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Stuntwoman Killed on Deadpool 2 Motorcycle Crash Identified as Joi 'SJ' Harris, First African-American Female Road Racer

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The stuntwoman who died on the set of Deadpool 2 Monday has been identified.

Joi “SJ” Harris, who billed herself as the first African-American female road racer, died while performing a motorcycle stunt in Vancouver, Canada, PEOPLE confirmed.

The Brooklyn, New York native was an advocate for women of color in the road racing game, and promoted herself as “the first licensed African American women in U.S. history to actively compete in sanctioned motorcycle road racing events.”

The video below, posted to her website, shows her first ever race crash.

On Friday, Harris updated her Facebook with a selfie, writing, “EVERYTHING FOR A REASON. #staythecourse.”

Harris is thought to be the stunt double for Zazie Beetz. A woman donning the costume for the mutant Domino, whom Beetz plays in the film, was spotted on a black Ducati motorcycle in the area for a sequence days earlier.

Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool,” the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds tweeted. “We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated… but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”

“I’m deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today,” Deadpool 2 director David Leitch said in a statement to PEOPLE. “No words can express how I and the rest of the Deadpool 2 crew feel about this tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and loves ones in this difficult time.”

This was Harris’s first film as a stunt performer, according to Deadline, which reported that she was not wearing a helmet during the scene because her character does not wear a helmet.

Witness of Deadpool 2 crash: motorbike picked up speed, missed pedestrians https://t.co/W237VlDggr pic.twitter.com/cyDhCZSmvP

— Metro Vancouver (@vancouvermetro) August 14, 2017

“We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning,” 20th Century Fox said in a statement. “Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.”

The Vancouver Sun reported that the accident occurred just after 8 a.m. on Monday. Witnesses told the outlet that the stuntwoman lost control of her bike during a stunt, jumped a curb and crashed through a plate-glass window at Shaw Tower. She was reportedly treated by ambulance personnel but police said she died at the scene.

According to Metro Newsthe stunt driver narrowly missed hitting two pedestrians when she lost control of the bike.

Ambulance has left set of Deadpool 2 with injured stunt person. Lights and sirens were not on as it pulled away. @CTVVancouver pic.twitter.com/iMheLitA7q

— Ben Miljure (@CTVNewsBen) August 14, 2017

An eyewitness told the outlet that the stunt driver completed several rehearsals of the stunt, which involved driving a motorcycle down two ramps across several stairs, earlier that morning.

“She came out, went down the two flights of stairs, and it looked like she kind of hit the throttle because she picked up speed,” Nathan Kramchynski told Metro News.

“She was going full throttle,” he added, noting that it appeared as if the driver “missed two pedestrians” during the failed stunt.

CTV News reported that the lights and sirens of the ambulance were not turned on as it pulled away with the stuntwoman on board.

Reporting by ALEXIA FERNANDEZ
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L.A. Girls, You’re Invited To An Exclusive Screening

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In our opinion, Reese Witherspoon and her lasting brand of lovable charm can literally do no wrong. We'll watch her in just about anything, but when you throw in Nancy Meyers' humor and a bevy of handsome young dudes, you know we'll be there. If you're L.A.-based and also happen to share our affinity for the aforementioned delights, you're invited to attend an exclusive screening of Home Again on August 24 at the beautiful Millwick space.

Join us at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments before we settle in to watch the film. Stick around afterward, and you'll also gain access to our elegant after-party complete with delicious signature cocktails, locally sourced snacks, and even cast appearances. Just RSVP here to reserve your spot. Can't make it? Don't stress. Home Again hits theaters nationally on September 8.

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Shay Mitchell's New Gig Doesn't Take Her Too Far From PLL Territory

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It looks like Shay Mitchell can't get enough of the whiplash-inducing twists and turns of Pretty Little Liars. According to Variety, the actor just signed onto You, a brand-new project at Lifetime. But that's not all. In addition to having a role on the new show, Mitchell and her production company, Amore & Vita Productions, Inc. — in true boss style — have inked an extended deal with Warner Bros. to create even more projects for the next few years.

You, Mitchell's return to the small screen, will involve her playing Peach Salinger in the adaptation of Caroline Kepnes' bestselling book. She'll join fellow teen drama alum Penn Badgley ( Gossip Girl) and Elizabeth Lail ( The Blacklist) for the limited series.

