Yellowjackets is back, and if you’ve been waiting over a year for its return, it’s time to rejoice. But, if you are one of the people distraught over the death of Ella Purnell’s Jackie Taylor at the end of Season 1, the start of Season 2 may feel a bit hollow since it’s safe to assume she won’t be returning. Or is it?

In Season 1, Jackie wasn’t the most pleasant person to be around following a plane crash that stranded a bunch of frightened teenage girls. She didn’t want to leave the campsite to go to a lake to have their first taste of fresh water in days. She didn’t contribute much to the girls’ chores to ensure their survival. And she had sex with teenage Travis (Kevin Alves) even though she knew he and Natalie (Sophie Thatcher) had feelings for each other. But she wasn’t all bad.

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She heroically pushed teenage Vanessa (Liv Hewson) out of the way when Laura Lee’s (Jane Widdop) attempt at operating an airplane they find goes haywire, and it barrels towards the girls. She suggests the girls have an innocent seance to lift the morale. And she helped save Travis from having his throat sliced by Shauna while she and most of the group were in a drugged trance. Still, that didn’t save her from her broken friendship and, honestly, her ego, which led to her sleeping outside the cabin after a fight with Shauna. Winter came, hypothermia hit her, and that was the last of Jackie.

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Well, that may not be totally true for Season 2.

Is Jackie in Yellowjackets Season 2?

For all of the Jackie loyalists out there, you’re in luck because the show is not done with your queen. Yellowjackets has always operated at the nexus of the supernatural and psychological dysfunction, including Lottie smashing her head against a window during a seance. Not too long into the Season 2 premiere, we find that Purnell has reprised her role as the fan-favorite character when we see her and her former BFF joking around in the wooden shack her former soccer teammates are using to store the bear meat they’ve been rationing off for meals. She hasn’t returned as a ghost haunting the cabin and enacting otherworldly vengeance upon the girls who exiled her from the cabin, leading to her untimely death. Instead, she’s back in Season 2 as a figment of Shauna’s imagination.

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Let’s rephrase that: Jackie reappears in Season 2 as a hallucinatory manifestation of Shauna’s guilt over her death. Jackie still has the same snark, ebullience, and humor that endeared her to you all, as she jokingly plays the MASH game every ’90s kid played to determine their future. Unfortunately, as heartwarming as this reunion was, the Season 2 premiere plunges us back into darkness when we see Shauna has actually been having girl talk with Jackie’s corpse. Instead of giving Jackie the burial fit for her, she instead dressed her up in her Yellowjackets varsity jacket, propped her up in the shack, and have been entertaining delusions to protect her heart (and sanity) from the cold hard truth.

Jackie being a product of Shauna’s subconscious means she embodies all of the qualities of Jackie that Shauna remembers, and they’re not all to her liking. The same Jackie who berated Shauna for sleeping with her boyfriend Jeff behind her back and being a cliche jealous sidekick in the Season 1 finale is also back. This time, Shauna imagines Jackie pushing for more details on how she and Jeff’s sneaky affair started before Shauna can’t take any more of her inquisition and pushes her. Unfortunately, the only Jackie she has to push is a decomposing shell of herself whose right ear breaks off when the corpse hits the ground.

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Co-creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson said in a recent interview they had the idea of Shauna talking to Jackie’s frozen corpse as early as during the making of the pilot episode. What happened next is what diehard Yellowjackets fans have been waiting for since the show began. Near the end of the episode, Shauna retrieves the dislodged right ear she kept in her pocket, stares at it, and then sinks her teeth into it. Yes, Jackie is back in Season 2, and it looks like she’s Shauna’s imaginary friend and dessert.

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A GOOD electric mower is quiet, efficient, and doesn’t require much maintenance, yet rivals the cut quality and performance of a gas-powered model. (And one can make maintaining your lawn less of an arduous task.) The Ego Power+ 56-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower is all those things, and you can get it for 23 percent off on Amazon, taking the price down to $387 from $500.

