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'Even at a billion, it would be an investment that is well worth it,' U.S. calls for more opioid antidotes

The U.S. government told doctors Wednesday to consider prescribing medications that reverse overdoses to many more patients who take opioid painkillers in a move that could add more than $ 1 billion US in health care costs.

Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir, a doctor appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump, announced the guidance, saying it's important for doctors to discuss overdose dangers with patients.

Prescribing naloxone such as Narcan along with opioids forces a conversation that will lead to "a more informed decision by the patient," he said.

The action comes a day after a close vote from a U.S. Food and Drug Administration expert panel endorsing the idea of rewriting opioid drug labels to include a naloxone recommendation for many or all patients. An FDA document said such a move could add more than $ 1 billion US in health care costs.

"Even at a billion, it would be an investment that is well worth it," Giroir said.

More than 47,600 Americans died of opioid overdoses last year, a toll that has been rising for two decades. The street drug fentanyl is the top killer today, but prescription painkillers are still a problem, contributing to nearly 15,000 overdose deaths last year.

Naloxone comes in a nasal spray, an injection and an automatic injector. The Narcan nasal spray costs about $ 125 US for a two-dose kit, although government programs can get it for less. The automatic injector can cost as much as $ 4,000 per kit, although its maker recently authorized a cheaper generic version.

Carry naloxone: U.S. Surgeon General to Americans

Critics said prescribing the antidote to pain patients does not address the growing share of fatal overdoses caused by illicit opioids, and could cause shortages for programs that hand out the kits to street drug users.

It "will have the unintended consequence of derailing efforts to provide naloxone to the very effective community programs we know are successful in saving lives," said Dr. Raeford E. Brown Jr., who heads an expert panel advising the FDA.

The new guidance tells doctors to consider prescribing the antidote to patients on high doses of opioids, heavy drinkers, people with sleep apnea and other breathing problems, people taking benzodiazepines such as Xanax and people with addiction or mental health problems.

It expands upon a similar recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In April, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued the office's first national public health advisory in 13 years, calling on more Americans to start carrying naloxone and urging more federal money to be dedicated to broadening access.

Most states allow people to get naloxone from a pharmacy or community program under a statewide prescription and some states require doctors to also prescribe naloxone to patients on high doses of opioids.

The FDA is working toward an over-the-counter version of naloxone.

Brown said the government should use its emergency authority to buy and distribute large quantities of naloxone and immediately make it available over the counter. Trump directed the health agency to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency last year. 

"That's the difference between declaring a public health emergency and actually acting as if there's a public health emergency," Brown said.

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David Boreanaz Defends 'Buffy' Reboot to Booing Fans: 'I'm All for It'

David Boreanaz is totally on board for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot — just don’t ask him to star in it.

The SEAL Team star made an appearance at New York Comic Con on Thursday and responded to the crowd booing when the planned reboot — which is currently in development, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer Monica Owusu-Breen penning the pilot — was mentioned during his discussion.

“Come on, guys,” Boreanaz told the crowd. “It’s a good thing. Let’s just embrace [it]… I’m very happy for them. They want to embrace a new generation, something new.”

“Everybody wants old, they want to go back,” he continued. “Which I can understand: you want to see us back in these roles. It’s great, it’s cool [but] things move on, stories evolve, times change. I think it’s a great opportunity for a reboot like this to show where we are with society now, what you can do with technology, how you can explore those relationships with the same kinds of metaphors. I’m all for it. I think it’s fantastic. Good for them. I hope that it becomes huge and successful, and does what it does.”

ET confirmed the new series was in the works back in July, and backlash from fans started almost immediately, despite the fact that original series creator Joss Whedon will serve as an executive producer on the new Buffy. Owusu-Breen has also spoken out about some of the fans’ biggest concerns, noting that she’s a massive fan of the original series herself.

“For some genre writers, it’s Star WarsBuffy the Vampire Slayer is my Star Wars,” she wrote on Twitter after the series was announced. “Before I became a writer, I was a fan. For seven seasons I watched Buffy Summers grow up, find love, kill that love. I watched her fight, and struggle and slay.”

