Kaleidoscope 2016: Important Events in Entertainment (Part 2/4)

More devastating news of celebrities' sudden passing, a surprise release of a new album by a superstar and highly-publicized splits make the second part of the annual Kaleidoscope.

AceShowbiz - Moving on to the second part of AceShowbiz's Kaleidoscope, we still could not shy away from death news. %cPrince%'s overdose and the shooting of "The Voice" contestant %cChristina Grimmie% added the number of tragic deaths this year. High-profile celebrity breakups also shocked people, as %cAmber Heard% suddenly filed for divorce from %cJohnny Depp% and %cTaylor Swift% and %cCalvin Harris% broke up after dating for more than a year.

In television, as midseason came to an end, some long-running series like "The Good Wife" and "Castle" reached their conclusions and bid farewell to viewers for good. But at least there was good news for music lovers with the surprise release of %cBeyonce Knowles%' "Lemonade" that gained a lot of attention not only on her music career but also to her relationship with %cJay-Z%.


%cBeyonce Knowles% once again surprised her fans when she released her new album "Lemonade" without prior announcement on April 23. Debuted as a one-hour movie on HBO, it's the second visual album of the R&B diva following her other surprise album, "Beyonce" (2013). While critics loved her music, others started talking about her personal life as the lyrics in the album hinted at %cJay-Z%'s alleged infidelity.

While fans rejoiced over Beyonce's new album, just a few days prior the world lost one of the best artists in music industry. %cPrince% was found unresponsive in an elevator at his studio in Minnesota on April 20. There were no signs of foul play, yet the cause of death became a mystery until the autopsy result was released, revealing that the Purple One died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. He was 57.

  • Other notable events of the month:
  • Apr 03: %cCaitlyn Jenner%'s "I Am Cait" won at 2016 GLAAD Media Awards. read more
  • Apr 03: %cZayn Malik% set records as "Mind of Mine" debuted atop Billboard 200. read more
  • Apr 03: %cJason Aldean% and %cChris Stapleton% won big at 2016 ACM Awards. read more
  • Apr 04: %cRob Kardashian% and %cBlac Chyna% got engaged while his family was away on a vacation. read more
  • Apr 05: %cJanet Jackson% sparked pregnancy rumors after she delayed world tour to plan for family. read more
  • Apr 06: %cKhloe Kardashian%'s "Kocktails with Khloe" was canceled by FYI after only one season. read more
  • Apr 07: Source revealed %cAnne Hathaway% gave birth to her and husband %cAdam Shulman%'s first child on Mach 24. read more
  • Apr 07: %cMelissa McCarthy% confirmed she would return for "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life". read more
  • Apr 07: "American Idol" crowned its last winner in series finale. read more
  • Apr 08: %cPaul Walker%'s daughter Meadow was awarded $10.1 million after a settlement with Roger Rodas' estate. read more
  • Apr 09: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" won big at MTV Movie Awards 2016. read more
  • Apr 12: %cKirsten Dunst% and %cGarrett Hedlund% broke up after four years of dating. read more
  • Apr 12: %cKelly Clarkson% and husband %cBrandon Blackstock% welcomed a baby boy named Remington. read more
  • Apr 15: "Fear the Walking Dead" got early renewal for season 3. read more
  • Apr 17: %cGuns N' Roses%' %cAxl Rose% was announced as the new %cAC/DC% frontman. read more
  • Apr 18: %cJoe Manganiello% was rushed to hospital because of appendicitis and a serious surgery. read more
  • Apr 19: %cMichael Strahan% announced he's leaving "Live! with Kelly and Michael" to join "Good Morning America". read more
  • Apr 19: %cJennifer Aniston% was named PEOPLE's Most Beautiful Woman of 2016. read more
  • Apr 19: %cNick Carter% and wife Lauren welcomed baby boy Odin. read more
  • Apr 20: WWE Legend %cChyna% passed away at 45 due to possible drug overdose. read more
  • Apr 20: %cPrince% was found dead at his studio in Minnesota. read more
  • Apr 22: %cPatton Oswalt%'s wife, writer Michelle McNamara, died in her sleep at 46. read more
  • Apr 23: %cBeyonce Knowles% released new surprise album "Lemonade". read more
  • Apr 24: %cZac Efron% and girlfriend %cSami Miro% broke up. read more
  • Apr 26: %cRita Ora% denied she had affair with %cJay-Z% days after his alleged mistress %cRachel Roy% did the same. read more
  • Apr 28: %cAlicia Vikander% was tapped as the new Lara Croft in "Tomb Raider" reboot. read more
  • Apr 28: %cUsher% posted steamy naked selfie on Snapchat. read more
  • Apr 29: %cEva Mendes% secretly gave birth to her and %cRyan Gosling%'s second child. read more
  • Apr 29: Director Seth Grahame-Smith departed "The Flash" movie. read more
  • Apr 29: "The Punisher" series was confirmed by Netflix. read more


