5 Things You Need To Know In Pop Culture Today! (Dec. 31)

Here's a rundown of what's in the Pop Culture news this morning, corralled and curated for your viewing pleasure!

Taylor Swift Will Premiere "Out Of The Woods" Music Video On Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin'  Eve With Ryan Seacrest 

Taylor Swift sure knows when to pick to release a new music video! Instead of a performance, Tay will be premiering the song "Out Of The Woods" on NYRE (appearance in New York?), and this particular song is said to be about Harry Styles of One Direction - who will also be performing with his pals on the LA side. Taylor posted this teaser on her Instagram account:

Are we out of the woods yet? #OOTWMusicVideo debuts tomorrow night on New Years Rockin Eve with @ryanseacrest !!

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George Lucas Says Some Pretty Horrible Things About Disney's Star Wars

Of course, George Lucas isn't happy with the direction that Disney went with for The Force Awakens. "These are my kids. I loved them. I created them. I'm very intimately involved with them," he told Charlie Rose, according to E!. He thinks that they created a "retro movie" which he didn't like, yet it was the fan flick that all the fans really did want. Personally, if you're a hater of Episode 1-3, then you will agree when we say that "Guess what, we don't think your vision is all that good either, Lucas." He also made the mistake of using poor choice of words while explaining his feelings, after Rose said "but you sold them." He said, according to E! "I sold them to the white slavers that take these things, and..." - then the quote trails off there... Bad move, George. Bad move.

Blake Shelton Lends His Voice To Angry Birds: The Movie

Well, if you want a hillbilly pig, that's what you're gonna get! Blake Shelton will be voicing the villain pig named Earl -  go figure. He tells Entertainment Weekly, “They kept saying, ‘More country!’ I felt like I was doing a voice-over for Dukes of Hazzard.” Judging from that explanation, this is going to be hysterical!


LOL, President Barack Obama In Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

E! makes the valid point that even though Obama is technically not a comedian, the man has had enough one liners to make him one (have you seen any of his Correspondents Dinner Speeches - those things are AMAZING). Of course, there's a snafu, Obama doesn't get to leave the premises due to the secret service, but leave it to Jerry to make everything okay by just being Jerry.  You do realize though, even being the most powerful man in the world has some caveats. E! quotes him saying the following:

"I would love to just be taking a walk and then I run into you. You're sitting on a bench. And suddenly I say, 'Hey Jerry, how ya doin?... That moment when you lost your anonymity. And anonymity is not something you think about as being valuable."

Still, he rocks it pretty well, that whole "being the coolest POTUS" ever, thing.


Netflix Hooks You Up With NYE Kids Countdown

Do you want your kids in bed before the clock strikes 12? Well, Netflix is here to help. There are 6 different options for Kid countdowns if you search 'Kids New Year's Eve' countdowns, including Kid-Celebs Project Mc², Puffin Rock, Inspector Gadget, King Julien (Madagascar Spin Off), Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and Care Bears. We won't tell your kids it's not midnight if you don't.



Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.”