Kaleidoscope 2011: Important Events in Entertainment (Part 3/4)

In this third part, AceShowbiz highlights the record-breaking opening week of 'Deathly Hallows 2', the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, and the first-ever No. 1 album of Tony Bennett.

AceShowbiz - Moving from the second to the third quarter of its 2011 Kaleidoscope, AceShowbiz took a stroll down the memory lane from July to September. In this summer blockbuster season, some of the big movies of the year like "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" made a grand entrance on the box office with record-breaking number of ticket sales, but it was the latter that outshone the others by scoring multiple records in the States on its opening week.

In the celebrity news, as usual, there was no shortage of the glitz and blitz, but it was the wedding of %cKim Kardashian% and %cKris Humphries% which dominated the three months leading to the fall of 2011. In music, one of the highlighted moments was when %cTony Bennett% finally had his first-ever No. 1 album. In TV, meanwhile, it's worth to be noted that the networks were busy with axing sleeper shows to give rooms for more promising newbies, and renewing those which maintain steady pace in ratings.


The last installment of 'Harry Potter' movie series shattering box office records

Harry Potter bid farewell to his loyal devotees in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" with a triumph. At two hours and ten minutes, the David Yates-directed movie became the shortest of all the "Harry Potter" flicks, yet it's the most successful one. In the U.S., it set a box office record for midnight showings with $43.5 million, surpassing the $30 million mark set by "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse". On its single-day-gross, it collected $92.1 million, topping the $72.7 million mark by "The Twilight Saga's New Moon". To top them all, it pulled the biggest opening weekend ever with $168.6 million, smashing the previous record held by "The Dark Knight" ($158.4 million).

  • Other notable events of the month:
  • Jul 01: "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" set biggest gross of 4th of Jul weekend.
  • Jul 01: %cMaria Shriver% filed divorce from %cArnold Schwarzenegger% after he admitted having a love child.
  • Jul 01: Prince Albert II of Monaco married longtime girlfriend Charlene Wittstock in a civil ceremony.
  • Jul 03: Former "Saturday Night Live" star %cMaya Rudolph% announced the birth of her first son.
  • Jul 04: %cNicki Minaj%'s cousin was killed in a brutal shooting.
  • Jul 04: %cLady Antebellum%'s lead singer %cHillary Scott% got engaged to her drummer boyfriend, %cChris Tyrell%.
  • Jul 05: %cEminem% set digital record sale with "Recovery" by passing 1 million downloads.
  • Jul 05: %cEmma Roberts% and %cChord Overstreet% were caught on camera going public with their romance for the first time ever.
  • Jul 06: %cBow Wow% admitted to being a father to a baby girl.
  • Jul 07: %cJennifer Aniston% got her hand and footprints immortalized in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
  • Jul 07: %cRobert Pattinson% caused buzz on the web for debuting a patchy haircut.
  • Jul 07: %cBeyonce Knowles% premiered a wedding-themed music video for her single "Best Thing I Never Had".
  • Jul 09: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and former "Dancing with the Stars" champion %cHines Ward% was arrested on charges of DUI.
  • Jul 09: %cKate Hudson% and her fiance %cMatthew Bellamy% were confirmed to have welcomed a baby boy.
  • Jul 10: %cCoheed and Cambria% bassist %cMichael Todd%, a.k.a. Mic Todd, was arrested for armed robbery.
  • Jul 10: Ed Sullivan Theater, where "Late Show with David Letterman" is taped, was vandalized.
  • Jul 11: %cMila Kunis% accepted Sgt. Scott Moore's YouTube invitation to the Marine Corps Ball.
  • Jul 11: %cRihanna% replaced %cMegan Fox% as the new face of Emporio Armani.
  • Jul 12: %cTed Danson% was cast as the new lead actor on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation".
  • Jul 12: %cDakota Fanning% cut her hair super short for her new movie "Now Is Good".
  • Jul 13: %cDemi Lovato% debuted a music video for her first post-rehab single "SkyScraper".
  • Jul 13: Shortly after %cDaniel Baldwin% filed for divorce, his wife Joanne Smith got arrested for a probation violation.
  • Jul 15: %cJennifer Lopez% and %cMarc Anthony% announced separation.
  • Jul 15: %cNick Lachey% and %cVanessa Minnillo% said their "I do's" in a tropical island ceremony.
  • Jul 15: Teen bride %cCourtney Stodden% and middle-aged husband %cDoug Hutchison% defended their controversial marriage.
  • Jul 15: %cTaylor Armstrong% of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" filed for divorce from husband Russell.
  • Jul 16: %cVictoria Adams% and %cDavid Beckham% shared first look at their newborn baby.
  • Jul 16: %cDanielle Doty% took the crown of Miss Teen USA 2011.
  • Jul 16: %cLee DeWyze% asked his girlfriend Jonna Walsh's hand in marriage.
  • Jul 17: %cIvanka Trump% welcomed her first daughter with husband %cJared Kushner%.
  • Jul 17: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II" stormed box office with the highest opening ever.
  • Jul 18: %cCharlie Sheen%'s new sitcom "Anger Management" was officially announced.
  • Jul 18: %cEmma Watson% was lined up for new reimagining of "Beauty and the Beast".
  • Jul 18: %cJa Rule% was sentenced to 28 months in a federal prison for failing to file tax returns with the IRS.
  • Jul 19: "The Amazing Spider-Man" trailer leaked.
  • Jul 19: "Grey's Anatomy" star %cEric Dane% revealed that he checked into rehab.
  • Jul 22: %cRhys Ifans% was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.
  • Jul 23: %cAmy Winehouse% was found dead in her apartment in London.
  • Jul 24: %cKristin Cavallari% broke up with fiance %cJay Cutler% just a week after their engagement party.
  • Jul 24: %cJake Gyllenhaal% witnessed his film director father Stephen Gyllenhaal tying the knot with Kathleen Man.
  • Jul 26: %cIan Somerhalder% appeared before Congress in Washington, D.C. to testify for wildlife preservation.
  • Jul 31: %cFantasia Barrino% announced in a concert that she's expecting a child.


