News24’s international and royal editor Bashiera Parker compiles a list of the biggest international entertainment headlines of the year.
From a shocking Oscar slap in the face, outrageous comments from a rapper and a virtual ABBA taking the stage, this year has seen a range of entertainment stories dominate the headlines.
In recent weeks, as Will Smith embarked on his press tour for Emancipation – his first movie since hitting Chris Rock – he reflected with Trevor Noah:
“I was going through something that night, you know? Not that it justifies my behavior at all… It was a lot of things. It was the little boy who saw his father beat up his mother, you know? Everything it just bubbled up at that point. That’s not who I want to be.”
For Kanye West, the question of who he wants to be isn’t particularly clear after a whirlwind few months. Yet Ye, changing his name and presidential candidate – for the second time – was not on our 2022 bingo card.
At News24 Arts and Entertainment, we can’t expect who we want to become in 2023 without thinking about the year that has been. Here, we take a look at the biggest international entertainment titles that made for a bumpy 2022. More and more – as a wise woman once said, “La-la-la-la-la-la… You won’t break my soul.”
Chris Rock and Will Smith are seen on stage at the 94th Academy Awards.
Will Smith hit Oscars presenter Chris Rock in the face for making a joke about his wife’s hairstyle in a shocking moment that eclipsed Hollywood’s biggest awards show. Smith won Best Actor but was banned awards for 10 years.
Meanwhile, a tearful Adele postponed his residence in Las Vegas the day before the concerts began, saying half of his crew had Covid-19 and that the pandemic had caused delivery delays. She launched the shows 10 months later.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard clashed in Virginia court after the actor sued his ex-wife, arguing she defamed him when she called herself a ‘public figure representing domestic violence’ in an opinion piece. Heard counterattacked, claiming Depp defamed her when her attorney called her accusations a “hoax.” Depp won more than $10 million in damages. The jury ruled for Heard on a counterclaim.
The #MeToo cases continued, disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for sex crimes in New York, continues essay in Los Angeles on 11 charges of rape and sexual assault. Four have since been fired. He pleaded not guilty.
Actor Kevin Spacey, meanwhile, defeated a sexual abuse case against him in a civil trial in Manhattan. He appeared in a UK court to plead not guilty to sex offense charges dating back nearly 20 years.
Rapper Kanye West, now known as Ye, courted controversy with shards on social mediaincluding racist and anti-Semitic remarks, leading to the termination of some ties with the companies – a move that has knocked him down the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires. He is since confirmed his candidacy for the presidency of 2024.
Beyonce, Rihanna and Britney Spears returns with new music, while Taylor Swift released their new album, Midnightsthen to crash Ticketmaster with the announcement of his new tour.
Kate Bush overhead graphics with Run up that hill as the 1985 song enjoyed a resurgence thanks to the Netflix show stranger things.
Swedish supergroup ABBA came back on stagealbeit in the form of digital avatars, or “ABBAtars”.
Tom Cruise plays Captain Pete Maverick Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. (Photo: provided)
In international movie news, Tom Cruise premiered his highly anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverickreturning as the cocky pilot he first played in the 1986 action movie. maverick stay the the greatest movie of 2022grossing $1.48 billion worldwide.
This like Alec Baldwin and western movie producers Rust reached a regulation in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who the actor shot while filming last year. A New Mexico state attorney decides whether or not to bring criminal charges.
The world said goodbye to actors Sidney Poitier, Ray Liotta, Angela Lansbury, Olivia Newton-John, Robbie Coltrane and Kirstie Alley, as well as music stars Jerry Lee Lewis, Meat Loaf, Coolio, Taylor Hawkins and Loretta Lynn among others, which included, in the biggest royal report of the year, a farewell to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
Read our 2022 royal envelope here.