Grapevine: Rhimes in talks on film about Detroiters

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Shonda Rhimes in talks to produce film about Detroiters

Television producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers are in talks with Fox 2000 to produce a movie based on the lives of the Dare Divas, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Divas are a group of Detroit-based friends who, according to their Facebook page, are “about inspiring women to live courageously and reach beyond their comfort zones as they live their lives to the fullest.” Fox 2000 is in negotiations for the rights to their story. Dare Diva founder Sheri Hunter gathered three of her friends to form the group after her husband died suddenly and made her reevaluate her life. Rhimes is known for her ABC television shows like “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” but she also has film credits, having written the Britney Spears film “Crossroads” and “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.”

Kris Jenner wants to go back to being a Kardashian

Kris Jenner said in a deleted scene from her reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” that she is going to change her name back to Kris Kardashian. Jenner, 60, was married to the late attorney Robert Kardashian from 1978-1991. In the scene, her daughter Khloe Kardashian says, “It just doesn’t sound right.” Kris’ response was, “If (ex-husband) Bruce (Jenner) can change his name to Caitlyn, I think I’m good.”

Jeanne Parr died at 92

Former CBS News journalist Jeanne Parr died Friday at age 92. Her son, “The Good Wife” actor Chris Noth, confirmed the news to People. “My mother lived fiercely with courage and love,” he told the magazine. “She never accepted anything less than her dreams. And she wanted those same qualities for her children. She lived long and died surrounded by those she loved and who loved her.” Parr was a news correspondent for CBS in the 1960s and covered the Republican National Convention and the Newark/New York riots.

Paris Jackson gets another tattoo to honor her father

Paris Jackson, the 18-year-old daughter of late pop legend Michael Jackson, got a new tattoo to honor her dad. She posted a photo of the ink, which depicts the cover of Jackson’s 1991 album “Dangerous,” on her Instagram page. “Never forget your roots, and always be proud of where you came from,” her caption reads. The artist, Justin Lewis, posted the tattoo, as well, stating that he has one more session to go before its finished. Lewis did Jackson’s first tattoo, which she got in April after turning 18. That tattoo is on her forearm and has the phrase “Queen of My Heart” in the King of Pop’s handwriting.

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Local actors are being cast for the fall production of “Evil Dead: The Musical” at City Theatre in Detroit. Auditions are at the Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale starting at 11 a.m. June 11 (arrive then to register). Actors should have a short song prepared and be prepared for cold reads. E-mail Jamie Warrow at with any questions.

■Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The Canadian musicians plan to keep touring, according to a statement on the group’s website.

■Congratulations to actress Eva Longoria and Mexican television executive José Antonio Bastón. The pair got married Saturday in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. Mario Lopez, David and Victoria Beckham, Melanie Griffith, Ricky Martin and other celebrities were in attendance.

■BMX icon Dave Mirra was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease that can lead to depression and memory loss, ESPN reports. It’s the type of chronic brain damage seen in dozens of football players. The 41-year-old extreme sports superstar committed suicide in February. Mirra, who retired from competition in 2011, was a record-setting champion who had his own video game series and a show on MTV.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Wednesday’s birthdays

Frank Oz, 72

Ian McKellen, 77

Mike Myers, 53

Octavia Spencer, 46

Cillian Murphy, 40