Taylor Swift to Direct Feature Film for Searchlight Pictures Based on Her Own Original Script
Taylor Swift is set to direct a feature film for Searchlight Pictures based on a script she wrote herself. Searchlight presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said in a statement, “Taylor is a once in a generation artist and storyteller. It is a genuine joy and privilege to collaborate with her as she embarks on this exciting and new creative journey.” The title and other details have not yet been confirmed.
Swift, who released Midnights in October, wrote and directed a short film last year to accompany an extended version of her song “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version).” It was submitted for the 2023 Oscars, and won the 2022 VMA for Best Direction. The latter award made Swift, who also won in 2020 for “The Man,” the first solo artist to receive the honor twice.
Midnights is about reflection, not reinvention. Taylor Swift has explained that at length, in her own flowery vernacular: These 13 songs are “a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.” The thoughts that keep the 32-year-old songwriter up late are the ones she’s spent nine albums excavating: the unpredictable rise and devastating fall of romance; the binary of the “good girl” and the “bad girl,” and the chafing of societal expectation (that “1950s shit”); and the uncomfortable acceptance of her own fallibility. Life, she declares, “is emotionally abusive.”
More interested in setting atmosphere than chasing trends, Taylor Swift’s 10th album pursues a newly subdued and amorphous pop sound.
Midnights is Swift’s first album to be recorded entirely with Jack Antonoff, after nearly a decade of ever higher-profile collaborations. In the past, he has accentuated Swift’s ambitiously vivid storytelling with expressive, technicolor synth pop. Here, in accordance with the lateness of the hour, they explore moodier, more subdued hues. Built around vocal effects and vintage synths, it’s an understated sound more interested in setting atmosphere than chasing trends. On the mid-album centerpiece “Midnight Rain,” against a backdrop as crystalline as the titular weather, Swift examines the pursuit of career over partnership. Exaggerating her natural uptalk, the production morphs her voice into a dramatic slant: “He wanted comfortable/I wanted that pain.” The woozy “Snow on the Beach” sketches an image of strange beauty in twinkling synth and violin, as Lana Del Rey’s warm background harmonies add a welcome coziness. Later, as Swift hesitantly enters a new relationship on “Labyrinth,” the production mirrors the ice melting around her heart, each synth quiver a pump of new blood.
Building on the softly stuttering Reputation tracks “Delicate” and “Dress,” the album at times recalls the way the spare, hazy beats of Lorde’s Pure Heroine cut through the denser radio hits of the early 2010s. While it’s gratifying to hear Swift push her idea of pop beyond the fireworks of her pre-2020 material, the evolution can feel uneven. In her transition from the Americana-lite of Folklore back to sparkling synths, she’s also restored some of her more theatric impulses. On “Karma” she conjures her sassy, shit-stirring alter ego in a less vindictive mood, luxuriating in her rivals’ inevitable comeuppance. The ominous, wobbly murmur lurking beneath the revenge fantasy “Vigilante Shit” recalls Billie Eilish’s debut, though Swift’s attempts at edginess come across as a costume; she was a far more believable killer on Evermore’s murder-mystery ballad “No Body, No Crime.”
Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga Nominated for Best Original Song at Golden Globes 2023
The nominations for the 2023 Golden Globe Awards have been announced. Among the nominees are Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. In addition, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis got three nods: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Austin Butler as Elvis Presley), and Best Director – Motion Picture. Check out the full list of nominees here.
Swift, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga will go head-to-head in the Best Original Song – Motion Picture category. Swift was recognized for Where the Crawdads Sing’s “Carolina”; Rihanna got nominated for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever song “Lift Me Up,” which she made with Ludwig Göransson and Tems; and Lady Gaga’s nomination is for Top Gun: Maverick’s “Hold My Hand,” made with BloodPop® and Benjamin Rice. The other nominees in the category are “Ciao Papa” (a track from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio) and “Naatu Naatu” from RRR.
The 2023 nominees for Best Original Score –Motion Picture are: Carter Burwell (The Banshees of Inisherin), Alexandre Desplat (Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio), Hildur Gu∂nadóttir (Women Talking), Justin Hurwitz (Babylon), and John Williams (The Fabelmans).
The 2022 Golden Globe for Best Original Song went to Billie Eilish and Finneas for “No Time to Die.” And Hans Zimmer won Best Original Score for his work on Dune. In addition, Lady Gaga was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, but did not win the Golden Globe.
Selena Gomez Posts Throwback Video Proving She Manifested Her 2023 Golden Globe Nomination
Selena Gomez is officially a Golden Globe nominee, and there’s one person who’s definitely very proud of her right now: Her younger self. To celebrate the news that she’s been nominated for best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy at next year’s awards, the 30-year-old star posted an old video in which she confesses in an interview that her big dream has always been to do exactly that.
Gomez shared the throwback to TikTok Tuesday (Dec. 13), one day after it was announced that her performance in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building had received a Golden Globe nod. In the video, a much younger Selena sits for a TV interview and talks about her experience attending that year’s Grammy awards.
When an interviewer asks her if she aspires to receive a Grammy nomination of her own someday — which for the record, did end up happening in 2021, when her record Revelación was in the running for best latin pop album — she says her sights are set more on acting-based awards.
“I think it would be an honor, of course, but I’m more of a Golden Globe or Oscar girl,” young Selena says.
Modern day Selena captioned the TikTok: “Dreams do come true!! GUYS IM NOMINATED FOR A GOLDEN GLOBE. brb gonna scream.”
Fans in the comments were quick to congratulate the “Rare” singer on the milestone. “Look at how far you’ve come selena we’re so proud of you,” wrote one. “Emmy, grammy and golden globe nominations all in one year,” replied another, referencing Only Murders‘ Emmy recognition in this year’s outstanding comedy series category. “We call her slaylena for a reason.”
Fans have a little less than a month until the awards ceremony on Jan. 10 next year to see if Gomez will go from Golden Globe nominee to Golden Globe winner.