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The One Celebrity We Couldn’t Stop Googling in 2014

Thanks to a pair of blockbuster movies, a Golden Globe and a photo hack

Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence tops Google’s list of the top trending searches of people in the U.S. in 2014, the search giant announced Tuesday.

The 24-year-old star was in the news — and, inevitably, the Google search bar — for a lot of reasons this year. She starred in two blockbuster sequels, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, and picked up a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle. Lawrence was also at the center of the celebrity iCloud hack, in which dozens of famous women had their nude photos stolen and posted online.

Following Lawrence on the list was Kim Kardashian, who tried (and failed) to “#BreaktheInternet” by appearing nude on the cover of Paper in November and released a hit mobile game this year. In third place was 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan, who was involved in a serious bus wreck over the summer, while NFL running back Ray Rice, who was suspended from the league after punching his fiancée-turned-wife on camera, ranked fourth. Rounding out the top 5 was Tony Stewart, the NASCAR driver involved in the on-track death of fellow driver Kevin Ward in August.

The list is not necessarily the most-searched people of the year, but rather the people that had searches for their name spike the most compared to 2013. Here’s the entire top 10:

Top 10 Trending People in the U.S.

  1. Jennifer Lawrence
  2. Kim Kardashian
  3. Tracy Morgan
  4. Ray Rice
  5. Tony Stewart
  6. Iggy Azalea
  7. Donald Sterling
  8. Adrian Peterson
  9. Renee Zellweger
  10. Jared Leto


Read next: The Top 10 Everything of 2014

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Fans Freak Out That Kim Kardashian ‘Cropped’ North West Out of Selfie

When it comes to Instagramming celebrity motherhood, it's "you lose some, you lose some"

Kim Kardashian fans are incensed, simply incensed, that the reality star apparently “cropped” North West out of her latest selfie posted Monday:

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A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

The off-center shot, showing a sliver of North’s face, was reamed in Instagram comments—proving that when it comes to celebrity motherhood, social media is often a “you lose some, you lose some” scenario.

If Kardashian posts a picture of her baby on Instagram, she’s accused of something ridiculous like waxing the tot’s eyebrows. If she posts a picture in which North’s face isn’t fully in view, she’s “ruthless” or afraid to share the spotlight.

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Lindsay Lohan Just Released an App Called ‘The Price of Fame’

Look out, Kim Kardashian!

Lindsay Lohan has teamed up with Space Inch game developers to get her own piece of Kim Kardashian’s Hollywood by releasing her own app, Lindsay Lohan’s Price of Fame.

According to a press release, the game is “designed as a parody on celebrity culture and paparazzi,” which reveals that La Lohan is now self-aware enough to poke fun at her own place in pop culture. Much like Kardashian’s wildly successful celebrity culture app, Lindsay Lohan’s Price of Fame lets players act like world famous professional celebrities by creating an avatar that can purchase outfits, accessories, toys and even pets.

“I love this game and am happy to be part of it. It’s so much fun!” said Lohan, who recently filed a lawsuit against the makers of Grand Theft Auto for allegedly incorporating her likeness into the game. She will undoubtedly love Lindsay Lohan’s Price of Fame even more if the game earns even a fraction of what Kardashian’s app has brought in. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is estimated to bring in $200 million annually, with $85 million of that reportedly going to Ms. Kardashian herself.

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Pippa Middleton Weighs in on the Matter of Kim Kardashian’s Butt

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Pippa Middleton watches Prince Harry and Zara Phillips compete in a Wheelchair Rugby exhibition match in the Copper Box Arena during the Invictus Games Max Mumby/Indigo—Getty Images

"I must say that mine — though it has enjoyed fleeting fame — is not comparable"

While Kate Middleton toured New York this week, her royal-by-association sister Pippa was blogging about the finer things in life. Namely, truffle hunting and Kim Kardashian’s butt.

Middleton compared Kardashian’s posterior with her own in a kind of “who wore it better?” for the Spectator:

No year is complete without a bottom story, and the ‘Rear of 2014’ award undoubtedly goes to Kim Kardashian, after her posterior exploded all over the internet last month. I must say that mine — though it has enjoyed fleeting fame — is not comparable. But the Kim butt story did make me pause. What is it with this American booty culture? It seems to me to be a form of obsession. Kim’s aim, apparently, was to break the internet, but I’m not sure she’s going the right way about it.

She also had some harsh words about truffles.

“I didn’t think it was possible to get bored of something so expensive, but I must say I’m a bit truffled out, and my flat now smells of truffles,” she wrote. “That’s what people call a first world problem, I know.”

