Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction and group continues as four-piece!

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Zayn Malik has quit One Direction, the band have confirmed in a statement.

Malik said: “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band.

“I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right.”

One Direction will continue their world tour as a four piece and record a fifth album later this year.

Last week, Malik walked away from the band’s world tour last week after being signed off with stress.

He returned to the UK shortly after being forced to defend his relationship with his fiancee, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

A photo had earlier emerged of him holding another woman around the waist.

A second photo, taken from behind, showed Malik standing close to the woman. Their hands and arms looked as though they were linked.

In a statement, the rest of the group said: “We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future.

“The past five years have been beyond amazing – we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends.

“The four of us will now continue. We’re looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour.”

Simon Cowell, who discovered the boyband on talent show The X Factor, said: “I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction.

“Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond – and immensely proud – of him. I have seen him grow in confidence and I am truly sorry to see him leave.

“As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band.”

Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records in 2010 after finishing third on The X Factor.

Zayn’s had a tumultuous time with the band since they were formed back in 2010. He almost quit the band during bootcamp.

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‘Birdman’ flies over Oscars 2015, Full List of Winners

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“Birdman” soared late at the 87th Academy Awards, winning the big prize — best picture.

“This guy is as bold as bold could be,” said star Michael Keaton, referring to director and co-writer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

The film also won three other honors: directing, cinematography and original screenplay. Inarritu is the second straight Mexican to win director, after “Gravity’s” Alfonso Cuaron.

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“Two Mexicans in a row — that’s suspicious,” Inarritu joked.

Eddie Redmayne won best actor for his performance as the ALS-afflicted scientist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” Julianne Moore won best actress for her performance in “Still Alice.”

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“Boyhood” performer Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress — and made sure that her award was a call for equality.

“We have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United Stares of America,” she said, to rousing applause.

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Her activist message also resonated online.

Also resonating was a stirring speech by Common and John Legend, who won best song for “Glory.” Their performance of “Glory” brought star David Oyelowo to tears.

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‘Call your mom, call your dad’

The best supporting actor Oscar went to J.K. Simmons of “Whiplash.”

The longtime character actor — known to audiences for his roles in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man,” the TV show “The Closer” and ads for Farmers Insurance and M&Ms, among many others — paid tribute to his family in his speech, praising his wife and his “above-average” children.

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He also put in a plug for actual phone calls.

“Call your mom, call your dad; don’t text, don’t email; tell them you love them,” he said.

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Host Neil Patrick Harris tweaked him by humming the Farmers theme as Simmons left the stage.

“Whiplash” won three Oscars, winning sound mixing and film editing along with supporting actor. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has four Oscars — for score, production design, costume design and makeup.

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“Big Hero 6” won best animated feature. “Citizenfour” won best documentary feature.

Director Laura Poitras thanked the film’s subject, Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who leaked classified files and earned the ire of the government. An attempt at a pun from Harris — Snowden couldn’t be at the Oscars “for some treason” — got immediate pushback online.

“The Imitation Game” won adapted screenplay.

NPH leads with jokes

The Oscars — the “epicenter of noise and world attention,” as “Ida” director Pawel Pawlikowski called them — wasted no time at poking fun at some of the big issues facing Hollywood: diversity, economics and self-involvement.

Harris led off the show with a joke about the lack of diversity among the acting nominees.

“This year we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, brightest,” he joked.

Then, in a mammoth opening number, he and Anna Kendrick were joined by Jack Black, who angrily hopped on stage to throw a sarcastic wet blanket over their hailing of “Moving Pictures,” noting that the business is as much about “raising tents with tentpoles and chasing Chinese bucks” than it is about art.

He was summarily dismissed by Harris.

The host also wandered into the audience, greeting two seat fillers among the celebrities, and at one point parodied “Birdman” by walking through the backstage area in his underwear — right onto the stage.

