50 of the school-year’s biggest names, entertainers and newsmakers (#21-#30)

By Sarah Moore, Tannen Gliatta, Aaron Helfferich, Matt Liasse, Stephanie Spencer, Laura Lee Caracciolo 50 BIGGEST NAMES: 1-10 / 11-20 / 21-30 / 31-40 / 41-50‘ 21. Spencer Grammer – For the majority of the school year the students of Cyprus-Rhodes University were on summer break.’ But, when ‘Greek’ returned in March viewers were instantly reminded why they enrolled.’ Grammer, daughter of Kelsey Grammer of ‘Frasier’ fame, brings Casey Cartwright to life with such ease and relatability that it is easy to imagine Casey sitting in an Olscamp classroom or having a fight with Cappie outside the Union. 22. Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson ‘- It was a tumultuous year for Lohan and Ronson, whose on and off relationship served as tabloid fodder. While Ronson achieved success with her DJing skills, Lohan’s career only faltered further with her latest big-screen film, ‘Labor Pains,’ which is being pushed to basic cable this summer. 23. ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ – As Oscar’s Best Picture winner, there is little to discuss other than the grandeur genuineness that went into the making of such a wonderful picture.’ Not only did director Danny Boyle give ‘Slumdog’ an endearing cast, but he provided the world once again with the inspiration to do whatever their minds can imagine.’ Best of all, it’s guided by a powerful example of love. 24. Lady Gaga ‘- From songwriter to performer, Lady Gaga signed to Interscope with the help of colleague and friend Akon. Gaga’s catchy tunes, ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Poker Face’ have been played in every club and radio station nationwide. According to her, it took about five minutes to write ‘Just Dance’ when she woke up from a bad hangover. What makes her interesting is her attention to what makes a person famous, elaborate costumes, creating a look and an idea to make people take notice. 25. Mickey Rourke – ‘The Wrestler’ truly made a breathtaking statement when Mickey Rourke emerged from the depths of nothing to move us with a performance so brutally honest and emotionally tender.’ As someone who was down for the count and almost unworthy of a comeback, Mickey reminded the world that no matter what, everyone always deserves a second chance. 26. ‘Twilight’ – Vampire-mortal love stories have always been popular in entertainment, but none have had such a’ death grip on pop culture like ‘Twilight’ has this year.’ The mania started with the theatrical release in November and only grew with the release of merchandising, the director’s onset diary and the DVD. And the debates between ‘Team Edward’ and ‘Team Jacob’ became almost as heated as’ the ‘Team Obama’ and ‘Team McCain’ debates. With the release of ‘New Moon’ just around the corner, ‘Twilight’ shows no signs of sucking in its last breath. 27. Big Families – Poor, poor Octomom. The woman who had eight babies at once, and had six other kids at home with her parents turned this mother of 14 into a monster.’ The problems with in-vitro fertilization, the likes to Dr. Frankenstein, were written in horror of women producing litters of children. TLC’s hit shows ‘Jon and Kate Plus 8′ and ’18 Kids and Counting’ now came under scrutiny because of the strain their abnormally large families had on everyone involved. 28. Britney Spears ‘- Britney is back and better than ever. After her documentary ‘For The Record’ was aired on MTV she released her sixth studio album, ‘Circus.’ The first single, ‘Womanizer,’ became Britney’s first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 since ”hellip; Baby One More Time’ was released almost 10 years prior. Tracks such as ‘Circus,’ ‘If U Seek Amy,’ ‘Shattered Glass’ and ‘Amnesia’ prove Britney can rise above anything and is still one of the most successful artists of our generation. 29. Joel McHale – A show completely composed of other TV show clips can be a hard sell, but ‘The Soup’s’ McHale actually does viewers a favor. His biting commentary on television is packed with hilarity, sincerity and disdain. Past ‘Soup’ hosts, including Aisha Tyler and Greg Kinnear, have gone on to make big names for themselves, and McHale is bound to follow in their footsteps. 30. Christian Bale ‘- Recorded on a movie set without his knowledge, Christian Bale berated the staff of the movie he was working on last year. It wasn’t until the audio tape of the blowout hit the Internet that Bale apologized for his temper. Rumors that the actor was ‘difficult’ may hurt his chance at meaty parts in the future.