06-12-12

One Direction cement their status as the world's biggest boy band as they sell out Madison Square Garden to critical acclaim

One Direction have cemented themselves as bonafide phenomenons in the American music market.

The X Factor finalists have received generally positive reviews after playing at the fabled venue of Madison Square Garden.

With a sold out audience of screaming young girls, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne couldn't believe where their journey had taken them.

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Friends forever: One Direction hug after closing their Madison Square Garden concert which received good reviewsFriends forever: One Direction take to the stage at their Madison Square Garden concert which received good reviews

Liam Payne told the loud crowd: 'This is the biggest night of our lives. You guys have travelled from all around the world and we cannot believe what has happened here tonight. Thank you so much.'

Bloggers and professional music journalists alike were in agreement that there was something magical and different about One Direction.

Stadium status: The boys from Britain have become serious pop idols to their fans not only in America but across the globeStadium status: The boys from Britain have become serious pop idols to their fans not only in America but across the globe
The X Factor: The boys were surrounded by a sea of young female fans who screamed throughout the concertThe X Factor: The boys were surrounded by a sea of young female fans who screamed throughout the concert

The New York Daily News said: 'The screams were louder than a jet engine, with a pitch higher than a banshee’s wail.

'Despite the event’s significance, a certain casualness informed the staging.

'Unlike boy bands of the past, these guys aren’t rigidly choreographed in concert, an appealing aspect. They jump and stroll rather than dance.'

A reviewer from Entertainment Weekly said: 'At one point a teen behind me screamed her brains out and then shrieked, 'I don’t even know why I’m screaming!!!'

New breed: Bloggers and professional music journalists alike were in agreement that there was something magical and different about One DirectionNew breed: Bloggers and professional music journalists alike were in agreement that there was something magical and different about One Direction
Walk this way: The boys were praised for not being too manufactured with strict dance movesWalk this way: The boys were praised for not being too manufactured with strict dance moves

'I didn’t know either. One Direction was not scheduled to take the stage for another hour.'

The sheer mania that has engulfed teens across America was solidified at their Monday night concert with 20,000 fans joined in unison.

Examiner.com wrote: 'The show had great production and most importantly, had the crowd extremely content.'

Take a bow: The boys made several statements of thanks to their fans and family for getting them to where they areTake a bow: The boys made several statements of thanks to their fans and family for getting them to where they are

Hollywoodlife.com were also big fans of the British boys and said: 'The guys sounded amazing while singing their hits including, I Wish, Gotta Be You, and More Than This.

'It was obvious that America wasn’t the only country represented last night, with flags from Brazil, Japan, Italy and many more countries being waved in the air throughout the show.'

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Magnifique! Anne Hathaway shows off her Hollywood style credentials in daring backless pearl studded gown at Les Misérables premiereMagnifique! Anne Hathaway shows off her Hollywood style credentials in daring backless pearl studded gown at Les Misérables

She complained she looked like her gay brother after cutting off her hair and slimming down for the film.

But Anne Hathaway looked nothing short of red carpet royalty as she stepped out to the London premiere of Les Misérables on Wednesday night.

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La belle of the ball: Anna Hathaway looked stunning as she arrived at the premiere of Les Miserables held in Leicester Square

La belle of the ball: Anna Hathaway looked stunning as she arrived at the premiere of Les Miserables held in Leicester Square

 

The 30-year-old actress showed off her slim shape in a glamorous pearl Givenchy gown that boasted sequin detail and off the shoulder sleeves.

The floor-length gown fell perfectly over her figure, hugging her hips before flowing out around her feet but the real drama of the dress came from the back.

The gown boasted a dipped hemline that scooped to the small of her back, leaving plenty of skin on show.

 
Plenty of drama: The floor-length gown was backless and boasted symmetrical beading covering the entire outfit
Plenty of drama: The floor-length gown was backless and boasted symmetrical beading covering the entire outfit
 

Plenty of drama: The floor-length gown was backless and boasted symmetrical beading covering the entire outfit

 
In demand: Anne was seen showing off her shape as she signed autographs for fans

In demand: Anne was seen showing off her shape as she signed autographs for fans

 
Showing the gown in all its glory: The actress was seen showing off the sleeve detail and revealing some side boob in the process

Showing the gown in all its glory: The actress was seen showing off the sleeve detail and revealing some side boob in the process

It's a tricky style to pull off, but the design suits Anne's petite frame.

Anne had her elfish cropped hair styled with a sparse fringe swept across her forehead.

The star, who takes on the lead female role of Fantine in the film, lost more than 25lbs for her part in the flick but she appears to have regained her feminine shape after finishing the film.

Anne told reporters that bagging a part in the film was a 'dream'.

