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Summer in review

September 10th, 2009

The summer of 2009 was memorable. The film industry seemed to escape the flailing economy grossing $7 billion in revenue; Nadya Suleman and Kate Gosselin battled for the celebrity motherhood spotlight; and celebrity deaths dominated most of the entertainment news. 

Not to mention the quick, rising popularity of the new vampire show “True Blood.”

One of summer’s biggest Hollywood box office moneymakers was Paramount’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which grossed nearly $400 million. 

Warner Brothers’ big hit, “The Hangover,” was a huge box office surprise, considering it featured no A-list actors. The film made more money than any R-rated comedy in cinema history. 

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the sixth installment of the wizard series, also did well, grossing nearly $1 billion worldwide. 

Some movies didn’t do so well in the box office though. Universal Pictures’ “Land of the Lost” did not make enough money to cover its marketing and budgeting costs. 

While Sony’s “Year One” was also disappointing, as was illustrated by critics’ consistently low ratings. 

Nadya Suleman, better known as Octomom, is the single mother of 14 children, all under the age of eight. Her octuplets, conceived through in-virto fertilization, were born in January of this year. 

The media criticized  her decision to have more children and questioned whether she is physically and financially capable of raising so many children. 

Also receiving media criticism is Kate Gosselin, a mother of eight children and star of “Jon & Kate Plus 8.” Gosselin recently split from her husband, Jon, after alleged reports of cheating and risky behavior. 

While Gosselin was willing to continue the show, TLC suspended it because of the difficulty of taping the lives of Jon and Kate separately, while managing all eight children. 

On a more respectful note, this summer saw many beloved celebrities pass away. Most noticeably was the death of Michael Jackson. He died of cardiac arrest on June 25 due to a lethal injection of Propofol. 

His death was ruled a homicide due to a lethal injection of the painkiller.

That same day, Farrah Fawcett lost her battle with anal cancer. Fawcett is remembered as one of the original “Charlie’s Angels” in the 1976 film.

Three days later, pitchman trailblazer Billy Mays died in his sleep from hypertensive heart disease. According to the toxicology report, cocaine was a “contributory cause of death.” 

Mays was best known for his “OxiClean” commercials, and based on reports, he was buried wearing a shirt with the “OxiClean” logo on it. 

Aug. 28 was a tragic day in music history. Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM, died in his New York apartment after a drug overdose. 

The autopsy revealed Goldstein had six unidentifiable prescription pills in his stomach and one pill in his throat. 

The pills were later identified as the painkiller OxyContin. Goldstein’s close friends, the band Blink-182, cancelled three shows to support DJ AM’s family and friends.

Television also got its share of recognition as HBO aired the bloody vampire show, “True Blood.”

The fictional series is in its second season and is going to start filming the third season before the end of this year. 

The show has quickly become popular and has bolstered many of its actors and actresses into fame. 

The plot centered around the relationship between humans and vampires caught the attention of many watchers. 

The summer of 2009 will be remembered for its impact on the entertainment world. It will be known for its loss of many talented people, the emergence of new stars and the unique characters whose stories were told.