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Published:December 28th, 2008 11:42 EST
2008: A Thing of the Past

2008: A Thing of the Past

By Vincent Gonzalez

Out of all the stories this year, the main entertainment story that dominated the headlines was the new batman movie, "The Dark Knight." The buzz surrounding the performance of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker was electrifying. Unlike the comedian clown Cesar Romero or the malevolent clown like Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger was remaking the Joker. With his jagged makeup and ragged hair, the joker invoked fear. Even glimpses of his smile on the "Dark Knight" movie posters were thrilling.


If Ledger has lived, who knows what could have happened. The hype surrounding, "The Dark Knight," partly fueled by Ledger`s death earned the film critical praise. Having been posthumously nominated for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award, and with an expecting Oscar nomination, Ledger`s performance warranted great success. Had he lived, he could have named his price. The movie, The Dark Knight ? seemed to have foreshadowed was to come for entertainment this year. With its shadow covering everything from the writer`s strike to even Pixar`s Wall-E, ? which depicted an Earth abandoned to the waste of consumerism.


So many of the years stories had unexpected outcomes:


Consider: The ultimate reality show: the election. If you asked anybody a year ago who they would have guessed to have been their future nominees, Hilary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani might have come to mind. John McCain`s campaign was on life-support and Barack Obama`s was struggling. We all know how things turned out. The election also made stars out of two people, Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, and her look-a-like Tina Fey. She went back on her old show and had great success portraying Palin, driving "SNL" to some of its highest ratings in years. As for the Alaska governor, observers see a bright future for her.


Back to movie news:


Movie viewers got their wish this year with a new Indiana Jones film: "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." The movie received a variety of views, but if you ask me, it`s one thing to chat with a centuries-old Grail Knight, but surviving an A-bomb by hiding in a refrigerator? I`ll let you be the judge. Having emerged from a lifetime of troubles, Robert Downey Jr. had success this movie season with two hit movies, "Iron Man" and "Tropic Thunder." He was also named Entertainment Weekly`s Entertainer of the Year. Other notables are the deaths of play writer, Harold Pinter, singer Eartha Kitt, actor John Costelloe, and comedian George Carlin. Carlin, who reveled in absurdity, had the right attitude to try to figure out "what if?"


"The future," he once said, "will soon be a thing of the past." If these words hold any truth, then only time will tell.