Taylor Swift seems to be in a dating rut. The country-pop superstar has largely been hanging out with pals like Lorde and Karlie Kloss over the last year, leaving the relationship drama to friends (or former friends) like Ed Sheeran and Selena Gomez. There have been rumors that she was dating Zach Braff or Divergent's Theo James, but both turned out to be false. While it's probably good that Swift is spending some time without a male companion and getting to know herself better — she's still young after all — we're jonesing for the days when her dating habits were fodder for tabloids and the basis for her songs. Since we don't have anything new to talk about, we've decided to look backwards. Swift has had plenty of boyfriends over the years, but who's your favorite?
When the Jonas Brothers were first a thing and Swift was bursting onto the scene, there was a tour bus romance. While he has taken a couple of veiled shots at Swift for her habit of taking out her relationship pains out in her songs, instead of throwing her under the bus the way that he did with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, he's largely been complimentary of his ex.
The duo had a brief fling while filming Valentine's Day, where they played a cute jock-cheerleader couple. The face of Twilight's Team Jacob is now dating The 100 star Marie Avgeropoulos, but for a brief time the Taylor-Taylor combo was adorable.
It was the coupling that was so crazy that it made sense. Mayer is 12 years older and came in with his own set of dating issues… he's the (far) less innocent male version of Swift. As with all of either singer's past relationships, the pairing was fairly brief but they both at least came away with great fodder for new lyrics.
The grandson of Robert F. Kennedy enjoyed some summer loving from Swift when he was 18 and she was 23. Like all great summer flings, it ended with the start of the school year.
Swift's other dalliance with an older man — Gyllenhaal is nine years her senior — led to exceedingly sweet paparazzi photos of the two enjoying morning walks around New York. They were together enough that she reportedly scored an introduction to Jake's epically cool sister Maggie Gyllenhaal. That alone would make the whole thing worth it to us.
Then there was Swift's other younger gentleman, the One Direction cutie. The two dated for a few months into the early part of 2013, until they broke up after a fight while taking a Caribbean holiday. While they've reportedly been polite to each other while making the party rounds, it seems that Styles might irritate Swift more than the other exes. Some were shocked when Swift appeared to mouth "Shut the f**k up" in reference to Styles talking to reporters at the 2013 MTV VMAs.
All of Swift's ex-boyfriends have a certain amount of appeal — otherwise she probably wouldn’t have dated them — but the two that stand out above the rest are the "bad boy" John Mayer and the "boy toy" Harry Styles. Vote below to tell us which ex, Mayer or Styles, you think Swift will most regret never, ever getting back together with.
Actor/rapper and TV personality Nick Cannon endured a little awkward encounter with his former fiancee Selita Ebanks recently when they were seated next to each other on a U.S. talk show. The one-time couple appeared on Thursday's (14Nov13) pre-taped episode of Katie as part of an ensemble interview with the cast of comedy reality show Real Husbands of Hollywood, and Cannon and model/actress Ebanks found themselves sitting side by side for the chat.
Co-stars Nelly and Boris Kodjoe noticed the awkward seating arrangement and began laughing as Ebanks made the first move and greeted Cannon, saying, "Hi, how are you?"
Addressing the "elephant in the room", Cannon smoothed over the situation and explained to the studio audience, "So we'll just clear this all up. We used to be engaged, so it's not an awkward moment. They're laughing that we're sitting next to each other."
Cannon, who is now married to superstar Mariah Carey, then put his arm around Ebanks and gave her a hug, before adding, "But we're cool. We're friends."
The America's Got Talent host split from former Victoria's Secret stunner Ebanks in October, 2007, seven months before he wed Carey in the Caribbean.
They both star on funnyman Kevin Hart's Real Husbands of Hollywood, but rarely share scenes together.
Johnny Depp once helped One Direction get into a wild Hollywood party because they were too young to go out clubbing in the U.S. The Hollywood actor invited the Best Song Ever hitmakers to his home in Los Angeles to meet his daughter Lily-Rose, who is a huge fan of the boy band.
Singer Louis Tomlinson admits the visit was "a bit awkward" at first, but the Brits eventually relaxed and enjoyed a tour of Depp's mansion.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "We didn't perform, we just hung out. We were round there for a good two or three hours - he's a top bloke. The first 20 minutes were a bit awkward but then it was fine. We didn't talk much about work, just how we were finding it all. His house is so cool though, as you can imagine."
