Today in showbiz news: America's blushing princess is on top of the music world once again, Meryl Streep's son-in-law lands a big TV role, and a glimpse at an exciting new show.
Expert melancholy peddler Taylor Swift's new album Red has held the top spot on the sales charts for its second week, and in doing so has become the second-best-selling album of the year, behind 21, the wildly successful second album from expert whatever that feeling of rain on the window is peddler Adele. Red, which marks Swift's further advancement into the world of straight-up pop, sold 344,000 copies this week, bringing its total to 1.55 million. Yeah. That's it. And it's the second most popular album of the year. And it's already November. What a new strange world we live in. Used to be there were Strawberries, and Coconuts, and all other kinds of Goodys. And now there's just an Apple and its tunes. Those online sales are included in this figure, actually they're about half of it, but it's still awfully low, isn't it. Used to be an album would sell sixty-eight million copies and it would only be a moderate success. I think Fleetwood Mac's Rumors, one of the most successful albums of all time (and for good reason), sold like fourteen billion copies. And now we just have a measly million and a half. That's all. Blame computers. Oh well. Congrats to Taylor. Hope you like the new world, kid. [The New York Times]
Fresh off the rotted corpose of his disastrous big screen leading man debut in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, sexy pex Broadway star Benjamin Walker is heading to the small screen. He'll be playing the lead in an HBO pilot called The Missionary, which is about the sex lives of the staff at the National Review. No, no, it's about Cold War-era Berlin and a young, uh, missionary who gets caught up with a pretty lady who's trying to escape East Berlin. Walker will play the lady. NO. He'll play the missionary, duh. This is a project that is produced by, among others, big-haired pop intellectual Malcolm Gladwell and frown-faced pop thug Mark Wahlberg. So that's an odd combination. Hope you boys all have fun. And, actually, we hope this show gets picked up. It sounds exciting! [Deadline]