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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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Ariana Grande Calls 'Hairspray Live!' Role a 'Dream Come True'

The cast of Hairspray Live! is thrilled to be assuming their roles live in front of national television. But no one is as excited as Ariana Grande.

“It’s such a dream!” she tells JustJared.com. “I saw the original Hairspray on Broadway and instantly fell in love with Penny. That was my go-to part when me and my friends would sing in the car. I’ve always loved her. It’s just a dream come true!”

To prep for the role, Ariana briefly spoke with former Penny Pingleton, Kerry Butler, and gushed over the film version’s Amanda Bynes; however the pop star says she plans to do her best to make the part her own.

“I feel like I’m going to sit in the nice medium world and put my own little thing on it and draw inspiration from everywhere and just let Penny come out as she comes out,” she admits. “I’m going to try to just feel the right feelings and whatever happens happens.”

Ariana says she loves Penny because she’s always been attracted to “quirkier nerdier characters.”

“The thing that is so beautiful about Penny is that she’s a little bit ahead of her time. Her mom is a nightmare. And she has this beautiful brain, this beautiful, loving, embracing brain. I just love everything about her!” she says.

Though her costars have hailed her as a pop goddess, Ariana admits that she, herself is fairy dorky. “I’d like to think that I’m a little cooler than Penny but realistically I’m not,” she reveals, with a giggle.

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

– Reporting by Nicole Pajer

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How 'Top Chef' Remains the Top Culinary Competition on Television 10 Years Later

Ten years deep, Top Chef is still one of the most prestigious cooking competition shows on television – and we’re not being hyperbolic here.

The show continuously brings in the top executive and sous chefs in the country to compete – of course, with some talented line cooks, pastry chefs, and self-taught cooks in the mix as well.

Talking to judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons over the phone, they told JustJared.com that early on, they were skeptical about how the industry would perceive the show.

“I remember in our very first season being really nervous, Tom and I talking about what if the industry laughs at us? What is this doesn’t work?” Gail said. “And the exact opposite happened. They saw that we were a show about real restaurant chefs, chefs who do this every day. Because we set that standard…it made the industry take notice.”

Tom told us, “I always said I wanted a show I could be proud of and that my peers want to come on. And I knew right away when I started getting calls from chefs like Daniel Boulud saying, ‘Can I come on?’ That’s when you know you have something.”

To-date, the show has 25 Emmy nominations under its belt with two wins – one for Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming in 2008 and one for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2010, the latter beating out The Amazing Race and ending its seven-year winning streak in the category.

“I don’t think there’s any other competition show out there that can quantify the number of successful contestants,” Gail said. “How people have become household names and opened restaurant empires from coast to coast.”

She’s of course referring to people like Richard Blais, Stephanie Izard, Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, Mike Isabella, Fabio Viviani, and countless more, all of whom have opened successful restaurants across the country.

Not to mention, season five and eight’s Carla Hall is one of the co-hosts on ABC’s The Chew.

“What I like about it is that every season is different. We’re always trying something different, so every season is new,” Tom said. “And for other personal reasons, it’s like going to summer camp. We shoot for about six weeks, tops. For ten years, it’s a lot of the same people on the team…It’s sort of like seeing old friends that you see once a year. It’s a lot of hard work, but we have a lot of fun together afterward – a lot of the team are musicians and I play guitar and sing, so we get together and play.”

But that’s not the only thing that keeps him coming back to judges’ table.

“Knowing you can make a difference in someone’s life…that’s the kind of stuff that you look back on,” Tom told us. “You don’t think about it so much until someone tells you what the show means to them. That’s something you can’t throw away and take for granted. To look back over 10 years and 14 seasons, those are the moments I’ll remember.”

Top Chef premieres TONIGHT, December 1 @ 10/9c on Bravo.

ALSO MUST READ: The judges dish on their favorite seasons, chefs, and more!

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