TAYLOR SWIFT hasn’t announced dates for her upcoming ‘Reputation’ tour yet . . . but when she does, you can bet that tickets will be VERY hard to get.
She’s willing to push YOU toward the front of the line . . . but only if you buy some of her expensive merchandise, like a $60 SNAKE RING.
It’s a new program called ‘Taylor Swift Tix‘ that she’s doing with Ticketmaster. Basically, you can get points by PROVING how big of a fan you are by watching her videos, sharing her photos on social media, and most importantly, buying stuff. You get varying amounts of points for doing these things, and the fans who accumulate the most points will get priority when her tickets become available. Taylor and Ticketmaster argue that the system is intended to ensure that REAL FANS are getting the tickets, and they aren’t being hoarded by scalpers and bots.
But naturally, she’s getting a LOT of backlash, because she’s giving priority to her richest fans, who can afford merch ON TOP OF the ticket prices. And it’s also a way for her to get a bunch of fans to do marketing and social media publicity on her behalf for FREE
TAYLOR SWIFT released her new song “Look What You Made Me Do” on Thursday night, and the world went DOG NUTS over it. On its first day, it was streamed more than 8 million times on Spotify, and got 19 million views on YouTube. Those are both records. “Billboard”says it could sell 500,000 copies in its first week, which would be the biggest sales week for a track since ADELE’s “Hello” in 2015. Meanwhile, the video debuted last night on the “VMAs”. It ends with several versions of Taylor from different points in her career sniping at each other. One Taylor tells another Taylor to stop making her “surprise face” because it’s annoying . . . and another Taylor gets berated for, quote, “playing the victim again.”
I guess some people were intelligent enough to pay attention to the warnings not to look at the eclipse without eye protection. Unfortunately that’s where the intelligence ends . . .
Because apparently, after the eclipse, some emergency rooms had to treat people who put SUNSCREEN on their EYEBALLS.
The odds are they won’t wind up with permanent damage from the sunscreen . . . but if they felt like it made it okay to look directly at the eclipse, then they COULD be in trouble.
TAYLOR SWIFT released the details on her next album, and the cover photo features her supposed “overhauled new image.” It seems like the look she’s going for is . . . SOPHISTICATED PUNK. (???)
The album is called “Reputation”, and it’ll be out on November 10th. The cover image is black and white, and ‘Reputation’ is written in an Old English-style font . . . like a hardcore punk album from back in the day.
It features an image of Taylor with her hair slicked back and her old tattered shirt, she looks like some kind of ’80s noir femme fatale. There’s also a bunch of newspaper articles in the design, but they all just say her name over and over again. That also kind of fits into the punk vibe.
It sure seems like Taylor is going to be tackling some celebrity gossip issues . . . and it’s possible that she’s zeroing in on the fall-out from her feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, because some people think the “Reputation” font is a reference to the one Kanye used in connection with his last album.
Taylor also confirmed that the first single will be out sometime TONIGHT.
I think we can all guess what kind of person you are if you order plain vanilla ice cream in a cup. But beyond that, I’ve never really thought about ice cream as a complex psychological window into the mind.
Well . . . someone did. Baskin-Robbins just hired a “behavioral food expert” to analyze what people’s ice cream preferences say about their personalities. And here’s what they found . . .
- People who eat ice cream cones are IDEALISTS. People who get their ice cream in a bowl and cup are more rational.
- People who like sundaes are open, passionate, and motivated.
- Optimists are most likely to order cookies and cream or chocolate chip cookie dough. Realists are more likely to get chocolate.
- People who eat ice cream out of the carton are resourceful, dependent, and introverted.
- And people who like milkshakes are fearless, impulsive, and young at heart.
A website that specializes in posting hacked celebrity nudes hit the jackpot yesterday . . . posting compromising photos of TIGER WOODS, LINDSEY VONN, KATHARINE MCPHEE, KRISTEN STEWART, and MILEY CYRUS.
In the case of Tiger and Lindsey, sources say it was Lindsey’s phone that was hacked . . . and there’s a full-frontal shot of Tiger that he sent her when they were dating.
In addition to pictures of Lindsey, there’s also video of her in the tub, enjoying her shower massager.
As for the Miley pics, let’s just say her new, cleaned-up image is going to take a bit of a hit.
Both Tiger and Katharine have reportedly sent letters to the website, demanding that they take the photos down. And Lindsey called this, quote, “an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy.”
