- - Sunday, October 16, 2011

Swift donates 6,000 books to Pennsylvania library

Taylor Swift wants children in the Pennsylvania city of Reading to hit the books - and she has made that easier by giving 6,000 volumes to the local library.

According to the Associated Press, librarians unveiled the donation from the Grammy-winning country singer last week. Miss Swift, who grew up in nearby Wyomissing, wasn’t able to attend the event.

Miss Swift partnered with publisher Scholastic Inc. to donate the books for children and young adults. The titles were chosen by local librarians.

Librarians say Miss Swift’s books will be marked with a white star on the spine and a sticker inside. They say they hope her popularity will motivate more children and teens to read.

Female director chosen to helm ‘Thor’ sequel

Hollywood has signed up its first female director for a major superhero movie, the Associated Press reports.

Marvel Studios announced last week that Patty Jenkins will direct “Thor 2,” the sequel to the summer hit. The movie is due in theaters Nov. 15, 2013.

Miss Jenkins is best known for writing and directing 2003’s “Monster,” which earned Charlize Theron the best actress Academy Award. Her credits also include episodes of “Entourage” and “Arrested Development.”

Chris Hemsworth will reprise his title role in “Thor 2” as the Norse god of thunder, with co-stars Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston also returning.

The first “Thor,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, took in $448 million worldwide.

U.K. judge nixes ‘Goo Goo’ after Lady Gaga lawsuit

Pop star Lady Gaga has won an injunction stopping the makers of an online children’s game from promoting an animated character called Lady Goo Goo, the company involved said Friday.

According to the Associated Press, British company Mind Candy is behind the Moshi Monsters site, which allows children to adopt a virtual pet monster.

Its characters include Lady Goo Goo, a sunglasses-wearing blonde baby who appears in “The Moshi Dance,” a video that became an online hit after it was posted on YouTube in June.

Story Continues →