Grapevine: Jack White helps Kermit on ‘Muppets’

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Jack White to appear on ‘The Muppets’

Rocker Jack White will make a cameo on the season finale of the “The Muppets” on Tuesday night to help Kermit with “matters of the heart,” according to the Third Man Records Instagram. A clip of the episode shows Kermit pulling up next to White in traffic (Jack says: “Hey Kermit! You can drive?”), and the two end up singing “Fell in Love with a Girl” together. The one-hour season finale airs 8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC (Channel 7).

Abe Vigoda snubbed in Oscar montage

It seems like every year the Academy Awards forgets at least one actor or member of the film community who died that year during the “In Memoriam” segment. On Sunday, it was film and television actor Abe Vigoda, who died in January. Vigoda, who was in “The Godfather,” was “cheated,” his daughter, Carol Vigoda, told TMZ. “Last night the Oscars dismayed many and cheated Abe Vigoda by not paying tribute to the immense professional energies and talents that he brought to the industry,” she said. “Let’s not forget the personal and family sacrifices that were willing(ly) made to achieve that essential devotion. The Oscars fell short in many ways and as my father Abe Vigoda said, the Oscars have earned, ‘one demerit.’ ”

Stacey Dash explains Oscars appearance

Another moment of the Academy Awards telecast that had people scratching their heads was when host Chris Rock brought out actress and Fox News host Stacey Dash. He introduced her as “the new director of our minority outreach program” and she appeared on stage and said, “Happy Black History Month” and seemed to have utterly confused the entire audience. After her cameo, she took to her blog to (sort of) explain why she was there. She referred to earlier this year when she spoke out against Black History Month and against the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. “When they added ME to increase the diversity, I’m sure many black people rolled their eyes,’ she wrote. “I’m not ‘black enough,’ they say. But guess what? I’ve heard that all my life. I would rather be a free thinking black than a cookie cutter black who thinks — and votes — just like all my friends.” (Read Academy Awards ratings hit eight-year low. Page 1C)

Zac Brown, Def Leppard and more announce tours

Zac Brown will bring his “Black Out the Sun” tour with Drake White and the Big Fire to DTE Energy Music Theatre on July 2. Tickets, $28.50-$75.50, go on sale Friday at noon. Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men are on tour together, coming through to DTE Energy Music Theatre on July 29. Tickets, $24.50-$66, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon and Tesla are teaming up for a summer run, too, with a concert at DTE Energy Music Theatre on July 15. Tickets are $21-$121 and go on sale Friday. On the comedy front, the recently-reunited folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords comes to the Fox Theatre with new material on June 16. Tickets, $38.50-$53.50, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday.

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■Actor George Kennedy died Sunday at age 91. He won the 1967 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dragline in “Cool Hand Luke.”

Sarah Shahi has been cast in a CBS reboot of Nancy Drew. Shahi is best known for her role on “Person of Interest,” in which she’ll return for the fifth season.

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top has gotten his iconic beard insured by Lloyds of London, reports Page Six. He wouldn’t say for how much, but did say that “it’s up there somewhere.”

Tuesday’s birthdays

Harry Belafonte, 89

Ron Howard, 62

Mark Paul Gosselaar, 42

Lupita Nyong’o, 33

Kesha, 29

Justin Bieber, 22