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If you were to look at the iTunes Top 10 right now, you would probably find two artists that you are unfamiliar with: The Wanted and One Direction. These two groups, both boy bands from Europe, are racing up the American music charts in their quest to make it big in the States. Both The Wanted and One Direction have had massive success in Europe. Now, they are helping bring the idea of the boy band back to the United States. Here is a look at the two bands that you will probably be seeing a lot of in the upcoming months!

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are members of One Direction. The band was formed for U.K.’s The X Factor after each of its member failed to qualify as solo artists. The group placed third in the competition and was signed to Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco Records. One Direction released their album, Up All Night , in November 2011, and it became the fastest-selling debut album of the year. Their fans call themselves “Directioners.” The group began their journey in the States after they signed with Columbia Records. They released their album in the States on March 13, 2012, and it has been at the top of the charts ever since. Up All Night reached number one on the Billboard Top 200 during its first week, the first time a U.K. group has reached number one with a debut album. Niall Horan had this to say about their success on the charts:

“When we got put together as a group, we couldn’t imagine ourselves coming to America, let alone releasing our album here, so for us to be sitting at the top of the US album charts is unbelievable.”

On a recent trip to the Today Show, the Directioners caused all sorts of chaos when they took over the plaza where the group was performing. One Direction just announced that they will be going on tour in the United States. Other upcoming events for Directioners to look forward to are One Direction’s performance at the Kids Choice Awards, on Saturday Night Live, and on iCarly.

The Wanted is a band comprised of Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker, Max George, and Nathan Sykes. The group was formed through an audition process and signed to Geffen Records. Their U.K. debut album, The Wanted , was released in 2010 and reached number four on the U.K. Albums Chart. Their second U.K. album, Battleground, brought on several singles that reached high positions on the charts. The Wanted were picked up by Scooter Braun in America and asked by Ellen Degeneres to appear on her show. After performing on The Ellen Degeneres Show, the band covered America on a tour, going to local radio stations and high schools, as well as performing on The Chelsea Lately Show and having their single “Glad You Came” covered by Glee. They also performed in venues across the country and all shows were sold out. “Glad You Came” helped them make history as the highest American Billboard chart entry by a British boy band. Since then, the band has completed an arena tour in Europe and is now back in the States. They performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and at MTV’s Spring Break in Las Vegas. The group was the first artist to ever bring their fans on stage with them on Leno. Band member Nathan Sykes had this to say about their success:

“I think that we’re very fortunate in our position, and I think that a lot of people would give their right arm to be in the position we’re in at the moment. So we’re very lucky but we’re just gonna keep on working hard and see if we can expand on the success that we’ve had so far.”

Their fans, the TWFanmily, also have several other events to look forward to. The Wanted will be on Punk’d, The View, and The Today Show, and their U.S. album, The Wanted, will be released on April 24th.

Of course, there are other boy bands out there, but these two seem to be the most promising if you look solely at their prior achievements and their current U.S. chart positions. What do you think? Are you a fan of either band? Do you think you will be?

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Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?