News Nuggets: Taylor Swift blasts past ‘Frozen’ for top album of the year

In the final week of 2014, Taylor Swift‘s latest album “1989” jumps past the “Frozen” soundtrack as the top seller of the year. While Disney’s album featured the Oscar-winning tune “Let It Go” and had led all year long, Swift steals away the title in the end. She sold 3.66 million copies in just nine weeks on sale. “Frozen” sold 3.53 million during the calendar year. This is the second time for Swift to have the best-seller for a year after 2009’s “Fearless” did the same. After those two albums, the next finishers were not even close: Sam Smith sold 1.21 million, followed by Pentatonix with 1.14 million. Billboard

A new photo gallery highlights the 17 breakout stars from 2014. The feature spotlights: Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy“), Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars“), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl“), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin“), Ariana Grande, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle“), Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood“), Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken“), David Oyelowo (“Selma”), and more. The Wrap

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Paramount will screen its new awards contender “Selma” for free in that same Alabama town. Local citizens will be able to watch the Ava DuVernay fllm at the Selma Walton Theater beginning January 9. Producer Oprah Winfrey says, “With deep gratitude to the people of Selma, Alabama, we are proud to share this powerful film depicting the historic events that took place there 50 years ago. I hope generations will watch the film and share their stories of remembrance and history together.” Hollywood Reporter

Which movies should excite you the most in 2015? A lengthy new rundown previews 40 films on the way over the next 12 months. In the top 10: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (J.J. Abrams), “The Hateful Eight” (Quentin Tarantino), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Joss Whedon), “Tomorrowland” (Brad Bird), Untitled Cold War Drama (Steven Spielberg), “The Revenant” (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), “Everest” (Baltasar Kormakur), “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” (Francis Lawrence), “Jurassic World” (Colin Trevorrow), and “SPECTRE” (Sam Mendes). Yahoo Movies

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Michael Schneider takes a look back at 2008, the year when the Golden Globes weren’t so golden. The Writers Guild of America had already been on strike for two months when the January ceremony was arriving. It then became clear to producers that none of the nominees and other stars would be willing to cross a picket line. They were then forced to do a live show on NBC anyway with various entertainment correspondents as the only talent in the room. Several people involved provide a new oral history of those events. TV Guide

Actor Edward Herrmann dies Wednesday at age 71 in New York. He was an Emmy Award winner for a guest role on “The Practice” and a Tony Award winner for “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” In recent years, he might be best known for playing the family patriarch on “Gilmore Girls.” That show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and stars Lauren Graham and Kelly Bishop offer their tributes to him. TV Line

Fans can now bid on seats to this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet. Over 100 bleacher seats are available in the annual auction to benefit the SAG Foundation charity. The current batch of seats are up for bids through January 10. Winners can take pictures and ask autographs of the many nominees and presenters. The 21st annual SAG Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 25. SAG

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