Poor Taylor Swift, all she wanted in the world was to be the American equivalent of Princess Diana. Oh yes, and true love. So color us shocked when we read the news on Us today that Swifty and her dear prince, Conor Kennedy have split after several months of blissful, all-American romance. When the two got together, it seemed the next logical step that our dearest Pop-Country Princess would join the unofficial American royal family. Unfortunately, sometimes a summer romance must come to an end—just as the leaves of Hyannis Port turn from green to oaky red and orange, and the spray from the waves bites cooly at your face.
No doubt the Kennedy family was wary of their grandson's new-money Nashville lass. How will it look in the papers? There's a standard to uphold when you are born with the Kennedy name; one that Taylor could never truly understand. Time for Conor to find a good girl from Choate Rosemary Hall, or Taft, or Miss Porter's, or Andover, his family will suggest. What about Ethel from down the street? She comes from a good family, they'll say. But he won't listen. When he's feeling especially rebellious next summer (trying to avoid running into Taylor after she bought that house down the block), he'll spend a few months at his cousin Ed's house in Branford, Connecticut—Kiki always made the best banana bread—and spend a lot of time in New Haven, browsing the aisles at Cutler's and dating girls from the Hopkins School or Hamden Hall. Dating girls from a day school will no doubt ruffle the family feathers.
As for Taylor, she'll mostly likely spend her nights in Nashville, drinking that wine with the cupcake on the label, staring out her window—wistfully wondering about what could've been. Her fairytale that almost was. She'll hum tunes to the happy songs she'd finally, at long last, have a chance to write. But now, they'll feel bitter on her tongue. All the happy melodies she once loved will sound dull and plodding. She thought she'd been through her last break-up. She thought it was finally going to make sense. Twenty-two. She always imagined she'd be engaged by 22—why had her life veered so off course? She laughed at the sentiment of her song "Today Was a Fairytale" because she had been so naïve back then. She really had no idea. The Kennedy fairytale was so much sweeter. She'll sigh one of those heavy sighs you usually only see on Downton Abbey anymore and flop down on the couch. She'll try to get over Conor, kissing a few of her bandmates' friends from time to time. When she runs into him at the corner store in Hyannis Port with his new summer fling next year, she'll laugh to herself and she'll know: they are never, ever, ever getting back together.
(Or maybe they won't care at all because they're just a pair of young kids who had a summer fling and now it's over because this is how dating works! Either option is a possibility, really.)
[Photo Credit: WENN]
Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes
Late Night Last Night: Taylor Swift Will Now Write a Song about Letterman
Pop Culture Debate: Who Is Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" About?
Taylor Swift and the Significance of 'Red'
From Our Partners:
Kardashians Share Scary-Cute Childhood Halloween Pics
Jon Hamm Goes Shirtless With Bikini-Clad Jessica Paré (Celebuzz)
Rare indeed is the actress capable of embodying Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis’ combination of beauty, refinement, and, in the immortal appraisal of Seinfeld’s Mr. Pitt, grace. Has Mila Kunis got what it takes? Lee Daniels thinks so. The Precious director has reportedly offered the Black Swan star the role of Jackie Kennedy in his upcoming film The Butler, a biopic about legendary White House servant Eugene Allen.
Should Kunis accept the role, she’ll be the latest in a long line of actresses who’ve portrayed the iconic First Lady on both the big and small screens. (Emphasis on the latter – Jackie O’s story has long been irresistible fodder for network programmers.) Here are five memorable examples:
Holmes played Jackie last year in The Kennedys, an eight-episode miniseries that was most notable for being declared unfit for airing on The History Channel, a network hardly known for its high programming standards.
The Crossing Jordan star tackled the role in the 2001 TV movie Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot, about the trials and tribulations of being married to the Kennedys’ D.C. power trio of JFK, RFK, and Ted.
Before she was Touched By an Angel, Downey portrayed Jackie to some acclaim in the 1991 TV miniseries A Woman Named Jackie, which went on to win a Primetime Emmy for Best Miniseries.
The model-turned-Charlie’s Angels star proved her range in the 1981 TV movie Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, which chronicled Jackie’s early years leading up to her marriage to the future president.
