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We really needed news like this in our lives right now, with all the negative news swirling around our auras, sucking the healthy energy from us.

All we want is a cleanse, and Taylor has delivered once again.

Not alone has she given fans her Reputation tour documentary on Netflix (breathtaking, BTW), she has now confirmed her role in the brand new Cats movie. MEOW GAL.


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The singer posed next to a sign plastered with her character’s name, Bombalurina, and captioned it with a simple 'Meow'. Needless to say, the post garnered over one million likes in a matter of hours.

We. Are. Purring.

The Delicate singer will be starring alongside James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen and Rebel Wilson in the upcoming movie, developed by Working Title.

Her co-star Idris Elba, who is clearly Team Tay-Tay, is already singing her praises.


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The duo took to the Golden Globes stage together to present a few weks ago, with the Luther star saying she "has got chops" and "holds her own". Damn right she does.

Elba spoke about working with the multi-talented artist;

"Taylor and I have known each other for a couple of years and we’re cool you know. She’s a good girl; she’s a great artist and she’s got a really great heart," he said.

"I’m so excited to work with her in this film, she’s going to be amazing." Obvi?

Taylor has been candidly dating actor Joe Alwyn for the last two years, maybe she'll get some acting tips off her beau?


Paul O'Grady had secretly married his 37-year-old partner, Andre Portasio, in an intimate hotel ceremony.

The 62-year-old television presenter tied the knot in front of just 50 guests at the Goring Hotel in London earlier this month, however details of the nuptials are only emerging now.

According to The Sun, the wedding was attended by close friends and family including, actor Sir Ian McKellen and comedian Julian Clary.

Paul and Andre, a former dancer with the English National Ballet, enjoyed champagne and capaes on a private lawn following the 30-minute ceremony.

The pair got together in 2006 after Paul's previous partner, Brendan Murphy, died suddenly after suffering a brain tumour aged 49.

A source told The Sun: ‘Paul is as happy as he’s ever been to be married to Andre.

‘They kept the wedding to just their closest family and friends and had a big lunch afterwards to celebrate.’

Paul, who originally rose to fame as his alter ego, Lily Savage, has one daughter with friend Diane Jansen.



Few film franchises have awoken the imagination of the public quite like Harry Potter, and any actor would jump at the chance to play one of the iconic roles, right?

Well, Sir Ian McKellen has revealed why he turned down the chance to portray the legendary wizard, Albus Dumbledore.

Richard Harris, who originally played the role, died in 2002 following the release of The Chamber of Secrets, leaving producers with huge boots to fill.

Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in The Lord of The Rings movies, was offered a part in the films but turned it down, because according to him, Richard Harris thought he was a “technically brilliant but passionless” actor.

Although producers never officially offered him the role of Albus Dumbledore, Ian is pretty sure he knew what they were thinking.

Speaking on BBC’s Hardline, the actor said – ‘When he died – he played Dumbledore, the wizard – I played the real wizard [Gandalf] of course – but when they called me up and said would I be interested in being in the Harry Potter films, they didn’t say what part.’

He added, ‘I worked out what they were thinking and I couldn’t. I couldn’t take over the part from an actor who I’d known hadn’t approved of me.’

Although he never actually played the role, Ian admitted that he does sometimes get mistaken for the man himself!

‘Well sometimes when I see posters of Michael Gambon, the actor who gloriously plays Dumbledore, I think it’s me. You know, we get asked for each other’s autographs!’

In fairness, we can see where the confusion arises…



There are certain voices that whenever you hear, you can’t help but become transported into the world of the story they are telling,

We’re talking Morgan Freeman, James Earl Jones, Donald Sutherland, Jon Snow (the Channel 4 one) and of course, Sir Ian McKellan.

But did you ever think that you would hear the Lord of the Rings star doing a dramatic reading of our favourite popstar’s songs?

Well, you are in for a treat.

The 76-year-old X-Men star gave an (almost) Oscar-worthy performance in a video for Yahoo! when he read aloud Taylor Swfit’s Bad Blood before he switched over to Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk.

As Tay-Tay is known for flying celebrities all over the globe to join her own stage, we are just praying that Sir Ian is going to be her next mystery guest. 


Actress Zelda Williams has leant her support to a ‘yes’ vote in Ireland’s forthcoming marriage referendum.

“As someone who’s grown up with many Irish people in her life, of every orientation (and I'll have yerr guts for garters if you say otherwise!), I hope their fight for marriage equality is successful,” she said in her Instagram post.

“You can do it Ireland! Make history!”

The message of support was made in response to a tweet from Tony- and Golden Globe-winner Ian McKellen.

Earlier this month, he addressed his “friends in Ireland,” saying: “Vote YES on 22 May and make your country first ever to legalise marriage equality by popular vote.”

Zelda, 25, is the only daughter of the late Robin Williams, who had three children from two marriages.

Before his death from suicide last August, the celebrated actor said: “My children give me a great sense of wonder: just to see them develop into these extraordinary human beings.”

In October, Zelda paid tribute to her father with a tattoo of a hummingbird on her right hand, along with his birth-date, July 21 1951, on her right wrist. 



The wonderful Sir Ian McKellen indulged a few students gathered outside Chew Valley School library yesterday by giving them some solid words of advice on what to do coming up to midterms.

What happens if you don't revise properly? "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!"