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The Best and Worst of the Best and Worst of the Year Lists

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It is officially the last day of the year 2010, whatever that means to you! Let’s refer to the next year as 2000 + 11. And now, the superlatives for best and worst of the best and worst end of the year lists:

The Daily Beast Award for Best Overall Horrible and Excessive Lists
We get it, your whole staff is on vacation. Write a fucking article. Half of them don’t even have bylines.

TV’s Most Uncomfortable Moments of the Year

14 Best Late Night TV Moments of the Year

Celebrities Who Age Backward

Most Memorable Kisses of the Year

In Memoriam: Celebrity Deaths of 2010

The 20 Smartest People Of 2010

Stars Who Became Felons

The Downers
The 10 Best Graphic Novels and Comics of 2010 [EW]
No one read these and no one will. Until next year.

2010’s Unsafe Skies [The Daily Beast]

Most Vapid
30 Sexiest Stars of 2010 [EW]
Are they sexier or less sexy than last year?!

2010 Obsessions: Year of the mistress [CNN]
“‘In society, one out of every two marriages ends in divorce and in some societies it seems like one out of every one,’ Glass said. ‘We want to see these marriages survive. You want to see a Sandra Bullock and a Jesse James who are so diverse succeed. When we don’t see that, it kind of makes us feel vulnerable.'”
Or we’re just bitchy gossips.

The Year’s 10 Biggest Celebrity Gossip Stories [Jezebel]

The New York Times Makes New York the Center of the Universe, as per the Usual
The 110 Things New Yorkers Talked About in 2010
“55. Oh, the irony: Gawker is hacked.”
Irony? Or justice?

The Best Way to Ruin My Night/Whole Year. WHISKEY SOURS FOR THE WIN
20 Worst Hangover Drinks [The Daily Beast]

The Serious
Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2010 [Wired]

The Not-So-Serious
The Top 10 Animal Photobombers Of 2010 [Buzzfeed]

Typical
Eh.

2010’s Most Bizarre Reality TV Moment: What’s your pick? [EW]
Any of them?

The Best of the Best of the Year
Brian Williams for the win, every time.

The Best Fake Rumors of 2010
Gawker has a lot, see their header:

The Year In Mariah Carey [Jezebel]
Featuring excellent GIF’s like this one:
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What’s sad is that this list is not even close to comprehensive, just a smattering of what the internet has to offer. Did I miss any particularly poignant Best or Worst of lists?
And for your New Years Eve Party, check out this list of Memorable Songs Played on New Year’s Eve.

2010 Celebrity Break-Ups: The Richter Scale

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As 2010 draws to a close, there are many things that it could be remembered for — the year of the Red Tide, of Wikileaks, of LiLo going to jail, of Glee (was that this year?). Inspired by today’s announcement of Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds separation and yesterday’s of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens break-up, I’ve decided to nickname 2010 “The year of the celebrity break up.”

Famous people – for reasons too numerous to enumerate – seem to get married and divorced at rates higher than the national average. But this year seemed particularly devastating for celebrity couples. And for reasons too embarrassing and numerous to enumerate, I take each break up as a personal blow.

Below are a few break ups from 2010 with a rating as to how upsetting I found said break-up. 1 is a break up I saw a mile away, 10 made me cry into my pillow.

Scarlett Johansson & Ryan Reynolds – 3

I never really believed they were married. There’s all of one photo of them on the internet together. I respect they wanted to keep their relationship private, but it’s hard to be invested in a relationship you know nothing about. And again – privacy and everything, but by not showing up at each other’s events, they also weren’t supporting each other in their endeavors.

Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens – 5

This was always going to happen sooner rather than later. He wants a serious career and is talented. She doesn’t work that much (let’s leave it at that). Yes, they were gorgeous together. Yes, they probably had great sex and lots of it. Their relationship made sense in the HSM days, but more and more as Zac seemed to wanted to graduate out of that phase, it was clear their love wasn’t forever.

Eva Longoria & Tony Parker – 3

There were always rumors of him cheating on her. And as Kate always points out, the sportstar/actress marriage is a difficult one. Plus, she’s a bit older, and always struck me as more interesting than he is – or maybe more interesting than his teammate’s wives. I’m very sorry for Eva, but honey, you can do better.

Editor’s Note: In college, a sort-of friend’s Dad was an orthopedic surgeon, and Tony Parker’s Grandma was his patient. He reported that Nana was none too pleased with Eva, calling her “too old” and “a slut.”

Blake Lively & Penn Badgley – 7

Like Zac and Vanessa, these two are young enough I didn’t necessarily expect them to stay together forever, and yet…..There were all those photos this summer of them making out and holding hands. They are both still on Gossip Girl and always look so cute together on set. Plus, I can’t separate them from their Gossip Girl characters who are CLEARLY meant to be together, AND always wind up together.

