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Why Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis Are Returning to the Dance Floor

Why Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis Are Returning to the Dance Floor

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis

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10/23/2014 AT 10:00 AM EDT

They’re ready for a curtain call!

Dancing With the Stars champions Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis are set to reunite on the dance floor – and they couldn’t be happier.

“Meryl and I are going to reproduce a couple of our routines and give people a little Maks and Meryl magic – even if it’s just for a day,” Chmerkovskiy tells PEOPLE exclusively.

The former DWTS pro and the Olympic figure skating gold medalist will dance together on Dec. 17 at his dance extravaganza SWAY – A Dance Trilogy in Westbury, New York.

The show, which run Dec. 17 through Dec. 20, will also feature DWTS pro dancers Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd, Jenna Johnson, Artem Chigvintsev, Henry Byalikov, Serge Onik and Sharna Burgess, as well as Disney Channel star Zendaya, who performed in the first show in July.

Davis will be performing only in the matinee and evening performances on Dec. 17. Zendaya will only be in the Dec. 20 show.

“I think audiences are going to be very happy to see Meryl back on the stage,” says Chmerkovskiy. “She has never done anything like this and is very excited about the opportunity. We are happy to have her with us this time, and to have Zendaya back again.”

Though many fans have said they wish the pair would become an item, he says, “We aren’t dating, and I don’t think we will. She is very special. I care very deeply for Meryl. Our friendship is where it will be for many years. She is awesome to spend time with.”

Balancing Each Other Out

Davis has a way about her that calms him down when his blood pressure is rising, he adds.

“She is so soothing of a personality,” he says. “For me to go 0 to 100, I take very long, but once you get me going it’s impossible to stop. So, with Meryl, she totally balances me out. She’s like this little thing, and I’m like 10 miles of inferno, but she can put her hand on me and say, ‘Calm down. Everything is fine.’ And then everything calms down.”

Janel Parrish has the same effect on his brother Val on this season’s DWTS, Maks adds. “He is similar to me,” he says. “She calms him down. She makes sure she doesn’t react to things or get thrown by them.”

As for whether or not those two are dating, he says, “That’s going to be their call – their thing to talk about.”

While Maks wouldn’t says whether DWTS has asked him to return as a guest host or guest judge, he says he has fond memories of the show. “They are like family,” he says. “I spent a big part of my twenties and early thirties on the show. If something comes up that’s mutually beneficial, we’ll make something happen.”

Chmerkovskiy, who is pursuing acting roles, adds: “The last few months after DWTS have been so fun. I was sad about leaving because this was a huge chapter in my life, but I am excited about the future. It was brilliant that Meryl was my last partner. It made it so easy for me to walk away.”

Why Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis Are Returning to the Dance Floor
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Kristen Stewart Takes a Break From Acting, Marvel Releases New Avengers Trailer Early + More of…

Kristen Stewart Takes a Break From Acting, Marvel Releases New Avengers Trailer Early + More of...

Kristen Stewart is going on an acting hiatus, Marvel’s newest trailer is leaked early, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin share a sweet embrace and more of today’s First Dibs.

  • Kristen Stewart is taking a (much needed?) break from acting to make art in downtown LA. [US Weekly]
  • Marvel releases Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer a week early after a bootleg version leaked online. [Time]

  • Are Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin rekindling their flame while Jennifer Lawrence buys a new $7 million bachelorette pad? [Just Jared/JJ]
  • Melissa Rivers inherits over $100 million from her late mother Joan Rivers. [US Weekly]
  • Spotted: Kristen Wiig and her ex Fabrizio Moretti on a dinner date. [Page Six]
  • Anna Kendrick, who plays Cinderella in Into the Woods, backs up changes made to the movie. [Vanity Fair]
  • Starbucks releases its first new holiday drink in five years, the Chestnut Praline Latte. Basics around the world, rejoice! [BuzzFeed]
  • Netflix has released the trailer for its new series, Bloodline. [USA Today]
  • Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany will hit the broadway stage. [Huffington Post]
  • Zach Galifianakis put Brad Pitt in the hot seat, asking the actor about losing his virginity and referncing his ex Jennifer Aniston. Yup, he went there. [Funny or Die]
  • Julie Bowen speaks out about her co-star Sarah Hyland‘s domestic abuse, saying her role was “grossly overblown.” [Huffington Post]
  • Zelda Williams gets a tattoo in memory of her late father Robin. [ET]
  • Alison Sweeney is leaving Days of Our Lives. [TV Guide]
  • T.I gives us the scoop on working on the Entourage movie.

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Behind the Scenes with Birdman’s Star-Studded Cast (VIDEO)

Behind the Scenes with Birdmans Star Studded Cast (VIDEO)

Michael Keaton and Emma Stone in Birdman

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10/23/2014 AT 09:30 AM EDT

In Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Michael Keaton stars as has-been actor Riggan Thompson, best-known for his role as a superhero years before.

In a last-ditch attempt to revive his career, Riggan heads to the Great White Way to direct and star in a play.

The dark comedy follows Keaton’s character as his show heads to opening night, chronicling the behind-the-scenes drama of his egotistical and insecure costars (played by Edward Norton and Naomi Watts) and voice-of-reason manager (Zach Galifianakis). There’s family drama, as well: Emma Stone plays his right-out-of-rehab daughter.

Birdman, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams) is now out in limited release in select cities.

Watch an exclusive making-of clip featuring the star-studded cast below.

Behind the Scenes with Birdmans Star Studded Cast (VIDEO)
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Pregnant Kate Wears Jenny Packham: See 4 More Times She’s Wowed in the Label

10/21/2014 at 06:10 PM ET

It was her first major red carpet appearance since announcing her second pregnancy (and subsequently battling the most severe pregnancy sickness we’ve ever heard of), so we weren’t surprised to see that Princess Kate chose a gown by her go-to evening dress designer, Jenny Packham, for the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition at the Natural History Museum in London on Tuesday.

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And apparently pregnancy is making her take some risks again (remember the bangs from two years ago?). This time, she chose a design with some exciting new elements, including a slit that revealed a knee-length underskirt. She paired it with blush-colored L.K.Bennett “Agata” heels (another bold choice: she ordinarily wears closed-toe pumps), a matching clutch and her signature blowout (which we’re willing to bet remained intact even on her worst days in bed). The blowout, of course, was a return to form after stepping out earlier that day in another major style switch-up: a ponytail.

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The flattering, pale blue creation makes it obvious why Kate’s devoted to the British designer — and why Packham has been behind some of Kate’s most memorable style moments. Previous looks from the designer include the shimmery rose sequin gown with Swarovski crystals she wore to a gala shortly after her wedding; an ink blue off-the-shoulder number she’s already worn twice; a sparkly champagne fully beaded dress worn to 2013’s Tusk Awards and the stunning teal lace-trimmed gown that took the Duchess from demure to (somewhat) daring.

In addition to those big-night-out gowns, Kate has also turned to Packham to create a look for a very memorable occasion: the polka-dot dress that she wore to debut baby George on the steps of London’s St. Mary’s hospital.

Which Packham look are you loving? Tell us in the comments!

–Andrea Lavinthal

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