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Christopher Nolan's World War II epic forced the actors into the 1940s soldiers' shoes.
The Battle of Dunkirk remains one of the most legendary and terrifying moments of the 20th century, and the cast of Christopher Nolan's World War II drama 'Dunkirk' got to experience just what that might have been like first hand thanks to the immense detail of the set.
Dunkirk is in theatres on July 20th
Director Christopher Nolan is well known for the astounding scope of his movies, and also that he never does big action scenes by halves. As it goes, 'Dunkirk' is very much one enormously intense action scene for the majority of the running time - and with real World War II spitfires flying around, thousands of extras and genuine explosions, acting wasn't necessary.
It's 1940 and World War II is in full swing. Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada and France at stationed at Dunkirk ready to pull France from the grip of the Germans. However, they soon discover that they are completely surrounded by enemy forces who have them so trapped that they no longer have use for tanks. Confined in the open space of the Dunkirk beaches with nowhere left to hide and definitely nowhere to run, the soldiers face almost certain death as the air strikes begin. Their only hope is to sail across the English Channel to safety, but with enemy planes showing no mercy their survival will be miraculous. But these are allied forces aren't about to surrender, no matter what happens. Their courage and determination is about to save more than 300,000 men.
Continue: Dunkirk - Trailer and Featurette
Can you believe the filmmaker didn't know how famous the singer was?
Apparently, being a thrice Oscar nominated filmmaker does not mean you are always completely up to date with all pop culture developments. In fact, Christopher Nolan barely knew who Harry Styles was before casting him in his first movie 'Dunkirk', and only really heard his name through the kids.
Harry Styles on the set of 'Dunkirk'
If you were wonderng whether or not the One Direction star won his role solely because he's super famous and would appeal to a young demographic, you'd be mistaken. Christopher Nolan, who wrote and directed forthcoming World War II thriller 'Dunkirk', insists that his focus was only on Harry's proficiency as the character of Alex.
Styles' stepfather Robin Twist passed away earlier this week following a battle with cancer.
Harry Styles is in mourning after learning that his stepfather, Robin Twist, has died at the age of 57 following a battle against cancer.
Confirming the news that Twist had passed away earlier this week, a spokesperson for the former One Direction singer said on Thursday (June 22nd): “Harry’s stepfather, Robin Twist, sadly passed away this week after a long battle with cancer. The family asks for privacy at this time.”
Harry’s stepfather also leaves behind two grown-up children from his previous marriage, named Mike and Amy.
Continue reading: Harry Styles Mourning The Loss Of His Stepfather
Niall Horan has teased that his debut solo album will be ready later this year.
Niall Horan is hoping to drop his debut solo album ''later this year.''
The One Direction singer has received rave reviews following the release of his two singles 'This Town' and 'Slow Hands' and, although he can't wait to give fans more content, he's not ready to share his LP just yet as he's still coming up with a name.
Speaking on 'Lorraine', he said: ''I listen to a lot of 80s funk rock, and I started playing on the piano and that came up... and hopefully the album will be later this year. I'm still trying to come up with the name, we've only recently just finished recording it.''
Continue reading: Niall Horan To Drop Solo Album This Year
The One Directioner released his self-titled album on 12 May
One Direction may have broken the hearts of fans worldwide when they took a "hiatus" in January 2016 but Directioners everywhere have been repeatedly treated to a bevvie of solo singles first. This time the man on top is Harry Styles who has just made history with his self-titled debut album.
Harry Styles' new album has topped all the charts
The album - which was released on May 12 - topped the Billboard 200 album chart with over 230,000 equivalent album units sold, making it the biggest debut sales week for a U.K. male artist’s first album in the US.
Continue reading: Harry Styles Made History With His Debut Album
The singer returns to the music scene with his first collection of solo material.
Earlier this week, former One Direction boybander Harry Styles released his self-titled debut solo album, bringing fans a collection of new material, following on from his former bandmate Zayn Malik's 2016 record 'Mind of Mine'. Including his recent single 'Sign Of The Times', Styles allows his voice to command the LP, drawing on some big name influences with his debut and making an impression on those who listen.
