Social media scoop: Reactions to Star Wars, Taylor and Zayn's duet and Alan Thicke

Social media scoop: Reactions to Star Wars, Taylor and Zayn's duet and Alan Thicke

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Text: Adibah Isa

Trending this week: Tributes to Alan Thicke, Taylor Swift's birthday and the new Star Wars movie

1. Rest in peace
Actor, songwriter, composer and talk show host Alan Thicke passed away on 13 December at the age of 69. Famous for many acting and writing efforts including sitcoms Growing Pains and Fuller House, his passing sent ripples down the Hollywood circuit who remembered him fondly.


2. From son to father
Of course, the late personality was also father to Blurred Lines' singer Robin Thicke, who penned this succinct tribute on his Instagram. 

A photo posted by Robin Thicke (@robinthicke) on


3. 27th year
Taylor Swift welcomed her 27th birthday with tributes from her modelling pals Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid and Lily Aldridge. 

Instagram | @marthahunt Taylor! My life wouldn't be the same without our spontaneous dance parties and all night conversations. I love how you never judge my moves and always teach me better ones Your resilience and passion for life inspire me every day. HBD @taylorswift

Instagram | @karliekloss Happiest of Birthdays to my ride or die @taylorswift I feel blessed to count you as my friend, sister and partner in crime. Can't wait to celebrate together very soon

Instagram | @gigihadid Happy Birthday to you T!! So inspired every day by what an incredible friend you are !!!!!!!! love you & celebrating with u in spirit xx

Instagram | @lilyaldridge Happy Birthday Taylor There's so many reasons I love you!!! You are my partner in crime, dance partner, someone I can talk to about anything, friend for life! But most of all I love your big beautiful heart We love you Lily & Dixie

4. That one guy
There's always that one guy on the Internet who'll ruin it for everyone. In Swift's case, it was former beau John Mayer, who tweeted a snarky comment before quickly deleting it.

5. Taylor's other tribe
While not necessarily in squad territory, Swift's fanbase reaches as far and wide to people like Katie Couric and Kevin Costner. Who would've thought. 


6. Surprise, surprise
A collaboration no one saw coming, Swift and Zayn Malik (who just happens to be Hadid's boyfriend — how convenient) dropped their new song for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, I Don't Wanna Live Forever. The Internet freaked out a little bit.


7. Bruno Mars drops some uptown funk onto James Corden
After releasing his Madonna episode last week, host James Corden finally dropped the one we've really been waiting for: Bruno Mars. Singing his new hits as well as classics such as Grenade and Locked Out of Heaven, Mars tries on multiple hats and catches his breath in between tunes.

8. The Supermoon's back
And it's a big one, considering it'll be the last for 2016. In case you missed it, the snaps below lets your eye go where your humble camera couldn't. 


9. Who's Riz Ahmed?
You're already familiar with Felicity Jones' and Diego Luna's work — but what about Brit Riz Ahmed? The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is also a rapper and has played critically-acclaimed roles in films such as Lion

Instagram | @rizahmed Seems even the storm troopers and action figures were feeling @starwars #rogueone at last night's European premiere

10. The force is all within us
As the movie opens this week, the world braces itself yet again for an adventure that's out of this world. Dwight from The Office approves.


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