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2011 Year in Review: Entertainment

Britain's Prince William kisses his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding in London Friday, April, 29, 2011. AP Photo/Matt Dunham

(CBS) 2011: The world watched as Charlie Sheen seemed to go bonkers, but was really ... #winning. Millions tuned in to "ohh and ahh" as Prince William married Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge. Everyone loves a fairytale. And how could you forget that brief, yet oh so delightful, kiss on the balcony?

There were paternity scandals, anti-gay rants, long-awaited pregnancy announcements, breakups, hookups and sad goodbyes to some of entertainment's finest in 2011.

Join us as we take a look at some of the biggest celebrity and entertainment headlines of 2011.

2011 Year in Review: Entertainment

In this publicity image released by NBC, host Ricky Gervais is shown during the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater) Paul Drinkwater

The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards

"The Social Network" scored the major honors at the 2011 Golden Globes with four prizes, including best drama and director.

The lead acting prizes went to Colin Firth for the British monarchy saga "The King's Speech" and Natalie Portman for the psychosexual thriller "Black Swan."

The boxing drama "The Fighter" earned both supporting-acting prizes, for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.

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But the real buzz surrounded host Ricky Gervais. He promised to push the envelope, and that's exactly what he did.

"It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking," Gervais said at the start of the ceremony. "Or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast."

He made another joke at the expense of nominated film "The Tourist."

"I feel bad about that joke," he said after his first round. "I'm jumping on the bandwagon, because I haven't even seen 'The Tourist.'" (Beat.) "Who has?"

The outspoken British comedian made quips about Scientology, homosexuality and many celebrities in the audience.

Although there were reports about Gervais getting banned from another Golden Globes hosting gig, he's been asked to return for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards, scheduled for Jan. 15, 2012.

Golden Globe Awards 2011 winners highlights:


- Picture, Drama: "The Social Network"

- Picture, Musical or Comedy: "The Kids Are All Right"

- Actor, Drama: Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"

- Actress, Drama: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"

- Director: David Fincher, "The Social Network"

- Actress, Musical or Comedy: Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right"

- Actor, Musical or Comedy: Paul Giamatti, "Barney's Version"

- Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, "The Fighter"

- Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"


- Series, Drama: "Boardwalk Empire," HBO

- Actor, Drama: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"

- Actress, Drama: Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"

- Series, Musical or Comedy: "Glee," Fox

- Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

- Actress, Musical or Comedy: Laura Linney, "The Big C"

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Actress Lindsay Lohan appears in court during her arraignment on a felony grand theft charge at the LAX Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. READ MORE: Lohan Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Theft Charge AP Photo/Mario Anzuoni

Lindsay Lohan's legal woes

(CBS) The year got off to bad start for Lindsay Lohan. On Feb. 9, she was charged with stealing a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store.

Pictures: Lindsay Lohan In May, she pleaded no contest to the charge, which had been reduced to a misdemeanor. A judge sentenced her to 480 hours of community service and 120 days in jail. She also had to undergo psychological counseling and complete a shoplifters alternative class. Lohan served the sentence under house arrest due to jail overcrowding and was forced to wear a tracking ankle monitor for more than a month.

Over the summer, she was under fire for failing a random alcohol test, but the real problem came when Lohan didn't fulfill her community service duties at a women's shelter. On Nov. 2, a judge sentenced Lohan to jail for 30 days. But due to jail overcrowding, the Long Island native only had to serve about four hours.

By the end of 2011, things were looking up for the 25-year-old actress. She did a $1 million Playboy spread for the first issue of 2012.

"The Lindsay Lohan January-February Double Issue is breaking sales records," Hugh Hefner wrote in a Twitter message.

In December, Lohan was praised by a judge for doing well under a strict new probation routine of counseling and working at the county morgue.

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Lady Gaga arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Chris Pizzello

The 53rd annual Grammy Awards

(CBS) Lady Gaga and her red, actually, egg carpet arrival captured the attention of viewers at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, 2011.

The singer didn't actually walk the red carpet; she was carried in a giant, semi-transparent egg by five attendees. Gaga "hatched" from the egg in time to accept the best pop vocal album award for "The Fame Monster."

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The big winner of the night, though, was Arcade Fire. The Canadian group took home the album of the year award for "The Suburbs," a surprise win that left Eminem shut out in all the top categories.

Lady Antebellum nabbed five awards, including record and song of the year for its crossover smash "Need You Now," during a ceremony short on trophies but heavy on spectacle performances.

