One Direction have overthrown Daniel Radcliffe by taking his crown as the richest British celebrities under the age of 30. The Best Song Ever hitmakers - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson - knocked the Harry Potter star off top spot after collectively raking in an impressive $88.9 million (£59.3 million), according to Heat magazine's 2013 celebrity rich list.
Radcliffe, who kept custody of the crown for four years, came in second with $84.1 million (£56.1 million), closely followed by British heartthrob Robert Pattinson, who is worth an estimated $66.1 million (£44.1 million).
The top five was rounded out by Atonement star Keira Knightley, with $55.8 million (£37.2 million), and Emma Watson, who earned $41.8 million (£27.93 million).
Lucie Cave, editor-in-chief of Heat, says, "One Direction are young, talented, staggeringly good looking and adored by millions. To that we can now add 'rolling in cash.' No one said life was fair."
A panel of experts analysed the celebrities' financial earnings over the past year by examining their TV and film deals, record sales and product endorsements.
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has vowed to make sure the band boycotts a British tabloid after the newspaper's editors ran an article criticising his family. The singer was "appalled" by a story, published in The Mirror on Saturday (10Aug13), which took aim his midwife mother, Johannah, and her fiance Daniel Deakin.
Tomlinson has now launched a scathing rant against the tabloid, insisting the group will never work with the paper again.
In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "I am appalled by what The Mirror has done to my family. It's disgusting and immoral. F**k you The Mirror... As long as I am in One Direction we won't be working with The Mirror."
The star previously criticised tabloid bosses back in March (13) for running an interview with his estranged father.
No means no! British boy band One Direction has turned down the opportunity to become poster children for safe sex in the U.S. by promoting condoms, the Irish Daily Star reports. Considering their average fan is approximately 12-years-old and/or your little sister, the gents decided they want to appear asexual just a bit longer.
According to the Star, a source claims that no sum of money could make the boys budge from their firm stance. "The offer was enormous and even tied into a safe sex organisation in the US. It came from one of the biggest brands in the world," says the source. “While the boys didn’t sneer at the money, they felt their fans were slightly too young. They are promoting dolls and games, so that’s the age group who are buying.”
In a 2011 interview, a prescient GQ asked the guys if they would ever consider endorsing condoms. "We're not going to go down that road…" said 20-year-old Louis Tomlinson. Harry Styles, the 18-year-old currently canoodling Taylor Swift, was quick to add, "Though we are all for safe sex."
While Tomlinson, Styles, and bandmates Niall Horan (18), Liam Payne (18), and Zayn Malik (19) may have passed on this grown-up endorsement for now, there's no guarantee that their faces won't end up on some risqué products without their go-ahead in the future. And, really, songs like "Up All Night," "Rock Me," and "Beggin' On Your Knees" are just prime to appear on a condom wrapper or box. Below are five other celebrities who have become the face of sexytimes products — with or without their consent.
British Boy Band JLS for Durex Condoms
This is the endorsement that prompted GQ to ask One Direction about condom promotion in the first place (and most likely the company behind One Direction's rejected offer). Ads for the condoms say, "They've teamed up with Durex to get you all thinking about safe sex, and we've launched exclusive Just Love Safe packs of Extra Safe condoms in support of the newly launched JLS Charitable Foundation." Admirable.
Shirtless Daniel Craig Ice Pops
Now, Del Monte Superfruit Smoothies' License to Chill ice pop (shaped like Daniel Craig's nekkid torso) isn't as explicitly sexual as something like condoms, but come on. It's a frozen dessert...shaped like a hot man... you put in your mouth and, well, you know.
Jessica Simpson's Dessert Treats
In 2004, Jessica Simpson launched a line of edible cosmetics, which she named Dessert Treats. Products include "Whipped Body Cream, pout-perfecting Lip Plumping Candy, decadent Body Frosting, or other body-beautifying yummies."
Just-in Beaver Love Doll
"I wanna be your boy toy!" the box proclaims. And Selena Gomez gets a shoutout, too! Clearly, Justin Bieber didn't put his personal stamp of approval on this adults-only toy. Heh, Just-in Beaver. It's a play on words!
Finally Miley! Sex Doll
Miley Cyrus reportedly sued Pipedream Productions, the company behind this gem, for "defamation of character" when this classy product was released. On the bright side, at least Miley was in good company — in addition to the Justin Bieber likeness (above), Pipedream Productions makes dolls that resemble Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera and more.
Suddenly that safe sex deal isn't looking so bad, eh One Direction?
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One Direction doesn't seem to be likely to fall from grace anytime soon. The band drew record-breaking ratings for The Today Show with their Rockefeller Plaza performance on Tuesday morning, has just released its second album Take Me Home, and has even earned a vigilant enough fanbase to receive live animals as gifts. The next step: movies! Sony Pictures has announced that One Direction will be the focus of a 3D film, directed by accomplished documentarian Morgan Spurlock.
You might know the filmmaker's name from one of the many big- and small-screen projects he has churned out over the past decade. Spurlock is most famous for his 2004 fast food takedown Super Size Me, and has since directed and produced films like Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?, Freakonomics, and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, which is his own personal statement on Hollywood's habitual product placement. He also created the Hulu series A Day In the Life.