British-born Bisset portrayed Jackie in the 2003 TV movie America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, about the short life and tragic death of JFK’s dilettante son.
Which was your favorite of Jackie?
The other day, we got a look at the list of competitors in the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. But we've also got ourselves a fair share of promising premieres, with a slew of stars and directors alike that we're sure to get excited over.
Some of the big names we'll be seeing at this year's Sundance include Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Jeremy Irons in The Words, Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Lay the Favorite, Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan and Adam Scott in Bachelorette, Julie Delpy and Chris Rock in the Delpy-directed 2 Days in New York, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg and Elijah Wood in Celeste and Jesse Forever (co-written by Jones) and Josh Radnor, starring against Elizabeth Olsen, in Liberal Arts, which he wrote and directed.
2 Days in New York / France (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) — Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon.
Arbitrage / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Nicholas Jarecki) — A hedge-fund magnate is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire before the depths of his fraud are revealed. An unexpected, bloody error forces him to turn to the most unlikely corner for help. Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta.
Bachelorette / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Leslye Headland) — Unresolved issues between four high school friends come roaring back to life when the least popular of them gets engaged to one of the most eligible bachelors in New York City and asks the others to be bridesmaids in her wedding. Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden, Adam Scott, Kyle Bornheimer.
Celeste and Jesse Forever / U.S.A. (Director: Lee Toland Krieger, Screenwriters: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack) — Celeste and Jesse met in high school, married young, and at 30, decide to get divorced but remain best friends while pursuing other relationships. Cast: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor, Chris Messina, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts.
For A Good Time, Call... / U.S.A. (Director: Jamie Travis, Screenwriters: Katie Anne Naylon & Lauren Anne Miller) — Lauren and Katie move in together after a loss of a relationship and a loss of a rent controlled home, respectively. When Lauren learns what Katie does for a living the two enter into a wildly unconventional business venture. Cast: Ari Graynor, Lauren Anne Miller, Justin Long, Mark Webber, James Wolk.
GOATS / U.S.A. (Director: Christopher Neil, Screenwriter: Mark Jude Poirier) — Ellis leaves his unconventional desert home to attend the disciplined and structured Gates Academy. There, he re-connects with his estranged father and for the first time questions the family dynamics. Cast: David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Graham Phillips, Justin Kirk, Ty Burrell.
Lay The Favorite / U.S.A. (Director: Stephen Frears, Screenwriter: D.V. Devincintis) — An adventurous young woman gets involved with a group of geeky older men who have found a way to work the sportsbook system in Las Vegas to their advantage. Cast: Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rebecca Hall.
Liberal Arts / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Josh Radnor) — When 30-something Jesse is invited back to his alma mater, he falls for a 19-year-old college student and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them. Cast: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, Elizabeth Reaser.
Price Check / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michael Walker) — Pete is having trouble resolving a happy marriage and family life with rising debt and a job he hates. When his new boss pulls him into the maelstrom that is her life, money and opportunities come his way, but at what price? Cast: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Annie Parisse, Josh Pais, Cheyenne Jackson.
Red Hook Summer / U.S.A. (Director: Spike Lee, Screenwriters: James McBride, Spike Lee) — A young Atlanta boy spends his summer in Brooklyn with his grandfather, who he's never seen before. Cast: Clark Peters, Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, James Ransone, Thomas Jefferson Byrd.
Robot and Frank / U.S.A. (Director: Jake Schreier, Screenwriter: Christopher Ford) — A curmudgeonly older dad’s grown kids install a robot as his caretaker. Cast: Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler. SALT LAKE CITY GALA FILM
Shadow Dancer / United Kingdom (Director: James Marsh, Screenwriter: Tom Brady) — Widowed mother-turned-terrorist Colette McVeigh has high-ranking brothers in the IRA. When she’s arrested in an aborted bomb plot she must make hard choices, testing family loyalties. Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Aiden Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson, with Gillian Anderson and Clive Owen.
The Words / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal) — Aspiring writer Rory Jansen finds another man's haunting memories in a collection of lost stories and claims them as his own, propelling him to literary stardom. Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde with Zoe Saldana. CLOSING NIGHT FILM
13 Notes: Paul Simon's Graceland Journey / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Berlinger) — Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the incredible journey of his historic Graceland album, including the political backlash he sparked for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa, designed to end Apartheid.
