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'IMMA LET YOU FINISH'
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BATMAN GOES BAT-#!&*
In a nearly 4-minute rant recorded on the set of his movie, Terminator Salvation, Christian Bale drops the F-bomb a reported 36 times. The actor, who verbally attacked the film's director of photography for entering his sight lines, later calls his behavior "inexcusable" and "deeply embarrassing."
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Meghan McCain, daughter of former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, makes headlines in October after Tweeting a picture of herself in a cleavage-baring tank top while holding an Andy Warhol biography. "It's not like I was caught making a sex tape," she blogged, before adding, "I just wanted to get that off my chest."
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Grey's Anatomy hunk Eric Dane finds his own anatomical attributes laid out for all of cyberspace to see when a nude 12-minute home video of him, wife Rebecca Gayheart and former teen beauty queen Kari Ann Peniche is leaked on Gawker. The couple – who are expecting their first child – later sues the site for more than $1 million.
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How do you mend a broken heart? If you're Lindsay Lohan, you Tweet about your open wounds in 140 characters or less. In October, Lohan Tweeted that on-again, off-again love Samantha Ronson "doesn't respond 2me b/c her family will cut her off if she contacts me…They control the one I love amp im incapable of making any sort of difference."
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After being called for a foot fault during her semifinal match against Kim Clijsters at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams threatens to "shove" a ball down a linesperson's throat. For her alarming tirade – which she later admitted she handled "poorly" – and for smashing her racket, Williams is penalized with a $10,500 fine.
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Ashley Greene finds herself at the center of a scandal when nude photos of the Twilight saga actress hit the Internet in August. But she wasn't the only one: Greene finds a kindred starlet in High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens – whom comedian Dane Cook advises to "Keep your clothes on" at the Teen Choice Awards after a second crop of nude photos of the actress surfaces online.
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Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle cracks under pressure, reportedly engaging in a profanity-laced outburst in a London hotel lobby in May. The Scottish singer, who captured the world's attention for her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream," then checks into a private clinic for exhaustion after finishing second in the reality competition finale.
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Kiefer Sutherland head-butts Proenza Schouler designer Jack McCollough during a scuffle at a New York nightclub in May after the designer reportedly bumped into fellow party guest Brooke Shields. Although McCollough suffered a broken nose from the incident, the apologetic 24 star is cleared of all criminal charges.
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Foot-in-mouth-itis seems to be a royal affliction for Prince Harry, who tells comedian Stephen K. Amos, "You don't sound like a black chap," after his performance at Prince Charles's 60th birthday party last November. While Amos didn't take offense, Harry is back in hot water in February after referring to a fellow soldier as a "Paki." The army orders the prince to enroll in equality and diversity lessons.
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THE SHOW DOESN'T GO ON
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UP IN SMOKE
A now-infamous photograph of all-time Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps apparently inhaling from a marijuana pipe is published in a British newspaper in February. The controversial image, which he calls a "stupid mistake," costs the athlete his lucrative Kellogg's endorsement.
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During an appearance on the Tonight Show in March, President Barack Obama likens his low bowling score to the "Special Olympics or something." He immediately apologizes for his off-the-cuff remark, which the Special Olympics chairman says can "be seen as humiliating."
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During her performance of "Party in the USA" at the Teen Choice Awards in August, Miley Cyrus – in a sequined top and short shorts – pole dances atop an ice cream cart, which critics call "completely inappropriate" for a 16-year-old star.
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TIGER CRASHES – INTO SCANDAL
At first, Tiger Woods's early morning car accident outside his Florida home the day after Thanksgiving seemed like an open-and-shut case. But reports spread that he had fought with his wife over another woman prior to the accident, tarnishing the public's image of the good-guy golf great. One alleged mistress was just the beginning: Soon a dozen women stepped forward, all claiming dalliances with the athlete. Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers later mocked Woods on "Weekend Update," joking, "Tiger Woods hit a tree and a bunch of ladies fell out."
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