10 Things We Learned at Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’ Tribeca Q&A

After directing the short film for the 10-minute version of All Too Well last year, Taylor Swift gave fans a glimpse into her film-making process at a special screening and Q&A at the Tribeca Festival on Saturday (June 11). Interviewed onstage at New York City’s Beacon Theatre by writer-director Mike Mills, Swift engaged in a thoughtful conversation about entering the directing world, while also saving a few surprises for the audience — including a special appearance by All Too Well stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, as well as an acoustic performance of “All Too Well” to conclude the afternoon event.

Swift touched upon a wide range of topics during the conversation, from how she got behind the camera to some of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it minutiae of the short film. Here are 10 fascinating takeaways from Swift’s Tribeca Q&A:

1. Swift and Mike Mills share a mutual (famous) friend.

Mills, the director behind films like C’mon C’mon and Beginners, also helmed the 2019 short film I Am Easy to Find for indie-rock stalwarts The National, which starred Alicia Vikander. “It really inspired me in ways I can’t possibly overstate,” Swift said of the project. Of course, the National is also home to Aaron Dessner, a close collaborator of Swift’s since 2020’s Folklore, and Swift joked that she and Mills are now “both members of the Aaron Dessner Cinematic Universe!”

2. Swift wasn’t originally supposed to make her directorial debut in 2020 with “The Man.”

Prior to her All Too Well short film, Swift had directed the eye-popping clip for the Lover single, in which she dons prosthetics and makeup to become her fictional male counterpart as a satire on gender norms. “I wanted a female director,” Swift explained of music video, which premiered in February 2020, “but all of my favorite female directors were booked,” adding, “which is great! We love that!”

Once she decided to helm the video herself, Swift said that she found the entire experience — from making shot lists to the actual filming — “incredibly fulfilling,” setting up a longer project like All Too Well. “This is not a music video — we approached everything differently,” Swift said of All Too Well, describing the process of directing as an “interesting exercise in trusting your gut instinct.”

3. All Too Well is partly a meditation on girlhood.

In describing the struggle of Sadie Sink’s character in the short film, Swift pointed out that “19 and 20 is such an interesting and profound age” for a young woman, with “one foot still in girlhood but society telling you that you’re an adult.” Different shots in the short film were meant to capture Sink’s character falling for an older male, struggling to fit in with his friends, and then feeling isolated from her childhood friends when they break up, as “an effervescent, curious young woman who ends up completely out of her depth … I wanted it to feel like them falling together was inevitable and like them falling apart was inevitable,” Swift pointed out.

4. The red typewriter is an Easter egg.

Swift filled in the audience on some subtle dramatic cues within the short film, starting with the opening line — in which Sink’s character asks O’Brien’s love interest, “Are you for real?” — which is designed to foreshadow her fictionalization of their romance at the end of the film. Swift also pointed out that the red typewriter that Sink’s character uses to write her story is originally seen amongst his things, suggesting that he gifted her the typewriter and “galvanized her into finding her life and her career,” as Swift put it.

As for the final shot of the film? Swift sees the man glimpsing into the store window and turning away as his character becoming something of a protagonist. “We can all relate to being on the outside looking in,” Swift said.

5. Swift wants to direct more…

When Mills asked Swift if she would consider directing something longer than All Too Well, and potentially even a feature film, the superstar responded enthusiastically. “I would love to,” she said. “It would be so fantastic to write and direct something.”

6. …but it probably wouldn’t be something enormous.

“I don’t see it being bigger in terms of scale,” Swift continued, explaining how much she valued the “intimate” feel of All Too Well as a character study. So, don’t expect a Swift-directed Star Wars film anytime soon.

7. Swift always wanted Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien as her All Too Well leads.

When she finished writing her treatment for the short film, Swift immediately had both actors in mind, and said she felt nervous to approach them with the project. When they signed on, Swift said she was blown away by Sink’s “versatility,” as her character oscillated between love and isolation. “The dinner party scene just kills me,” Swift said, her voice cracking a bit, “because she’s so talented. These little micro-expressions!” Meanwhile, she said that O’Brien possessed “this electric charisma that this character needed to get away with all the gaslighting!”

