This cover image released by Big Machine shows art for her upcoming album, "reputation," expected Nov. 10.
Yes, Taylor Swift fans, Wednesday was a lucky one for you.
The pop star who whipped her army of Swifties into a frenzy with video snippets of slithery snake parts on social media posted the title of her new album, reputation, and announced on Instagram it will be out Nov. 10.
The first single, she said in a series of posts, will drop Thursday night. And she threw in the album's cover art for good measure: a black-and-white photo of herself — head and shoulders in slouchy sweatshirt — against a backdrop of newsprint reading, simply, "Taylor Swift" over and over again.
Swift, who is followed by millions on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, wiped her feeds clean Friday and replaced the void Monday with the first of three reptilian videos, each offering just a tad more of a snake, from tail to squirmy middle and finally its beady red-eyes and ominous fangs lunging briefly at the camera.
The teasers put fans on high alert, and the snake imagery evoked snake emojis used against her in various social media dis-fests last year, including one with Kim Kardashian West after West claimed Swift new about hubby Kanye's reference to Swift in his song Famous. …
Stephen King will appear on Oct. 6 in Sarasota with his son.
Sleeping Beauties, the new novel co-written by horror master Stephen King and his son Owen King, comes out Sept. 26, and the authors are hitting the book tour route.
The good news is that one of their stops will be in Sarasota, on Oct. 6. The bad news is that getting a ticket requires following more instructions than building an Ikea bookcase big enough to hold all of the elder King's books.
The Kings will speak and take questions from the audience at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. But to have any chance of getting one of the 400 seats at the event, you'll need to be ready to email a reservation request this Friday morning.
Starting at 8 a.m.on Aug. 25 (and not a minute before then), the Barnes & Noble in Sarasota will begin acepting reservation requests. Send your email to CRM2737@bn.com, with "King Event Reservation Request" in the subject line and your full name and phone number in the body of the email. A separate email is required for each admission wristband. Each wristband will admit one adult and one minor. No phone calls for reservations will be accepted. …
Today's total solar eclipse is, of course, a social media event as much as it is a natural phenomenon. Twitter even rolled out an #eclipse hashtag that automatically adds an eclipse emoji.
And, of course, where there's Twitter, there's weird humor. I went on there myself to share an eclipse joke about Eclipse gum, Mitsubishi Eclipses and Twilight: Eclipse, and I thought it was pretty funny, too.
Then I discovered how unoriginal I was.
ME: Chewing Eclipse, streaming Total Eclipse of the Heart + reading Twilight: Eclipse while browsing Craigslist for used Mitsubishi Eclipses
Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) and Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) in Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 6.
In the battle between the living and the dead, you win or you get the dragon queen to come rescue you.
This week's episode of Game of Thrones played out only in the North, with Jon Snow's almost failed attempt at bringing back an undead wight as proof of the Night King while Sansa and Arya are at each other's throats about who is less loyal to House Stark.
‘Beyond the Wall' was a wild, devastating ride of a penultimate episode. Let's break it down.
Let's address the undead dragon in the room first.
Last night we lost one of Daenerys' beloved dragons, Viserion. Turns out, just like Jon and his men have dragon glass capable of killing the White Walkers, the undead Night King also has an ice spear capable of killing a dragon.
PLOT TWIST: After Daenerys and Jon's men escape the army of the undead atop Drogon, the Night King uses giant heavy chains (that he somehow has) to drag Viserion's body from its watery grave.
With just a touch of his cold, dead hand, the Night King brings Viserion back to life, making the scaly beast into a freaking ZOMBIE DRAGON.
Things are...not looking so good for the living. …
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Where to watch the solar eclipse on TV
NASA TV Coverage of the Total Solar Eclipse, noon, CSPAN: NASA TV hosts four hours of the eclipse is it crosses the U.S., the first total solar eclipse visible in any part of the country since 1979.
The Great American Eclipse, 1 p.m., ABC: Coverage from locations across the country, including Lincoln Beach, Ore., Nashville and Charleston, S.C.
Total Solar Eclipse Live, 2:30 p.m., WUSF: Features images from the South Carolina State Museum Observatory telescope and explores the impact on plants and wildlife.
The Total Solar Eclipse, 4 p.m. Weather Channel: Coverage of the first total solar eclipse seen from the U.S. in more than a generation.
