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    Amy Poehler sits down with Smart Girl and Daily Grace comedienne Grace Helbig.


    ONTD, would you rather spend a week in an igloo or sleeping in a tree house?

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    We've known for a while now that James Mangold's The Wolverine was gonna pack some serious Japanese flavor, and the latest poster for the flick seems to be carrying that theme right along. Check out Logan brooding in the rain and sporting a seventh blade to go along with his trademark adamantium claws.

    This new international poster made its debut last night on the Twitter page of Marvel's Digital Media Group editorial director Ryan Penagos.




    The whole brooding-in-the-rain-from-on-high thing definitely adds a Batman kind of flair to the poster, but all those blades make it clear that this is Wolverine ready to do battle. And that's not all. If you're really into this image, you can watch the rain move with the motion poster right here. You can even customize your Facebook page with a Wolverine cover by going here.

    What do you think? Does the new poster have you more excited for the flick?



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    Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opened to $11.2 million on Wednesday in 16 foreign territories, a strong start for the 3D tentpole.

    The Hobbit, from New Line Cinema and MGM, took in $4.3 million in France, capturing 50 percent of the market, and $2 million in Germany, capturing 73 percent of the market. It took in $1.6 million in Sweden, a sizable number for that country.

    Warner Bros., which is distributing the film, opensopened Hobbit at 12:01 a.m. Friday in North America.

    According to those who have seen pre-release tracking, Hobbit could open in the $75 million to $90 million range domestically. Reviews have been mixed in the U.S., however.

    The movie, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, is the first in a planned trilogy, and takes place 60 years before the events chronicled in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

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    So 'The Hobbit' is expected to take between $75 and $90 million domestically this weekend. To add some perspective, the opening weekend of 'Fellowship' grossed $47 million, 'Two Towers' grossed $62 million and 'Return of the King' grossed $72 million. This also might be an excuse to talk about the movie for those who went to the midnight. Thank you for your time.

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    Celebrities are taking to Twitter to the mourn the lives lost in Wednesday’s horrific massacre at a Connecticut school.

    Varying reports estimate more than 20 people, many of them children, were killed in the shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    As facts about the tragedy continue to emerge, stars on Twitter are struggling to understand this senseless act.

    Here’s what they are saying:

    Katie Couric: Shocked & saddened to hear this morning’s news… My heart goes out to the families of #SandyHook Elementary children, faculty, staff

    Kim Kardashian: In total shock over the school shooting in Ct! 18 children shot dead & 9 adults by a father of one of the kids! What has this world come to

    Khloe Kardashian: I am sick to my stomach. 18 children and 9 adults lives were stolen today. I’m so sorry for the sadness and pain this has caused. PRAY

    Kourtney Kardashian: If this tragedy doesn’t change something in this country regarding guns…I just want to scream and cry. Deeply saddened. Praying

    Lindsay Lohan: This is absolutely horrifying. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Newton, CT. So unbelievably sad.


    Blake Shelton: The killing of defenseless people and innocent children. I’m sad and sickened. This is why we all should be prepared to defend and guard.

    Ian Somerhalder: We are sad.Our hearts,thoughts&help are w/you.Im so sorry to all affected by this.So sorry.May all thelove in the world hug you in this time

    Christina Applegate: There are just no words. Only sorrow. We are all shedding tears today for those families.

    Hilary Duff: Oh my.I am shocked.Heartbroken.Devastating news about this elementary school

    Mandy Moore: Absolutely devastating news this morning. There are no words.Thoughts, prayers and love to all in #Newtown.

    Bethenny Frankel: MONSTER. Those poor helpless children & babies. I don’t remember hearing something so evil

    Mia Farrow: Gun control is no longer debatable- it’s not a ‘conversation’- It’s a moral mandate. ‘

    Piers Morgan: Don’t just mourn these poor dead children America – get angry and do something to stop these senseless shootings happening.

    Randy Jackson: Thoughts and prayers go out to those in Connecticut

    Sophia Bush: My heart aches for Connecticut ….

    Maria Menounos: Heartbreaking.As many as 20 children shot by gunman this morning at a CT elementary school.Multiple fatalities reported. #Connecticut #pray

    Michael Moore: Only minutes away from pundits & politicians say, “This isn’t the time to talk about gun control.” Really? When is that moment?

    Steve Carell: Pray for Sandy Hook, Newtown CT.

    Courteney Cox: Praying for Sandy Hook

    Kevin Spacey: Just heard about the shooting in Connecticut. My thoughts go out to all who are dealing with this sad news.

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Sending positive thoughts to the families at the school in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Sherri Shepherd: My heart is broken for the parents, family & faculty of #SandyHook Elementary School… can’t stop praying & crying. Such a senseless act

    Alyssa Milano: What the f*ck is wrong with people?

    LuAnn de Lesseps: Shocking news about the shootings in Ct. Just heartbreaking. Prayers are being sent. We have got to address gun control.

    Marlee Matlin: PRAYERS to families at Conn school. I’m absolutely sick to my stomach that this violence took place where children are supposed to feel safe

    Damon Lindelof: Guns don’t kill people. Clouds and balloons kill people. Oh. Wait. Nope… it’s f**king guns.

    Kristin Chenoweth: Well im hearing about this shooting in CT. Praying. Sending prayers.

    DJ Pauly D: My Prayers Go Out To Everyone Affected By This Horrible Shooting In Connecticut

    Patton Oswalt: Dear media: Any way you could, JUST ONCE, not publicize the shooter’s face & name, so as not to inspire more of these insects?

    Rashida Jones: Gun control is our only road to freedom. Freedom from the fear of senselessly losing children. I’m so saddened. WE NEED LAWS NOW.

    Joy Behar: My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary.

    Brandi Glanville: I can not believe this school shooting, what is wrong with people!!!! My heart is breakking for the kids and families.

    Chris Harrison: Absolutely gutted by this shooting in #SandyHook prayers go out to the families & especially those children

    Josh Duhamel: My heart hurts for the victims & their families of the CT school shooting. This needs to stop. Schools must be safe again.

    Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Please #prayfornewtown. Praying with you. #whyGodwhy

    Joe Jonas: Please Pray for everyone in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson: I’m sick to my stomach about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. All my thoughts are with the community of Newtown, CT.

    Larry King: This is a double horror story-the horror of the senseless deaths & that this continues 2happen in this country

    Lucy Hale: Absolutely devastated by the Newton shooting. Praying so hard for the families & all involved. I’m at a loss and will never understand.

    Ashley Benson: Love and prayers go out to all those affected in the shooting today. It’s absolutely devastating. #PrayForNewton

    Brooklyn Decker: Any news outlet with any ounce integrity will NOT interview the children right now… What in the world are these people thinking…?!

    Kevin McHale: No words, this is a horrific tragedy. Thoughts are with all the children, parents & teachers.

    Caroline Manzo: school shooting in Connecticut is heartbreaking – poor little babies – may God be with them all

    Vivica A. Fox: OMG!! My prayers go out to all of the families affected by the school shooting in Connecticut!!My heart aches!! WHY?? #GuncontrolASAP

    Chad Johnson: Just seeing my news feed on the Connecticut shooting, what is going on, prayers to the families and students involved.

    Adrienne Maloof: Terrible terrible news about the shooting in Connecticut. Sending thoughts and prayers to everyone involved….

    Jo Jo: I will NEVER understand such horrific violence. God help us all. Please pray for victims, loved ones, & all those affected by CT shooting.

    Vinny Guadagnino: Praying for the Victims in the Connecticut school shooting. This is happening too much .

    Jenna Ushkowitz: My heart goes out to all the Families and children affected by the CT shooting. When will the violence end?

    Ray J: Thoughts and love go out to those in Connecticut at the school shooting. Life is never guaranteed, make it count

    Holly Robinson Peete: I’m following #SandyHookElementary shooting reports like it’s MY child’s school #parentsworstnightmare

    Joan Rivers: Hearing the news of the sad tragedy in CT. I’m horrified and heartbroken – my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

    Jordin Sparks: Those precious children…I will never understand the evil in this world. On my knees praying for those families. I am in tears.

    Rita Ora: Wow this is horrific everybody in Connecticut the children my love and the bots love goes out to you #isthereanyhopeleft

    Kate Walsh: Horrible. My thoughts and prayers go out to the children in newton and their families.

    Miranda Lambert: I’m praying for those babies and all the victims of the Connecticut shooting. May God bring peace to the families.

    Audra McDonald: No words. #prayfornewton

    Giuliana Rancic: This tragedy is beyond heartbreaking. Imagine how excited these little kids were for the holidays. Why? Why? Why? Tragic and senseless.