“There is only one Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara, Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel…They can’t be replaced. Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated. I wouldn’t try to,” she continued. “But here we are, twenty years later…And the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer…And that’s all I can say.” 

The new series is set to feature a black female main character stepping into the slayer shoes of original series star Sarah Michelle Gellar. For Boreanaz, it’s just another welcome chapter in the Buffy saga.

“You have to realize, we started it,” he said of the franchise, which also includes spinoff series Angel, as well as a series of comics. “We’re proud of that. If someone can step in my shoes and play my character, f**k, go ahead! I think that’s great, because I ain’t putting on that makeup anymore!”

See more from the cast’s recent reunion in celebration of Buffy’s20th anniversary in the video below.


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Reese Witherspoon Brags About Hitting Meryl Streep With Ice Cream in 'Big Little Lies' Scene: 'I Nailed It'

Reese Witherspoon is telling all about the now-infamous ice cream cone she threw at Meryl Streep.

The 42-year-old actress stopped by Good Morning America on Monday, where she revealed that the Big Little Lies scene with the famed actress was “one of the top moments of my entire career.”

“I might or might not have thrown an ice cream cone at Meryl Streep. In a scene, ’cause she made me mad,” Witherspoon told co-host Robin Roberts. “It’s going to be really good. And I think it’s one of the top moments of my entire career. For real.”

Above all, Witherspoon — and Streep for that matter — was most impressed with her aim. “And I hit her! Like, I nailed it!” she bragged. “She turned around and she was like, ‘Yeah you got me.'”

When ET spoke to Witherspoon earlier this month, she reiterated how exciting the scene was to shoot. 

“I did that!” she said at the time. “It’s a top five moment in my career for sure.”

Though she couldn’t reveal the plot of the HBO show’s second season, Witherspoon did share the origins of the story.

“The amazing author Liane Moriarty wrote a follow-up novella that will never be published, but it gave us the basis for what is going to be the entire season two and it’s so good,” she said on GMA. “We were all just excited. I think you can tell when you watch the show that we just deeply love each other and we were having a lot of fun.”

In addition to Big Little Lies, Witherspoon is also busy promoting her book, Whiskey in a Teacup, which drops Sept. 18. 

“Well my grandmother used to say, ‘Southern women are like whiskey in a teacup.’ They’re sort of beautiful and ornamental and put together on the outside, but they’re really strong and fiery on the inside. And it’s true!” she said of the book’s title. “… I just learned a lot about being a part of a community and part of a family from my grandparents, who were just the biggest influence in my life.”

On top of all of her projects, Witherspoon is also a mom of three — Ava, 19, Deacon, 14, and Tennessee, 5 — and currently in the midst of the busy back to school season.

“I see all the people post the cute pictures of their kids going to kindergarten, [but] mine won’t let me take a picture. There’s like a picture with [the sign] over his head,” she lamented. “I’ve got one in kindergarten, one starting high school and one started college. I’m not going to lie, I was a little stressed. I was a little stressed this year.”

With the kids in school, shooting for Big Little Lies wrapped and her book nearly published, Witherspoon can focus on her next projectLegally Blonde 3.

“They approached me with the idea,” she told Roberts. “This was this empowered moment, a feminist moment back in the early 2000s, wouldn’t it be interesting to revisit her as she’s turning 40 and she what challenges she’s facing? It’s really a good idea, so I’m excited!”

Witherspoon also shared her excitement about the flick when ET spoke to her earlier this month.

“I got to go to a meeting the other day and we talked about all the new plot points and all the characters and some returning characters and some new characters,” she said at the time. “…I mean, I got so excited just in the meeting. I was like, ‘This is going to be good.'”

Legally Blonde 3 is set to premiere on Valentine’s Day 2020. In the meantime, check out ET’s interview with Witherspoon:


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James Van Der Beek Reveals His Wife Had 3 Miscarriages: 'We Need a New Word for It'

James Van Der Beek is opening up about a painful experience he and his wife, Kimberly, have gone through.

In a recent Instagram post, the 41-year-old actor revealed that Kimberly has suffered three miscarriages. Van Der Beek and his wife share five kids together, their youngest being daughter Gwendolyn, whom they welcomed in June.

