Nancy Grace's 'Dancing' secrets
September 13th, 2011
06:31 PM ET

Nancy Grace's 'Dancing' secrets

In an exclusive interview with "Showbiz Tonight," Nancy Grace and her “Dancing With the Stars” partner Tristan MacManus share their secrets to “Dancing” success. Nancy also speaks out about the controversy surrounding Chaz Bono competing on the show.

Nancy and Tristan have named themselves “Team MacGrace” and they are ready to take on the competition. They’ve been logging hours and hours of rehearsal time ahead of the premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” next Monday night.

Nancy says she’s focusing on winning that mirror ball trophy, not concentrating on the controversy surrounding Chaz Bono as a contestant on the show. Bono's participation as the first transgendered contestant drew some criticism, and Nancy hopes it will disappear once “Dancing With the Stars” premieres.

“I’m a lot less concerned about what he’s got in his pants than what he's got in his shoes," she says. "I just want to see if he can dance. That’s all I care about.”

Those are some great words from Nancy. Be sure to check out my full, exclusive interview with HLN’s Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus on "Showbiz Tonight" at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN. If you have any questions for Nancy Grace, be sure to submit an iReport - you could see the answer on CNN.com!

While you were working...
September 13th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Marital affair rumors may have tried to destroy this bromance, but Will Smith and Marc Anthony are still going strong. The two were spotted watching the Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots on Monday night, the photo at the link shows.  [AOL]
  • While other 17-year-olds are discussing....whatever it is 17-year-olds discuss, Justin Bieber is looking towards the future: By the time he's 25, he wants to be married...and maybe even with a few kids. Note, Beliebers: He did not say he wanted to marry NOW. [WWD]
  • Eva Longoria gives perhaps the most non-committal, shoulders shrugged answer in the history of non-committal, shoulders shrugged answers in response to the question of whether she'd get married again. "I'm not opposed to it," she says. Next time, Eva, just say "meh." [Access Hollywood]
  • Ah, young, beautiful, CW vampire drama love: "Vampire Diaries" actors Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev are counting the ways they love each other. Also, their show is returning this week. They just thought you should know. [Us Weekly]
  • Twitter world: "Office" star Kate Flannery has joined you. "6 yrs.ago I got on a spaceship called MYSPACE," she says in her first tweet. "Like Kate Mullgrew of the Starship Enterprise i board the SS TWITTER. Greetings, Geeks!" [Twitter]

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NBC bringing Walter Mosley's 'Easy Rawlins' to TV
September 13th, 2011
05:50 PM ET

NBC bringing Walter Mosley's 'Easy Rawlins' to TV

Walter Mosley's private investigator Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins is moving from fiction to primetime.

According to Deadline, NBC is developing a project called "Easy Rawlins," based on Mosley's best-selling series.

The novels feature a self-taught black detective who finds himself solving crimes amidst the changing social landscape of Los Angeles from the '40s to the '60s, but NBC will narrow the show's focus to the latter decade. The character is one that moves easily between the segregated worlds of L.A.

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‘New Yorker’ dashed Zach Galifianakis’ caption hopes
September 13th, 2011
05:07 PM ET

‘New Yorker’ dashed Zach Galifianakis’ caption hopes

After years of trying, film critic Roger Ebert won The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest.

Sadly, Zach Galifianakis never saw this success, and gave up submitting entries in 2007, reports The Wall Street Journal. The New Yorker has rejected every one of the comedian’s submissions.

“The Hangover” star is in good company. The Caption Contest, which appears in the back of the magazine each week, has eluded many notable entrants, including three-term mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg.

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'AMC's' Mary Fickett dies at 83
September 13th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

'AMC's' Mary Fickett dies at 83

As "All My Children" fans get ready to say goodbye to the soap on September 23, they're also bidding farewell to "AMC" actress Mary Fickett, who has passed away, CNN has confirmed.

According to the New York Times, Fickett died Thursday at her home in Callao, Va., at the age of 83. Her daughter tells the Times the cause was complications from Alzheimer's.

Fickett was one of the original cast members, and portrayed the outspoken nurse Ruth Martin from 1970-1995 and again from 1998-2000. In 1973, the character earned Fickett the first Emmy given to an actor for a daytime drama on the strength of a speech delivered against the Vietnam War.

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Filed under: Celebrities • television
Whitney Houston sought for 'Sparkle' remake
September 13th, 2011
03:54 PM ET

Whitney Houston sought for 'Sparkle' remake

In other remake news, the 1976 musical drama “Sparkle” is getting an update, and Whitney Houston is in talks to star as Jordin Sparks’ mother, CNN can confirm.

Sparks has the female lead in the girl group flick, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and director Salim Akil (“Jumping the Broom”) is reportedly working on getting Houston for the film, but the singer's rep tells CNN that there's no firm deal yet.

It shouldn’t be difficult to get Houston on board with the role. As THR reminds us, the R&B diva has wanted to remake “Sparkle” for a while. She was once set to produce a Warner Bros. version that would’ve starred the late Aaliyah.

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