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A deep dive into 'The Giver' trailer ('sup, Taylor Swift?)

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Releasing a film adaptation of The Giver in 2014 was always going to be tricky.

Why? Because Lois Lowry’s kid-lit classic, first published in 1993, helped to invent the tropes of dystopian young adult fiction. (Even though, as its Newbery Medal would attest, it’s actually meant for middle-grade readers; yes, young adult and middle-grade are different.)  The Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium, Matched, The Maze Runner — they’re all indebted to Lowry, even if each of those later books is less lyrical and more literal than Lowry’s original.

But now that there’s a glut of dystopian YA fiction — both on bookshelves and at multiplexes — a film version of The Giver runs the risk of seeming both generic and derivative… even though its story was written long before Katniss was even a twinkle in Suzanne Collins’s eye. Thankfully, a faithful adaptation of Lowry’s story would help to curb those accusations, since the book is really pretty different from the works it inspired: The Giver has no real action sequences. Its main character is a thoughtful 12-year-old boy, not a brooding, badass teenage warrior. The entire narrative takes place in fewer than 200 pages — a far cry from the increasingly bloated tomes being churned out by present-day YA authors.

The Weinstein Company’s new Giver movie is… not that faithful adaptation. How do we know? Because of the film’s first trailer:

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Did Tina Fey burn Taylor Swift at the Golden Globes?

Was she just being “Mean”? (No.)

After Amy Poehler finally won a Golden Globe for her work on Parks and Recreation, Tina Fey happily said to her friend and co-host, “I love you, and there’s a special place in hell for you!”

Hilarious…and also some not-so-subtle shade-throwing on an in-the-room Taylor Swift? Swift famously got upset last year at the Golden Globes when Poehler and Fey made a silly joke at her expense, telling her to “stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son.”

Later, when Swift was on the cover of Vanity Fair, she spoke about the incident, saying,”You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.'” (The quote is originally attributed to Madeleine Albright.)

Now, the ‘hell’ quote seems to be thrown back at her. Pity the cameraperson didn’t cut away for a reaction shot. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift tops list of 2013's most charitable celebrities

Taylor Swift is the gift that keeps on giving.

Every year, the nonprofit DoSomething.org compiles a top 20 list of “Celebs Gone Good” that’s filled with stars whose charitable activities set them apart from the pack. 2013’s top dog, generosity-wise, is none other than the Red singer/songwriter — which shouldn’t surprise Swift fans, since she also led DoSomething’s list last year. A release notes Swift’s work at the recent Winter White Gala in London, a benefit for homeless youth, as well as her latest liberal gift to the Nashville music scene — a $100,000 donation to the Nashville Symphony, bequeathed on Swift’s 24th birthday.

The list’s number 2 spot is occupied by the benevolent heartthrobs of One Direction, who began 2013 by volunteering as a group in Ghana under the auspices of Comic Relief. Individual group members, too, have shown big charitable impulses; DoSomething says that Harry Styles and Liam Payne raised over $800,000 for cancer research this year as well. (So maybe Styles is more than just “Trouble” after all.) Chime for Change and Goodwill activist Beyoncé, Reach Out Worldwide founder Paul Walker, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose smash hit “Same Love” spurred a national conversation about marriage equality and the hip-hop community, round out the list’s top 5.

Check below to see 2013’s full list of Celebs Gone Good.

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'White Christmas': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL

The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow!,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Holy Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Silent Night,” and “Sleigh Ride.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.

UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here.

For many people, “White Christmas” is synonymous with Bing Crosby. And while we’re also partial to his classic 1942 version, these other five takes are worth a second (or 200th) listen.

Can Bing be beaten? There’s only one way to find out: Dream up your favorite answer below:
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If you're Taylor Swift, you have a garden birthday party with Lorde -- PHOTOS


For Taylor Swift, the perfect 24th birthday party included flowers, red balloons, and a “Royal” friend.

Lorde attended the Australian garden party (a quick trip from the singer’s native New Zealand), and Swift shared a handful of photos from her big day on Instagram, letting fans in on the classy-but-fun soiree.

Check out all the action below:
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Watch Taylor Swift, Prince William, and Jon Bon Jovi sing 'Livin' on a Prayer' -- VIDEO

Who says celebrities and royals aren’t just like us? They, too, enjoy jamming to ’80s hair-band tunes. Except if you’re Taylor Swift or Prince William, you can sing along with Jon Bon Jovi in person.

At Tuesday’s Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace, Jon Bon Jovi performed a stripped-down version of the Bon Jovi classic “Livin’ on a Prayer,” backed up by the future king of England and Swift, who also performed separately at the event. The first annual gala was in support of Centrepoint, a U.K.-based charity focused on aiding homeless young people.

Watch the country-pop star give her best “Woo!” girl impression and the prince/newbie dad white-man-dance with the Lord Protector of New Jersey here:
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Presidents, politicians, journalists, and... Taylor Swift team up for the ultimate Gettysburg Address -- VIDEO

November 19 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s iconic Gettysburg Address, largely considered one of the most poignant, stirring, and important speeches in American history. And naturally, Civil War buff documentarian Ken Burns wouldn’t let an occasion like this pass by without some sort of commemoration.

Though his 90-minute documentary The Address won’t premiere on PBS until the spring of 2014, Burns has already set up a website called Learn the Address, which encourages “everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech.”

Scads of famous Americans have already taken Burns up on his challenge — including every living president, Lincoln director Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, and slightly less predictable participants like Alyssa Milano. Which of them best exemplifies Honest Abe’s signature mix of dignity, intelligence, and humanity? Decide for yourself after checking out this handy mashup video. (Hint: It’s not Taylor Swift.)

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Taylor Swift, more country stars support Got Your 6 on Veterans Day -- VIDEO

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Stars at last week’s CMA Awards came together to record a short PSA encouraging viewers to support veteran service organization Got Your 6.

The short video, released on Veterans Day, features Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Rogers, Voice alum Cassadee Pope, and Kimberly Williams Paisley, Nashville actress and wife of country singer Brad Paisley.

The campaign, which targets recently discharged military veterans, aims to bridge the civilian-military divide by creating a new conversation in America so veterans and military families are perceived as leaders and civic assets.

Watch the video below:
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Katie Holmes joins Twitter, tweets 'The Giver' cast picture -- PHOTO

Suri Cruise may just be ready to die from embarrassment — her mom is on Twitter.

Katie Holmes joined the social networking site, and — in one advantage of signing up in 2013 — seems to be getting the hang of things pretty quickly. The actress is currently in South Africa shooting The Giver (she’ll play Jonas’s mother), and her first message out to the universe is a black-and-white cast photo, below. READ FULL STORY

Ouch! Carrie Underwood's onstage fall and five more pro recoveries -- VIDEO

Whether they make you laugh or gasp, we’ve all witnessed beloved performers take a tumble onstage. Carrie Underwood was able to instantly recover from her recent fall, like the pro that she is. Take a look at five other celebs who recovered from what could have been really bad spills:
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