In what seems to be a dark, stylized take on Real Housewives franchises from coast to coast, Salinger's a queen bee, type-A personality that keeps Beck, Lail's character, and her friends in check. Badgley's Joe uses social media and tech to inch his way into Beck's good graces (and her heart) and it's safe to say that Mitchell's Peach will take issue with the new kid on the block. With just 10 episodes, it may just be a sort-of millennial-minded Big Little Lies, complete with all the girl power and overflowing bank accounts.

And as for her production duties, Mitchell will work with Warner Bros. to develop new ideas for the network, including digital media and shows. With her firm grasp on social media (she's got 18 million followers on Instagram and another cool 3.7 million on Twitter), what cool girls want to see, and that PLL pedigree, enlisting Mitchell to flex her own creative muscle is definitely not a bad move for WB.

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Riverdale Actress Tiera Skovbye Is Engaged: 'This Weekend Was Something Out of a Dream'

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She’s going to be a Parker!

Riverdale actress Tiera Skovbye, who plays Polly Cooper on the series, took to Instagram on Monday to announce that she and her boyfriend, Jameson Parker, got engaged over the weekend.

“This weekend was something out of a dream,” she began the post. “The love of my life surprised the crap out of me and asked me to marry him in his childhood bedroom (not planned, I’m really hard to surprise).”

“We got to spend the rest of the weekend hanging out on the lake with both of our families and it was absolutely wonderful. I’m over the 🌙 happy,” she wrote and added the hashtags, “#gettinghitched #heputaringonit #imgonnabeaparker #evenlambsgetmarried.”

Skovbye, 22, shared multiple photos of the couple after they got engaged, including a silly image of the pair both holding up their ring fingers.

The actress also posted a sweet snap of Parker giving his new fiancée a kiss on the forehead as she rests her left hand on his chest.

Last month, Skovbye gave a shout-out to her beau and his new film, Summer of ’84, in a loving Instagram post.

“So proud of my love for his first day of filming #summerof84movie !!!” Skovbye, who played Nikki Kaszuba in the film, wrote. “You have worked your ass off and it’s paying off! It has been such a fun adventure watching you work towards your dreams! And even more exciting that we get to work together!! #powercouple.”


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Good News, College Students: You Really Can Learn In Your Sleep

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Falling asleep on textbooks may seem like a ridiculous way to learn (through osmosis, right?), but it's not so far-fetched. According to new research published in Nature Communications, it's actually possible to learn new information while you're asleep. For anyone heading back to school, that's some very good news.

Researchers found that the brain can actually form new memories during sleep. To prove it, scientists played complex sound patterns to snoozing volunteers. When the subjects woke up, the sleepers could actually recognize the different sounds. Though the sleep study used a very small pool with just 20 participants, it is promising information.

"Memory traces can be both formed or suppressed during sleep, depending on sleep phase," the authors explained.

The volunteers fell asleep while listening to white noise. After they were off to the land of nod, the researchers played different pings and sounds during the various stages of sleep. When the subjects woke up, some of them recognized the sounds that played during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. They didn't recognize any of the sounds that were interspersed during the white noise, which was played during lighter stages of slumber.

But before you go and grab all your textbooks on audiobook, know that the researchers aren't drawing a connection just yet. They only wanted everyone to know what they'd observed. What's more, the subjects couldn't identify how they recalled the specific sounds, only that they remembered the various auditory cues.

Quartz noted that the researchers could be witnessing the brain's process of sorting through the day's memories and prioritizing what it sees as important. The researchers are hopeful, though, saying that they'd like to study the phenomenon more thoroughly and see if it's possible to learn math ideas, languages, and vocabulary with sleep soundtracks.

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Australian Politician Claims Being Gay Is Just Like Being "Cycling Mates"

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Ahead of next month's voluntary postal vote regarding same-sex marriage laws in Australia, an MP who opposes gay marriage has drawn criticism for comparing these marriages to..."being cycling mates."

Kevin Andrews, the Liberal MP for Menzies, made the controversial comments on Sky News. Because he happens to be a big fan of bicycling, Andrews chose to compare same-sex marriages to the relationships he has with his cycling buddies.