About Face / U.S.A. (Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) — An exploration of beauty and aging through the stories of the original supermodels. Participants including Isabella Rossellini, Christie Brinkley, Beverly Johnson, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Paulina Porizkova, Jerry Hall and Christy Turlington weigh in on the fashion industry and how they reassess and redefine their own sense of beauty as their careers progress.
A Fierce Green Fire / U.S.A. (Director: Mark Kitchell) — A definitive history of one of the most important movements of the 20th century, A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the environmental movement’s fascinating evolution from the 1960s to the present.
Bones Brigade / U.S.A. (Director: Stacy Peralta) — When six teenage boys came together as a skateboarding team in the 1980s, they reinvented not only their chosen sport but themselves too – as they evolved from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in the field.
The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia / U.S.A. (Director: James Redford) — While following a Dyslexic high school senior struggling to achieve his dream of getting into a competitive college, The D Word exposes myths about Dyslexia and reveals cutting edge research to elucidate this widely misunderstood condition.
Ethel / U.S.A. (Director: Rory Kennedy) — This intimate, surprising portrait of Ethel Kennedy provides an insider's view of a political dynasty, including Ethel’s life with Robert F. Kennedy and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own.
Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap / United Kingdom (Director: Ice-T, Co-Director: Andy Baybutt) — Through conversations with Rap’s most influential artists – among them Chuck D, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, MC Lyte, Mos Def, and Kanye West – Ice-T explores the roots and history of Rap and reveals the creative process behind this now dominant art form.
West of Memphis / U.S.A. (Director: Amy Berg) — Three teenage boys are incarcerated for the murders of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. 19 years later, new evidence calls into question the convictions and raises issues of judicial, prosecutorial and jury misconduct – showing that the first casualty of a corrupt justice system is the truth.
The Kennedy family has given its approval to the upcoming Robert Kennedy biopic Bobby written and directed by Emilio Estevez.
The film revisits the night Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968.
Kennedy's widow Ethel says, "Our family is grateful to Emilio Estevez and the extraordinary cast of Bobby for remembering Robert Kennedy's life and his commitment to social justice, peace and equality.
"Hopefully the film will inspire a new generation to make gentle the life of the world."
The movie opens in limited release Nov. 17 and nationwide on Nov. 23.
Article Copyright Entertainment News Network All Rights Reserved.
Hollywood producer Steve Bing sued the UK newspaper The Daily Mirror for $10 million in January for printing his phone number and urging readers to call him, but Britain's press watchdog ruled Thursday that the tabloid did not violate his privacy by doing so. In the suit, Bing said he received death threats after The Daily Mirror launched its "Hunt for Bing" campaign, labeling him Bing Laden for crimes against actress Elizabeth Hurley after he questioned whether he was the father of her baby. While the commission said it regretted any distress caused to Bing, it stated the tabloid had a right to argue that the phone number was already in the public domain and that publishing it had not broken the newspaper industry's code of conduct.
James Franco, who plays the role of Peter Parker's best friend, Harry, in the box office hit Spider-Man, is in talks to star in the World War II drama The Great Raid alongside Benjamin Bratt. The film will be directed by John Dahl from a script written by Hossein Amini, Variety reports.
In the Biz
Gladiator director Ridley Scott's next epic-sized film will be a period Western, according to Variety. The project is part of a pre-emptive six-figure deal between 20th Century Fox and Scott's Scott Free banner, to be written by scribe Bruce C. McKenna.
USA Network will produce a telefilm based on former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman's investigative novel Murder in Greenwich: Who Killed Martha Moxley?, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The book revisits the 1975 murder of Moxley, who was bludgeoned to death with a golf club near her family's Connecticut home after going out with Michael Skakel, the nephew of Ethel Kennedy. Skakel was charged with her murder in 2000 and is currently on trial for the crime.
ABC and Turner's TNT/TBS have acquired exclusive broadcast rights to Steven Spielberg's upcoming Minority Report under a five-year deal beginning in February 2005, Variety reports. HBO gets the pay TV rights because of a long-term output deal it has with the movie's co-financier, DreamWorks.
