Grapevine: Celebrity news
Renee Zellweger looks fresh-faced on red carpet
Actress Renee Zellweger rattled the Internet Tuesday morning after appearing on the red carpet Monday evening for the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards. She looked beautiful as always, fresh-faced with minimal make up and a completely wrinkle-free forehead, yet something was different that we just can’t place. Maybe it’s because we haven‘t seen the 45-year-old in a while; her last film credit was in 2010. She’ll appear in 2015’s “The Whole Truth.”
Led Zeppelin loses first round in ‘Stairway’ suit
Classic rockers Led Zeppelin have lost the first round of a lawsuit alleging that they stole the intro guitar riff for their classic anthem “Stairway to Heaven.” The band’s lawyers failed to get the suit dismissed. A lawyer representing the trust of musician Randy California says the intro is ripped off from California’s song “Taurus,” which he played in his band Spirit. Led Zeppelin opened for Spirit a few times in 1969.
Leslie Jones added to ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast
“Saturday Night Live” writer Leslie Jones has joined the cast as a featured player. She was hired last year after the long-running sketch comedy show was in search of an African-American cast member. She didn’t get that job, but she was hired as a writer. While she’s popped up here and there since starting as a writer, Jones will be seen regularly as part of the cast starting this Saturday when Jim Carrey hosts with musical guest Iggy Azalea. Jones will also stay on as a writer.
■Irish-Canadian actor Gerard Parkes died at age 90 at a retirement home in Toronto this week. He was best known for playing the only human character on Jim Henson’s “Fraggle Rock.”
■Interactive website “Onu” and the Detroit Public Television series “Craftsman’s Legacy” have both been approved for film incentives, the Michigan Film Office announced Tuesday. The latter is expected to hire nine Michigan workers. “Onu,” which is developed by Southfield-based PIXO Group, will hire 10.
■Country star Brantley Gilbert is engaged to an old girlfriend of his, who he has written many songs about (including the platinum single “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”). He called the unnamed woman “the one who got away” on Bobby Bones’ radio show this week.
Compiled by Melody Baetens
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