NOVA: Eclipse Over America, 9 p.m., PBS: The network does a quick turnaround with a documentary with commentary from scientists and citizens witnessing the first total solar eclipse in more than a generation. Also includes the history of eclipse science and research into the solar corona.
Dirty Dancing marathon, starting at 7 a.m., Freeform: Who wouldn't want to watch Baby carry a watermelon for 12 hours? Don't worry, they're only airing the 1987 original. …
Dick Gregory in Washington, March 10, 2009. Gregory, the pioneering black satirist who transformed cool humor into a barbed force for civil rights in the 1960s, then veered from his craft for a life devoted to social causes, health regimens and conspiracy theories, died in Washington on Aug. 19, 2017. He was 84.
Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging for a little while. Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.
10 sailors missing after collision of USS John S. McCain
Search and rescue efforts are underway for 10 U.S. sailors on Monday after the USS John S. McCain, a Navy destroyer, collided with an oil tanker early Monday morning near Singapore.
This is the second time in two months that a Navy destroyer based at the 7th Fleet's home port of Yokosuka, Japan, has been involved in a collision, the Washington Post reports. Seven sailors were killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a tanker south of Japan in June.
The incident occurred near the Strait of Malacca around 5:24 a.m. local time, the 7th Fleet said in a statement. A hole was punched into the side of the McCain by the Alnic MC tanker. Several were injured, according to initial reports.
"The extent of damage and personnel injuries is being determined," the fleet said.
Satirist, activist Dick Gregory dies at 84. Comedian, writer Jerry Lewis dies at 91. …
Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones in The Defenders.
Slow burn: The Defenders
First there was Daredevil, then Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist followed. Now, the superheroes team up for The Defenders. The new Marvel series on Netflix follows the city's unlikeliest heroes as they struggle with their own personal vendettas while also trying to save New York City. Daredevil, aka Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), is fresh off giving up his vigilante life and throwing himself back into the grind of pro bono law work after the death of Elektra (Elodie Yung). Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) stumbles into an even bigger conspiracy after continuing her private investigation business. Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is trying to help a neighborhood kid get on the right track after another stint in jail. Iron Fist, aka Danny Rand (Finn Jones), comes back to NYC after he gets a whiff of a sinister plot. The four ragtag heroes come together to battle the Hand, a criminal organization referenced in Daredevil and Iron Fist. And Sigourney Weaver is the gang's elusive leader. 3 a.m. Friday, Netflix.
Spooky Day in the Parks comes to Disney World Sept. 22-24.
Foolish mortals, evil queens and hook-handed pirates finally get their own day this year at Walt Disney World.
Spooky Empire, a yearly local horror convention, hosts Spooky Day in the Parks at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.
The event, actually three days of mischief and mayhem Sept. 22 to 24, is a way for ghoulish fans to gather and celebrate their love of Disney villains and The Haunted Mansion ride.
"We're huge Disney fans, and we wanted to combine that with Spooky Empire," said Gina Mongelli, who founded Spooky Empire with her husband 14 years ago. "We wanted to do something like Dapper Day but themed around Disney villains."
Like Dapper Day, Mongelli aims to have Spooky Day be an annual gathering of dressed-up fans, but for Disney's more sinister side. Over three days, there will be a "Disney bounding" meetup at Magic Kingdom, two days of a ghostly bizarre at Coronado Springs and two screenings of the fan-made Foolish Mortals documentary about the culture around the Haunted Mansion ride. …
Leonard Nimoy had a cameo in "The Simpsons" episode "Marge vs. the Monorail," which also features an eclipse.
As Monday's in-real-life solar eclipse approaches, let's take a look back at some fictional eclipses (or in some cases, fictional depictions of actual solar eclipses) from movies and television.
Widely considered to be among the greatest Simpsons episodes from the Simpsons' greatest era, "Marge vs. the Monorail," written by a young Conan O'Brien, features a fantastic eclipse joke narrated by Leonard Nimoy.
Kevin Arnold misses his chance to see a solar eclipse because he's too busy chickening out on a plan to flsh a cherry bomb down a toilet during a field trip to the planetarium.
The best-timed solar eclipse ever saves "Jaguar Paw" from becoming the victim of a gruesome human sacrifice when a priest interprets it as a sign from the gods that they've had enough blood for today in Mel Gibson's movie about the Mayans.
The 1963 solar eclipse plays a role in Stephen King's book and this film adaptation of Dolores Claiborne, in which Kathy Bates' Dolores lures her husband into falling down a deadly hole just as the eclipse is taking place.
