Sunday, April 20, 2008

Hareega's Ten Huge Moments in Entertainment

Here are ten events in the history of TV/movies/media that have left a great impact on the world of entertainment and have affected many people in one way or another.

1- John Lennon is assassinated.
In 1980 in New York City, A psychotic man named Mark Chapman yelled at Lennon, "Mr. Lennon", and as Lennon turned around, Chapman shot him five times.
Chapman is to this day being incarcerated at a correction facility.

2- Miss Lebanon... Miss Universe.
In 1971, Georgina Rizk, the Lebanese beauty, won the miss Universe contest and officially became the most beautiful woman in the world for one year. I can't believe how she ended up marrying Walid Taqwfiq!
Here's a clip of the event. It's in black and white! Sorry!

3- The Pope's called evil on Saturday Night Live.
Artist Sinead O'Connor appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1992. She was singing "War". As she was singing "Fight the evil" she took out a picture of the pope saying "fight the real enemy" and tore his picture on air. NBC said they had no knowledge of what she was about to do.
Here's the real live footage that NBC had refused to rebroadcast. To me at least, it's somewhat disturbing.

4- Superman stops flying
The Superman, Christopher Reeve, falls off his horse and becomes paralyzed from the neck down in 1995. He first thought about committing suicide but with the support of his wife he went on to become an advocate for research on spinal cord injuries. In 2004, he had a sudden heart attack and died. His wife followed him 2 years later.

5- Elvis makes his first TV appearance.
The kid makes his appearance on TV in 1956. The rest is history.

6- An Honorary Oscar.
If there's only one honorary Oscar that could be given, this man deserved it the most. He was physically very sick but decided to show up on stage, and was given this Honorary Oscar unusually presented by the president of the Academy himself.

My advice: skip the first 3 minutes of this clip and try to guess who this actor is. If you couldn't, go back to the beginning.
This took place in 1972. He passed away 5 years later.

7- ABBA hits the world.
This Swedish group of four (2 couples) became the superstars of the late 1970s in Europe, the US and the rest of the world. This success was astonishing. There's a Tony-award winning musical, Mama Mia, based on their songs that is showing in different parts of the world.
Here's Mama Mia.... here I go again

8- MTV is born.
AS the funny-looking presenter said, "This is a new concept. You'll never look at music the same way again", and he was absolutely right. MTV had impacted the pop culture inside and outside the US, and its effect even spread to Arabic music several years later.

This is right at its birth in 1981. Priceless clip.

9- Psycho
Hitchcock's 1960 movie was horrifying by all means. This shower scene made people (like yours sincerly) terrified to take a shower for some time. The best thing about it: the music. It may not be that scary by today's standards, but remember.... it was 1960.

10- "Paradise Now" wins a Golden Globe, gets a nomination for an Oscar.
The controversial Palestinian movie wins a Golden Globe and becomes the second Arabic movie to be nominated for a Academy Award for best foreign movie. Not surprisingly, Israel objected being it called a movie from "Palestine" and insisted on using "Palestinian territories" instead!

Here's the trailer.

Hope you liked the collection,


Qwaider قويدر said...

FANTASTIC post Hareega .. this is AWESOME! Thank you so much for taking the time to compile such an AMAZING list!
I'm sure there are thousands more (like Janet Jackson loose boob during the super bowl) But these are Really Amazing!

Well done man!

Anonymous said...

Hehe, nice!

Hareega said...

Thanks Q, there are plenty of great moments maybe I'll do another post later about them, but don't expect Janette Jackson's in it, maybe her brother's are more juicy lol, he takes better care of them than she does obviosuly

yasmine , thanks for checking

ياسمين حميد said...

Really good choice!
This is interesting! I didn't even know that there WAS a lebanese miss universe. And that back in 1971! About her marrying Walid Tawfiq... I don't like him much either, but then she did have to marry SOMEONE someday, didn't she?
(Now she must be rather old, 55?)
I didn't recognize charlie chaplin, he changed soo much!
I did watch "Psycho" some years ago. I must admit that the scene, cut out of the movie, is even scarier than it is in the movie.
(Before you ask, I don't watch Horror movies like 'Halloween' and the like, they make me rather sick than scared)

Hareega said...

Yasmine, Rizk married Hassan Salameh The Palestinian Feda2i but he was killed very shortly afterwards (by Israel not her!), she married Walid Tawfiq later.

Dana Hijazin said...

oh wow, i'm a huge Elvis fan and i've never even seen this :D la2alla tage3 !
the rest of the list is very intersting too :) thanks!

7aki Fadi said...

I love it when you make these lists.

Keep 'em coming!

Hareega said...

Thanks Dana and 7aki fadi for checking