What people are talking about this week: Taylor Swift and One Direction, Netflix and Disney, Stephen Colbert for Senate
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You know how everyone talks about how awful it is to be alone around the holidays?

Apparently that fear extends to celebrities, businesses, and even satirical political commentators, as they’ve all decided to join one union or another just in time to have someone (or thing?) to kiss under the mistletoe.

Taylor Swift and Harry Styles

The union of Taylor Swift and One Direction’s Harry Styles caused an explosion within the tween (and, let’s be honest, teen and adult) blogospheres as the couple was spotted – get this – holding hands. The newly-confirmed relationship provided answers to "who will be the subject of Taylor’s next song?" and "WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ONE DIRECTION RIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT?" (caps lock necessary). It broke the hearts of many who wanted to date the superstars themselves, and even caused a few to balk at the age difference between Swift, who will be 23 next week, and Styles, who turned 18 in February. (Fun fact: Styles was born in 1994. Seriously.) Tonight, the two will team up for the Z100 Jingle Ball with Justin Bieber at Madison Square Garden – and there are miraculously still tickets left. All we can say to this is: OMG.

Netflix and Disney

Netflix announced its plans to team up with Disney. The catch? It doesn’t start until 2016. But that hasn't stopped us from dreaming of all the Disney movies that will be right at our fingertips (streaming online, on tablets, on cell phones and then, of course, connected to game consoles, TVs, and Blu-ray players) come then, including "Brave," "Avengers," and "Wreck-It Ralph." The deal is slated to include films from Disney, Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Disneynature. Netflix will also be the exclusive distributor of new Disney live-action and animated features. In 2013, Netflix subscribers will gain access to classic Disney films, like "Alice in Wonderland" (the one without Johnny Depp), and also straight-to-DVD releases.

Stephen Colbert and politics

Stephen Colbert has been reporting on politics as a faux-conservative pundit for years on Comedy Central's satirical news show "The Colbert Report." He’s roused interest over the last few years by creating a Super PAC and, in 2008 and 2012, running for "candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina." Now, with Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) announcement that he'll leave the Senate to pursue other interests, the seat's wide open, leaving room for Colbert to get together with his longtime love, politics. While the hashtag #SenatorColbert was trending on Twitter earlier this week and sites like The Huffington Post have even openly supported his run, Colbert's contract with Comedy Central isn’t up until 2014. On his show, he said, "I'm not going to sit here and say I should be South Carolina's next senator... Not when so many other people are saying it for me."


Have a nice weekend everyone!

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