Jennifer Lawrence. Picture: REUTERSCelebrities: couldn’t live as them, can’t live without them. Yes, 2014 was another banner year for the ins and outs of those who breathe the rarefied air of tinseltown: from photo leaks to drunken awards show after-parties and the matches, hatches and dispatches, these are L&S’ top stories of 2014.
Celebrity Photo Hack
It’s hard to say (hint: it’s not really) whether it was well-meaning empathy of the “gosh, how awful for them”, or just plain old fashioned grubby rubbernecking, but if there was one story everybody wanted to know about this year, it was the mass hacking and leaking of female celebrities’ private photos. Jennifer Lawrence became the unwilling figurehead for the scandal, calling the hack a sex crime, and telling Vanity Fair, “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this.” Damn right.
Peaches Geldof Dies
In a sad mirroring of her mother Paula’s death in 2000, Peaches Geldof died, at the age of 25, of an accidental overdose in April. Despite what many uncharitable naysayers said, Geldof was a bright spark and a witty media presence; as her devastated father Bob put it, she was “[the] wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us”.
Celebs Go Wild After The Golden Globes
Celebs: they’re just like us! In that they drink immense amounts of expensive alcohol while wearing millions of dollars of jewellery in the company of fellow celebrities and probably eating desserts made with the tears of angels and 24 karat gold leaf (just a hunch).
Royals Arrive In NZ
Ordinarily, Australians are circumspect about any Royal Family activity – that all changed when Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrived in Wellington on a windy day in April, and it set off three weeks of demented nationwide Royal-watching.
George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin. Picture: REUTERS
George Clooney’s Wedding
Well, well, well, Mr “I don’t believe in marriage anymore” sure changed his tune with that whole multi-day spectacular in Venice to celebrate his marriage to Amal Alamuddin. It was all very un-Clooney – flotillas! Fancy canapes! The photo spread in OK! Magazine! – and was so damned Kennedy-esque it had some speculating that perhaps George has his sights set on an eventual political career.
Charlotte Dawson Dies
There was tragic news in February when much-loved media personality and brilliant broad Charlotte Dawson was found dead in her home. “She touched a lot of people,” her long-term manager Mark Byrne said. “She took me under her wing and was my first big client. She was a friend and mentor as well. She had an acerbic wit and such a media savvy mind – her brain ate media for breakfast.”
Renee Zellweger. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Renee Zellweger’s Face
There’s something about Renee… or is there? Appearing at a red carpet event after some time out of the spotlight, Zellweger looked different, sure, but perhaps that’s because most media outlets chose a 15-year-old photo for their compare-and-contrast features. For her part, America’s former sweetheart said, “I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows.”
Kim & Kanye’s Wedding Photobooth
The wedding to end all weddings, Kimye’s matrimonial juggernaut was exactly as unsubtle as everyone expected it to be, but it was the (relatively) intimate shots from inside the reception photobooth that most captivated you all: plenty of duckface from a variety of Kardashians, and Kanye looking pleased that he had finally made his dreams come true.
James Packer’s Punch On
It was a schadenfreude spectacular when two of Australia’s richest media moguls went toe-to-toe in Bondi back in May. Well, “toe-to-toe” is a generous description: it was really more of an impression of two wombats rolling around on the grass.
Paris Hilton’s Birthday Cake Burgled
And finally, the year’s most ridiculous-yet-oddly-heartwarming old story: for some reason, the news (from 2011) that a burglar named Paz nicked a giant red velvet cake worth $US3200 ($3212) from Paris Hilton’s house after her February birthday somehow made its way back into our most-read list; think of it a bit like albums unexpectedly re-entering the hit parade while you think of Paz carving the cake up into 125 delicious slices and giving them to Los Angeles’ homeless.
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