This Ego offers 56 volts of power, a deck width of 21 inches, and six different height adjustments—between 1.5 and 4 inches—giving you precise control over your grass’s length. And the 5.0-amp-hour battery in this kit offers a (claimed) 45 minutes of continuous run time on a single charge, making it suitable for mid to large yards, especially if you’ve already bought into Ego’s system and have a spare charged and ready to plug in when the first battery dies. You also get a rapid charger that can top up the battery in 50 minutes, so you can return to mowing your lawn after a break if you’ve only got the one.

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The Ego Power+ electric mower will not only help you tame your lawn, but it will do so without the exhaust and noise of a gas-powered alternative. So your neighbors may thank you. Take advantage of this deal to keep your lawn beautiful and get back to what matters: taking it easy in your above-ground pool.

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Pedro Pascal is riding high on the phenomenal success of The Last of Us—which also happened to be exactly how he first found out he had been cast in the hugely popular post-apocalyptic drama series.

In a recent interview on The Graham Norton Show, Pascal recalled how he got so excited while trying to convince the showrunners in that he should get the part of Joel that he decided to take a little something to help himself sleep… only to then get the call telling him he’d won the role.

“It was late, and I took an Ambien,” he said. “At that point I was kind of hyped up… I was excited about the prospect. They called me to tell me I had gotten the job, but I had already taken the tablet. I really didn’t think, I thought I would at least have to wait until the next day.”

He went on to joke that he was so spaced out during the conversation that he even forgot the good news. “And then a couple of minutes on the call went by apparently, and I was like ‘What’s up? Did I get the job?'” He laughed. “I forgot that completely, woke up in the morning, and was all like ‘Oh my god, did I get the job, I’m going to have to wait all day.’

Pascal can be currently seen in Season 3 of The Mandalorian, in which he plays the titular bounty hunter alongside one of the cutest puppets to ever grace the small screen.

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The most common anxiety medications, explained

Endless worry, irritability and insomnia are all symptoms of a possible anxiety disorder.

Luckily, there are numerous medications that can help ease the condition.

Joy Alonzo, a specialist in the pharmacotherapy of mental disorders at Texas A&M’s College of Pharmacy, said recently, “If you understand the different types of medication, then you can become a better advocate for your anxiety treatment. Anxiety is one of the most under-treated mental illnesses, and we need to talk more about it.”

So, what medications can bring relief from crippling anxiety?

According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), the most common classes of drugs for the treatment of anxiety include:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Tricyclic antidepressants

Here is a rundown on medications for anxiety.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

SSRIs work by preventing the body from reabsorbing serotonin, which leaves more available for use. The ADAA describes serotonin as a neurotransmitter that plays a role in feelings of well-being and happiness.

SSRIs are considered the first-line treatment for all types of anxiety disorders. A higher dose may be required when treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Common side effects:

  • Insomnia
  • Sleepiness
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Weight gain
  • Dry mouth

Common SSRIs:

  • Citalopram (Celexa)
  • Escitalopram (Lexapro)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva, Brisdelle)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)

What else you should know about SSRIs:

  • SSRIs may make it easier to engage in psychotherapy and other wellness activities
  • They may help improve other symptoms of anxiety, including headaches and sleep disturbances
  • Initial side effects typically disappear after four to eight weeks
  • SSRIs are safe for long-term use
  • Check with your provider before stopping their use or changing your dose

Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

This class of medication is also a first-line treatment for anxiety disorders, except for OCD. It works by inhibiting the brain cells’ reabsorption of both serotonin and norepinephrine. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that helps with a sense of well-being. According to, norepinephrine is considered important for its role in the body’s stress response.

Common side effects: states that SNRIs may have more side effects because they affect serotonin and norepinephrine. These side effects may include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Loss of appetite
  • Agitation

Common SNRIs:

  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)
  • Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)
  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta)

What else you should know about SNRIs reports that these medications promote neuroplasticity in the brain. This may make your brain more flexible. There is evidence that these medications work best in combination with psychotherapy.

But there is one important caveat.