The awards ceremony also had a huge upset, as Esperanza Spalding beat out Justin Bieber, Florence + the Machine, Mumford & Sons and Drake to win best new artist.

Grammy Awards 2011 winners highlights:

Album of the Year: "The Suburbs," Arcade Fire

Record of the Year: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year: "Need You Now," Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)

New Artist: Esperanza Spalding

Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga

Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Just The Way You Are," Bruno Mars

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: "Hey Soul Sister," Train

Pop Vocal Album: "The Fame Monster," Lady Gaga

Alternative Album: "Brothers," The Black Keys

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: "Crazy Love," Michael Buble

The 2012 Grammy Awards will air live from Los Angeles Feb. 12 on CBS.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actor Colin Firth, winner of the award for Best Actor for 'The King's Speech', poses in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Colin Firth Jason Merritt

The 83rd annual Academy Awards

"The King's Speech" and its star, Colin Firth, dominated the 83rd annual Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2011. The drama was crowned best picture, leading the night with four Oscars.

Colin Firth, who played the stuttering British ruler George VI in the film, earned the best actor prize. Upon accepting the award, he told the crowd he felt like his career "just peaked."

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"The King's Speech" also won the directing prize for Tom Hooper and the original-screenplay Oscar for David Seidler, a boyhood stutterer himself, who dedicated the award to all the stutterers around the world.

Natalie Portman took home the best actress honor for her portrayal as an unhinged ballerina in "Black Swan."

The boxing drama "The Fighter" claimed both supporting-acting honors, for Christian Bale as a boxer-turned-drug-abuser and Melissa Leo as a boxing clan's domineering matriarch. Leo dropped the F-bomb while accepting the best supporting actress award for "The Fighter," from Kirk Douglas. "When I watched Kate [Winslet] two years ago it looked so [bleep] easy," Leo said.

First-time Oscar hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco received mixed reviews for their performance.

2011 Oscar Winners Highlights:

Best Picture: "The King's Speech"

Actor: Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"

Actress: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"

Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, "The Fighter"

Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"

Directing: Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"

Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"

Original Screenplay: David Seidler, "The King's Speech"

Animated Feature Film: "Toy Story 3"

The 2012 Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, will air on Feb. 26.

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Charlie Sheen arrives at the Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris Las Vegas on May 1, 2011, in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Charlie Sheen's ups and downs

(CBS) Charlie Sheen went from rehab to #winning and practically everything in between in 2011. He checked into rehab in January, prompting "Two and a Half Men" to go on hiatus. But Sheen just couldn't get himself sorted out.

On March 7, 2011, he was fired from the CBS series after going on rants against the show's creator, Chuck Lorre.

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Sheen's television interviews, tweets, live web show and overall demeanor became something of a cultural phenomenon in 2011. The phrases "winning," "born ready" and "tiger blood" started slipping into conversations and social media. Sheen got together and broke up with his "goddesses," went on tour, was roasted on Comedy Central and watched his former "Two and Half Men" cast members welcome Ashton Kutcher to the show.

He's expected to return with a new sitcom in 2012 called "Anger Management."

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Rebecca Black's "Friday"

Who would have imagined that a silly auto-tuned song about the joy of Fridays and the weekend would take the Internet by storm?

Turns out the song you love to hate (or really just secretly love) was the most watched YouTube video of 2011, garnering more than 180 million views on the site. It went viral on March 11, 2011 and has been on the up and up ever since. What else can we say except ... "we so excited" it's the weekend.

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Picture taken 21 april 1961 in Santa Monica, California, of British-born US actress Elizabeth Taylor with her oscar at a presentation party after being named best Actress for her part in "Butterfield 8". (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images) -

Goodbye Elizabeth Taylor

(CBS) Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23, 2011. She was 79. The actress, who won Oscars for her performances in "Butterfield 8" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from congestive heart failure.

Taylor's children - Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton - were at her side.

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Taylor first gained stardom as a child and appeared in more than 50 films. She was equally famous for her extraordinary beauty and stormy personal life, including eight marriages and a series of physical ailments.

Her death triggered an outpouring of tributes on Twitter. In December, the social network announced that Taylor was the top-trending actress of the year. That same month, her personal collection of jewelry and other personal items fetched a total of $157 million at a Christie's auction.

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Britain's Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, stand outside of Westminster Abbey following their wedding in London on Friday, April, 29, 2011. AP Photo/Chris Ison/PA

Will and Kate tie the knot

(CBS) Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage was by far one of the biggest entertainment stories of the year.

