News In fact, the actor went as far as to threaten the One Direction star live on television, telling host Conan O’Brien: “That little prick’s gonna get it.”

The actor threatened the One Direction star live on television, telling host Conan O’Brien that he wanted to "beat the c**p of him" in a video

Britain’s got talent: One Direction have made a lot of fans across the Atlantic

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British boybands One Direction and The Wanted have taken the US – and the pages of The New Yorker – by storm. Tim Walker charts their stateside success

Credo: Ronan Keating

'When I look in the mirror, I see someone who's caught up with his age'

Believing that Beyoncé had a superior video, Kanye West broke into Taylor Swift's acceptance speech

Taylor Swift to perform at MTV awards next month

Six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards next month. But she won't be the only gold winner in the room.

August 12, 2012: Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium

51.9m tune in for London 2012 Olympic Games coverage

More than 50 million people in the UK watched TV coverage of London 2012 - equivalent to 90% of the population.

Ryan Lochte has something to smile about after winning the 400m individual swimming medley

Olympic Shorts: Ryan Lochte and Team USA pool heroes get wrecked on the London clubbing circuit

Are any of London's top clubs safe from the hormonal pulse of Team USA's swimmers? The usual mob were out in force on Thursday night at the Rose Club, with successive nights of partying appearing to have taken their toll on a catatonic Ryan Lochte.

Director Stephen Daldry has promised that the closing ceremony will be 'the best wedding party you’ve ever been at'.

London 2012: Closing ceremony director Stephen Daldry vows best party ever

When is the closing ceremony? It starts at 9pm London time on Sunday and is due to finish before midnight.

Aung San Suu Kyi mingles with MPs and peers after addressing both Houses of Parliament at Westminster Hall

Aung San Suu Kyi appeals to Britain to help drive her country's transformation

Burma's opposition leader tells MPs her people can only get 'so far' on their own. By Nigel Morris

Jimmy Carr doesn't believe that he's done anything wrong

David Cameron joins the attacks on Jimmy Carr over 'morally wrong' scheme to avoid tax

But Prescott accuses PM of double standards with tweeted reference to Lord Ashcroft

Observations: Prometheus lives again – and takes to the streets

Not to be confused with Ridley Scott's alien thriller Prometheus, another reinterpretation of the Greek myth arrives in Greenwich next week. Prometheus Awakes will be a piece of theatre on a grand scale - providing the weather stays fine.

David Thomas: Who needs a knighthood when you can be a National Treasure?

Gary Barlow was reinvented as an all-purpose Good Guy of Pop

Being Modern: Online ticketing

We've all been there: poised, keenly bleary eyed at 6am as the tickets go on sale, ready to choose which price band we want, tap in our details and hey, presto, we're pretty sure we've just got tickets for the next big game/gig/ athletics meeting (hmm, 2012, don't know which meet that might be...).

We love: Getting our fix - Lux-fix is a new members-only boutique that’s free to join and brings customers pieces direct from the studios of 50 designers courtesy of a weekly email and pop-up shops as well as a common or garden online shop. lux-fix.com

The Fashion Audit: Lux-fix, Just Love Smellies and the V&A's new ballgowns exhibit

What we love, we're not sure about, we're dying and can't wait for...

Take That star Mark Owen to be a father again

Take That star Mark Owen said he was "thrilled" after he confirmed he is the third member of the band set to become a father this year.

Robbie Williams to become a father

Robbie Williams is to become a father, as he announced his wife Ayda is pregnant.

One Direction have a Hot 100 hit

Boy band invasion! how The Wanted became America's most wanted

For all their scream-inducing skills, British boy bands such as Take That consistently failed to colonise the bedroom walls of America's teenage girls.

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