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Controversial flicks, annulled nuptials, and a novelty act referred to as 'the Hong Kong Ricky Martin' were all part of an interesting election year in the world of entertainment. Some highlights included: Mel Gibson's 'Passions of the Christ' and Michael Moor'e 'Farenheit 9/11' accounted for 5 percent of domestic movie revenues; Donald Trump found another gold mine in reality TV; An American Music Awards clean-up and eight Grammy nominations for Usher; William Hung was the joke that wouldn't go away; and ... of course ... the areola heard 'round the world.
Quotes of 2004 Photo Gallery Quotes of 2004
From Love to Leno ... from Britney to Brokaw ... here are a few quotes from the past year's major events
Year in review

Time of extremes as politics mixed with pop

The past 12 months put forth two faces because American entertainment was riven by partisan politics and the culture wars emanating from them. (By Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe)
Boston Globe Critics' Picks
Ty Burr's best and worst picks
''Sideways" hits on so many cylinders that you don't know who to be grateful to first. (Boston Globe)
Wesley Morris's best and worst picks
"Bad Education" is an ingenious hall of mirrors and a den of lies. (Boston Globe)
Bad Education
Album sales up, tickets down
The term ''flip-flop" was well used in presidential politics this year, but it could also describe what happened with the concert-ticket business and album sales. (Boston Globe)
From the AP:  Top 10 albums  Country  Rock
Shows surprise by sticking to the script
The value of crafted storytelling and acting reasserted itself with a vengeance this fall, not only with "Desperate Housewives." (Boston Globe)
Desperate Housewives
Bigger and better and a bit majestic
The Red Sox are world champions, the first time since 1918. And Boston has two new buildings constructed for theater, the first since 1929. (Boston Globe)
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Most popular stories of 2004
Most popular stories of 2004 pulled out the most popular celebrity stories and features of 2004 month-by-month, based on what you were looking at. Check out which celebrities caught your eye this year. (Globe File / Wire Photos)