Star Scoop: Taylor Swift Shakes it Off, Lady Gaga Cools Off, Red Band Society Coming Early?


Taylor Swift held a YouTube live stream, announced the title and release date of a new album (1989), went pop, and dropped a music video all on the same day. As for anyone who has a problem with it—more specifically, Kanye West—she’s going to “Shake it Off.” [YouTube]

The award for most dramatic #IceBucketChallenge participant goes to none other than Lady Gaga. Mother Monster, who landed in Perth over the weekend, silently participated in the Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) awareness campaign, and challenged Adele, record executive Vincent Herbert, and Live Nation heads Arthur Fogel and Michael Rapino to take it on. To date, the viral campaign has raised more than $15 million for the ALS Association. [Instagram]

That isn’t the only philanthropic cause making waves in Hollywood. Fox launched a Red Band Society-inspired program that, if goals are met, could make the pilot available for screening before its September debut. For every social share of content here, the network with donate $1 to charity. If $100,000 is reached before Friday, the series premiere of the Octavia Spencer-starrer will run for 100 hours on Fox websites and apps. [Variety]

Now that Olympus has risen again, Gerard Butler,Aaron Eckhart, andMorgan Freemanare out to save Londontown. The trio are reprising their roles from Olympus has Fallen for London Has Fallen, in which “all hell breaks loose” during the funeral of a British prime minister. Fredrik Bond is now attached to direct. [The Hollywood Reporter]