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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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  • 12/13/12--20:00: PHOTO POST




  • Lilo out & about in NYC



    JUST KIDDING, she wishes (we all wish, really)



    Naomi & family & cake in NYC



    Starchild Paul Stanely in LA



    Who? Here's who:



    Marcia Cross in LA



    Alleged Ben Affleck sweetheart walking on sunshine at 12-12-12



    Blake really likes benefits



    Former Affleck girlfriend greeting paps in an airport



    Those were the days



    & GOOP's bff Winona was with Ben's bff Matt
    (no cheesy LOOK AT US photoshoots for these two <3 )



    Ben Affleck hating life



    Taking Violet down with him :(



    Look, someone as miserable as Affleck




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    SHERLOCK AND WATSON NARROW DOWN THE LIST OF SUSPECTS WHEN THE BODY OF THE GENERAL MANAGER OF A LUXURY HOTEL IS FOUND INSIDE A WASHING MACHINE, ON “ELEMENTARY,” ON THURSDAY, JAN. 3
    CHEAT TWEET: Sherlock asks Joan to stay. Will she stay or will she go? on #Elementary 1/3 http://bit.ly/XPuaa5

    “Dirty Laundry” – Sherlock and Joan investigate the murder of the general manager of a high-end Manhattan hotel whose body is found inside an industrial laundry machine. Meanwhile, since Joan’s time with Sherlock is almost up, he offers her an apprenticeship, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, Jan. 3 (10:01-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST:
    Mark Moses (Oliver Purcell)
    Melissa Farman (Carly Purcell)
    Jake Weber (Geofrrey Silver)
    Cynthia Darlow (Mrs. Dean)
    Leigh Ann Larkin (Harmony)
    Jennifer Regan (Agent Claudia Camden)
    Shirley Roeca (Estella)
    Natalie Toro (Marisol)
    Simon Jutras (French Businessman)
    Arash Mokhtar (Middle Eastern Diplomat 1)
    Al Nazemian (Middle Eastern Diplomat 2)
    Sam Freed (Oliver’s Lawyer)

    WRITTEN BY: Liz Friedman and Christopher Silber
    DIRECTED BY: John Coles

    BONUS LUCY AND JONNY ON 'THE TALK' FROM TODAY!






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    What did you think of the mid-season finale??? New episode January 3rd!

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    Why it's not so bad that the singer, like some other women, doesn't want to call herself a feminist

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    Katy Perry accepted the Woman of the Year award from Billboard on Friday by declaring, "I'm not a feminist, but I do believe in the power of women."

    This isn't an especially surprising statement. As a number of folks have pointed out, many young women—and a good number of not-so-young women as well—are uncomfortable with being labeled as feminists even though they embrace many feminist goals. Last month, for example, Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer eschewed the feminist label while simultaneously declaring that she "believed in equal rights." It's tempting to simply dismiss such comments as incoherent, but I think doing so risks missing out on insights and criticism that might be of value to feminism.

    Understandably, many feminist writers don't see things this way. Instead, they find such rhetorical contradictions infuriating. Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon, for example, explains with barely-restrained snark: "Let me just point out that if you believe in the strength of women, Ms. Perry, or their equality, Ms. Mayer, you're soaking in feminism." Madeleine Davis at Jezebel adds, with less restraint, "the ignorance and ridiculousness of Perry's comments—especially in the context of accepting the Woman of the Year award—is enough to set the teeth of any feminist on edge."




    Again, the frustration is understandable—you've got people in the public limelight standing up, saying they agree with your principles in one breath and then denouncing you in the next. Getting kicked by your enemies sucks, but is at least expected. Being spit on by your friends, on the other hands, is a betrayal.

    Still, as Slate's Amanda Hess points out, condemning women for not embracing feminism probably isn't that helpful. As Hess says, "Here's one reason some women might not identify as feminists: Whenever they begin to engage with the material, feminists condescendingly dismiss them as morons." Hess adds, "I'm beginning to realize that the question "Are you a feminist?" tells us much more about the feminist movement's own branding failures than it does the beliefs of the women prompted to respond."