All good things must come to an end and it also happens to your favorite programs. As everybody was ready to bask in the sun in summer, TV shows wrapped up the seasons, but for "The Good Wife" and "Castle", it was the final curtain call. The former ended its run after seven seasons with a series finale which became the talk of the town due to its an open ending or what fans dubbed as "unsettling" conclusion. "Castle", on the other hand, gave its main characters a happy ending, having shot multiple endings before ABC officially announced the show's cancellation.

In celebrity news, %cAmber Heard% shocked people when she suddenly filled for divorce from %cJohnny Depp%. Their split soon turned nasty as the "Aquaman" actress accused the actor of being "verbally and physically abusive" throughout their relationship. She received $7 million in divorce settlement, but it only caused another issue when the "Alice in Wonderland" actor refused to pay his ex-wife, because she broke the terms of their divorce settlement by writing an open letter about domestic violence.

  • Other notable events of the month:
  • May 01: %cTaylor Swift% and %cGwen Stefani% won big at the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards. read more
  • May 01: "General Hospital" and "Live! With Kelly" were among winners at the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. read more
  • May 01: %cLuke Bryan% and %cSam Hunt% dominated winner list of 2016 American Country Countdown Awards. read more
  • May 03: %cEddie Murphy% welcomed his ninth child, his first with model girlfriend %cPaige Butcher%. read more
  • May 05: %cColton Haynes% confirmed that he's gay. read more
  • May 06: %cSinead O'Connor% reacted after %cArsenio Hall% sued her for $5 million over claims he provided drugs that killed %cPrince%. read more
  • May 08: %cAlden Ehrenreich% was officially cast as young Han Solo in "Star Wars" spin-off. read more
  • May 08: "The Good Wife" ended its run after seven seasons. read more
  • May 10: %cJustin Bieber% announced he's done taking pictures with fans. read more
  • May 12: "Supergirl" moved to The CW in its second season. read more
  • May 12: %cAzealia Banks% had her Twitter account suspended after feuds with %cZayn Malik% and %cSkai Jackson%. read more
  • May 13: %cMichael B. Jordan% joined Marvel's "Black Panther" movie as villain. read more
  • May 13: %cJames McAvoy% and %cAnne-Marie Duff% announced divorce after 9 years of marriage. read more
  • May 13: %cVanessa Hudgens% was fined $1,000 for carving heart on Sedona Red Rock. read more
  • May 15: %cSinead O'Connor% was found safe after being reported missing in Chicago suburb. read more
  • May 16: "Castle" ended with its season 8 finale. read more
  • May 16: "RuPaul's Drag Race" named Bob the Drag Queen as the winner of season 8. read more
  • May 17: %cMichael Weatherly% left "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" after 13 seasons. read more
  • May 17: "House of Lies" was canceled by Showtime after 5 seasons. read more
  • May 18: Michele Fitzgerald came out as the winner in "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" finale. read more
  • May 19: %cSara Ramirez% exited "Grey's Anatomy" after 10 years. read more
  • May 20: %cEva Longoria% married Jose Baston in Mexico. read more
  • May 22: %cCeline Dion%, %cThe Weeknd% and %cAdele% won big at 2016 Billboard Music Awards. read more
  • May 23: %cAmber Heard% filed for divorce from %cJohnny Depp%. read more
  • May 24: %cAlisan Porter% of team %cChristina Aguilera% won "The Voice" season 10. read more
  • May 24: %cNyle DiMarco% and %cPeta Murgatroyd% took home the Mirror Ball trophy on "Dancing with the Stars" season 22 finale. read more
  • May 28: "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" was pushed back to 2018 as %cDylan O'Brien% was still on the mend after on-set accident. read more
  • May 29: %cKirsten Dunst% dated her "Fargo" co-star %cJesse Plemons% as they were spotted locking lips. read more
  • May 31: "X-Men" show "Legion" got series order at FX. read more


%cChristina Grimmie% had been relatively under the radar since she completed her stint on "The Voice" season 6, but she grabbed the headlines in one night for a reason no one would've wished for. The 22-year-old was shot after her concert performance in Orlando, Florida on June 10 and was later pronounced dead of gunshot wounds. The attacker, Kevin James Loibl, shot and killed himself after tackled by her brother at the scene. Later in the same month, "Star Trek" actor %cAnton Yelchin%'s life ended in a tragic way, after he was pinned against his own car. He was only 27.

