#TaniaOnTheScene - When viewers would rather watch a 50-year-old piece of felt than another over-sequined Dancing With the Stars finale, you know something’s wrong.

Last November, the dancing competition was trounced in the ratings by the holiday special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. So no surprise that when Dancing returns for Season 18 tonight, you’ll notice things are cha-cha-cha-changing.

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Beyonce Stands Up for Gender Equality

#TaniaOnTheScene - When Beyonce surprised the world with a new album in December, fans wondered about the amount of work that went into recording it.

Turns out, the accompanying music videos were equally labor-intensive.

According to “Partition” director Jake Nava, the shoot was meant to be “even more risque than she’s been in the past.” It also required a lot of effort from Jay Z, who makes a brief appearance in a limo scene.

"We actually had to do it really quickly because he was in the middle of doing a tour in London and we were actually filming in Paris," Nava said. "We had to kind of, like, [have] a police escort waiting for him to jump out and get on a helicopter and do his gig."

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What’s Next for Jay Leno?

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#TaniaOnTheScene - When Jay Leno signs off from “The Tonight Show” Thursday, the comedian will be without a regular TV gig for the first time since he took over for Johnny Carson as “Tonight” host back in 1992. Leno said in several recent interviews that he’s had “all kinds of offers” for post-“Tonight Show” TV work, but adds that he isn’t interested in another late-night gig.

Of course, in Hollywood and television, everything can change. But no matter what, the late-night landscape has changed significantly since 2009, when Leno almost bolted for ABC, which in turn lead to NBC’s creation of “The Jay Leno Show” to keep him from leaving. ABC now has Jimmy Kimmel at 11:30, leaving FOX as the only broadcaster without a late-night show. However, many FOX affiliates have hefty syndication commitments at 11 pm, and if they couldn’t/wouldn’t free them up to make a deal with O’Brien four years ago after his “Tonight” exit, don’t look for them to do it for the older-skewing Leno.

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Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Final 24 Hours

#TaniaOnTheScene - Why Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 23 Years of Sobriety Didn’t Mean He Kicked the Habit.

After more than two decades of sobriety, Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found inside his New York City apartment on Sunday, police said, with a needle stuck in his arm, dead from a possible heroin overdose.

Even with 23 years of abstinence under his belt, experts say that it’s not all that surprising Hoffman fell off the wagon.

"We treat addiction like you can make it go away with a 28-day stint in rehab and that’s the end of it, but that’s not how it works," said Dr. Joseph Shrand, a Harvard professor and the medical director of CASTLE, a teen addiction treatment center in Brockton, Mass. "It requires lifelong vigilance to stay clean."

Research suggests that the chance of relapse does diminish over time but always remains a possibility.

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John Mayer, Katy Perry Get Close in ‘Who You Love’

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#TaniaOnTheScene - Slow motion, couples caressing, wind-swept close-ups, sun-burnt-shaded images of wide-open vistas — consider John Mayer’s video for his duet with girlfriend Katy Perry, “Who You Love,” an unintended lovey-dovey response to Kanye West's “Bound 2,” with a mechanical bull instead of a motorcycle.

There’s romance here, but it’s more of the greeting card variety. In addition to the promised intimate shots of Perry and Mayer, the two told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that everyone else in the video is a real-life couple. 

Said Mayer on the telecast, “There’s nothing scripted in that video except putting a bull in the middle of the desert.”

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14th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

#TaniaOnTheScene - Tonight, check out New York’s largest holiday festival!

There will be over 20 live, FREE performances featuring Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-stars, Brianna Thomas’ Jazz Quartet, world renowned DJ David Chang at the Winter’s Eve TD Bank Dance Party, GRAMMY nominated Brooklyn-based children’s band The Pop Ups at Kids’ Central, and Big Apple Circus, Kate Davis presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and Ice Sculpting at Time Warner Center, and that’s not all!
Lincoln Square’s sidewalks and public spaces will come alive with music, performers, processional groups, jugglers, stilt-walkers and more, making for a festive fun-filled evening along the streets of this dynamic Upper West Side neighborhood.

WHEN: Monday, December 2, 2013, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Rain, Snow or Shine!

WHERE: The celebration begins with the lighting of the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street and continues along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street.

BY SUBWAY: Take the 1, A, B, C, or D train to 59th Street/Columbus Circle or the 1 train to 66th Street and Broadway.

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Zendaya Discusses Dancing With The Stars And More!

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#TaniaOnTheScene - Zendaya dishes on Dancing with the Stars, her show on Disney: Shake It Up, and reveals something about her favorite show on TV. She also talks about her upcoming single, album and book. This 16 year old is definitely a star on the rise!

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