Grapevine: A nude Bieber; Rick Moranis is not retired
Not even a Speedo?
Yep, the photos circulating around on the web and published by the New York Daily News are really of Justin Bieber caught walking around his “water cottage” in Bora Bora totally nude while vacationing with his presumed girlfriend, British model Jayde Pierce. We know that because the Biebs’ lawyers contacted the Daily News, which published censored versions of the photos, demanding that they be taken down. The photos show Bieber, his hair platinum blond, walking around, relaxing on the cottage’s porch, etc., but no cuddly photos with Pierce. So yes, Justin, even remote Bora Bora is not far enough away to escape the long lenses of the paparazzi.
Documentary on the Grande Ballroom to air on PBS
“Louder than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story,” the documentary about Detroit’s premier psychedelic dance hall of the ’60s, will make its PBS broadcast premier Dec. 18, director Tony D’Annunzio said. Viewers will be able to purchase “Louder Than Love” DVDs during the broadcast, as well as posters. The exact broadcast time and more details will be announced soon.
Rick Moranis is not retired
Apparently, actor Rick Moranis, who seemed to drop out of Hollywood entirely after a string of big hits (“Spaceballs,” “Honey I Shrunk the Kids,” “Ghostbusters”), didn’t actually retire. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Moranis said he took an 18-year hiatus from acting after his wife, Ann, died of breast cancer in 1997 to focus on being a father to his two children.
“I took a break, which turned into a longer break,” Moranis told the publication. And he’s been doing voiceovers for Canadian radio and writing. “But I’m interested in anything that I would find interesting,” he said. “I still get the occasional query about a film or television role, and as soon as one comes along that piques my interest, I’ll probably do it.” He wasn’t interested in doing a cameo in the new “Ghostbusters,” film, unlike his co-stars, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. “It didn’t appeal to me,” he said. The Canadian-born Moranis, who lives in New York now, came to fame in “SCTV” out of Toronto (which made it to NBC, eventually), where he made his mark portraying one of the beer-addled McKenzie Brothers (with Dave Thomas), pioneering veejay Gerry Todd, Woody Allen, and a host of other characters in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Punk poet Smith talks about ‘M Train’
Patti Smith, who appears Monday at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor to read from and discuss her moody, introspective new memoir, “M Train,” told Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now” last week that she hadn’t planned to write about her husband, Fred “Sonic” Smith, of the MC5 in her next book, which she is working on now (there are fleeting references to him in “M Train”).
“The next book was not going to speak of this period of our life,” Smith said. “So, it just — it just happened. And it happened so many times. I’d write, and I’d even shelve something, and then later (Fred) would come back. So I thought, well, he wants to be within the pages, so — ...” Smith met her husband at Lafayette Coney Island in the late ’70s, at a record company party. She moved to Detroit in 1979 to live with him, they married and had two children. Fred Smith died in 1994.
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