Grapevine: Mariah gets engaged

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Mariah Carey engaged

Mariah Carey is engaged to marry her Australian billionaire casino mogul boyfriend, James Packer, her reps confirmed Friday. Packer proposed Thursday in New York City with a gigantic 35-carat diamond ring which is practically the size of a platinum album. Forbes says 48-year-old Packer’s net worth is $3.5 billion. He was ranked fourth on the publication’s 2015 list of Australia’s richest people. He has three kids. Carey, 45, has 4-year-old twins. It will be the third marriage for both.

Pearl Jam aids Flint

Pearl Jam has jumped on board in the aid to help Flint with its water crisis. On Friday, the rock band pledged $125,000 to the United Way of Genesee County, according to a release from the band’s management. Additionally, a network of the group’s friends and partners — including Live Nation and the group’s one-time foes, Ticketmaster — chipped in an additional $175,000, bringing the total donation to $300,000. The band has also launched a CrowdRise campaign for fans to donate money to Flint through the website

Cher blasts Snyder

An “outraged” Cher discussed Flint’s water crisis Friday on “The View,” and the outspoken star slammed Gov. Rick Snyder for his comments about the situation. “I cannot believe the governor said he would let his grandchildren bathe in this water,” she said by phone, referring to comments Snyder made in an interview with Fox 2’s Charlie LeDuff this week. “I mean, he’s either a liar or an idiot.” Cher, who has sent 200,000 bottles of water to aid Flint residents, was one of the first celebrities to speak up about the water crisis in Flint and has continued to hammer the issue on Twitter.

‘Detroiters’ headed to Detroit

The new Comedy Central series “Detroiters” — which stars ex-“SNL” cast member Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson from “Veep,” both Metro Detroit natives, and is exec-produced by “SNL” alum Jason Sudeikis — will be filmed in its namesake city, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. “A production that bears the city’s name must be filmed in Detroit,” said Jenell Leonard, commissioner for the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office, in a release.

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■Jack White’s Third Man Records store in the Cass Corridor is holding a water drive to help aid those in need in Flint. Through Monday, for every gallon (or case) of water brought to the store, donors will receive a raffle ticket for a drawing of Third Man’s limited edition “Hateful Eight” soundtrack package. Donors will also receive 20-percent off their purchase.

Associated Press contributed

Saturday’s birthdays

Rutger Hauer , 72

Mariska Hargitay , 52

Tiffani Amber Thiessen , 42