The fairytale wedding which didn't end with a happing ending

Since %cKim Kardashian% announced her engagement to %cKris Humphries% in May, people had been eagerly waiting for the two to walk down the aisle. How would their nuptials be like? When the D-Day finally came three months later, they didn't disappoint the public as Kim threw a lavish ceremony complete with a crystal-encrusted cross at the altar. 72 days afterwards, however, the couple turned into a media mockery after Kim filed for divorce from Kris. From "Saturday Night Live" troupe to talk-show hosts like %cJimmy Kimmel%, they had raced to ridicule this so-called fairytale wedding.

  • Other notable events of the month:
  • Aug 02: %cKings of Leon% scrapped their U.S. tour to give %cCaleb Followill% time to get help in rehab.
  • Aug 03: Former NFL star %cBubba Smith%, who was known for his role in "Police Academy" movies, was found dead at his home.
  • Aug 04: %cKate Middleton% and %cLady GaGa% were listed among Vanity Fair's International Best-Dressed List.
  • Aug 04: %cRowan Atkinson% walked away with minor injury after crashing his super car in Haddon, Cambridgeshire.
  • Aug 05: %cAnthony Quinn%'s actor son, %cFrancesco Quinn%, died of heart attack while running with his son on the street near his home.
  • Aug 05: The first look at %cAnne Hathaway% as Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises" was unleashed.
  • Aug 05: "Jersey Shore" season 4 scored most-watched premiere for MTV.
  • Aug 06: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II" ruled movie winner list of 2011 Teen Choice Awards.
  • Aug 06: %cTaylor Swift% led Teen Choice Awards in music winner list by grabbing 5 surfboards.
  • Aug 07: ABC officially announced "Desperate Housewives" cancellation.
  • Aug 07: %cBig Boi% was charged with one count of drug possession and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.
  • Aug 07: %cKelly Rowland% suffered an embarrassing mishap with double nip slip.
  • Aug 08: "The Hunger Games" announced its official release date and its sequel "Catching Fire".
  • Aug 09: %cKim Kardashian%'s mother %cKris Jenner% and step-father %cBruce Jenner% renewed their wedding vows.
  • Aug 10: %cRebecca Black% was removed from her school due to constant harassment from her classmates.
  • Aug 10: %cSamantha Ronson% was charged with driving under the influence.
  • Aug 10: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II" was declared the biggest movie in 2011 and the third on all-time chart.
  • Aug 10: %cNicki Minaj% made history on Hot 100 with "Super Bass".
  • Aug 10: %cTina Fey% gave birth to her second daughter with composer husband Jeffrey Richmond.
  • Aug 11: "The View" co-host %cJoy Behar% finally tied the knot with her boyfriend of 29 years.
  • Aug 11: %cMark-Paul Gosselaar% got engaged to his girlfriend less than three months after finalizing his divorce from wife of 15 years.
  • Aug 11: Former %cWarrant% lead singer %cJani Lane% was found dead at the age of 47.
  • Aug 11: "Lopez Tonight" ended its run after two seasons.
  • Aug 12: %cHeather Locklear% announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend %cJack Wagner%.
  • Aug 13: Hours after announcing engagement, %cTara Reid% tied the knot with Zack Kehayov.
