Taylor Swift’s new album gets favorable reviews

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 6:27 AM

Taylor Swift released her sixth album,
Taylor Swift released her sixth album, "Reputation," just before midnight Friday.(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

Taylor Swift’s sixth album arrived as expected on download services just before midnight Friday, and it’s already getting a good reputation. 

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What might have been unexpected was how “Reputation” -- Swift’s 15-song album that was released after four pre-releases and a three-year album hiatus by the singer -- was received by critics, Billboard reported.

The album had more than 400,000 pre-orders, The Associated Press reported on Nov. 3. Swift’s label, Big Machine Records, was predicting sales of more than 2 million in the album’s first week.


The reviews have been positive so far. The Los Angeles Times called “Reputation” Swift’s “most focused, most cohesive album yet.” Rolling Stone said it was an album “full of one-on-one adult love songs.”

It is “her most intimate album,” Rolling Stone continued. “A cycle about how it feels when you stop chasing romance and start letting your life happen.

“That’s a daring swerve from a songwriter who’s scored so many brilliant hits about pursuing the next romantic high,” Rolling Stone wrote.


Before the album’s official release, Swift previewed four songs from “Reputation”: “Look What You Made Me Do,” “... Ready For It?” “Gorgeous,” and “Call It What You Want.”

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“Don’t let the album title fool you,” USA Today reported. “Taylor Swift doesn’t give a damn about her bad reputation.”

The New York Times called “Reputation” a “public renegotiation, engaging pop music on its terms, not hers.” It is “fundamentally unlike any of her other albums in that it takes into account -- prioritizes, actually -- the tempo and tone of her competition.”

Music legend and 'Touched by an Angel' star Della Reese dead at 86

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

Remembering Della Reese

“Touched By An Angel” actress and music legend Della Reese passed away on Sunday, friends said in a statement to PEOPLE. She was 86.

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“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” Reese’s “Touched by an Angel” co-star Roma Downey said in a statement to PEOPLE.

On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved...

Posted by Roma Downey on Monday, November 20, 2017

“She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on ‘Touched By an Angel.’ I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace, sweet angel. We love you.”

Downey posted to Facebook on Friday, requesting that fans pray for Reese.

Thank you friends for all your prayers for this great lady ......please keep them coming I know they are such a comfort to Miss Della .🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊 #dellareese #prayfordella #angel #touchedbyanangel

Posted by Roma Downey on Friday, November 17, 2017

Before landing the role as Tess on “Touched by an Angel,” Reese was an accomplished singer who rose to national fame in 1957 with her song, “And That Reminds Me.” She had several other hits, including “Not One Minute More,” “And Now,” “Don’t You Know?” and “The Most Beautiful Words.”

When she made the move to television, Reese saw success in parts on series including “The Love Boat,” “MacGyver” and “The Young and the Restless.” She also had her own television variety hour called “Della” and was the first black woman to co-host “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” She went on to play Tess in “Touched by an Angel’s” 1994 debut and continued through the end of the series in 2003.

In this March 8, 1998 file photo, actress Della Reese, nominated for best dramatic actress for her role in the television series "Touched by an Angel", arrives for the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," died at age 86. A family representative released a statement Monday that Reese died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in California. No cause of death or additional details were provided. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)(Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Reese had a near-death experience in 1979 when she suffered a brain aneurysm. The health scare lead her to found her own church, Understanding Principles for Better Living.

She is survived by her husband Franklin Lett and children James, Franklin and Dominique. Her daughter Deloreese Owens passed away in 2002.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Harrison Ford reportedly helps woman in rollover car accident

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:57 PM

9 Things You Never Knew About Harrison Ford

A driver in an accident in Santa Paula, California, was assisted by first responders and an award-winning actor Sunday.

KABC reported that Harrison Ford helped a female driver after she drove off a highway and crashed into an embankment Sunday afternoon.

Santa Paula Police Senior Officer Matt Alonzo told the Ventura County Star that the Ford was in the area with a friend when they heard the driver’s sedan roll over and off the highway and into a tree.

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“He acted as a good Samaritan, just like everybody else, and tried to help before emergency services arrived,” Alonzo said.

A representative for the Santa Paula Fire Department told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor was getting on the highway after leaving the Santa Paula Airport.

Authorities said the woman was the only occupant in the car and that Ford and others helped her out of the vehicle. She had minor injuries.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident. 

This is the latest in a string of good deeds Ford has been reported as doing.

E! News reported that, in 2000, he was in his helicopter when he rescued two female hikers from the top of Table Mountain in Wyoming as they had altitude sickness. In 2001, he found a missing 13-year-old Boy Scout while flying a helicopter around Wyoming. 

A representative for Ford did not comment to KABC on the report.

Police called to Tyrese Gibson’s home after alleged fake kidnap video surfaces

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 4:07 PM

Police were called to Tyrese's house after a video surfaced that appeared to show a kidnapping at his home.
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Police were called to Tyrese's house after a video surfaced that appeared to show a kidnapping at his home.(Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Actor Tyrese Gibson wound up answering to police on Monday morning after he posted a video of a man tied up in his underwear in his home.

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According to TMZ, police were dispatched to Gibson’s Los Angeles home in the early hours of Monday morning after a video of a man appearing to be tied up and gagged in Gibson’s home surfaced on Instagram. The man in the video is reportedly comedian Michael Blackson, and police were called after several people believed Gibson had kidnapped him after Blackson openly mocked his breakdown weeks ago.

In the bizarre video, Gibson can be seen taunting Blackson and spraying him with what appears to be baby oil before throwing his English Bulldog on the couch next to him. Gibson also asked Blackson if he will ever make a video taunting him again, and he anxiously shook his head, “No.”

Gibson reportedly told police that the video was a joke and Blackson was in on it. No arrests were reported.

He was previously in the news after his ex-wife accused him of beating their daughter, Shalya, 10. Norma Mitchell Gibson was denied a permanent restraining order against her ex on Friday and 50/50 custody was restored to Gibson.

Gibson is reportedly facing financial issues and he filed court documents that state he earns $105,686 per month, but his expenses total close to $107,576 per month. He claimed Will and Jada Pinkett Smith gave him $5 million to help ease some of the financial burden, but that has since been disputed. A TMZ report said a source close to the couple said Gibson’s claim was not true.

'The Incredibles 2' trailer released

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 12:28 PM

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 14:  (L-R) Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Huck Milner, Sarah Vowell, Holly Hunter, and Craig T. Nelson and director Brad Bird of The Incredibles 2 took part today in the Walt Disney Studios animation presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
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ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 14: (L-R) Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Huck Milner, Sarah Vowell, Holly Hunter, and Craig T. Nelson and director Brad Bird of The Incredibles 2 took part today in the Walt Disney Studios animation presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)(Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Fans were given a special treat Saturday as Disney released the long-awaited official trailer for “The Incredibles 2.” 

The trailer clocks in at just under one minute long and features baby Jack-Jack testing some of his superpowers.

“The Incredibles 2” features the voice work of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Disney announced on Twitter that the release date for the film is June 15, 2018.