8. The argument scene wasn’t a sure thing at first.

In the middle of All Too Well, the song cuts out for an extended sequence in which the two main characters argue in the kitchen post-dinner, which becomes the short film’s main showcase for character-building dialogue. The scene is an outlier in the short film, and wasn’t a lock to make the final cut.

“I didn’t think it was gonna make it,” Sink said onstage of the sequence. After Sink and O’Brien filmed the argument in an unbroken shot, however, Swift knew it had to be included as something of a centerpiece. “You guys absolutely blew me away,” she told her two stars.

9. Taylor related to the loss that Sink’s character experiences in the film.

In All Too Well, Sink’s character turns devastating heartbreak into a story to be told to the masses in a way to regain control of her journey. Swift said that the narrative arc is “very reminiscent” of the loss of control she felt when she was denied the opportunity to purchase her master recordings in 2019, which then led to her Taylor’s Version re-recordings and projects like the All Too Well short film.

“It was a very hard time for me,” Swift said of the inability to buy back her recordings, before adding that, in the middle of the re-recording process, she’s in a much better place today. “A lot of my hardest moments, and moments of extreme grief or loss, were galvanized into what my life looks like now.”

10. All Too Well is, of course, for the fans.

Nearly a decade after releasing the original version of “All Too Well” on Red, Swift said that the 10-minute version of the non-single finally saw the light of day because her dedicated fans got wind of it, kept asking about it, and created a special moment just for themselves. “You guys just wouldn’t let it go!” Swift said lovingly, to rapturous applause.

That type of interest, enthusiasm and support helped the 10-minute version of “All Too Well” debut atop the Hot 100 chart upon its November release, and helped Swift herself during trying moments. As she put it before performing “All Too Well” following the Q&A, “It’s the belief in people who fiercely care about you that will get you through losing things.”

Britney Spears Shares ‘Like a Virgin’ Dance With Madonna at Her Wedding

The footage from Britney Spears and Sam Asghari’s wedding keeps coming.

In a new clip shared on social media on Saturday (June 11), Spears gave fans one more glimpse at what it was like to celebrate with her famous friends, courtesy of another clip featuring Madonna.

Spears is seen smooching and dancing with her husband, showing off her wedding gown and getting close to Madonna for a little “Like a Virgin” fun in a series of wedding reception videos posted this weekend.

Spears and Asghari tied the knot on Thursday (June 9), eight months after they announced their engagement. The pair met in 2016 on the set of the singer’s “Slumber Party” video.

“LIVING IS GIVING … pssss don’t worry I had my first diamond thong underneath my jacket … hope I didn’t offend anyone,” the pop star captioned the latest post from her wedding celebration, where at some point in the night she’d also recreated her legendary kiss with Madonna from the 2003 MTV VMAs.

In another cute video that had already circulated after the nuptials, Spears, Madonna, Paris Hilton, Selena Gomez, Drew Barrymore and Donatella Versace were seen singing along to another Madonna’s classic, “Vogue.”

Check out the “Like a Virgin” moment, which happens about 23 seconds into the clip below.

New Orleans’ Voodoo Fest Canceled for 3rd Straight Year

Fans of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience will have to wait a bit longer before the festival returns to New Orleans.

On Friday (June 10), organizers confirmed in an announcement on social media and the festival’s website that the event won’t happen this year, calling it a “pause.”

New Orleans’ major spring festivals – the Jazz & Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival and the BUKU Music + Art Project – all returned in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Essence Festival of Culture is set for an in-person comeback the first weekend in July.

The Voodoo Fest is an annual festival held in City Park featuring national and local acts. It draws a heavy crowd of young people from the city and surrounding areas and is usually held on Halloween weekend.

Organizers did not give a reason for the cancelation, but said more updates would be posted on social media. The last festival was in October 2019, five months before the pandemic shutdown.