Styles is back, but not as we know him
Zayn managed to snatch up some fantastic reviews upon his solo album's release, but how has Styles fared? He's certainly one of the more popular members of the 'X Factor'-formed band, but will that translate into solo success for the youngster?
Continue reading: Harry Styles Debut Solo Album Review Round-Up
I was hardly the right demographic for One Direction's oeuvre, so I was massively expecting, and perhaps hoping, to react to Harry's stylings with similar indifference, like that 'oh balls, here we go again' groan we all made when the recent election was called. But, damn his (lovely blue) eyes, he's turned out an eponymous debut album that's actually not half bad. 70s/80s-MOR-yacht rock though it may be (I'm sure the mid-size arena tour is already pencilled in), it's a credible attempt at shedding the 'boy' epithet, having shed the 'band' already, establishing his credentials as more grown up, more rounded - more 3D.
It strikes as a well-constructed collage of his favourite influences from bygone decades. Opener "Meet Me in the Hallway" typifies the recurring soundscapes of "Wish You Were Here"-era Pink Floyd. Brimful of ZZ Top, "Only Angel" gives us a moment of ponderous schlock, plucked straight out of the lyric recycling bin, that isn't an isolated incident on the album, lauding a girl who's a 'devil between the sheets'. Despite being a collaboration with Kid Harpoon, the composition process for "Sweet Creature" can't have gone much further than Styles and Harpoon playing the Beatles' "Blackbird" to each other, shrugging, then saying, 'Let's just do that'. It's not all uber-retro, though. As much as Rolling Stone mag lauds his 'Rod Stewart' vocals, he's much more Kelly Jones and sometimes Fran Healy, like on "From The Dining Table", sounding like a slower track from Travis' "The Man Who". "Carolina" cross-fertilises Beck and Stealer's Wheel ('steal' being the operative word when you catch onto the tune).
There's also that preposterous Harry Poppins video for "Sign of the Times", but the song itself couldn't be a stronger statement of intent - long (5.40), lushly arranged, soaring, emotive. Even its concept, that of a mother dying in childbirth, using her last five minutes to give her new-born vital life guidance, lands him on a different planet from dancing all night to the best song ever. "Meet Me In the Hallway" is also a boldly understated, brooding opening, carrying the theme of unsuccessful relationships that recurs many times thereafter. A couple of times, he seems like he might be over-sharing, or settling scores. Whereas "Kiwi" may not-too-cryptically evoke one ex-girlfriend, "Two Ghosts" has to be an answer to Taylor Swift's "Style". It's an understated Glen-Campbelly delight on an album where the efforts at tenderness succeed far more than the outbreaks of swagger.
Continue reading: Harry Styles - Harry Styles Album Review
The former 1D man is reportedly dating Tess, a food blogger and chef from London, according to The Sun.
Having recently said that his working life means it’s virtually impossible for him to maintain a relationship at the moment, Harry Styles is now romantically linked with London-based ‘Naked Diet’ chef / blogger Tess Ward, according to reports.
23 year old Styles, who is gearing up for the release of his debut solo album after putting One Direction on hold over a year ago, was first spotted with 27 year old Tess as they were driving around together in Styles’ Audi over the weekend, and the rumour mill has been spinning ever since.
Continue reading: Harry Styles Reportedly Dating 'Naked Diet' Chef Tess Ward
In one of the biggest military disasters in British history, 400,000 soldiers found themselves stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk in France in 1940 in the midst of World War II. Their journey was about releasing the allied France from the grip of the Germans, but when they find themselves surrounded by enemy forces, with nowhere left to hide their options become limited. Determined not to surrender to the Nazis, an incredible emergency evacuation begins as bomb after bomb is dropped on the fleeing men. The Royal Air Force and British Navy vessels rush to the aid of their trapped troops, as well as boats from brave civilians, and together they manage to save over 300,000 men from the terrifying attack in Operation Dynamo.
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The One Directioner released his debut solo single, Sign of the Times, last week
Harry Styles is the latest of the One Direction boys to have released a solo single and it seems for his legion of fans, it was very much worth the wait. However, his straight ascension to the number one spot in the chart may be hampered by a streaming site glitch.
