Selena Marie Gomez is an American singer and producer. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends, she received wider recognition for her portrayal of Alex Russo on the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place, which aired for four seasons from 2007 until 2012. With her former band Selena Gomez & the Scene, she attained the top-ten albums Kiss & Tell, A Year Without Rain and When the Sun Goes Down on the US Billboard 200; as a solo artist, Gomez has released the two number-one albums Stars Revival. She has earned seven top-ten entries on the US Billboard Hot 100: "Come & Get It", "The Heart Wants What It Wants", "Good for You" with ASAP Rocky, "Same Old Love", "Hands to Myself", "We Don't Talk Anymore" and "It Ain't Me" with Kygo. In 2017, Billboard reported that Gomez has sold over 7 million albums and 22 million singles worldwide. Gomez's acting credits include starring roles in the films Another Cinderella Story, Princess Protection Program, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie and Beezus, Monte Carlo, Spring Breakers and The Fundamentals of Caring.
She voices the character of Mavis in the Hotel Transylvania film franchise. Outside of entertainment, Gomez released her own clothing line through Kmart in 2010 and a self-titled fragrance in 2013. In 2017, she released a limited-edition collection of handbags called "Selena Grace" that she designed in collaboration with the luxury brand Coach, Inc, she has worked with various charitable organizations for years and became a UNICEF ambassador at the age of seventeen. Gomez was the most followed Instagram user in the world before being surpassed by athlete Cristiano Ronaldo in late October 2018. Gomez has earned numerous awards throughout her career, including an ALMA Award, an American Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award, a People's Choice Award, two Billboard Women in Music Awards, eighteen Teen Choice Awards. Selena Marie Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas on July 22, 1992, to Ricardo Joel Gomez and former stage actress Amanda Dawn "Mandy" Cornett. Gomez was named after Tejano singer and actress Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who died in 1995.
Her father is of Mexican descent while her mother, adopted, has some Italian ancestry. Regarding her Hispanic heritage, Gomez has stated, "My family does have Quinceañeras, we go to the communion church. We do everything that's Catholic, but we don't have anything traditional except go to the park and have barbecues on Sundays after church." Gomez's parents divorced when she was five years old, she remained with her mother. Selena has two younger half-sisters: Gracie Elliot Teefey through Amanda and her second husband Brian Teefey, Victoria "Tori" Gomez through Ricardo and his wife Sara Gomez, she earned her high-school diploma through homeschooling in May 2010. When Gomez was born, her mother was sixteen years old; the family had financial troubles during Gomez's childhood, with her mother struggling to provide for the pair. At one point, Gomez recalled, they had to search for quarters just to get gas for their car, her mother recalled that the two would walk to their local dollar store to purchase spaghetti for dinner.
Gomez stated, "I was frustrated that my parents weren't together, never saw the light at the end of the tunnel where my mom was working hard to provide a better life for me. I'm terrified of what I would have become if I'd stayed." She added that " was strong around me. Having me at 16 had to have been a big responsibility, she gave up everything for me, had three jobs, supported me, sacrificed her life for me." Gomez had a close relationship with her grandparents as a child, appeared in various pageants growing up. Her grandparents took care of her while her parents finished their schooling, the pair went as far as stating that they "raised her" up until she found success in the entertainment industry. Gomez first gained an interest in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry watching her mother prepare for stage productions, she began auditioning for various roles, meeting Demi Lovato during an audition for Barney & Friends. Both Gomez and Lovato were selected to appear on the series in 2002, with Gomez portraying the character of Gianna.
The show was her first experience in acting, with Gomez recalling, "I was shy when I was little I didn't know what'camera right' was. I didn't know. I learned everything from Barney." Gomez appeared in thirteen episodes of the show between 2002 and 2004, though the show's producers released her as she was getting "too old" for the series. While working on the series, Gomez had a cameo role in the film Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the made-for-television film Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire. Gomez made a guest appearance in a 2006 episode of the Disney series The Suite Life of Cody. Gomez was given a recurring role on the popular Disney Channel series Hannah Montana in 2007, portraying pop star Mikayla. During this time, Gomez filmed pilot episodes for two potential Disney Channel series, she auditioned for a role in the Disney series Wizards of Waverly Place winning the lead role of Alex Russo. Upon receiving the role and her mother moved to Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Wizards of Waverly Place saw Gomez portraying a teenage girl in a family of wizards who own a restaurant in New York.