“SSRIs and SNRIs are not an instant fix for symptoms associated with an anxiety disorder, nor do they even provide immediate relief,” Alonzo said. “They work by interacting with the neurotransmitters and receptors in your brain, which can help regulate mood, sleep and energy levels. It is important for patients to understand that these medications may take four to six weeks for full effect.”


Benzodiazepines are considered a second-line therapy for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. According to the ADAA, they work by strengthening the GABA neurotransmitter. This neurotransmitter plays a primary role in feeling calm, muscle relaxation, reduction in brain activity and sleep.

Most common side effects:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Impaired coordination
  • Vision problems

Common benzodiazepines:

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Diazepam (Valium)

What else you should know about benzodiazepines for the treatment of anxiety:

  • They act quickly, but do not stay in the system for long
  • They are not safe for continuous use, and can be addictive
  • May be initiated with a first-line treatment, and then tapered off
  • Do not operate heavy equipment while taking
  • Do not mix with alcohol
  • Not recommended for people with suicidal or addictive tendencies

Tricyclic antidepressants

According to the Mayo Clinic, tricyclic antidepressants are among the earliest antidepressants. They are often recommended when newer drugs have not been effective. They are not typically used for social anxiety disorder or OCD. They also work by blocking the reabsorption of serotonin and norepinephrine, but their mechanism of action is different and they typically cause more side effects than newer treatments.

Common tricyclic antidepressants:

  • Imipramine (Tofranil)
  • Nortriptyline (Pamelor)
  • Desipramine (Norpramin)
  • Clomipramine (Anafranil)

Common side effects:

  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Drop in when going from sitting to standing
  • Urine retention
  • Weight loss/weight gain
  • Excessive sweating
  • Tremor
  • Sexual dysfunction

What else you should know about tricyclic antidepressants:

  • You should not stop taking these medications abruptly
  • You may need to have blood work done to determine the correct dose
  • Disorientation can occur in older people at higher doses
  • May cause a rapid or irregular heart rate
  • Can increase seizure activity if prone to seizures

When to seek treatment for anxiety

The National Institute of Mental Health lists these as common symptoms of anxiety:

  • Feeling restless, wound up or on edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Being irritable
  • Having headaches, muscle aches, stomach aches or unexplained pains
  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
  • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep

The ADAA recommends seeking medication for anxiety when you are having , are unable to do what you want because of how you feel or are unable to make life choices because of fear. It is never too early to start treatment.

Anxiety treatment can be more effective when used with therapy. It is essential to keep all your appointments with your provider. Do not stop your medication or change the dose without discussing it with your provider. If the side effects affect your daily activities, inform your provider immediately.

If, at any time, you feel as though you may be suicidal, reach out to your provider or go to the nearest emergency room. You can also call or text the national suicide prevention hotline at 988.

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The heart benefits of walnuts likely come from the gut
The ratio of bad bacteria to good bacteria (Dysbiosis Index value) at baseline and following each test diet in participants at elevated risk of cardiovascular disease. The standard Western diet had the highest dysbiosis index value compared to other diet groups, which indicates a greater number of bad bacteria as compared to good bacteria. WD=whole walnuts, WFMD=matched walnut control diet with the same amount of omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, and polyunsaturated fatty acids as the walnut diet but without walnuts, ORAD=oleic acid replaces ALA in diet without walnuts. Credit: Mansi Chandra, Juniata College

A new study examining the gene expression of gut microbes suggests that the heart-healthy benefits of walnuts may be linked to beneficial changes in the mix of microbes found in our gut. The findings could help identify other foods or supplements with similar nutritional benefits.

Researchers led by Kristina S. Petersen from Texas Tech University in Lubbock found that introducing walnuts into a person’s diet may alter the gut’s mix of microbes—known as the microbiome—in a way that increases the body’s production of the amino acid L-homoarginine. Homoarginine deficiency has been linked to higher risk for .

