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Why “People” Magazine Readers Love 40th Anniversary Cover Girl Taylor Swift

Courtesy People Magazine(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift covers People magazine’s 40th anniversary issue, which is on stands Friday. The cover is a recreation of the magazine’s very first issue back in March of 1974, which showed Mia Farrow in character as Daisy Buchanan in what was then her current movie, The Great Gatsby. According to a People editor, Taylor easily pulled the look off because she’s a “chameleon.”

People Staff Editor Antoinette Coulton tells ABC News Radio, “It was actually our creative director who thought that it would look great to see if Taylor could recreate this. And she was up for the idea. And we saw when the pictures came out, they looked absolutely amazing.”

The recreation wasn’t as simple has having Taylor styled as a woman from the ’70s: she actually had to be styled as a woman from the 1920s, because that’s when The Great Gatsby takes place. Coulton says that wasn’t too difficult for Taylor, however. “Sometimes, when you see [how] she dresses in her own personal life, she kinda…sometimes there’s this throwback to other decades,” she says. “So she was pretty much like a chameleon.”

Inside the magazine, Taylor talks about her new album 1989 and what her life is like right now. Coulton says fans may be surprised to hear what the singer has to say about her love life, which is currently non-existent.

“There always has been so much attention on Taylor and ‘Who is she dating?'” Coulton tells ABC News Radio. “And she pretty much is saying to us, ‘I’m not dating anyone. I’m not looking to date anyone. I’m very happy with who I am with my close circle of girlfriends.’ And it’s gonna take a very special person for her to actually go out on a date.”

Most importantly, says Coulton, “”She’s not all ‘Woe is me, please feel sorry for me.’ She’s like, ‘I’m just really happy living my life.'”

As for why Taylor was chosen for the big 40th anniversary issue, well, she does have that album coming out, and she was People’s best-dressed of 2014 last month. But more than that, Coulton says, is the fact that ever since her career began, People magazine readers have connected with Taylor and her story.

“Our readers love her,” says Coulton. “And just to kinda see her grow up in the public eye — with no drama, really. She’s grown up. She’s maturing, and just to see that change — our readers love to see that.”

The 40th anniversary issue of People magazine is out now.

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“The Judge” & “Alexander” Among the Movies Opening Nationwide Friday

“The Judge” – Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day — Eleven-year-old Alexander has a horrible day — and it’s contagious, because his family subsequently experiences some terrible moments, too. Ed Oxenbould stars as Alexander, and Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play his parents. Rated PG.

The Judge — Robert Downey Jr. is a lawyer who returns to his hometown after his estranged father, a judge played by Robert Duvall, is suspected of murder. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shephard, Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester and David Krumholtz also star. Rated R.

Dracula Untold Fast & Furious 6 actor Luke Evans plays the titular character in this origin story. Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Charles Dance also star. Rated PG-13.

Addicted — A successful businesswoman with a family has an affair that carries major consequences. Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and Tyson Beckford star in this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Zane. Rated R.

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New ABC Comedy, “Cristela,” Debuts Friday

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) — The newest addition to ABC’s Friday night lineup is Cristela, a sitcom about a woman in her sixth year of law school whose dream of becoming a lawyer conflicts with her traditional Mexican-American family.

Comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in the title role.

Cristela airs Friday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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“The Judge” & “Alexander” Among the Movies Opening Nationwide Friday

“The Judge” – Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day — Eleven-year-old Alexander has a horrible day — and it’s contagious, because his family subsequently experiences some terrible moments, too. Ed Oxenbould stars as Alexander, and Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play his parents. Rated PG.

The Judge — Robert Downey Jr. is a lawyer who returns to his hometown after his estranged father, a judge played by Robert Duvall, is suspected of murder. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shephard, Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester and David Krumholtz also star. Rated R.

Dracula Untold Fast & Furious 6 actor Luke Evans plays the titular character in this origin story. Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Charles Dance also star. Rated PG-13.

Addicted — A successful businesswoman with a family has an affair that carries major consequences. Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and Tyson Beckford star in this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Zane. Rated R.

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Report: Katy Perry to Perform at Super Bowl Halftime Show

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Insiders tell the New York Post’s Page Six that Katy Perry will be the halftime performer at Super Bowl 49.