The series became a hit fo
Edge of Tomorrow
Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American science fiction action film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the 2004 Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka; the film takes place in a future. Major William Cage, a public relations officer with no combat experience, is forced by his superiors to join a landing operation against the aliens. Though Cage is killed in combat, he finds himself in a time loop that sends him back to the day preceding the battle every time he dies. Cage teams up with Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski to improve his fighting skills through the repeated days, seeking a way to defeat the extraterrestrial invaders. In late 2009, 3 Arts Productions purchased the rights to the novel and sold a spec script to the American studio Warner Bros; the studio produced the film with the involvement of 3 Arts, the novel's publisher Viz Media, Australian production company Village Roadshow. Filming began in late 2012, taking place in England at Leavesden Studios outside London, other locations such as Trafalgar Square and Saunton Sands.
Nine companies handled the visual effects. The film was released in cinemas on the weekend of May 30, 2014, in 28 territories, including the United Kingdom, Germany and Indonesia. On the weekend of June 6, 2014, it was released in 36 additional territories, including North America, Australia and Russia; the film received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, grossing over $370.5 million worldwide. A sequel, titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat, is in development. In 2015, an alien race called Mimics arrives in Germany to conquer continental Europe. In 2020, the United Defense Force achieves one solid victory over the Mimics at Verdun. In Britain, General Brigham of the UDF commands Major William Cage, a member of the media relations department, to cover a massive assault on France. Cage, who has no combat experience and threatens to put the blame on Brigham should the invasion result in failure. Brigham has Cage arrested for disobeying orders and orders him sent to Heathrow Airport, now a military base.
Cage wakes up to find Brigham has falsified records to make it appear he is only a private and has assigned him to the misfit J squad under the command of Master Sergeant Farell. Cage is introduced to all the J-Squad members Skinner, Griff, Nance and Kuntz who all don't take too kindly to him Skinner; the invasion of France is a colossal failure for the UDF. Farrell and J-Squad are all killed in battle right before Cage uses a Claymore mine to kill an unusually large blue Mimic but dies when the alien's blood dissolves him. Cage is jolted awake and finds himself back at Heathrow experiencing the events of the previous morning over again. Cage is not believed, he repeats the loop of dying on the beach and waking at Heathrow over and over again, becoming more skilled in combat each time. During one time loop Cage unsuccessfully attempts to save the life of Sergeant Rita Vrataski, who realises that Cage can loop time, she orders him to locate her the next time he wakes up. Cage locates Vrataski, who takes him to Dr. Carter.
Carter is an expert in Mimic biology and explains that Mimics are a superorganism in which the "Omega" controls the cerebrum, while the "Alphas" behave as the ganglia through which the Omega controls ordinary Mimics. If an Alpha is terminated, the Omega resets the day and rearranges its tactics until the battle is won. Cage inadvertently "hijacked" their ability to reset time through his exposure to an Alpha's blood. Vrataski had this ability at Verdun, using it to win the battle before losing its power when she was wounded in battle and received a blood transfusion, she tells Cage to locate and kill the Omega in order to end the alien invasion and save the human race. Over many more loops Vrataski trains Cage to excel in combat. After one frustrating lesson Cage visits London and discovers that the Mimics will attack there after defeating the UDF in France. Cage begins having visions of the dam in Germany that the Omega is hiding in. Cage and Vrataski spend many loops figuring out how to reach the dam.
Cage comes to know Vrataski and falls in love with her, but Vrataski is only interested in the mission. Upon reaching a point where she is killed whatever they do, Cage decides to fly to the dam on his own. Inside the dam, instead of finding the Omega, he is ambushed by an Alpha Mimic who attempts to strip him of his ability to reset time. Cage preserves the ability by deliberately drowning himself. Cage and Vrataski infiltrate the MoD to obtain a prototype device built by Carter that can locate the Omega. Cage compels General Brigham to give him the device, during the ensuing car chase discovers that the Omega is under the Louvre Pyramid in Paris. Cage is captured and injured. Vrataski frees Cage and they recruit J squad to help destroy the Omega before the invasion begins, they fly to Paris, where the other soldiers sacrifice themselves so that Cage and Vrataski can get into the Louvre. Just before luring away an Alpha standing between them and the submerged Omega, Vrataski kisses Cage to thank him for getting her as far as he did.