Harry Styles has released his debut solo single to much applause
The singer released Sign of the Times on Friday (7 April) and thousands of fans rushed to praise his solo efforts on social media.
Styles told his friend Nick Grimshaw in a Radio 1 interview that his solo album and filming 'Dunkirk' have meant he's not had time for romance.
He’s been variously linked to the likes of Taylor Swift, Caroline Flack and Cara Delevingne over the years, but Harry Styles has now revealed that he hasn’t dated anybody in over a year, thanks to his hectic schedule as he prepares to launch his solo singing career.
The 23 year old One Direction singer has been comparatively quiet compared to his bandmates in the 16 months since the band officially went on their hiatus at the end of 2015. However, he revealed that virtually none of that time was spent on his love life, as he’s been too busy focussing on his solo album and his role in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming World War II epic Dunkirk.
Harry Styles says he hasn't dated in over a year
Continue reading: Harry Styles Says His Busy Schedule Means He Hasn't Dated In A Year
The band’s website tricked fans into thinking they might be about to make a comeback.
One Direction fans thought the day they’d been waiting for had finally arrived yesterday, when an update on the band’s website seemed to suggest their hiatus was over. However it appears the fan’s celebrations were a little premature and there’s still no sign of when the band will be back. But they do have some new t-shirts.
One Direction aren't back…yet
It all started when the band’s official website added a ‘Future Events’ section, causing fans to immediately think that show announcements were imminent. Almost immediately fans on Twitter started freaking out and the hashtag #ThisIsNotTheEndOfOneDirection began trending.
The One Direction singer will make his acting debut in the Christopher Nolan drama.
If anyone thought that Harry Styles was cast in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Dunkirk because of his star power rather than his acting skills, then you might be about to be proved wrong. Styles’ co-star in the film, Cillian Murphy, has come out in praise of the singer-turned-actor, saying he’ll be ‘terrific’ in the role.
Cillian Murphy thinks Harry Styles will be ‘terrific’ in Dunkirk
Speaking to the Radio Times Murphy said: "Harry Styles is great. I had very few scenes with Harry but we got to hang out and I've got to say he's a great, great kid, and really, really funny.”
Continue reading: Cillian Murphy Praises 'Dunkirk' Co-Star Harry Styles' Acting Skills
But neither are Tom Hardy Mark Rylance, James D'Arcy, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy.
On Friday the first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming WWII epic Dunkirk dropped, showing us our first glimpses of the Dark Knight director’s first film since 2014’s Interstellar. But for some, Dunkirk is about something else entirely, because the film features the acting debut of One Direction’s Harry Styles.
Harry Styles filming Dunkirk
As usual when anything vaguely One Direction-y happens, their army of fans were out in force on social media and on Friday they weren’t happy. After being teased with photos of Harry and his new short hair filming scenes from the movie, the heartthrob was nowhere to be found in the just under a minute long trailer.
Continue reading: Sorry Guys But Harry Styles Is Not In The First 'Dunkirk' Trailer
The Second World War movie is set to arrive in 2017.
A first glimpse of Christopher Nolan's forthcoming World War 2 film 'Dunkirk' has finally arrived in the form of a 1 minute announcement video, though we don't get to see any of the film's major stars. Still, it makes for an ominous and spine-tingling introduction.
Harry Styles stars in 'Dunkirk'
The trailer opens with a shot of the beach at Dunkirk in France. Smoke billows across the sky in the distance as a smattering of soldiers are stationed at the shoreline. One man is seen dumping part of his kit on the ground as he approaches the water. Dead bodies are lined up, shrouded in blankets and sand. Troops fill landing crafts and watch as warplanes soar overhead, threatening destruction.
Continue reading: Christopher Nolan Introduces 'Dunkirk' With Chilling First Trailer
'Dunkirk' is slated for a July 21st, 2017 release, and features an impressive and growing cast list.
Esteemed filmmaker Christopher Nolan has confirmed more additions to the cast list for his upcoming epic Dunkirk, adding ‘Peaky Blinders’ stars Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy as well as One Direction’s Harry Styles to the project.
Nolan has already begun filming the World War II action thriller in the village of Dunkirk in France, the site of the massive military evacuation that signalled the end of Britain’s initial attempt to repel Nazi Germany in France. Filming will also take place in Holland and Los Angeles.
