"Dancing with the Stars" isn't always where Hollywood careers go to die -- case in point ... "DWTS" alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy ... who just got his first big acting gig in a brand new country music video ... after quitting the show last year.
Granted ... he has one line, but still ... you know how hard it is to get an acting job these days??
The music video is for "Til Your Boots are Dirty" by singer Stacy Burk -- no, not the hardcore bondage porn star ... this Stacy Burk is a man -- and the song's actually pretty good.
Check it out.
Cancer Can Kiss
My Perky Ass
1/21/2014 1:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
42-year-old mother of four and cancer survivor Brooke Burke-Charvet knows how to live life to the fullest ... and tightest ... flaunting her ridiculously toned body at a gas station in Malibu today.
Just to recap: this "Dancing with the Stars" badass is 42, she has 4 kids (3 daughters and 1 son) and recently beat thyroid cancer following a scary diagnosis in 2012. And she can still look this good.
FYI, Brooke is currently married to former "Baywatch" star David Charvet.
Gotta love California.
CHARGED With Domestic Violence
12/30/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aiden Turner -- a regular on "All My Children" -- has been charged with 4 counts of domestic violence ... TMZ has learned.
Turner got into a beef with his GF last month at their Hollywood apartment. He allegedly threw a remote control at her, striking her in the eye and causing a cut and bruising. We're also told he allegedly hurt her shoulder.
The L.A. City Attorney has now charged Turner -- who also appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" -- with 4 counts of misdemeanor domestic violence -- 2 of the counts are domestic violence with injury and the other 2 counts are redundant -- domestic violence but without any injury (in case the jury doesn't believe she was hurt).
Audrina & Cheryl Burke
Screw 'Dancing' ...
IT'S BIKINI TIME!!!
12/23/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Dancing" does a body good ... and Audrina Patridge and Cheryl Burke are the proof.
The ladies are both in Hawaii (on separate vacations) ... flaunting their incredible "Dancing with the Stars" physiques on the beach ... and it's NICE!
Still, we gotta ask ...
Emotional After Dom. Violence Arrest
'I Love You, Monkey'
11/26/2013 2:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Aiden Turner wasted no time trying to patch things up with his GF last night -- sending an emotional message to the woman he's accused of attacking, right when he was released from jail.
We broke the story ... Aiden was arrested for domestic violence Monday after allegedly chucking a TV remote at his girlfriend ... giving her a black eye in the process.
Turner didn't have much to say about the incident when he left the Hollywood Police Station last night ... but the ex-"All My Children" star got super emotional when he turned to our camera and delivered a message to his GF ... complete with a pet nickname.
For Remote Control Domestic Violence
11/25/2013 4:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aiden Turner -- who appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" -- has been arrested for felony domestic violence ... TMZ has learned.
Turner got into a beef with his girlfriend at their Hollywood apartment and he allegedly threw a remote control at her and hit her eye, cutting it slightly and giving her a souvenir -- a shiner.
Law enforcement sources say Turner -- who was a regular on "All My Children" -- will very likely dodge the felony bullet. We're told it's highly probable the case will be filed as a misdemeanor because the injuries were minor.
Don't touch that dial ... or else.
Kate Hudson & Derek Hough
Let's Get Ready to Rumba
11/20/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kate Hudson's got a real future on "Dancing with the Stars" ... she and "Dancing" pro Derek Hough whipped out some seriously impressive moves at some Cuban joint in Hollywood last week -- and TMZ has obtained video.
The impromptu dance session went down Friday night at El Floridita, a popular hangout spot for DWTS cast members. We're told Kate and Derek jumped up out of nowhere and exploded into the dance routine.
Needless to say, the other patrons loved the show ... and we're told Kate later accepted dances from other partners.
FYI, Derek's been giving Kate private dance lessons for months now, but don't count on seeing her on "Dancing with the Stars." Derek has already said that will never happen.
But really, nothing will ever beat Kate's dancing scene in "Something Borrowed."
I'm Coming Back To 'DWTS'!
11/14/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Maksim Chmerkovskiy has really big disco balls ... 'cause he's not only returning to "Dancing With the Stars" -- but he's going back with a bigger job ... TMZ has learned.