 
Leading stars: Anne was seen with her hunky co-stars Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman

Leading stars: Anne was seen with her hunky co-stars Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman

 
Taking the plunge: Amanda Seyfried wowed in a dramatic dress with a dipped neckline

Taking the plunge: Amanda Seyfried wowed in a dramatic dress with a dipped neckline

 
Dressed to frill: Amanda Seyfried wore a monochrome plunging dress with plenty of peplum detail
Dressed to frill: Amanda Seyfried wore a monochrome plunging dress with plenty of peplum detail
 

Dressed to frill: Amanda Seyfried wore a monochrome plunging dress with plenty of peplum detail

 

 
Taking centre stage: The 27-year-old actress proved to be the photographers darling

Taking centre stage: The 27-year-old actress proved to be the photographers darling

 

 
Group shot: Anne, Hugh, Russell and Amanda shared a joke together as they posed up together in the cold

Group shot: Anne, Hugh, Russell and Amanda shared a joke together as they posed up together in the cold

 
Not so miserables: Some members of the stage show gathered together on the red carpet

Not so miserables: Some members of the stage show gathered together on the red carpet

She said: 'It’s just the sort of job you feel you should give your pay cheque back at the end of the week, it was such a dream and I can’t believe I’m the girl that got to play Fantine.'

Asked if she would have gone beyond the drastic lengths of cutting her brunette locks and slimming down to play her emaciated character, Hathaway added: 'I didn’t have to pull out my teeth, but no one asked, so yes, I would do anything.'

There was certainly no lack of glamour from the girls with Amanda Seyfried, Isla Fisher and Samantha Barks all dressed to impress at the event.

Miss Seyfried also wowed in the style stakes in a Balenciaga ensemble that boasted a plunging neckline and peplum detail.

 
Looking good: Amanda was seen cosying up to Eddie Redmayne
Looking good: Amanda was seen cosying up to Eddie Redmayne while Hugh Jackman kept warm in a long overcoat
 

Looking good: Amanda was seen cosying up to Eddie Redmayne while Hugh Jackman kept warm in a long overcoat

The two piece consisted of a bustier top and a ruffled asymmetrical skirt and she upped the style ante with Hollywood waves in her hair falling across her left shoulder. 

Amanda was seen posing up with her hunky co-star Eddie Redmayne, who looked dapper in a navy velvet suit by Burberry.

The 30-year-old model said that working with the A-list cast was 'wildly exhilarating'.

Isabelle Allen, who plays a young Cosette in the film, looked cute in a peach embellished party dress.

 
Little lady: Isabelle Allen, who plays a young Cosette in the film, looked cute in a peach embellished party dress

Little lady: Isabelle Allen, who plays a young Cosette in the film, looked cute in a peach embellished party dress

 

 
Satin queen: Gillian Anderson was seen wearing a velvet and satin gown with diamond earrings
Satin queen: Gillian Anderson was seen wearing a velvet and satin gown with diamond earrings
 

Satin queen: Gillian Anderson was seen wearing a velvet and satin gown with diamond earrings

 
Midnight delight: Samantha Banks cut a demure figure in a midnight blue down with sequin embellishment and mesh panelling around the waist

Midnight delight: Samantha Banks cut a demure figure in a midnight blue down with sequin embellishment and mesh panelling around the waist

 

Based on the long-running musical, Les Miserables is directed by Hooper, the man behind Academy Award winning The King’s Speech.The film won Hooper the Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing, and also won Best Motion PictureBased upon the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables unfolds against the backdrop of 19th century France.

It follows the trials of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman), who is hunted for decades by ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after breaking parole.

The musical is in its 27th year of performance, and has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries in 21 languages around the globe. It opened at the Barbican Centre in London on October 8 1985.

Les Miserables will hit UK cinema screens on January 11.

 
What a line-up: The whole cast posed together inside The Empire in Leicester Square

What a line-up: The whole cast posed together inside The Empire in Leicester Square

 
Supporting her man: Isla Fisher arrived at the event with husband Sacha Baron Cohen while Helena Bonham Carter opted for her signature black and abstract style
Supporting her man: Isla Fisher arrived at the event with husband Sacha Baron Cohen while Helena Bonham Carter opted for her signature black and abstract style
 

Supporting her man: Isla Fisher arrived at the event with husband Sacha Baron Cohen while Helena Bonham Carter opted for her signature black and abstract style

 
Having a Barbie girl moment: Laura Bailey wore a voluminous dress head to toe in a saccharine sweet colour
Having a Barbie girl moment: Laura Bailey wore a voluminous dress head to toe in a saccharine sweet colour
 

Having a Barbie girl moment: Laura Bailey wore a voluminous dress head to toe in a saccharine sweet colour

 

 
 
Hitting a high note in the style stakes: Ellie Goulding looked angelic in her cream gown until the flashbulbs revealed the see-through nature of her dress
Hitting a high note in the style stakes: Ellie Goulding looked angelic in her cream gown until the flashbulbs revealed the see-through nature of her dress
 

Hitting a high note in the style stakes: Ellie Goulding looked angelic in her cream gown until the flashbulbs revealed the see-through nature of her dress

 
Tough times: Anne plays Fantine, a factory worker with an illegitimate child who is forced to turn to prostitution

Tough times: Anne plays Fantine, a factory worker with an illegitimate child who is forced to turn to prostitution

 

 

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