As the new year ushers in hope for everyone, celebrity and commoners alike, let’s take a look at some of the stories that made an impact all over the world.
America’s Sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence started the year right by bagging the Golden Globes 2014 Best Supporting Actress for the movie “American Hustler.” She also reprised her roles in the films “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Her personal life was also the subject of highlight with her breakup with Nicholas Hoult, which was immediately followed by rumors of dating Coldplay front man Chris Martin, who was also recently separated from his wife, actress Gwyneth Paltrow. A couple of months after that, she was the subject of a hacking controversy when she became a victim of a security breach within iCloud, with some of her nude photos being leaked into the web. The usually candid Lawrence blasted the incident and went on to say that the perpetrators must be apprehended. She rounded 2014 by being one of the highest grossing actresses according to Forbes magazine.
The Year of Celebrity Advocacy
The year 2014 also saw a lot of celebrities pushing for their different advocacies and charities and helping the world. One of the biggest advocacies that were put into the limelight was for the research and cure of ALS. The disease is an illness that kills neurons. Currently, there is no cure for ALS. A lot of celebrities, from Oprah to Ellen DeGeneres, and even politicians like George W. Bush, joined the ALS Bucket Challenge. Soon after, almost everyone started doing the challenge and posting it online. This social media global movement managed to raise almost $120 million.
Power Couple Nuptials
One of the most prominent celebrities to tie the knot was Brangelina. Ever since the couple got together nine years ago, the world couldn’t wait for them to get married. They finally married in a villa in France. The intimate wedding was witnessed by the couple’s close friends and family.
With Brangelina’s wedding, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, George Clooney, gets hitched right after them. Several news outlets and media publications covered George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s wedding as they tie the knot in the south of Italy.
The Year We Lost a Funny Man
The world mourned the loss of brilliant comedian Robin Williams. The actor will be remembered for his unforgettable roles like “Dead Poets Society” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.”
This year also saw how powerful the internet as a tool could be. Sony was the biggest victim of cyberattack, with all of the emails of the company’s executives being leaked. It was mostly about the gap in pay among male and female actors and racial slurs. Data from the entertainment company were stolen, posting several of its movies that will be launched in torrent sites. The group behind it, Guardians of Peace (GOP), has threatened more attacks if Sony releases the movie “The Interview,” which mocks North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-Un.
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