As 2004 comes to a close, here is a montage of memorable moments that made the year great. There were huge television debuts, monstrous movie openings, big celebrity breakups and marriages, television shows we thought we’d never see the end of, and celebrities who sadly passed away this year.Earlier this year, faithful fans said good-bye to the most honest show about sex in television history. It has pushed the limits, allowed women to realize that all you need are good friends and set fashion trends that everyone admired. On Feb. 22, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Catrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon left fans with a fabulous finale and left us wanting more, as the show always did. “Friends” and “Frasier” also took their final bows. “Friends” left fans crying as each of the six left their keys in the empty apartment that viewers spent years in with them. “Frasier” left fans with a cliffhanger ending as he pursued the love of his life.
However, 2004 also brought a swarm of new shows to fill those lonely television nights. Reality fanatics fell for “The Apprentice,” which has been dubbed the ultimate job interview, with Donald Trump. Then there were a bunch of new shows that drew in millions of viewers, including “Desperate Housewives,” the hot new Sunday night hit, “Lost,” “CSI:NY,” “Boston Legal,” “Medical Investigation,” “Joey,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Jack and Bobby,” and “Veronica Mars.”
Moviegoers flocked to sequels this year as the highly anticipated “Shrek 2” brought in millions at the box office in May; “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” was a huge hit at the beginning of the summer; “Spiderman 2” hit theatres in June; and on a smaller scale Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews reprised their royalty roles in “Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” at the end of the summer. Movie fans also recently enjoyed “Bridget Jones 2: The Edge of Reason,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Blade Trinity,” and “The Bourne Supremacy.” At the end of this season, Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller reprise their roles in “Meet the Fockers.”
Other box office hits included the hilarious “Mean Girls” starring Lindsay Lohan and written by SNL alumna Tina Fey; “The Notebook,” based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks; and animated movies such as “The Incredibles,” “Shark Tale” and “The Polar Express.”
Other movie hits included “The Terminal;” “The Forgotten;” and the much talked about “Ray,” starring Oscar hopeful Jamie Foxx; Brad Pitt’s blockbuster “Troy;” “Friday Night Lights;” “Ladder 49;” and Zach Braff’s independent film debut as writer, director and actor in “Garden State.” Coming up in theaters to end the movie season are “Spanglish,” starring Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni, “Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events” with the ever changing Jim Carrey and the brilliant Meryl Streep, and “The Aviator” starring Leonardo Di- Caprio and directed by Martin Scorcese.
Other highlights in the news in 2004 were Britney Spears’ two marriages, “Bennifer” breaking up, and J. Lo finally meeting a man at the altar, marrying a recently divorced Marc Anthony. The Cruise/Cruz (Tom and Penelope) relationship came to an end as well as the adorable pairing of Mandy Moore and Andy Roddick. Rebecca Romijn- Stamos split from husband John Stamos of “Full House” fame. Uma and Ethan called it quits after years of marriage, and altar hopefuls Brooke Burns and Bruce Willis split after she could no longer handle their long distance relationship. There were also many celebrity babies born this year: Gwenyth Paltrow gave birth to a little girl named Apple, and Courtney Cox, after years of trying, had her baby girl, Coco. Cox’s ex-co-star Matt LeBlanc and his wife also welcomed their first daughter earlier this year. Debra Messing gave birth to her first son, Roman, and Julia Roberts recently gave birth to twins Hazel and Phinneaus. We saw too much of Paris Hilton and Janet Jackson, heard hits from Destinyʼs Child, an always outspoken Eminem, U2, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Maroon 5, and Jay-Z.
2004 mourned the losses of big celebrity household names that we will miss. Christopher “Superman” Reeve died in early October, Rodney Dangerfield;, Julia Childs, Rick James, legendary musician Ray Charles, Marlon “The Don” Brando, “Psycho” star and mother of Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh;, Johnny Ramon, Tony Randall, and soap star Anna Lee will all http://movies.yahoo.com Everyone’s favorite ogre and America’s red and blue spider both returned to the silver screens this year for another shot at success. www.amazon.com “A Red Bird Christmas” by Fannie Flagg is considered the best read of the 2004 holiday season. be sadly missed.
As 2004 comes to a close, we remember the exciting events of the year. We can only hope the new year brings as much fun.