The Alpha kills Vrataski and mortally wounds Cage, but he manages to drop a belt of grenades that kills the Omega. A dying Cage floats down into the Omega's blood, he awakens en route to his first me
Chloë Grace Moretz
Chloë Grace Moretz is an American actress and model. She began acting at age six, with early roles in the supernatural horror film The Amityville Horror, the drama series Desperate Housewives, the supernatural horror film The Eye, the drama film The Poker House, the drama series Dirty Sexy Money, the romantic comedy film 500 Days of Summer and the children's comedy film Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Moretz' breakthrough came in 2010 with her critically acclaimed performances as Hit-Girl in the superhero film Kick-Ass and as a child vampire in the horror film Let Me In, she starred in Martin Scorsese's historical adventure film Hugo, Tim Burton's horror comedy film Dark Shadows, the satirical sitcom 30 Rock, reprised her role as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2 and played Carrie White in the supernatural horror film Carrie. In 2014, Moretz starred in the award-winning drama film Clouds of Sils Maria, the teen romantic drama If I Stay and the vigilante action film The Equalizer. After starring in the mystery thriller film Dark Places, the science fiction action film The 5th Wave and the comedy film Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Moretz announced that she was "re-assessing" her roles and choices and was dropping out of several projects, including Universal Studios' live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Moretz' subsequent roles have included the drama film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, the horror film Suspiria, Neil Jordan's drama thriller film Greta, all in 2018. She will voice Wednesday Addams in upcoming animated films. Moretz' stage work includes her starring role in the original off-Broadway production of The Library at The Public Theater in New York City. Moretz was born in Atlanta and raised in Cartersville, Georgia, her mother, Teri Duke, is a nurse practitioner, her father, McCoy Moretz, is a plastic surgeon, heir to the Moretz hosiery business, bought out in 2011 for $350 million. She has four older brothers: Brandon, Trevor and Ethan, she has described her family as "very Christian". She moved to New York City in 2002 with her mother and brother Trevor, because he had been accepted into the Professional Performing Arts School, what first drew her interest in acting. Moretz would help Trevor read lines. Moretz's first acting role in Hollywood was as Violet in two episodes of the CBS series The Guardian, her first film role was as Molly in Heart of the Beholder.
It was not until her second big-screen acting role, in the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror, that she earned greater recognition, receiving a Young Artist Award nomination. After Amityville, Moretz received several guest-starring roles on TV, as well as a small role in Big Momma's House 2, her recurring TV characters include Kiki George in Dirty Sexy Money and Sherri Maltby in Desperate Housewives. Moretz voiced the U. S. version of the animated character Darby in My Friends Pooh. Moretz co-starred as Cammie, an abused child, in The Poker House. In 2010, Moretz appeared as Hit-Girl in director Matthew Vaughn's action film Kick-Ass, based on the comic book series of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. Moretz trained with Jackie Chan's stunt crew for three months prior to filming and did most of her own stunts while filming on location; because of her youth, there was controversy about her role in the violent film. She received widespread critical acclaim for her performance. Roger Ebert gave the film only one star, but wrote about Moretz: "Say what you will about her character, but Chloë Grace Moretz has presence and appeal."
That same year, she played Abby, a 12-year-old vampire, in Let Me In, the UK/US remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In. In November 2010, at age 13, Moretz was called "the busiest actress in Hollywood". Moretz played Ann Sliger in the 2011 crime thriller Texas Killing Fields; that same year, she played Isabelle in Martin Scorsese's Hugo, a 3D film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, nominated for 11 Oscars. Moretz starred in an adaptation of the novel by Andrea Portes, she appeared in the 2012 Tim Burton film Dark Shadows, a remake of the soap opera, playing the role of Carolyn Stoddard, a rebellious teenage daughter. In 2013, she reprised her role as Hit-Girl in the sequel Kick-Ass 2; the same year, she appeared in a short segment in the film Movie 43 and played the title character in Carrie, a remake of the 1976 film, directed by Kimberly Peirce. Moretz has done voice work for video games, she reprised her role as Hit-Girl for Kick-Ass: The Game, played young Lady Emily in Dishonored.
