FEB 11: Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman
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2009 Year in Review - Entertainment

Joaquin Phoenix’s interview with David Letterman in February started off odd and ended in full-blown weirdness. The bearded and sunglass-wearing Phoenix said there’s no hoax about it, he really has given up acting to become a hip-hop artist. (CBS)
After months of rumors, and alleged public fights Lindsey Lohan and Samantha Ronson were officially broken up in April. The actress and DJ had been rumored to have a lesbian relationship dating back to 2008. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Michael Jackson was pronounced dead after collapsing at his rented mansion. It was later determined that Jackson had been administered a dangerous amount of prescription drugs prior to his collapse.  ()
After a long battle with cancer, Farrah Fawcett, of ‘Charlies Angels’ fame died at the age of 62.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was publicly humiliated when naked video of her at a hotel surfaced on the Internet. The man who shot the video through a manipulated peep hole with his cell phone was later arrested, and pleaded guilty.  (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images)
After a video of a naked woman filmed through a hotel room peephole was posted on the Internet earlier in the year, ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews was identified as the subject in July. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for ESPY)
Director of 1980’s cult classic movies like ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, John Hughes, died at the age of 59.  (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)
After a seven year run on the hit reality show ‘American Idol’ Paula Abdul‘s contract talks stall, and she claims she is off the show. One month later Ellen DeGeneres is named her replacement.  (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Patrick Swayze of ‘Ghost’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’ fame, succumbed to Stage IV pancreatic cancer and died at the age of 57.  (Photo by Statia Photography/Getty Images)
Oscar winning director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on a U.S. warrant for the 1977 sexual assault of a minor. Polanski was jailed until December 4th, where he was released on bail, and remains under house arrest at his Swiss chalet. (Photo by Francois G. Durand/WireImage)
‘Late Night Show’ host David Letterman revealed to viewers that he had become tangled up in an attempted extortion case with a man who claimed Letterman was having an affair. Letterman admitted to the affair, and even joked about it on his show.  (Photo by Statia Photography/Getty Images)
Twilight fever hits the U.S. as the second movie in the series “New Moon” opens in theaters. The book-based movie grossed $140 million in its opening weekend, making it the third highest in history. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)
Talk show queen Oprah fought back tears as she announced on her November 20th show that she would be ending her program at the conclusion of her 25th season. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Brittany Murphy, the actress who got her start in the sleeper hit ''Clueless’’ and rose to stardom in ''8 Mile’’ before her movie roles declined in recent years, died in Los Angeles of what appeared to be natural causes, a Los Angeles County coroner’s official said. She was 32. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage) ()
Actor Charlie Sheen was reportedly arrested following a domestic dispute on Christmas Day. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Sheen was accused of threatening his wife, Brooke Mueller Sheen, with a knife and threatening to kill her after she expressed wanting a divorce. ()