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The Secret Life of Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift has been leading a secret life this year. She has all but disappeared from public view since her pre-Super Bowl Concert in February. In fact, USA Today reported February 5 that the mega superstar said as much to the 9,000-person crowd in Houston that they were attending her only scheduled performances in 2017.

“As far as I know I’m only doing one show in 2017, and as far as I know, this is that show. By coming to this show tonight, you are attending 100% of this year’s tour dates,” Swift said.

But it’s more than that. The star seems to be living completely under the radar. The Washington Post stated it best in a report filed today.

Afterward [her February concert], her radio silence was immediate. No red carpets, no strolls down the streets of New York, no paparazzi photo shoots while leaving the gym. There was even a social media blackout, save for two Instagram posts to plug new singles from her friends Lorde and the band Haim. Swift was far off the grid, unusual for a superstar usually so thoroughly present in the public consciousness.

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Jimmy Kimmel Gets A Do-Over as Host of the 2018 Oscars

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Jimmy Kimmel will be returning as host for the 2018 Oscars scheduled March 4 on ABC. This will be his second Oscars as host, and what a surprise, considering what happened in 2017. Even Kimmel predicted that it would be his last time hosting when he said, “This is my first time at the Oscars and the way you people go through hosts, it’s probably my last.” Not true Jimmy. You’re in! In spite of hosting what turned out to be the craziest Oscars night ever! Perhaps it was how he handled the night that made him a favorite for 2018.

Let’s recap 2017 for fun, shall we?

His opening joke toward Justin Timberlake wasn’t the funniest, but he got better. Especially in his monologue during which he gave a nod to two of the best picture nominees saying, “What a great year for movies. Black people saved NASA and white people saved jazz. That’s what they call progress.” He tweeted the President during the event and even brought a bus load of tourists from outside to meet and mingle with celebrities. And there were the cookies and candies that fell from the ceiling. That was a pretty good moment.

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Stephen Colbert Backpedals on Political Joke Deemed Politically Incorrect

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Stephen Colbert, host of CBS’s The Late Show, is responding to backlash for a joke directed at our President that was perhaps a little too unseemly on the Tuesday, May 2nd broadcast of the popular late night show. And if it wasn’t unseemly, it certainly seemed somewhat homophobic to many. Twitter is blowing up over the incident spawning a #FireColbert campaign this week.

Here is the monologue in it’s entirety:

I want to go on the record here. I have always been a fan of Stephen Colbert, especially when he hosted The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. I was also a fan of Jon Stewart from The Daily Show. Both shows could hammer a politician pretty good, but the hammering was non-partisan. Democrats and Republicans alike took their share of political ribbing. Political satirists and comedians have always taken liberties with politics and politicians, as they should, and they make us laugh all the time.

However, this monologue was particularly vicious. It was divisive, insulting many, infuriating others. It was personal — through and through. And I have a problem with that.

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Crosswalk the Musical: Beauty and the Beast is all the Rage on Facebook

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While Beauty and the Beast remains one of the number one movies at the box office, it is also making waves on Facebook. Well,  Crosswalk the Musical: Beauty and the Beast, starring James Corden as Belle, is making waves on Facebook that is. In fact, it has had more than 45 million views since it was published on YouTube on March 15.

The hilarious theatrical performance/stunt/prank is actually quite detailed with elaborate costumes, makeup and staging. And honestly, the singing is pretty darn good too. The only thing missing is an actual stage — the performance takes place between red-lights in the crosswalk of Beverly Boulevard at CBS.

Film stars Josh Gad, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans joined Corden’s theater company for Crosswalk Musical: Beauty and the Beast. It also features a host of other performers as teapots and cups and the like. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a peek here on SCENES!

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At The Box Office: The Boss Baby led the box office over the weekend, edging out Beauty and the Beast which is now in the number two spot.

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Get Out Director Jordan Peele Named 2017 Director of the Year by CinemaCon

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Jordan Peele, writer/director of the brilliant horror and socially-conscious Get Out was named CinemaCon’s Director of the Year last night at a gala in Las Vegas where the annual convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners has been taking place all week.

“With the phenomenon known as ‘Get Out,’ Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker,” CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser said in a statement. “He has audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say hypnotized, with his wildly inventive directorial debut, and we are ecstatic to be honoring him as this year’s ‘Director of the Year.’”

Peele, 38, made his directorial debut with Get Out which proved astronomically successful at the box office. Produced by Blumhouse, QC Entertainment and Universal for a mere $4.5 million, Get Out has generated more than $140 million since its global release, making it one of the most profitable movies in recent years.

Perhaps even more notably, however, is the theatric theme and controversial nature of the film which caught the attention of a very diverse audience.

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