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'Dancing' Star Pulls MAJOR Strings for VIP Guest

3/29/2011 8:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Maksim Chmerkovskiy isn't just "making time" for a "Dancing with the Stars" fan who's going through cancer treatment -- he's hooking her up with the experience of a lifetime ... TMZ has learned.

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Sources connected to the production tell us Maksim had been furiously trying to set up the perfect evening for a special VIP guest ... asking for front row seats for tonight's show along with special backstage passes ... and now we've learned there's a reason he's so motivated.

We're told a friend of Maksim's informed the dancer about a woman who was having a really tough time with recent cancer treatments -- and she happened to be a fan of the show. So Maksim sprung into action, instantly trying to do everything he could to help get her mind off the pain.

Of course, Maksim came through -- and the woman is all set for a night she'll never forget.

Amazing how some people find time for the things that matter.

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Whose Ready-to-Burst Baby Bump?


Whoa! Someone’s ready to pop!

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Can you figure out which pregnant actress was spotted out in L.A. today with a baby bump so big, it could barely be contained under her t-shirt?

Click to find out!


A-Rod's Property ... Down the Drain


After years of neglect, it looks like the Florida apartment complex owned by A-Rod is starting to shape up ... tenants say thanks to a little pressure from TMZ.

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City officials have finally taken action, ordering some quick changes in the apartment complex -- in particular, the gnarly pool that started to resemble the La Brea Tar Pits. 

We got pics of the progress -- one of the pools has now been drained and the other is still a work in progress. 

There have been numerous other complaints from tenants, including holes in walls, rusty pipes, and overflowing trash.  Several tenants say everyone responsible seemed to step it up after we posted the story last week.

Everybody in the pool -- well, not just yet.


'Scream' Cast -- 15 Years Later!


It's been 15 years since "Scream" slashed its way into theaters  -- and with "Scream 4" dropping next month, we're taking a look at how the original cast has changed over the years.

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Whether it's still living characters like Neve Campbell's "Sidney Prescott' and Courteney Cox's 'Gale Weathers' or dearly departed ones like Rose McGowan's 'Tatum' or the victim who started it all, Drew Barrymore's 'Casey' -- check out the gallery to see if your favorites still look scary good!


Guess the Granny!


We all love the silver-haired seniors in our life -- guess which celebs were spotted snugglin' up to their gorgeous grandmothers!

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Britney Spears' Stage Style -- Her Hits & Misses!


Britney Spears popped up on stage this morning for "Good Morning America," showing off a sexy, new look and a style all her own.

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While she looked great, she hasn't always been so camera-ready when she's hit the stage.

From her "Gimme More" VMA disaster to her humble "Hit Me Baby (One More Time)" beginnings, check out the pop star's style hits and misses since she first burst onto the scene!


Celebrity Scramble!


Can you guess whose pretty puss was given a manly make over?

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Katherine Heigl -- Smokin' Hot


The only thing hotter than Katherine Heigl in a black bikini ... her electronic cigarette.

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The 32-year-old former TV actress soaked her bones in the Miami sun.

Addicting.


What's the Big Frigin' Difference?!


We've slipped some subtle differences into these crafty photographs -- can you spot 'em?

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**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the above photograph!**

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