Taylor Swift: John Mayer 'presumptuous' about song


Today’s roundup of the pop-culture world finds Taylor Swift turning a deaf ear toward John Mayer, debate reviews for Bob Schieffer, a little Honey Boo Boo, many other things, and the mystery music video.

SWIFT PROMOTION: Pedal to the metal, per the Wall Street Journal, “Taylor Swift’s all-out promotional assault for her new album “Red” has been going on for months, but the campaign kicked into high gear today when the album was finally released and the country star performed in Times Square on “Good Morning America.”

MEANWHILE: A distinct dis, per the AP, “While she admits that her songs are autobiographical, she sticks to her rule of not disclosing whom they are about: "I just like that I like the way my personal life sounds in songs so much better than I do in quotes and interviews." She declines to talk about her current romance, and even though John Mayer outed himself as the subject of 2010's scathing "Dear John," she refuses to confirm it, calling him "presumptuous." Still, that hasn't stopped plenty of people from writing about the supposed intimate details of her life. Dating a Kennedy who's four years her junior (and happens to be a senior in high school) has only added to media swirl.”

PLANET OF THE APES: We’re talking old-school, per the Los Angeles Times, “Retired movie makeup artist Robert Sidell got chills when he met actor John Goodman at the party following the Beverly Hills premiere earlier this month of Ben Affleck's acclaimed new film "Argo." It was like seeing an old friend again. Goodman plays real-life Oscar-winning movie makeup artist John Chambers, who created the makeup for the 1968 classic "Planet of the Apes," as well as Spock's ears for the original "Star Trek" series.”

GAGA AS A FERN: Thanks to the Dookies, per the New York Times, “Scientists may seem like a pretty poker-faced bunch, but the botanists at Duke University, at least, have a sense of humor about their work and some pop-culture savvy to go with it. On Tuesday the university announced that it was naming a newly identified genus of ferns – and 19 species within that genus – after the pop singer and cultural provocateur Lady Gaga.”

OF PULP: And fiction, per indieWIRE, “With Quentin Tarantino's anticipated western "Django Unchained" opening in select theaters on Christmas Day, Miramax (in partnership with National CineMedia and IGN Entertainment) are bringing back two of the filmmaker's most beloved works -- "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" -- to theaters for separate one night engagements.”

DEBATE MASTER: Guy knows what he’s doing, per The Wrap, “Bob Schieffer, who earned generally hgh marks for his handling of Monday's presidential debate, rejected criticism that he let the candidates stray from foreign policy. In an interview with CBS This Morning, Shieffer defended the decision to let the candidates talk about education, among other issues. He cited Gen. Stanley McChrystal's statement that "education is the basis for our national security."

TED TURNER’S EX: Just the facts, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Jane Fonda could be going from HBO to ABC. The Oscar winner is attached to star in Now What? a single-camera comedy in development at the network, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Pushing Daisies writer Abby Gewanter will pen the project, with Mike Tollin and Ben Spector (The Wedding Band) on board as executive producers; 2 Broke Girls' Scott Ellis would direct and exec produce the ABC Studios project alongside FremantleMedia North America.”

BOO: Times two, with some honey, per Entertainment Weekly, “Someone get Honey Boo Boo child her go-go juice, stat — she’s falling asleep! A barefoot and agitated Honey Boo Boo feigned sleep yesterday in the middle of an interview with Dr. Drew in order to avoid answering his questions. The 7-year-old reality star, whose real name is Alana Thompson, has been making talk-show rounds for the last week, acting more and more restless with each interview.”

BYE BYE TAT: Benched, per E!, “Eva Longoria is this close to putting the past behind her. At least when it comes to the tattoos she got while with her now ex-husband, Tony Parker. The former Desperate Housewives star was spotted in Beverly Hills on Monday with a small red spot on her neck where she once had the word "Nine" (Parker's basketball jersey number) permanently inked.”

THE TONGUE: Cue the Rolling Stones, per Deadline, “Imagine Entertainment‘s Brian Grazer has bolstered his long desire to turn James Brown‘s life story into a feature film. Tate Taylor, who adapted and made his helming debut on The Help, is in negotiations to direct the untitled project. Another musical icon, Mick Jagger, has joined Grazer as producer.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)