"Yes, there are all kinds of affectionate relationships...I have an affectionate relationship with my cycling mates. We go cycling on the weekends, but that's not marriage. Why doesn't the law have a place in those sort of relationships?" Andrews said. "It doesn't because the law has a place traditionally, historically, across cultures and civilizations because it is there about the protection of the vulnerable and it shouldn't go beyond that."

.@kevinandrewsmp: I have a relationship with my cycling mates, but the law has no place in that relationship https://t.co/3nKBUCzjYS pic.twitter.com/KusSCp7232

— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) August 14, 2017

Yeah, we're face-palming right now, too.

Although Andrews claimed he wasn't comparing his cycling relationships to sexual, romantic same-sex relationships and marriages, his continued commentary indicated otherwise.

"I have commitments to friends, and affectionate relationships with friends as well," the PM stated. When Sky News reporter Samantha Maiden pointed out that Australian politician Tim Wilson's romantic partner is far more than his "friend," Andrews still refused to acknowledge there's a difference between loving our friends and loving our romantic partners.

"I hope he is his friend, as well as his partner, if you understand what I'm saying," Andrews stated.

Andrews is being taken to task on social media for his statements.

I often go cycling with male friends on the weekend. Good job I'm not allowed to marry them or I would. Hi, I'm Kevin Andrews

— Two PassportsTravers (@mark_travers) August 13, 2017

"I have a relationship with my mates who I go cycling with on the weekend but I'm not married to them" Kevin Andrews. Sure mate sure #auspol pic.twitter.com/sZ4RrWINhK

— Seano🏳️‍🌈 (@SeanBradbery) August 14, 2017

Even if you're 100% opposed to same-sex marriage, wouldn't you realise this kind of flippancy would be offensive to friends and colleagues? https://t.co/I85ctXCyhz

— Tom McIlroy (@TomMcIlroy) August 14, 2017

It is categorically insane that we have to explain we're fighting to be recognised while Kevin Andrews equates us to "cycling buddies"

— mat whitehead (@matwhi) August 14, 2017

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America Ferrera Shares Adorable Photo With Amber Tamblyn's Baby Daughter

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Amber Tamblyn's darling baby daughter, Marlow Alice, is already fast friends with America Ferrera, as proven in one of the cutest Instagram photos possibly ever taken.

People reports the former Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants co-stars had a mini-reunion over the weekend, where they kicked back and celebrated the joys of badass babes sticking together.

"#thefutureisSisterhood," Ferrera captioned the photo of her giving little Marlow a kiss on the head alongside Tamblyn, who, according to People, later shared the photo to her Instagram page.

A post shared by America Ferrera (@americaferrera) on Aug 13, 2017 at 6:54pm PDT

Nothing makes us smile more than celebrity women supporting each other, from fighting for equal pay and diversity in Hollywood to empowering each other as they make exciting career moves and navigate life changes, like parenthood, things the stars of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants have done together for years.

Each of the actresses — including Ferrera, Tamblyn, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel — from the girl-power book-turned-film have been vocal in the fight for better representation in the TV and film industries, as well as in the continued battle to keep reproductive rights services and family planning organizations like Planned Parenthood funded and available to the public. In January, the quartet even traveled to the nation's capitol to participate in the Women's March on Washington.

It's so refreshing to see a powerful group of women tackling injustice in order to make the world a better place for their children.

Tamblyn and her husband, comedian and Arrested Development star David Cross, welcomed Marlow into the world in February. Shortly before giving birth, Tamblyn penned an essay in Glamour about the future she wants for all girls and women.

"I'm pregnant, with a daughter on the way. I think constantly about the world I am bringing her into," Tamblyn wrote. "How much do I have to do, as a daughter and a soon-to-be mother, to change not just the conversation about how women are seen, but the language with which conversations are spoken in?"

We'd say she's doing a pretty wonderful job.

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Taylor Swift Donating to Sexual Assault Victims to ‘Help Those Whose Voices Should Also Be Heard’

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Taylor Swift is giving back after her victory following a groping trial on Monday.

The “Shake It Off” singer, 27, released a statement to PEOPLE thanking the judge and jury “for their careful consideration,” as well as her attorneys “for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year- ordeal and two-year long trial process.”

“I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this,” she continued. “My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”

Swift was awarded $1 after a jury found former radio host David Mueller guilty of assault and battery against Swift at a meet-and-greet photo session in June 2013.