    Hess concludes that what women do is more important than whether they call themselves feminist or not. To some degree that's true, obviously; a world in which sexism was abolished but no one called herself a feminist would be a better world than the one we've got. But we're a long way from abolishing sexism—and so I think it is worth thinking about why many of those who oppose sexism are so leery of being part of the movement that is dedicated to doing just that. Even if it is basically a marketing failure, feminism is in many ways a message. Marketing matters.

    One reason Perry and other public figures may forswear feminism, of course, is because feminism is controversial; embracing it may irritate fans. More charitably, as Sarah Sobieraj argues, women may worry that the feminist label and its stereotypes prevent people from listening to, and buying into, a feminist message.

    Either way, Perry's unwillingness to be called a feminist might from this perspective be seen as a sign, not of feminism's failures, but of its continuing relevance. It would be better if feminism were more widely accepted. But failing that, the least a movement for radical social change can do is to freak people out a little. Feminism still provokes resistance; it still has enemies; it still makes many people in the mainstream nervous. Maybe, for example, as Davis suggests in Jezebel, Perry has some sense that the song she wrote in which she flirtatiously semi-endorsed date rape was not an ideal feminist stance. In a perfect world, everyone would embrace feminism, but as long as we're not in that world, feminism's job is at least in part to make people uncomfortable.

    There are other, less hopeful, reasons that women might be alienated from feminism, though. Last month, former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy said she was not a feminist because, "I'm not at all an active feminist. On the contrary, I'm a bourgeois. I love family life, I love doing the same thing every day."

    Of course, as Mary Elizabeth Williams points out, there's no reason you can't do all of those things and be a feminist. And yet, at the same time, that note about loving "family life" has a disturbing resonance.

    The fact is, feminism has had a complicated relationship with traditional family roles, and, indeed, with traditional femininity more generally. As feminist and trans activist Julia Serano argues in her book Whipping Girl:

    the scapegoating of femininity has become the Achilles' heel of the feminist movement. While past feminists have gone to great lengths to empower femaleness and to tear away all of the negative connotations that have plagued women's bodies and biology, they have allowed the negative connotations associated with femininity to persist relatively unabated. Nothing illustrates this better than the fact that, while most reasonable people see women and men as equals, few (if any) dare to claim that femininity is masculinity's equal. Indeed, much of what has historically been called misogyny—a hatred of women—has clearly gone underground, disguising itself as the less reprehensible derision of femininity.

    Thus, for Serano, some women may feel alienated from feminism because feminism doesn't like them. Women who value traditional expressions of femininity—whether that means wearing pink, or prioritizing family life like Bruni-Sarkozy or sacrificing themselves for their children—can feel scorned and belittled by the feminist movement. The scorn can, as Serano says, feel similar to the misogyny that feminism is supposed to oppose.

    It's true that third-wave feminists (like Serano) have gone some way towards addressing these problems. But Serano's critique, and the ongoing discomfort with feminism felt by many women, suggests that there's still work to be done. At the very least, it seems like it's worth listening to women when they say they're not happy with feminism, rather than simply dismissing them as ignorant or explaining why their critiques aren't important. Asking women, famous or otherwise, whether they are feminists, and why or why not, seems like a useful exercise in self-criticism—a way for feminists to figure out how they are and how they are not reaching their sisters.

    In fact, I think the question "Are you a feminist?" could stand to be used more widely than it is. In particular, it might be useful to start routinely asking the question not just of women, but of men. In the first place, as I said, feminism should make people uncomfortable—and that definitely means male people as well as female. And in the second place, I suspect that the best way to convince Katy Perry that she's a feminist would be to have some of her male celebrity peers explain why they aren't.

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    WAS THAT WHO I THINK IT WAS SPARRING WITH JEREMY? WAS IT?? lol, apparently not

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    X FACTOR winner JAMES ARTHUR plans to make the most of his new fame – when it comes to meeting women.

    He said: “I realise I’m not exactly Brad Pitt. I’m a bit of an ugly fucker so I’ll take what I can get while I can.

