Entertainment: 2010's top stories

01:05, Dec 23 2010
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SINGER DIES: Pauly Fuemana, who shot to fame in 1995 with his band OMC's hit song, How Bizarre, died on Sunday after a short illness.
Pauly Fuemana
SINGER DIES: Pauly Fuemana, who shot to fame in 1995 with his band OMC's hit song, How Bizarre, died on Sunday after a short illness.
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HIT SONG: A still from OMC's music video, for their hit song, How Bizarre, with frontman Pauly Fuemana.
Pauly Fuemana
SINGER DIES: Pauly Fuemana, who shot to fame in 1995 with his band OMC's hit song, How Bizarre, died on Sunday after a short illness.
Pauly Fuemana
SINGER DIES: Pauly Fuemana, who shot to fame in 1995 with his band OMC's hit song, How Bizarre, died on Sunday after a short illness.

If 2009 was the year of celebrity deaths - Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Patrick Swayze - then 2010 was marked by Hollywood bust-ups.

Some of the industry's more solid couples were among the long list that parted ways during 2010, including Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes, Tiger woods and Elin Nordegren, Courtney Cox and David Arquette, Sandra Bullock and Jesse James and Eva Longoria and Tony Parker.

But for Stuff readers the biggest story of the year was the scandal surrounding broadcaster Paul Henry.

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HAPPY COUPLE: Ian Morris with his wife Kim Willoughby in 2005.
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THREE'S A CROWD: Les White, Ian Morris, and Dave Dobbyn in Southland during Th'Dudes 2006 reunion tour.
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STAGE PRESCENCE: Ian Morris, Peter Urlich, Les White, Bruce Hambling and Dave Dobbyn perform in Hamilton during their 2006 reunion tour.
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TOGETHER AGAIN: Ian Morris, Peter Urlich, Les White and Dave Dobbyn perform during Th'Dudes 2006 reunion tour.

The controversial broadcaster, who famously called Susan Boyle a retard, was initially suspended by TVNZ after saying Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand didn't look or sound like a real New Zealander.

The remark followed closely on the heels of the Breakfast star's comments about Indian minister Sheila Dikshit's last name, which sparked a diplomatic incident. The controversy ended with his resignation from TVNZ in October.

The third most viewed Stuff Entertainment story surrounded his occasional Breakfast co-presenter, Alison Mau.

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HAPPY COUPLE: Ian Morris with his wife Kim Willoughby in 2005.
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CLOWNING AROUND: The controversy around former Breakfast host Paul Henry this year propelled the broadcaster to Stuff's number one Entertainment story of the year.
Top entertainment stories - Paul Henry.
HENRY SUSPENDED: Paul Henry was suspended by TVNZ after comments he made concerning Governor-General Anand Satyanand. Here, two protestors stand outside TVNZ offices demanding his suspension for the comments.
Top entertainment stories - Lara Bingle.
BINGLE IN THE BUFF: Lara Bingle sued after a nude photo of her was leaked.
Top entertainment stories - Alison Mau.
ALISON ANGRY: TV presenter Alison Mau hit out at gossip magazines on her TV One show Breakfast.
Top entertainment stories - Australias Next Top Model.
MODEL MAYHEM: Australia's Next Top Model's finale was marred by a blunder causing the wrong winner to be announced by presenter Sarah Murdoch. When she realized the mistake she was close to tears, although the mistaken winner Kelsey Martinovich was very calm and accepting.
Top entertainment stories - Biebermania.
BELIEBERS: New Zealand was gripped by 'Biebermania' when he visited in April. A fan stole his hat when he arrived in Auckland Airport, causing twitter hate all over the world.
Top entertainment stories - Gary Coleman.
COLEMAN DEAD: Gary Coleman tragically died at age 42 in May.
Top entertainment stories - Anna Paquin.
TRUE BLOOD: Anna Paquin featured in this bloody nude Rolling Stone cover promoting her show True Blood.
Top entertainment stories - Brad Pitt
CAPITAL: Brad Pitt was reportedly sighted in a Wellington Restaurant in July.
Top entertainment stories - Lindsay Lohan.
LEWD LOHAN: Rumours sprung up in January about a Lindsay Lohan sex tape, but the tape never showed up.
Top entertainment stories - David Beckham
BECKHAM BANTER: David Beckham was caught up in a divorce battle between a couple in October, with the "delusional" husband believing the wife was sleeping with Beckham.
Top entertainment stories - Next Top Model.
NEXT TOP MODEL: Danielle Hayes won the second cycle of New Zealands Next Top Model in October, despite only entering the competition on a dare.
Top entertainment stories - Susan Boyle
BIZZARE BOYLE: British singing sensation Susan Boyle stunned passengers and staff at London's Heathrow Airport with her bizarre antics in January. She sang and danced and was asked to calm down by airport staff.
Top entertainment stories - Corey Haim
HAIM PASSES: Actor Corey Haim tragically passed in March. He was 38.
Top entertainment stories - Ian Morris.
IAN MORRIS DEAD: The Dudes guitarist Ian Morris died in October. He was 53.
Top entertainment stories - Courtney Cox & David Arquette.
JUST FRIENDS: Courtney Cox and David Arquette have recently separated, but are still technically married.
Top entertainment stories - Eva Longoria.
LEAVING LONGORIA: Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and husband Tony Parker are in the process of legally seperating.
Top entertainment stories - Sandra Bullock
SANDRA SEPERATION: Actress Sandra Bullock and husband Jesse James filed for divorce in April.
Top entertainment stories - Leslie Nielsen.
LESLIE NIELSEN GONE: Naked Gun Actor Leslie Nielsen tragically passed in November. He was 84.
Top entertainment stories - Tom Bosley.
BOSLEY PASSES: Happy Days Actor Tom Bosley sadly passed in October. He was 83.