“Research has shown that walnuts may have heart-healthy benefits like lowering and ,” said Mansi Chandra, an undergraduate researcher at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. “This motivated us to look at how walnuts benefited the gut microbiome and whether those effects led to the potential beneficial effects. Our findings represent a new mechanism through which walnuts may lower cardiovascular disease risk.”

The researchers used an approach known as metatranscriptomics to study the gene expression of gut microbes. This recently developed technology can be used to quantify and monitor how these levels shift in response to various conditions such as dietary changes.

“To our knowledge, this is the first study to use metatranscriptomics analysis for studying the impact of walnut consumption on the gut microbiota gene expression,” Chandra said. “These exploratory analyses contribute to our understanding of walnut-related modulation of , which could be very impactful in learning how gut health impacts our heart health in general.”

The metatranscriptomics analysis used samples acquired from a previously performed controlled-feeding study in which 35 participants with high cardiovascular risk were put on a two-week standard Western diet and then randomly assigned to one of three study diets. The study participants followed each diet for six weeks with a break between each.

The diets included one that incorporated whole walnuts, one that included the same amount of omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, and polyunsaturated fatty acids as the walnut diet but without walnuts, and one that partially substituted another fatty acid known as oleic acid for the same amount of ALA found in walnuts but without consumption of any walnuts. The diets were designed to provide information about how walnuts affected cardiovascular health due to their bioactive compounds and ALA content and whether walnut ALA is the best substitute for dietary saturated fat compared to oleic acid.

For the new work, researchers used metatranscriptomics to analyze gene expression and the bacteria in the from fecal samples collected shortly before the participants finished the run-in diet and each of the three study diets.

The analysis revealed higher levels of Gordonibacter bacteria in the gut of participants on the walnut diet. This bacterium converts the plant polyphenols ellagitannins and ellagic acid into metabolites that allow them to be absorbed by the body. Participants consuming the diet also showed higher levels of expression for several genes that are involved in important metabolic and biosynthetic pathways, including ones that increase the body’s production of the amino L-homoarginine.

Although more work is needed to confirm these observations, the research could eventually help inform dietary interventions based on walnuts. “Since a lot of people are allergic to nuts, these findings also suggest that other food supplements that boost the endogenous production of homoarginine may also be helpful,” Chandra said.

Next, the researchers would like to apply metabolomic and proteomic analyses to identify the final products of the that showed higher levels of expression. This would allow them to better understand the biological mechanisms at work.

Chandra will present the new findings at Discover BMB, the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, March 25–28 in Seattle.

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Long before she inspired women everywhere to embrace c-c-c-curly hair as her alter ego Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker’s frothy, scrunchie-cinched eighties mane launched a million perms, marking the first of many trendsetting looks during her on-screen career, which has spanned four decades. With characteristic flair, she transitioned from air-dried flaxen waves and glossy auburn ringlets in the nineties to a prescient Sex and the City bob and a series of poker-straight styles in the aughts—popularizing blowouts as much as she did Manolo Blahniks along the way. These days, SJP has made a long, honey-dipped ombré with natural silver roots her signature, stoking refreshing conversations about aging and cementing her status as what just might be fashion’s best head of hair. In honor of her 58th birthday and the Sex and the City sequel series And Just Like That returning for a second season, here’s a look back at her most style-defining beauty moments.

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Your weekly horoscope is here. If you sense the winds of change but can’t logically put a finger on what or why, trust your journey. Don’t wait until you see everyone else doing it or printed proof. You’ll be ahead and more likely in the right place at the right time when you set your sail to catch them. What shifts do you know you’re ready to step into? 

Read on to discover your weekly horoscope and what’s in store for your sign during the week of March 26 through April 1, 2023.


There’s a significant emphasis on you right now. And if the spotlight isn’t directly on you, it’s certainly lighting up your personal interests, so you have a lot of insight into what’s happening around you. You may like to share with those less clued in. There’s a caveat; start this week by breathing before you fire off, especially if you feel slightly inflamed. Your words may cut or inadvertently wound less robust types. Peaking on Tuesday, you really do have a lot to say. So much. Why not aim it where it’s useful by jotting your ideas down? Writing an article or book in record time or putting your voice/ideas on a platform they could launch into viral legend. Also, a brilliant time for brainstorming big ideas; watch the grandiosity without the practicality.