To thank the boys for coming over, the Pirates of the Caribbean star arranged for them to attend a boozy bash thrown by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez - and Tomlinson insists it was a memorable night.
The pop star recalls, "We were asking where we could go - not being legal to drink (in the U.S.) - so Johnny sorted it. He couldn't go but said it was fine for us to and I'm pretty sure it was Sin City director Robert Rodriguez's bash. It was a crazy party - really full-on, so Hollywood, like in the movies."
Disney's $225 million blockbuster The Lone Ranger may have tanked on its opening weekend, but there's no denying it was quite visually beautiful. Before the film's July release, Hollywood.com spoke with one of the masterminds who brought the movie's look to life: costume designer Penny Rose. Rose has made a name for herself in the wardrobe world with her work on films like The Parent Trap, Evita, and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Here's what she had to say about the new Western:
What were your influences in creating the wardrobe for this film? I tried to do it authentically: 1850, mid-America. I might have exaggerated a bit, i.e. Helena Bonham Carter's character, but I would say I've done it authentically.
How was designing for such an iconic character?I just started from scratch to be honest. When they cast Armie Hammer, that tells me a lot because he's a handsome young man, six foot six. I hope we have created the 2013 iconic Lone Ranger, because he's different. He doesn't bare any resemblance to the original television version. Even our mask is a new and improved mask in every way. The two things are like like chalk and cheese.
What was the process of designing the mask?Joel Harlow, the makeup designer, has to take all the credit for the mask. Instead of using a kind of joke shop Halloween mask, we have a mask that's molded to his face. There was obviously a lot of discussion about a long action movie with an actor whose face you hardly ever see, so it was a complex and involved process because we wanted it to be sexy and attractive.
How was working with Johnny Depp again?It's always a great pleasure.
There was a little bit of controversy over the casting of Johnny Depp as a Native American. Did that affect the way you chose to dress his character? First of all, he does have Native American blood, and secondly, he was adopted by the tribe during filming. I have to say, during the whole year we worked on the movie, I never heard a whisper of it, so I'm surprised it's reared its head now. I don't think any controversy is legitimate. He's an actor playing a part, so that would like be like saying Sir Ben Kingsley can't play Gandhi because he's not an Indian. I mean an Indian from India, not a Native American Indian.
Were you involved very much in the makeup design?We worked together, but I have to say he does deserve all the credit because Joel Harlow is a genius. You may quote me.
How long did it take to transform Johnny Depp into Tonto? Some days an hour, some days a bit longer. If he was working consecutive days, I don't think they took it all off, so the next day they kind of had to go over it rather than start from the beginning.
Was there a lot of work in choosing the cowboy hat design? Yes, but based on logistics rather than anything else, because the set of rules in front of us were: handsome man, in a mask, with a hat. So if you take those three environments we had to work with, the hat couldn't be too wide. It couldn't be too tall because of his height. I didn't want the hat to wear him — I wanted him to wear the hat, so we tried on maybe 20. And we ended up with this hat from Stetson because the color was right, the fabric was right, they were really helpful in getting the shape right, and it worked with the mask.
Were there any other logistical problems, shooting in the desert for example?Well, there's always a logistical problem about keeping the actors cool. Clearly, in 1850 people didn't have summer wear and winter wear, so when you see the Lone Ranger, he kind of needs to have his jacket on. He doesn't look as powerful and interesting in shirt sleeves. So then I made an effort to make the jacket really, really lightweight. With Tonto, it's slightly the reverse because at one point when we were shooting it was below two, which meant that he was bare chested in very cold conditions. It's really the climatical difficulties, that I want the actors to be comfortable.
Were there a lot of extras to outfit for this movie? Yes, I don't know the grand total but maybe a couple of thousand. We had between four and five hundred on a third of the days.
This new version of the Lone Ranger seems a little less colorful than the original? Is that a decision that went into the costuming as well?We took the position that we wanted to make our own Lone Ranger, so I didn't decide that I wanted to make it not colorful — it just turned out that it was simpler because it looked more elegant.
The original Lone Ranger wears a bright red scarf, for example.Well, Armie wears a red scarf but it's more wine-colored than bright red, and that was nothing to do with the two things, it's just the way it worked.
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Johnny Depp marked his recent 50th birthday with a low-key dinner with his children because he feels celebrating big milestones is like "clinging to vanity". The Pirates of the Caribbean star reached the big 5-0 on 9 June (13), but instead of a party he opted to dine out with his 14-year-old daughter Lily-Rose and son Jack, 11.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "We kept it simple and we just went to dinner. I find the whole idea of celebrating one's birthday is like clinging to vanity in a way, which is something I'd rather not cling to.
