Star Scoop: Pay to Play Taylor Swift, First Look at Furious 7, Christian Bale Turns Down a Job(s)


You can’t “Shake it Off” for free. Though her first few albums were available for streaming via Spotify, Taylor Swift has opted not to let fans listen to 1989 on the service; in fact, she’s pulled her entire discography from the app, perhaps to support her Wall Street Journal argument that “music should not be free.” Spotify, though, would easily welcome her back. “We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone,” it said in a statement. “We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70 percent of our revenue back to the music community.” [Forbes]

Furious 7is still a heavy pill to follow, especially considering that it marks Paul Walker’s final ride. Director James Wan and stars Vin DieselDwayne JohnsonTyrese, and Michelle Rodriguez are making it a ride to remember, though. Here’s a first look at the film, and an #epic car sequence comprising parachuting sports cars, explosives, and a charter bus falling off the side of a cliff. Y’know. The usual. [Vulture]

Christian Bale has, well, bailed out on the Job—Steve Jobs. The Academy Award-winning actor, who was attached to play Jobs in Aaron Sorkin’s version of the Apple co-founder’s biopic, reportedly dropped out of the project. Director Danny Boyle will meet with producers this week to re-cast the film, in hopes to keep it production on schedule for a winter start. Is Ben Affleck available? [The Verge]

Who knew Tom Hanks’ short story in the New Yorker would turn into this? The actor will pen a collection of short stories to be published by Knopf-Doubleday inspired by his own collection of typewriters. “I’ve been collecting typewriters for no particular reason since 1978 – both manual and portable machines dating from the thirties to the nineties,” he said in a statement. “The stories are not about the typewriters themselves, but rather, the stories are something that might have been written on one of them.” [TIME]

Lena Dunham says her Girls are growing up on season four: Hannah’s investing in Iowa, Marnie is performing in cozy lounges, and we’ll finally get to meet Shoshanna’s parents… who Zosia Mamet says her character hates. [YouTube]

Move over Jimmy FallonJay Leno is returning to The Tonight Show… for one night only. The car enthusiast will make his first appearance as a “guest” on the show this Friday, November 7. We wonder if Fallon can get him to rap Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics,” Daniel Radcliffe style. [Variety]