This week holds an unlikely but positive surprise if you’re willing to keep an open mind. An edge to your look works for you while everyone else scrambles to keep up. The way you see yourself in changing, let it shift and open up to possibility. Try new things if you’re ready to experiment. Especially aesthetically. Thursday is peak electricity in love and dating, or perhaps it’s you catching someone’s eye. Keep that dream diary close to your bed early in the week. You want to get every insight you remember from your dreams and note epiphanies. There’s bound to be at least one of great value. It may seem unusual, ahead of its time, or against the grain somewhat, so trust it if it feels right and explore further. 


After a disproportionate time in your sign, Mars, the planet of action and the odd paper cut, has finally packed its bags and moved on. You may be relieved to say goodbye to this house guest, however, look back over the last six months and consider what redirection you’ve taken. Exiting the fog, your footing is more sure, and the path more apparent. Over the next two weeks, pick up the pace and take decisive steps toward a goal that has crystallized. Make moves in your finance sector, whether that’s looking after investments or being proactive when it comes to drawing an income. Act in alignment with your values, and you’ll have more energy if the care factor exists. 


Mighty Mars, the planet representing action and energy, has moved into your sign. You’re all powered up; create a roadmap, so you have somewhere to go! Really, with excess energy and drive, aim at a worthy goal you can get traction on by May 19. Thursday is particularly practical, so take a leap or a big step, especially if you’ve done your homework. An older person, someone with expertise or the ability to present your own, broadens your horizons. Think, but most importantly, act big. Meanwhile, your social sphere benefits from getting out and enjoying slow comforts like beautifully presented meals or a practical class with friends. Pottery, plants, or something out of your comfort zone you’d love. This is your week to embrace simple pleasures. 


The planet of love and beauty is hanging out in your career zone and public image, so use your charm and be upfront about it. Who do you like, want to work with, or build a mutually agreeable relationship with? Beeline for besties or valuable partnerships that energize and excite you. This zone is about leadership and independence; however, it’s always better when mutual interests are met. Since Venus is gracing this part of your life, why not give your bio a makeover, rebrand, tweak the colors or update the font? A new red power suit? Yes ma’am!! Or as the famous Leo, Madonna once instructed someone, ‘Yes Sir, Mrs. Sir, Yes SIR!!’. Charm can take the offensive, so express yourself and don’t wait to be asked. 


As the planet of desire and pleasure moves into a particularly beneficial alignment with your sign, it’s time to broaden your horizons. Perhaps through a foreign affair or friendship. Financial or culinary course, anyone? Surface design crash course? Your new bestie might be waiting to meet you in class. Cash could come your way by thinking internationally rather than locally. Like it or not, Ai is making its presence known. The right application could assist your big idea. Or perhaps it’s still time to work out what really underscores your values as you move forward. Find your philosophical take on tech and enjoy the conversations en route to a decision and application. 


It’s time to take action on your career. Leadership and independent moves work for you now; however, you’ll need to consider the feelings and concerns of others to make it work for you. And that might defy your well-attuned sense of balanced, carefully deliberated, and arrived-at logic, and that’s the rub. Muster support and alliance through understanding what people really want deep down. What truly motivates them, from the brain stem. And I do mean basics like emotional safety, food, and shelter! You may find you have to act on the concerns of others or as a protective force like a mother bear. And that’s ok; just be sure your needs are well balanced and taken care of too. Don’t act against your better interests or even self-interest. A happy medium would do nicely. 