When asked in October 2012 why she tends to gravitate towards playing darker, troubled characters, Moretz responded that she has such a happy family life, finds it challenging to play characters who are different. From March 25 through April 27, 2014, Moretz made her Off-Broadway debut in The Library, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Moretz played the protagonist, Mia, in the adaptation of Gayle Forman's If I Stay; the story follows a 17-year-old classical musician as she deals with the aftermath of a catastrophic car accident involving her family and has an out-of-body experience. Critical response to the film was mixed. Moretz subsequently starred as Cassie Sullivan in The 5th Wave, an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Rick Yancey; the film was released in January 2016. Hannah Minghella of Sony Pictures said Moretz "embodies the heart and determination that make Cassie such a compelling character." In April 2016, M
Fifth Harmony is an American girl group based in Miami, composed of Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello until her departure from the group in December 2016. The group signed a joint record deal with Simon Cowell's label Syco Records and L. A. Reid's label Epic Records after forming and finishing third in the second season of the American singing competition series The X Factor in 2012. Rising to prominence by social media, the group's debut extended play and their three studio albums all charted within the top ten of the Billboard 200 in the United States. Following their exit from The X Factor, they released their debut single "Miss Movin' On", preceding their extended play Better Together, certified gold in the United States, its music video won the group the MTV Video Music Award for Artist to Watch. The group released their debut studio album Reflection in 2015 receiving a gold certification in the country; the album included the singles "Boss", "Sledgehammer" and "Worth It".
The latter achieved triple platinum certification in the United States and reached the top-ten in thirteen countries. The following year, "Work from Home", the lead single from their second album 7/27, became the group's first top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 and the first top-five by a girl group in a decade on that chart, they released their self-titled third album in 2017. Their accolades include three MTV Europe Music Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, four iHeartRadio Music Awards, an American Music Award, a Billboard Women in Music award and six Teen Choice Awards; as of December 2016, in the United States, Fifth Harmony has sold a total of 456,000 albums, seven million digital songs and earned 1.6 billion on-demand streams, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The group went on hiatus in May 2018. In 2012, Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui auditioned as solo contestants on the second season of the American televised singing competition The X Factor.
The latter four failed to progress in the "Teens" category, with Brooke failing to enter the "Young Adults" category. However they were brought back and put together to form a five-piece girl group at The Fillmore, in Miami, Florida on July 27, thus qualifying for the "Groups" category. Judges Demi Lovato, L. A. Reid, Britney Spears and Simon Cowell helped form the group. For their qualifying song at the "judges' houses", their first song as a group, Fifth Harmony sang an acoustic version of "Impossible" by Shontelle. Afterwards, Marc Anthony called the performance "unbelievable" with Cowell sharing similar sentiments saying that they were "clearly one great group"; the group's name was "Lylas", but another group called "The Lylas" claimed that the show stole their name. Thereafter, Lylas changed their name to 1432, announced on the first live show on October 31, during which 1432 performed "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift. Cowell and Reid were critical of the new name, Cowell suggested that the group be renamed again.
During the first live results show on November 1, 1432 performed "Skyscraper" by Demi Lovato in a sing-off with three-piece girl group Sister C. Cowell decided to send 1432 through to the Top 12 and announced that they would be renamed via the viewers online; the name chosen by the public was announced: "Fifth Harmony". In the semi-finals stage of the show, the group performed Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen" as well as "Impossible" for the second time during the competition, their performance of "Anything Could Happen" was "a finals-caliber performance" according to Reid and described as "magic" by Britney Spears. However, their performance of "Impossible" received negative reviews from the judges because the group had performed the song at Cowell's home. Three members of the group sang parts of the song in fluent Spanish; the following night's public vote results advanced Fifth Harmony to the final three along with Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar. On the Top three live show, Fifth Harmony performed "Anything Could Happen" for the second time as their "Song of the Series" song.
Their second song was a duet with The X Factor judge Demi Lovato singing "Give Your Heart a Break". Their final song of the night was "Let It Be" by The Beatles, billed as their "$5 million song". After the first round of the finals they did not receive enough votes from the public to advance to the Top two, they finished in third place on December 20, 2012. One month following The X Factor season two finale, on January 17, Fifth Harmony was signed by their mentor Simon Cowell to his record label Syco Music, in a joint deal with fellow judge L. A. Reid's label Epic Records. Popdust awarded them the "Next Pop Superstar of 2013" recognition, an annual competition held for rising artists, they began recording covers of songs which were uploaded on YouTube. Three of their covers received public praise from the original artists, including Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Mikky Ekko. Fifth Harmony was featured on Boyce Avenue's extended play, Cover Collaborations, Volume 2, singing covers of "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake and "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars.