Baby news:Mindy Kaling is going to be a mom! The Mindy Project star confirmed her long rumored pregnancy during an interview on NBC's Today show. "I have a lot of control over a lot of aspects of my life and this is one where I'm like, 'Okay, it's out of my hands,' which is kind of a fun feeling," she said. Kaling also talked about her late mother, who Kaling said was "incredibly fierce and so devoted," adding that she hoped she could giver her child the same support her mother gave her. This will be Kaling's first child. Kaling, 38, has not revealed the identity of the father. The full Today interview airs Sept. 10.
Baby news: Country singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren Akins, welcomed their second daughter on Aug. 12 -- a girl named Ada James. "Our baby girl is here sweet Ada James Akins came into the world at 10:28 last night after almost 36 hours of labor (only Jesus got me through that-& she is sooo worth it)," Akins wrote on Instagram. The couple became pregnant while in the process of adopting their daughter, Willa Gray, from Africa. "It's funny to me how we tried so hard and then we didn't try at all and it happened," she told People. …
At the ripe age of 28, Emma Stone is now the highest paid actress in the world.
The star earned $26 million during Forbes' 12 month scoring period, mostly thanks to her role in the Oscar-winning La La Land. The movie-musical, which gave Stone a Best Actress win, earned $445.4 million at the global box office.
Before the Forbes announcement, Stone spoke out about the Hollywood pay gap.
"In my career so far, I've needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that's something they do for me because they feel it's what's right and fair. That's something that's also not discussed, necessarily-that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, "That's what's fair." If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life," she said in an interview with Out.
How did the rest of the women from the City of Stars fare? …
This mural in progress is on the side of the Smith & Associates building on Beach Drive in St. Petersburg.
Mural mania in St. Petersburg is spreading east.
While the number of urban murals in St. Pete has been quickly multiplying in the Central Arts District, Grand Central District and other areas west of downtown for years, this week brings the debut of the first large-scale mural on Beach Drive near the downtown waterfont.
Artist Derek Donnelly has incorporated banyan trees, palm trees, the bay, beer and a sea turtle into the mural on the side of the Smith & Associates Real Estate building at 330 Beach Drive NE. He said he expected to complete the mural on Thursday night.
“Much like street artists have strived to bring art to the masses, the outdoor murals throughout St. Petersburg are a way to bring art to the people," Bob Glaser, founder of Smith & Associates Real Estate said in a statement. "...the busy corridor of Beach Drive was an excellent opportunity to bring art to our local population and the tourists traveling here."
Rose Marie quickly gained thousands of followers with this plea.
Today's must-follow Twitter account belongs to a 94-year-old actress whose 90-year(!) career spans back to the days of Vaudeville, making her one of that era's last surviving stars.
Though it was probably Rose Marie's bluntly honest call for Twitter followers that scored her more than 40,000 new ones this week.
Ok kids, I'm 94 now & not sure how much longer I'll be doing this, so could you do an old broad a favor & ask your friends to follow me? xo pic.twitter.com/h4V1JPe6ja
Well kids I am just blown away. 40K new followers I can't believe it. Sure hope I can come up with some interesting tweets for you. pic.twitter.com/eSKBYYGf0K
Marie, a child star on NBC radio in the '30s, found her most famous role as writer Sally Rogers on the Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, though her career includes a role on Broadway as well as dozens of feature films and TV shows. The New York Post recently interviewed her about befriending "Uncle" Al Capone when she was working with Milton Berle at age 10 in a Chicago theater.
Her colorful life and career is the subject of a forthcoming documentary film titled Wait For Your Laugh: The Longest Career in Showbiz History. …
"This is the real world. Not everyone is, you know, runway figure or what the runway figure used to be," she said. "You have to dress real people, and real people come in different sizes: short, tall, more voluptuous, skinny. There is many of us, and so a real designer needs to know how to do that. So get with it."
For the first time, Anna Faris has spoken publicly about her unexpected split from Chris Pratt.
During her Unqualified podcast, Faris offered up some relationship advice to a caller, telling listeners to know their own worth.
"Life is too short to be in relationships where you feel this isn't fully right or somebody doesn't have your back, or somebody doesn't fully value you," she said. "Don't be afraid to feel your independence if things aren't right."
"I made that mistake, I think, a little bit, like ‘I'm checking my relationship off the list' and if that would be the final piece of advice I could give you, that would be know your worth, know your independence," she said.
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