Taylor Swift, Dick Cheney, and ''The Walking Dead'' made pop culture news this week

By EW Staff
Updated November 05, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

HITS
· Taylor Swift’s ”Mean” makes us want to run out and break up with someone.
· Good news for 2012: Batman gets a title (The Dark Knight Rises). Better news for 2012: He won’t be rising in 3-D.
· The Walking Dead: proving zombies are livelier than David Caruso, Sundays at 10 p.m.
· Yigit from Top Chef: Just Desserts gives new meaning to ”Turkish delight.”
· James Franco’s riveting performance in 127 Hours: like Tom Hanks in Cast Away, except in a canyon. And without Wilson.
· They spurt whipped cream, frolic with Elmo, and shoot sparklers like the Fourth of July. Is there anything Katy Perry’s boobs can’t do?
· Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe
· Katie Holmes as Jackie O

NEAR MISSES
· James Van Der Beek as…still that guy from Dawson’s Creek
· Dear Millionaire Matchmaker: Former wife of sitcom star seeks companion. Must have sense of humor, tolerance for irritable bowel syndrome.
· Rihanna’s backup dancers throw cupcakes at one another during performance on U.K.’s X Factor. The U.S. version can’t get here soon enough.
· The box office returns of all recent Kristen Stewart movies not named Twilight. Welcome to the Rileys made $42,145 last weekend.
· Johnny Knoxville trumps Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and the horse that plays Secretariat as the biggest movie star of the fall. Do they give Oscars for being bitten in the butt by a dog?
· HBO working on a pilot called Veep about a female VP. Dick Cheney contemplates getting sex change.

MISSES
· Courteney Cox and David Arquette, the world is not your couples counselor. Stop airing your marital problems in public.
· Matthew Morrison dresses as Richard Simmons for Halloween: Yet another offensive photo from the cast of Glee
· Did Joss Stone end up beheaded on The Tudors? Because she makes a good case for it on her new duet with Ricky Martin.
· Charlie Sheen: Seriously, again?
· Doesn’t it feel like a Saw movie comes out every month?
· Project Runway champ puts the ”retch” in ”Gretchen.”

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