    “Some of the girls I never had a hope of pulling are getting back in touch on Facebook now I’ve been on telly.”

    He added: “There’s a long list of people I’d like to work with. EMELI SANDE is definitely on the list, as is DEVLIN.

    ED SHEERAN has been in touch so hopefully we can do something at some point.”

    A lot of X Factor winners have passed through Bizarre HQ over the years and few have lasted the distance.

    But James is up there as one of the best blokes, with a genuine chance of success. He has already taken guidance from some big names — KELLY JONES and PLAN B to name just two.

    And he is determined to make it — so he never has to drive a banger again.

    Speaking in the office yesterday he told me: “I used to have an old Rover to get to gigs. I got up one day and it had been taken away for scrap. Hopefully that will never happen again.

    “I’m ready to get an album out quickly. I don’t think I need a year away being trained or told how to perform. I’ve been doing pubs for years and have ten albums’ worth of material.

    “I’ve got enough for my own stuff, others I can give to ONE DIRECTION or others.”

    He was impressive on the show and improved all the way through.

    The future looks good.


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    ten albums worth of material yassss <3 i hope this one is on his future hit album.  

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    Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, Best Actress Musical/Comedy)
    "I had no idea [the Golden Globes nominations were Thursday]. My agent called me at 5:30 and I thought the set of my movie had burned down, or Josh [Hutcherson] had died or something. I didn't realize! I was so tired! It's amazing. It was such an incredible part. All the blood, sweat and tears that everybody put in this movie, and how much it meant to everyone, we can all share it together. David and Bradley got the recognition they deserve. It's wonderful to be able to share it with everyone."

    Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, Best Picture)
    "I received this news by text message on the fast train to Berlin. The Hollywood Foreign Press has brightened a bleak snowy day in Germany for me. I could not be more pleased on behalf of our gang."

    Ben Affleck (Argo, Best Director)
    "I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring 'Argo' with five nominations,' Affleck said in a statement. 'These nominations reflect the courage and determination of real life heroes in the US, Canada, Iran and across the globe."

    Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea, Best Actress in a Drama)
    "I am deeply grateful for this nomination, and in particular, for the HFPA's recognition of the hard work and passion that Terence Davies brought to this wonderful British indie. I am thrilled that this nomination might allow his beautiful work to reach a larger audience."


    Hayden Panettiere (Nashville, Best Supporting Actress, Series)
    "I am so shocked and thankful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this nomination. Callie Khouri created such an amazing and juicy character in Juliette Barnes making her so much fun to play. This show is a dream to work on with this incredible cast. It's such an honor."

    Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy, Best Actress Supporting Role)
    "As an actor you look for roles that are rich, complicated, and that stretch you and this year I was blessed to find two,' she said in a statement. 'To have the chance to play them was a gift in itself and to then be acknowledged this way is icing on the cake. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press!"

    Taylor Swift (song "Safe and Sound" featured in Hunger Games, Best Original Score)
    "What an amazing and unexpected present!' Swift said in a statement. 'I'm blown away by my first-ever Golden Globe nomination, and so honored to be nominated with T Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars."

    Steven Spielberg (director of Lincoln, which is nominated 7 times)
    "Seven has never been a more lucky number than it is for me today. I was delighted to hear that the HFPA has chosen to recognize Daniel, Sally, Tommy, Tony Kushner, John Williams, Kathy Kennedy and me so generously. Bringing 'Lincoln' to the screen has been the opportunity of a lifetime and a distinct privilege... That's one reason why it's especially meaningful for me that the Hollywood Foreign Press has honored us with these nominations."

    Daniel Day Lewis (Lincoln, Best Actor in a Drama)
    "I'm very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for so generously acknowledging us in a year of such powerful films and performances."


    Tim Burton, Sofia Verrgara and more @ at the sources
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    Are you happy with the nominations? Do you think anyone was snubbed? I was most surprised by the Ewan/Emily Blunt/Salmon nominations that came from nowhere. I'm of the majority who thinks SLP was overrated as a film and for JLaw's performance. BCoop stole the show.