Kate Winslet & Sam Mendes – 9

This one still floors me. They were married for long enough to make me feel secure and stable in their coupling. They were collaborators. They lived in London and New York, somewhat away from the stress of the paparazzi. They have kids. I just…I don’t know what happened here.

Patricia Arquette & Thomas Jane – 8

Maybe it’s because I think of them as how the Go Fug girls depict them, but they just seemed so in sync. They are both obviously nuts (and by obviously I mean the way they dress and carry themselves) and nuts in a similar way. He seems a little off in a kooky way and she has an intensity that reminds me of the crazy old lady next door. I thought they were kindred souls, two free-spirits in a town that otherwise puts a lot of value on polish.

Courtney Cox-Arquette & David Arquette – 6

Yes, their marriage was always a little surprising, but they’d made it this far. They have a cute kid. He seemed okay with JenAn as the third wheel in their marriage and life. This one makes me sad because I’ll always remember the credits of the Friends episode after they got married where they added Arquette to everyone’s name.

Bristol Palin & Levi Johnston – 1

I mean, yeah. Was anyone surprised by this one?

Editor’s Note: I was! I thought their love knew no bounds. Except that they looked weirdly related…

Al Gore & Tipper Gore – 10

Kate and I both find this one too painful to talk about.

Be warned: If Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner ever call it quits, I’m quitting celebrity culture.

The VMAs 2010: The Unlive Blog

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Due to some technical difficulties, I begin watching this years VMA pre-show/red carpet on the MTV website. That meant that I got to see a number of different perspectives not seen on television, which I didn’t even know I wanted to partake in, like the audience cam, or the stage door cam. The best part of these angles was the optimal viewing of the randos that make these events possible, who lurk in the background.

But forget them. Onto the famous people!

(9:01) HD is amazinggg. It’s really not just for sports, people. Let’s start the evening off with a performance by Eminem and Rihanna.
Kate: Rihanna, your voice is cracking.
Jake: i feel like this is a Madonna ripoff, a little bit.

Kate: Aww cuties! Hug it out, Hug it out.
Lauren: Did they ever sleep together?
Note — for the rest of this awards show, Lauren will be wikipediaing every person that comes along. This is how we will learn that Eminem is 38! And Usher is 31! What would ages you have guessed for these fine gentlemen?

(9:05) Here’s Lindsay Lohan, trying to salvage her career by matching her skin, hair and dress.

(9:10) Chelsea Handler says, “This is the first time in 16 years that the VMAs have been hosted by a woman.”
Kate: All I notice is that Chelsea, you are covered in glitter and I am loving it.

(9:24) Promo for Bret Michaels’ reality TV show number ohwhoremembersanymore, butthisonedoesnotinvolvearockorlove, “Life As I know it.” Cannot wait.

(9:28) Justin Bieber is channeling Grease. Way to tug at my heartstrings. Unfortunately, he is definitely lip-syncing.
Lauren: Is that illegal here yet? It’s illegal in some countries.
Kate: Britney Spears wouldn’t have a career if that was true.

2010 MTV Video Music AwardsMore VMA Video

(9:33) The Buried Life promo! The Social Network promo!
Lauren: Is that JT? He’s not friends with the Zuck!

(9:40) Urshuuur! You had a random bit part in Killers which I watched today! I wonder how you got the choice role of potential assassin, who really just helps Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher out in the drug store by giving them a discount on their pregnancy test?

(9:44) Nicki Minaj, is your ass real?! I’m not sure this photo does it justice, but…

(9:53) This Florence and the Machine performance is making this whole thing worth it.
Jake: That backup dancer, that dude, kinda had some chub.

2010 MTV Video Music AwardsMore VMA Video

(9:57) It’s “I wanna be a billionaire, so friggin’ baddd…”

(10:06) Amber Riley from Glee says, “Every lady can see a little bit of herself in BeyoncĂ©.” Can they?
Jane Lynch is screaming for Gaga.
Gaga to Lynch: “I love you!”
And then, “God bless pop music, and God bless MTV!”

(10:07) Minnie: Taylor Swift is killing the mood.
Kate: Agreed. (I’m not even going to post her rebuttal song to Kanye West because it is so boring).

(10:21) Kate: Drake dated Rihanna for awhile, you know.
Lauren: He’s fineee.
Kate: But I don’t know what he is doing with his hands, it looks like he has Parkinsons’.

(10:33) There have been so many times tonight that I have been afraid I was going to see Chelsea Handler’s vagina.

(10:43) Last week, I watched this interview with B.o.B, who told Chelsea Handler that he had never met the girl from Paramore that sings on that song “Airplanes” that they do together. And when Chelsea was like, how did that happen then? He said that they made the track without meeting because it’s “2010.” So can we infer from this live performance that this is the first time they are meeting, because if so, this is HISTORY.

(10:47) They keep cutting off the best performances. Case in point: Robyn.

(10:54) Justin Bieber wins best new artist. Ke$ha rolls her eyes, Lady Gaga tells him how to get up onstage.

