Grapevine: Affleck serious about ‘Batman’ role


Ben Affleck is serious about playing Batman

Actor Ben Affleck says going to the gym every day at 6 a.m. to get in shape for his role as Batman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was the hardest part of the job. “The most difficult thing about making this movie, honestly, was the physical aspect,” he told the Associated Press on the red carpet for the New York City premiere. “I wasn’t used to that kind of workout regimen. Fans have come to expect that if you’re going to play a superhero, you got to look in the body like a superhero. I knew the camera was going to be looking at me and the guillotine was there so I knew I had to be ready.” The AP also spoke to the Affleck’s co-star, Amy Adams, who said she was “blown away” by his and JesseEisenberg’s performances. Eisenberg, who plays Lex Luthor, said he is as critical as himself as the fans. “No one is more concerned or critical or worried about doing a good job than I am,” he said.

Olivia Newton-John’s missing ex spotted in Mexico

Patrick McDermott, the former boyfriend of Australian actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, has been spotted in Mexico 11 years after he went missing from a fishing boat that had set off from San Pedro Marina in 2005. According to reports, Newton-John contacted the police after McDermott didn’t show up for a family gathering a week later. Officials said he disappeared after filing for bankruptcy and had unpaid debts in excess of $30,000, including child support payments owed to an ex-wife. Now, Woman’s Day, an Australian weekly magazine, reports that private detective Philip Klein, who is reportedly working on behalf of NBC’s “Dateline,” has located McDermott living in a remote area of Mexico and there are rumors that he has been hanging out with a German woman. Newton-John married John Easterling in 2008.

DSO to bring Bowie’s music to Meadow Brook

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is heading to Mars this summer when it pays tribute to David Bowie. The DSO will perform “The Music of David Bowie” on July 10 at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, venue officials announced Tuesday. Tickets, $75, $55, $35 and $25 pavilion and $20 lawn, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday through and all Ticketmaster outlets. Guest conductor Brent Havens, who has arranged symphony shows built around the music of Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Pink Floyd, the Eagles and more, will take the reins for the show, which will see the DSO augmented by a full rock band. The two-hour concert will feature performances of 18 signature Bowie songs, including “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “Heroes,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fame,” “China Girl” and more, according to a release. Bowie died in January at age 69, two days after the release of his final album, “Blackstar.”

Details of 10th annual Stars & Stripes Fest announced

Billed as the largest free festival in Michigan, the 10th annual Stars & Stripes Festival will be June 30-July 3 at Freedom Hill County Park. Musical headliners are Styx and Led Zeppelin 2 on July 1, Uncle Kracker and Josh Gracin on July 2 and Seether and the Winery Dogs on July 3. The concerts are free, along with the festival, but VIP tickets with preferred pavilion seating, $30, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster and the venue box office. The party ends July 3 with a fireworks display.

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■Oops: The incorrect date for the Vans Warped Tour was announced Monday. The outdoor punk festival is July 22 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Kaleo and Bishop have been added to the Mo Pop Festival, which hits West Riverfront Park in Detroit July 23-24. G-Eazy, M83, Haim were previously announced as headliners.

Adam Graham contributed

Wednesday’s birthdays

Chaka Khan, 63

Keri Russell, 40

Perez Hilton, 38