Adventure calls as you have two months of bonus charge in your batteries. This is a brilliant time for exploration, expansion, or using excess energy to drive toward a big goal. Think big, and act bold. Take that step. That might be foreign travel, solo or with the fam in tow. Or a brave foray onto campus if you’re studying. Buddy up with brilliant baes and create a family feel. A shield of allies that return your care will serve you well. Venus, the planet of amour is in your zone of ooh la la, aka sphere of one-to-one partnership, so expect anything. Find your line between anything goes and not so fast, Mr/s smooth operator! Bond over classic homesteading skills with a modern twist. Align your hearts over dates involving slow food, sensual pleasure, perhaps practical hands-on crafting like clay or macrame, or a fermenting workshop. 


Venus may represent love and desire, but sexy time is brought to you by the planet of action, red-hot Mars. Under the covers in your sphere of sex and intimacy, that spells an exciting start to Spring. This is also a zone of shared and mutual interest, so combining forces is a good idea for you, especially in your work. Teaming up with a talented creator or sharing your original style can win hearts and perhaps an unexpected budget, windfall, or project. Try something new, even if it seems a bit off the wall or unlikely. You’ve got to be in it to win it. But first, back to that lounging in lux and loving it. Take it slowly, sensually, and look for the practical side if you’re teaming up for mutual gain or straight-up pleasure.


Mars, the mighty planet of action, drive, and determination, is heading up your partnership zone for the next two months. Approach conflict with an attitude of care. Tears, cuddles, and comfort food win the day. Align with modern family values, and avoid direct confrontation. This is a great time to read up on compassionate ways of dealing with conflict and confrontation. See it as an opportunity to sharpen your skill set with relationship wellness tools from experts like The Gottman Institute or Esther Perel. Let out extra steam with activities, shared interests, or home-based projects. Emotionally, things can get a little dynamic, so watch that push and pull. Manage expectations and communicate rather than take on all the responsibility or build quiet resentment. Also a dynamic and assertive time for reaching out, making connections, and letting that cutie know how you feel! 


Get traction on a project at work, and take an active approach to your wellness routine. Your motivation is sparked by working toward a joint project or goal for the benefit of others, so don’t feel you have to go it alone. The same goes for fitness or health outcomes. When you have to do it for your workout buddy, you’ll find the grit to get up and keep up. More the intellectual type, this is an excellent opportunity to get out of your head and into your body. Will and determination are building over the next few months, so get ahead of the curve. Consider a long runway to an intense or important goal vs. the shorter-term issues you may feel pull you away from that opus. Scheduling ensures you don’t fritter away the crucial things on squeaky wheels or easy distractions. 


Sometimes it takes rest to recharge, and other times it takes energy to build energy. Over the next two months, your fire is lit by pursuing your creative vision. Let your love of doing art, finessing a personal project, or learning to cable knit for your friend’s new baby’s jacket take you on flights of imaginative fancy. Use it as an escape hatch to create more, and you’ll have more energy to pursue those dreams. Hanging out with children or family will have a similar effect if you have a good relationship with them. Dating? Now is the time to get out and mingle. Take the initiative to connect emotionally and keep it reasonably light-hearted and fun. These activities flow through to build a positive self-regard, identity, and outlook. They may even have the knock-on effect of clarifying your direction. 

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When A-Listers end up on camera in Park City, Utah it’s usually for the Sundance Film Festival, but this week had different plans for Gwyneth Paltrow. The Academy Award-winning actor and Goop CEO is being sued, to the tune of $300,000, for an alleged hit-and-run skiing incident in 2016 by retired optometrist Terry Sanderson. 

Paltrow, however, claims that it was she who was hit by Anderson, and accused him of “attempt[ing] to exploit her celebrity and wealth.” As such, she is countersuing him for the symbolic amount of one dollar plus the cost of her legal fees. 

The incident happened at the Deer Valley Ski Resort, on the beginner’s slopes. Anderson claims that Paltrow was skiing “out of control” and that the collision “caus[ed] a brain injury, four broken ribs and other serious injuries.” In 2019 he sued for $3.1 million, but a judge ruled that the amount must be capped at $300,000.