  • Aug 14: %cHilary Duff% announced she and husband %cMike Comrie% were expecting their first child together.
  • Aug 14: %cJessica Alba% revealed that she and husband %cCash Warren% had welcomed their second child together.
  • Aug 14: The stage where %cSugarland% were supposed to perform collapsed, killing at least five people.
  • Aug 15: Russell, the estranged husband of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star %cTaylor Armstrong%, was found dead hanging in his bedroom.
  • Aug 16: %cMiley Cyrus% to be inducted into the Celebrity Bowling Hall of Fame.
  • Aug 16: French actor %cGerard Depardieu% got kicked out of an Air France flight after taking a leak in front of other passengers.
  • Aug 16: %cLady GaGa% revealed her many faces in "You and I" music video.
  • Aug 18: %cKaty Perry% was tied with %cMichael Jackson% by scoring five No. 1 singles from one album.
  • Aug 19: The first trailer for "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" was unleashed.
  • Aug 20: %cKim Kardashian% wed %cKris Humphries% in a lavish wedding.
  • Aug 21: %cJennifer Garner% and %cBen Affleck% announced they were expecting their third child together.
  • Aug 22: %cNickolas Ashford%, the one-half of successful Motown songwriter duo %cAshford & Simpson%, passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with throat cancer.
  • Aug 22: %cKate Winslet% saved Richard Branson's mother during a house fire on Necker Island.
  • Aug 22: Former "Little House on the Prairie" star %cMelissa Gilbert% filed for divorce from her actor husband, %cBruce Boxleitner%.
  • Aug 23: %cWill Smith% and wife %cJada Pinkett Smith% denied split rumors.
  • Aug 24: %cAmy Winehouse% scored best-selling album of the century.
  • Aug 25: %cLady GaGa% reigned over %cOprah Winfrey% on Forbes' annual list of the 100 Most Powerful Women.
  • Aug 25: "Treme" star %cMichael Showers%, whose body was found floating on Mississippi River, was confirmed to have died of drowning.
  • Aug 27: %cAdele% got the most statuettes at 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • Aug 28: 2011 MTV Video Music Awards pulled the biggest audience ever for the network.
  • Aug 28: %cBeyonce Knowles% announced she was expecting her first child at 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • Aug 30: %cDaryl Hannah% was among 100 people arrested during a sit-in protest in front of the White House.
  • Aug 30: %cEd O'Neill% was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Tony Bennett got his first ever No. 1 album

It's hard to believe that after almost six decades in music industry, more than sixty albums in the stores, and over 30 charting singles, never did %cTony Bennett% debut at no. 1 on Billboard Hot 200. The anomaly, however, was corrected on the fourth week of September 2011 when his album, "Tony Bennett: Duets II", bowed at the penthouse of the weekly rundown. The jazz crooner claimed his throne for the first time ever by selling 179,000 copies of the CD. At the age of 85, he became the oldest living legend to top the chart after %cBob Dylan% made headline when he got his first No. 1 album at the age of 67 with his 2009's "Together Through Life".

