Grapevine: Alec Baldwin playing Trump on ‘SNL’

Also news on Britney Spears’ dating life, Chick Corea and Iggy Pop

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Baldwin playing Trump on SNL was Fey’s idea

When “Saturday Night Live” starts its 42nd season Saturday night, Alec Baldwin will be playing Donald Trump. “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels tells USA Today it was Tina Fey’s idea to cast the 16-time “SNL” host as the Republican presidential nominee. That means Darrell Hammond will no longer be playing Trump, at least through the election. “I knew that I wanted to shake it up,” Michaels says. “It was nothing to do with Darrell, because he’s obviously great at it.” But “just as Darrell took over from Phil Hartman doing Bill Clinton, these things have to change.” Margot Robbie will host the season premiere, and the Weeknd will serve as musical guest.

Britney Spears navigating dating waters

Pop princess Britney Spears says the dating scene’s not for her. “I have a friend at home and he randomly sets me up with people every now and then on dates,” Spears tells Jonathan Ross on ITV’s “The Jonathan Ross Show,” reports. “It’s just awkward because there’s so many times that you meet people and it’s just too awkward and you just don’t feel right. The dating thing and meeting other people, it’s hard.” Spears says she’s looking for someone “that’s just nice overall — just a nice guy is really groundbreaking in this world.” But suitors should beware the 34-year-old’s mind is elsewhere these days. “I’m not looking for men right now,” Spears says. “I’m really happy with myself. I’m not looking for anything, I’m fine with the way I am.”

Iggy Pop, Don Was line up live talk

Iggy Pop and Don Was will share stories during a joint conversation Oct. 23 at the Majestic Theatre. The two Michigan musicians, along with Grammy Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman, will discuss their long histories in music in front of a live audience. Tickets for the event, $35, are on sale now through “Gimme Danger,” a documentary about Iggy’s band the Stooges, opens at the Detroit Film Theatre Oct. 28.

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■Chick Corea will perform Oct. 7 at Orchestra Hall, venue officials announced Friday. Tickets for the show, $19-$99, are on sale now through by calling (313) 576-5111 or at the Orchestra Hall box office.

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