    Keri Hilson: It’s time to re-evaluate those gun laws you spoke about, @BarackObama. Prayers for surviving children & families in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Craig Ferguson: Terrible news story today. Please forgive edit in tonight’s pretaped show because it’s not such a great day for America.

    Katherine McPhee: I’m so saddened over the shootings in CT. In light of such an evil act, #PrayForNewton.

    John Stamos: soulless coward pulls trigger, children die, officials express regret and then what -we wait for the next shooting? how do we stop this?

    Ethan Suplee: The rights of those who own and use guns within legal parameters are not worth the lives wasted by those who do not.

    Ashley Greene: Some things are just bigger than me and impossible for me to understand. My thoughts and prayers are with the families in Connecticut.

    Snoop Dogg: Sending love 2 the families in Connecticut for their tragic loss. 2day I bow my head in sadness

    Jenny McCarthy: Cant stop crying. My heart goes out to these familes.

    Sarah Silverman: Band-Aids-on-Band-Aids @NRA people want MORE access to guns to combat all the people w access to guns.

    Gossip Cop’s thoughts are with those affected by this unspeakable tragedy.Celebrities are taking to Twitter to the mourn the lives lost in Wednesday’s horrific massacre at a Connecticut school.

    Varying reports estimate more than 20 people, many of them children, were killed in the shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    As facts about the tragedy continue to emerge, stars on Twitter are struggling to understand this senseless act.

    Here’s what they are saying:

    Katie Couric: Shocked & saddened to hear this morning’s news… My heart goes out to the families of #SandyHook Elementary children, faculty, staff

    Kim Kardashian: In total shock over the school shooting in Ct! 18 children shot dead & 9 adults by a father of one of the kids! What has this world come to

    Khloe Kardashian: I am sick to my stomach. 18 children and 9 adults lives were stolen today. I’m so sorry for the sadness and pain this has caused. PRAY

    Kourtney Kardashian: If this tragedy doesn’t change something in this country regarding guns…I just want to scream and cry. Deeply saddened. Praying

    Lindsay Lohan: This is absolutely horrifying. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Newton, CT. So unbelievably sad.

    Blake Shelton: The killing of defenseless people and innocent children. I’m sad and sickened. This is why we all should be prepared to defend and guard.

    Ian Somerhalder: We are sad.Our hearts,thoughts&help are w/you.Im so sorry to all affected by this.So sorry.May all thelove in the world hug you in this time

    Christina Applegate: There are just no words. Only sorrow. We are all shedding tears today for those families.

    Hilary Duff: Oh my.I am shocked.Heartbroken.Devastating news about this elementary school

    Mandy Moore: Absolutely devastating news this morning. There are no words.Thoughts, prayers and love to all in #Newtown.

    Bethenny Frankel: MONSTER. Those poor helpless children & babies. I don’t remember hearing something so evil

    Mia Farrow: Gun control is no longer debatable- it’s not a ‘conversation’- It’s a moral mandate. ‘

    Piers Morgan: Don’t just mourn these poor dead children America – get angry and do something to stop these senseless shootings happening.

    Randy Jackson: Thoughts and prayers go out to those in Connecticut

    Sophia Bush: My heart aches for Connecticut ….

    Maria Menounos: Heartbreaking.As many as 20 children shot by gunman this morning at a CT elementary school.Multiple fatalities reported. #Connecticut #pray

    Michael Moore: Only minutes away from pundits & politicians say, “This isn’t the time to talk about gun control.” Really? When is that moment?

    Steve Carell: Pray for Sandy Hook, Newtown CT.

    Courteney Cox: Praying for Sandy Hook

    Kevin Spacey: Just heard about the shooting in Connecticut. My thoughts go out to all who are dealing with this sad news.

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Sending positive thoughts to the families at the school in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Sherri Shepherd: My heart is broken for the parents, family & faculty of #SandyHook Elementary School… can’t stop praying & crying. Such a senseless act

    Alyssa Milano: What the f*ck is wrong with people?

    LuAnn de Lesseps: Shocking news about the shootings in Ct. Just heartbreaking. Prayers are being sent. We have got to address gun control.

    Marlee Matlin: PRAYERS to families at Conn school. I’m absolutely sick to my stomach that this violence took place where children are supposed to feel safe

    Damon Lindelof: Guns don’t kill people. Clouds and balloons kill people. Oh. Wait. Nope… it’s f**king guns.

    Kristin Chenoweth: Well im hearing about this shooting in CT. Praying. Sending prayers.

    DJ Pauly D: My Prayers Go Out To Everyone Affected By This Horrible Shooting In Connecticut

    Patton Oswalt: Dear media: Any way you could, JUST ONCE, not publicize the shooter’s face & name, so as not to inspire more of these insects?

    Rashida Jones: Gun control is our only road to freedom. Freedom from the fear of senselessly losing children. I’m so saddened. WE NEED LAWS NOW.

    Joy Behar: My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary.

    Brandi Glanville: I can not believe this school shooting, what is wrong with people!!!! My heart is breakking for the kids and families.

    Chris Harrison: Absolutely gutted by this shooting in #SandyHook prayers go out to the families & especially those children

    Josh Duhamel: My heart hurts for the victims & their families of the CT school shooting. This needs to stop. Schools must be safe again.

    Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Please #prayfornewtown. Praying with you. #whyGodwhy

    Joe Jonas: Please Pray for everyone in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson: I’m sick to my stomach about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. All my thoughts are with the community of Newtown, CT.

    Larry King: This is a double horror story-the horror of the senseless deaths & that this continues 2happen in this country

    Lucy Hale: Absolutely devastated by the Newton shooting. Praying so hard for the families & all involved. I’m at a loss and will never understand.

    Ashley Benson: Love and prayers go out to all those affected in the shooting today. It’s absolutely devastating. #PrayForNewton

    Brooklyn Decker: Any news outlet with any ounce integrity will NOT interview the children right now… What in the world are these people thinking…?!

    Kevin McHale: No words, this is a horrific tragedy. Thoughts are with all the children, parents & teachers.

    Caroline Manzo: school shooting in Connecticut is heartbreaking – poor little babies – may God be with them all

    Vivica A. Fox: OMG!! My prayers go out to all of the families affected by the school shooting in Connecticut!!My heart aches!! WHY?? #GuncontrolASAP

    Chad Johnson: Just seeing my news feed on the Connecticut shooting, what is going on, prayers to the families and students involved.

    Adrienne Maloof: Terrible terrible news about the shooting in Connecticut. Sending thoughts and prayers to everyone involved….

    Jo Jo: I will NEVER understand such horrific violence. God help us all. Please pray for victims, loved ones, & all those affected by CT shooting.

    Vinny Guadagnino: Praying for the Victims in the Connecticut school shooting. This is happening too much .

    Jenna Ushkowitz: My heart goes out to all the Families and children affected by the CT shooting. When will the violence end?

    Ray J: Thoughts and love go out to those in Connecticut at the school shooting. Life is never guaranteed, make it count

    Holly Robinson Peete: I’m following #SandyHookElementary shooting reports like it’s MY child’s school #parentsworstnightmare

    Joan Rivers: Hearing the news of the sad tragedy in CT. I’m horrified and heartbroken – my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

    Jordin Sparks: Those precious children…I will never understand the evil in this world. On my knees praying for those families. I am in tears.

    Rita Ora: Wow this is horrific everybody in Connecticut the children my love and the bots love goes out to you #isthereanyhopeleft

    Kate Walsh: Horrible. My thoughts and prayers go out to the children in newton and their families.

    Miranda Lambert: I’m praying for those babies and all the victims of the Connecticut shooting. May God bring peace to the families.

    Audra McDonald: No words. #prayfornewton

    Giuliana Rancic: This tragedy is beyond heartbreaking. Imagine how excited these little kids were for the holidays. Why? Why? Why? Tragic and senseless.

    Keri Hilson: It’s time to re-evaluate those gun laws you spoke about, @BarackObama. Prayers for surviving children & families in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Craig Ferguson: Terrible news story today. Please forgive edit in tonight’s pretaped show because it’s not such a great day for America.

    Katherine McPhee: I’m so saddened over the shootings in CT. In light of such an evil act, #PrayForNewton.

    John Stamos: soulless coward pulls trigger, children die, officials express regret and then what -we wait for the next shooting? how do we stop this?

    Ethan Suplee: The rights of those who own and use guns within legal parameters are not worth the lives wasted by those who do not.

    Ashley Greene: Some things are just bigger than me and impossible for me to understand. My thoughts and prayers are with the families in Connecticut.

    Snoop Dogg: Sending love 2 the families in Connecticut for their tragic loss. 2day I bow my head in sadness

    Jenny McCarthy: Cant stop crying. My heart goes out to these familes.