"It's one of those things. It's another decade... Cool. I didn't suddenly wake up and go, 'God, my back is killing me!'"
Lily-Rose and Jack are Depp's children with former partner Vanessa Paradis, who he split from last year (12).
Johnny Depp has opened up about his split from former partner Vanessa Paradis, insisting the two stars are trying to "make the best of it" for the sake of their kids. The couple ended its 14-year relationship last summer (12), and the actor has now moved on with actress Amber Heard.
Speaking about the break-up for the first time in a new Rolling Stone interview, the Pirates of the Caribbean star says, "The last couple years have been a bit bumpy. At times, certainly unpleasant, but that's the nature of break-ups, I guess, especially when there are kiddies involved.
"Relationships are very difficult, especially in the racket that I'm in because you're constantly away or they're away and so it's hard. It wasn't easy on her. It wasn't easy on me. It wasn't easy on the kids.
"The trajectory of that relationship - you play it out until it goes, one thing leads to another. So, for whatever reason that ceases, it doesn't stop the fact that you care for that person, and they're the mother of your kids, and you'll always know each other, and you're always gonna be in each other's lives because of those kids. You might as well make the best of it."
However, he made it a priority to make sure his two children were OK through the break-up of their parents, stating, "They've been incredibly understanding, incredibly strong throughout the whole ordeal... Kiddies come first. You can't shield them, because then you'd be lying. So you can at least be honest with your kids, and you say the absolute truth to your child - that was very important to not pussyfoot around."
And he admits his new-found sobriety helped him with that: "I definitely wasn't going to rely on the drink to ease things or cushion the blow or cushion the situation, 'cause that could have been fatal. I felt it was my duty to be real clear throughout that. I had something pretty serious to focus on, really, which was making sure that my kids were gonna be cool.
"(I had to) bite the bullet and deal with real life, deal with clarity."
Mick Jagger is planning to make the most of the Glastonbury Festival next month (Jun13) by camping out following the Rolling Stones' debut there. The rocker has revealed he'll be soaking up the atmosphere at the tent city long after he leaves the stage - he's hoping to stage a family picnic and have a "good time".
He tells Q magazine, "I've got nothing else to do on Glasto weekend, and I want to spend some time with my family and have a good time as well."
His daughter Jade is planning to set up "yurts" at the festival and Jagger is hoping to do a little exploring: "I don't need them to show me the cool places to go. I'm sure I can find some places of my own that are much cooler."
The rocker insists he's not a stranger to camping and he has often set up a tent "on the beach with my kids in the Caribbean," adding, "It's just the same as Brighton - there's just less chance of bad weather."
He adds, "We went camping all the time when I was a kid. Camping in France was our family holiday and we brought baked beans with us, as we didn't trust that fancy foreign food. We were so totally English."
Before Armie Hammer remakes one classic television show with a movie star (The Social Network actor will play opposite Tom Cruise in a big screen adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) he's first got to debut his other remake of a classic television show with a movie star: this summer's The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp.
On Wednesday, Hammer helped introduce the 20 minutes of footage from the Disney flick (he was not lone, however, as he was accompanied by his co-star Ruth Wilson and producer Jerry Bruckheimer) that were seen by a lucky few at last week's CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
The footage, which — SPOILERS AHEAD, Kemosabe — takes place about 15 minutes into the action caper's running time, finds Hammer's clean cut lawyer John Reid attempting to arrest Depp's Tonto under some pretty rough and tumble circumstances: the two are on a train that is not only in the middle of a takeover by a gang of outlaws, but the train just happens to be speeding down unfinished railroad tracks.
With John and Tonto (with Depp the full-on Native American garb, the overall look including his bird headdress, and makeup he came up with for his take on the character) quite literally attached to one another by a chain, the two must thwart off the evil Butch Cavendish's (William Fichtner) goons while on top of the speeding locomotive. In one instance, Depp's Tonto kicks a baddie through one of the train's windows, only to have him fall out of the other side of the train completely. (Yes, if you were wondering, the action and dialogue looks and sounds exactly like what you'd expect out of a blockbuster set for July 4th weekend).
After the train inevitably crashes and Tonto and John miraculously survive — despite the locomotive stopping within an inch of their lives — the bumbling John takes the cool and collected Tonto into custody. Along the way, we also meet John's heroic Texas Ranger brother Dan (James Badge Dale), who gives his little sib a hard time for his courtroom demeanor and his nearly-botched arrest attempt on the runaway train.