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  • 12/13/12--21:22: Best. Funeral. Ever.



  • For most of us, death is a time to mourn and shed tears for the departed. For others, it’s a time to honor their loved ones and celebrate the life through services that turn the traditional funeral on its head.

    In the one- hour special, BEST FUNERAL EVER, TLC goes inside the Dallas-based Golden Gate Funeral Home where John Beckwith Jr. and his staff organize the most unique ceremonies in the country, called home-going celebrations.

    BEST FUNERAL EVER features three elaborate home-going services:

    · The death of a man who cherished the holiday season is sent off with a Christmas-inspired funeral, complete with reindeer, alpacas, elves and snow.

    · A man whose disability prevented him from riding roller coaster is honored with a State-Fair-themed home-going ceremony and spends his last day on earth enjoying the rides, games and attractions.

    · A former doo-wop singer known for his famous rib sauce jingle is remembered at a barbecue-themed home-going service. His family celebrates his life among live pigs, praise dancers, and a barbecue sauce fountain in which loved ones dip a ceremonious rib to say goodbye.

    The party kicks off Wednesday, December 26th at 8/7c. BEST FUNERAL EVER is produced Park Slope Productions and executive produced by Paul Reitano and Terrence Sacchi.

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    Former One Life To Live actor (and sibling of a celebrity) Scott Evans, the brother of Captain America star Chris Evans, has been arrested and charged with allegedly trying to purchase cocaine on Tuesday, December 4 in Hollywood, California.

    The former One Life to Live cast member, who played Officer Oliver Fish in the soap opera, is accused of attempting to buy the drugs from an undercover police officer.

    The incident took place on Tuesday, December 4 in Hollywood, California, reports E! Online.

    Evans has now been charged with one count of attempted possession of a controlled substance.

    He appeared to respond to the arrest on his Facebook page that morning: "Most ridiculous night of my life in LA so far. At least I made it a year before getting arrested," reads a post on a page attributed to the actor.

    His next film Behaving Badly - which also stars Selena Gomez, Cary Elwes, Heather Graham and Dylan McDermott - is currently in post-production and slated for release next year.

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    Update Updated: Evans was in criminal court today for his arraignment with his high-powered lawyer Shepard Kopp and entered a plea of not guilty to the cocaine charge. He's due back in court on January 14th.
     

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    The first trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's sci-fi epic Pacific Rim has finally dropped, showing off a wild alternate future where Earth is under attack by giant monsters. So what details can we glean from our first peek of the mech-vs.-monsters action?

    Some pretty interesting details popped up in the footage, which gives us a look into the world Del Toro (Hellboy) is building here. Pushed to the brink, humanity decides to build gigantic mechs to fight off the invading monsters. Does it sound like a hard sci-fi spin on Godzilla? Sure.

    But it looks absolutely amazing, and with Del Toro at the helm, you know he can probably pull off the premise. I mean, this is the guy who adapted Hellboy in a grounded way that made the horned, half-demon antihero believable in the real world. If anyone can do mechs and monsters and make it work, it's him.

    Trailer and list behind cut






    1. The aliens are from a portal to another dimension—in the Pacific Ocean
    They might be alien-like creatures, but don't think they come from outer space. Nope. These creatures pop up from a portal deep in the ocean, which is a nice change of pace from old deep-space cliche.



    2. The monsters, and the mechs, are absolutely massive
    We knew these creatures were going to be big, Del Toro has said as much numerous times, but seeing the scope in action is just breathtaking. These things are not just big. They're gigantic, and it'll be interesting to see how those massive battles affect civilization.



    3. Idris Elba’s character gives great inspirational speeches
    After his memorable performance in Prometheus, Elba looks to be the new go-to guy for big ole sci-fi flicks. The Luther star is one heck of an actor, and judging by his inspiring bit of dialogue in the trailer, it seems he'll be the man rallying the troops when this flick finally opens.


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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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    Rebekah and Kol are back!

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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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