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It was a difficult day for the pop star. She watched as Mueller’s lawyer, Gabe McFarland argued before a jury that her allegations of assault destroyed his client’s career. When McFarland claimed that Mueller “is not the guy” who grabbed Swift’s derriere, the singer shook her head and mouthed the word, “Wow.”

Mueller denied the allegations and also accused his colleague of sexually assaulting the singer, but a rep for Swift told PEOPLE at the time that “the radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident” and “made their independent decision.”

One month later, the “Out of the Woods” singer countersued Mueller, saying in court papers he “intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission.”

On Friday, U.S. District Judge William Martinez dismissed the case brought against Swift by Mueller who claimed the pop star essentially ruined his career. Mueller had sought $3 million in damages from Swift.


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Costco Thinks "Tiffany" Is A Style, Not A Brand — Courts Disagree

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For years, Costco has been winning over the hearts of frugal lovebirds by selling "Tiffany engagement rings." There was just one problem: The jewelry wasn't coming from the famous luxury retailer.

Now, the popular wholesaler has to pay.

A federal judge ruled that Costco Wholesale Corp owes Tiffany & Co $19.4 million in damages over selling diamond engagement rings under the Tiffany name, Reuters reports.

Though only 2,500 rings were sold — a number that wouldn't garner $19.4 million in sales, even at Tiffany's prices — the jeweler was awarded $8.25 million in punitive damages last October, and U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled Monday that Tiffany & Co also deserved $11.1 million plus interest to cover lost business — triple the lost profit.

According to Reuters, Costco defended its use of the term "Tiffany" to sell its own jewelry by arguing that "Tiffany" had developed as a standalone term with connotations beyond Tiffany & Co. That's a pretty bold argument, considering Tiffany & Co's cultural icon status has been cemented through millions of blue boxes and Audrey Hepburn's on-screen window gazing in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain agreed, taking particular issue with Costco's flagrant use of the term "Tiffany" in marketing. Costco employees "described such rings as 'Tiffany' rings in response to customer inquiries, and were not perturbed when customers who then realized that the rings were not actually manufactured by Tiffany expressed anger or upset," Swain wrote.

Besides owing Tiffany & Co a significant amount of money, Costco Wholesale Corp. is also forbidden from marking any jewelry not made by Tiffany & Co as "Tiffany" products. However, Costco is allowed to describe its own jewelry as "Tiffany style" or as having a "Tiffany setting."

According to MarketWatch, Costco plans to appeal the ruling on the grounds that it "is a product of multiple errors in pretrial, trial, and post-trial rulings." However, we have a feeling that Tiffany & Co. is committed to winning this fight. In a fitting move for a company famous for selling engagement rings, the label filed its suit against Costco on Valentine's Day. Now that's what we call a power move.

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Jury Sides With Taylor Swift In Groping Lawsuit, Orders Fired DJ To Pay Pop Star A Symbolic $1

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Update: Taylor Swift has released the following statement regarding the jury's decision in her groping trial. "I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process," Swift said.

"I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this," she continued. "My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."

Original story follows.

Earlier today, Taylor Swift left the courtroom in tears as testimony in her groping trial came to a close. Swift remained strong and steadfast during cross-examination, but the trial clearly took an emotional toll on the pop star, who countersued radio host David Mueller for a symbolic $1 after he accused her of ruining his career and reputation. Swift made clear from day one that she was uninterested in financial gain and her goal was to empower other survivors of sexual assault to feel confident coming forward.

This afternoon, Swift won $1 and long-awaited vindication when a jury determined Mueller groped her during a pre-concert photo op four years ago.

After a weeklong trial over dueling lawsuits, jurors determined that fired Denver DJ David Mueller assaulted the pop star by grabbing her backside during a backstage meet-and-greet. The six-woman, two-man jury also found that Swift's mother and radio liaison were within their rights to contact Mueller's bosses.

Mueller sued the Swifts and their radio handler, Frank Bell, seeking up to $3 million for his ruined career.

Just before closing arguments, the judge dismissed Taylor Swift from Mueller's lawsuit, saying he had failed to prove that she sought to get Mueller fired or had any reason to believe that someone else may have assaulted her. U.S. District Judge William Martinez also drastically reduced the amount Mueller could collect.

The singer-songwriter said in her countersuit that she wanted a symbolic $1 and the chance to stand up for other women.

Testimony showed that Swift reported the incident to her mother and others on her team, but that she never sought any specific action regarding Mueller.

