Taylor Swift had to argue with the boss of her record label to ditch her country girl image and become a pop star.
The Shake It Off singer's new album 1989 contains not one country-style song, signalling that her move away from the genre that made her famous is complete. However, the transformation into sexy pop star was not easy for Swift - she ended up squabbling with the boss of Big Machine Records in Nashville, Tennessee because he wanted some country tracks on the record.
Swift tells British newspaper The Sun, "The decision came directly from me. I had to plead my case with everyone and certain people at the record label... I had to really campaign... I showed them that I was doing this for all the right reasons and that this was the creative decision and artistically there was no other option than to boldly hone this album for what it is. "I had to convince my Nashville record label president it was right for me. I presented the album to him and he said, 'It's great, it's the best thing you've ever done but can you put two country songs on it?' But I refused. I explained it would change the solid cohesiveness of the record, so he agreed. He's happy as a clown (sic) now as we got our first Hot 100 No.1 with Shake It Off."
1989 is scheduled for release on 27 October (14).
"Welcome Stefan to the world! Congrats @DjokerNole and wife Jelena. Wonder if he'll master the drop shot before kindergarten." Celebrity tennis fan Kevin Spacey celebrates the birth of pal Novak Djokovic's baby son.
Executives at America's Fox network are developing Will Smith's hit romantic comedy Hitch into a TV series. The 2005 film grossed $368 million (£230 million) at the worldwide box office, and now studio bosses are hoping to find similar success with a comedy series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon and Dancing With The Stars judge Julianne Hough teamed up with Samsung to smash the Guinness World Record for the longest selfie relay chain with 283 consecutive selfies. The event was to promote Samsung’s next generation of digital cameras - the new NX line. The cameras are slimmer, sleeker and have the ability to connect to smartphones. Samsung gave out 300 of their brand new cameras as they called for people to "Ditch the DSLR" in exchange for the new Samsung devices. Samsung also donated $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA as part of the event. Click here to find out more about Samsung's new digital cameras.
Despite his pending divorce to Mariah Carey - which seems to be getting ugly - Cannon is “getting out there" with seemingly endless projects he has keeping him busy. Cannon just wrapped the 9th season of America’s Got Talent alongside judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B. The winner, magician Mat Franco, was awarded $1 million and a headlining show in Las Vegas. Cannon is all for a magician winning the talent competition show, saying: “There’s so many other singing competitions and dance shows out there. For someone like a magician to be able to come through and win $1 million, it shows you what the show’s all about - it could be any talent. I mean, he was the best and most talented person that America saw. So, therefore, he took it all the way, and I think it was well deserved.”
It seems like keeping busy is the best way to keep his mind off his marriage troubles. He has a new standup comedy show for Showtime called F#ck Nick Cannon, an album White People Party Music (the new music video for "Looking For a Dream" is quite exceptional by the way). Oh, and he’s writing a children’s book based on his and Carey’s twins Roc & Roe. He also recently rocked the most expensive pair of shoes ever - a $2 million pair of diamond loafers - marking two Guinness world records he's broken. Not too shabby. This guy is certainly not moping around while his soon to be ex-wife is on a world tour.
Cannon also has a couple works that are under the radar. He’s going to be bringing Robin Leach's Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous back to TV. And he recently partnered with Maxim - he’ll be taking over the magazine’s content as well as heading strategic events. “I’ll be doing my thing… so that’s kinda cool.” Keep doing your thing, Cannon. It’s very cool indeed.
Cannon also stars on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood alongside Kevin Hart, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin and J.B. Smoove. "The fakest reality show on TV" just premiered its third season. Catch new episodes of the hilarious show Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on BET.
Tatum O'Neal's son has avoided jail after striking a plea deal with New York police over his summer (14) drugs bust. Kevin McEnroe, the actress' eldest child with retired tennis ace John McEnroe, was detained by cops in July (14) after he was allegedly caught making a drug transaction on a Manhattan street corner.
He was charged with felony possession with intent to sell, but prosecutors have since agreed to reduce the count to a misdemeanour, and it will be wiped from the 27 year old's record if he stays out of trouble for the next six months and completes a rehab programme at the Hazelden addiction treatment centre in the Big Apple.
The plea deal was approved by Judge Lisa Sokoloff in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday (14Oct14), according to the New York Post.
Actress Julianne Moore is set to be feted by organisers at the Museum of the Moving Image for her career achievements. The four-time Oscar nominee will receive the New York City museum's annual 'Salute' at a gala on 20 January (15) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film, theatre and television.
A statement from the museum's board of trustees co-chairman Herbert S. Schlosser reads, "With her unforgettable performances in (upcoming films) Still Alice and Maps to the Stars, and her role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, this is Julianne Moore's year. She is a fearless and versatile performer who has created so many powerful performances in film and television."
Past honourees include Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and Kevin Spacey, who was given the award earlier this year (14).
