1. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell attempt to unite Senate with a Lincoln screening
The real Abraham Lincoln united the nation once before, and Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are counting on a Senate-only screening of Lincoln, hosted by director Steven Spielberg and star Daniel Day-Lewis, to do it again. The Hollywood Reporter says that Reid and McConnell invited Senators to see the film together, arguing that it's particularly relevant because it "depicts the good which is attainable when public servants put the betterment of the country ahead of short-term political interests" and/or use their political clout to score an exclusive screening.
2. Taylor Swift doesn't know how to make relationships last
Watch out, Harry Styles: Your days as Taylor Swift's beau may be numbered. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Swift admits that when it comes to relationships, she "doesn't know how to make them last," reports Taste of Country. One small piece of advice: Stop writing vindictive songs about your ex-paramours.
3. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have a baby
Today in celebrity babies: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen have a new daughter, reports the Los Angeles Times. As Bundchen announced on her Facebook page, "She is healthy and full of life" — which is code for "She is full of awesome DNA."
4. Dan Aykroyd says he "can't wait forever" to make Ghostbusters 3
Warning to Hollywood: Dan Aykroyd is really serious about Ghostbusters 3 this time, and if you don't make it soon, he'll walk. "We can't wait forever," Aykroyd, who has already waited over 20 years, tells Esquire. "It's time now to sit down and make this movie, or you will lose your main principals" — a powerful threat given that no one is more in demand in Hollywood right now than Aykroyd, Rick Moranis, or Ernie Hudson.
5. A&E earns record ratings for Duck Dynasty
A&E's Duck Dynasty — a reality series about a family who makes duck calls in Louisiana — has set an all-time ratings record for the network (6.5 million viewers), despite the fact that the show doesn't qualify as either "arts" or "entertainment." Entertainment Weekly reports that Duck Dynasty outperformed ABC's Nashville and Fox's The X-Factor, proving that Americans prefer even the squawking of ducks to another show about people singing.
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