The hour-by-hour television show 24 won the drama ratings competition in key demos with its season finale Tuesday, beating out NYPD Blue, The Guardian, Smallville and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Variety reports. But according to Nielsen, the show failed to attract the occasional viewers and was watched instead by its usual core following.
NBC has finally removed Scott Sassa as its top West Coast entertainment executive after more than a year of speculation, Variety reports. The network has handed over all his responsibilities to Entertainment President Jeff Zucker. Sassa will remain a Los Angeles-based consultant to NBC.
Britney Spears and Destiny's Child singer Beyoncé Knowles will release leadoff singles from the soundtrack to Austin Powers in Goldmember, MTV.com reports. Knowles will release "Work It Out" first, followed by Spears' remixed version of "Boys," which originally appeared on her 2001 album Britney. A spokesman for the project told MTV the track list for the rest of the soundtrack is not yet available.
Celine Dion is getting ready for her Las Vegas stint at the new 4,000-seat Colosseum built by Caesars Palace hotel/casino. According to The Associated Press, the 600-show engagement will involve a flying piano and 70 dancers. Tickets for the show, which opens in March 2003, go on sale Thursday and are priced at $87.50, $127.50 and $150.
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' new album, We Invented the Remix, debuted at the top of the album charts, selling 256,000 copies for the week ending Sunday, according to Billboard.com. Five other new albums also debuted in the top10, including Cam'ron's Come Home with Me, which came in a close second, Weezer's Maladroit, following in third, Moby's 18, debuting in fourth, and Rush's Vapour Trails, coming in at No. 6.
The four members of Alien Ant Farm were injured while on tour in Spain after their bus collided with a parked truck on a highway near Navalmoral de la Mata, Reuters reports. The driver of the bus was killed, and six crewmembers suffered assorted injuries. Alien Ant Farm's cover version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" peaked at No. 23 on the Hot 100 pop singles chart last year.
Hannibal star Julianne Moore will be honored at the 2002 Gotham Awards given out by the Independent Feature Project on Sept. 26, the AP reports. The award honors a New York actor who has made significant contributions to the city's film community. Moore's films include Boogie Nights, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, World Traveler and The Shipping News.
Joe Cobb, who played the chubby-cheeked, beanie-cap-wearing boy named Joe in dozens of Our Gang comedy films of the 1920s, died Tuesday at the age of 85, the AP reports. The Oklahoma native's acting career ended in the early 1940s, but he appeared in a 1986 documentary that looked back at the Our Gang actors and other screen comedians, entitled Classic Comedy Teams.
Never underestimate the power of love.
Actress Lauren Holly, last seen in the Mel Gibson hit "What Women Want," has wed Toronto-born investment banker Francis Greco, the Toronto Sun reported.
This is Holly's third marriage, her most notable nuptials were with comedian Jim Carrey, whom she met on the set of "Dumb and Dumber" in 1994. Their on-again, off-again relationship was well documented in the tabloids. Her first marriage to Anthony Quinn's son, Danny, lasted from 1991-93.
The ceremony was held Saturday at Toronto's Holy Rosary Church.
Holly, who also starred in "Any Given Sunday" (1999) and "Turbulence" (1996), recently starred as Ethel Kennedy in the NBC mini-series, "Jackie, Ethel and Joan -- The Women of Camelot."
PASADENA Calif., July 20, 2000 - Substance reigned over style as NBC unveiled its new Fall lineup to the media this week. Gone were the matching color schemes and meals by the pool that ABC employed to fete reporters just a few days ago; in their stead, there were neon peacocks and buffet trays with sternos. And the consensus among critics at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel was that ABC surely hung window dressing on everything because it only had four new series to pump. NBC, on the other hand, needed no frills to roll out seven new series and two miniseries.
Not surprisingly, the Q-and-A sessions were shorter, with less time for breathing in between. Trashy dramatist Aaron Spelling unveiled his high-camp "Titans," a Dallas-for-the-millennium evening soap with vixens, sex and greed, and starring Yasmine Bleeth, Casper Van Dien ("Sleepy Hollow") and Victoria Principal. Critics broke into applause during a preview, when Bleeth tells Van Dien she is pregnant with his baby - even while walking down the aisle to marry his father.
