British singer Paloma Faith has scored her first number one single in the U.K. with her Sigma collaboration Changing. The drum and bass duo's track with Faith leaps up 114 places to claim the top spot, making Sigma the first act of 2014 to land two consecutive U.K. chart-toppers with over 100,000 copies sold in its first week of release.
The feat topples Calvin Harris and John Newman's Blame, which slips to number two, while Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix) by Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz falls to three.
Professor Green is new at four with Lullaby and Taylor Swift rounds out the new top five with Shake It Off.
Meanwhile, on the U.K. album chart, Irish rockers The Script earn their third number one with No Sound Without Silence.
Barbra Streisand enters the countdown at two with her duets album Partners and Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour drops to three.
U2 star The Edge has won a long-running battle to develop his land in California. The Irish musician has been fighting for permission to build five homes in Malibu since 2006, and he can now move forward with the project after he was given the green light by officials at the California Coastal Commission, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Edge, real name David Evans, had his plans for the development rejected several times over the last few years, but has agreed to make a series of compromises including scaling down the size of the estate.
Ryan Reynolds has been tipped to reprise his X-Men mutant character Deadpool in a long-delayed spin-off movie after studio bosses set a 2016 release for the highly-anticipated film. The actor portrayed the comic book killer, aka Wade Wilson, in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but plans to shoot a stand-alone film for Deadpool stalled amid fears the script was too dark and violent for Hollywood executives.
Reynolds previously commented, "I love Deadpool and there is a script that's in development. But it's so, so far into the R-rated zone... it's a nearly NC-17 world and I just don't know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it."
Old test footage of Reynolds as Deadpool leaked online this summer (14) and garnered positive reviews from fans, and the response appears to have convinced Fox chiefs to finally move forward with the project, setting a February, 2016 release date.
Reynolds has yet to officially sign on for the project, but he is expected to return for Deadpool, which will be directed by Tim Miller in his feature film debut.
Reynolds is no stranger to the comic book world - he previously portrayed Green Lantern in the 2011 box office flop, opposite his now-wife Blake Lively.
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Apple-loving pop star Lily Allen has inked a deal to promote smartphones for the technology giant's arch rival Samsung.
The Smile hitmaker, who is frequently pictured carrying her beloved iPhone and uses the company's iPad tablet computers, is the new brand ambassador for the Galaxy Alpha. Samsung's latest cell phone is a rival to Apple's new iPhone 6 and company bosses are investing $16 million (£10 million) in its launch campaign. It seems the deal has already had an effect on Allen's allegiances - earlier this month (Sep14) she was pictured leaving a hotel in Dublin, Ireland showing off a new Samsung phone instead of her usual Apple gadget.
The campaign launches with a TV advert featuring Allen's song As Long As I Got You, which runs on U.K. networks from Saturday (20Sep14). A spokesman for Samsung U.K. and Ireland says, "The Galaxy Alpha is a smartphone that pushes the boundaries in terms of its style and technology and we wanted a campaign that was culturally relevant with young minded consumers. Our goal is to bring this mobile brand platform to life in a way that is relevant to our audience."
The Walking Dead star Sonequa Martin-Green is expecting her first child. The 29-year-old actress and her actor husband Kenric Green are preparing for the birth of a baby boy in January (15).
Martin-Green tells People magazine, "Kenric and I are beyond excited. There’s nothing like running around fighting zombies in the Georgia heat to stay in shape while pregnant."
British singer Katy B has cancelled an upcoming performance in Northern Ireland as she continues to mourn the death of her brother. The star's sibling, Andrew, passed away on Saturday (13Sep14) after suffering a cardiac arrest, 18 months after he was left brain-damaged and paralysed in an accident.
The Lights On hitmaker shared an emotional tribute to her brother online last weekend, admitting she is "still in total and utter shock" by his death, and now she has pulled out of the MTV Crashes concert in Londonderry on Friday (19Sep14).
DJ Afrojack, British rapper Professor Green and singer/songwriter MNEK are still scheduled to hit the stage as planned.
"Hats and scarves and knee socks and wearing tights for the first time in months and when the mornings are all chilly and you can see your breath and draw little pictures on foggy windows and plaid stuff and ANKLE BOOTS and not caring when people make fun of pumpkin flavored stuff cause you LOVE IT and are happy it's all the rage and people who dress their dogs in costumes on Halloween and fires in fireplaces and maroon/hunter green/mustard yellow color combos and baking your first fall batch of cookies but you put too much cinnamon in it because you're TOO EXCITED BECAUSE IT'S FALL." Taylor Swift posts her love of all things autumnal on her Tumblr.com blog.
