Taylor’s not really Swift on the pickup

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Taylor Swift, who’s made a career out of dating guys then writing songs about them, may have some new material as English actor Douglas Booth gave her the brush off. 

Taylor Swift will start the new year in a familiar place: alone. Her latest crush, English actor Douglas Booth, has told pals in London that he’s not interested in the “Mean” singer.

We’re told Swift was in hot pursuit after spotting the 21-year-old “Romeo and Juliet” star at a party at the West Hollywood Soho House in November.

“Taylor kept on making an effort to flirt with Douglas, but he gave her the cold shoulder and was extremely dismissive towards her,” says our insider.

Swift was not taking no for an answer, we hear, and made several attempts to lure Booth in.

<p> Friends say Booth (r.) was scared off by Swift. </p>

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Friends say Booth (r.) was scared off by Swift.

“She would get a drink and then approach him; she would chat with [actress] Hailee Steinfeld and then re-approach him; she was even trying to chat him up near the flowers on display. It was all very funny for those of us watching,” says our snitch.


But it was to no avail. Our spies say Swift looked dejected at his lack of interest and was overheard in the ladies’ room telling Steinfeld about her disappointment.

“Taylor and Hailee were chatting about Douglas while they all touched up their makeup,” says our source. “Taylor was whining and complaining about his aloofness toward her. She looked like an animal circling its prey, when she tried to get his attention.”

<p> Swift and former flame John Mayer</p>

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Swift and former flame John Mayer

Well, something worked. They’ve since been spotted out on a few dates in London, but a friend of Booth tells us he has been scared off.

“Doug is a young guy and is enjoying the single life,” says his pal. “He was quite taken aback about how keen Taylor was. She has been in touch with him, but he just wants to be friends.”


Booth should be concerned about ending up in the lyrics of the next Swift hit. Some of the country-pop darling’s music has been inspired by men she has dated.

Swift dated Joe Jonas in 2009, and her scathing song “Last Kiss” has long been rumored to be about their breakup — which occurred during a 27-second phone call. She then had reported flings with Taylor Lautner (possibly the inspiration for “Back to December”), Cory Monteith (“Mine”), John Mayer (“Dear John”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“The Last Time”) and Conor Kennedy (“Begin Again”).

Most recently, Swift had a rocky relationship with One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles, who allegedly inspired her hit “I Knew You Were Trouble.” But then, didn’t everyone know that?


“Wolf of Wall Street” director Martin Scorsese  may be 71, but he’s a huge fan of the world’s biggest boy band.

<p> Director Martin Scorsese is a big fan of boy band One Direction.</p>

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Director Martin Scorsese is a big fan of boy band One Direction.

A well-placed source tells us the director got hooked on One Direction after his daughter Francesca gave him one of the quintet’s CDs. “Martin is very passionate and enthused about the music of One Direction,” our source tells us. Here’s hoping he directs their next music video. After all, look what he did for Michael Jackson’s “Bad.”


Celebs’ awkward moments arethe best awkward moments. Ata recent dinner party at the L.A. homeof decorator Kathryn M. Ireland, Lindsay Lohan was seated next to famed screenwriter/playwright/film director David Mamet — but neither knew who the other was.

<p> Lindsay Lohan has never heard of playwright David Mamet ...</p>

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Lindsay Lohan has never heard of playwright David Mamet.

<p> ... and vice versa.</p>

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… and vice versa.

Lohan asked what he did for a living; Mamet then admitted to Lohan that he’d never heard of her. “It was awkward in every possible way,” says our spy. “They ended up talking to other guests. David prefers the cerebral over the superficial.”


Celebrities turned out in force Monday night to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Catch and SL Miami at the James Royal Palm hotel.

<p> Ryan Phillippe and galpal Paulina Slagter</p>

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Ryan Phillippe and galpal Paulina Slagter

Ryan Phillippe and girlfriend Paulina Slagter, Jeremy Piven and Bethenny Frankel toasted EMM Group owners Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum on the birthday of their South Beach outposts. Following a dinner party, guests moved into hot spot SL, where Busta Rhymes surprised the VIPs by grabbing the mic for a spontaneous performance.


Balmy Anguilla is again a magnet for New York’s shivering movers and shakers. Our spies have spotted Estée Lauder’s Leonard Lauder, CBS honcho Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen, film exec Jeffrey Katzenberg, Cablevision CEO Jim Dolan, and entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman and wife Deborah.

<p> CBS honcho<strong> Les Moonves </strong>and wife Julie Chen (above) are some of the celebs recently spotted sunning it up in Anguilla.</p>

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CBS honcho Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen (above) are some of the celebs recently spotted sunning it up in Anguilla.

Meanwhile, Ludacris and Kevin Hart have been partying together most nights on the Caribbean island. “Everyone brought their boats, but there is no dock,” says our tipster. “They park in the water and take a dinghy to the island.”


She looks like her mom (Heather Locklear, inset), and she sets like her dad (Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora): Ava Sambora turned heads playing volleyball on the beach in Maui.

<p> Ava Sambora, daughter of Heather Locklear and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, plays volleball in Maui.</p>


Ava Sambora, daughter of Heather Locklear and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, plays volleball in Maui.


 Charlize Theron turns up the heat as she flaunts her abs on vacation in Hawaii.

<p> Charlize Theron flaunts her bikini bod in Hawaii.</p>

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Charlize Theron flaunts her bikini bod in Hawaii.

The “Monster” actress showed off her banging body in a black bikini bottom and multicolored top as she lapped up the sun. The South African stunner traveled to the tropical paradise with close friend Sean Penn, and the pair are said to be staying at his beachfront property.


Seal runs into  fellow singer Gwen Stefani in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and the old friends share a laugh or two.

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