From the start, Swift's side portrayed the encounter as a clear case of sexual assault, even though they never reported it to police. Her mother tearfully testified that she asked Bell to reach out to Mueller's employers at country station KYGO-FM instead because they wanted to handle the matter quietly and avoid exposing the singer-songwriter to publicity.

Bell contacted a station vice president and asked for an investigation of Mueller's conduct. He also sent the station executive a photo taken of Swift, Mueller and Mueller's then-girlfriend at the meet-and-greet.

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In a fiery hourlong stint on the witness stand last week, Swift blasted a low-key characterization by Mueller's attorney, Gabriel McFarland, of what happened. While Mueller testified he never grabbed Swift, she insisted she was groped.

"He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him," Swift testified.

"It was a definite grab. A very long grab," she added.

Mueller emphatically denied reaching under the pop star's skirt or otherwise touching her inappropriately, insisting he touched only her ribs and may have brushed the outside of her skirt as they awkwardly posed for the picture.

That photo was virtually the evidence besides the testimony. In the image shown to jurors during opening statements but not publicly released, Mueller's hand is behind Swift, just below her waist. Both are smiling. Mueller's then-girlfriend is standing on the other side of Swift.

Swift testified that after she was groped, she numbly told Mueller and his girlfriend, "Thank you for coming," and moved on to photos with others waiting in line because she did not want to disappoint them.

But she said she immediately went to her photographer after the meet-and-greet ended and found the photo of her with Mueller, telling the photographer what happened.

Andrea Swift testified that she asked Bell to call Mueller's employers. They did not call the police to avoid further traumatizing her daughter, she said.

"We absolutely wanted to keep it private, but we didn't want him to get away with it," Andrea Swift testified.

Bell said he emailed the photo to Robert Call, KYGO's general manager, for use in Call's investigation of Mueller. He said he didn't ask that Mueller be fired but that "appropriate action be taken."

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Aaron Carter on Revealing His Bisexuality: ‘I Just Can’t Live a Lie Anymore’

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Aaron Carter broke down on Monday while discussing his feelings of being “misunderstood and misinterpreted” by ex-girlfriend Madison Parker after coming out as bisexual.

The singer, 29, sat down with Elvis Duran on The Z100 Morning Show to explain how he stays positive through the tough times, thanking “all the people who support me, and the ones who don’t, because you motivate me.”

“I came out about my history and said I’m attracted to men and women equally. I just can’t live a lie anymore. It’s hypocrisy, even the ones that claim they love you will let you down,” he said, clearly referencing Parker.

Being single isn't fun I'm not gonna lie. But I'm gonna do it for awhile for myself.

— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) August 12, 2017

The “LOVE” singer and his photographer ex met on Instagram and began dating last year after Parker DM’d Carter asking to hold a photoshoot with him. Shortly after Carter bared his soul about his sexuality in an emotional letter on Twitter, the pair announced their split.

“When I revealed my truth to her, she left me. She didn’t accept what I was going to say, and she left me. Now I’m just trying to do what I have to do,” he continued.

pic.twitter.com/Zi6ahCtk4U

— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) August 6, 2017

Tears steamed down Carter’s cheek during his live performance of his new single “Sooner or Later”—a song written about Parker.

Duran praised Carter for pouring his heart out on-air. “Seeing our friend Aaron Carter on the show today reminded me of the obvious: honesty should be applauded,” he said. “He came on, opened up and shared. Aaron is simply attempting to share his emotion and story through his art. Let’s just listen.”

Carter was arrested on DUI and marijuana charges in Georgia last month, while Parker – who was in the car at the time – was arrested on drug charges along with obstruction of law enforcement officers. After the incident, amid backlash, he responded to the public’s criticism during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, refuting assertions that he needs help or struggles with drug addiction.

I'm going through a lot of emotional things and I'm working hard on myself. I don't do these hard drugs and horrible things I'm accused of.

— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) August 14, 2017

“People are saying I have HIV, I have AIDS, that I do crack, I do heroin. It really hurts,” Carter, who suffers from a hiatal hernia, said. “I did this TV show called The Doctors, and you’re going to see a huge reveal, and you’re going to see everything! That’s what’s really happening right now in my world.”