In an opening statement, Sanderson’s lawyer Lawrence Buhler claimed that Paltrow was looking at her children, not where she was skiing, and hit his client. He also claimed that she left the area three to four minutes later. Sanderson was taken to a first aid tent by sled. But Paltrow contends that Sanderson hit her; her attorney Stephen Owens said that Sanderson apologized to her following the incident and that she stayed on the scene until the ski patrol came by. 

Paltrow took to the witness stand on March 24, the fourth day of the trial. If nothing else, onlookers were reminded that the woman is schooled at delivery. Case in point: this meme-worthy moment in which she apologized for swearing after (allegedly) being hit on a ski slope. 

She described the sensation as “there was a body pressing against me and a very strange grunting noise.” She said that she and her children were taking a ski lesson when “he struck me in the back.”

Sanderson’s team has claimed that Paltrow left the scene before any help arrived, but she says that she remained “long enough for him to say that he was OK.” She said it was “absolutely not” a hit-and-run scenario. 

She added that she experienced no injuries, but the collision made her feel like her knee was “over-stretched,” and her back hurt. She sought out a massage later that day. 

She further stated that “Mr. Sanderson categorically hit me on that ski slope, and that is the truth,” but added “I feel very sorry for him. It seems like he’s had a very difficult life, but I did not cause the accident so I cannot be at fault for anything that subsequently happened to him.”

Earlier, Kristin A. VanOrman, one of Sanderson’s attorneys, said (almost in an aside) that Paltrow had lied under oath. This led to Paltrow dropping her jaw in a very dramatic fashion and Owens demanding a retraction. Judge Kent R. Holmberg asked VanOrman if she wanted to rephrase her statement, which she did. 

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Those walking the streets of Lower Manhattan on Saturday may have noticed a small commotion taking place at City Hall, as hundreds of people swarmed around police officers escorting a mysterious figure down the steps. On closer inspection, this apparent criminal mastermind appeared somewhat familiar. 

No, it wasn’t Donald Trump—even though, ironically, there has been a media circus all week in the exact same spot, as the public awaits the possible indictment of Trump in the ongoing “hush money” case. Turns out it involved another saga of (alleged) treachery and deceit. The heckling crowds were all hired extras for Joker: Folie à Deux, and the figure at the center was Lady Gaga, offering the first full-length look at her take on the character of Harley Quinn.

Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn while filming Joker: Folie à Deux in New York City on Saturday. 

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Starring opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the sequel to Todd Phillips’s Oscar-nominated box office smash Joker, which told the origin story of one of Batman’s greatest foes, Lady Gaga appeared to be fully in the zone as Phoenix’s henchwoman and love interest. (As anyone who’s followed Gaga’s acting career knows, when it comes to diving into a new role, she’s nothing if not committed.) NBC News reported that the film crew had enlisted around 700 extras to play protestors and that explosions were also planned; in pictures of the filming, the crowd booed and shouted as Gaga appeared to be escorted into a courthouse, turning around to furiously raise a fist at them. 

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Either the rumor mill is working overtime or Selena Gomez is dating former One Direction member Zayn Malik—and, honestly, either scenario is completely believable. 

Zelena rumors first went viral in March when an alleged restaurant hostess at a celeb-favored New York City restaurant took to TikTok after getting texts from another hostess that Gomez and Malik were getting hot and heavy while out to dinner. The sourcing was obviously sus and even Deuxmoi, Instagram’s favorite gossip page, had doubts

However, a source speaking to Entertainment Tonight recently backed up the TikTok creator’s claims—and you know what that means: Time for a complete timeline of Selena Gomez and Zayn Malik’s rumored relationship.

December 2010—March 2018: Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber repeatedly date and break up for about eight years. We’re not going to get into everything that happened, but there’s one moment that specifically pertains to Malik…

August 14, 2016: During an off period in 2016, Gomez and Bieber reportedly get into an argument on Instagram over photos he shared with rumored girlfriend Sofia Richie. During their alleged spat in the comments, Gomez seemingly implies that Bieber “cheated multiple times” during their relationship. According to screenshots shared by Harper’s Bazaar, he responds, “I cheated.. oh I forgot about You and Zayn?”

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