Actor James Cromwell is set to portray media mogul Rupert Murdoch in an Australian play. Rupert is scheduled to hit the Sydney stage in November (14) before runs in London's West End next year (15) and on Broadway in 2016.
The Green Mile star tells The Sydney Morning Herald he jumped at the chance to play the embattled media tycoon, revealing, "I like taking on the dragon and Murdoch is definitely the dragon...
"I just saw King John, which was really interesting. He doesn't have any soliloquies and never talks about his motives.That's also true of Rupert. Murdoch's reasons are unintelligible to the rest of us. And he doesn't seem to have any perception that the cost of what he does to other people is untenable. The consequences of a misguided passion towards a goal that has a cost for other people, of course, is the stuff of tragedy. Tragic for everybody concerned."
The show has already played in Melbourne and Washington, D.C. and will focus on the News of the World's phone hacking scandal. Murdoch shut down his U.K. Sunday tabloid following claims editors had hired a private eye to illegally hack the phones of celebrities and high-profile public figures.
It's Niall Horan's 21st birthday! Also known as an international holiday for Directioners across the globe. Fans will surely swarm the cute blonde with millions of tweets wishing him the "Happiest Birthday Ever, We Luv U Niall!!" But there is something we need to discuss. How is he turning 21?! Wasn't he 17 just a minute ago? We refuse to believe he just grew up when we blinked our eyes.
1. He looked like this 5 minutes ago. Didn't he?
2. Okay, come on, he's always had a young, cute baby face.
3. It felt like for years, he always looked the same age.
4. But then wait, what's happening? Is his face starting to get more mature?
5. Yes it is.
6. It was when we saw him shirtless that we all started to realize, okay maybe he is growing up.
7. The older he's gotten, the more his chest has begun to make an appearance.
8. He should apologize to the makers of shirt collars, because he's abandoning them.
9. There it is again. How did we not notice him growing up so quickly?
10. His chest has started to get lonely, so now he's brought the gun show out.
11. His arm and chest combo was there to tell us to forget about his skinny teenage years.
12. Those arms do not belong to a teenager.
13. And this is definitely the butt of a man, not a child.
14. Even his dancing is starting to grow up. See: original dance moves.
15. Now cue: Newer dance moves.
16. They're not exactly more mature, but definitely older.
17. Okay, so not at all a sign of maturing, but still a sign of growing up.
18. His guitar playing has also matured over time.
From this to this...
19. Look at him now.
20. Look at the dance moves PLUS the guitar playing! Our boy is all grown up.
21. The most important GIF (set) of them all to remind us that Niall Horan is a full fledged adult now and we better recognize.
Okay, so yes. He's officially a grown up now. We still can't believe it, but we're much more willing to accept it now. Happy birthday Niall! We love you. You can stop growing up now.
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French actor Gerard Depardieu is convinced he can down 14 bottles of wine in a single day. The Green Card star has opened up about his boozing habits in a new interview, revealing he can consume copious amounts of alcohol without feeling drunk.
Depardieu, who underwent heart surgery in 2000, admits he often starts the day by drinking Champagne in the morning and is adamant he can down more than 10 bottles of wine.
The 65 year old tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "When I'm bored, I drink. Apart from compulsory moments of abstinence. After bypass surgery, and also because of cholesterol and stuff, I have to be careful... But if ever I start drinking I can't drink like a normal person. I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles per day...
"(Before my heart operation) I was asked to tell the doctor about my consumption. So I said, 'Here it goes'. It starts at home with Champagne or red wine, before 10am. Then again Champagne. Then pastis (liqueur), maybe half a bottle. Then food, accompanied by two bottles of wine. In the afternoon, Champagne, beer, and more pastis at around 5pm, to finish off the bottle. Later on vodka and/or whisky. But I'm never totally drunk, just a little p**sed. All you need is a 10-minute nap and voila, a slurp of rose wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy...
"What I like in being drunk is the moment when you're alive and enthusiastic. Full stop. But when you have been there 10, 15, 20 times, 30 times, then you start losing track. There's more to life than being drunk."