Mau, who split from her husband, news reader Simon Dallow, earlier last year, hit out at a gossip magazine who she says hired a "creepy" paparazzi photographer to stalk her as rumours flew she was in a relationship with another woman.  Mau later confirmed that she was in a same-sex relationship with Karleen Edmonds. 

Stuff's second-biggest entertainment read was the scandal surrounding the release of a nude photo of Australian model Lara Bingle by AFL footballer Brendan Fevola to Australia's Woman's Day in March.

Bingle went on to sue Fevola for leaking the image, which had reportedly been circulating in football circles for years. But it later emerged that Bingle and her agent Max Markson had sold her story relating the nude photo to the same magazine for nearly A$200,000.

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Six candidates for governor of California in the October 7, 2003 recall election. Shown (L-R) 20 year old college student Bryan Quinn, Six foot, seven inch basketball player and student Nathan Whitecloud Walton, son of former NBA basketball star Bill Walton, adult film star Mary Carey, 70 year old businessman Carl A. Mehr, actor Gary Coleman and performance artist Trek Thunder Kelly.
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OLD SCHOOL: Gary Coleman, right, from hit TV comedy Diff'rent Strokes with cast members Todd Bridges and Conrad Bain.
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WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT? Gary Coleman conducts an interview for The Reel Show with one of the Sprouse twins featured in the comedy film Big Daddy at the film's premiere in Los Angeles, 1999.
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Actor Gary Coleman (L) and adult film actress Mary Carey, both candidates for governor of California in the October 7, 2003 recall election.
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SHARING A JOKE: Former child star Gary Coleman tapes a radio segment outside the Santa Barbara County Superior Courthouse as the second week of Michael Jackson's child molestation trial begins in Santa Maria, 2005.
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MEDIA FRONTLINES: Gary Coleman is surrounded by journalists while working as a comedy radio personality at the opening arguments in the child molestation trial of Michael Jackson in Santa Maria, 2005.
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HI THERE: Gary Coleman arrives at the 6th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, California in 2008.
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BIG SMILE: Gary Coleman speaks during a television interview in Los Angeles, 2003.
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Former MLB baseball player Reggie Jackson holds up television actor Gary Coleman.
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LET'S GET SERIOUS: Gary Coleman speaks during a television interview in Los Angeles, 2003.
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POINTING THE FINGER: Gary Coleman speaks with a Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputy as he arrives to attend Michael Jackson's child molestation trial in 2005.
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Stars of the television show 'Diff'rent Strokes', clockwise from foreground, Gary Coleman, Conrad Bain and Todd Bridges, pose at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
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LOOK OUT: Gary Coleman performs at the TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, California in 2008.
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EYE CONTACT: Lucille Ball poses with Gary Coleman during a break in filming The Lucille Ball Special in Hollywood, 1979.
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DON'T BLINK: Gary Coleman exchanges views with Mr T during a break in the taping of a Different Strokes episode in 1983.
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NOT IMPRESSED: Gary Coleman and adult film actress Mary Carey pose together at a Game Show network press conference in Los Angeles in 2003.