People all over the world woke up at all sorts of crazy hours to watch the British royal wedding. Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, wed on April 29, 2011, exchanging rings in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey in London. The newlyweds spent a secluded 10-day honeymoon in the Seychelles. Special section: Britain's royal wedding
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The royal wedding in photos

Other big weddings of the year? Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell; Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall; Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock; Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey, among others.

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Oprah Winfrey waves as her show taped for the last time on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in Chicago. AP Photo/Harpo Productions

Farewell longtime talk show hosts

(CBS) 2011 marked the end of an era for two favorite TV hosts: Oprah Winfrey and Regis Philbin. Both broadcasters entertained us in our living rooms for more than two decades. After 25 years, the last "Oprah Winfrey Show" aired on May 25, 2011. "There are no words to match this moment," she said.

At the end of her 4,561st episode, Winfrey said, "I won't say goodbye, I'll just say until we meet again, to God be the glory." She spent the rest of the year focusing on her TV channel, The Oprah Winfrey Network.

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In the fall, the entertainment world bid adieu to another longtime broadcaster: Philbin, who hosted his final "Live with Regis & Kelly" show on Nov. 18, 2011. Before he walked off stage one last time, Philbin noted how he'll never be able to respond to all of the letters he's received over the last few weeks, but told viewers, "I'll always remember these moments I spent with you."

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Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan listens as Kevin Rogers, left, speaks at a news conference Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Morgan apologized for anti-gay remarks he made during a performance in Nashville on June 3. Rogers attended the June 3 show and first reported the incident via Facebook. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Mark Humphrey

Tracy Morgan's anti-gay rants

Tracy Morgan made headlines after spewing angry, homophobic rants on stage. During his June 3, 2011 show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Morgan said that if his son were gay, he would "pull out a knife and stab" him, among other anti-gay statements.

Pictures: Tracy Morgan

He later apologized in a statement, explaining, "I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville. I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence against others. While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context."

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Singer Amy Winehouse performs onstage at Lollapalooza in Grant Park on August 5, 2007, in Chicago. Roger Kisby/Getty Images

Amy Winehouse dies

(CBS) July 23, 2011 was a sad day in music.

Amy Winehouse died in her London apartment at the age of 27. A coroner ruled the cause of death as accidental alcohol poisoning due to "misadventure."

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Winehouse rose to fame in 2006 with the album "Back to Black," which scored five Grammys and made Winehouse -- with her black beehive hairdo -- one of music's most recognizable stars.

She made headlines for erratic stage appearances, drunken fights, along with stints in the hospital and rehab clinics. Performances sometimes became stumbling train wrecks that were watched around the world on the Internet.

"I didn't go out looking to be famous," Winehouse told the Associated Press when "Back to Black" was released. "I'm just a musician."

Although she left the world too soon, Winehouse's music lives on. December saw the release of the posthumous album, "Lioness: Hidden Treasures," featuring songs recorded between 2002-2008.

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Final "Harry Potter" film smashes records

(CBS) "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" shattered opening weekend records, raking in a whopping $168.55 million when it debuted on July 15, 2011. It beat the previous record of $158.4 million set by "The Dark Knight" in 2008.

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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" premiere

The "Harry Potter" film, starring Daniel Radcliff as the boy wizard and Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as his best friends, was the final one in the series. In total, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" brought in $381 million in the U.S.

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Kim Kardashian, right, and her fiance, NBA basketball player Kris Humphries, arrive at the Kardashian Kollection launch party in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. The Kardashian Kollection designed by the Kardashian sisters is available at Sears. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) Matt Sayles

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries marry, then divorce

(CBS) Were you rooting for these two? Reality star Kim Kardashian married NBA player couple got engaged in May after six months of dating. They married on Aug. 20, 2011 in front of 450 friends and family at an estate in Montecito, Calif.

But just 72 days after their fairytale wedding, which aired on E!, Kardashian decided to file for divorce.

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"After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage," she said in a statement to E! News. "I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision. I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don't work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best."

In a long message to fans, Kardashian insisted she tied the knot for love and denied she made millions off the wedding, which aired as a TV special on E!. "First and foremost, I married for love," she wrote. "I can't believe I even have to defend this. I would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show!"

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Beyonce performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) Matt Sayles

Beyonce announces pregnancy

(CBS) Beyonce made a grand entrance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28, 2011. She broke the news that she and her husband Jay-Z were expecting their first child together. The singer-actress and the rapper wed in 2008 and have often been the subject of pregnancy rumors.