The show aired from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

Full List of Winners:

Best Picture

“American Sniper”

“Birdman” (*WINNER)

“Boyhood”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”

“Selma”

“The Theory of Everything”

“Whiplash”

Best Director

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” (*WINNER)

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”

Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” (*WINNER)

Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Actor

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”

Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”

Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” (*WINNER)

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” (*WINNER)

Laura Dern, “Wild”

Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”

Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” (*WINNER)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”

Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

Jason Hall, “American Sniper”

Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”

Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game” (*WINNER)

Best Original Screenplay

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye, “Foxcatcher”

Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman” (*WINNER)

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Leviathan”

“Ida” (*WINNER)

“Tangerines”

“Timbuktu”

“Wild Tales”

Best Documentary Feature

“CITIZENFOUR” (*WINNER)

“Finding Vivian Maier”

“Last Days in Vietnam”

“The Salt in the Earth”

“Virunga”

Best Animated Feature

“Big Hero 6” (*WINNER)

“The Boxtrolls”

“How to Train Your Dragon 2”

“Song of the Sea”

“The Tale of The Princess Kaguya”

Film Editing

“American Sniper”

“Boyhood”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”

“Whiplash” (*WINNER)

Best Song

“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”

“Glory” from “Selma” (*WINNER)

“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”

“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (*WINNER)

Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”

Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”

Gary Yershon, “Mr. Turner”

Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”

Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman” (*WINNER)

Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”

Robert Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, “Ida”

Best Costume Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (*WINNER)

“Inherent Vice”

“Into the Woods”

“Maleficent”

“Mr. Turner”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Foxcatcher”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (*WINNER)

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Production Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (*WINNER)

“The Imitation Game”

“Interstellar”

“Into the Woods”

“Mr. Turner”

Best Sound Editing

“American Sniper” (*WINNER)

“Birdman”

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

“Interstellar”

“Unbroken”

Best Sound Mixing

“American Sniper”

“Birdman”

“Interstellar”

“Unbroken”

“Whiplash” (*WINNER)

Best Visual Effects

Captain America:

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

“Interstellar” (*WINNER)

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Short Film, Live Action

“Aya”

“Boogaloo and Graham”

“Butter Lamp”

“Parvaneh”

“The Phone Call” (*WINNER)

Best Short Film, Animated

“The Bigger Picture”

“The Dam Keeper”

“Feast” (*WINNER)

“Me and My Moulton”

“A Single Life”

Best Documentary, Short Subject

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” (*WINNER)

“Joanna”

“Our Curse”

“The Reaper”

“White Earth”

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Here’s what we’ve been Googling this year, Google’s Year in Search review 2014!

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Google just released its annual retrospective on what the world was searching for in 2014. The company has apparently given up on calling its year in review the Google Zeitgeist and opted for the more humble “Year in Search .” The lists include everything from top trending overall searches to top trending GIFs.

The story behind the story: Although it’s stopped using the moniker, Zeitgeist was an entirely appropriate name for Google’s yearly top trending search lists. As the most popular search engine in the world, Google has a special insight into what the world is thinking about at any given time. Google has used this ability to track flu hotspots (albeit with reportedly mixed results ) and aid in disasters. At the end of the calendar year, it’s always interesting to see what the world was most fascinated with during the previous twelve months.

What topped the lists

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The tragic death of Robin Williams, who took his own life in August, topped both the global and U.S. top trending searches for 2014. Williams was followed by the World Cup, Ebola, and the Malaysia Airlines disaster in both the U.S. and the overall global searches.

Once you leave the top four the global and U.S. search lists begin to diverge in placement, but not a whole lot on topics. Overall, Google’s global user base was fascinated with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Flappy Bird, ISIS, Frozen, and the Sochi Olympics. Conchita Wurst, the Austrian drag queen who won the Eurovision talent contest in May, was also a big search around the world.

Wurst and this year’s Winter Olympics weren’t top searches in the U.S., but Ferguson and the ongoing troubles in Ukraine were.

Things got a little more interesting when it came to tech.

The world was largely focused on smartphones in 2014. Seven of the top 10 spots were taken up by handset including the iPhone 6  (#1), Samsung Galaxy S5  (#2), Nexus 6 (#3), Moto G  (#4), Galaxy Note 4  (#5), LG G3  (#6), and Nokia X  (#7).

