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Aly & AJ Spill on New EP 'Ten Years,' First Dates & Social Media (Exclusive)

It’s been 10 years since Aly & AJ last released music under their eponymous name but they’re ready for a major comeback!

The sister duo shared their new single “Take Me” earlier this summer and are getting ready to debut their EP Ten Years soon!

Just Jared recently went behind-the-scenes of Aly & AJ‘s Refinery29 shoot and caught up with them about everything from inspirations to growing up Disney and social media.

Here’s what Aly & AJ had to share:

JJ: Are there any other major life events in the past ten years that have informed your new music?

Aly: I think moving out of our family home, having our parents go through a divorce and then my marriage 2 years ago were all big events that affected this new music. We’ve always been artists that write about personal experiences so it’s something that’s bound to happen when getting into the studio.

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'Big Brother' Winners Talk Strategy, Shomances, & Bitter Juries

Tonight marks the big premiere of Big Brother 19.

We caught up with five former winners – Dan Gheesling, Derrick Levasseur, Andy Herren, Will Kirby, and Rachel Reilly – to talk about what it takes to make it to the end and walk away with $500K.

We covered everything from strategy and alliances, to twists, showmances, and yes, even another potential All-Stars season.

Big Brother premieres tonight, June 28 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

If you were coaching a new player going into the game, what would be the single best piece of advice you’d give them?

Derrick: Whenever you feel like speaking up or saying something that might hurt your game – take a second, remember why you’re there and who you’re playing for. Most of the time you’ll decide it’s better to stay quiet. People who know how to keep their mouth shut usually go far in the game.

Dan: I would say talk as little as possible and listen way more than you think you should. In the house, people do the exact opposite. It’s a house full of Type-A personalities. People will just run their mouths for days. If you can be quiet and listen…it doesn’t make for good TV, but if you want to win the show, you’re going to do well. Just chill out the first three to four weeks. Listen, make friends, don’t do anything out of line, don’t get into fights, and you’ll do fine. You’ll be in a position where you’ll have a shot to win.

Dr. Will: Milli Vanilli stills sells albums but true fans know. They always know. And worse? I’ll know. And you’ll know. And it will always haunt you.

Rachel: I always tell newbies to give it their all, play with their hearts, be themselves, don’t put on a show, and compete like every competition you could go home!

Andy: Listen to people. Don’t try to take control of the game right away. Sit back, gauge who you like and who you can trust, and work with those people. If you’re a good social player, those players will also gravitate toward you, even if they’re in an alliance that formed immediately. It is dumb to form an alliance right away, because chances are some people in that alliance will annoy others. If you form an alliance with your favorite people a week in, it has a good shot at being effective…This will get you through a good 2/3 of the game, and then you need to work on getting some of these people out during the final third.

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Everything, Everything's Amandla Stenberg & Nick Robinson Happy to 'Ride First Wave' Of Interracial Represenation in Film

Everything, Everything is a really beautiful love story about taking risks – which also happens to feature an interracial couple at the center of that love story.

We recently caught up with stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson about how Hollywood is (slowly) making its way toward more representation in film.

“I think that usually when you have a film with an interracial couple, that is the story,” Nick told JustJared.com “That is what the film is highlighting. What I think is so great about this is that’s not explicit in the film. It’s actually barely brought up, which I think is just as powerful.”

“I think that there’s a major shift in diversity in media right now because there has to be. We’re demanding it,” Amandla added. “That’s what so special and important about this story. I think there’s a fresh wave of diversity in media and I think fortunately for Nick and I. we get to ride that first wave in this more mainstream pop material, which is exciting.”

Everything, Everything is in theaters now.

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Ashley Tisdale Takes Pride in Her 'Illuminate' Beauty Products

Ashley Tisdale continues to run a super successful beauty line.

We recently caught up with the actress/singer/beauty expert to chat about her Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale collection, and in particular, her brand new Goddess palette.

“The Goddess palette was created a year ago,” Ashley told JustJared.com. “Also people don’t realize we will get the samples and there could be the smallest thing off about it and has to be sent back. I take pride in giving my customer products that is as perfect as it can be.”

So what made her create her own products in the first place?

