Ox Notes: August 17, 2007

Dancing with the Stars scoop: the professional dancers will meet their Season 5 celebrity partners on August 25. As for which pros will be returning, manly chested Nick Kosovich is out, and Cheryl Burke and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are in.

TV Guide has a backstage report from the So You Think You Can Dance finale. Nigel Lythgoe says Sabra winning was important because "it shows that you don’t have to begin dancing at 3 or 4 years of age. She’s got to be an inspiration for anyone who’s even contemplating dancing."

That crabby diner at The Garage on Wednesday’s Top Chef was Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone.

Jerry Springer will host the U.K. version of Fox’s icky lie detector reality show Nothing but the Truth.

Uhura and Sulu are back together again on Heroes. Nichelle Nichols plays a part in the new season’s fourth episode, and says that when she announced the news at a recent Star Trek convention, "the entire room went insane. I felt like I was Oprah giving out cars!"

In related Heroes news, Ali Larter talked with TV Guide about her new movie, Marigold, which opens this weekend. Larter plays a B-movie actress who’s forced to take a role in a Bollywood movie to make ends meet. TV Guide’s Matt Webb Mitovich describes the film as "a primer for Bollywood movies," and Larter stars opposite the bad boy of Indian cinema, Salman Khan.

I’m excited to see Marigold just because I appreciate any movie that can introduce more people to the Bollywood genre. This weekend, I’m planning to see Chak de India, which stars my favorite actor, Shah Rukh Khan (if you live in the Chicago area, it’s showing at the AMC Cantera 30 in Warrenville).

If you’re interested in a couple of Bollywood started films, head to your local Indian grocer and rent the ridiculously fun Jhoom Barabar Jhoom or the slightly more dramatic Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. Both take place in London, and both feature incredible dance sequences.

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