2014 Entertainment Highlights

What a year 2014 was! It was full of shocking and exciting news for the entertainment industry. From hacks to breakout stars, 2014 had it all.

Break Out Star of 2014

"12 Years a Slave" actress, Lupita Nyong'o, 31, went from a Yale Drama School graduate with big dreams to a major breakout star and the first Kenyan actress to win an Academy Award. She also scored a role in the next "Star Wars" film.  Nyong'o ended 2014 strong, and she doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon!

Frozen Fever

The movie "Frozen" turned out to be one of Disney's biggest money makers. According to CNN Money, it is the highest grossing movie of all time and has made over a billion dollars worldwide.  The soundtrack also became the best-selling album of the year 2014 - not to mention the two Academy Awards it snagged.

The Sony Hack

The biggest cyber-attack in American history targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment. According to the FBI, North Korea was believed to be behind the attack because of their outrage over the pending release of the movie "The Interview." The movie portrays two journalists, played by Seth Rogan and James Franco, recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong Un. After threats of violence, Sony decided to not release the film in theaters but later reversed to release it online and in limited theaters instead.

2014 Losses

Unfortunately, this year had its fair share of losses as well. 2014 saw the passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, actor Robin Williams, and comedian Joan Rivers.

Google revealed that Robin Williams' death was the most popular search in 2014. He was known as a quick-witted comedian and as a master of improvisation. His filmography included "Dead Poets Society," "Good Will Hunting," "Awakenings," and many more, which showed his depth as an actor outside the comedic genre. Williams struggled with depression for many years and was also in the early stages of Parkinson's disease.

Actor, director, and producer Phillip Seymour Hoffman died Feb. 2, 2014, from an apparent drug overdose. His filmography includes "Doubt," "Moneyball," "Capote," and the "Hunger Games" films. His portrayal of the author Truman Capote in "Capote" landed him an Academy Award.

Writer, comedian, producer, and television host Joan Rivers died Sept. 4, 2014, due to complications during surgery. She was the author of 12 best-selling books and was nominated for Tony and Grammy awards. She is known for paving the way for other women in comedy.

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