The former Dawson’s Creek star expressed that he didn’t like the term “miscarriage,” because it implies fault in the woman.

“Wanted to say a thing or two about miscarriages… of which we’ve had three over the years (including right before this little beauty),” Van Der Beek wrote alongside a photo of the couple cradling Gwendolyn. “First off — we need a new word for it. ‘Mis-carriage,’ in an insidious way, suggests fault for the mother — as if she dropped something, or failed to ‘carry.’ From what I’ve learned, in all but the most obvious, extreme cases, it has nothing to do with anything the mother did or didn’t do. So let’s wipe all blame off the table before we even start.”

“Second… it will tear you open like nothing else,” he continued. “It’s painful and it’s heartbreaking on levels deeper than you may have ever experienced. So don’t judge your grief, or try to rationalize your way around it. Let it flow in the waves in which it comes, and allow it it’s rightful space. And then… once you’re able… try to recognize the beauty in how you put yourself back together differently than you were before.”

Van Der Beek goes on to express that as devastating as experiencing a miscarriage is, sometimes, one is able to grow in unexpected ways as a result.

“Some changes we make proactively, some we make because the universe has smashed us, but either way, those changes can be gifts,” he wrote. “Many couples become closer than ever before. Many parents realize a deeper desire for a child than ever before. And many, many, many couples go on to have happy, healthy, beautiful babies afterwards (and often very quickly afterwards — you’ve been warned). I’ve heard some amazing metaphysical explanations for them, mostly centering around the idea that these little souls volunteer for this short journey for the benefit of the parents… but please share whatever may have given you peace or hope along the way… Along with a new word for this experience. #miscarriage #WeNeedANewName #MoreCommonThanYouHearAbout @vanderkimberly.”

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Wanted to say a thing or two about miscarriages… of which we’ve had three over the years (including right before this little beauty). First off – we need a new word for it. “Mis-carriage”, in an insidious way, suggests fault for the mother – as if she dropped something, or failed to “carry.” From what I’ve learned, in all but the most obvious, extreme cases, it has nothing to do with anything the mother did or didn’t do. So let’s wipe all blame off the table before we even start. Second… it will tear you open like nothing else. It’s painful and it’s heartbreaking on levels deeper than you may have ever experienced. So don’t judge your grief, or try to rationalize your way around it. Let it flow in the waves in which it comes, and allow it it’s rightful space. And then… once you’re able… try to recognize the beauty in how you put yourself back together differently than you were before. Some changes we make proactively, some we make because the universe has smashed us, but either way, those changes can be gifts. Many couples become closer than ever before. Many parents realize a deeper desire for a child than ever before. And many, many, many couples go on to have happy, healthy, beautiful babies afterwards (and often very quickly afterwards – you’ve been warned 😍). I’ve heard some amazing metaphysical explanations for them, mostly centering around the idea that these little souls volunteer for this short journey for the benefit of the parents… but please share whatever may have given you peace or hope along the way… Along with a new word for this experience. #miscarriage #WeNeedANewName #MoreCommonThanYouHearAbout @vanderkimberly

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In May, Scandal star Katie Lowes also candidly opened up about suffering a miscarriage. Watch the video below for more:


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Colin Kaepernick leads Nike's 30th anniversary 'Just Do It' ad campaign

Colin Kaepernick and Nike unveiled a new ad featuring the quarterback on Monday, as part of the company's 30th anniversary "Just Do It" ad campaign.

The image, which Kaepernick tweeted out, shows a black-and-white closeup of the quarterback's face and the words: "Believe in something. Even it if it means sacrificing everything. Just do it."

According to ESPN, Nike has kept paying Kaepernick — who signed with the brand in 2011 — despite not using him in ads over the past two years. The company said it planned to bring him back at the right time.

"We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward," Nike V.P. of brand in North America Gino Fisanotti told ESPN.

Complaint against NFL

Kaepernick, who began kneeling in protest of racial injustice during the U.S. national anthem in August of 2016, is entering a second National Football League season without being on a team roster.

