Entertainment: 2010's top stories

Last updated 11:22 23/12/2010
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HIT SONG: A still from OMC's music video, for their hit song, How Bizarre, with frontman Pauly Fuemana.
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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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HAPPY COUPLE: Ian Morris with his wife Kim Willoughby in 2005.
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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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LOOSE CANON: Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin in the movie The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

- Stuff


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