PopGoesTheNews.com Since 2007, this website (and its Twitter account) has been breaking pop culture stories and bringing you the news first. In 2012, there were fewer regular updates here but the commitment to bringing you accurate pop culture news first remained.
The year began with news that Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon were coming to Ontario to shoot The Black Marks. It took a full day for Variety and The Hollywood Reporter to report what you read here first.
On Jan. 30, PopGoesTheNews.com was the first to report that Will Arnett and Jerry Seinfeld were coming to Toronto to perform at a benefit for Toronto East General Hospital.
When Canadian artist Steve Walker passed away in February, you read about it here first.
People.com reported on Feb. 21 that Halle Berry's boyfriend Olivier Martinez was opening a restaurant in Miami Beach, something we reported on Twitter a full 20 days earlier. Followers of @jrkm_pop also knew that J. Crew was coming to the Toronto Eaton Centre nearly a month before TorontoLife.com "broke" the news. On Jan. 31, we tweeted news that Madonna's tour would stop in Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto in early September and a day later we tweeted the tour would include "a huge outdoor show" in Quebec City on Sept. 1. The tour stops were announced on Feb. 7.
On April 18, PopGoesTheNews.com was first to report that Broadway and TV star Betty Buckley was Toronto-bound for a We're Funny That Way gala. We also told you that stars like Jake Gyllenhaal and Lily Collins were coming to Toronto for film projects. No one else told you how Abigail Breslin celebrated her 16th birthday.
In June, the mainstream made much ado about a photo of alleged killer Luka Magnotta sitting in a fancy sports car that he posted on a Miami website in 2010, some even suggesting he could be responsible for unsolved murders in that city. But PopGoesTheNews.com exposed an obvious truth about the photo: It was taken in Toronto. Earlier in the month, we reported exclusively how Magnotta had come to the defence of a porn star accused of murder.
On July 4, PopGoesTheNews.com was the first to tell you that Glee star Naya Rivera was coming to Toronto for a charity event at the end of the month -- and then, on July 29, gave you exclusive photos of the star arriving in Toronto.
Twitter followers knew before anyone else that Mark Wahlberg was going to be in Toronto on Dec. 5. We tweeted the news on Nov. 29.
Perhaps the biggest scoop of the year, though, was on Nov. 30, when PopGoesTheNews.com reported exclusively that CTV was set to announce The Amazing Race Canada. The story sparked a Twitter frenzy and was picked up by outlets like the Toronto Star and National Post. On Dec. 2, CTV confirmed every single detail we reported.