“I felt everything was so expensive,” Ashley said. “I wanted to create something that didn’t lose the quality but was affordable. I’m a huge fan Of BH Cosmestics specifically for that. I think their products hold up next to any line in Sephora, with makeup you’re consistently wanting to try new things and it makeup gets old so you need to replace it. Always remember it’s not about the name on the box or the price it’s about how good the product is!”

To purchase products, visit IlluminateCosmetics.com.

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'Vampire Diaries' EP Julie Plec Explains Series Finale Death

The Vampire Diaries will claim – at least – one last victim in its series finale tomorrow night.

It has been confirmed that one of the core characters will die during the final hour.

This likely includes Stefan (Paul Wesley), Dmaon (Ian Somerhalder), Caroline (Candice King), Bonnie (Kat Graham), Matt (Zach Roerig), and Alaric (Matt Davis).

We recently caught up with executive producer Julie Plec about what went into that decision.

“It just sort of felt that when you’re dealing with life and death things – in this case, will Mystic Falls burn? Will it survive? – someone is going to have to be murdered in the fight against the bad guy,” Julie told us. “So there were a lot of discussions about who that should be. And the choice of who it was, was made entirely out of character, bringing a character full circle to its proper conclusion.”

The Vampire Diaries series finale airs Friday, March 10 @ 8PM on The CW.

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Dua Lipa Announces North American Headlining Tour - See The Dates!

Dua Lipa is hitting the road on her first-ever North American headlining tour!

Ahead of her debut performances at Governors Ball and Bonnaroo this summer, the 21-year-old rising English singer has announced that she will be touring from February 24th through March 17th, with stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada including New York and Los Angeles.

JustJared recently caught up with Dua to talk about her musical inspirations, opening for Troye Sivan on his Suburbia Tour, and what we can expect from her debut album.

JJ: Congratulations on recently wrapping up your tour with Troye Sivan. How was it going on tour with him?

It was so much fun, he’s such a sweetheart and so hardworking. It was a pleasure to be on the tour because his fans are amazing, it was truly wonderful. They waited on line for hours every night before the show, they’re amazing.

JJ: How did you score the opening slot for Troye’s Suburbia Tour?

We’ve been friends on Twitter for a bit, but it was mainly our teams getting it together. Obviously, I was aware of his music and he knew some of my stuff. He started covering my song “Be The One” during some of his Australian shows so there was some mutual love going on. I was busy finishing up my European tour so I couldn’t do the first leg, but I was happy to jump on the second half. I’m very grateful.


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Hairspray's Ephraim Sykes Says 'Hamilton' Changed His Life

Nobody could have predicted the cultural phenomenon that Hamilton has become — not even the stars of the original installment themselves.

If you ask any of the cast members, they’ll surely tell you that show has forever impacted their lives. That is definitely the case for Hairspray Live! star Ephraim Sykes, who was a part of the hit ensemble cast.

“It’s changed my life because I get a million requests everyday for tickets,” he joked with JustJared.com. “It’s insane!”

The 31-year-old actor, who is set to play who plays Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray Live!, told us that people from all walks of his life came out of the woodwork to ask him for free admission to the show.

“I would have people I haven’t spoke to since the fifth grade — haven’t spoken to since the 5th grade and is literally not asking for themselves but asking for a friend or their cousin. Or hey ‘Hey I met you back then. And guess what, congratulations and I love you. But it’s my mom’s birthday so could you?’”

While he would have loved to have helped out everyone in his circle, Ephraim told us that being on the cast taught him to master the ability to say ‘No,’ adding, “I had to learn how to ignore a lot of people. I became good at it.”

The budding Broadway star also explained that he still hasn’t fully processed what a vibrant part of pop culture his latest job has become.

“I feel like I’m going to have to get another five years removed to understand truly the effect that Hamilton has had on the world,” he said.

He added that it’s become so popular that he was only able to get his mother in twice.

“I could not get a ticket for my dang self right now. I’m like sneaking in the back ‘Hand me my costume again. I’m here.’”

Hairspray Live! airs on Wednesday, December 7 @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

Be sure to stream and download the full soundtrack now!

– Reporting by Nicole Pajer

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