Their debut extended play Better Together was released October 22, selling 28,000 copies in its first week and peaking on the Billboard 200 at number six. Spanish versions of the extended play and Juntos Acoustic were released on November 8, peaking at number 2 and 12 respe
Harry Edward Styles is an English singer and actor. His musical career began in 2010 when he auditioned for the British singing competition The X Factor, he was eliminated early on, but was brought back to form the boy band One Direction. The band signed with Syco, they earned four number-one studio albums on the Billboard 200, earned four top-five singles on the Billboard Hot 100. They won a number of accolades; the band went on an indefinite hiatus in 2016. Styles signed with Columbia Records as a solo artist in 2016, his self-titled debut album topped the charts of fourteen countries. His debut single, "Sign of the Times", was released earlier that year and topped the charts in seven countries, including the UK Singles Chart. Styles made his film debut in Christopher Nolan's war film Dunkirk, a major box office success. Harry Edward Styles was born on 1 February 1994 in Worcestershire, he is the son of Anne Desmond "Des" Styles, who worked in finance. Many of his ancestors were farm labourers in Norfolk.
Styles was raised in Holmes Chapel, after his parents moved there along with his older sister, when he was a child. His earliest memory is of going to Disney World, he attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School. Styles's parents divorced when he was seven and his mother was remarried to Robin Twist, who died of cancer in 2017. Styles has an older stepbrother named Mike and a stepsister named Amy, children of Twist; as a sixteen-year-old, he worked part-time at the W. Mandeville Bakery in Holmes Chapel; as a child, Styles loved singing. While at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive, Styles was the lead singer for the band White Eskimo, which won a local Battle of the Bands competition. Following a suggestion from his mother, on 11 April 2010, Styles auditioned as a solo contestant for the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor, singing a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely", he failed to progress to the "Boys" category at "judges' houses". Four others in his age group failed, but they were put together as an ensemble in July 2010, during the "bootcamp" stage of the competition, thus qualifying for the "Groups" category.
Nicole Scherzinger, a guest judge, Simon Cowell have both claimed to have come up with the idea of forming the band. The group consisting of Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, got together for two weeks to practise. Styles said he had suggested the name One Direction to his bandmates and they agreed to keep it. Within the first four weeks of the live shows, they were Cowell's last act in the competition; the group gained popularity in the UK. In December 2010, One Direction finished The X Factor in third place behind Rebecca Ferguson and Matt Cardle, who won. In January 2011, it was confirmed that One Direction had been signed by Cowell to a reported £2 million Syco Records record contract. One Direction's debut single, "What Makes You Beautiful", bowed at number one on the UK Singles Chart in September 2011, their first studio album, Up All Night, was released two months later. In November 2012, One Direction released their second album, Take Me Home, which spawned the group's second number one single in the UK, "Little Things".
Styles dated American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift in the year of its release, leading to fan and media speculation about them writings songs about each other after their break-up. At around this period, Styles lived in the attic of producer Ben Winston's home in Hampstead Heath, for 20 months while he looked for his own house. One Direction: This Is Us, a documentary and concert film about the group directed by Morgan Spurlock, was released in August 2013, subsequently grossing $68.5 million at the worldwide box office. In November the same year, the group released their third album, Midnight Memories, which spawned the hit singles "Story of My Life" and "Best Song Ever". Styles co-wrote the song "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart" for Ariana Grande's album, My Everything, released in August 2014. In November, One Direction released their fourth album, the last to include Zayn Malik, due his exit from the group in early 2015. In August 2015, the group confirmed rumours of an extended hiatus following the completion of their fifth album, Made in the A.
M. and related promotional activities. Styles said he had suggested the hiatus in late 2014 while working in the studio, not wanting to "exhaust" the fan base. Over the course of their career, One Direction have sold 7.6 million albums and 26 million singles in the US, amassed seven BRIT Awards, seven American Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, among others. In February 2016, Styles left One Direction's management company, Modest Management, joined Jeffrey Azoff's Full Stop Management. Styles launched his own record label, Erskine Records, in May and signed a recording contract with Columbia Records as a solo artist, the same label behind One Direction, in June. Styles co-wrote the song "Someday" with Meghan Trainor for Michael Bublé's album, Nobody but Me, released in October. Recording for Styles' debut album took place throughout 2016 in Los Angeles and Port Antonio, where Styles and his collaborators had a two-month writing retreat in the autumn. Jeff Bhasker executive produced the album, Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon served as producers.