The three actors join Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden and Barry Keoghan.
His mum's iCloud account was hacked by a 'fan'
One Directioner Harry Styles has become the latest high profile star to have their privacy violated after intimate photos of him were leaked online. More than a dozen pictures were released after a hacker gained access to Styles’ mum’s iCloud account.
Unreleased pictures of Harry and Kendall Jenner have surfaced after a hacker raided his mum's iCloud account
In the batch of uncensored photos are pictures of Styles with rumoured on/off romance, Kendall Jenner, while on holiday over New Year in St Barts.
Continue reading: Harry Styles Becomes Latest Celeb To Have Pictures Leaked Online
The One Direction star could be about to make the jump to the big screen in Christopher Nolan’s 'Dunkirk'.
With One Direction currently on hiatus everyone is wondering what they boy’s next move will be. For heartthrob Harry Styles it looks as if he could be about to embark on a new career as an actor, after landing his first movie role.
Is Harry about to become a movie star?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harry has been cast in Christopher Nolan's WWII action thriller project Dunkirk. The film centers on the British military evacuation of the French city of Dunkirk in 1940, where a British fleet of more than 800 boats saved more than 335,00 soldiers who had been cut off by the German Army.
Continue reading: Has Harry Styles Just Landed His First Film Role?
The new single precedes their upcoming fifth album, 'Made In the A.M'.
Just under a week before they drop their new album Made in the A.M., One Direction have released new single ‘History’, which serves as an emotional goodbye to their fans before their upcoming hiatus. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, band member Liam Payne described 'History' as a "modern version" of ‘You've Got a Friend in Me’.
One Direction have just released new single, ‘History’.
"More than anything, the song is about the way the fans and everyone have created this massive thing—One Direction—over the past five years. Out of [‘History’] comes a little bit of closure for this chapter of One Direction.”
Continue reading: One Direction's 'History' Gives Band Closure After Zayn Malik Exit
The music mogul reminded everyone who was missing at the Music Industry Trusts awards last night.
Simon Cowell caused a bit of an awkward moment at the Music Industry Trust Awards on Monday evening. Accepting the 24th MITS award in recognition of his contribution to the music and entertainment industry as well as his charity work, the ‘X-Factor’ judge thought the time was right to make a Zayn Malik joke in front of his former bandmates.
Simon Cowell made a Zayn Malik joke as he was honoured at the Music Industry Trusts awards.
Taking to the stage to accept the award from the One Direction boys, Cowell quipped: "Just by luck I get the award I've been wanting all my life and I'm completely hammered. Guys, who misses Zayn?”
It’s been a bad week from Liam, after One Direction were forced to cancel their gig in Belfast due to him falling ill.
One Direction star Liam Payne has reportedly split from girlfriend Sophia Smith after two years of dating. The pair were thought to be one of the strongest One Direction couples, as they had known each other since their schooldays before they began dating in 2013.
Is Liam Payne now a single man?
A source confirmed the couple’s split to MailOnline saying, 'Liam and Sophia have split. Liam is incredibly sad, but is going to keep busy. He really hopes that everybody will respect both his and Sophia's privacy and stop speculating.'
Continue reading: Liam Payne Reportedly Splits From Girlfriend Of Two Years, Sophia Smith
Mini-golf is what free time is all about.
Fans get a glimpse into the luxury hotel life of One Direction with the new video for their latest single 'Perfect' - a song which has already had tongues wagging regarding who it's actually about when it was released on October 16th, though if you were wondering, the visual doesn't give many clues away.
One Direction cheers fans up with the video for 'Perfect'
With sprawling panoramic city views from the massive windows, we see the boys while away the hours with DIY mini-golf, indoor football, reading, getting tattoos and eating dinner in the black and white video. It just seems to be an everyday collection of footage from their days hiding away from the flashing cameras and screaming fans of the streets and public places in general.
A new report in The Sun suggested that Payne suffered a panic attack before the SSE Arena gig on Tuesday night.
Many a fan was left upset by One Direction’s last-minute cancellation of their huge gig in Belfast earlier this week, but the reason for it may be more serious than people thought.