He has an active collusion grievance against the NFL, as he alleges football team owners colluded to deny him a contract as punishment for his role in organizing protests by players. That case cleared a hurdle last week, when the league's request to dismiss the grievance was rejected. A trial hearing that requires testimony from NFL owners could happen at some point in the future.

Nike's campaign also includes ads featuring Serena Williams, Odell Beckham Jr. and Seattle Seahawks rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who plays professional football despite missing one hand due to complications from amniotic band syndrome as a child.

"We wanted to energize its meaning and introduce 'Just Do It' to a new generation of athletes," Fisanotti told ESPN.

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'We have to start getting used to it': Record-breaking temperatures heating up the globe

By July 15, at least 70 people in Quebec had died of heat-related complications as temperatures climbed to the mid-30s in some parts of the province, with humidex values into the mid-40s.

Similar sweltering temperatures have been felt all over the world.

In the past two weeks, from California to Oman to Siberia, temperatures have soared, shattering records. Here's just a small sample:

  • Death Valley National Park, Calif.: 52 C (July 8)
  • Ouargla, Algeria: The highest reliable recorded temperature of 51 C (July 5)
  • Northern Siberia: Consecutive days with forecast above 30 C (July 9–16)
  • Chino, Calif.: Daytime record of 48.9 C (July 7)
  • Tajimi, Japan: Record-setting temperature of 40.7 (July 17)

The good news? This isn't anything climatologists didn't expect.

The bad news? This isn't anything climatologists didn't expect.

And we'd better adapt to it.

"This is unfortunately our new normal," said Ahira Sanchez-Lugo, a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information.

A woman cools down in a water fountain as she beats the heat in Montreal on July 2. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

As carbon dioxide (CO2) levels continue to rise in the atmosphere, Earth's temperature continues to rise along with them. Since 1880, the average global temperature has increased by about 0.8 C.

This warming is exacerbated by humans as we continue to pump more CO2 into the atmosphere and this, in turn, upsets Earth's delicate balance. What results is a swing in climate, with more extremes such as droughts, heat waves and flooding.

And that's important to note: it's not all about warming; it's about the dangerous extremes.

Earth's fever

"When it comes to extreme heat, we can say the odds of extreme heat or heat waves have been significantly increased by climate change," said Clare Nullis, spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization.

"We have to start getting used to it."

On Wednesday, NOAA released its Global Climate Report for the month of June — the fifth warmest on record (1.06 C above the 20th century average). 

"Four of six continents had a June temperature that ranked among the seven warmest Junes since continental records began in 1910," the report says.

People take a dip during a heat wave in Stockholm, Sweden. (Hossein Salmanzadeh/Reuters)

And while the meteorological summer (June 1 to September 1) has been hot, it's unlikely 2018 will surpass 2016 as the the hottest year on record. That was also the year with one of the most powerful El Ninos, a warming in the Pacific Ocean that has worldwide repercussions, including higher temperatures and greater precipitation in various regions.

This year the world is experiencing a La Nina, the opposite of an El Nino, which actually causes cooling. The temperatures from January to May 2018 broke the record for a La Nina year.

Despite the fact 2018 is unlikely to break the 2016 record, Sanchez-Lugo says the trend is undeniable.

"On average, we're breaking records every four years since 1980," she said. "Before that it was every 13 years."

Not even 'close to normal'

The last time Earth experienced a year with below average temperatures was 1976.

The warming trend has seen rising temperatures primarily in the Northern Hemisphere. 

David Phillips, Environment Canada's senior climatologist, said across the country, the average summertime temperature has increased by 1.5 C above the 1961-1990 average. Winter is even more dramatic with a 3.4 C rise.

The warming trend isn't a smooth line upward. Phillips points to Toronto as an example. In 2016, there were 36 days above 30 C, compared to just nine in 2017, and 17 so far this year.

"It's not just a dramatic warming up," Phillips said of climate change. "It's … a slow motion, and that's why it's so easy to ignore."

But none of those three years has "even been close to normal," he said. "And that's the problem."

And while no isolated weather event can be linked directly to climate change, extremes are to be expected in a warming world, experts say.