Voodoo had been on a roll before the coronavirus pandemic. Total attendance for the three-day 20th anniversary in 2018, which featured Mumford & Sons, Travis Scott, Janelle Monae and the Arctic Monkeys, was reportedly 180,000. That was a 20% increase over the 2016 and 2017 totals of 150,000, and an even greater leap over previous years, The Times Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.

Neither Don Kelly, who’s served as Voodoo’s director in recent years, nor a spokesperson for C3 Presents, the event’s producer, had responded to messages seeking comment on 2022′s cancellation and what it might mean for the future of the festival.

One person disappointed by Voodoo’s disappearance is Jeff Borne, whose company runs the Mortuary Haunted House, and for several years, gave the festival its Halloween flavor, the newspaper reported.

Being involved with Voodoo “was a great experience,” Borne said. “It’s one of our favorite things to do. We’re disappointed that it’s not happening this year.”

His fall will be unusually quiet. The Scream Park, a scary, alternative amusement park that his company produced at City Park’s Scout Island, won’t return. He’ll focus instead on the Mortuary, which opens in September, then wait to see whether Voodoo comes back from the dead in 2023.

“I hope so,” Borne said. “It means a lot to New Orleans. But in the big picture, it’s not that big of a thing for C3 and Live Nation.”

Taylor Swift Drops 11-Minute ‘Short Film’ Version of ‘All Too Well’ Song on Spotify & Apple Music

Is 10 minutes of “All Too Well” just not enough “All Too Well” for you? Fans noticed that an 11-minute version of Taylor Swift‘s opus, with updated instrumentals and a retailored outro, was quietly made available to stream on Saturday (June 11) as the singer-songwriter-director screened and discussed her All Too Well short film at the Tribeca Festival in New York City.

The newly released, cinematic version of “All Too Well,” officially titled “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film),” actually clocks in at 11 minutes, 26 seconds. The actual “10-minute” version that was released on Swift’s re-recorded Red album is 10 minutes, 13 seconds long.

The end of Swift’s latest edit of the song repeats the emotional “They say all’s well that ends well/ But I’m in a new hell every time/ You double cross my mind” section of the song, slowly fading out as she sadly recalls, “It’s supposed to be fun, turning 21.”

Swift spoke about All Too Well: The Short Film starring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink — and performed “All Too Well” for the lucky crowd — at Tribeca Festival, where a special screening was held on Saturday. Swift directed, wrote and also appeared in the project that first premiered in November.

Stream her “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film)” track on Spotify and Apple Music now.

Ringo Starr Postpones Summer Tour Dates After All Starr Band Members Test Positive for COVID-19

Ringo Starr is postponing the remaining dates of his 2022 summer tour after two of his All-Starr Band members tested positive for the coronavirus.

The legendary Beatles drummer announced on his website Saturday (June 11) that the 12 concerts left on his North American trek will be pushed to September 2022 after it was discovered that keyboardist Edgar Winter and guitarist Steve Lukather were diagnosed with COVID-19.

“We are so sorry to let the fans down,” Starr said in a statement. “It’s been wonderful to be back out on the road and we have been having such a great time playing for you all. But as we all know, Covid is still here and despite being careful these things happen. I want to thank the fans for their patience, I send you all peace and love, and we can’t wait to be back in the fall.”

The 81-year-old musician and his All-Starr Band — which also includes members Colin Hay, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and Hamish Stuart — were nearly halfway through the 22-date tour prior to its halt. The trek, Starr’s first outing since 2019, launched on May 27 in Ontario, Canada.

Ringo and His All Starr Band previously announced a fall tour that is scheduled to begin on Sept. 23 at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport, Conn., and wrap Oct. 20 at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. The postponed summer dates will be added to the band’s fall schedule. Check Starr’s website for further details.

Check out Starr’s announcement on Twitter below.

Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake Reunite for ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ at L.A. Concert

Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake have reunited onstage!

Stapleton welcomed surprise guest Timberlake for a duet of the country music star’s Traveller album song “Tennessee Whiskey” during his concert at the Kia Forum near Los Angeles on Friday night (June 10).

“I guarantee that most of you probably know me because of this man I’m about to bring onstage,” the long-bearded singer told the crowd when introducing JT. “He’s one of the greatest musical artists that has ever lived.”