The year was not without its sad deaths either. New Zealand lost two talented musicians - Pauly Fuemana who tragically passed away in January and The Dudes guitarist Ian Morris died in October.

Offshore Different Strokes star Gary Coleman, 42, died after suffering a brain haemorrhage while 80s teen heartthrob Corey Haim died age 38 following a career blighted by drug abuse.

Canadian comic actor Leslie Nielsen, star of The Naked Gun, died age 84.

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FRANK TALK: Actor and Comedian Leslie Nielsen joking around with former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
Comic Actor Leslie Nielsen arriving at the premiere of 2007 film “Superhero Movie.”
GREAT RESPONSIBILITY: Comic Actor Leslie Nielsen arriving at the premiere of 2007 film Superhero Movie.
GOOD LUCK: Canadian Actor Leslie Nielsen in an ad for the 1994 film “The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.”
GOOD LUCK: Canadian Actor Leslie Nielsen in an ad for the 1994 film The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.
Canadian Actor Leslie Nielsen unveils his star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto.
TORONTO, CA(NADA): Canadian Actor Leslie Nielsen unveils his star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto.
Actor and Comedian Leslie Nielsen becomes an officer in the Order of Cana by then Governer General Adreinne Clarkson in 2003.
I AM SERIOUS: Actor and Comedian Leslie Nielsen becomes an officer in the Order of Canada by then Governer General Adreinne Clarkson in 2003.
Actors Leslie Nielsen and Melinda McGraw spoofing a scene from “Titanic” on the set for 1998 film “Wrongfully Accused.”
TOP OF THE WORLD: Actors Leslie Nielsen and Melinda McGraw spoofing a scene from Titanic on the set for 1998 film Wrongfully Accused.
Actor Leslie Nielsen with co-star Nicollette Sherdian in the 1996 film “Spy Hard.”
I’M A HAMSTER: Actor Leslie Nielsen with co-star Nicollette Sherdian in the 1996 film Spy Hard.
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SHIRLEY NOT: Leslie Nielsen poses with Priscilla Presley during a benefit screening of Naked Gun 33 1/3 : The Final Insult.
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LOOSE CANON: Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin in the movie The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
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RELIGIOUS FULFILMENT: Leslie Nielsen arrives at the Odeon Leicester Square for the British Film Awards in London in this April 9, 2000 photo.
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LASAGNE: Leslie Nielsen as Dr Rumack in his break-out comedy hit Airplane!
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OIL JOB: Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis in the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet.
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IN HIS PRIME: 1980s film star Corey Haim.
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THE LOST BOYS: A 1987 photo provided by Warner Brothers shows Corey Haim, left, and Jason Patric in a photo from the movie The Lost Boys.
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RECENT ROLE: In this 2009 publicity image released by Lions Gate Entertainment, Corey Haim, right, appears with Jason Statham in a scene from Crank: High Voltage.
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THE TWO COREYS: This undated publicity image provided by A&E shows actor Corey Haim, left, who appeared in the A&E reality TV show The Two Coreys with his friend Corey Feldman, right.
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GONE TOO SOON: Corey Haim, a 1980s teen heartthrob for his roles in Lucas and The Lost Boys whose career was blighted by drug abuse, has died at age 38.
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LOW-KEY ROLES: Corey Haim, left, and Angela Cullins pose on the red carpet for the premiere of Reach For Me in Las Vegas, January 10, 2010.
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ON THE BIG SCREEN: Corey Haim in a scene from Crank: High Voltage.
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REUNION: In this photo taken on Sept 29, 2008, Corey Haim sings during a Lost Boys reunion event at the Viper Room in West Hollywood. During a performance by G Tom Mac, who originally sang Cry Little Sister in the Lost Boys movie, Haim went up on stage and sang along with other cast members.

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