On Tuesday evening (October 20th), the group pulled out of the first of three performances at Belfast’s SSE Arena after Liam Payne had been struck down with a mystery illness, which a new reports suggests consisted of panic attack-like symptoms just moments before the group was due to take to the stage.
One Direction fans in Belfast had been camping out all day awaiting a statement from the group.
One Direction have announced they will play the SSE Arena in Belfast on Friday, after cancelling Tuesday night’s show when band member Liam Payne fell ill. The show on Tuesday evening was set to be the first of a three night run in Belfast for the boyband, however fans have been assured that tonight and tomorrow's shows are going ahead as planned.
One Direction have rescheduled their Belfast gig for Friday.
Writing on twitter Payne apologised to fans and said, "I'm so sorry to everybody I disappointed last night. I'm feeling better now. I really hope everyone can make the rescheduled date on Friday.”
Continue reading: One Direction Reschedule Belfast Gig Following Liam Payne Illness
It's only been a few hours since its release, but literally EVERYBODY knows that the new track is about Taylor Swift, right?
One Direction unleashed their new single ‘Perfect’ upon the world on Friday morning, and the song’s potential subject matter has got the Twittersphere in a frenzy!
“If you're looking for someone to write your breakup songs about / baby I'm perfect, baby we're perfect” go the words to the chorus, possibly a reference to Swift’s fondness for writing songs about her ex-partners. However, the potential Swifty allusions don’t stop there.
And obviously fans went wild
One Direction may have broken hearts all over the world after announcing their 'hiatus' next March but, determined to make amends, the boys have released the title of their fifth album and a new song all in one fell swoop.
One Direction have made fans extremely happy with a new single and a new album title
For some, the album cover of the former quintet’s latest release may be bittersweet without Zayn standing on the front but Made In The A.M has all the hallmarks of another get direction offer and is due out on Nov, 13.
Continue reading: One Direction Drop New Album Title And A New Single Release
Liam Payne put fans’ fears to rest by stating One Direction will “work together again”.
Liam Payne revealed One Direction have plans to continue working together after their hiatus. Speaking in a recent interview with Attitude, Payne addressed rumours that the band - which consists of Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan – are planning on permanently separating.
Liam Payne at the US Open in New York, September 2015.
Continue reading: Liam Payne Promises One Direction Will Reunite After Hiatus
Simon Cowell has addressed rumours about the longevity of One Direction’s planned ‘break’ in 2016.
Simon Cowell has addressed rumours that One Direction are permanently splitting up. The boy band, which is down to four members after the departure of Zayn Malik in March, devastated their fans earlier this week when they announced they plan to take a temporary break.
One Direction are taking a break next March.
Continue reading: One Direction’s Planned 2016 Break Is “Healthy”, Simon Cowell Claims
A survey of 2,287 British parents with young children and were asked about the best and worst celebrity role models.
Miley Cyrus has been voted the worst celebrity role model for children in a new survey of British parents. A whopping 78% of parents of children under 10 say that the former ‘Hannah Montana’ star is “off the rails” and wouldn’t want their kids to idolise her.
The survey by British website vouchercloud.com asked 2,287 British parents, all of whom have at least one child under the age of 10, the question: “are there any celebrities you would hate for your children to idolise?” and were provided with a list of male and female celebrities to select from.
Miley Cyrus arriving at the Jimmy Kimmel studios in L.A.
Continue reading: Miley Cyrus Voted Worst Celebrity Role Model By British Parents
Harry Styles - EXCLUSIVE The rain did not put off One Directions' Harry Styles from going for a run. He ran through Hampstead High Street and across the Heath. Dressed in black he was not spotted by passersby. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 11th November 2013
Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and One Direction - The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals at the Barclays Center - NY, NY, United States - Monday 26th August 2013
Alexandra Roach and Harry Styles - Alexandra Roach; Harry Styles Wednesday 9th January 2013 Harry Styles, Alexandra Roach and James Corden leaving Sketch club after the GQ magazine private dinner. Alexandra dropped her purse under a van as she left the party, and ever the gentleman, Harry crouched underneath the vehicle to retrieve it for her.
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