  • Other notable events of the month:
  • Sept 04: %cLauren Bush% tied the knot with David Lauren.
  • Sept 05: MDA Telethon posted best gain since 2008 even without %cJerry Lewis%.
  • Sept 05: %cSoulja Boy% caused outcry on the web for rapping "F**k the Troop" lyrics.
  • Sept 06: %cU2% were named Band of the Year by GQ.
  • Sept 07: %cReese Witherspoon% was rushed to hospital after being struck by a car while jogging.
  • Sept 08: %cLeonardo DiCaprio% was mistaken for a robber in an Australian jewelry shop.
  • Sept 08: %cTinie Tempah% won the bidding for the very first pair of the Nike Air Mag shoes that %cMichael J. Fox%'s wore in "Back to the Future II".
  • Sept 07: %cNick Jonas% was officially announced to replace %cDaniel Radcliffe% on "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying".
  • Sept 08: "Les Miserables" secured %cRussell Crowe% as the lead actor and set December 2012 as the release date.
  • Sept 10: %cAli Lohan% denied undergoing plastic surgery.
  • Sept 11: %cAndy Whitfield% passed away after a long battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
  • Sept 11: "Entourage" ended its run after 8 seasons.
  • Sept 12: Miss Angola Leila Lopes was crowned as Miss Universe.
  • Sept 13: %cJanuary Jones% gave birth to her first child Xander Dane Jones.
  • Sept 13: %cKirstie Alley% made her runway debut at the age of 60 at Zang Toi's fashion show.
  • Sept 14: %cScarlett Johansson%'s naked pictures leaked.
  • Sept 15: %cHeidi Klum% topped Internet security firm McAfee's annual list of Most Dangerous Celebrity in Cyberspace.
  • Sept 18: "Modern Family" and "Downton Abbey" won big at 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards.
  • Sept 19: Dolores Hope, the widow of Bob Hope, died of natural causes at the age of 102.
  • Sept 20: %cLea Michele% and her Broadway actor boyfriend %cTheo Stockman% decided to end their romance.
  • Sept 20: %cAshton Kutcher%'s debut on "Two and a Half Men" broke record in ratings.
  • Sept 20: Justin Lin left "Terminator 5" to direct "Fast and Furious 6".
  • Sept 20: %cCharlie Sheen% Roast set rating record for Comedy Central.
  • Sept 21: %cMichaele Salahi% broke her silence over her affair with %cJourney% guitarist %cNeal Schon%.
  • Sept 22: "Army Wives" star %cKim Delaney% embarrassed herself for making a drunken speech at the Liberty Medal Award presentation.
  • Sept 23: After 11 years of marriage, %cJames Marsden%'s Lisa Linde filed for divorce from the "X-Men" actor.
  • Sept 23: "All My Children" ended its run on TV after 41 years.
  • Sept 25: %cKelly Clarkson% premiered music video for her first single "Mr. know It All".
  • Sept 25: %cKat Von D% and %cJesse James% called it quits again after about a month of reconciliation.
  • Sept 28: After almost 60 years in music industry, 85-year-old %cTony Bennett% finally scored his first-ever No. 1 album on Billboard Hot 200.
  • Sept 28: %cAshton Kutcher% was entangled in an affair with another woman on his sixth wedding anniversary with %cDemi Moore%.
  • Sept 30: %cAlyssa Milano% gave a first look at her first son with husband David Bugliari.

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