    Sarah Silverman: Band-Aids-on-Band-Aids @NRA people want MORE access to guns to combat all the people w access to guns.


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    Never say never: ABC is once again developing a sitcom that would be based on pop superstar Justin Bieber's life. The single-camera comedy was first set up at the network last year, but it's been revived and is still under consideration for next season.

    Bieber would executive produce the show with his manager, Scooter Braun. Also on board are executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, who are writing the script. The untitled family show would center on Bieber's background before he got famous. The comedy is about a future pop star's awkward teenage years and his unorthodox family.

    Wolpert and Nedivi's previous credits include Entourage, another show that chronicled a rags-to-riches story. ABC Studios is producing the Bieber project with Scooter Braun Films.

    Bieber's no stranger to TV, having guest starred on CSI, hosted Punk'd and appeared in the special Justin Bieber: All Around the World.

    Baby, baby, baby, oh — are you excited for a show about the Bieb's backstory?

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    All the Details on Drew Barrymore’s Affordable New Makeup Line



    Baby Olive isn’t the only recent addition to Drew Barrymore‘s life: The actress is also welcoming a new beauty collection, Flower.

    Flower will feature 181 products including items for the face, eyes, lips and nails with prices ranging from $4.98 to $13.98, and will be available at more than 1,500 Walmart stores and walmart.com starting in January, according to WWD.



    Though it’s a product for the masses (Barrymore tells WWD she partnered with Walmart because she wanted her makeup “to be in people’s hands,”) the actress used the same formulas that expensive beauty brands use so that Flower would be on par with department store makeup lines.

    She wanted the packaging to feel luxe, too: Each item is encased in white and rose gold plastic. “It’s so luxurious, but also approachable,” Scott Oshry, president of Flower’s manufacturing firm Maesa Group, explains.

    And Barrymore made sure to be there during each step of the creative process to ensure Flowers turned out as she envisioned it. “I don’t want to sit there and hope it works out. I want to be in the middle, in the mix, making sure it works out,” she says. “It is almost an uncontrollable desire to be one of the people who is creating. Maybe it is just a type of personality. I can’t sleep at night. I care.” Tell us: What do you think of the packaging? Do you love it as much as Barrymore does? Check out the photo above, then sound off in the comments.





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  • 12/14/12--13:32: One Direction Megapost!

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    -Interviews with the boys
    -Zayn Malik plays nurse for Perrie Edwards
    -Harry Styles wants Zayn's hair
    -One Direction: Artist of the Year

    One Direction Q&A: Harry Styles
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    Harry Styles has the devil may care hair, a dimple that's melted a million hearts, and now that girlfriend, Taylor Swift. The 18-year-old Englishman is also a member of One Direction, the saviors of boy band virtue and Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012 . We caught up with Styles, briefly, on the phone recently.


    Congrats on being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012. How does it feel? 

    It's been an amazing year for us. We've been having such a great time since when we first came to the U.S. It's been absolutely crazy and amazing.

    At this time last year, what was your outlook on 2012 and possibly cracking America? 

    We looked at this album as a very big deal. It's a good feeling obviously to work with everyone and put everything out with the team that's worked so hard to get us this far. It's been absolutely incredible.

    I'm told you're the music guy in the groups who's always turning others on to new bands. What's your personal taste like? 

    I actually get a lot of music from my sister, who's into all these bands. She's been listening to and downloading stuff that I get from her. A lot of times suggested stuff comes on iTunes I'll have a look at it, or the fans will send me things. But I've been listening to The Lumineers. I love their album and also Elvis Perkins, he's great.

    You guys accomplished a lot in 2012, but what's your personal highlight? 

    For me the Olympics literally can't be topped. Just the feeling of being in that room, all our families were there. The whole feeling was just unbelievable.

    What about performing at the VMAs, where you also won three awards? 

    There was something about being in the room and the whole kind of atmosphere that really surprised me. To be on that stage and perform was unbelievable. I think it kind of felt like people learned a bit more about the One Direction thing. It felt like we were making music where people of all kinds could appreciate.

    You've got a concert film up next. What can we expect? 

    We're excited. I think we've had cameras on us for a long time, we've just been filming a lot of stuff. It's just gonna be exciting to watch it back. Just to have the ability to be able to kind of look back at that while we're older and to have your children see it will be amazing.

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    One Direction Q&A: Zayn Malik

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    For Zayn Malik, joining a pop group like One Direction was a blessing in more ways than one. The token "shy one," Malik was a big R&B and hip-hop specialist before joining the group. "I had kind of pigeonholed myself a little bit, so I was very aware that the guys had different musical tastes. It really broadened my taste." But Malik was anything but shy when he spoke at length about 1D being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012 .



    Congrats on being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012. How does that feel? 

    It is so hard to put into words what 2012 has meant to us. Last year was an amazing year for us, but when our debut album went to No. 1 over here we were blown away by that. We didn't expect any of the support to the kind of level we were getting out there in the UK. And then we come out eight months later with our second album over here and it goes to No. 1 again. Things like that don't happen and we know that. We're incredibly humbled by that. Wow, what can we say except for thank you to the fans who went out and bought it.

    Did it surprise you that so many people are connecting with One Direction's music? Because it's kind of ballsy to be pure pop, not really chasing any genre trends. 

    I think that's the amazing thing is we didn't try to fit in anywhere. We needed to make a sound that's not gonna fit in with everything else - we wanted to make something that was completely unique and individual to us. We spent a lot of time trying to make a sound that was a One Direction sound. At first it was quite hard to do that, but I'm really happy with the sound. I guess it's just a new thing.

    What about your personal tastes - what are you listening to lately? 

    You know what, I consider myself very lucky essentially - I was put into a pop group even though my musical taste was very niche before. I was literally listening to R&B and hip-hop and I thought that was the be all and end all of music. I had kind of pigeonholed myself a little bit, so I was very that the guys had different musical tastes. It really broadened my taste. I listen to a lot more different stuff now -- Kings of Leon, The Script. I think there's so many great bands out there I hadn't really heard before and now I get to listen to them.

    You guys do covers at your shows, including Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag" at Madison Square Garden. Whose idea was that? 

    The idea came from Louis. He said 'Teenage Dirtbag' and the minute he said it everyone was like, "yeah let's do it!" except for me. The boys were laughing. It grew on me, though. The initial idea of it, I didn't know if we could do it but it worked.

    I've been asking the boys about their roles in the band's dynamic. What role would you say you play? 

    I'd call myself the mediator. I kind of just float around and do my own thing. I'm kind of chilled out, laid back. But whenever it gets into a rap session I'm always looking for something to do. I love to write. I'm kind of like a bit of everything wrapped into one.

    You guys filmed a commercial with Drew Brees for Pepsi -- did you know who he was before you filmed that? 

    Honestly, like American football is not that big over in the UK, so we hadn't really heard of Drew Brees before. I did know that he was like a massive football player. He's a massive star, so I was still a little bit anxious and nervous to meet him. I think Niall knew who he was. He was a really cool guy and quite funny - he was up for laugh. We just had a lot of fun on that Pepsi shoot.

    There's a lot of brands lining up to work with you, and you've already done deals with Hasbro, Nokia, Sharpie and even Colgate for singing toothbrushes. How do you deal with all the requests? 

    You know what, I think there's always gonna be interest from people that might not actually fit your brand. And some people need to take in the endorsements just for the sake of taking them. We try to take ones that best suit us and do things we want to put our name to and just have a laugh. We try to choose things wisely as we can - we have a lot of help with management and stuff, but at the end of the day we're still new to it all in the sense that we just try to do whatever's good for us.

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    One Direction Q&A: Liam Payne

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    Liam Payne, 19, stands out in One Direction -- for starters he has the shortest hair of the bunch, but behind the scenes he's stepped forward as one of the band's strongest musical assets. "He's growing to become a great songwriter," says writer/producer Savan Kotecha, who co-wrote many of the band's biggest hits. Payne also has a refreshing realist streak when it comes to fame. "We know that this won't last forever but we're having a great time out  here," he told us recently. "It's just about living in this moment." Well, this moment involves being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012 and we recently caught up with the singer to talk about it.



    Congrats on being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012. How does that feel? 

    It's been incredible, but I think it's a credit to the power of our fans more than anything. They're an amazing force. We can't believe, number one, that we played at Madison Square Garden the other night and that we accomplished something like that.

    You're about to gear up for a World Tour in 2013. Any sense of who might open up for you guys yet? 

    We're quite excited to see who comes forward. We're thinking about it. It was nice to have Ed [Sheeran] at the Madison Square Garden show, but I don't think he needs any help. He'll do tremendously well.