One insider tells the newspaper, “A deal is being hammered out for Katy to play the Super Bowl.”

Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that the NFL had reached out to Coldplay, Rihanna and Perry, asking them to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, but the league wanted the artists to pay for the privilege of doing the gig. The NFL figured the exposure would be so valuable, the artists wouldn’t mind giving it a share of their future earnings in exchange.

Last Saturday, Katy appeared on ESPN’s College GameDay in Oxford, Mississippi, and confirmed there had been “some conversations” about her playing the Super Bowl, but dismissed the notion that she would pay the NFL to perform.

“I would be honored, of course, but I have let them know that I’m not the type of girl that would pay to play the Super Bowl, so the ball is in their field, honestly,” Katy said.

Super Bowl 49 is set for Feb. 1.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Maleficent” Inspire Top Halloween Costumes

“Maleficent” – Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent from the movie of the same name have been named the top male and female movie-inspired costumes for adults this Halloween, according to a new survey of more than one thousand moviegoers by Fandango.

Captain America is the second favorite movie-inspired costume for guys this year, while Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games character, Katniss, is the runner-up for ladies.

Olaf, the snowman in Disney’s Frozen, is this year’s favorite movie-inspired costume for kids.

Here are the top 2014 movie-inspired costumes for Halloween, according to the Fandango survey:

Female:

  1. Maleficent, Angelina Jolie in Maleficent
  2. Katniss, Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  3. Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: Days of Future Past
  4. Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  5. Gamora, Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy

Male:

  1. Groot, Voiced by Vin Diesel in Guardians
  2. Captain America, Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  3. Ninja Turtle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  4. Star-Lord, Chris Pratt in Guardians
  5. Dracula/Vlad the Impaler, Luke Evans in Dracula Untold

Favorite Kids’ Costume:

  1. Olaf, Frozen
  2. Minion, Despicable Me
  3. Ninja Turtle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
  4. Elsa, Frozen
  5. Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Movie Review: “Dracula Untold” (Rated R)

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) — It would be too easy to say Dracula Untold should’ve stayed untold, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. It’s nice to have a story about vampires that doesn’t involve emotionless actresses and actors who look like they were taken from the set of a Calvin Klein underwear shoot. Instead, we get a Crusades-era origin story about the vampire that started it all .

The “untold” part of the title is a bit of an overstatement. Even if you’re only superficially aware of the Dracula mythology, you probably know many believe the inspiration for British novelist Bram Stoker’s Dracula was the 15th century Romanian Prince Vlad the Impaler. The real Vlad was just a little different than the one Luke Evans portrays in this movie. For starters, I just don’t think the real Vlad the Impaler had an English accent.

This Prince Vlad rules a peaceful kingdom, partly because he’s murdered perhaps thousands of people and placed them on pikes — they don’t call him “the Impaler” for nothing. But Vlad is now a kinder, gentler man who just wants to hang out with his wife (Sarah Gadon) and his young son (Art Parkinson). Enter Sultan Mehmed (Dominic Cooper) Ottoman Empire, who demands Vlad give up 1,000 of his kingdom’s young boys to train as soldiers in Mehmed’s army — including the prince’s son. Vlad doesn’t have the troops to take on Mehmed, so you know what they say: desperate times call for vampire measures.

Vlad visits a cave inhabited by a gnarly vampire (Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance), seeking the monster’s strength. Believing Vlad can set him free and help lift the curse that has kept him the cave for centuries, the master vampire agrees to make Vlad like him, with the vampire strength and tricks that, maybe, will help him defeat Mehmed.

For a movie that sets out to tell an original tale about an old story, Dracula Untold is decidedly unoriginal. Take away some decent battle sequences and respectable visual effects, and we’re left with ham-fisted dialogue and clichés. But that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable, if you’re willing to check your brains at the theater door.

Two out of five stars.

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Movie Review: “Dracula Untold” (Rated R)

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) — It would be too easy to say Dracula Untold should’ve stayed untold, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. It’s nice to have a story about vampires that doesn’t involve emotionless actresses and actors who look like they were taken from the set of a Calvin Klein underwear shoot. Instead, we get a Crusades-era origin story about the vampire that started it all .