According to our ballroom sources, Maksim will make a surprise appearance Monday on "DWTS' ... as a guest judge.
We're told the show's former dance pro will be sitting right next to Bruno, Len and Carrie Ann during the semi-final performances.
Maksim peaced out of 'DWTS' back in February. Since then he's been running several dance studios, and starring in "Forever Tango" on Broadway.
In other words, same s**t ... different pay.
11/3/2013 10:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Julianne Hough was virtually make-up free and, more importantly, smoking hot yesterday in Los Angeles ... the perfect way to make people forget about that whole blackface Halloween thing.
Considering Julianne apologized for the costume, and how good she looks in workout wear -- we gotta ask ...
Blames Pill Addiction on
'Dancing w/ the Stars' Injury
9/10/2013 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino says his addiction to prescription painkillers began after suffering a neck injury on "Dancing with the Stars" back in 2010 ... and he's still battling to stay sober.
We broke the story ... Sitch checked into rehab back in March 2012 -- and after his people initially insisted the MTV star was just suffering from exhaustion, they eventually admitted he was hooked on opiates.
Now, 32-year-old Situation is talking about his battle with prescription drugs ... telling the AP his addiction was so bad, he could barely dress himself.
"All I had to do was get dressed for a family function and I couldn’t do that. The shirt was laid out, the belt, the pants, everything. The shower was on. I couldn’t even get out of bed."
Sitch says it was at that moment, he realized he had a problem -- "If I can’t [get dressed], how am I going to continue?”
The former "Jersey Shore" star says he's still taking medication for his injury -- but undergoes counseling to keep his addiction in check.
He's also a paid spokesman for the company that makes his pills -- and participates in a program that helps spread awareness about opiate prescription painkiller addictions.
Beakman to Bill Nye
I GOT YOUR BACK
9/9/2013 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apparently, TV scientists stick together like H2 and O (covalent bond joke!) ... 'cause TMZ has learned Beakman (from "Beakman's World") is rooting for Bill Nye on "Dancing with the Stars."
We spoke with Paul Zaloom a.k.a. Beakman ... who tell us he's fired up for his fellow oddball science educator saying, "I hope Bill reps for scientists and shows everyone we can shake our booties too!"
Now for the "sorta" part ... Beakman says he doesn't watch broadcast television ... so he won't actually tune in when Nye hits the dance floor.
As for Mr. Wizard, it's unclear who he's rooting for ... because he died in 2007.
'Dancing With the Stars'
Disney Witch Hunt!
9/1/2013 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Disney is none too pleased that TMZ got the cast list of "Dancing With the Stars," because we've learned the head of security has launched an investigation to find the leak.
The Mouse House apparently was not amused when we told you Valerie Harper, Leah Remini, Snooki, Elizabeth Berkley, Amber Riley and others will be appearing in the upcoming season. We're told security will start interviewing staffers tomorrow to find the alleged mole.
So we're guessing this won't make Mickey's parents happy ... we found out Tristin McMannis will be Valerie's partner. What's more ... we're told Valerie -- who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer but is in remission -- is rehearsing like a champ and is getting no special breaks.
Good luck on the hunt ... sons of Walt.
'Dancing with the Stars'
Despite Terminal Brain Cancer
8/28/2013 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Valerie Harper -- whom doctors gave three months to live back in March due to her terminal brain cancer -- hasn't just defied medicine by staying alive ... she's signed on to "Dancing with the Stars."
As we reported, 74-year-old Harper -- famous for playing the role of Rhoda on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" -- announced she had been diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare form of cancer in which cancer cells spread into the membrane surrounding the brain.
Doctors gave her roughly until June to live ... but it's already August, and we've learned she's doing so well she is set to appear on the upcoming season of "Dancing," an extremely physically-demanding reality show.
We're told Valerie and her partner Tristan have already been practicing for two days, and she's surprisingly good. Our sources say she's completely self-sufficient and doesn't need any special assistance ... at least so far.
TMZ broke the story ... Leah Remini will also be on the next season, as well as Snooki, Elizabeth Berkley, Amber Riley from "Glee," and Christina Milian.