Tune in next week for her take on breastfeeding pictures on Instagram and proper polo etiquette.

[Spectator]

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The 15 Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2014

Featuring Elsa, Kim Kardashian, King Joffrey and more

Welcome to TIME’s ranking of the onscreen figures that made the biggest impact on the news and our lives this year, for better and sometimes for worse. (See last year’s list here.)

  • 15. Hello Kitty

    The Hello Kitty Con 2014 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on Oct. 31 2014, in Los Angeles.
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    What does it mean to be human? It’s a question philosophers have debated for millennia—and the Internet debated this year, thanks to Hello Kitty (who turned 40 this year). According to her official bio, which went viral in August, the iconic toon is not actually a cat; she’s a human girl who lives with her family in suburban London. That revelation made waves on social media, forcing parent company Sanrio to clarify that Hello Kitty is actually an anthropomorphized animal, like Mickey Mouse.

  • 14. “The Mother,” a.k.a. Tracy McConnell

    Last Forever Part One
    Ron P. Jaffe—20th Century Fox Television

    After almost a decade of speculation, How I Met Your Mother fans were thrilled about the debut of said mother (played by Cristin Milioti). But the twist ending—that she had (spoiler alert!) died of an unnamed illness before the story of how Ted met her got told—prompted massive outrage on social media and, then, a spirited debate over what, if anything, show creators owe their fans.

  • 13. Amy Dunne

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    20th Century Fox

    As the titular Gone Girl, the movie version of Amy (played by Rosamund Pike) brought to life Gillian Flynn’s complex protagonist and launched an impassioned discussion about why dark female characters are often labeled “crazy” and “evil” while dark male characters get to be “antiheroes.”

  • 12. Mr. Poo

    In an effort to thwart public defecation—a huge problem in India, where roughly half the population doesn’t use toilets—UNICEF released a surprisingly charming public service video. Its star: Mr. Poo, an anthropomorphized piece of poop that dances around and sings about using toilets. It may sound bizarre, but it seems to be working: more than 1 million people have already pledged to, as the ad puts it, “take the poo to the loo.”

  • 11. Rust Cohle

    HBO's "True Detective" Season 1 / Director: Cary Fukunaga
    JIm Bridges—HBO

    The True Detective lead (played by Matthew McConaughey) delivered some of the Internet’s most-quoted pearls of wisdom this year (see: “Time is a flat circle”) and his references to the work of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert W. Chambers sent obscure books, such as The King in Yellow, rocketing up Amazon’s charts.

  • 10. Thor

    Marvel

    Sure, the big-screen version (played by Chris Hemsworth) has raked in more than $1 billion at the global box office. But this year, it was Marvel’s printed comic that made waves—after it relaunched with a woman wielding the hammer. It’s not the first Thor recast; in fact, a frog once held the role. But putting a woman at the center of a comic franchise that’s not explicitly about femininity or sexual wiles sent a powerful message about the need for superhero diversity, amplified by the debut of a black Captain America.

  • 9. Annalise Keating

    VIOLA DAVIS
    Craig Sjodin—ABC

    How to Get Away With Murder‘s no-nonsense defense attorney and law professor (played by Viola Davis) kickstarted a charged debate about race and television, after a New York Times TV critic likened her—alongside Shonda Rhimes, the show’s executive producer—to “an angry black woman.” “I’m going to need to put down the internet and go dance this one out,” Rhimes tweeted in response. “Because ish is getting real.”

  • 8. Hatsune Miku

    A figure of computer-generated pop star Hatsune Miku at the venue of the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in Tokyo on Oct. 9, 2012.
    Toru Hanai—Reuters

    The computer-generated Japanese musician, whose “singing” comprises many short samples of actual human voices, not only launched a debate about the nature of artistry and performance (Hatsune Miku means “first sound of the future” in Japanese), but also performed via holograph at Madison Square Garden on Lady Gaga’s tour and on The Late Show With David Letterman—all without having a body.

  • 7. Katniss Everdeen

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    Murray Close—Lionsgate

    The Hunger Games heroine (played by Jennifer Lawrence) has already secured her status as a feminist role model and a box-office powerhouse. But Katniss is more than a movie icon now: Her three-fingered salute, used in Mockingjay as a signal of rebellion against the Capitol, has become a rallying symbol among pro-democracy protesters in Thailand and Hong Kong.

