Taylor Swift is gearing up to kick her social media presence up a notch in a huge way!

It’s a good day to be a Taylor Swift super fan. The singer took to the internet on Wednesday (October 11) to reveal that she’s been secretly working on creating her own social networking app, The Swift Life, which promises to give fans the chance to interact with the singer and fellow Swifties like themselves.

In a video announcing The Swift Life, Taylor showed off the layout of the new app where fans will be able to share posts with friends and even the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer herself.

“I’ve got something pretty awesome that we’ve been working on for a while that I wanted to share with you,” says Swift at the beginning of the preview. “I think you guys are really going to like this. I mean, I hope. I mean, it’d be preferable if you did.”

Check out the first look video for the app below!

According to Rolling Stone, the Reputation pop star partnered up with Glu (the company behind celebrity themed mobile games like Britney Spears: American Dream and Katy Perry Pop) to bring the upcoming social networking app to life.

On top of potentially being able to interact with Swift herself, fans who sign up for The Swift Life will also gain access to things like “Taymojis”, tickets, photos, and more.

The fact that Swift is gearing up to launch her own social networking app is especially interesting considering her new social media presence.

Earlier this year, Swift threw fans for a loop when she cleared out both her Twitter and her Instagram pages. Though Swift has used both to post updates and promo material about her forthcoming album, Reputation, it hasn’t escaped our notice that she’s not as active as she used to be on either platform.

We’ll be curious to see if Swift ends up posting more candidly via her new app when it launches.

Currently, there’s no specific release date set for The Swift Life, but the teaser trailer for the app promises that it’s due out in “late 2017.” Given the fact that Taylor Swift’s Reputation is set to drop on November 10, we wouldn’t be surprised if Tay-Tays new app launches around then as well.

The News

Quentin Tarantino says he knew about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior: ‘I knew enough to do more than I did’

In a new interview with The New York Times, director Quentin Tarantino — whose films have largely been distributed by The Weinstein Company — admits he knew how Harvey Weinstein treated women.

Earlier this month The Times and The New Yorker published bombshell reports revealing horrific behavior by TWC founder Harvey Weinstein. The reports — and the revelations that came in the days after — rocked Hollywood.

Tarantino remained silent until Thursday’s interview. In it, he tells The Times he “knew enough to do more than I did.”

“It was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things,” Tarantino said, referencing the stories recently shared by “prominent” actresses.

“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

Tarantino admits that he can offer nothing but a “crappy” excuse at this point. Even though he heard stories about his business partner on multiple occasions, he “chalked it up to a ’50s-’60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk. As if that’s O.K. That’s the egg on my face right now.”

The director, whose most recent film The Hateful Eight was distributed by The Weinstein Company, says that he tried to reach out to the disgraced Hollywood mogul after the reports were published, but Weinstein didn’t pick up. More of Tarantino’s remarks can be read over on The Times’ website.

As more women share their stories, Hollywood is starting to take (some) action. Last week The Weinstein Company fired their founder, and The Academy voted to remove him from their ranks.

Explaining their vote to expel him, The Academy said in a statement, “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”

October 19, 2017
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Episode #163 – Justified!

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