Grapevine: Letterman pays tribute to Robin Williams

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

A week after the world learned of Robin Williams’ death, David Letterman honored the late comedian with a lengthy tribute Monday night on “The Late Show.” Letterman talked about their 40-year friendship, which started at the Comedy Store in New York. Williams was a guest on the various incarnations of Letterman’s late-night show nearly 50 times. “If they knew Robin was on the show, the viewership would go up because they wanted to see Robin,” Letterman said. “Believe me that wasn’t just true of television, I believe that was true of the kind of guy he was. People were drawn to him because of this electricity, this whatever it was that he radiated that propelled him and powered him. Beyond being a very talented man and a good friend and a gentleman, I am sorry I, like everybody else, had no idea that the man was in pain and the man was suffering,” Letterman said at the end of the tribute, “but what a guy.”

Depp, Smith and daughters team up

Actor Johnny Depp and filmmaker Kevin Smith are teaming up for a comic book movie that will star their two daughters, Lily-Rose Depp and Harley QuinnSmith, as well as Depp. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Yoga Hosers” will be an action-adventure film and a follow up to Smith’s new movie “Tusk.” Both films star Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment and others.

Kate Bush says ‘no cameras’

When singer Kate Bush returns to the stage after a more than 30-year hiatus, she joins the growing legion of artists that are asking fans not take photos or videos. “We have purposefully chosen an intimate theater setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows,” she wrote on her website. “I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras. I know it’s a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together.” Her fall residency at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London sold out in minutes.

Also ...

■Christian Bale

’s wife, Sibi, gave birth to their second child, a boy, People Magazine reported. The couple also has a 9-year-old daughter.

■Comedian Kevin Hart is engaged to Eniko Parrish. He popped the question Monday at her 30th birthday party.

■TMZ reports that dancer and actress Julianne Hough is returning to “Dancing with the Stars” as a fourth judge. She left the show in 2008 to pursue acting.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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