The U.S., on the other hand, was a little more interested in the Apple Watch (#4),Chromecast (#5), Xbox One (#6), and the Surface Pro 3 (#10). Smartphones were still a big chunk of top trending gadget searches in the U.S., however, occupying six spots.

The world was also interested in the Xbox One, which came in at number 7 on the global trending list. Sony’s PlayStation 4, however, did not crack the top 10 on either the global or U.S. trending lists. Sony’s console has led the sales contest between the two next-gen consoles, but the Xbox One recently won a small victory when it overtook the new PlayStation in terms of sales for the month of November.

It appears Sony may have had the sales for most of 2014, but the hearts of gamers and tech fans were still with Microsoft’s console.

The complete tech lists are below. Check out Google’s Year in Search site  to explore all the other lists for global results and a country-by-country breakdown.

Top Trending Searches, Global:

3. Ebola
8. ISIS
9. Frozen

Top Trending Consumer Electronics, Global:

  1. iPhone 6
  2. Samsung Galaxy S5
  3. Nexus 6
  4. Moto G
  5. Samsung Note 4
  6. LG G3
  7. Xbox One
  8. Apple Watch
  9. Nokia X
  10. iPad Air

Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent becomes the highest grossing film sold on one star’s name!

It was only a few months ago that analysts had, foolishly it would seem, branded Disney’s live-action adventure ‘Maleficent’ as a flop, and that was even before it had been released in cinemas.

However, after a strong opening and consistent debut week and beyond, the stattos were left scratching their heads at the impressive $697 million it has made to date, from a $180 million budget. But what’s more impressive is that ‘Maleficent’ was, until Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’, the highest grossing non-superhero film of 2014, which was a heck of an achievement, considering it was predicted to flop upon its end of May release. Impressively, ‘Maleficent’ can now boast as being the highest-grossing film sold on a single movie star’s name. And what does that mean?

Well, it basically means films that were marketed with a single name on the poster and its advertising material. Angelina Jolie’s name solely features on the posters, which qualifies the film. It has proven to be a big hit across the globe and appears to have captured the imaginations of audiences in far greater numbers than anyone ever thought it would.

Top 5 Movies sold on a single star’s name:

1. Angelina Jolie – Maleficent – 697.2
2. Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol – 694.7
3. Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump – 677.4
4. Bruce Willis – The Sixth Sense – 672.8
5. Will Smith – Hancock – 624.4

The Beloved Criminal Jeremy Meeks Signs $30,000 Modelling Contract!

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Jeremy Meeks, the man pictured in the hot mugshot that went viral in June,  has reportedly locked in a modelling contract.

TMZ  is reporting Meeks has signed a $US30,000 deal with LA-based Blaze Modelz.

He has also signed with talent agent Gina Rodriguez, who represents Nadya Suleman, also known as octo-mum, after she gave birth to eight children in January 2009.

1404263305587.jpg-300x0Ms Rodriguez has told American news sites she’s looking at reality TV show options for when Meeks is released for jail.

Meeks’ appearance may also become a key factor in his trial. American celebrity gossip site Perez Hilton  has reported Meeks’s lawyer, Tai Bogan, asked that he be allowed to wear civilian clothes in court rather than a prison jumpsuit.

“We are talking to designers to provide clothing for him during this case. We want him to look as good as possible in the court. We are worried that current pictures of him in prison garb will mean he will not get a fair trial,” Mr Bogan said, adding he wants to take Meeks’ measurements so he can be sure clothes fit his physique.

The modelling contract may come as a welcome relief to his wife and young son. Meeks’ mother, Katherine Angiers, has been trying to raise money to help meet the bail costs.

“Please help. My son was taken into custody on his way to work,” she wrote. “He is a working man with a son. He is being stereotyped due to old tattoos … please help him to get a fair trial or else he’ll be railroaded.”

She has raised just over $US5000 of her $US25,000 target.

But Meeks will need another $US870,000 if he wants to get out and start posing for photos, as his bail is set at $900,000.

Meeks is awaiting trial on weapons charges. He has previously been convicted for grand theft and spent two years in prison.