But this particular site is constantly posting these kinds of pics, and somehow, it seems that they keep getting away with it. And even though this is stolen material, and shouldn’t be looked at, it just needs to be said: Tiger Woods has a lot to be proud of.
Legendary comedian JERRY LEWIS died of natural causes yesterday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91. According to a CNN report, he’d been “slightly ill,” and had spent some time in the hospital. But he’d recently been released, and was making plans for future appearances.
Jerry was famous for his slapstick style of humor . . . and his career launched in 1946 when he and DEAN MARTIN formed the comedy duo Martin and Lewis.
They started out in nightclubs, but eventually did a little of EVERYTHING . . . including radio, TV, over a dozen movies, and a DC comic series, all within about 10 years. But they had a falling out in 1956 that lasted 20 years.
Jerry then launched a big-time solo career, which included the original “Nutty Professor”, “The Bellboy”, “Cinderfella”, “The Patsy”, and “The Disorderly Orderly”. He didn’t do many movies later in his career. One of his last notable roles was the 1982 Martin Scorsese movie “The King of Comedy”.
He was probably just as well-known for hosting the annual telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He did telethons for them from 1952 to 1959, and then hosted one EVERY Labor Day weekend from 1966 to 2010.
Over the years, he raised over $2.6 BILLION for MDA . . . but in 2011, he was pushed out, and no longer did the telethons or was associated with the organization. And the telethon was discontinued in 2015.
It’s unclear exactly what went down between Jerry and the MDA, but they apparently made up, because he filmed a video statement for their website last year. The MDA says Jerry “retired,” but it was clearly a forced split.
Jerry also made up with Dean on one of those telethons. Frank Sinatra surprised him by bringing Dean out onstage, and they basically made up right then and there, after not talking for two decades.
Jerry has TWO stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for TV and another for film . . . and in 2009, he got a humanitarian award at the Oscars.
The most controversial part of Jerry’s career was his 1972 NAZI CLOWN movie, “The Day the Clown Cried”. It’s never seen the light of day, but there are some clips online.
It was about a failed circus clown who’s hired to entertain and distract children as they are led into a Nazi gas chamber during the Holocaust. Jerry was so embarrassed about how it came out, he has vowed that no one will ever see it.
(Here are some random scenes from “The Nutty Professor”, here’s a video with Martin and Lewis clips, here’s them doing “That’s Amore“, here’s video of Sinatra reuniting Jerry and Dean, and here’s a clip from his final stand-up performance from earlier this year.)
PARIS HILTON apologized yesterday for some comments she made in the new issue of “Marie Claire”magazine.
In the article, she said she wasn’t bothered by PRESIDENT TRUMP’s “Grab ’em by the you-know-what” comment, because, quote, “I’ve heard guys say the craziest things ever, because I’m always around guys, and I listen to them speak.”
She also said she doesn’t believe the women accusing Trump of sexual assault, saying she thinks they’re, quote, “just trying to get attention and fame.”
After the Internet went DOG NUTS on her, she issued a statement saying, quote, “I want to apologize for my comments from an interview I did last year. They were part of a much larger story and I am regretful that they were not delivered in the way I had intended.”
“I always believe in helping women have their voices heard and helping create an environment where women feel empowered and believe in themselves.”
(You can read the whole thing here.)
EMMA STONE tops the annual “Forbes” list of ‘The Highest Paid Actresses in World.’ She raked in $26 million over the past 12 months. JENNIFER LAWRENCE was #1 the past two years . . . but she slipped to third this year.
Here’s the Top 10:
- Emma Stone, $26 million
- Jennifer Aniston, $25.5 million
- Jennifer Lawrence, $24 million
- Melissa McCarthy, $18 million
- Mila Kunis, $15.5 million
- A tie between Emma Watson and Charlize Theron, both with $14 million
- A tie between Cate Blanchett and Julia Roberts, both with $12 million
- Amy Adams, $11.5 million
Overall, the Top 10 actresses made $172.5 million over the past 12 months, which is down 16% from $205 million last year.
JUDGE JUDY came up with a pretty fascinating experiment on a recent episode of her show.
The case involved two people who were both claiming to be the rightful owner of a dog named ‘Baby Boy.’
The woman who had Baby Boy insisted that she LEGALLY bought the dog off someone on the street. Then there was also a guy who claimed that he was Baby Boy’s owner before that, and that someone had stolen him.
So, Judge Judy let Baby Boy decide who his true owner was.
She let him loose in the courtroom . . . and right away, he ran over to the original owner’s feet, jumped on his leg, and wagged his tail. She gave him the dog.