The “untold” part of the title is a bit of an overstatement. Even if you’re only superficially aware of the Dracula mythology, you probably know many believe the inspiration for British novelist Bram Stoker’s Dracula was the 15th century Romanian Prince Vlad the Impaler. The real Vlad was just a little different than the one Luke Evans portrays in this movie. For starters, I just don’t think the real Vlad the Impaler had an English accent.

This Prince Vlad rules a peaceful kingdom, partly because he’s murdered perhaps thousands of people and placed them on pikes — they don’t call him “the Impaler” for nothing. But Vlad is now a kinder, gentler man who just wants to hang out with his wife (Sarah Gadon) and his young son (Art Parkinson). Enter Sultan Mehmed (Dominic Cooper) Ottoman Empire, who demands Vlad give up 1,000 of his kingdom’s young boys to train as soldiers in Mehmed’s army — including the prince’s son. Vlad doesn’t have the troops to take on Mehmed, so you know what they say: desperate times call for vampire measures.

Vlad visits a cave inhabited by a gnarly vampire (Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance), seeking the monster’s strength. Believing Vlad can set him free and help lift the curse that has kept him the cave for centuries, the master vampire agrees to make Vlad like him, with the vampire strength and tricks that, maybe, will help him defeat Mehmed.

For a movie that sets out to tell an original tale about an old story, Dracula Untold is decidedly unoriginal. Take away some decent battle sequences and respectable visual effects, and we’re left with ham-fisted dialogue and clichés. But that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable, if you’re willing to check your brains at the theater door.

Two out of five stars.

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Barbara Walters Reveals She Once Had a Lumpectomy

ABC/BOB D’AMICO(NEW YORK) — For years, Barbara Walters has told the stories of others as a journalist for ABC News.

On Thursday, during a speech at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s annual Symposium & Awards Luncheon, Walters, who was being honored with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award for her contributions to women’s health, told a personal tale: A few years ago, she had a lumpectomy.

“As someone who believes in the power of investigation, in the power of discovery and uncovering the truth, I am an advocate for research and education,” she said. “I believe that we all have an obligation and a responsibility to support and fund medical research. Some years back, I discovered a small lump in my breast. Under the expert care of Dr. Larry Norton, I had a lumpectomy. There were other choices possible. This was mine.”

Walters — who recently retired from The View, but stays active with ABC News and other projects — said that at the time, she did tell a select group of people about the procedure. Thankfully, she never had to deal with it again, “nor was I worried,” she said.

“I knew the advances that had been made in treating breast cancer, including lumpectomies when possible. I can remember when such treatments were not available,” she said. “Research made my treatment possible.”

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Clooney Surprises Fans at NY Comic Con’s Tomorrowland Panel

Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Disney(NEW YORK) — George Clooney cut his honeymoon short to surprise attendees at New York Comic Con on Thursday. The actor wasn’t scheduled to appear at the Javits Center but he joined his co-stars for the Q&A panel for Disney’s upcoming movie Tomorrowland.

After some gentle ribbing by co-star Hugh Laurie, Clooney took the stage to loud cheers. “Hugh, it is not lost on me that I’m spending my honeymoon at Comic Con,” the newlywed actor joked.

He then admitted to the audience that it was his first such event. “Since my Batman, I’d been disinvited from Comic Con,” he admitted,” referring to his nearly universally panned portrayal of the superhero in 1997’s Batman and Robin. “I met Adam West back there, it was like, ‘Hey, I’m really sorry…sorry about the nipples on the suit….'”

For the record, West is a fan of Clooney’s Batman portrayal: nipple suit and all. West told ABC Radio that he reassured Clooney during their Comic-Con meeting. “I said, ‘George, you did not kill the Batman franchise, you were a good Batman,’ and he said, ‘Oh, you were the best,’ we had fun,” West said.

All joking aside, the real business at hand was giving audiences a first look at Tomorrowland.

In addition to Clooney and Laurie, the panel included Britt Robertson, Shiloh Nelson, director-producer Brad Bird, and screenwriter-producer Damon Lindelof. They all helped reveal a teaser for the film, which is set for a May 22, 2015 release.

The film follows an inventor, played by Clooney, who teams up with a teenage genius, played by Robertson, to uncover the secrets of a mysterious place that exists somewhere in time and space. It’s a loose theme-park adaptation, inspired by the futuristic Tomorrowland section of Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

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