'Showbiz Tonight': Will MJ end up on trial instead of Conrad Murray?
September 27th, 2011
03:15 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight': Will MJ end up on trial instead of Conrad Murray?

Opening statements began today in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray, and "Showbiz Tonight's" big question is whether Jackson will end up being on trial instead of Murray.

I think it is impossible to conceive that MJ’s history and behavior won’t be “on trial.” At the end of the day, though, the actions of Conrad Murray are what will matter.

The defense said today that Michael Jackson caused his own death while Dr. Murray was out of town and that Michael self-administered extra doses of propofol.

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Louis van Amstel talks Chaz Bono and 'DWTS'
September 16th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Louis van Amstel talks Chaz Bono and 'DWTS'

Brad Pitt is getting a lot of heat for an interview with Parade magazine! Brad opened up about his relationship with Angelina Jolie and his past marriage to Jennifer Aniston, but a lot of people aren’t happy with what Brad said about Jen.

Immediately after the interview was released, the Brad backlash started and it became so great that Brad backtracked and said he was misquoted. "It grieves me that this was interpreted this way," he said in a statement. "Jen is an incredibly giving, loving and hilarious woman...The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself – and that, I am responsible for.”

I think Brad is usually very careful in choosing his words about his private life, so I do think he regrets answering the question the way he did. I’m inclined to cut him slack here. As long as Jen understands where he was coming from, that should be all that matters. What do you think about Brad’s quotes to Parade? Was it a simple misunderstanding? Or do you think Brad should have just kept quiet?

Tonight, we also have a "Showbiz Tonight" exclusive interview with former “Dancing With the Stars” pro Louis van Amstel. He is disgusted by Chaz Bono’s haters – the people who are lashing out at Chaz over his sex change. Plus, Louis reveals how he thinks HLN’s own Nancy Grace will do on the show. See you tonight, exclusively at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.

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!

September 9th, 2011
05:05 PM ET

Should 'Toddlers and Tiaras' be canceled?

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.

Eddie Murphy as Oscars host – Good or bad choice?
September 7th, 2011
05:01 PM ET

Eddie Murphy as Oscars host – Good or bad choice?

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.

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Did Bravo handle Russell Armstrong’s suicide the right way?
September 6th, 2011
04:45 PM ET

Did Bravo handle Russell Armstrong’s suicide the right way?

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.

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