    What about your personal tastes in music -- what have you been listening to lately?

    I listened to a lot of Jay-Z and Kanye coming up, which would be unexpected for a boy bander like me. But I'd listen to a lot of that, and a lot of Ed Sheeran actually. I never get bored listening to all the songs over and over. It's a general mix I suppose.

    The five of you contributed to the songwriting process for the first time on "Take Me Home." How did that work with so many of you? 

    It was actually usually groups of three. It's nice to have to have two people around. When you have more than two people working together it gets a bit unfocused as an idea. We tend to pair off a little bit. It was nice on this album because the room was laid out to write the songs. We'd work with a topline writer and just write about whatever we were thinking about that day.

    What about the recording process itself -- you had fans waiting for you outside, singing your old songs, while you were inside writing these new songs. Was that stressful? 
      
    It was crazy -- we only had a month or so to record the whole album, but we always felt like we had the fans on our side. They're always anxious to know where we are -- even before I do. Like today, we've been staying at the Trump Hotel all week and they've been greeting us when we leave and when we come back. It's good to see that level of dedication.

    That kind of stuff is probably becoming more part of your daily life. Do you ever wonder what it will be like when it all goes away? 

    I've got a tattoo on my arm ['Everything I Ever Wanted, But Nothing I'll Ever Need'] to make sure I've managed to keep up with my family and friends and stuff. We know that this won't last forever but we're having a great time out here. It's just amazing, I'm just really enjoying working for the money our whole year on tour. We've got the film and that stuff coming out next year, still loads of things. It's just about living in this moment.

    What about your personal music tastes - what are you listening to lately? 

    There's a band called Passenger who's got an album out at the moment that's really, really good. It's really acoustic stuff. They've got a song called "Let Her Go," which I think could be a gig one.

    You've had a lot of big accomplishments this year. What's been your personal highlight? 

    For me it would be popping out the floor of that big stage at Madison Square Garden the other night. I think that would be my moment for this year.

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    One Direction Q&A: Niall Horan


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    Niall Horan is blonde, Irish and One Direction's resident rock and roller. "He just bounces off the walls and has not changed one bit -- he'll always be Niall," says writer/producer Savan Kotecha. Horan, 19, has also picked up a taste for country music while in the States (he's a "big fan" of Lady Antebellum) and is excited about playing more acoustic guitar during the band's 2013 tour. "Someone told me the smile on my face gets bigger when I pay the guitar," on stage, he told us in a chat about being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012 .

    Congrats on being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012. How does it feel to have had so much success so fast in America, and being the first British band ever to have their first two albums go to No. 1? 

    It's been a massive year, but we felt like last year was a big for us, too. People were asking, what are your hopes for next year? And we said if we could have as good as year as 2011 we'd be happy, we'd be stoked. A big shock to us is what happened this year, having two No. 1 albums as you said in America. It just unbelievable. We can't even believe how crazy it's been.

    You got a chance to celebrate with 40 of your biggest fans in New Jersey yesterday. How was that? 

    It was great because we hadn't really been to that many countries. We'd been to Australia and Canada, America, a few places in Europe but we haven't really been to that many. The places the people who came to see us from was just unbelievable. The album at the moment is No. 1 in 36 countries and the support has just been unbelievable. It was kind of nice to be able to just chill out. We kind of asked them, "how did you find out about us?" and it was through Twitter and YouTube. We owe a lot of our success to Twitter and YouTube and the fans spreading the word through there.

    You also owe a good bit of debt to "The X Factor" as well, where the five of you had competed individually before forming as a group on the show. Was it Nicole Scherzinger that first suggested it? 

    Yeah, it was Nicole and Simon [Cowell] who came on and said they wanted to put a group together. They did a good job, I think

    You're signed to Simon's Syco label. What's his involvement been throughout this past year? 

    He's been all over. He's been really good for us - always looks after us. I'm sure I'll be getting an email from him. If he's heard something happened we'll always get a congratulations or something. He's been very supportive, obviously moreso for our music. Luckily enough we've never had to disagree. He gives us a lot of freedom and stuff that we want to do. He's great, a good boss overall really.

    "Little Things" seems to really be taking off among fans, and prompted you to change your plans to make "Kiss You" the next single. Do you think having an acoustic ballad out there will help you reach more people than just tween girls? 

    It's broadening the audience for sure. I get a lot of dudes, a lot of moms and dads coming up and saying they love it. It's great for opening people up at our shows. As you know, a lot of our TV performances are quite high energy. We want to just sit down and sign the song and show people what we are.

    What about your personal tastes in music - what are you listening to lately? 

    We've been doing a lot of traveling in the States, and country music's quite big over here, so I've been listening to a lot of that. It's as big back home I've been listening to a lot of Lady Antebellum -- I'm a big fan of them. And I think The Script's new album is really good. I like stuff that's a bit more guitar-y. I've got my old favorites like The Eagles and Bon Jovi. Tonight I'm going to watch The Who at the Garden. I'm kind of an old '80s '90s rocker.

    And you play guitar yourself. Will we see you doing more of that going forward? 

    I played six or seven songs on the album and probably a lot more of them on the tour. It's nice to do. I kinda get into my comfort zone. I like to just sit there on the guitar sing and play. Someone told me the smile on my face gets bigger when I pay the guitar.

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    One Direction Q&A: Louis Tomlinson


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    The elder statesman of the group, Louis Tomlinson, 20, is also known in inside circles as the defacto leader and resident perfectionist in One Direction. In our conversation about being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012, Tomlinson doesn't exactly dispute the labels. "I'm a bit of a perfectionist so I have to be kind of be on board with every minor detail and [I'm] quite opinionated," he said. "It's quite important for me personally to be involved with the whole project."

    Congrats on being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012. How does that feel? 

    It's absolutely amazing to have that kind of recognition in America. Obviously for boy bands it's huge - it's just so nice. To have this opportunity to come here and perform is amazing, nevermind who has been recognized so far. At the end of the day we're having a good time. It's almost a cliché but it's so true -- if anyone hadn't bought a record we wouldn't be here.

    This week in New York is certainly quite the culmination of the incredible year you've had - headlining and selling out Madison Square Garden, hosting a global fan convention and playing the Z100 Jingle Ball. 

    This week's been crazy, crazy busy but so much fun. We were all nervous that we were gonna be rehearsed in time [to play Madison Square Garden], then when we were finally onstage we got to relax.

    Was it representative of what we might see from your 2013 World Tour, or was this more of a one-off? 

    That's kind of the thing with our shows, loosening the reins. We don't dance because we can't dance. Our shows, production-wise, are always quite minimal. We always try and keep it more about us having fun and stay away from gimmicks.

    Going into 2012, what expectations did you have about breaking America? Did it seem impossible, knowing the challenges other British boy bands had before you? 

    I remember the flight over here when we first came to America when we were supporting Big Time Rush, we were delighted we even had that opportunity. We said, "Let's give it a go." I remember we said as a band we would be really, really happy with a top 20 album - that would be incredible. When we came off that first show our management was saying, 'This isn't your show. You might not see the reception you were expecting so just prepare yourself.' We went onstage terrified that people would be like, 'Who are these blokes?' We finally go onstage and we got an incredible reaction. And even at that stage we thought it was amazing that we're getting recognized here. We had no idea how the album was going to go. We were lucky enough to get to No. 1.

    And didn't the fans at the Big Time Rush shows already know your songs? 

    Yeah the fans were chanting our names. They knew the words to the songs off the album that wasn't even out in America. The album's doing this and this on YouTube. They're singing all the words on the album charts as well. It was amazing.

    That kind of fan frenzy made recording "Take Me Home" difficult as well, because you had fans waiting for you outside the studio singing the words to the hits from the first album while you're inside trying to create new ones. What was that experience like? 

    We were very blessed to have that when we recorded. We go to a show and a recording studio with 1,200 people -- that makes you a little bit nervous. You want to leave everything a surprise, because the last thing you want is the fans outside to hear the new material. But it was cool.

    You largely worked with a lot of the same writers and producers as you had on "Up All Night." Why was it important to keep the same team this time out? 

    It was great but it was not as easy as you might think. It was great to have people like Carl [Falk] and Rami [Yacoub] and Savan [Kotecha] -- we feel comfortable around them and obviously get better vocal performances. But at the same time we had the opportunity to work with Dr. Luke, which was amazing, and we had Julian Bunetta, who wrote some of my favorite songs. We're in a very lucky position to be working with the people that we are. It's not just a band who've had a successful album, it's the producers as well.

    Obviously One Direction's music is very pop. But what about your personal tastes -- what do you listen to? 

