On the 11th of September 2001, 2 planes flew into the World Trade Centre’s towers, killing thousands of people. Osama Bin Laden went from being a minor middle eastern terrorist to the West’s greatest pariah.
This portrait in smoke won First Prize in the Australian Rotary Cartoon Awards in 2002.
George Lucas’s film ‘Revenge of the Sith’ is released in 2005, ending the second trilogy of Star Wars films. Despite a mixed critical reception the film made $848 million. After the Star Wars franchise was sold to Disney in 2012, a third trilogy was announced, this time without Lucas in an active role.
Tom Cruise’s contract with Paramount is terminated in 2006 when company owner Sumner Redstone realises the actor has become box office poison with women. This is reversed a few years later when Cruise’s popularity recovers.