Grapevine: Sheen expected to reveal that he has HIV

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Charlie Sheen expected to reveal that he has HIV

Actor Charlie Sheen is expected to announce on the “Today” show Tuesday that he has HIV. The show tweeted Monday saying that the 50-year-old actor will sit down with Matt Lauer to give a “live revealing interview.” TMZ claims to know that he’ll be addressing the HIV rumors that started this week with the National Enquirer. People magazine reports that Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman was in talks with Sheen’s people to help him manage the crisis, but ended up not working with the actor. Bragman said the “Today” interview could “open up a lot of sympathy for him, but he has to be concerned about a fear of litigation from former sexual partners. You don’t take that lightly.” “He’s not necessarily comfortable talking about it,” Bragman added. “It was very hard to get up the courage for him to talk about it.”

Huey Lewis and the News Charity Preview headliner

This year’s North American International Auto Show Charity Preview will be getting an added dose of “Heart and Soul,” thanks to musical guests Huey Lewis and the News. The blues-rock standbys will perform a free show at the conclusion of the Charity Preview, NAIAS execs announced Monday. Huey Lewis and the News take on a slot that in previous years has been filled by the Steve Miller Band, Sheryl Crow and Uncle Kracker. The NAIAS Charity Preview, which is touted as the largest single-night fundraiser in the world, will be held Jan. 15. Tickets, $400, are on sale now at

Spike Lee calls for more diversity in Hollywood

The Governors Awards, held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored actresses Debbie Reynolds and Gena Rowlands and director Spike Lee for their contribution to the film industry Sunday (the award is considered an honorary Oscar). Lee — who last month said he would try to keep his acceptance speech “positive” — took the opportunity to address diversity issues in Hollywood. “By the year 2043, white Americans are going to be a minority in this country. And all you people out there in the position of hiring, you better get smart. Because your workforce should reflect what this country looks like,” he said. “It’s easier to be the president of the United States as a black person than to be the head of a studio.” (See related story, 1C)

Billboard names Motor Lounge as one of the best

A recent list published by included Hamtramck’s Motor Lounge as one of the “Best Dance Clubs of All Time” alongside clubs in Tokyo, London, Barcelona and even New York City’s Studio 54. “While Detroit techno came of age in warehouses and underground raves, Motor gave the genre the venue it deserved after opening in 1996,” Billboard said. Motor Lounge closed in 2002.

Also ...

■The Dixie Chicks will perform at DTE Energy Music Theatre on June 4. Ticket prices haven’t been announced yet, but they go on sale Nov. 23. It will be their first area show in 10 years.

■Singer and songwriter Michelle Branch has finalized her divorce from Teddy Landau. They were married nearly 12 years and will share custody of their 10-year-old daughter.

Adam Graham contributed

Tuesday’s birthdays

Gordon Lightfoot, 77

Lauren Hutton, 72

Danny DeVito, 71

RuPaul, 55

Daisy Fuentes, 49

Rachel McAdams, 37