My message to everyone. pic.twitter.com/HpFUUX06cl

— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) August 14, 2017

Just because he has a brother doesn’t always mean he’ll have a friend. While Carter is all about turning negatives into positives, there’s one person in his life who he claims has let him down when he thought he’d have a message to lift him up: his older brother, Nick.

Carter revealed that Nick reached out after the DUI incident, but not in the days since he came out as bisexual.

“My brother had my number and he was like, ‘Let me know if you need help.’ And I said, ‘Dude, what are you talking about? You don’t even know me, Nick. You don’t even talk to me, and we see each other like twice a year,'”

“I’m keeping it real, I love my brother, I’ll always love my brother but I think he loves me ‘conditionally,'” he added. “I have my path now, and my journey to focus on my music, and that’s all a part of my identity.”


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You Can Now Live Your Own Saw Experience...In Case You Wanted That

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Eagerly awaiting the release of the new Saw movie? Horror fans can now experience it in the flesh. According to the official website, Saw will have its own maze at Halloween Horror Nights this year.

During Halloweentime, Universal Studios theme parks convert their family-friendly parks to an all-out horror show unleashed after dark, complete with "scare zones," creepy characters, and a slew of haunted house mazes. The purpose? To terrify...and also promote some particularly scary properties. In anticipation of Jigsaw, the long-awaited eighth installment of the Saw franchise, Universal will celebrate the gorefest by bringing back a haunted house themed specifically for the movies.

I guess the real question is...would you like to play a game? Because that's exactly what you'll be doing in the new attraction. According to the event's official website, the maze, titled SAW: The Games of Jigsaw, will "test your physical and psychological limits as you come face-to-face with mastermind Jigsaw and his collection of infamous traps from the entire SAW film series." Basically, you're going to be living as one of the victims of Jigsaw's traps — but, hopefully, you'll be more fortunate than most and survive the excursion.

This isn't the first time that Saw made its way to Halloween Horror Nights. It joined the mazes at Universal Studios' Orlando and Hollywood theme park in 2009, and was reportedly one of the most popular attractions. A different iteration of a Saw maze returned to the Hollywood theme park in 2010. This year, both coasts will be getting the maze.

As for the upcoming movie Jigsaw, co-director Michael Spierig told Entertainment Weekly that fans will experience one hell of a bloodbath. But, you know, a really fun one.

"We’ve got some pretty wild traps in the film — we don’t shy away from the gore," Spierig explained to the outlet. "It’s such a perfect Halloween scarefest. It’s perhaps not quite as vicious and more fun, which is something we tried to inject into it. But it’s still full of good fun gore, that’s for sure."

My suggestion? If you can't stomach the movie, you may want to bail on the maze.

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Apple Pie Oreos Are Here

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County fairs from coast to coast may be experimenting with deep-fried delicacies, but thanks to Oreos' latest flavor, you can get a classic carnival offering without having to brave hastily assembled rides and larger-than-life turkey legs.

According to the candy junkies at Instagram account @CandyHunting, Apple Pie Oreos have already hit Target's virtual shelves, making the summer sizzle that much more bearable.

The limited-edition offering swaps out the trademark black and white of a traditional Oreo for a graham cracker flavored (and colored) cookie and whipped apple pie-flavored cream filling. It's the same cookie sandwich that fans know and love, only it's gone through one of Oreo's famous seasonal transformations. According to @CandyHunting, Target's website already lists the item for $2.99, but it's not technically in stock yet. However, the treat's mere existence on the site puts it a step above some other limited-edition Oreos, which never appeared at all.

Apple pie-hungry snackers might not be able to order the cookies just yet, but they will be soon. Plus, the site allows shoppers to check their local Target locations for the items, so as soon as the cookies go live, it may be possible to track them down IRL and pick up a package (or three) during any upcoming Target runs.

Nabisco announced Apple Pie Oreos way back in November 2016, but junk food die-hards have had to wait until now to actually see them in the wild. The official release date was supposed to be Labor Day 2017, so these cookies seem to be arriving right on time. The apple pie offering comes hot on the heels of other summer releases, which included Mississippi mud pie and the Walmart-exclusive jelly donut.

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Swift Victory! Jury Rules Former Radio Host Assaulted Taylor Swift During Meet and Greet, Awards Singer $1

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After six days in court, a verdict has been reached in the Taylor Swift groping trial. After deliberating for several hours, a jury in a Denver courtroom ruled that former radio host David Mueller assaulted and battered Swift at a meet-and-greet photo session at the Pepsi Center in June 2013.

