Likable actors prop up ‘Hart of Dixie’
September 27th, 2011
12:43 PM ET

Likable actors prop up ‘Hart of Dixie’

The new CW dramedy “Hart of Dixie” uses a formula that has succeeded previously on screens both big (“Doc Hollywood”) and small (“Northern Exposure”): A big city doctor who's fish-out-of-water in a quaint small town.

In the new show, Rachel Bilson plays Zoe Hart, a young doctor whose dreams of being a cardiothoracic surgeon are derailed by her emotionless approach to medicine, forcing her to head south to Bluebell, Alabama for a year as a general practitioner.

(Before we go any further, know that we’re going to mention one big spoiler. So if you haven’t watched yet and plan to, stop reading now.)

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Shatner/Takei feud continues in new book
September 27th, 2011
12:37 PM ET

Shatner/Takei feud continues in new book

Note to George Takei: Do not read William Shatner's new book.  Or if you do, skip pages 12-13 and 145.  And especially pages 51-59.  They will not make you happy.

Shatner reserves some of his sharpest barbs for his old "Star Trek" co-star in his witty book "Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large." He writes that Takei's been "saying mean things about me for nearly forty years now."

The Shatner/Takei feud heated up three years ago when Takei announced he was marrying his long-time partner, Brad Altman.

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September 27th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Nancy Grace has 'oops' moment on 'DWTS'

HLN's Nancy Grace was hoping to be the belle of the ball on last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars," especially after surviving the "bottom three" last week.  But her strong quickstep Monday may have been overshadowed by an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.

Grace appeared to inadvertently expose herself at the end of her dance with partner Tristan MacManus, leading ABC to abruptly go to a bizarre still shot of audience members not clapping (even though you could clearly hear the live crowd cheering in the background). Host Tom Bergeron commented that what just happened "would be perfectly fine" on a European version of the show. Update, 2:21 p.m.: Nancy Grace tells People that what happened on Monday's show didn't "equate to a wardrobe malfunction," but was rather "a little tiny movement."

Nevertheless, the legal eagle was rewarded for her performance with 21 out of a possible 30 points. Judge Len Goodman praised Grace for staying in proper hold throughout the dance, giving her an "8" - his highest score of the night.

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Jennifer Aniston buys pricey painting for Haiti?
September 27th, 2011
10:21 AM ET

Jennifer Aniston buys pricey painting for Haiti?

According to Us Weekly, Jennifer Aniston is quite the altruistic art lover.

The actress reportedly made a hefty donation to help Haiti rebuild, buying a painting at Christie’s Artists for Haiti auction for $450,000.

Justin Theroux, 40, reportedly did the bidding on behalf of girlfriend Aniston, 42, landing an abstract piece by American artist Glenn Ligon at the charity auction Thursday. Jen wound up with "Stranger #44," a large oil, charcoal and graphite piece on canvas, estimated at $150,000 to $200,000.

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What's the verdict on 'Terra Nova'?
September 27th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

What's the verdict on 'Terra Nova'?

It's been a very long journey for "Terra Nova," first announced by Fox in May of 2010, and then delayed a few times. It finally had its premiere Monday night with an episode that reportedly cost $10 to 20 million (later episodes are estimated to be closer to $4 million).

So, after all the hype, how was it? For starters, that money is definitely there on the screen. Terra Nova, the place itself, is breathtaking. In its own way, the dystopian future we see at the beginning of the show is as well. There's no doubt "Terra Nova" should be up for Emmys next year for visual effects and art direction. [The discussion on "Terra Nova" is continuing over on CNN's Geek Out blog.]

To my surprise, I found that I really cared for the Shannon family, who journey back 85 million years in time as part of a lucky group of settlers who get to "start over" and build a new society, since earth is on its last legs.

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