1 Tom Cruise at 50. It’s been only seven years since the Scientologist jumped on Oprah’s couch to profess his love for Katie Holmes. Now, with a pending divorce (Katie apparently wants to protect her daughter Suri from being indoctrinated into Scientology), things are not looking up for Cruise, who turned 50 this week. Eyes Wide Shut.
2 Anderson Cooper. The CNN anchor came out of the closet this week. “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” he wrote in an email published on his friend Andrew Sullivan’s blog. Cooper decided he was doing more harm than good by not coming out. Kudos.
3 Spain. The football juggernaut staked its claim to being one of the best national sides in history by winning a record third straight major title, routing Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final. What Italy did show is they have one of the more dynamic and stylin’ young strikers in football — Mario (Super Mario) Balotelli.
4 Good Afternoon America. Good Morning America is spinning off into a nine-week summer-afternoon series called Good Afternoon America. It launches on Monday, and, if ratings go well and the show continues in the fall, could we see a Good Night America spinoff? Nah, that name is too ominous.
5 Steve Nash. Canada was having Steve Nash fever, with basketball fans across the country salivating at the prospect of the star signing with the Toronto Raptors. But it was all just a Hollywood dream with no happy ending, as Nash instead went to the L.A. Lakers, where he will play with Kobe. And win a title.
6 Carly Rae Jepsen. The pop sensation came to Peterborough, Ont., Wednesday, performing to one of the largest crowds in the history of the city’s Little Lake Musicfest. She had the fans in the palms of her hands, finishing the night with them singing along to her summer hit Call Me Maybe. I was there with my daughters, and, shh, was singing right along.
7 London calling. Jessica Zelinka announced herself as possibly being Canada’s best female athlete by winning the 100-metre hurdles shortly after breaking her own Canadian record in the heptathlon. She tweeted about her next step: a berth in the Summer Olympics. “@JessicaZelinka: Crashing after riding the high all week. Thanks for sharing this crazy journey with me. London here we come!!”
8 Chris Brown. The bad rapper wannabe released a new verse on a remixed track, I Don’t Like, ripping his adversary Drake for their nightclub brawl in June. Brown slams Drake for “throwin’ bottles” while he himself is “throwin’ models.” This stupid boy fight over Rihanna has evolved into the dumbest hip-hop beef in music history.
9 Jose Bautista. The slugger earned his third straight all-star berth when Major League Baseball announced its starting lineups for next week’s game in Kansas City. Bautista, who set a Blue Jays record with 14 homers in the month of June, is the silver lining on a Jays team that is going downhill fast with all their injured starting pitchers.
10 Doug Pitt. Brad Pitt’s little brother Doug stars in a rather quirky commercial that went viral for Virgin Mobile Australia. In the ad, titled, “Meet Doug Pitt, the second most famous Pitt in his family,” we’re given a tour by Doug inside his middle-class home and lifestyle. No, Angelina Jolie’s brother James Haven does not make a cameo.
11 Train. The band is on a big U.S. tour but is making two Canadian stops next week, one in Montreal (July 10) and the next night in Toronto. So if you’re proposing to your girlfriend this summer, the perfect time to do it is with a flash mob at their concert when they’re singing Marry Me.
12 Detroit zombie theme park. A Detroit company, Z World Detroit LLC., wants to turn one of the city’s abandoned neighbourhoods into a massive zombie theme park. Now there’s sure to be a lot of political red tape, but it’s definitely one of the more creative solutions proposed to helping turn Detroit’s economy around — and a radical rethinking of urban redevelopment.