's marriage to Erwin Bach confirmed.
- Jul 19: "Glee" pushed back season 5 premiere in the wake of Cory Monteith's death.
- Jul 20: Warner Bros. announced Batman would be featured in "Man of Steel" sequel.
- Jul 22: President Obama congratulated Prince William and Kate Middleton on baby boy's arrival.
- Jul 22: Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out of an untitled Freddie Mercury biopic.
- Jul 23: Jimmy Fallon's wife Nancy Juvonen gave birth to baby girl.
- Jul 23: Solange Knowles canceled her entire concerts in Europe to focus on her family and a new album.
- Jul 24: Jason Sudeikis confirmed his "Saturday Night Live" departure.
- Jul 31: Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones would leave "Parks and Recreation" in mid-season 6.
- Jul 31: Nigella Lawson was granted divorce from Charles Saatchi..
The search was finally over when it was announced on August 22 that Ben Affleck was tapped in the role of Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel. While the "Armageddon" star met the criteria set by Warner Bros.' to be the new Caped Crusader, which was being "a grizzled veteran" in his 40s, some comic book fans were not pleased with his casting, going as far as sending hate tweets and launching an online petition to drop him from the movie. But support kept pouring in from fellow actors, including Josh Brolin, who was in the mix to play the Dark Knight, and Val Kilmer, who played the hero in 1995's "Batman Forever".
- Other notable events of the month:
- Aug 01: James Cameron announced three "Avatar" sequels.
- Aug 02: Ellen DeGeneres was tapped as the host of 2014 Academy Awards.
- Aug 03: "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones" were hailed at the 2013 TCA Awards.
- Aug 04: "Doctor Who" named Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, replacing Matt Smith.
- Aug 05: Desiree Hartsock got engaged to Chris Siegfried in "The Bachelorette" season 9 finale.
- Aug 06: Dustin Hoffman revealed he had undergone surgery after being diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer.
- Aug 09: Joy Behar bid adieu to "The View".
- Aug 09: Amanda Bynes' mother was named conservator by judge as doctors extended psychiatric hold.
- Aug 11: One Direction was a big winner in music field at 2013 Teen Choice Awards.
- Aug 11: "Pretty Little Liars" dominated TV winner list of the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.
- Aug 11: "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part II" was a big winner in movie field at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.
- Aug 13: Sandra Oh announced she would leave "Grey's Anatomy" at the end of season 10.
- Aug 14: Gia Allemand died of apparent suicide.
- Aug 14: "That '70s Show" star Lisa Robin Kelly died at 43.
- Aug 15: Actor was injured during "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" Broadway show.
- Aug 16: "Castle" was dubbed Best Primetime TV Program at 2013 Imagen Awards.
- Aug 19: Gabrielle Union, Donald Faison and others mourned Lee Thompson Young's death.
- Aug 21: Wentworth Miller came out as gay.
- Aug 22: Ben Affleck was officially cast as Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel.
- Aug 22: Richie Sambora stopped joining Bon Jovi on tour due to feud with frontman Jon Bon Jovi.
- Aug 23: Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards thanked fans after engagement.
- Aug 23: Paula Deen discrimination lawsuit was dropped.
- Aug 25: Miley Cyrus delivered a raunchy performance at MTV Video Music Awards, twerking and grinding on Robin Thicke.
- Aug 25: Justin Timberlake took home multiple awards at MTV Video Music Awards.
- Aug 29: James Spader landed the major villain role in "Avengers: Age of Ultron".
- Aug 29: Fergie and Josh Duhamel welcomed son Axl Jack.
- Aug 30: Bradley Cooper was added to the cast of "Guardians of the Galaxy" as the voice of Rocket Raccoon.
The beginning of fall season usually means the start of new TV season, but for "Breaking Bad" it was time to end the journey of Walter White. The antihero didn't survive in the series finale. Still, lead actor Bryan Cranston called it a satisfying ending for his character since the meth dealer had a chance to redeem himself and reconnect with Jesse Pinkman. In the same month, "Dexter" took a final bow with a happy ending for the serial killer.
- Other notable events of the month:
- Sept 02: "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie found its Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam respectively.
- Sept 03: "True Blood" was confirmed to end after season 7 in 2014.
- Sept 03: Harry Connick Jr. joined "American Idol" as a third judge, Randy Jackson would return in new role as a mentor.
- Sept 04: Sofia Vergara topped Forbes' list of Highest-Paid TV Actresses for second straight year.
- Sept 05: Scarlett Johansson issued statement to confirm engagement.
- Sept 05: "Breaking Bad" set Guinness World Record as Highest-Rated TV Series.
- Sept 05: Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" was named the fastest selling digital single of all times by Guiness World Book of Record.
- Sept 05: Benedict Cumberbatch was named British Artist of the Year by BAFTA L.A.
- Sept 08: Patrick Stewart married girlfriend Sunny Ozell.
- Sept 10: Miley Cyrus set new Vevo record as her "Wrecking Ball" music video garnered 19.3 million views in its first 12 hours on the site.
- Sept 10: "So You Think You Can Dance" crowned season 10 winner and earned season 11 renewal.
- Sept 10: "The Killing" was canceled for the second time by AMC.
- Sept 10: The fifth "Jurassic Park" movie was officially titled "Jurassic World" and set for a June 12, 2015 release.
- Sept 11: "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" moved forward at AMC.
- Sept 11: "MasterChef" hailed Luca Manfe as the winner of season 4.
- Sept 13: Julianne Moore was cast as President Alma Coin in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2".
- Sept 13: The CW's "Arrow" cast Grant Gustin as The Flash.
- Sept 13: Woody Allen was chosen as the recipient of Cecil B. DeMille Award at 2014 Golden Globe Awards.
- Sept 14: LeBron James married Savannah Brinson.
- Sept 15: "12 Years a Slave" snagged People's Choice Award at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
- Sept 18: "America's Got Talent" announced dancer/mime artist Kenichi Ebina as the winner of season 8.
- Sept 18: Andy Herren won "Big Brother 15".
- Sept 19: The long-gestating Tupac Shakur biopic got a start date.
- Sept 21: Andy Samberg married singer Joanna Newsom in Big Sur.
- Sept 22: "Breaking Bad" was dubbed best drama and "Modern Family" was picked as best comedy at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards.
- Sept 22: "Dexter" series finale set ratings record for Showtime.
- Sept 24: Lifetime canceled "Army Wives" after seven seasons.
- Sept 24: P. Diddy topped Forbes' list of highest-earning hip-hop artist this year.
- Sept 28: Miss Philippines Megan Young won 2013 Miss World.
- Sept 29: Walter White got redemption in "Breaking Bad" series finale.
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