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Grapevine: Flint water crisis subject of Lifetime movie

Stephanie Steinberg
The Detroit News

Flint water crisis to be subject of new Lifetime movie

It was only a matter of time before the Flint water crisis hit the big screen. Lifetime is tackling the subject in an original movie, “Flint,” that will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of “The Wiz Live!” reports the two were inspired by Time magazine’s Feb. 1 cover story on the water contamination debacle that began in April 2014. The journalist who penned the article, Josh Sanburn, will serve as a consultant on the film, and indie filmmaker Barbara Stepansky will write the script.

Ben Affleck to star, direct in new ‘Batman’ movie

Did you enjoy Ben Affleck in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice?” Well, he’s coming back for more. Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced at CinemaCon (a gathering for players in the motion picture industry) that Affleck will star in and direct a standalone “Batman” flick. The film is reportedly one of the 10 movies DC Comics is slated to produce through 2020. No word yet on the release date or if Affleck will return to Detroit to use downtown buildings as the backdrop.

Blair Underwood will join a panel discussion on Detroit plays

Playwright and TV writer Dominique Morisseau, a Detroit native and University of Michigan grad, will join Blair Underwood (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Andre Holland (“Selma”) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson (“Billions”) for a panel discussion Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. The free event, moderated by poet Jessica Care Moore, will focus on Morisseau’s series of plays called “The Detroit Project,” in which the panel members have participated. The first play in the cycle, “Detroit ’67,” will run May 13 to June 5 at The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

Megan Fox’s pregnancy rumors confirmed

Megan Fox’s baby bump rumors have been confirmed, following a red carpet appearance for the film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Fox, 29, and her estranged husband, Brian Austin Green, will be expecting their third child, sources tell People. The actress filed for divorce in August after five years of marriage. Yet one source says the couple “never stopped loving each other, and they will never stop being devoted parents to their boys.” Another says the two are living together and “continuing to work on their marriage.” On Tuesday, Fox fed the father speculation fodder, posting on Instagram photos of herself with previous co-stars Shia LaBeouf, Will Arnett and Jake Johnson. The caption: #notthefather

Aziz Ansari shoots Kanye’s ‘Famous’ video for him

Kanye West doesn’t need to waste his energy on a music video for the single “Famous.” Comedian Aziz Ansari did the work for him. Ansari (who’s a bit obsessed with Kanye) and “Master of None” co-star Eric Wareheim shot the unofficial video in Italy, where they’re reportedly filming “Master of None” season 2. The three-minute clip promoting Kanye’s “The Life of Pablo” album features the two shoveling in pasta, downing wine and dancing through European streets. Ansari had a legit cameo in Kanye’s “Otis” video in 2011. We guess he just couldn’t wait for Yeezus to ask him this time.

Thursday’s birthdays

Loretta Lynn , 84

John Shea , 67

Robert Carlyle , 55

Sarah Michelle Gellar , 39

Abigail Breslin , 20