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Stevie Nicks penned prologue poem for Taylor Swift’s ‘Tortured Poets Department’

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Stevie Nicks

While all eyes (and ears) are on Taylor Swift’s latest album, Stevie Nicks actually put pen to paper for “The Tortured Poets Department.”

The former Fleetwood Mac singer’s “For T and Me” poem is featured as the written prologue on the physical copies of the album that dropped Friday.

“He was in love with her / Or at least she thought so / She was brokenhearted / Maybe he was too,” Nicks, 75, begins the poem, about a relationship between an ill-fated couple in which the woman “was way too hot to handle” and the man “was way too high to try.”

Elsewhere in the poem, the “Edge of Seventeen” singer writes: “He really can’t answer her / He’s afraid of her / He’s hiding from her / And he knows that he’s hurting her / She tells the truth / She writes about it / She’s an informer / He’s an ex-lover.”

One good turn deserves another. Later on the album, Swift, 34, compares herself to Nicks in the song “Clara Bow,” named for the 1920s silent film star known as Hollywood’s first It girl.

“You look like Stevie Nicks in ‘75, the hair and lips / Crowd goes wild at her fingertips, half moon shine a full eclipse,” Swift sings.

The record-setting four-time Album of the Year Grammy Award winner has a musical kinship with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. Their public relationship dates to 2010, when the pair shared the Grammy stage and performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” and Swift’s “You Belong with Me.”

Following the critically panned performance, Nicks praised Swift in an essay for Time magazine.

“Taylor reminds me of myself in her determination and her childlike nature. It’s an innocence that’s so special and so rare,” Nicks wrote. “This girl writes the songs that make the whole world sing, like Neil Diamond or Elton John.”

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Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt has long had his online detractors who’ve dubbed him Hollywood’s “worst Chris.” Now, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star has angered a new segment of American society — architecture fans and preservationists.

News outlets recently learned that Pratt and his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, quietly bought a 20th century modern “treasure,” the 74-year-old Zimmerman House in Brentwood, then “surreptitiously” demolished it last year with little warning, the Robb Report said. The iconic one-story home, built in 1950, was one of the earliest works of famed Southern California architect Craig Elmwood, and it was long regarded as one of the outstanding examples of Mid-Century Modern design in Los Angeles, Dwell magazine and other outlets also reported.

Pratt and his self-help author wife paid $12.5 million for the property and “wasted little time in demolishing it,” the Robb Report said. The couple have chosen to replace the Zimmerman House with a 15,000-square-foot structure home built in what Dwell said is the “increasingly ubiquitous, though contentious” farmhouse style.

Other architecture fans and preservation activists were not so diplomatic in criticizing Pratt and Schwarzenegger for replacing the smaller historic home with a farmhouse “monstrosity.”

“Yet another reason why he is the worst Chris,” someone said in reply to an Instagram Story post by Save Iconic Architecture, a nonprofit advocacy organization.

Over the past several years, Pratt has emerged as a polarizing figure in popular culture and the target of occasional flareups on social media. People take issue with his suspected conservative politics and have gone after the “Super Mario Bros’ Movie” star for attending a purportedly anti-LGBTQ church, for having a sheriff’s deputy brother who promoted hard-right imagery and for seeming to disregard the son he had with first wife Anna Faris in favor of the two daughters he has with second wife Schwarzenegger.

Now, the actor with the outward, regular-guy charm is the target of a whole new group of people who don’t like him.

“Special place in hell for people who do this, go buy a readily made McMansion instead you dumb (expletive),” someone wrote on X, while sharing a link to an Architectural Digest story about the demolition. Dwell reported that Pratt and Schwarzenegger also tore up all of modernist legend Garrett Eckbo’s original landscaping, “effectively turning the nearly one-acre lot into one flat slab.”

Members of the Midcentury Modern subreddit likewise expressed their horror and anger at the couple’s actions, Dwell reported. People posted such comments as “Yet more proof that money can’t buy good taste,” and “I know its (sic) just material but sincerely, burn in the deepest pits of hell bro.”