    My favorite music isn't necessarily the songs that One Direction come out with. That doesn't mean to say I don't secretly really love some of our songs, which I do. My personal tastes... I actually like quite a bit acoustic and more mellow kinds of things. I quite like American music, like The Fray, I'm a massive fan of them, and The Killers. I also like more acoustic stuff like Ed Sheeran, I like this English songwriter James Morrison and another singer called Ben Howard.

    Do you have a favorite One Direction song? 

    Off the album my favorite is "Little Things," or "Back For You" which we all wrote and feels quite band-y.

    You guys are about to film a concert movie with Morgan Spurlock. What can we expect? 

    We've been documenting stuff for a long time actually, just because it's important. We've had a crazy week and a crazy year -- it's important to document everything on the way really. I'm really excited about the prospect of the film, it's a great chance to all get across our personalities. The fans do know them to a degree, but they'll get a real chance to have a real insight on what our day to day is and exactly what we do.

    Several people in your management and inner circle have described you to me as the unofficial businessman or leader of the group. Is that a fair assessment? 

    I've sometimes felt like that, but to be honest most of the time I'm the immature one who needs to be told to get focused. I'm a bit of a perfectionist so I have to be kind of be on board with every minor detail and [I'm] quite opinionated. It's quite important for me personally to be involved with the whole project.

    It also probably helps that you're technically the oldest one in the group. 

    And in one month I'll be legal to drink in the U.S. So, summer 2013 -- watch out!

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    Zayn Malik plays a nurse

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    She's had a tough week or two but Little Mix's Perrie Edwards has tweeted her followers to let them know she's on the mend, as her devoted boyfriend Zayn Malik nurses her back to health, aww!
    Poor Perrie has been suffering from recurring tonsillitis and announced earlier this month that se wouldn't be able to perform with her Little Mix girls until next year. Following hospital visits Perrie is now back home in bed, telling her followers yesterday (December 13) that she's been busy relaxing:
    “Still in bed in my AMAZING customised one-piece by @OnesieNation it’s the best thing ever! It’s making me even more LAZY. oh dear! Perrie <3″
    She sounds chirpy! The star also took the chance to thank her fans for all their well wishes and get well soon gifts:
    “This is the coolest thing! Everyone has been so lovely and kind! Thank you for all the #getwellsoon messages Perrie <3″
    Perrie also filled us in on her health commentin   that "for some reason I wake up at 6 on the dot every morning needing medicine, my body is like, magic or something! Oh well sleep again Perrie <3″
    Meanwhile, Perrie's loyal man Zayn has apparently been at his girlfriend's bedside throughout her ordeal with insiders telling Unreality TV that the One Direction star has been "helping keep her spirits up as she recovers."
    The man himself seemed to hint at his new role as nurse as he tweeted this week: “Sorry I’v not been on much recently, been a crazy few week. Night guys, love you all Zayn :) x”
    With a nurse like Zayn, we'd stay in our sick bed for awhile longer Perrie...

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    Harry wants Zayn's hair

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    The 1D heartthrob is as famous for his pipes as he is for his mop top! But was it turns out, Harry would rather have his bandmate’s hair! Find out why below!
    Harry Styles, 18, and his One Direction band members were recently asked which part of each other they would like to have. And Harry’s reply: ‘I would probably steal Zayn’s hair. I think it looks cool.’
    Harry’s curly mop top has teenage girls everywhere swooning, but the hottie is on the fence when it comes to his mane, admitting it’s a love, hate thing for him. “It’s hard because it’s kind of my favourite and also my least favourite thing,” he told Now magazine. “I really like it. But sometimes it can get in the way, especially when I’m going for a run.” “Sometimes it’s a real pain,” he added.
    Though Harry may not be sure about his hair, his fellow 1D member Niall Horan thinks it’s quite the chick magnet. Niall told Now magazine: “He has all the power in his curls. The women love him.”
    Now that we know Harry would rather have Niall’s hair, what would the other guys want of each other? Niall: ‘I want Harry’s abs.’ Zayn: ‘I would probably take Louis’ humour, he is really funny and confident. I would take his confidence.; Louis: ‘Liam’s level head to realise when the right time to stop is, or Niall’s just carefree, loving life, love everyone who lives..’ Liam: ‘I was going to say Niall’s carefreeness or maybe Harry’s diet, because my diet is terrible.’
    We think Harry’s hair is his signature look and life just wouldn’t be the same if he cut it!

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    One Direction, Artist Of The Year? MTV Thinks So


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    NEW YORK -- They're platinum. They're "fascinating." And now One Direction is MTV's 2012 Artist of the Year.
    MTV says the fivesome is "the clear choice for the top spot" after a year that included two No. 1 albums, hits such as "What Makes You Beautiful" and a sold-out world tour.
    One Direction's Louis (LOO'-ee) Tomlinson calls Thursday's honor "the icing on the cake."
    MTV's team of music staffers chose Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" as song as the year.
    One Direction placed third on the U.K. version of "The X Factor" in 2010 and made their U.S. debut in March with the No. 1 album "Up All Night." Their sophomore album, "Take Me Home," was the year's third-highest debut.
    The group also made Barbara Walters' most fascinating people of 2012 list.

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    In the aftermath of Newtown, Conn.'s elementary school shooting, Syfy is pulling a Haven episode that was originally scheduled to air Friday that centered on a string of murders that took place at a high school.

    Syfy issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter regarding the decision: "Tonight's scheduled 10 p.m. episode of Haven contained scenes of fictitious violence in a high school. In light of today's tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, we have decided not to air it. At this time, no decision has been made as to when the episode will air."

    Instead, the cable network will air a repeat of Eureka, the animated holiday episode "Do You See What I See," in Haven's usual 10 p.m. slot Friday. Haven's third season finale is scheduled to air next week.

    President Barack Obama addressed the nation earlier in the day following the Newtown shooting, which took the lives of dozens of victims. "We're going to have to get together and take meaningful action," the president said. “As a country we have been through this too many times."

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    As 2012 dawned, few American adults outside the most dedicated of Anglophiles knew much, if anything, about One Direction. In part, that's because the kind of boy-band pop One Direction had already turned into 2011's fastest-selling debut album in the United Kingdom (aided by the most preordered single in Sony Music history) doesn't target adults. And in part it's a matter of history: In the decade that passed since the peak of the boy-band craze led by Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, the U.K. groups that kept the sound at the top of charts overseas were barely able to translate their success beyond a single on American shores.


    Of course, One Direction would change all that, and write a little bit of history in the process.

    By Nov. 30, as the sun began to set on 2012, the group had invaded the New York area for a week that included three sold-out arena shows (two in Connecticut and its first headlining gig at Madison Square Garden), a private fan convention in New Jersey to meet and greet with die-hards who'd been flown in from more than 35 countries, visits to "Letterman" and SiriusXM-and to cap it all off, the opening slot at New York's biggest pop concert of the year, WHTZ's Jingle Ball.

    "This week's been crazy, crazy busy but so much fun," says Louis Tomlinson, the group's oldest member at just a few weeks shy of 21, toward the end of the band's whirlwind takeover of Manhattan. "To have this opportunity to come here and perform is amazing . . . It's almost a cliché but it's so true-if anyone hadn't bought a record, we wouldn't be here."

    So how did Louis, Harry, Zayn, Liam and Niall accomplish what no British group had done before, let alone a boy band, by topping the Billboard 200 with its first two albums (March's "Up All Night" and November's "Take Me Home") and going from virtual unknowns to mega-stars in less than a year's time? Social media played a crucial part, as it did in so many of the breakout stories of 2012: Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, PSY. But One Direction was bigger than an Internet meme, and that's thanks to an aggressive touring plan and the combined efforts of a team led by industry veterans Richard Griffiths, Harry Magee, Steve Barnett and Simon Cowell, who signed the group to his Syco imprint shortly after the act finished third on the U.K. "X Factor" in 2010.

    A healthy dose of intuition helped, too. The first inkling that something might click stateside came Feb. 26 at Chicago's 4,400-capacity Rosemont Theater. The gig was an 11th-hour opener for the Nickelodeon-created boy band Big Time Rush on the latter's sold-out "Better With U" tour. One Direction had just released "What Makes You Beautiful" as its first official single in the United States less than two weeks prior, and "Up All Night" was still weeks away from domestic release. But minutes before the band members took the stage, nervous that no one would know their names let alone care, manager Griffiths and former Columbia Records chairman Barnett heard 4,400 girls chanting "One Direction!"

    "We hadn't gone to radio-we'd just put a track out-and yet everyone knew all the words to every song," says Griffiths, a longtime record label executive who co-founded Modest! Management with Magee in 2003. "This was all fans communicating amongst themselves about this band."

