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Best of 2011: Movies, Music, TV, Fashion, Sports, Books, and More

It was tough... but we did it. Shalom Life presents the Best of 2011 in movies, music, fashion, sports, TV, breakout stars, and much more.

By: Culture Staff

Published: December 23rd, 2011 in Culture » Society » News

Best of 2011: Movies, Music, TV, Fashion, Sports, Books, and More

Shalom Life's Best of 2011

It was tough... but we did it. Shalom Life presents the Best of 2011 in movies, music, fashion, sports, TV, breakout stars, and much more.

Movies

50/50: Joseph Gordon-Levitt managed to make us laugh, cry and looked hot with a shaved head as cancer-stricken radio journalist Adam. Seth Rogen also stars as loutish best buddy Kyle in this uplifting comedy about the positive side of cancer. For its versatility, charm, and ingenuity, this little gem earns a place in our hearts and on this list. Check our review of 50/50.

Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen does it again, this time with the help of Owen Wilson as a floundering screenwriter who rediscovers his creative juices by stepping back in time to 1920s Paris. It’s pleasant, clever, and jam-packed with solid cast performances, not to mention jaw-droppingly gorgeous shots of the city.

Tie: Bridesmaids and The Muppets

The year’s funniest film award goes to the Judd Apatow-produced Bridesmaids (what people were calling “the girl version of The Hangover”), a lovably raunchy comedy about how far one maid of honour will go for her engaged best friend. The ensemble serves up some hysterical performances, particularly show-stealer Melissa McCarthy. Tied with Bridesmaids is Jason Segel’s surprisingly heartfelt labour of love The Muppets, which has Kermit and the gang reunited on the big screen for another tale of hijinks and silly humour. Throw in some musical numbers and the ever-charming Amy Adams, and we’re sold. Check out our review of the Muppets.

Music

Drake: 2011 proved to be another explosive year for our favourite Toronto rapper. He released a sophomore album, Take Care, to glowing reviews, was nominated for a slew of awards from BET, the Grammys, Billboard, and MTV, and seemed to be everywhere and do everything all at once. Here’s to another year of making “headlines,” Drizzy. Check out the reviews of Take Care.

Glee cast: Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you can’t deny the hit-generating abilities of Lea Michele et al. Earlier this year these veritable musical superstars surpassed Elvis and The Beatles in Billboard Hot 100 singles, thanks to hits like Adele’s Rumour Has It/Someone Like You mashup and P!nk’s Raise Your Glass. With covers by everyone from Katy Perry to West Side Story to Coldplay, the Glee cast continues to keep karaoke singers and tween girls everywhere beltin’ it.

Mac Miller: Anyone Donald Trump deems “the new Eminem” is cool with us. Up-and-coming Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller burst into the year in a big way with his EP On and On and Beyond, following up with his first studio album Blue Slide Park, which debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. Pretty impressive for a guy who hasn’t even hit 20 yet. See our exclusive interview with Mac Miller.

Celebrities

Daniel Radcliffe: We love us some post-Potter Radcliffe. DanRad, who wrapped up his stint as one of the generation’s most iconic fictional figures with the July release of the final Harry Potter instalment, made the smooth transition from boy wizard to talented Muggle. His Broadway debut in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying had him revealing a musical side we never expected, and he’s set to star in the 2012 supernatural thriller The Woman in Black. For proving he’s got star power beyond his Potter days, Radcliffe lands himself a spot on our list.

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