Back in town, Dan — who seems to have all the luck (as well as the hand of John's former love Rebecca, played by Wilson, despite the fact that the two still have eyes for each other) — enlists his brother to ride along with him and his group of rangers to find and stop Cavendish. Dan gives his brother their late father's badge, making him an honorary deputy. Meanwhile, Dan and Rebecca's young son sees Tonto in his jail cell, where he is chanting and making motions that create a bird-like shadow, scaring the boy off.
When Dan and John ride off into the desert on their justice mission, in the midst of their brotherly ribbing (Dan makes fun of the size of John's crisp white cowboy hat) they come across a lone white horse standing on a mountain, which Dan explains is a spirit horse that can take you to the other side.
Cut to: John... presumably on the other side. Well, next we see him he's high above a shaky looking wooden structure on an even taller mountain. John, dressed in entirely new clothes (though, his shoes are missing) and with paint on his face, almost steps off the tall structure. He somehow makes his way down (though in the footage we watched, it's uncertain exactly how he gets there) and comes across Tonto talking to the same white horse he saw before.
John soon learns that he is the only survivor of an ambush that killed his brothers and the fellow rangers. Tonto explains to John that he went to the "other side." Tonto was sent a sign that he was to join John on his journey. Later that night, as the two sit by campfire (joined by some ravenous, terrifying CGI jack rabbits), Tonto explains that he is on his own mission to thwart the ploys of Cavendish, a mission that John ruined by arresting Tonto on the train.
When John discovers that one of the rangers betrayed the group, ultimately causing the death of his brother, he vows revenge. But Tonto explains that John was supposed to die, so he must ride with him on his mission in disguise (donning his famous black mask which covers his eyes). He tells his new friend "Kemosabe" that together, they can find justice.
In these 20 minutes alone, it's fairly apparent that when it comes to Disney's take on The Lone Ranger, what you see is what you get: a big, rollicking adventure peppered in with humor (Depp delivers zingy one-liners like "Bird angry" and "Horse is stupid" in the Native American voice inflection as we've heard it for years on the big screen), eye candy (Depp and Hammer, who both look and feel their parts), a predictable romance (with Dan out of the picture, it's a safe bet John and Rebecca will reunite) and more action, loud noises, and sweeping shots of the vast landscape than you can shake a stick at.
Think Cowboys and Aliens, but with Indians instead of aliens... or the Pirates of the Caribbean getting shipwrecked in the middle of the wild west.
Bruckheimer, who has seen the first four Pirates films take in over $1.2 billion at the U.S. box office alone, has no problem drawing the comparison to the two. The producer told Hollywood.com at the footage screening, "Everybody says, 'Oh, it's a Western, nobody's gonna go see it', but Pirates was a good story and it transcended pirate movies. [The Lone Ranger] transcends Westerns."
We'll see the rest of what Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger has to offer when it rides into theaters on July 3.
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Happy October 19th! That's right, today in our hearts and minds, it is finally the day we've all been waiting for: the return of Community! Sure, the calendar might say it's actually February 7th, but we're all in the right state of mind: gleeful over the return Greendale's finest to the small screen. Many hearts were broken and set adrift when sister-in-fan-favoritism 30 Rock worked its final night cheese nary a week ago. But faith in the almighty peacock was temporarily restored when we remembered that Britta, Annie, Troy, Abed, Shirley, Jeff, Dean Pelton, and yes, even Pierce would soon be entering the study group's senior year.
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Lucky for everyone out there (including your fair author), we got a chance to sit down with Joel McHale, Jim Rash, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Gillian Jacobs to get the [ice cream] scoop on what to expect tonight. And yes, ice cream plays a part in it. "The class we don’t get into is so epic," Brown said. "It’s probably my favorite joke class that we’ve had on Community."
Brown is, of course, speaking about the History of Ice Cream, a class our Greendale Seven hoped would involve "just eat[ing] ice cream," Jacobs explained. Which certainly sounds like a potential GCC offering. But all isn't as easy-breezy as it seems, because "Jeff is trying to graduate early — the little snake," joked Brie. Apparently, our favorite students don't take it quite so well. (Would you?!) "The study group is dealing with their feelings about [graduation], [at the same time that they] don’t get into a class that we really wanted," Brie added.
