Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Rodman plans to vacation with Kim Jong Un
Former professional basketball star Dennis Rodman says he plans to return to North Korea to vacation with Kim Jong Un.
Rodman met with the authoritarian leader in late February during a visit that was not endorsed by the U.S. State Department. The visit came during a period of tension between the countries over North Korea's nuclear weapons testing.
Rodman made the announcement in Fargo, N.D., where he had gone over the weekend for a promotional appearance at a local bar. The former Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls star told KVLY-TV that he doesn't think Kim wants war and that he considers the leader a friend even though he doesn't condone what he does. Rodman said he plans to return to North Korea in August to vacation with Kim, who is a die-hard basketball fan.
It's not quite a "Law & Order" reunion, but S. Epatha Merkerson will be teaming up again with former co-star Jesse L. Martin.
Merkerson says she's been cast to play Martin's mother in the upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic "Sexual Healing." Her manager Bob McGowan says production begins in Luxembourg in late March.
Merkerson played Lt. Anita Van Buren on "Law & Order" from 1991 until it ended in 2010. Martin played Detective Ed Green from 1999 to 2008.
The film focuses on Gaye in the 1980s when he battled drug abuse and depression.
Merkerson spoke Monday while promoting NBC's drama "Deception," in which she plays the mother of show's lead character Johanna. She's also in the Tyler Perry-produced film comedy "We The Peeples" due out in May.
What do you do after winning viewers' hearts as "The Bachelor"? If you're Sean Lowe, you put on your dancing shoes.
ABC says Lowe is headed to "Dancing with the Stars." He steps up fresh from his engagement to Catherine Giudici at the conclusion of the recent season of "The Bachelor."
A Dallas businessman, Lowe will be competing for the disco-ball trophy when "Dancing with the Stars" returns for its 16th season at 8 p.m. Monday on ABC. He will partner with Peta Murgatroyd.
The season premiere of the results show is set for March 26.
Previously announced rivals include actor-comic D.L. Hughley, Baltimore Ravens football player Jacoby Jones and former "American Idol" contestant Kellie Pickler.
"Dancing with the Stars" is hosted by Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvat.