NEW YORK – Fox News' Bill McCuddy gives his spin on a year filled with celebrity weddings, break-ups and all around ups and downs.
It was a year of Big Fat Greek Weddings and big freak weddings, that is if you count David Gest and Liza Minelli's nuptials.
Now Ben Affleck, People magazine's "Sexiest Man" is engaged. But there's a big 'but' in his wedding plans -- before his bride-to-be can be a wedding planner, Jennifer Lopez has to plan a divorce.
Julia Roberts had a wedding – and this time the bride didn't "Run Away." But The Bachelor doesn't look like he's getting married -- even after 25 women competed for him. Nicolas Cage got the ultimate piece of Elvis memorabilia for his wedding, but he and Lisa Marie Presley parted ways after just three months.
Billy "Piano Man" Joel sang the blues in rehab. Mariah Carey, who also got some "rest," has a hit on her hands with her new album "Charmbraclet." And Whitney Houston, who says regular rehab is not for her, sang to Diane Sawyer. If only ratings equaled record sales.
"Pop" went Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's relationship. And flop went Britney's new restaurant -- bubble gum doesn't make a great entree.
The Osbournes bleeped through a new season with a big contract and Sharon survived a health scare. Anna Nicole Smith gets a reality show, now if she could only get a clue.
At the movies, Spider-Man spun an $815 million web. Harry Potter flew back in. So did a teenage dark side in Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones. Meanwhile, Eminem got anything but a bum rap for his role in 8 Mile. And a Greek Wedding had an unexpectedly huge guest list.
Denzel Washington and Halle Berry broke through some Oscar barriers.
On TV, The Sopranos whacked everybody in the ratings. Sarah Jessica Parker, who recently gave birth, obviously had some Sex and the City. And the American Idol Kelly Clarkson took over the pop charts – and the TV ratings for a bit a least. C.S.I. opened a hot new location in Miami. And Friends cast Jennifer Aniston as ‘Emmy."
In the world of celebrity surprises: Did hell just freeze over? Russell Crowe says he's getting married. Winona Ryder's shoplifting spree cost her a lot more than the stuff she was after. And Jacko got even more wacko. He can leave his career hanging, not his children.
And the holiday movies have Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can vs. Leonardo DiCaprio in Gangs of New York. Frodo is still ‘Ring side.’ And ‘all that jazz’ comes from a place called Chicago.