    Griffiths is referring to the "Bring1DtoUS" campaign, designed to boost the group's social media profile stateside. It grew the act's core fan base from 40,000 to 250,000 online from late November 2011 to the end of January 2012, and garnered more than 220,000 followers to a dedicated Twitter handle. Different cities competed to win a special concert, with Dallas winning a show for 10,000 fans at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in March and Los Angeles winning an event on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

    Soon, that rabid following began to translate to radio, which began to take notice of "What Makes You Beautiful" and the group as the conversation began to swell leading up to the album release. "Usually traditional sales lead the way for us, but we also had fans request them through our social media sites," says John Ivey, senior VP of contemporary hit radio programming and talent development at Clear Channel. "And the song was good, too, which always helps."

    The Bring1DtoUS campaign spread the word on preorders of "Up All Night" and generated contest winners in each city where One Direction played with Big Time Rush. The initiative was so successful Columbia bumped up the album's release date a week ahead of schedule. Crowds of 4,000-5,000 swarmed in-store signings during release week, with a mob of 10,000 to see the group play "Today" on March 12, the day before "Up All Night's" U.S. release. By the end of the tour, One Direction had become the first British group in Billboard chart history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its first album.

    "The campaign has always been fan-first and about One Direction as a band. It's never been about a traditional push around just one single," Columbia senior VP of marketing Doneen Lombardi says. Nevertheless, "Beautiful" quickly became a top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100, with follow-up "One Thing" later cracking the top 40.

    As One Direction's album sales made headlines, tickets to a handful of spring U.S. tour dates were scooped up in minutes, prompting Modest! to make the bold decision to start selling tickets to a summer 2013 tour in April-more than a full year in advance. Those were quickly sold out, too.

    "I actually rang Irving Azoff [Live Nation Entertainment executive chairman/Frontline Management Group chairman/CEO] to ask him if it was crazy even thinking of doing it, because not many people were agreeing with us about that. And he just said, 'Go for it,'" Griffiths says. "We knew that it was exploding everywhere, and we knew that we really needed to have a plan that took us all the way through to next year. We didn't feel we needed to wait and see-the evidence was there to make the most of it."

    That still left a short-term problem for 2012, with One Direction already committed to a month-and-a-half's worth of dates playing U.S. amphitheaters before taking time off from touring to work on "Take Me Home." Creative Artists Agency's Mitch Rose, who books One Direction in the States, was able to get a December date at Madison Square Garden that would save the band months of time in tour routing by doubling as a global fan event. Columbia quickly spearheaded a "Go1Den Ticket" contest that gave fans in dozens of countries the chance to win a travel package with a trio of tickets to see the band's show and accompanying fan convention.

    "There's a certain excitement that is generated when you have nearly 40 countries flying in to see a show," Rose says. "If you just think of how social is driving everything with acts like One Direction, the good will, the word-of-mouth, the excitement, the passion of all those countries is exponential for what can happen."

    And while 2013 already looks to be an even bigger year for One Direction touring-wise, it's easy to see why industry eyebrows raised when Sony U.K. chairman Nick Gatfield spoke candidly of the band's fortunes at a creative industries reception in June. "What you might not know about One Direction is that they already represent a $50 million business-and that's a figure we expect to double next year," Gatfield said, indicating that Sony has more participation in the band's career than just recorded music. A Sony U.K. spokesman declined to expand upon or clarify Gatfield's comments, which Columbia U.S. chairman Rob Stringer echoed when asked to do the same. "You'd have to ask Nick," he said.

    Still, Stringer had strong indications that the time was right to break One Direction in America, having previously worked with both Cowell (on acts like Westlife, Susan Boyle and Jackie Evancho) and Griffiths when the latter was running Epic U.S. during the '90s. "It does work well to have people who understand each other," says Stringer, another Brit expat on Team 1D.

    But although another British boy band (and "X Factor" alum) was worked to U.S. audiences at the same time as One Direction, Stringer hesitates to declare a resurgent boy-band movement. "The Wanted record is a very good record. It's just not the same, and it's not on the same scale," he says. "Can you do what One Direction has achieved again and again? Probably not. But then again, 10 years ago 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys were in the same world and even on the same label. So, there's room, but we're happy to have One Direction have the lead that they do."

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    One Direction Fuel Little Mix's Plans For U.S. Domination: Girl Power!



    "X Factor" finalists Fifth Harmony might want to take some notes from Little Mix, a girl group that showed they can win "X Factor." Back in 2011, the foursome managed to take it all when they competed on the U.K. version of the series. Since being crowned the champs, they've had loads of success in their native U.K., including several chart-topping singles and a hit debut album, DNA, which they dropped last month.

    Oh, yeah, they also happen to be besties with One Direction. They all not only met thanks to their "X Factor" ties, but also because member Perrie Edwards is dating Zayn Malik. But, that tidbit hasn't soured 1D's legion of female fans from scooping up the girls' music. In fact, they say, there's a lot of crossover.

    "I think when we were on the 'X Factor,' anyway, a lot of our fans were One Direction fans before Perrie and Zayn even got together," Jade Thirlwall told MTV News on Thursday. "So we already had a lot of support from the 1D fans. And I think when Perrie and Zayn did get together, everyone was supportive of it and really kind of happy that two of their favorite bands were kind of getting together. But, yeah we have a lot of fans, whether it be One Direction ones or not."

    As the girl group prepares to bring their music Stateside in 2013, they are hoping though that some of the U.S.'s love for 1D carries over to them. "I think like One Direction really opened the gate. With them, artists like Adele coming through America, it's been such a British year," Jade added. "With the Olympics and the whole royal family thing and all that stuff, I think everyone's just jumping on board Britain at the moment. It's nice to see and hopefully they'll still be waiting for us come next year."

    While it's been quite the banner year for boy bands thanks to the success of 1D and The Wanted, Jesy Nelson hopes that next year will be all about the girls. She said, "Obviously the boys had been dominating this year and it's about time we get girl power in there. So that's our aim for next year."

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    J-14 Exclusive: Little Mix Talk One Direction, Taylor Swift, and Winning 'The X Factor UK'



    The hottest new girl band in the world is also the first group EVER to win The X Factor UK. Made up of Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Perrie Edwards, this Brit girl group phenomenon have already had two hit songs overseas -- "Wings" and "DNA" -- and brought down the house with their incredible 'X Factor UK' finale performance of "Cannonball" in late 2011 (only moments before being crowned champs!). J-14 had the chance to chat with Jade, Jesy, and Leigh-Anne this morning -- Perrie was home sick with tonsillitis! -- and the girls were happy to dish on all things 'X Factor UK,' working with One Direction, and (sadly!) missing out on meeting Taylor Swift during their Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball performance this past weekend! MeetLittle Mix!

    J-14: You all auditioned as solo artists, but then were sent home and brought back as a group. What was that experience like?
    Jade: We were sent home as individual artists and then the three of us got put into a group first. And then we told 'no.' And then we got put into separate groups. And then told 'no.' And then finally we were put into Little Mix. It was a bit of a crazy time!
    Leigh-Anne: I think they had to go through all that process of finding who was supposed to be in what groups, and who would be in Little Mix. And it couldn't have gone better. 
    Jade: I'd actually already auditioned for 'The X Factor' twice before and made it through to bootcamp -- but I thought, maybe the third time is lucky! And it was!

    J-14: What was your most memorable performance from the show?
    Jesy:
     "Don't Let Go." It was when we got noticed properly as a group. It was when people started to say, 'Oh, these girls could have a chance of winning this.'
    Leigh-Anne: For me, it was the first live show. Gary Barlow, one of the judges, actually said we were one of the best girl bands to ever be on 'The X Factor.' We were so nervous -- girls bands hadn't done well in the past -- and to hear that from Gary was just amazing.

    J-14: You girls are obviously quite connected to One Direction -- Perrie is dating 1D's Zayn Malik! -- so have they ever offered you any advice?
    Jade: When One Direction came on the show, they helped us out with a bit of advice. It was really nice to get support from bands that had been there and done it. It's nice to see One Direction so humble. Those boys are just so down to earth, so normal, and they work really hard for what they've achieved. So, we've definitely learned a lot from them. 

    J-14: Any chance of a 1D/Little Mix collaboration in the future?
    Jade:
     I think we've got two different sounds, haven't we? But we could do a mash-up of something, that'd be quite cool.