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That's probably why Beyonce was relieved after announcing the news. In the crowd, Jay-Z, could be seen happily clapping his hands while Kanye West gave him a congratulatory slap on the back. After she showed off her baby bump, Beyonce said, "I'm free," according to MTV.

The news also broke a Twitter record. That same night there were 8,868 tweets per second about the Beyonce-Jay-Z baby, a record for the social network.

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Singer Justin Bieber arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Justin Bieber paternity suit

(CBS) Justin Bieber kicked off 2011 debuting his new relationship with Selena Gomez. By the end of the year he was denying fathering a child with Mariah Yeater, a 20-year-old woman who claimed the Canadian pop star was the father of her 3-month-old son.

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"Never met the woman," Bieber said of Mariah Yeater during an appearance on the "Today" show. "I'd just like to say, basically, that none of those allegations are true," the 17-year-old singer added. "I know that I'm going to be a target, but I'm never going to be a victim."

By mid-November the paternity suit was dropped, and Yeater's lawyers withdrew from the case.

The paternity suit, along with Bieber's musical pursuits, landed him on top of Bing's most-searched celebrity list of 2011.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Actors Ashton Kutcher and Demio Moore attend the launch party for "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" at Steven Alan Annex on April 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ashten Kuthcher;Demi Moore Jemal Countess

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher call it quits

(CBS) Celebrities both broke up and hooked up in 2011. Among the most high-profile celebrity break ups were Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore; Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.

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Throughout 2011, several reports surfaced alleging Kutcher was cheating on Moore. By November, the couple had called it quits for good. The 49-year-old actress announced her divorce plans to the Associated Press, saying she was doing it with "great sadness and a heavy heart."

"As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life," she added in a statement to the AP. "This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation."

For his part, Kutcher, 33, tweeted, "I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and Light, AK."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singers Selena Gomez (L) and Justin Bieber arrive at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Jason Merritt

Star hookups

Many stars connected in 2011, notably Jennifer Aniston, who found romance with Justin Theroux, her "Wanderlust" co-star.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez went public with their romance in 2011, and George Clooney linked up with former WWE wrestler Stacy Keibler. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes got together, as did Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling, and who could keep track of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel? Last we heard, they were definitely back together.

There was also a flurry of "almosts" in 2011: Leonard DiCaprio and Lively; Scarlett Johannsen and Sean Penn and Jesse James and Kat Von D, just to name a few.

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Adele, Katy Perry CBS/Getty

Music: Women rule

(CBS) When it came to music in 2011, women ruled. Adele's "21" was the best-selling album of the year with 4.8 million sold, according to Billboard. "Rolling in the Deep" was also the most popular song of the year.

Adele scored iTunes' best-selling album and song, and was named its top artist. She was also named Rolling Stone's No. 1 artist of the year.

But 2011 wasn't completely rosy for Adele. In June, she was forced to postpone her tour due to laryngitis. Five months later, the British singer had throat surgery to stop a recurrent condition that caused her to cancel another round of tour dates, as well as promotional appearances for the rest of the year.

She hopes to the make a full recovery by the Feb. 12, 2012 Grammy Awards where she's up for six nominations, including record, song and album of the year.

Katy Perry made history in 2011, becoming the first woman to have five songs from a single album hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. Perry's singles, "Firework," "E.T.," "Teenage Dream" "California Gurls" and "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" all shot up to top of the charts. Michael Jackson is the only other artist to have five No. 1 songs off of one album.

Perry didn't stop at the radio singles though. She went on a major tour, made an appearance in "The Smurfs" and hosted "Saturday Night Live." She also took home the MTV VMA video of the year award for "Firework."

Perry is up for two Grammys in 2012: record of the year and best pop solo performance for "Firework."

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Justin Timberlake accompanies Cpl. Kelsey De Santis to the Marine Corps Ball in Richmond, Va., Nov. 12, 2011. Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/CBS

The best of the rest

(CBS) What else happened in the entertainment world in 2011?

R.E.M. calls it quits

"Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" finally opens on Broadway

Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake go to Marine Corps. balls

Dr. Conrad Murray is found guilty and sentenced to four years in jail in the death of Michael Jackson

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" hits theaters

Britney Spears gets engaged

Hilary Swank causes a stir when she attends an event thrown by Kremlin-backed Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov

Catherine Zeta-Jones reveals she's been treated for bipolar disorder

Chaz Bono makes headlines for stint on "Dancing with the Stars"

Paula Abdul reunites with Simon Cowell on "The X-Factor"

Jessica Simpson confirms she's pregnant

Tell us: What was your favorite entertainment news story of 2011?

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