September 13th, 2011
06:31 PM ET
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!
September 9th, 2011
05:05 PM ET
The mother at the center of the “Toddlers and Tiaras” controversy is speaking out.
Wendy Dickey is defending her decision to dress her three-year-old daughter Paisley in Julia Roberts’ “Pretty Woman” hooker outfit. Dickey went on HLN’s “The Joy Behar Show” to take on her critics. She sees no problem with what she did.
Here’s my take on this. So many people watch reality TV because of the train wreck factor. But this show seems to cross a line where mothers treat their babies like toys, and it has been suggested that sexualizing toddlers like this provides fodder for pedophiles. This stuff definitely doesn’t belong on TV.
So here's our "Showbiz" Flashpoint: Should “Toddlers and Tiaras” be canceled? What do you think? Post below and tune in to our fired up debate exclusively on "Showbiz Tonight" at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.
September 8th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
People are outraged by 3-year old Paisley, a pageant contestant on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras.” The tiny contestant appears dressed as Julia Roberts’ hooker character from “Pretty Woman” in a clip from the show.
The actual episode hasn’t even aired yet – just a promo. But the Parents Television Council is calling for the series to be canceled! They are urging its members to contact TLC and demand that the network immediately pulls the show off the air.
“We have a serious problem when a network formerly known as The Learning Channel features a toddler, who probably hasn't even learned to read, dressed as a prostitute showing off her sexy strut”, says Melissa Henson, director of communications and public education for the PTC.
What do you think? It’s our "Showbiz" Flashpoint: Has “Toddlers and Tiaras” gone too far this time? Are the parents to blame for this? Or is this just a case of a bunch of over-sensitive people getting upset over nothing? Post below and then tune in to our big debate tonight on "Showbiz Tonight," exclusively at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.
September 7th, 2011
05:01 PM ET
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the coveted, highly anticipated host of the 2012 Oscars will be comedian and actor Eddie Murphy. Now this is not an easy gig.
Last year, the Academy tried to make the telecast more youthful by having young Hollywood superstars Anne Hathaway and James Franco co-host – a decision critics bashed after the show fell flat and Franco seemed to show a lack of interest in his hosting gig.
Now the Academy is putting its faith in Eddie Murphy, who also follows in the footsteps of past comedian/entertainer hosts like Bob Hope, Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin.
September 6th, 2011
04:45 PM ET
Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” finally addressed Russell Armstrong's suicide on its season premiere Monday night.
The show’s producers scrambled to edit the premiere after Armstrong, the husband of cast member Taylor Armstrong, died in August. They wanted to find a tasteful way to address the tragedy while driving home the point that the show must go on.
At the beginning of the season premiere episode, the show takes on a group therapy vibe, with the "Housewives" sitting around in a parlor speaking candidly about the unexpected loss of Taylor’s husband.
August 31st, 2011
05:37 PM ET
Move over Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are country music’s newest sweethearts.
In a brand new interview, Miranda opens up about falling for husband Blake Shelton in 2005. Their story is straight out of a country song – Blake was a married man when they met.
In an interview with NBC’s Dateline, Miranda says she felt an immediate “draw” to Blake when they met during a country music concert.
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