But once Jeff's motives to take the class are revealed — so that they can all take one final class together, and that he can finish up his history credits and actually graduate early — the group is less than keen on the cream. "So it's like Jeff [is] trying to get into that class, and the rest of the study group [is] not really caring so much," Brie said.
And that's because senior year might not be everyone's idea of a good thing — an anxiety that seems to mirror the fear fans have over this season being the show's last. And it's those very same fans and their "very vocal" (according to McHale) opinions that Brown feels have been missing from filming this go-around. "The only thing that’s missing — because we’re not airing [during filming] — is that third part of our little group, which is the audience telling us what they think," she said.
This is a deviation from the norm, because in past seasons they were used to the "audience going ‘yay!’ or ‘boo!’ and we [could] course correct. We found out in the middle of last season that it’s hard when you don’t have the fans' opinions." Brown explained that she used to "go right on Twitter and look at the hashtags to see what they were saying" and that without that it "feels different."
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But the cast's fan heartbreak seemed to be the only thing that felt different for Season 4 — even with the loss of showrunner Dan Harmon. "It doesn’t really feel that different, and that is not to diminish Dan Harmon’s heart and soul over this show," explained Brown. "We of course feel the loss of Dan. But as far as our day-to-day life ... it feels the same."
McHale echoed her sentiment. "Our crew was always together, forever, so in that sense it didn’t change much at all. In that sense it was exactly the same." But not so fast! "The catering’s changed." Oh, now you tell us, McHale! This changes everything! Is Shirley running the catering now? We know she's a business woman!
The Oscar-winning scribe Rash, who wrote his first episode for the series this season (the finale episode, for those who like to think ahead), chalks it up to the strong feelings everyone working on Community feels. "We’re all personally attached to this, and we’re all taking care of it together, you know?" he said. "It’s been a very open dialogue about ‘would you say this? Would your character sound like this?' There’s always going to be slight growing pains with any kind of change, but I feel like we all came in and were like, ‘we’re here to protect what we were blessed to be given’ and that’s just been the goal. From [episode] 401 to [the finale]."
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The cast also spoke about some of the upcoming episodes' bigger moments — including an arrogant ancient history professor in Malcolm McDowell, an Inspector Spacetime superfan in Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer, and a rival for Troy in Matt Lucas' Toby — with excitement and glee. McHale said that having Helfer in the episode was akin to "having Johnny Depp at the Pirates of the Caribbean Con." Fandoms collide! So many fandoms. Everyone collectively "loved Matt Lucas!" and hinted that we will first see his character Toby during the big convention.
And true to form, cosplay was, well, at play. "They hired background actors that had their own costumes … people that did their own cosplay," Brown said. She recounted a particularly terrifying-sounding costume that gave her pause. "There was one guy I wouldn’t look in the eye because I don’t know if he was a droid or a demon or what," she said. "He had completely black [and] ice blue eyes, and a tail. I was like 'Hey...hey...God Bless.' They were scary… but they were at home making their own make-up and coming in like that. It was so cool." Needless to say, keep your eyes peeled for that monster.
Scarier still? The darkest timeline, of course! And what does it have in store for Season 4? "You know, I think some of that stuff does surface," Brie explained, vaguely. "Because Abed — in his mind — opened up the darkest timeline, it just still tinkers around in there. So there’s little winks at it now and again. You may see it, a little bit more ... and a bit more later." At this point, the actress began laughing semi-maniacally.
And perhaps the cherry on top of this ice cream sundae (oof, sorry to rub it in, guys)? We got to see a real teaching moment between Rash and McHale. When speaking about fans and the over-the-top things they do, Rash quipped, "I gave my sperm to one fan … is that weird? She just asked so nicely!" To which McHale instructed, horrified, "Never do that!"
Community returns (at last!) Thursday, Oct. 19, er, Feb. 7th, at 8PM on NBC. Will you be tuning in? Let us know in the comments!
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During a visit to Jamaica, Prince Harry squared off in a race against world-record-holding sprinter Usain Bolt -- and he cheated!
New photos (below) show Harry -- in the Caribbean as part of a tour in honor of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee -- as he gets off to a false start and wisely keeps on running, and later doing the "Lightning Bolt" pose with the Olympic champ.
PUMA athlete Bolt called for a rematch and said: "He cheated. I said we would have a rematch in London 2012 and Harry said, 'I'm busy.' ... He's cool, very down to earth. When you meet dignitaries you think it will be difficult, but he just wanted to laugh -- it was an honor and a pleasure to meet him. I'm still the fastest man in the world, so he has a long way to go."