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Grapevine: Vin Diesel names daughter after Paul Walker

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Vin Diesel honors Paul Walker with daughter’s name

“Furious 7” star Vin Diesel revealed on the “Today” show this week that he and his girlfriend Paloma Jimenez named their newborn daughter Paulina in honor of the late actor Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash in 2013. “It felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world,” Diesel said. Walker starred with Diesel in several “Fast and Furious” films, which are about car racing.

Singer Keith John out of ICU

Detroit singer Keith John, a key part of Stevie Wonder’s live show for more than 25 years, is out of ICU and in a regular room in Houston, where he was hospitalized over the weekend after suffering a medical issue at his hotel. Kevin John flew to Houston to be with his brother and reports that he is improving. “He’s talking and he’s singing — standards!” Kevin said. “I sang with him so he’d keep going.” The family didn’t want to go into medical details, but Keith wasn’t unconscious when he was found but rather dizzy and unwell, his brother said. The John brothers are the sons of Little Willie John, the famed R&B singer from Detroit, known for such hits as “Fever” and “Talk to Me, Talk to Me.”

Don Draper gets New York City bench

To help hype up the final episodes of AMC’s “Mad Men,” the network revealed “The Draper Bench” outside New York’s Time-Life building. The show’s stars Jon Hamm (who plays Draper), January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery joined the show’s creator Matt Weiner at the unveiling. The bench is a silhouette of Draper lounging on the couch, an homage to the show’s opening credits. The second half of the seventh and final season of “Mad Men” starts April 5. GQ interviewed Hamm for the April cover story in which he said he talked with Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” about how to transition out of a long-term role. It’s hard, man. “It’s hard to let it go,” Cranston told him. “It’ll hit you a couple of different ways at different times.”


■Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts’ James Brown musical “I Feel Good Vol. 1” has been postponed. The venue says the star of the show, R&B singer Johnny Gill, abandoned the production to accept a higher-paying concert in Chicago, according to a news release from the Detroit venue. The show was scheduled to run May 7-10. Refunds are available of the point of purchase.

■Bob Seger had to postpone his Sunday “Ride Out” concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis to March 30 due to a shoulder injury. Previously, he intended to end his tour in Nashville on Saturday. Seger is still scheduled to perform Thursday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

■Actor Candice Bergen reveals in her new memoir that she has put on 30 pounds in the past 15 years, but she’s not the least bit concerned. “I live to eat. None of this ‘eat to live’ stuff for me.” Her book, “A Fine Romance,” comes out April 7.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Susan Whitall contributed

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