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Taylor Swift is out. Samantha Barks is in.

A few weeks after the singer had supposedly landed the role of Eponine in the upcoming big screen version of Les Miserables - alongside such acting stalwarts as Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen and Anne Hathaway - Broadway World now reports the artist will be replaced in the film by Samantha Barks.

As seen below, that actress took on the same character in a 2010 tribute concert to the production, and was subsequently linked romantically to Nick Jonas.

  • Samantha Barks as Eponine
  • Taylor Swift  in London

Tweeted Barks soon after this announcement was made: "Most incredible moment of my life!!!!"

No word was given for the switch.

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Might we soon need to Tac a new young power couple in Hollywood on to the board?

According to the latest issue of Us Weekly, Taylor Swift and Zac Efron (aka Tac, according to certain opening sentences) dined together at an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles.

Witnesses say the superstar singer and former High School Musical star "were deep in conversation and very giggly," even arriving together in the latter's Audi.

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  • Pic of Zac Efron

A source shoots down dating rumors between this pair, simply saying Taylor and Zac "were in L.A. doing press stuff together, and after they were done, they decided to grab dinner."

And, yes, it is true that they are starring in The Lorax together. But what fun is that? Two professionals exchanging career-oriented talk and mere friendly banter?

It's far more enjoyable to play this out in our minds and imagine Swift penning her next heartbreaking album about Efron, isn't it?

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On her next album, Taylor Swift is not shying away from what has become a wildly successful mantra: sing about what she knows.

The new Vogue cover girl tells this magazine that her upcoming album  - which does not have a release date - will focus on an "absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak" she experienced at some point in the not-too-distant past.

Uh-oh. Should Jake Gyllenhaal be worried?

Taylor Swift Vogue Cover

Why does Swift keep penning such personal singles? They help her gain "clarity" and simply "feel better" about break-ups, the singer adds in the interview.

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Elizabeth Banks posing in her full Effie Trinket attire? Very cool.

Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars debuting "Safe and Sound," the track on which thy collaborated for The Hunger Games soundtrack? Very, very cool! And posted below.

The young superstar joined the band on stage in Nashville last night, shocking concert goers by popping up near the end of the show and performing this track live for the first time. Give it a listen now:

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Taylor Swift is about to make a major mark on the movie industry.

The singer has reportedly been offered the role of Eponine in the upcoming big screen adaption of Broadway's Les Miserables. The character belts out one of the show's most beloved numbers, "On My Own," and Swift beat out such heavyweights for the part as Scarlett Johansson, Lea Michele and Evan Rachel Wood.

Taylor Swift in Red

The film will also star Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Impressive company, indeed, for Swift.

The singer's only previous acting work involved small roles in Valentine's Day and CSI.

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What do you get when you combine Taylor Swift with The Hunger Games? Absolute awesomeness!

Also, the single "Safe and Sound."

Indeed, the young superstar will include that just-released track on the aforementioned movie's upcoming soundtrack, as she's joined on it below by The Civil Wars. Take a listen now and sound off: What do you think?

Remember: The Hunger Games will be released on March 23, 2012. Continue to build on your excitement for the blockbuster by checking out the official movie trailer now!

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This gives new meaning to the phrase "Picture to Burn" ... or something.

Procter & Gamble recently pulled a CoverGirl print ad featuring singer Taylor Swift in the UK because it was among a group of ads cited by a watchdog for excessive Photoshop use. Yes, there is seriously a consumer watchdog group for that.

Take a look at the yanked Taylor Swift image below:

Taylor Swift Cover Girl Ad

The National Advertising Division (NAD), the ad industry's self-regulatory body created to review factual claims in national advertisements, issued a statement saying:

"It has determined that [P&G] acted properly in discontinuing superior performance claims made in print advertising for its CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara."

Specifically, the NAD asked P&G to verify that the mascara has two times more volume vs. bare lashes and is 20 percent lighter than the most expensive mascara.

The watchdog also criticized "implied messages" - that consumers "would get lashes like those depicted in the advertisement and that the lashes depicted in the photograph were achieved solely by using [the mascara] ... without post-production enhancement."

While this is a bit silly, so is retouching Taylor Swift in the first place.

She's kind of almost perfect as is, are we wrong? Love you girl.

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Taylor Swift turns 22 years old today and one thing is certain: the superstar has no shortage of friends with whom she can celebrate.

Just consider her duets over the past few months alone: Swift sang with Selena Gomez in NYC; with Flo Rida in Miami; and with Usher in Atlanta, just to name a few.

Indeed, this is one popular young icon, but she's also one who never forgets her fans. So raise your hands, make them into a heart, Taylor-style, and send in your birthday shout-outs to the new 22-year old right now. She'll most definitely appreciate them and, hey, this is Taylor Swift.

Maybe she'll write a song about you one day.

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Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus have very different sounds (country vs. pop); different looks (blonde vs. brunette); and different philosophies on where they stand as celebrities.

Cyrus - who most recently came under fire for making a joke about marijuana - has made it clear that she just wants to be a typical teenager whose occupation happens to make her rich and famous.

“My job isn’t to tell your kids how to act or how not to act because I’m still figuring that out myself,” Miley told Harper’s Bazaar a few months ago. “To take that away from me is a bit selfish. Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not.”

  • Photograph of Taylor Swift
  • Photograph of Miley Cyrus

Swift, conversely, is happy to embrace her status as a role model. She understands it comes with the territory.

At the Billboard Women of the Year Awards on Friday, Taylor referenced Faith Hill in an interview with Katie Couric, saying:

“For me, when Faith Hill performed on an awards show, everything mattered... everything she said said, did, wore I tried to copy it. That’s what little girls do, so there is a big responsibility and I take it very seriously.”

Two artists. Two contrasting points of view. On whose side do you fall? Do you believe Taylor and Miley are role models and should act as such?

 

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Taylor Swift has come out with the official video for her fifth track of the platinum album, "Speak Now."

The superstar has said she had a "very definitive" vision for what she wanted to do with "Ours," and director Declan Whitebloom was all too happy to abide by the advice of the singer/songewriter, he told E! News:

"When Taylor says, 'I've got an idea,' you listen to what she's gonna say. And so I did, and it was a great idea - and I loved it!"

Taylor Swift, Ours

In the video, Swift takes on the role of an office worker having a no good, terrible, very bad day... until she remember that there's a special someone on whom she can count. And he's played by former Friday Night Lights quarterback Zach Gilford! Watch it below:

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