A mashup video features all living presidents, starting with President Barack Obama. George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton also appear. An eclectic group of celebrities also signed on, including comedians Louis C.K. and Stephen Colbert, Taylor Swift (0:34) and actress Alyssa Milano.
President Lincoln at Gettysburg, Pa., on Nov. 19, 1863. Lincoln is seated about two thirds up from bottom and one third in from left, no hat.
The video is posted on a new website, Learn The Address, in which Burns urges all Americans to recite and record the iconic address that Lincoln gave on Nov. 19, 1863, a full 150 years ago next Tuesday. The website features other videos in which the living presidents and various celebrities read the brief-but-immortal Gettysburg Address in full (it generally takes less than two minutes). Burns, who produced the epic Civil War series a quarter-century ago, is working on a new film about Lincoln's address.
Taylor Swift covers this week's issue of New York magazine, and in the extensive story, entitled "Why Taylor Swift Is the Biggest Pop Star in the World," the 23-year-old wunderkind opens up about her platinum-selling penchant for parlaying her love life into smash records. And, although the "I Knew You Were Trouble" singer continues not to name names, she reveals to the magazine that she's "heard from the guy that most of Red is about."
"He was like, 'I just listened to the album, and that was a really bittersweet experience for me. It was like going through a photo album.' That was nice," an impressed Swift recalls. "Nicer than, like, the ranting, crazy e-mails I got from this one dude." Continues the star, whose other exes include Connor Kennedy, Harry Styles, Joe Jonas, John Mayer and others: "It's a lot more mature way of looking at a love that was wonderful until it was terrible, and both people got hurt from it — but one of those people happened to be a songwriter. So what are you going to do? Did you not Wikipedia me before you called me up [for a date]?"
Swift’s fan mail.
Sounding more healthily self-aware than ever, Swift defends her musical impulse to wear her heart on her sleeve speaking with New York. "I think that allowing yourself to feel raw, real emotions in public is something I am never going to be afraid to do. Hopefully that's the case, if I can remain a real human," she says. "I'm fine with being honest with my fans about the fact that it’s okay that everything isn't okay all the time," Swift reasons. "I love my life, I love my career, I love my friends — but things are not okay all the time. So I don't sing about things being okay all the time."
The 23-year-old singer has recently been house hunting for a home in London, a source exclusively reveals to E! News.
The Grammy winner flew to the U.K. last Thursday and spent several days looking at properties in the posh St. John's Wood and Regents Park areas of London (the same areas where Gwyneth Paltrow and Swift's ex Harry Styles live!). The source adds that the Red singer particularly liked one property that had a modern design to it. "She was looking at houses in the range of 7-8 million pounds," the source says (that's around the $11 million to $13 million range). "The properties that Swift has looked over are huge houses, complete with panic rooms and everything," the source adds.
The London house hunting news comes amid romance reports that Swift and Romeo and Juliet actor Douglas Booth recently enjoyed a date together in Hampstead, north London over the weekend. "They are just good friends," a source tells E! News of the couple. "They are possibly working on a project together. They did go to the pub in Hampstead, but there was a whole group of them, they were not on a date."