"We cannot point to an individual event, such as the heat wave in Canada, and say, 'OK, that was definitely caused by climate change,'" Nullis said. "But what we can say is, 'Well, that is consistent with what we would expect under climate change.'"

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'We should have fixed it': Trump hears from students, parents after Florida shooting

Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen safety, students with quavering voices and parents shaking with anger appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect American school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently as raw emotions reverberated at the White House.

Faced with the personal anguish wrought by the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead, Trump pledged action, saying: “We don’t want others to go through the kind of pain you’ve been through.”

He was faced with grieving families looking for answers. Few had concrete suggestions, but a few spoke in favour of raising age limits for buying assault weapons.

‘Let’s never let this happen again’: Parkland student tells Trump about living through the shooting4:14

Sam Zeif, who was on the second floor of the school during the shooting, talked about his fear and exchanging terrified text messages with his brother, who was also inside the school.

Cary Gruber, father of a Parkland student, implored Trump: “It’s not left and right… if you can’t buy a beer, shouldn’t be able to buy a gun.”

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the shooting, noted previous school massacres and raged over his loss, saying the moment wasn’t about gun laws but about fixing the schools.

“It should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it and I’m pissed. Because my daughter, I’m not going to see again,” said Pollack. “King David Cemetery, that is where I go to see my kid now.

Father of shooting victim says ‘we should have fixed it’3:50

Trump solicited suggestions from the group. He promised to be “very strong on background checks,” adding that “we’re going to do plenty of other things.” He also indicated interest in the idea of concealed weapons for trained teachers, saying it was something his administration would be “looking at it very strongly.”

A strong supporter of gun rights, Trump has nonetheless indicated in recent days that he is willing to consider ideas not in keeping with National Rifle Association orthodoxy, including age restrictions for buying assault-type weapons. Still, gun owners are a key part of his base of supporters.

Among the group were six students from Parkland, including the student body president, along with their parents. Also present were Darrell and Sandra Scott, whose daughter was killed in the Columbine, Colo., shooting, and Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden, who lost children in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. Students and parents from the Washington area also were present.

The student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Julia Cordover, tearfully told Trump that she “was lucky enough to come home from school.”

She added: “I am confident you will do the right thing.”

Not all the students affected by the shooting came to the White House.

David Hogg, who has been one of the students actively calling for gun control was invited but declined, said his mother Rebecca Boldrick.


Students from Montgomery Blair High School in Maryland march in support of gun reform legislation on Wednesday. In the wake of last week’s shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed, the students planned to take public transportation to the U.S. Capitol to hold a rally demanding legislation to curb gun violence in schools. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“His point was [Trump needs] to come to Parkland, we’re not going there,” she said.

In the Senate, Democrat Dianne Feinstein and Republican Jeff Flake said they will introduce a bill to raise the minimum age required to purchase rifles from gun dealers, including assault weapons such as the AR-15.

“A kid too young buy a handgun should be too young to buy an .AR15,” Flake said on Twitter. The bill he and Feinstein support would raise the minimum purchase age for non-military buyers from 18 to 21, the same age required to purchase a handgun.

The NRA did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump embraced gun rights on his campaign, though he supported some gun control before he became a candidate, backing an assault weapons ban and a longer waiting period to purchase a gun in a 2000 book.

Student slams ‘political double talk’

Students were also calling for change from state legislators in Tallahassee, the Florida state capital. Throughout the day Wednesday, television news showed footage of student survivors of the violence marching on the capitol, calling for tougher gun laws.

Ryan Deitsch, an 18-year-old Grade 12 student at the Parkland school, spoke to reporters inside, saying lawmakers have not taken action to reduce gun violence and instead have been guilty of using “political double talk as much as they can.”

“It’s not a weapon I want them to use any more. The more they don’t act, the more they don’t deserve to be in office,” he said.

“Parkland is a beautiful, safe town, and now it’s ruined,” said Alfonso Calderon, a 16-year-old Grade 10 student at the school.

Calderon: ‘I understand what it’s like to fear for your life’0:39

Tyra Hemans, a Grade 12 student at the school, told CBC News on Wednesday that she survived last week’s shooting because she heard the early gunshots and ran for her life. Hemans was among the students in Tallahassee calling for action from politicians — and calling out past inaction.