(10:55) EMMA STONE. Easy A! At this point I have hyped this movie so far that I think it could be the worst thing I’ve ever seen and I’d still love it. But no! She’s introducing Linkin Park, who is getting the chance to perform at the Griffith Observatory and ruining it, as per the usual. I’m muting this.

Minnie: Linkin Park really? This shit is wack.
Lauren: In 7th grade, when I was in love with my best friend’s boyfriend, he used to send me Linkin Park songs that were set to their breakup. Like how people have a song for a relationship? He had one for the breakup.
Kate: Linkin Park would make me want to break up with someone.

(11:04) CHER. And she’s brought back a variation on this outfit:

Lauren: Katy Perry is going to cry.
Cher just does not care about bossing anyone around. She is legitimately telling people to move away from the teleprompter so she can read it.
Lady Gaga/Cher hug! I’m going to have a heart attack.
Lady Gaga says, “I never thought I’d be asking Cher to hold my meat purse!” Me neither, girl. She’s now crying, and announcing that her new album will be called “Born This Way”, and she sings a few lines from a new song. Her impromptu singing was better than most people’s planned performances this evening.

(11:08) Aziz! Introducing Kanye, for his pentience-performance.

It’s really interesting to me how visual these performances have been. The producers and everyone else involved are impressively aware of how people will be reblogging and rewatching these performances, and seem to be putting even more of an effort into making them worth reliving. And as fast as entertainment moves, it never forgets. This entire show has been wrapped around last year’s Kanye/Taylor debacle, with a few notes in there about Katy Perry meeting now-fiancĂ© Russell Brand here last year as well. She even paid homage to him with her manicure:

Now if that's not love, I don't know what is.

Live-Blogging a Photo: the Costume Institute Gala 2010

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A Conversation between Alex and Kate, the best of fashion judgement

Kate: much of this is just ugly and not even interesting.
Alex: it has to be ~subtle. like whoopi matching her toenail color to her dress.
the theme doesn’t really allow for greatness. and diane von furstenberg took the theme waaaaaay too literally.
Kate: yea the theme is both too vague and kinda restrictive.

Alex: ugh doutzen, you’re giving models a bad name.
no one should ever be allowed to wear zac posen. ever.
Kate: she looks like glinda the good witch in her blue period.


Alex: this is the group i want to go to the afterparty with
Kate: is that zoe kravitz? if so, no thankyou.
Alex: it is


me: when did emma watson get so hottttt?
Alex: but seriously, christopher bailey, why is her dress cut up to her cooch?
me: yeaaa…maybe cause its a hot crotch?


Alex: she’s so deep.
Kate: oprah — your hair shouldnt match your skirt
Alex: lol
Kate: wait is that why gayle was there– because of oprah cohosting? oh god. why would she cohost?
Apparently Oprah says: “When I walked through the exhibition today, it was emotional for me, especially after coming out of the suffragettes and realizing where we’ve come from. We didn’t have the right to vote a century ago. I turned to Anna and said ‘Tonight, you and I are at the Metropolitan Museum hosting this event.” RLY?! OH RLY?!


Kate: claire danes; i’m into her dress.
Alex: hm. you an i have a different value system. that was a negative in my book.
Kate: she just looks happy. i think i just am happy with her face.


Kate: is tina fey wearing a jumpsuit…
Alex: i think so…
Kate: wow. dare i say she almost pulls it off?


Kate: jessica biel looks weird like shes naked or wearing like, a nighty. but she’s standing next to JT, so i guess i feel her.


and oh padma. no. no no to the feathers on your boobs.


Kate: january jones‘ eyes in this picture are so alexander ruff by alexander ruff spring season 2009.
Alex: omg wherque.



Kate: KATY PERRY
BLAKE LIVELY
you have one-upped katy perry. i bow to you.
Alex: i really like the way blake never fails to prove that blue and orange compliment each other so well.
Kate: the orange being…her skin. i see what you did there.
Alex: yes.
me: wait a second…KATY PERRY YOUR DRESS LIGHTS UP.
Alex: haha yeah it does.
Alex: she isn’t wearing rodarte though, is she? that’s the only dress i can think of in the past season that lights up.
Kate: its not cited anywhere. it looks a lot better normal; lit up she just makes it trashy.
Apparently katy perrys dress is cute circuit?
wait — dont click the link: it’s painful. “wearable technology”
Alex: hm. that sounds familiar.

hussein chalayan a few seasons ago.


Kate: christina hendricks brought the twins, and i dig. if only she didnt have a pet perched on her right shoulder.
Alex: her boobs looked amazing.
Kate: ikr.


Alex: i like this.
Kate: meh. im mildly bored.
Alex: don’t diss cool asian and mean girl. and chanel can be unfriendly black hottie.
Kate: way to go there. and by there i mean mean girls.
Alex: i go there more than degrassi.

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