2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The hottest stars, biggest bombs, most shocking surprises, and more
The Worst Album Covers Of 2012
Album art is shrinking, from the LPs we once fondled to the tiny digital covers we now squint to comprehend. But they'll never be too small to bring out the worst in musicians and their art directors, as cover art always has. Nothing in 2012 could quite compare with the horror that was Lady Gaga's Born This Way album artwork in '11. But a lot of artists made their best/worst attempts to uglify their covers, from Ke$ha to Carrie Underwood to the Killers. Here are a dozen of the year's weirdest or most wretched album sleeves. -- Chris Willman
- Kordell Stewart's divorce from his wife is final
- Actress Amanda Bynes leaves facility after psychiatric treatment
Troubled former teenage star Amanda Bynes has left a California facility after court-ordered psychiatric treatment and is recovering at her parents' home in Los Angeles, People magazine said on Thursday. The 27-year-old actress was receiving psychiatric care at a Malibu facility after she was alleged to have started a small fire in the front of a home in Thousand Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb, in July. "Amanda has completed her inpatient rehabilitation and she's feeling better every day," lawyer Tamar Arminak said in a statement released to the magazine. "Despite the fact Amanda is no longer in a facility, her outpatient treatment is continuing," he added.
- Fawcett portrait worth $12M, expert tells jury
- 'Sound of Music' alive for 18.5 million viewers
- Disney secures rights for future 'Indiana Jones' films
(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has gained marketing and distribution rights for any future "Indiana Jones" films under an agreement with Paramount Pictures, the studio that released the first four movies in the blockbuster franchise. Paramount, a unit of Viacom Inc, will retain distribution rights to the original four films, the companies said in a statement on Friday. The "Indiana Jones" movies were produced by Lucasfilm, which Disney acquired in 2012. Disney has not announced plans for a fifth "Indiana Jones" movie, though the new deal could make it easier to move forward on a new installment.
- Factbox: Nelson Mandela in his own words
(Reuters) - Following are notable quotations by former South African President Nelson Mandela. I will not leave South Africa, nor will I surrender.
- Judge says Farrah Fawcett caregiver can testify
- Banksy mural fetches $209K at California auction