So okay, you’re probably going, “Is this, like, a Noxzema commercial or what?” But seriously, Taylor Swift actually has a way normal life for a 24-year-old millionaire pop-country songstress. She goes to the beach with her famous friends on the Fourth of July… READ FULL STORY
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The first wave of nominations for the Teen Choice Awards were announced today, and Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries lead the pack with an impressive five nominations each. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire follows closely behind with four nominations.
Pretty Little Liars was nominated in the categories of Choice TV Show: Drama, Choice TV Actor: Drama (Ian Harding, Keegan Allen), and Choice TV Actress: Drama (Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale), while The Vampire Diaries was nominated for Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi (Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley), and Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi (Kat Graham, Nina Dobrev). READ FULL STORY
Everybody breathe. Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez totally got back together.
Some background, for those who are adults (but inexplicably care about this stuff anyway): For weeks, your niece has been devastated over rumors that the cover stars of BFF Magazine were fighting. It all began last month after Coachella, when Gomez unfollowed a bunch of people on Instagram — including Taylor Swift. No one knows exactly what caused the shut-out. (Ugh. It was probably Justin Bieber-related. Sure, Taylor may have known he was trouble when he walked in — but when your friends make bad dating choices, you have to let them be. Or just write a song about it.)
But! Now Swift and Gomez are ready to prove they love each other like a love song once again. On Monday, both attended the Met Gala — such a teenage dream — and Gomez uploaded the video below to her Instagram account, along with this message: “Sometimes you wanna just be you with someone who knows all your secrets.” Cue the music, pretty dresses, and twirling — it’s a regular Taylor Swift chorus up in here. READ FULL STORY
Fun fact for fans: If you invite Taylor Swift to your bridal shower, she just might come.
Swift posted a YouTube video Wednesday chronicling her visit to Columbus, Ohio, to surprise superfan Gena Gabrielle at her bridal shower. “I’ve never been to a bridal shower,” Swift tells the camera in her video blog — so why not?
Gena’s reaction to her idol walking into an Ohio banquet hall is priceless (preview her facial expression in the freeze frame above). Swift quickly makes herself at home, posing for selfies with the guests and giving hugs all around. Enjoy the cuteness below: READ FULL STORY
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:
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 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.
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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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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