“If you wanted to try and make change, you should have made the change [in] 1999,” she said, referring back to the deadly shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, when two teenagers killed 13 people before killing themselves.


Tyra Hemans, 19, a Grade 12 student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks before students board buses to travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to meet with legislators on Tuesday. (Joe Skipper/Reuters)

Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the June 2016 mass shooting in Orlando, spoke to the students and the crowd about what it was like for him to listen as gunshots ripped through the Pulse nightclub, killing his friends and dozens of others.

He said the choice for Republican legislators is clear: “Either do your jobs or get the hell out of our way.”

The protests came closer to Trump, too, with hundreds of students from suburban Maryland attending a rally at the Capitol and then marching to the White House.

Bump stocks, background checks

On Tuesday, Trump directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre. The White House has also said Trump was looking at a bill that would strengthen federal gun background checks.

But those moves have drawn criticism as being inadequate, with Democrats questioning whether the Justice Department even has authority to regulate bump stocks and arguing that the background check legislation would not go far enough.

Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) lacks authority under current law to ban bump stocks.

School Shooting Florida

Therese Gachnauer, centre, an 18-year-old senior from Chiles High School, and Kwane Gatlin, right, a 19-year-old senior from Lincoln High School, both in Tallahassee, join fellow students protesting gun violence on the steps of the old Florida state capitol. (Mark Wallheiser/Associated Press)

“If ATF tries to ban these devices after admitting repeatedly that it lacks the authority to do so, that process could be tied up in court for years, and that would mean bump stocks would continue to be sold,” said Feinstein, of California, calling legislation the only answer.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment about how it might implement Trump’s order or how an ongoing bump stock review would be affected. ATF reviewed the devices and approved them in 2010, finding they did not amount to machine-guns that are regulated under the National Firearms Act that dates to the 1930s.

As calls for ATF to ban bump stocks mounted after the Las Vegas shooting, the agency initially said it could only reconsider their lawfulness if Congress amended existing laws or passed new legislation. An effort to pass legislation last year fizzled out.

On background checks, Trump has suggested he is open to a bipartisan bill developed in response to a mass shooting at a Texas church. It would penalize federal agencies that don’t properly report required records and reward states that comply by providing them with federal grant preferences.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said the bill is “a small step,” stressing that Democrats want to see universal background check legislation.

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Taylor Swift Appears Nude in Light-Up Bodysuit as She Teases Futuristic 'Ready for It' Music Video

In addition to featuring a robotic, nearly nude Swift, aliens are also a big part of the music video’s dystopian world. In one scene, the robot-like Swift seems to be going up against the robed Swift in a face-off that ends with glass shattering.

“Let the dreams begin,” she croons.

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Taylor Swift Drops New Song '…Ready For It' — Listen!

The one-minute track was played during the pre-show intro and featured clips of the two teams getting ready for the big game!

“I see how this is gonna go / Touch me and you’ll never be alone / Island breeze and lights down low / no one has to know,” Swift sings. “In the middle of the night, in my dreams / You should see the things we do, baby / In the middle of the night, in my dreams / I know I’m gonna be with you, so I take my time.”

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Corinne Olympios on DeMario Jackson's Response to 'Paradise' Scandal: 'He Kind of Just Went For It'

“I was just kind of like, ‘Let’s just talk everything out,'” the reality star said of her reaction to the show’s shutdown in June. “The next thing I know, DeMario is saying this, this and this and I’m like, ‘Ugh! Why?!'” 

“He kind of just went for it, and was like, so on the defense, and it’s like, I was never mad at you or blaming you for anything!” she continued, adding that she was “nervous” to reach out to Jackson after the scandal “because he was talking to the media.” 

“I can’t help but feel like he thought I thought that he did something to me,” she guessed of why Jackson might have been so defensive. Olympios released a statement after the shutdown, in which herself as a “victim.” 

The reality star, who also opened up about the incident on Tuesday’s Good Morning America, insisted that she doesn’t “remember much” of the circumstances that led to a producer filing a third party complaint of misconduct — or the whole first day of Paradise. 

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