In March 2017, Styles announced his first solo single, "Sign of the Times", would be released on 7 April. The son
Jake T. Austin
Jake Austin Szymanski, known professionally as Jake T. Austin, is an American actor. Beginning a career as a child actor at the age of seven, Austin is a five-time Young Artist Award nominee, two-time Teen Choice Award nominee and Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards nominee. Best known for his role as Max Russo on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place, as the voice of Diego on the Nickelodeon animated series Go, Diego, Go!. Austin was the original actor who portrayed Jesus Foster on the ABC Family family/teen drama series The Fosters, he co-starred in Hotel For Dogs, New Year's Eve, The Emoji Movie and the upcoming Adverse, releasing in 2019. Austin was born in the son of Giny Rodriquez Toranzo and Joe Szymanski, his middle initial, "T", is taken from his mother's maiden name. His mother is of Puerto Rican and Spanish descent, his father is of Polish and English ancestry. Austin embraces his Puerto Rican heritage, he has Ava. Austin's career began in 2002. A year he appeared in his first credited acting role as Kid 1698 in a comedy sketch on The Late Show With David Letterman.
In 2004, he landed his first major role – voicing Diego, the cousin of Dora, on the hit Nickelodeon animated series Dora the Explorer. He continued to voice Diego on the spin-off series, Go, Diego, Go!, for three seasons. Along with voicing Diego, Austin was cast in multiple voice roles for the feature films The Ant Bully and Everyone's Hero – he was cast in the Comedy Central special Merry F#%$in’s Christmas. In 2006, Austin landed the lead role of Angel Macias in his first live-action feature film, The Perfect Game, based on a true story about the first non-U. S. Team to win the 1957 Little League World Series; the film wouldn't be released in the United States until more than three years due to post-production financing difficulties. Austin appeared in his first Walt Disney Company production in 2007 when he portrayed the role of Chris in the Disney Channel original film Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board; that same year, he was cast as Max Russo in the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place.
He played the youngest sibling of a wizarding family, co-starring with Selena Gomez and David Henrie. Until the end of Wizards of Waverly Place in 2011, Austin appeared in multiple Disney productions. In the summer of 2009, he played the role of Max Russo in the Wizards on Deck crossover episode which included two other popular Disney shows, The Suite Life on Deck and Hannah Montana. During the same summer, he starred in the made-for-television film Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie; the film was a ratings hit, becoming the second most-viewed Disney Channel film at that time, behind High School Musical 2. It was the #1 scripted telecast of 2009. Austin made his live action feature film debut in 2009 with the role of Bruce, an orphan who hides numerous dogs in an abandoned hotel, in the DreamWorks film Hotel for Dogs. In the fall of 2010, Austin was named as one of the "25 Brightest Latino Stars Under 25" by Latina magazine, he has written and sold his first screenplay, Kings of Suburbia, which he has said is written in the same vein as his favorite film Stand By Me.
In 2011, Austin voiced the role of Fernando, an orphaned Brazilian boy, forced to capture exotic birds, in the 20th Century Fox animated musical film Rio. He reprised the role in the sequel, Rio 2, he was in the romantic-comedy film New Year's Eve, released in December 2011. The following year, he had guest roles on the Lifetime comedy-drama Drop Dead Diva as Samuel Forman, a 16-year-old multimillionaire, on the NBC legal drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Rob Fisher, the boyfriend of a girl whose family is massacred. Austin landed his next major role in 2013, when he was cast as Jesus Foster in the ABC Family family/teen drama series The Fosters; the series tells the story of two moms raising both biological and foster children in a "multi-ethnic" household in San Diego, California. He played Jesus for two seasons until he left the show in the second-season finale in 2015. In a statement on his departure, Austin said: "I'm honored to have been a part of such a groundbreaking series...
Thank you for letting me be a part of your family, it's been a pleasure." His role was recast for the third season. In 2016, he provided the voice for Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle in the DC Comics animated direct-to-video film Justice League vs. Teen Titans. On August 30, 2016, Austin was revealed as one of the contestants who would compete on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars, he was partnered with Jenna Johnson. On September 20, 2016 Austin and Johnson were announced as the first couple to be eliminated from the competition. In October 2018, it was announced that Austin joined the cast of Adverse, a neo-noir thriller starring Mickey Rourke; the movie is slated to release theatrically in 2019. Austin divides his time between living in New York, he has two dogs and Beju. His family owns; the restaurant, located in West Nyack, New York opened in 1840 as a hotel. Austin devotes time to various charitable causes including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children who have life-threatening medical conditions.