Swift is being awarded $1. Her mother Andrea and a member of her management team, Frank Bell, did not intentionally interfere with Mueller’s KYGO contract, the jury ruled.

After the verdict was read, Swift hugged her attorneys and her teary-eyed mother before mouthing the words “thank you” to the jury. Mueller and his team remained expressionless.

“I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process,” Swift said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

“I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”

Baldridge also gave a brief statement on the steps of the courthouse. “I think it’s a new day, because someone with the guts and the courage to stand up with absolutely no upside in doing so—that being Taylor Swift—has told everyone, ‘This is it, the line’s drawn.'”

The verdict came after an emotional day for Swift, who watched as Mueller’s lawyer, Gabe McFarland, argued before an eight-person jury that her allegations of assault destroyed his client’s career. When McFarland claimed that Mueller “is not the guy” who grabbed Swift’s backside, the 27-year-old star shook her head and mouthed the word, “Wow.”

She became even more emotional when McFarland turned his attention to the photo taken during the alleged incident, which has become something of a smoking gun in this case.

“Is that the face of someone who’s had someone grab their butt? Who is shocked?” he asked the jury. “There’s nothing in Taylor Swift’s face to suggest anything is wrong.” Meanwhile, Swift herself turned away from the public gallery towards her mother and dabbed tears from her eyes.

Swift regained her composure and leaned back in her chair as she listened to her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, deliver his statement, recalling Swift’s Aug. 10 testimony during which she said: “I am not going to allow you or your client to make me feel like this is my fault, because it isn’t.”

“To use Andrea Swift’s words, I don’t know whether to ‘vomit or cry’ when I see a member of the bar subscribe to that re-victimization,” continued Baldridge.

Swift’s lawyer also called Mueller’s case a “game of chicken” where “victims are prone to blink rather than relive the shame and humiliation of what took place.” He also noted the token $1 Swift is seeking in damages, “the single value of which is immeasurable to all women in this situation.”

“It means no means no, and it tells every woman that they will determine what is tolerable to their body,” he added.

It was a trial filled with passionate rhetoric, often by Swift herself. The 27-year-old took the stand on Thursday, testifying for about an hour against Mueller.

“It was a definite grab, very long grab,” Swift said in court. “It was long enough for me to be completely sure it was intentional.”

Afterwards, “a light switched off in my personality,” Swift said, and added that she “just looked at the floor. I couldn’t look at either of them , and I just said in monotone, ‘Thanks for coming.’”

When Swift was asked about how she reacted upon learning about Mueller’s termination, she said, “I didn’t have a reaction to a strange person I didn’t know losing his job…that was a product of his decisions, not mine.”

She continued: “I don’t know anything about Mr. Mueller. I don’t know him. I think what he did was despicable, horrifying, shocking, but I don’t know him at all.”

Swift’s mother Andrea also provided powerful testimony when she took the stand Wednesday, detailing how she “wanted to vomit and cry” after her daughter told her about the alleged groping.

“I knew there was something horribly wrong in that picture,” Andrea said of the photo with Mueller. “I know those eyes better than anybody. She was pulling away. She has that smile frozen on her face, but there’s something going on in her eyes. I just looked at it and I was sickened.”

Swift, was “really shaken, she was humiliated, she was horribly embarrassed because he grabbed her bare ass,” Andrea testified.

During opening statements last Tuesday, Baldridge told the jury panel that the singer is “taking a stand for all women” and that “this is a case of sexual assault in the workplace.”

“A woman is assaulted. She reports it and she gets sued … it doesn’t make sense,” added Swift’s lawyer. “She’s trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone grabs you no matter who they are.”

The trial took place over the course of six days, but that was just the final battle in a legal war that stretches back over two years. Mueller first sued Swift in 2015, claiming he lost his job after the singer’s security team accused him of groping her butt during a meet-and-greet at the Pepsi Center in June of 2013.

Mueller denied the allegations and also accused his colleague of sexually assaulting the singer, but a rep for Swift told PEOPLE at the time that “the radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident” and “made their independent decision.”

One month later, the “Out of the Woods” singer countersued Mueller, saying in court papers he “intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission.”

