Grapevine: Kid Rock donates $20K to 'Orbit' anthology

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Kid Rock donates $20K to 'Orbit' anthology

Shortly after author Rob St. Mary and Wayne State University Press launched a crowdfunding campaign for "Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology," they received a generous donation. Kid Rock gave $20,000 to help publish the book, which will include excerpts from three now-defunct publications: White Nose, Fun and Orbit. Kid Rock's relationship with Orbit goes back to 1990, just after the release of his first record, "Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast." The goal for the fundraising was $17,000.

Michael Bolton visits downtown Detroit

Singer Michael Bolton was spotted around Detroit this weekend. Wednesday, he posted on his website about his "phenomenal day" riding around Detroit on his new Shinola bike. He was also spotted having lunch at the Dime Store restaurant in the Chrysler Building with Opportunity Detroit's Bruce Schwartz.

Farmington's James Wolk stars in new thriller

Actor James Wolk, who may be best known for his role as Bob Benson in "Mad Men," has scored the lead role in the CBS thriller "Zoo." A Farmington Hills native and graduate of the University of Michigan, Wolk, 29, will play Jackson Oz in the series, which is based on the best-selling novel by James Patterson. "Zoo" premiers in this summer. Wolk also stars in "Always Woodstock," an indie film showing at 5 p.m. Friday at Cinema Detroit, 3420 Cass. Visit cinemadetroit.com for information.

Kim Kardashian uncovered on cover of Paper

Paper Magazine wanted to "break the Internet" with their winter 2014 cover photo, and they may have at least ruptured it. Celebrity gossip websites went ga-ga for the image, which features Kim Kardashian West captured by famed photographer Jean-Paul Goude in his famous "Champagne Incident" pose, as well as a photo of her bare bottom.

Randy Jackson not returning for season 14 of 'Idol'

Dang, dawg. The last of the original "American Idol" judges, Randy Jackson, will not return for season 14 of the singing competition, which debuts in January. He announced the news via his publicist Tuesday. "I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol. I'm proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what's next."

Also ...

Robin Wright and fiance Ben Foster have broken up, according to US Weekly. The pair got engaged last Christmas.

Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston got married on Saturday at the Chateau Marmont hotel, People reports.

Compiled by Melody Baetens


Today's birthdays

Whoopi Goldberg, 59

Jimmy Kimmel, 47

Gerard Butler, 45