Meanwhile, %cTaylor Swift%'s love life once again became the target of media scrutiny when it was reported that she had called it quits with %cCalvin Harris%, after dating more than a year. They initially had an amicable split, until Taylor was spotted kissing %cTom Hiddleston% just a few weeks later. Another celebrity couple, %cDemi Lovato% and %cWilmer Valderrama%, ended their longtime relationship.

  • Other notable events of the month:
  • Jun 01: "Outlander" was renewed for season 3 and 4. read more
  • Jun 02: %cTaylor Swift% and %cCalvin Harris% confirmed their breakup on Twitter. read more
  • Jun 02: "The Flash" movie tapped Rick Famuyiwa to replace Seth Grahame-Smith who dropped out as director. read more
  • Jun 03: %cDemi Lovato% and longtime boyfriend %cWilmer Valderrama% announced their split on Instagram. read more
  • Jun 03: %cMuhammad Ali% passed away at 74 after being hospitalized for respiratory issues. read more
  • Jun 04: %cMichelle Collins% was fired from "The View". read more
  • Jun 05: Miss District of Columbia %cDeshauna Barber% was crowned Miss USA 2016. read more
  • Jun 06: %cHilary Swank%'s rep confirmed she'd called off engagement to fiance %cRuben Torres%. read more
  • Jun 07: %cDakota Johnson% ended her romance with boyfriend %cMatthew Hitt% after almost two years of dating. read more
  • Jun 08: %cBristol Palin% tied the knot with her on-again beau Dakota Meyer in a secret ceremony. read more
  • Jun 08: %cTim McGraw% and %cCarrie Underwood% were big winners at CMT Music Awards. read more
  • Jun 10: "Nashville" was officially picked up for season 5 by CMT after canceled by ABC. read more
  • Jun 10: Former "The Voice" contestant %cChristina Grimmie% died after getting shot at concert. read more
  • Jun 12: "Hamilton" dominated the winner list at the 2016 Tony Awards. read more
  • Jun 14: HBO brought back "Curb Your Enthusiasm" for season 9 after 2011 cancellation. read more
  • Jun 14: %cMara Wilson% came out as bisexual following Orlando mass shooting. read more
  • Jun 15: %cYolanda Hadid% quit "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" after four seasons. read more
  • Jun 16: "Supergirl" cast %cTyler Hoechlin% as Superman. read more
  • Jun 16: "Orphan Black" was renewed for fifth and final season. read more
  • Jun 16: %cKim Kardashian% claimed they had proof of %cTaylor Swift%'s approval on %cKanye West%'s diss song "Famous". read more
  • Jun 17: %cSharon Osbourne% and %cOzzy Osbourne% reconciled after he cheated on her. read more
  • Jun 19: "Star Trek" actor %cAnton Yelchin% died at 27 after being pinned against his own car. read more
  • Jun 19: %cIggy Azalea% announced split from %cNick Young% months after he was caught on camera admitting to cheating on her with a younger woman. read more
  • Jun 22: %cMandy Moore% and %cRyan Adams% finalized their divorce. read more
  • Jun 22: HBO canceled "Vinyl" after one season despite initial renewal. read more
  • Jun 23: %cLed Zeppelin% won copyright infringement lawsuit over "Stairway to Heaven". read more
  • Jun 23: "The Walking Dead" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" won big at 2016 Saturn Awards. read more
  • Jun 23: %cNicolas Cage% and %cAlice Kim% separated after 11 years of marriage. read more
  • Jun 26: %cBeyonce Knowles% and %cDrake% dominated the winner list of 2016 BET Awards. read more
  • Jun 29: %cLisa Marie Presley% split from %cMichael Lockwood% after 10 years of marriage. read more
  • Jun 29: %cDennis Quaid%'s wife Kimberly filed for divorce for the second time. read more

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