  • 6. Maura Pfefferman

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    Amazon Studios

    The transgender matriarch (played by Jeffrey Tambor) did for Amazon’s streaming service what Frank Underwood did in 2013 for Netflix: Prove that a compelling personal journey can singlehandedly shore up the fortunes of a new network. But Maura’s story, on the show Transparent, was meaningful in other ways, too: She is the first transgender person to headline a TV show, capping a landmark year for trans visibility.

  • 5. King Joffrey

    HBO

    The mad boy-king (played by Jack Gleeson) was the defining character on Game of Thrones this season, first for his sadism and then (spoiler!) for his absence. That ongoing drama cemented Thrones‘ status as HBO’s most popular show of all time—with some 18.4 million viewers on all platforms each week—and may have helped prompt the network to spin off its HBO Go service for non-cable subscribers. If only the power-mad tot were here to enjoy his reign.

  • 4. Stephen Colbert

    "The Colbert Report" Salutes The Troops
    Comedy Central

    In March, “Colbert,” the fictional conservative blowhard created by comic and talk-show host Stephen Colbert, sparked a national conversation about prejudice with a joke about the Washington Redskins’ team name and Asian stereotypes. (It spawned the #CancelColbert campaign.) But his most impressive achievement, of course, was getting his real-life counterpart hired to replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show on CBS.

  • 3. Star-Lord

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    Marvel/Disney

    The self-deprecating space captain (played by Chris Pratt) didn’t just help Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy avert an intergalactic disaster. He also saved the summer box-office here on Earth, which had been sluggish until Guardians debuted with a massive $94 million in the U.S. (on its way to a $771 million global haul), and launched Pratt into superstar status. The Guardians soundtrack—modeled after a “mixtape” of oldies left to Star-Lord (real name: Peter Quill) by his mother—also reached the top of the Billboard 200.

  • 2. Kim Kardashian

    Kim Kardashian Hollywood
    Glu Games

    Real-life Kim Kardashian owes a good deal to her animated avatar—more than $200 million, to be exact. That’s how much industry analysts estimate the blockbuster mobile game Kim Kardashian Hollywood convinced users to spend on fake clothes, jewelry and more, all in an effort to climb the A-list and become best friends with a fictional version of Kim herself, who spouts lines like “You’re a natural in front of the camera. You should get a ‘momager.’”

  • 1. Elsa

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    Disney

    Hollywood’s reigning ice royal (played by Idina Menzel) first charmed audiences in 2013—leading Frozen to a massive $1.27 billion worldwide gross—but this year, she became a bona-fide icon. Elsa’s Oscar-winning anthem about liberation and self-acceptance, “Let It Go,” dominated the Billboard Hot 100 this spring; her debut on ABC’s Once Upon a Time (played by Georgina Haig) led to a 31 percent ratings increase; and her singing figurine just outpaced Barbie as the best-selling toy in America. Next up: a Frozen attraction at Epcot, where Elsa will greet young fans—and a likely Frozen sequel.

    Read next: Top 10 of Everything 2014

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See How Our Celebrity Friends Celebrated Thanksgiving

How did celebrities spend Thanksgiving? Well, just like us, except maybe with snazzier dinnerware

Thanksgiving 2014 has been its usual heady mix of travel chaos, gluttony and family feuding. And naturally social media was swamped with our celebrity friends demonstrating just how down-to-earth and wholesomely they celebrated the holiday. And, of course, many failed spectacularly.

Some overachieving celebs tweeted their thanks before the big day arrived:

When the day finally came, some stars were grateful:

Others were very grateful:

Some instructed other people to be grateful:

Or encouraged other people to go shopping:

Or went shopping themselves:

I was there. Happy Black Friday on Thursday.

A video posted by Troian Bellisario (@sleepinthegardn) on

Some celebs got to go home:

I am #Thankful to be Home for the Holiday! ❤️✈️❤️

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Where there were some kiddies:

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm super thankful for all of the blessings in my life, especially these three.

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Happy Thanksgiving. #mylittleturkey

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And wives:

And plenty of cousins:

I'm thankful for this car full of cousins. @kflem7 #thanxgiving

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

2009 and 2014 Happy Thanksgiving from the Swifts (and also the cousins who have other last names)

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And some guests with unusual interests:

Plus some food:

Organic vegan Strawberry & Rhubarb pie 😋😋😋 #Thanksgiving 🍓🍓🍓 (which I did not bake 😁)

A photo posted by Ashley Madekwe (@smashleybell) on

(Some more appetizing than others):

Brussel Crowe

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Of course, there were also some pounds, real or imagined:

Some spent it with exemplary cutlery sets:

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Others, without electricity:

No power, no heat, but we'll eat canned cranberry sauce and be pleased as punch. 2⃣0⃣7⃣🔦

A photo posted by Anna Kendrick (@annakendrick47) on

And some couldn’t resist a little bit of sass:

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Kim Kardashian Shares Her Latest Magazine Cover With a Cupcake

Elle UK

Break the Internet, Part 2?