Katey Sagal showed has ditched her Peg Bundy wig to play a neighborhood witch with heart in the coming-of-age sitcom, "Tucker." Oliver Platt ("Bulworth") and indie film queen Lili Taylor spoke about their New York newspaper drama "Deadline." And writers and producers hailing from "The Late Show with David Letterman" brought out the romantic comedy "Ed," starring Tom Cavanaugh ("Providence"), about a New York lawyer who gets fired, catches his wife cheating and moves back to his hometown to buy a bowling alley.
Then there was Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"), promoting his sitcom "The Michael Richards Show," an Inspector Clouseau meets Ernie Kovacs P.I. romp. Steven Weber ("Wings") was on hand to tout "Cursed," co-starring Chris Elliot ("There's Something About Mary'), about a guy who, uh, gets cursed. And, David Alan Grier ("In Living Color") joked about starring in the sitcom "DAG" about a demoted secret service agent who guards the demanding First Lady, the slimmed-down Delta Burke, saying "You will always hear these lines: 'It's because I'm black.'"
Then there were the two miniseries, the biblical drama "In the Beginning" starring Jacqueline Bisset and Martin Landau, and the Kennedy wives' drama "Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot," which features Jill Hennessey ("Law & Order"), Lauren Holly ("Dumb and Dumber") and Leslie Stefanson ("The General's Daughter"), respectively.
NBC's marathon unveiling ended with a celeb-fest at Jillian's Hi-Life Lanes, a bowling alley at the tourist-beseiged Universal City Walk shopping mall. While the food was, again, unspectacular, everyone was handed disposable cameras to take pictures of things like Rob Lowe and Kathy Ireland talking (two perfect creatures that seem freakish standing together), Martin Sheen mugging with "Daddio" tyke Mitch Holleman, and "Will & Grace" actor Eric McCormack discussing how the characters will soon have significant others. In short, the stars pranced, the critics howled.
Law & Order seems to keep its actors on rotation.
Over its 12-year history, the NBC drama series has welcomed and bid farewell to numerous cast members. The latest to exit the courtroom: actress Angie Harmon, who plays Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael, announced Tuesday that she is leaving after three years with the show.
Harmon asked to be released early from her contract, Dick Wolf, the series' executive producer.
Harmon joined the series during the 1998-1999 season following the departure of Carey Lowell. Alumni cast members also include Paul Sorvino, Steven Hill, Chris Noth, Benjamin Bratt and Jill Hennessy.
Harmon is scheduled in June to marry New York Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn. She also is building a film career. She can be seen opposite Charlie Sheen in the upcoming comedy Good Advice.
Leaving the show isn't necessarily a guarantee for success. Noth struggled for several years before enjoying renewed fame as Mr. Big on HBO's Sex and the City. Bratt's attempt to launch a film career almost fizzled with the flops The Next Best Thing and Red Planet, but he scored a success costarring opposite Sandra Bullock in the Christmas hit Miss Congeniality. Hennessy recently portrayed Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the television miniseries Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot and enjoyed a supporting role in Steven SeagaL's latest comeback bid, Exit Wounds. Michael Moriarty, whose acrimonious departure from the show resulted from a dispute with NBC and Wolf, went on to star in a Broadway production of My Fair Lady and can now be seen in Along Came a Spider.
Harmon will remain with the Studios USA-produced series through the end of this season and might pop up in the first six episodes of next season.
Harmon will stay on the show if Wolf is unavailable to find her replacement for Harmon by the end of April, when next season's production begins, Reuters reports.
"As I've said numerous times in the past, if an actor wants to leave the series for personal reasons, and gives ample notice so that it doesn't affect production, I have never stood in anyone's way," Wolf said in a statement.
The show's frequent celebrity swapping has not hurt ratings or driven away loyal fans.
"It [the series] is consistently on the top 10 most viewed series," an NBC publicist said Tuesday.
The show has enjoyed its highest ratings this season. As of April 1, the show was the ninth most popular show in households, with a 2.1 rating and 20 share. Last season, the show ranked 14th in household viewership, with an 11.3 rating and 19th share.