We're at the halfway point of 2017, so all this week Mashable entertainment will be rolling out our 8.5 (Get it, half of '17?) picks for the best of the year – so far! – in movies, TV, music, and more. It's our eight best picks for you, along with a bonus choice that, while not strictly one of the greats, deserves a guilty pleasure mention. Sports are spectacle, and this year hasn't disappointed. The year is only half over, but 2017 has already brought no shortage of moments, characters, and storylines that left fans picking their collective jaw up off the floor. The memories we've compiled below might bring you warm feelings.
President Donald Trump met with European leaders and attended his first NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, and boy did he have a great time. While there, Trump shoved Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic so that he could get a better spot for a photo opportunity, and he also scolded a bunch of US allies. It was a great time for all -- the best time -- and we have the pictures to prove that Trump enjoyed it very much and there were no awkward moments whatsoever. Previously, Trump claimed that NATO was "obsolete" but he has since changed his mind.
The fires moved faster than many people could escape. Sweeping across the hills and valleys of California's wine country, and eventually extending up and down the state, at least 14 large fires advanced with deadly speed amid powerful "Diablo" and "Santa Ana" offshore winds. The fires in northern California proved especially deadly, with the death toll standing at 10 as of Monday at 9 p.m. ET, but it's expected to rise. Seven of these fatalities were in Sonoma County alone. The city of Santa Rosa, population 175,000, was especially hard hit by the Tubbs Fire.
On Saturday, Pippa Middleton married hedge fund manager James Matthews. Now, of course, the internet is thirsty for photos of the lovely affair. Some fast facts: The wedding took place at St. Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire. Pippa's dress was made by British designer Giles Deacon. And yes, yes, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were in attendance.
Like many of you, I'm feeling nostalgic for certain parts of America's political past: checks and balances, leaders who could spell, and President Jimmy Carter. I took AP U.S. History too, and I don't care about long gas lines. Jimmy Carter is a kind soul with a superior intellect who cared deeply about America's humanitarian leadership in the world. Plus, he had an impeccable cardigan collection -- one the puts our current leadership to shame. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Carter shook everyone's hands on a flight to Atlanta because that's his thing I'm gay, but there's something about a man in a cardigan that puts me immediately at ease.