He’s supported the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, stating “I know how important it is to have a supportive environment and fe
One Direction are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor in 2010. Propelled to international success by social media, One Direction's five albums, Up All Night, Take Me Home, Midnight Memories and Made in the A. M. topped charts in most major markets, generated hit singles including "What Makes You Beautiful", "Live While We're Young", "Best Song Ever", "Story of My Life" and "Drag Me Down". The group have received numerous accolades including seven Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, 28 Teen Choice Awards. In 2013, they earned an estimated $75 million, becoming the second highest earning celebrity under 30 according to Forbes; the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry honoured them as the Global Recording Artist of 2013.
Forbes ranked them as the fourth highest-earning celebrities in the world in 2015, second in 2016. After the release of Four, One Direction became the first band in the US Billboard 200 history to have their first four albums debut at number one, their third album, Midnight Memories, was the best-selling album worldwide in 2013 with 4 million copies sold globally. The band's Where We Are Tour in support of Midnight Memories and Four, was the highest-grossing concert tour in 2014, the highest-grossing tour by a vocal group in history, the 18th highest-grossing concert tour of all time, grossing $290.2 million. In 2014, Billboard named One Direction Artist of the Year; the band went on hiatus in January 2016, allowing all members to pursue other projects. As of 2017, the band has sold a total of 50 million records worldwide. In 2010, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson auditioned as solo candidates for the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor.
They failed to progress to the "Boys" category at "judges' houses" but were put together to form a five-piece boy band at Wembley Arena, in London, England, in July 2010, during the "bootcamp" stage of the competition, thus qualifying for the "Groups" category. Nicole Scherzinger, a guest judge, Simon Cowell have both claimed to have come up with the idea of forming the band. In 2013, Cowell said that it "took him 10 minutes to put them together as a group". Subsequently, the group got together for two weeks to get to know each other and to practice. Styles came up with the name One Direction. For their qualifying song at "judges' houses", their first song as a group, One Direction sang an acoustic version of "Torn". Cowell commented that their performance convinced him that they "were confident, like a gang of friends, kind of fearless as well." Within the first four weeks of the live shows, they were his last act in the competition. The group gained popularity in the UK. One Direction achieved third place in the competition and after the final, their song "Forever Young", which would have been released if they had won The X Factor, was leaked onto the internet.
Shortly afterwards it was confirmed that One Direction had been signed by Cowell to a reported £2 million Syco Records record contract. Recording for their debut album began in January 2011, as they flew to Los Angeles to work with RedOne, a record producer. A book licensed by One Direction, One Direction: Forever Young, was published by HarperCollins in February 2011, subsequently topping The Sunday Times Best Seller list; the same month, the boy band and other contestants from the series participated in the X Factor Live Tour. During the tour, the group performed for 500,000 people throughout the UK. After the tour concluded in April 2011, the group continued working on their debut album. Recording took place in Stockholm and Los Angeles, as One Direction worked with producers Carl Falk, Savan Kotecha, Steve Mac, Rami Yacoub, among others. Released in September 2011, One Direction's debut single, "What Makes You Beautiful", reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, after becoming the most pre-ordered Sony Music Entertainment single in history.
Subsequent singles, "Gotta Be You" and "One Thing", peaked in the UK Singles Chart top ten. In November 2011, they signed a record deal with Columbia Records in North America. Steve Barnett, the co-chairman of Columbia Records, said it was not a difficult decision to sign One Direction. "What Makes You Beautiful" was released in the United States in February 2012, where it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 28, becoming the highest debut for a British act since 1998. It has sold over 4 million copies in the US. Upon arrival in the US in February 2012, One Direction embarked on a radio promotion spree, as well as their first North American concert tour as an opening act for Big Time Rush, they made their first US television appearance on The Today Show, at the Rockefeller Center. Critically commended for its appeal to the teenage audience, One Direction's first studio album, Up All Night, was released globally in early 2012, it became the UK's fastest-selling debut album of 2011, topped the charts in sixteen countries.
The album bowed atop the Billboard 200 chart, making One Direction the first British group in US chart history to enter at number one with their debut album. They were inducted into the Guinness World Records