“This wasn’t some grandma’s ranch house in a random, sprawling suburb in Pennsylvania, with a no-name architect and zero significance!” one person said on the subreddit. The house had “architectural, historical, and artistic relevance,” the person said. “This was a grand dame of these homes.”

The Robb Report said the five-bedroom, 2,770-square-foot Zimmerman house was originally commissioned in 1949 by Martin and Eva Zimmerman, completed in 1950, and featured in Progressive Architecture magazine.

The preservationists are especially upset, Dwell reported. Save Iconic Architecture called the demolition “devastating,’ with at least one commenter likening the couple’s choice to “buying a Rothko for the frame.” The advocacy group’s cofounder, interior designer Jaime Rummerfield, said she more than understands the internet’s collective disgust for Pratt and Schwazenegger, the daughter of TV journalist Maria Shriver and former Hollywood action star and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Rummerfield likened the situation to “an endangered animal that just got poached again,” Dwell said.

Nearly 40,000 people also have liked a TikTok video tour of the former home, presented by fashion and design historian Quinn Garvey. Garvey captioned the video, “Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger ‘demo’ a mid-century home to build something ugly.” She shared her visit to the house during a 2022 estate sale. The video shows that the home featured many classic midcentury design features, including an open floor plan, clean lines, lots of glass and natural wood and a fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces.

In her video, Garvey said she was shocked to learn the home had been demolished. “I thought it was in great condition,” she said. “I never thought it was gonna go. It’s just like, Really? You had to do that?”

The Robb Report said that Pratt and Schwarzenegger probably selected the Zimmerman property because the lot happens to sit almost directly across the street from a two-house compound owned by Maria Shriver.

Dwell said people might be especially angry because they don’t think Pratt and Schwarzenegger needed to demolish the residence. Dwell quoted L.A. architect John Dutton who said that the couple could have kept the Ellwood-designed home, but “amended” it and added to its existing “footprint.” This effort would have taken longer and cost more, but the resulting home would have been more “special” than the “advertisement of status” that they are currently erecting, according to Dutton.

Many people also asked why the house wasn’t protected, saying that it should have been on some sort of historic list, Dwell said. But according to Rummerfield, Los Angeles has been incredibly lax about granting that sort of designation, passing the onus onto citizens and architectural fans in the community. Since there is no head of preservation in the city government, requests for a property’s historic designation can take years to be addressed.

Meanwhile, Pratt and Schwarzenegger can wait out the construction of their controversial new farmhouse-style home while staying in their current residence, a massive, contemporary Mediterranean-style manor that they’ve put on the market for $30 million, the Robb Report said.

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Ye

The person allegedly punched by Ye in Los Angeles may not have been the rapper’s intended target, according to reports.

The artist formerly known as Kanye West made headlines on Wednesday after reportedly punching a person in the face who he claimed improperly touched his wife, Bianca Censori.

On Saturday, TMZ identified that man as either Mark or Jonnie Houston, twin brothers who own several hot spots in the L.A. area.

But sources told the outlet Ye might have unintentionally punched the wrong twin.

The incident unfolded in the early hours of Wednesday at the famed Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood. The Grammy Award-winning artist, 46, reportedly got physical after a man “allegedly grabbed or pushed” Censori.

Milo Yiannopoulos, chief of staff at Ye’s clothing company Yeezy, later said in a statement shared with NBC News that the man had done more than simply bump into Censori.

“Bianca was physically assaulted,” he said. “The assailant didn’t merely collide into her. He put his hands under her dress, directly on her body, he grabbed her waist, he spun her around, and then he blew her kisses. She was battered and sexually assaulted.”

However, eyewitnesses told TMZ a different version of events, saying the man in question accidentally bumped into Censori in the hotel lobby, which was busy at the time. Sources said it “happened quickly,” according to the outlet, and the man went on his way immediately after. He went outside to sit at a table with friends, which reportedly included his twin brother.

Earlier in the day, the “Donda” rapper and Censori were spotted at Disneyland. The 29-year-old Australian model, known for daring outfits, surprised many on social media for being uncharacteristically covered up.

From combined wire services

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