The new One Direction movie, which is being produced by Simon Cowell (who discovered the band on the United Kingdom's The X Factor), will focus on band members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson, and their achievements and personal journeys into the spotlight. Spurlock, a highly stimulating filmmaker, will likely provide an interesting take on the band's experiences with new fame and success, and perhaps on the industry itself.
The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kytt reports that the film is set for release on Aug. 30, 2013.
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When you're part of an internationally known boy band, fans are bound to shower you some pretty unusual gifts. The boys from UK power group One Direction — Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik — have certainly received their share of strange ones.
When asked to name the weirdest presents they have ever received, the boys mentioned a box of mushrooms dressed like them, pets, Swiss army knives, and the icing on the cake: a live hermit crab, said Louis.
So, girls, take note: Long gone are the days when fans simply brought flowers or threw their bras up on stage. Fans are getting creative.
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Next year, fantasy makes a comeback. Since Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy ended, we've seen plenty of imitators come and go with not the slightest hint of a lasting effect (Eragon, Stardust, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, etc.) One would think that Hollywood would be giving the genre a rest after diminishing returns, but 2012 will see a slew of franchise hopefuls hit theaters in hopes of capturing the magic of Middle Earth. Among them is Jackson's own prequel film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, two Snow White flicks, and Bryan Singer's grand return to cinema Jack the Giant Killer.
The film, which is a retelling of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale, stars X-Men: First Class' Nicholas Hoult, newcomer Eleanor Tomlinson, and a gaggle of accomplished actors including Ewan McGregor, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy (among others). Below you can see its first trailer as well as its first poster. Though I'm very excited to see what Singer's been cooking up, the trailer offers just the faintest tease of the CGI spectacle that it is sure to be, and the poster painfully reminds me 2009's Land of the Lost. Its best foot hasn't been put forward, but I'm still looking forward to this one.
I'm on board with anything that Bryan Singer does for the most part, especially when he's working in specific genres. His superhero movies are awesome (ALL of them, including Superman Returns) and his WWII flick Valkyrie wasn't all that bad either. So when I learned that he'd finally be returning to filmmaking (it has been two and a half years since Valkyrie hit theaters) with the fantasy epic Jack the Giant Killer, I was very excited because he'll be working in an entirely new setting and environment.
The film, based on the classic fairy tale, follows a young man who ventures into the land of the giants when a beautiful princess is kidnapped, upsetting a long-standing truce between humans and the giants. Nicholas Hoult is starring as Jack, with Eleanor Tomlinson portraying the princess Isabella, Bill Nighy and John Kassir playing the double headed giant king Fallon and Stanley Tucci wearing the crown of the king of the human land.
Now, a pair of production photos have leaked, showing two of the film's noble warriors in full armor looking ready for action. Check out the images, which feature Ewan McGregor and Eddie Marsan, below.
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I say "creepy" because Untraceable’s theory could actually be a reality. The possibility of a tech-savvy psycho setting up a Web site that displays graphic murders could happen with the fate of each of the tormented captives left in the hands of the public: The more hits the site gets the faster the victims die--and in the case of Untraceable die in very gruesome ways. Of course Untraceable also gives us a peek at the good guys--the FBI division that is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting cybercriminals. Special Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) is one such Internet expert who along with her co-worker (Colin Hanks) is stymied by KillWithMe.com’s untraceablity. But soon the movie turns predictable as the cat-and-mouse game gets personal and Marsh must race against the clock to stop the madman. Lane has certainly looked better in her past movies. For obvious effect they’ve made Agent Marsh rather worn-down with dark circles under her eyes and very little makeup as she sits in front of the computer hunting the bad guys all night on the late shift. The fact that she’s also a widow having lost her cop husband to the job and caregiver to her young daughter doesn’t help the woman get anymore rest. Then when the crap starts hitting the fan and people close to Marsh get hurt the actress really shows the pain on her already haggard face. Marsh even admits “I do a lot of things well but I don’t lose people well.” It’s a standard tough-FBI-agent role and Lane is very capable at it. Supporting her is Hanks (Orange County) as the resident comic relief (what little of it there is) as well as Billy Burke (Fracture) the local cop trying to help Marsh catch the psycho Internet killer. As for the killer himself the actor who portrays him (and I won’t give it away) is very effective in the role. There are a couple of other things Untraceable has going for it besides the chilling premise: director Gregory Hoblit who knows his way around a crime thriller having directed gems such as Primal Fear and Fracture and the dank Portland Oregon locale. Hoblit creates just the right amount of tension and dread as the clock ticks down and the race nears its end but something about an overcast rainy environ just lends itself to more doom and gloom doesn’t it? Of course there are also the torture scenes which add a certain level of Hostel-like horror. What Untraceable lacks is a compelling narrative. The bevy of writers involved (never the best of signs) tend to throw in too many conventional thriller plot points--like the red herrings on who the killer is before he’s revealed and explaining why the killer is doing what he’s doing. All these things dilute the film’s initial potential. Still let’s just hope this doesn’t spawn real-life copycats.
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