The One Direction movie has taken Britain by storm, shooting to the top spot at the U.K. box office on its opening weekend. One Direction: This Is Us, featuring Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Liam Payne, took an impressive $5.2 million (£3.4 million) over the weekend (30Aug-01Sep13).
The pop group saw off competition from last week's number one, futuristic thriller Elysium, which took $1.8 million (£1.2 million). and comedy We're The Millers, with $1.7 million (£1.1 million).
The top five is rounded out by crime movie Pain & Gain ($1.5 million/£1 million) and animated comedy Planes ($1.1 million/£797,311).
Teen girls the world over are losing their s**t because — OMG — One Direction is on the big screen. This Is Us hit theaters Thursday and that means 92 minutes of Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis, and Zayn singin', chillin', prankin', and just being their adorable selves. Can you even handle that?
If you have a life-sized poster of Niall on your wall, support Zayn's engagement even though you're broken-hearted, or are reading this right now while standing in line for your sixth viewing of This Is Us then it's safe to say that you are a Directioner through and through. And if One Direction is your all-time favorite boy band then, well, that says a lot. For starters, you are between the ages of 10 and 18. You also don't know who Lisa Frank is and will never fully appreciate the glory that is a perfectly-curated mix CD (or tape, if you want to kick it real old school). You have the fastest thumbs in west — all the better to tweet/text/Facebook/Snapchat you with, my dear – and are so over Justin Bieber (but Austin Mahone, on the other hand...)
But anyone born before 1995 knows that One Direction can hardly be called the "best boy band of all time." Here's what your boy band of choice says about you.
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A true child of the '80s, you were one of the first to hop on the boy bandwagon and, as such, you are known as being a trendsetter. You ripped your jeans and cropped your tops before you read that you were supposed to in Tiger Beat and you better believe there is still a crimper in the back of your closet. These days, you spend your days climbing to the top of the corporate ladder and your nights trolling for scalped tickets for the NKOTBSB Tour (which, let's be honest, you are still angry is not just a NKOTB reunion tour).
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If the Backstreet Boys are your one desire, then it's safe to say that the wildest ice cream flavor you'll ever order is chocolate and vanilla swirl (whoa, go crazy!). You like things to go according to plan — your plan — and you're not a huge fan of spontaneity. While you're a born leader and feel right at home at the top of the food chain, it's been a bit of time since you've held that post. And as fun as it is to relive your totally bomb senior prank every once in a while, this state of a perpetual comeback you're in is wearing thin on those who once worshipped you.
You're the best, the coolest, indisputably the most talented/gorgeous/charming/wonderful person of all time. (Can you tell where my loyalties lie?) In all seriousness, you're sassy on the outside but have a heart of gold. You may not have been class president or a star athlete once upon a time, but you know your crew would go to the ends of the Earth for you, and you for them. You're also a good dancer and have an inexplicable love of puppetry. You probably still have frosted tips and you have a one in five chance of achieving greatness.
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You have impeccable taste. You're a discerning consumer — of music, art, romantic companions, fine perishable goods — and never settle for less than top-notch. You're also wise beyond your years and therefore a neverending fountain of advice, support, and shoulders to cry on for your friends. You were definitely the first of your friends to get laid.
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Choosing 98 Degrees as your main jam shows that you're more wallflower than life of the party. You're a little shy (but totally adorable) and find more pleasure in a book or journal than, well, just about anything. A total smartie, you're not confused by tricky things like chicken of the sea. Most importantly, you're a hopeless romantic who will never give up on love — despite a few bumps along the road.
You aren't afraid to dance to the beat of your own drum (and "Back Here" on repeat). Holy Jesus are you a sucker for guys with accents. You studied abroad in Europe your junior year of college and were only convinced to return to the States after a strongly-worded phone call with your parents (which included phrases like "student loans," "throwing away your future," and "cutting off your funds").
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Pop star Lady Gaga played a concert comeback on Sunday (01Sep13) as she opened the month-long iTunes Festival in London. Adele and One Direction's Niall Horan were in the audience for Gaga's hour-long show at the Roundhouse venue, where she played her first full gig since calling off her world tour earlier this year (13) to undergo hip surgery.
Gaga performed opening track Aura in a cage hovering above the stage, telling the crowd, "What's up, London? Do you have to scream so loud? I can barely hear myself."
She later added, "To say that I've missed you, it's a bit of an understatement."
The Born This Way hitmaker, who sang eight songs from upcoming album ARTPOP and none of her hits, also gave fans a look at the "real" her as she tore off her wig to reveal her short brunette hair.
She explained, "When I didn't feel strong enough to be me, I created someone else. And it worked. So here I am, the human underneath the wigs. This is my real hair."
Gaga was the first act to play this year's (13) iTunes Festival, which will also include shows by Sir Elton John, Queens Of The Stone Age, Justin Timberlake, and Katy Perry.
For concert films of the past 25 years, Michael Jackson’s This is It is tops with $261M in global box office. One Direction’s This Is Us will stand out for the group’s popularity- and its director, Morgan Spurlock - while it looks to beat Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never concert doc, in second place with $99M globally. Check out more on the story, One Direction's sales numbers, and the top grossing concert films at Studio System News.
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In today's economy, there aren't a good many industries on which you can rely. Yes, some things will always be fail-safe investments: apple sauce, bolo ties, cavern tours. But ranking above them all is the ageless phenomenon of the boy band. When the entity first hit American culture, we were skeptical. A handful of dudes? No instruments? Cacophonous flailing? But it caught on. And many long menudos later, we are still smack dab in the heat of boy band fever. As such, any frugal frontiersman of the American capital knows what what to do: get in on the action. Start your own boy band. And since we here at Hollywood.com are foremost a catalyst for the fiscal upswing of the common man, we're here to tell you just how to do it.
