Year in Review 2013 Entertainment

Often shocking (Cyrus twerks!), confusing (Bieber's monkeygate), constant (Kimye) and odd (Harlem Shake), 2013 was packed with memorable pop culture moments.

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Rarely a week, perhaps even a day, went by in 2013 when Kimye: aka Kim Kardashian and Kanye West weren't in the headlines. Be it for West's often foot-in-mouth rants, the birth of their daughter North, Kardashian's sartorial escapades or the announcement of their engagement, this adored-by-the-media pair were a pop culture constant.
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Thanks to her twerking, tongue poking, near-naked ensembles and foam finger abuse, Miley Cyrus successfully made the transition from "Hannah Montana" teen sensation to edgy pop star. Her risque performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV VMAs in August was one of the most discussed entertainment moments of the year.
Thursday nights just aren't the same since Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey and the rest of the "30 Rock" cast took their final bow on Jan. 31. And though we will miss Donaghy, Lemon and "TGS," we'll always have the memories of chessy blasters, Ludachristmas, "America's Kidz Got Singing" and Sabor de Soledad snacks. Well played, Lemon. Well played.
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Man-child Justin Bieber gained and then lost a monkey, urinated in a restaurant-kitchen bucket, tweeted semi-nude selfies, annoyed his California neighbors, took up graffiti, scuffled with paparazzi and was carried to the top of the Great Wall of China. And the 19-year-old also embarked on a world tour.
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Folksy southern chef Paula Deen saw her cooking empire implode mid-summer after she admitted, during a lawsuit deposition, that she had used the N-word in the past. She apologized to little effect.The Food Network yanked her show, Smithfield Foods dropped her as a celebrity endorser and retailers removed her products from their shelves. Deen made a tentative step back into the limelight in September with a live appearance at a Dallas cooking demonstration.
America's sweetheart Reese Witherspoon added a little tarnish to her wholesome image when she was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge in Atlanta in April alongside her husband Jim Toth (who was arrested on suspicion of DUI). Witherspoon reportedly asked the arresting trooper, "Do you know my name?" She later apologized, saying she was deeply embarrassed and that in the moment she "panicked."
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At the Academy Awards in February, best actress winner Jennifer Lawrence caught her shoe on the hem of her Dior Haute Couture gown as she made her way to the podium to accept the Oscar. It was a moment that made the refreshingly candid and as yet unjaded actress all the more endearing to fans. The 23-year-old remains a Hollywood rarity as she goes from strength to strength thanks to Golden Globe-nominated roles in "American Hustle" and her ongoing "Hunger Games" franchise.
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Beyonce was the artist to beat in 2013. She performed (with backup track) at the Presidential Inauguration in Jan., reformed with Destiny's Child for a special (totally live) showcase during half time at the Superbowl, created a documentary about herself, embarked on a global concert tour, and dropped a new album without any pre-hype or advertising. No wonder she was Bing's most-searched celebrity of the year.
Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as the flamboyant entertainer's lover, Scott Thorson! HBO's Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated biopic, "Behind the Candelabra" had all the glitz and intrigue of, well, Liberace's fabulous life.
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Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and the addictive "Breaking Bad" departed our screens for good in 2013. The finale was one of the most-watched cable shows of the year and an auction of the series' props netted almost $10,000 for White's infamous pair of tighty-whities.
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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play astronauts stranded in space. That implausible concept proved hauntingly captivating thanks to Bullock's emotionally raw performance and the visually stunning tableaus created by director Alfonso Cuaron in "Gravity".
Former Nickelodeon child star Amanda Bynes had fans scratching their heads over her bizarre and often illegal behavior that culminated in an arrest after she attempted to start a fire in front of a stranger's house in Thousand Oaks, Calif.. She was placed on involuntary psychiatric hold and then moved to a rehab facility where she spent four months recovering.
At the height of summer the SyFy network unleashed "Sharknado": a fabulously b-grade horror-schlock fest starring Ian Zeiring and Tara Reid that proved to be a social media sensation. A sequel is rumored to be swimming up from the depths.
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One of the most highly-anticipated, yet short-lived reunions occurred during the MTV Video Music Awards when Justin Timberlake joined his former 'N Sync bandmates for a throwback performance that had Gen Y reaching for their over-sized sweatshirts and scrunchies all over again.
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Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in the upcoming superhero mashup that sees Superman and Batman in the same movie. Fanboys caused an Internet meltdown as they discussed the pros and cons of casting the former "Daredevil" as the latest incarnation of the Dark Knight.
A&E's "Duck Dynasty" became cable's most-watched show. Patriarch Phil Robertson went on a homophobic rant during an interview with GQ. Phil was put on "hiatus" by the A&E network for his frankness. Sarah Palin weighed in, as did the Lieutenant Governor of the clan's home state of Louisiana, and online petitions were created demanding Phil's reinstatement. Public pressure appeared to sway A&E, with the network announcing on Dec. 27 that Robertson would be returning to the hit reality series. Two words: ratings bonanza!
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Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas finally called it quits. After much toing and froing, the Jonas Brothers as a band ceased to exist in late October. The announcement came three weeks after they canceled a concert tour, citing a "deep rift" in the band.
Jimmy Fallon, the "Today" show, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee swim team and the Miami Heat (pictured here) attempted the viral video phenomenon called The Harlem Shake.
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It's almost a decade since Will Ferrell unleashed Ron Burgundy in all his polyester suit-wearing glory on the viewing public. A hilarious promotional tour (the majority of which was conducted with Ferrell in character as the blowhard 70s anchor) only fueled the appetite for "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues".
"Downton Abbey" returned to PBS for a third season and viewers couldn't get enough of Lady Mary's tragic loss and the caustic quips of the Dowager Countess. Now, if we can only get through the holidays without reading any spoilers ahead the season four US debut on Jan. 5. - Colin Bertram
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