On August 13 of last year, Taylor Swift released the smash lead single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” from her new album, Red. This gave her a huge boost in media attention as gossip outlets start their usual task of trying discover which ex of Swift’s the song was written about.

While media attention gives the artist some needed exposure (it’s not like she needed even more exposure), the backlash it brings with it can have major impact on the artist’s reputation.

Let’s have a look at the key Swift news in the past five months and the media’s reaction to that news.

Release of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

“Taylor Swift goes full-on pop eveybody! Surprise!” That was most of the headlines said. . Some critics call it “immature”, others call it “pop genius”, Twitter is divided, some fans say they can’t take it anymore, others start “bandwagoning”; A general mess. Her performance at the VMAs gets called the final nail in her country reputation and it flops on country radio, and smashes everywhere else (Wait till they see her American Music Awards performance *falls down laughing*).

Kennedy: Dumped. Styles: Bring it on!

Ooops. News hits the Net in October that Swift broke up with Connor Kennedy whom she started dating in May. “Can’t she just keep a boyfriend?” “How about she writes a song called ‘Maybe I’m The Problem?'” “TS is sitting in her bedroom now, writing the Kennedy song, laughing at how many dollars she’s getting for it”. Those were the general responses to the news. Fans from every fandom come to have a laugh at us, TS fans. OK, WAIT! TS is in London rehearsing to perform on the X Factor. Mario Lopez: “T-Swizzle and Harry Styles are dating”. OH NO! *screams, hits a wall, jumps out the window, dies*
That’s what happened to every Directioner on the planet.

The Twitter War

And now the battle between Swifties and Directioners starts. Swifties defend their idol saying that it’s normal for girls in their early twenties to date a lot while Directioners get at her saying that “she stole their Harry” (like they were gonna end up married and having blue-eyed kids. PUH-LEASSE) and that she was gonna write a song about him. Directioners start threatening to self-immulate if she doesn’t leave him while Swifties commend TayTay on finding solutions to solve the over-population problem. A mess, once again.

‘Red’ Released, Careers Outsold

The media starts to focus once more on Swift’s career (the important stuff), now that the October 22 album release date is getting close. The music industry sources are sure that Red is going to do more damage than her previous album, Speak Now. And it does! Red is released to stores with 2 copies getting sold every second and ends up selling 1.2 million copies in its first week without any significant discounts, and ,certainly, without a *coughs* 99-cent-PLEASE-BUY-MY-ALBUM-Amazon-deal *coughs*. The album breaks too many records to count and stays 7 weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart. Fans of other artists resign and admit that she’s the Queen of the US and that their faves could never.

Styles: Dumped. Kennedy: HAHAHAHA!!!

After a two months relationship, the much-anticipated (by both sides) break-up happens and the backlash gets a thousand notches up. Swifties: “She’s better off”. Directioners: “How dare her break little Harry’s heart! Harry, we’re always here for you!”. Ew. Moving on to the gazillion media break up reports, the usual Twitter dragging, etc., the Golden Globes are nearing…

TayTay loses to Adele, Tina Fey doesn’t know how to keep her mouth shut.

“Safe and Sound” by T-Swizzle featuring The Civil Wars from The Hunger Games was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, going against “Skyfall” by Adele from Skyfall (wow!). Adele wins, as expected, and here’s Taylor Swift’s reaction:

I couldn’t help laughing. The gif goes viral, Twitter makes fun of her, her fans get pressed, have meltdowns, get banned from pop culture-discussing sites. Great. But to make matters worse: Tina Fey drops another joke about Swift’s dating life and how she should stay away from Micheal J. Fox’s son. Ugh. More media outlets criticizing her personal life (as if it’s their business), Micheal J. Fox said that Tay should back off (she didn’t even make advances!) and “Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right? What a way to build a career.” Swifties explode on social-networking websites, he calls to apologize. All’s well.

Conclusion: Taylor Swift is a music artist. Leave her to deal with her personal life alone and appreciate that she does nothing, in public at least, that presents her a bad role model for children (See: today’s pop starts for further info).

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?