Swift scored an early victory on Friday, when Judge William J. Martinez dismissed Mueller’s case that the pop star got him fired, citing insufficient evidence. However, his case against Swift’s mother, Andrea, was not dismissed and Swift’s case against Mueller for sexual assault remains ongoing.

In his ruling, the judge said Mueller had filed claims of interference with contract against Swift personally rather than 13 Management, the company under which Andrea Swift and Frank Bell — who works with her management team — are employed. “Simply put, it is far too late for the plaintiff to argue that he had filed the wrong claims against the wrong people,” he said.


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RHOC's Meghan King Edmonds on Shannon Beador's Weight Struggle: 'I Haven't Been There for Shannon Like I Should Have'

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Meghan King Edmonds regrets not being a better friend to her Real Housewives of Orange County costar, Shannon Beador.

Ahead of the RHOC season 12 premiere last month, Beador revealed in a candid Instagram post that she has gained 40 lbs. in the last few months. “So let’s just get to it. Yes, I have gained weight. A lot of weight. About 40 pounds to be exact,” Beador wrote. “I have not had plastic surgery or fillers, it’s just plain and simple weight gain. There are multiple factors that have contributed to my size and it will be addressed this season on the show.”

Speaking with PEOPLE on Monday, Edmonds, 32, admitted that she hasn’t been the supportive friend she should be throughout Beador’s ongoing weight loss journey.

“I haven’t been there for Shannon like I should have been. I feel like I’ve been so consumed with the baby that it’s really hard for me to check up with my friends like I feel like I should,” Edmonds, who welcomed daughter Aspen in November, said.

“And yeah I check in with Shannon, but I haven’t been like, ‘How are you doing with your weight?’ ” she continued. “Yeah, I kind of suck as a friend, I guess.”

WATCH: RHOC‘s Shannon Beador Reveals She Lost 15 Pounds and Has 25 Pounds to Go

In the RHOC season 12 premiere, Beador, 53, said that stress caused by Vicki Gunvalson led to her weight gain.

“That stress caused me to eat more, caused me to drink more, and that’s a huge part of why I gained my weight,” she said. “My weight gain has affected me and how I feel about myself. I’m embarrassed about my body.”

But last week, Beador clarified that she doesn’t place any blame on Gunvalson in regards to her recent weight struggles.

“@Andy I never blamed Vicki for my weight gain. Discussed it for the millionth time last week. Only blame myself. Enough,” Beador tweeted.

Earlier this month, Beador revealed she’s had success in losing weight — 15 lbs. down, 25 lbs. to go — by focusing on “eating clean, which I always did before.”

“I just kind of went off the rails for a little while,” she told PEOPLE Now. “I’ve been exercising 30 minutes a day. I cannot stand exercising, but you can always carve 30 minutes.”

The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.


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This Game Of Thrones-Themed Dinner Will Give You Plenty Of Inspo For Next Sunday

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Yesterday, when most of us were gearing up to see if Jamie Lannister was still alive, a Reddit user named makenna1636 was busy putting together an impressive Game Of Thrones -themed dinner. Lucky for us, the user shared a photo of the spread on Reddit and explained that the dinner was in honor of the user’s brother’s last night of watching GOT at home before leaving for college. Isn't that just the sweetest sibling moment you've heard about since Sansa and Arya were reunited last week?

The Redditor set out seven dishes on a coffee table in front of the TV so as to be enjoyed during last night’s exciting episode. Each dish was inspired by a different character or object from the show, and most were given a punny name. For example, the name Chips and Sansa was given to the a large bowl of tortilla chips and salsa. Also accompanying the chips was a cheese dip called Molten Gold Crown Dip, an unexpected and clever throw back to Viserys Targaryen's death in season one.

Despite all the disgusting food moments that have gone down on Game of Thrones, this menu was mostly made of tasty dishes like Chicken Little Fingers and Lannister Gold, which were just chocolate coins. However, there were a couple dishes that toed the gross-out line. For instance, makenna1636 put out an unidentifiable dish called Ned's Head that we're a little wary of. Check out the full spread below.

[EVERYTHING] GoT themed dinner I made for my brother's last episode before he leaves for college from gameofthrones

With Game of Thrones ' seventh season quickly approaching, we might just have to follow this user's lead by planning our own GOT -themed dinners in honor of the finale. It's an especially good time to celebrate the show since after this season, we might not get another episode until 2019.

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