Less than two weeks after “breaking the Internet” with her nude cover of Paper Magazine, Kim Kardashian is gracing the cover of another glossy mag—this time with a cupcake.

Elle UK‘s January issue features Kardashian in three alternate covers, shot by fashion photographer Jean Baptsite Mondino. But this time, rather than having her derrière resemble “a glazed Krispy Kreme donut”—as Brain Moylan wrote for TIME—Kardashian has posed with an actual pastry. One of the covers of “The Confidence Issue” features Kardashian wearing booty shorts and staring wistfully (er, confidently) at her cupcake frosted covered fingers.

Elle explains that the reality star and app mogul “has also, through her unerring self-belief, redefined our perception of body beautiful.”

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Let Kim Kardashian’s Butt Help You Study for the SATs

Kim Kardashian Paper Magazine
Jean-Paul Goude—Paper

Can you calculate the area of this booty?

For most teens, studying for the SATs is a major bummer. But it doesn’t have to be. The people behind test preparation company Catalyst Prep believe in the educational utility of a healthy sense of humor. In an effort to meet teenagers in the bubble of reality TV and social media in which they exist, the company tweeted last week, “As patriotic, pop-culturally-minded Americans, we couldn’t help but see Kim Kardashian’s recent photos as an opportunity to teach SAT math.” They proceeded to cook up some of the most culturally relevant geometry lessons the Internet has to offer.

Catalyst placed Kardashian’s famous backside at the center of several word problems. One challenges students to calculate a perimeter:

Another focuses on angles:

And a third explores the relationship between area and diameter:

For all that’s been written about the photos — that they’re bereft of meaning, indicative of larger issues around representations of black women or simply images of a woman in control and having a good time — it’s now safe to say that the butt that nearly broke the Internet is serving at least one purpose for good.

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Jennifer Aniston on Kim Kardashian’s Butt Photo: I Was the Original

The Friends star's bottom covered Rolling Stone before Kardashian's derrière covered Paper

If the Internet in 1996 wasn’t already slow and limping thanks to dial-up, Jennifer Aniston probably would have #BrokenIt.

Nearly 18 years before Kim “Break the Internet” Kardashian posed nude for the cover of Paper magazine and threatened to destroy the web as we know, it the Friends star posed for Rolling Stone in a cover shot that showed off her butt.

“I was an original, all right?” Aniston joked to Extra on Thursday at the Los Angeles premiere of Horrible Bosses 2. “Sorry, Kim K.”

Aniston did say, however, that Kardashian — whom Vogue editor Anna Wintour recently suggested was not “deeply tasteful” — was a little more in-your-face on Paper than the actress was on Rolling Stone.

“That was just innocent,” she said. “There’s nothing aggressive about that.”

[People]

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Kim Kardashian’s India Trip Called Off Amid ‘Visa Issues’

Kim Kardashian Promotes Her New Fragrance "Fleur Fatale" In Melbourne
Kim Kardashian smiles as she promotes her new fragrance "Fleur Fatale" at Chadstone Shopping Centre on Nov. 19, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia Scott Barbour—Getty Images

Mrs. Kayne West was due to appear on an Indian reality TV show

Kim Kardashian’s upcoming India trip has been canceled because of apparent visa troubles.

The 34-year-old reality TV sensation was due to make a guest appearance on the popular reality show Big Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother, which is hosted by Bollywood actor Salman Khan.

“Just touched down in Australia!!! My perfume world tour begins for my new fragrance Fleur Fatale! Next stop India then Dubai! All in 1 week!” she tweeted on Monday.

Big Boss, currently in its eighth season, has had falling ratings this year. Kardashian’s visit had been much hyped by the Indian media. She was reported to be paid more than $800,000 for the stint, in which she would don a traditional sari.

Organizers confirmed to the BBC that “visa issues” were to blame for the cancellation. Reuters reports that the undisclosed issues would take a while to solve, which would conflict with Kardashian’s busy schedule.

Most recently, Kardashian, who is married to U.S. rap star Kanye West, was in the news in an attempt to “break the internet” with an artistic nude spread in Paper magazine.

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