From there, the Memphis-born pop superstar excitedly walked onstage and took a few bows before the two musicians performed a stirring duet of “Tennessee Whiskey,” which appeared on the country singer’s 2015 debut album, Traveller.

Stapleton and Timberlake previously performed “Tennessee Whiskey” (which was written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove and originally recorded by David Allan Coe in the early 1980s) during a show-stopping medley at the CMA Awards in 2015.

Stapleton’s version of the song spent six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 2015, peaking at No. 20 that November.

JT also collaborated with the country titan on the song “Say Something,” from the singer-actor’s 2018 album, Man in the Woods.

Watch Stapleton and Timberlake’s “Tennessee Whiskey” performance here.

Kid Cudi Premieres ‘Do What I Want,’ Lights Up Day 1 During Headlining Set at 2022 Governors Ball

“I’m the master of ceremonies, and I’ve come to show you a good time,” Kid Cudi told the sea of Governors Ball festival-goers during his second headlining set at the festival on Friday (June 10).

The 11th iteration of the annual festival launched earlier in the day with a packed lineup of pop, dance, hip-hop, and alternative rock music. For the second straight year, the festival took place at Citi Field in Queens, New York, rather than its usual turf on Randall’s Island.

After fiery performances from Jack Harlow, Quinn XCII, Black Pumas, Skepta, A$AP Ferg and more, the 38-year-old Cleveland native entered Governors Ball’s main stage at sunset, sporting bright ocean blue hair and a 1962 Los Angeles Dodgers letterman jacket. This was Cudi’s second time performing at Governors Ball, following his 2012 headlining set, which was the festival’s second year and first on Randall’s Island.

As the 7 train roared in the distance, he kicked off his set list with “Tequila Shots,” the standout track from his 2020 seventh LP, Man on the Moon III: The Chosen, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 after its release.

He then performed a 15-song setlist (see below), encompassing music from his 2009 classic debut, Man on the Moon: The End of the Day, to Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, Indicud, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ and, later, his latest release “Do What I Want.” Cudi dropped the latter single on Friday as the first release from his upcoming album, Entergalactic, due out this year through Republic Records.

The new album serves as a musical component to Cudi’s upcoming adult animated Netflix series of the same name, also starring Timothee Chalamet, Jessica Williams and Ty Dolla $ign. This marked Cudi’s first live performance of “Do What I Want.”

After “Tequila Shots” and “She Knows This,” both from Man on the Moon III, Cudi backtracked to “REVOFEV” and “Marijuana,” both off 2010’s Man on the Moon II. Next, Cudi brought out longtime collaborator King Chip (formerly Chip Tha Ripper) to perform the duo’s 2012 hit “Just What I Am,” the lead single off 2013’s Indicud. The pair’s chemistry was electric, a surefire sign of their longstanding history.

“We haven’t even gotten to the rage section of the show yet,” Cudi mused at around the halfway mark of his set. “This one’s dedicated to all the f—ed up kids like me.”

Cudi then dove into his 2010 rock anthem “Mr. Rager,” a song that, for many, has come to epitomize the rapper’s catalog, as the dark and ominous track details his experience nearly overdosing.

Cudi later performed his 2020 smash hit “The Scotts,” prefacing the track saying, “This one’s for my brother Travis (Scott). Sing it loud so he can hear you.” The track debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2020, earning Cudi his first career No. 1 hit.

Keeping with the party atmosphere, Cudi wrapped up his first headlining Governors Ball setlist with two of his classic dance hits: David Guetta’s “Memories” (on which Cudi is featured) and “Pursuit of Happiness.”

See Kid Cudi’s Governor’s Ball set list below.

“Tequila Shots”
“She Knows This”
“REVOFEV”
“Marijuana”
“Just What I Am” (with King Chip)
“Up Up & Away”
“Ghost!”
“Mr. Rager”
“Mojo So Dope”
“Sad People”
“The Scotts”
“Do What I Want”
“Surfin’”
“Memories”
“Pursuit of Happiness”