    J-14: Tell us about performing at the Jingle Bell Ball in Manchester, UK, this past weekend! We hear Taylor Swift was there supporting rumored BF Harry Styles -- did you get to meet her at all?
    Jesy: It was absolutely amazing. But it was a little bit weird singing without Perrie [who was sick] and it felt quite empty on stage. The crowd was absolutely immense. They were all singing along to "Wings." It was incredible.
    Jade: But we didn't get a chance to [talk to Taylor Swift]. We knew she was there and we bumped into a couple of the One Direction boys, but we didn't get to see Taylor. I'm really happy for her, so it would've been nice to meet her.

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    Between them, The Saturdays, and Fifth Harmony...2013 will be the year of girl bands

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    "I just want to convince people I'm not 5"2 and hairy," smiles Richard Armitage, sitting back in a comfortable chair at London's Claridges hotel. "That'll be the biggest challenge." The 41-year-old actor's concern is understandable: as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's long-awaited Hobbit trilogy, he's shrunken and wigged-up beyond all recognition. So, let GQ settle it: in real life, Armitage cuts an enviably handsome figure. He's easily 6"1, lightly stubbled and today clad in a sleek J. Lindeberg suit with a plaid shirt and tie.After almost two decades on British TV in the likes of Spooks, Robin Hood and Chris Ryan's Strike Back, The Hobbit marks a step up for Armitage - into the newly world of global franchises and screaming fans. Arriving nine years after the release of The Return Of The King, the film is a visually stunning return to Middle Earth, shot in ultra-clear 3D - but by the time Howard Shore's inimitable score sets in,  and Andy Serkis is shouting "precious", it feels like we never left. Ahead of the film's release this weekend, we sat down with Armitage over a glass of wine to talk beard grooming, Hobbit obsessives and why Brits work best in the shire.

    GQ.com: We were at the Jack Reacher junket yesterday talking to David Oyelowo, who was also in Spooks. Do you think there was something about that show, or is this just a great moment for British actors?
    Richard Armitage: We were at the same year at drama school! I loved that show so much. I found it really challenging, it forced you to work at speed. I always said when they finished Spooks they should have made a movie of it. Actually my ultimate role is to play another spy…

    One spy in particular? (so funny, I was thinking abt how he could've been Bond but then I feel like he's a little too srs for that)
    Oh no, god - that sounds awful doesn't it? I think [Daniel Craig] has a few left in him. I do think with the Hobbit, it's a quintessentially English writer writing about middle England and his experiences in WWI. Peter Jackson has really chosen British actors and British voices - which I think particularly is applicable to British actors, because they tend to have been through classical drama training and when you're loading up characters in a lot of prosthetics and wigs, it's the voice that cuts through all that. So you've got people like Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Ken Stott, Jimmy Nesbitt - all these incredibly identifiable voices. I think that's probably why British actors are doing OK.

    How much did you immerse yourself with all other books, the fan fiction and all that mythology? 
    I really stuck with the purist stuff. I stayed with The Hobbit and when that became not enough I looked at The Silmarillion and then The Book Of Lost Tales, as well as all of Christopher Tolkien's stuff. It's extensive and I never really got through all of it. But I steer clear from the fan fiction and the fan discussions because I'm one of them - and after this, my critique is now as detailed as theirs. But the thing is as well, when you get the phone call, you get so excited about getting the job, but then you get scared because this book has been around since the late Thirties, it's been read to probably every school kid in England and beyond, has been translated into so many languages, so everyone has their idea of this story. So you have to take care of their idea of Thorin. But I had my version and Pete trusted me.

    They digitally alter your height afterwards but you have to act it live. Did you have to spend 18 months talking to at Ian McKellen's hat or Martin Freeman's belt?  
    I feel like Ian felt that more acutely than anybody else. Maybe it's that his face becomes emblazoned on everybody that encounters it because I remember less stressfully the experience. I seem to remember looking into Ian's eyes more than anything, and into… obviously my character and  Martin's character are of the same height. But they stuck Ian on a box occasionally - when they couldn't stick him on a box, I had to look at the top of his hat. But we'd rehearse eye-to-eye, so you just have to remember what that feels like. Maybe because Ian has an indelible stare which you can't shake off.

    Have you met many obsessive Hobbit fans yet? There's actually a queue of two dozen people outside Claridges right now. 
    Is there? Oh, god! I've met a few. What's nice is that there are people who have been around for the last eight years with the work that I've done and there are new people that will come along that are fans of the book more than anything else. Then of course Comic Con, where you've got this global reach and Tokyo was amazing - you've got people dressed up as Galadriel and little Japanese Hobbits. I had some beautiful artwork given to me by some people in costume in Tokyo. But the creation of Thorin is really the work of many people, not just me. I seem to exist inside of it, but hopefully that means that I can take him off and walk away from him and not really be too identifiable with it. He doesn't look too much like me. So maybe I'll still be able to sneak out the back door when I need to.

    You grew the beard yourself - did you have to live with it the whole time? 
    Yes, for 18 months! Weirdly enough the beard I grew ended up turning out identical to the one that they'd made me. They did have to darken it a little bit, because mine grows out a little bit lighter colour. It was weird because I thought "Oh brilliant, I'll just grow a beard and it'll be less work." But actually it became more work because they'd be trimming it every day, because it has to look identical. My beard goes fast, so I'd come back after a weekend and they'd say, "Argh, it's gone crazy!" I really liked having the beard. It's weird - I remember doing some photo shoot for some publicity and thinking, "This is going to look awful" but it kind of looks OK. I think beards are in. But the full beard, not some kind of facial architecture. A full beard looks cool.


    The costumes weighed nearly 30kg. Did you have to do much training in advance? 
    Yeah, we trained with a weight belt to drag us down, to get our centres of gravity low. But when you put the costume on, you're carrying 20-30 kilos extra, depending on your character. It's pretty heavy! I try to keep at a non-obsessive level of fitness. It's not about looking great, it's about just feeling good. So I do a lot of yoga. Bikram just blows my mind. It's mental as well as physical; if I don't train I get very depressed. But the training for The Hobbit was about stamina and back strength so that we weren't injuring ourselves with the extreme circumstances. It would be good to go back and find that level of training again.

    You're a big skier. Where do you recommend? 
    Massive skier. It's my huge passion - as soon as the winter comes, I'm looking around thinking, "Just get me up a mountain." I've done an awful lot of skiing all over Europe: I've done Italy, Austria, France. I skied loads in New Zealand - I did pretty much every ski slope I could find. I skied down Mount Ruapehu and then we went back and shot there. So I was looking when the snow was gone and going "I skied down these paths. I know these paths well."

    You're a stylish man but I know Martin Freeman is very into his clothes. (lol wtf ever Martin has the worst "style")
    I take inspiration from his style. I spent most of the time dressed in Nike in New Zealand. He just has great taste and is into really fantastic tailoring, so I've had to step up my game for this press tour!

    Would he be your nomination for GQ's Best-Dressed British Man
    Oh, without a doubt. His taste in tailoring is… actually, he's a little like a Hobbit in that respect. I'm a little more tentative, I suppose.  I don't really like making too much of a statement with what I'm wearing. That's probably me being a little conservative and occasionally it is good to splash out and be a bit daring.

    Other than Tolkien, what book should every man have on their bookshelf? 
    The Master & The Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I want to make that book into a movie - it'll take me a lifetime, I may never do it but it's the most incredible book.

    You've got another Hollywood project, Black Sky, out next year. Would you move out to LA and do films full time? 
    I'm kind of half way in between at the moment. I'm based around New York (omg I'll run into him one day and he shall fall hopelessly in love with me) because it's easy to get to both places. I don't think I will ever really shift to LA. I love the theatre too much and there's not enough theatre there. I like going to the theatre and I want to try and get back on stage at some point in the next two years. The Hobbit has been such an exhaustive journey, I do just want to let the film be seen and let it settle. But I know that the experience I had was amazing. I just hope people enjoy the film, I hope families can take their kids and have a great night out the cinema. That's enough for me.



    Source: Interview from GQ UK

    Can this be a Hobbit flailing post to those who have seen it? Please include a spoiler cut for others though! Spoilers inside guys, sorry... I loved it like I love this man and his bolt of lightning forehead vein. Omg he's Monica.


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    Kirsten Dunst Shares Her Thoughts On Shailiene Woodley's Casting In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

    Speaking with MTV News while promoting On The Road, Kirsten Dunst - best known for playing Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy - shares her thoughts on the news that Shailiene Woodley (The Descendants) will play the character in Sony Pictures' sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, which will begin production in February. Ever since it was reported that Woodley was in talks for the role of Peter Parker's most popular love interest, many fans have been unsure of the casting choice. However, Dunst has nothing but good things to say about the young actress, going on to discuss their encounters in the past. 