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower star Ezra Miller has been cast as fast superhero The Flash for a new blockbuster.
A week after the launch of America's hit new The Flash TV series, Miller has landed the lead role in a new movie project set for 2018. The Flash, aka Barry Allen, is also expected to appear in the new Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, which is set to hit cinemas in March, 2016. Grant Gustin portrays The Flash on TV.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has lashed out at anti-gay radicals, insisting he would fight extremists "to the death" if they told him what to believe.
The Sherlock star is receiving rave reviews for his role as gay genius Alan Turing in code-breaking drama The Imitation Game, and in a new interview with Out magazine, he shares his astonishment that people around the world are still being persecuted for homosexuality - just like his real-life character. He says, "People are being beheaded in countries right now because of their beliefs or sexual orientations. It's terrifying. It's medieval - a beheading! I'd take up arms against someone who was telling me I had to believe in what they believed or they would kill me. I would fight them. I would fight them to the death. "And, I believe, the older you get, you have to have an idea of what's right or wrong. You can't have unilateral tolerance. You have to have a point where you go, 'Well, religious fundamentalism is wrong'." And when it comes to Hollywood, Cumberbatch, while acknowledging human and gay rights movements have made huge progress over the years, insists there's still work to be done, because actors 'coming out' is still a controversial issue. He explains, "I think if you're going to sell yourself as a leading man in Hollywood to say 'I'm gay', sadly, is still a huge obstacle. We all know actors who are gay who don't want to talk about it or bring it up, or who deny it. I don't really know what they do to deal with it."
Kevin Bacon has returned to his Footloose roots to dance in a video for a new social media campaign aimed at Ebola awareness.
The actor has shared a video of himself dancing to Deniece Williams' hit single "Let's Hear It for the Boys", which featured in his 1984 musical movie, in support of the #ShakeOffEbola drive. He was nominated for the challenge by his X-Men: First Class co-star, Edi Gathegi, and his The Following castmate Sam Underwood. In the video, which was posted on the social media, Bacon says, "So my buddy Edi Gathegi called me out for the Shake Off Ebola dance challenge and I made a donation but I'll do a little dance anyway just for the hell of it and I'm calling out Sam Underwood from The Following because I know you got the moves and I'm sorry you missed the dance party."
Underwood took on the challenge and performed a professional-looking tap routine with four female backing dancers. The drive is part of the End Ebola Now campaign, which is working to stop the spread of the deadly disease following more than 4,000 deaths in West Africa since the outbreak began earlier this year (14). A statement posted on the End Ebola Now website reads, "In efforts to support the amazing organisations on the ground in Sierra Leone who are battling the Ebola outbreak, the End Ebola Now team presents our new challenge campaign, #ShakeEbolaOff. Step up to the challenge to raise funds and awareness for Emergency USA, an organisation that provides top-of-the-line free health care to war-torn and poverty-stricken areas around the world." The craze comes in the wake of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which involved pouring icy water over the participant's head. The scheme raised $98 million (£61 million) for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association in just one month.
Actor Seth Rogen turned on the TV executive who cancelled his cult TV series Freaks And Geeks after coming face to face with him at the weekend (11Oct14).
The U.S. show, which launched the careers of Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini and Busy Philipps, was taken off the air 14 years ago, but Rogen still holds a grudge against Garth Ancier, the NBC boss who shut down the series. And on Saturday, he got the chance to vent his frustration. Rogen took to Twitter on Sunday (12Oct14) and wrote:
"Last night I was in a room with the dude who cancelled Freaks and Geeks. And yes, I did totally call him out on it." And during an interview with the Huffington Post on Tuesday (14Oct14), Rogen detailed the meeting and added, "I was at Saturday Night Live watching backstage... and I overheard someone say the name of the guy who cancelled Freaks and Geeks. I know his name, obviously, because we've talked about how stupid he was for the last 15 years." When asked if he received an apology from the executive, Rogen replied, "No. He was like, 'You know, I kept telling (show creator) Judd (Apatow), give them a victory, give them a victory', and I was like, 'The whole show was about how, in high school, you always lose all the time and that's it!' He went to a private school and was very rich as a child.'" Ancier gave his side of the story on his Facebook page shortly after catching up with Rogen, and wrote, "In the writers room at SNL tonight, still taking some mild abuse for cancelling Freaks and Geeks 14 years ago... once again, Judd Apatow and cast, sorry!"
After Rogen went public with their confrontation, Ancier added, "I absolutely hated canceling this particular show. It was clear from the very beginning that Freaks and Geeks had great writing from Judd and Paul Feig, and a tremendous cast. This was an awful decision that has haunted me forever. "For what it is worth, I have watched all of the episodes over and over again on Netflix, and asked myself what I could have done better to save it. "To be honest, I thought we had a nice conversation that evening. I have a strong feeling that the tweet was on behalf of Freaks and Geeks fans. After all, he and his co-stars (James Franco, etc.) have all become movie stars, and had the show continued..."