Part I: Get Some MembersKnow a bunch of legitimately talented musicians with a passion for the craft and a vast appreciation for everything from Beethoven to Neil Young? Lose 'em! What you need is...A dreamboat: The soft-eyed, half-smiling Aryan type who looks like he learned how to smile from watching the opening credits of Beverly Hills 90210.A "dark side"-type: The brooding brunette, sensitive and in touch with his cerebral pangs. Someone you just want to hug to let him know that it's all going to be okay.Maybe a thuggy one? From the streets... or, you know, that one kind of shady cul-de-sac across the street from the garden center.Two other guys: Know any unemployed dudes who have nothing going on? (Does one of them have wacky hair?) They're in.
Part II: Style!Think being yourself and devoting to your natural image is the way to go? Be a teacher. You're in a boy band now, take notes:Hair: Frosted tips are always in season.Clothes: Either too much or too little — something flashy, loud, and seemingly displaced in time. Or just go shirtless, shirtless works.Accessories: No more than one member may bear each of the following: tinted sunglasses, tattoo, eyebrow ring, ankle bracelet, pet snake.
Part III: RelationshipsHere's one of the most important components of boy bandistry: your romantic relationships. You and your fellow members must abide by the following rules of the industry:Date another pop icon: A fellow musician, preferably, although a budding movie star could also work.Reunite with your high school sweetheart: Odds are, you're not presently dating the same person you were back in high school. If you are, good for you! If not, call the old flame up and organize a "just for the fans" romance. People really eat up the hometown love shtick.Get a stalker: For the member of your band who is not presently ready to settle down, a stalker will do the trick. Since you're not famous enough to warrant one yet, maybe see if your best pal's creepy little sibling who had a crush on you back in elementary school is available. Send some tantilizing notes, just to fan the flames.Way-too-early engagement: And for the member of your band who is far too ready to settle down, a fiancée! Doesn't matter who it is, the "But he's so young!" or "But they just met!" conceit will overshadow the actual human beings in question.
Part IV: The MusicImmaterial.
Part V: The BreakupHowever much you grow to love the gig or your fellow band members, you must terminate things while they're still hot. You want people begging for a reunion, not groaning over the group that just doesn't know when to quit. Here are a few acceptable reasons to offer:Solo careers: All of your members (or at least the two most important ones) decide to pursue careers of their own, be it in music, acting, production, or something weird like writing. Creative differences: Spats like these happen all the time. Maybe one member gets too controlling. Maybe another is concerned about selling out, wants to get back "to the art" of it all. Have fun with this one!Love triangles: The most volatile choice of them all — could it be that a mutually beloved third party got between two members? Egad, the drama! The headline-worthy drama! It's a risky course of action, but when it pays off, it really pays off.
So there you have it. Your own five-part, fail-safe guide to starting your own boy band. We wish you the best of luck — you're fighting the good fight.
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One Direction hunk Niall Horan has confessed he likes recording the boy band's hits in his underwear. The 19-year-old singer admits he has started stripping off for luck because he believes his near-naked antics in the studio give the group a little extra luck.
He explains, "I've been doing it for a while. I recorded What Makes You Beautiful in my boxers. What Makes You Beautiful was the first time I did it because it was really warm in the studio, and I've done it ever since. I sing better naked."
One Direction will soon be adding TV pranksters to their resume - they are eyeing their own small screen show. The five singers - Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson - are planning a similar programme to hit British comedy series Beadle's About, in which unsuspecting members of the public were duped and filmed by hidden cameras.
The What Makes You Beautiful hitmakers were also inspired by the U.K.'s Impractical Jokers show, but they have more high-profile targets in their sights - they want to prank fellow stars.
Tomlinson tells Britain's Daily Star, "We want to do a TV prank show like that new one on BBC Three. It was funny and full of practical jokes. We would like to do a show like that and prank celebrities."
One Direction hit the red carpet in New York for the U.S. premiere of their new movie This Is Us on Monday (26Aug13). The five singers - Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson - arrived in Times Square, and were welcomed by a flock of fans who were hoping to get a glimpse of the boyband.
On arrival, Styles tells Digital Spy, "It is very exciting, I think it's crazy we have a premiere in the first place, let alone in America."
Tomlinson adds, "I just hope everyone likes it, and thanks for the support that everyone has given, and this is more for them so big up."
The What Makes You Beautiful hitmakers walked away with the Song of the Summer award for their hit single Best Song Ever at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (25Aug13).
One Direction stars Harry Styles and Niall Horan have poked fun at reports suggesting one of the boy band stars has their sights set on a solo career in the near future. Promoting their new tour movie in New York on Saturday (24Aug13), the pop hunks had a little fun when they were asked about the future of the group.
Horan joked, "Actually I'm doing a rap album. The gang will be collaborating with me."
And Styles added, "Niall's doing a Christian rap album at the end of the year!"
They then got serious to further address the reports the quintet was set to become a quartet, at Styles stated, "The history of bands is sometimes people do leave and sometimes things happen. It's always gonna happen anytime there's a group, everybody's gonna go, 'So, who's gonna leave? When is someone gonna leave?' We're far too busy and don't have time to go off and do our own thing."
But Horan insisted the band would not be around forever: "I've got really bad knees, so I don't think I'll be running around on stage at 60 years old I'm afraid. I'm just telling you that now. I'm confirming that I won't be in One Direction at 60 years old! That's as far as my career goes."
"Met the best guitarist of our generation last night, unbelievable musician, great guy! After (performing) Gravity he walked over handed me this, legend! One of those moments." One Direction star Niall Horan is left star-struck after John Mayer presented him with an autographed guitar at a gig on Saturday (24Aug13).