    "I really like her too, a lot," she said. "I've met her a few times and we've talked about health foods, we know some of the same people, she's really into finding springs and natural water and she'll go get her water and things like that. I've done that before, and we've talked about that. I think she's a sweetheart and such a good actress. I'm happy. If I had to pick someone, I'm happy she's following in my shoes." 


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    It has previously been reported that Woodley's role as MJ in the first sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man won't be very large, but will be much more significant in the third film of the series. Do you think she's a good choice to replace Kirsten Dunst? 

    The Amazing Spider-Man sequel also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field and Dane DeHaan. The film is set to hit theaters May 2nd, 2014. 

    The Amazing Spider-Man Pre-Visualization Footage

    1:34 Spider Room 
    3:54 The Subway 
    4:32 Birth of Spider-Man 
    7:39 Handstand 
    8:34 Rooftop POV 
    9:25 Overpass 
    10:47 Bridge 
    15:33 Love Swing 
    15:57 Lizard Sewer 
    18:10 High School 
    23:28 Lizard Ambush 
    24:50 Standoff 
    27:06 Crane 
    31:06 Oscorp Lab 
    34:04 Oscorp Final 



    Jamie Foxx Shares How He Surprised Daughter With THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Casting

    Amid early negotiations to play Maxwell "Max" Dillon AKA Electro, actor Jamie Foxx shared how he couldn't wait to break the news to his 4-year-old daughter, who happens to be a Webhead fanatic. And now that the Academy Award-winning actor has officially joined The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, Foxx explained to Access Hollywood at theDjango Unchained premiere: 
    ”[She] dressed as Spider-Man for Halloween and had a Spider-Man jumper. Yesterday, I took her to the set, she didn’t know [that I had been cast], and she says, ‘What is this?’ I said, ‘Daddy’s going to be in ‘Spiderman.’’ She asked me, ‘Is Spider-Man going to beat you up?’ and I said, ‘I don’t know. She says, ‘Good,.’ [The role] is an amazing ride. So, it’s humbling and just a lot of fun.” 

    The next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx and Shailene Woodley. The screenplay is by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. The film will be directed by Marc Webb and produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. The untitled new film in the Spider-Man saga is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014. Production will begin in early 2013 in New York. 

    VIDEO: 53 Things Wrong With THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN In Under 2 Minutes


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    Fox 2000 Taps Exec-Turned-Writer for YA Novel Adaptation 'Reboot'
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    Chernin Entertainment is producing the adaptation, which is based on an upcoming book sci-fi YA novel by Amy Tintera.

    Development exec-turned-scribe Lindsay Devlin has been tapped to adapt Reboot, Fox 2000’s adaptation of an upcoming YA novel penned by Amy Tintera.

    Chernin Entertainment is producing Reboot, an edgy YA story set after the world becomes infected with a deadly virus and killer slave soldiers are created from dead teenagers. Two re-animated teens decide to band together to fight the organization responsible.

    The novel is due to be published by HarperTeen in May; Fox 2000 picked up the rights in February.

    Devlin started as an assistant at CAA before moving on to development jobs at Kerner Entertainment Co. (The Smurfs) and other shingles. Her horror spec Nocturne shot her out of the corporate world, and she slowly building is a name for herself in the mostly male-dominated world of genre writing.

    Reboot will be her first studio gig.

    Devlin is repped by Mosaic and Sloane Offer.

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    Brad Peyton To Write, Direct ‘Monument 14′ For Reel FX And Strange Weather
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    Reel FX and Andrew Adamson’s Strange Weather have acquired screen rights to Monument 14, the first installment of a young adult novel trilogy by Emmy Laybourne that Brad Peyton will adapt to direct. Reel FX, which has a partnership with Strange Weather, will produce alongside Adamson and Aron Warner, with Jeff Fierson exec producing and overseeing.

    The first novel is an unlikely jumping off point for a post-apocalyptic young adult trilogy. It’s best described as The Breakfast Club set after the apocalypse. A group of teens are trapped together in a chain superstore and face the prospect of life, death and love and hate while the world as they know it ends right outside.

    That book was published in June, and the followup, Monument 14: Sky On Fire, will be published next June by the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group imprint Feiwell & Friends.
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    Self-Published YA Author 'Crash'es into the Big League
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    Spokane, Washington-based writer Nicole Williams already had four self-published e-books to her credit before launching her YA romance trilogy Crash earlier this year. The first two novels, titled Crash and Clash, sold a combined total of more than 85,000 digital copies. Now HarperCollins has scooped up the books, which it rereleased digitally November 20, as part of a three-book deal.

    The titles are the first in the children’s division to be categorized as appropriate for ages 16 and up. (Typically, HarperCollins and HarperTeen books are categorized as no older than 14 and up.)

    The “steamy teen romance,” as HarperCollins calls the series, delves into the intense relationship between Lucy, the new girl in town, and Jude, the local bad boy. Their all-consuming affair continues after high school, and though they attend different universities, the intensity increases both emotionally and physically as the story unfolds.

    Phoebe Yeh, editorial director at HarperCollins Children’s Books, negotiated the deal for North American translation rights with Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. “We’re seeing a trend toward realistic fiction in the marketplace,” Yeh says, “and we know our readers are looking for stories that follow characters after high school into more mature situations.”

    HarperCollins released its own e-book editions of Crash and Clash November 20; paperback editions go on sale December 18. Crush, the conclusion to the trilogy, will be published simultaneously in paperback and as an e-book on April 23.

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    New image of Jamie Campbell Bower from ‘The Mortal Instruments’ released



    Sony just released a new image of Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

    The image shows Jamie dressed in his shadowhunter gear with Isabelle and Alec in the background. The image is from the Pandemonium Club scene which is the opening scene in the book and was part of the trailer. As all fans of The Mortal Instruments know this is the scene in which Clary first discovers the shadowhunting world.



    Does Jamie look more the part of Jace now that you’ve seen him in costume? What do you think of Kevin and Jemima as Alec and Isabelle Lightwood? Leave your comments below and tell us what you are most looking forward to in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film.

    The first book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, introduces us to Clary Fray and the shadowhunter world. Lily Collins is set to play Clary while Jamie Campbell Bower is set to play Jace. Joining them in the shadowhunter world will be Robert Sheehan, Jemima West, Kevin Zegers, and Godfrey Gao. The screenplay has been written by I. Marlene King, the script writer for Pretty Little Liars, and Jessica Postigo. The film is set for release on August 23, 2013.

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    Smoke

    For chimney fires, the SFX team uses a false chimney and makes sure it doesn’t leak into the building. In combination with a ZR12 machine, a sturdy grey box that delivers smoke through a wide nozzle, they use an oily solution to make the smoke, which is safe to breathe and won’t do damage to plants or animals. The machine is in the chimney, so the SFX team can control it with a remote, and because the smoke has to stay the same consistency throughout the day, the team can turn it up or down depending on external elements like wind.

    For atmospheric smoke, the SFX team can cover an entire forest with their set-up. The team lays down flat tubes that are normally used for irrigation, but Jonathon Barras and the team fill them with air. They are up to 100 meters long, surround a whole filming area and, if needed, can be joined together to become 200 meters long. They can be fed from one end, both ends, or the middle, depending on what coverage is required. Large gas burners are brought in to heat the pipes and create the smoke.

    Snow Candles

    Snow Business provides all the snow candles for the show. What is a snow candle? A certain type of paper is soaked in a chemical that makes it burn slowly, and as it does, the candle creates a very fine ash that the SFX team spins in galvanized buckets. If they find the right wind, it drifts nicely through shot; if the wind is not moving in their favor, you get crew members’ faces full of fake snow and a lot of complaints. According to Barras, snow is one of his favourite things to do, but also one of the hardest natural phenomena to recreate. “I took fake snow to Iceland,” he told me, “but we never had to use it.”

    Pyrotechnics

    The SFX team has only used a few pyrotechnics on Season 3 – swords hitting each other, swords striking rocks. Pyrotechnics, according to Barras, is every boy’s dream. You get to blow things up and never have to put them together again. The SFX team is pretty excited whenever the pyromancer appears on the show, as it suggests that the team might get to blow some more stuff up. Safety-wise, it is probably the strictest of all elements – you can’t have mobile phones on set or use radios, which can be limiting, especially for the ADs who have to talk to each other constantly.

    Rain effects

    For rain, the SFX team uses the same type of pumps the fire department has on its trucks. If possible, they connect to hydrants or pull from rivers, if we are close enough. If we aren’t, they have huge 20,000-liter dams to hold water. For big rain (like with Arya in Harrenhall’s courtyard, or over the battle in the Blackwater scenes) they uses a spinner on a crane about 100 feet in the air. The water pressure spins the head in a huge circle of rain, maybe 30 meters across, and they put four of those on the crane at once. 


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