Grapevine: Actor convicted of second-degree murder

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Actor Michael Jace could be sentenced to 40 years to life for the shooting death of his wife, April Jace.

‘The Shield’ actor convicted of second-degree murder

Actor Michael Jace has been convicted by a Los Angeles jury of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, April Jace. The actor, who played a police officer on the FX series “The Shield,” told detectives that he didn’t intend to kill his wife, he only wanted to “inflict pain.” According to reports, he shot her in the back and twice in her legs. Their 10-year-old son testified that he heard Jace say, “If you like running, then run to heaven.” He could be sentenced to 40 years to life.

Juvenile addressed Detroit’s recent crime spree at Saturday’s Fox Theatre concert.

Juvenile addresses Detroit crime at concert

At the Hip Hop Smackdown Saturday night at the Fox Theatre, rapper Juvenile used his stage time to address the recent killings in Detroit. According to concert attendees, the New Orleans native asked openly if “we could love one another and stop the violence.” (In the past two months, eight children have been injured or killed by gunfire.) What if, you went home today and your child has been killed or you went home and your child has been shot. How would that make you feel?

Poland revives effort to extradite Roman Polanski

You may remember that in 1977 film director Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, but ran away to France just before sentencing. In October, a Krakow judge ruled against turning over Polanski to the U.S. government, but Tuesday Poland’s chief prosecutor, Zbigniew Ziobro, announced that he has decided to appeal that decision to the Supreme Court. He called the previous judge’s decision a “serious breach” of the extradition agreement between the U.S. and Poland, the New York Times reports. Polanski, 82, has served some jail time in this matter. He was held for 42 days in the U.S. in 1978 and was held for a year in Switzerland before that government decided not to extradite him. Polanski, who was married to actress Sharon Tate when she was killed by Charles Manson’s gang, is known for his films “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Pianist.”

Kate Beckinsale calls out director Michael Bay

Recently, actress Kate Beckinsale opened about unflattering comments director Michael Bay made to her while filming “Pearl Harbor.” The 2001 film also starred Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett. “I don’t think I fitted the type of actress Michael Bay the director had met before,” she said on the BBC One program “The Graham Norton Show.” Beckinsale said she was asked to work out to get the part, which she didn’t understand because her role was for a nurse in the 1940s. She also said Bey repeatedly referenced her looks while promoting the film. “Michael was asked why he had chosen Ben and Josh, and he said, ‘I have worked with Ben before and I love him, and Josh is so manly and a wonderful actor.’ Then when he was asked about me, he’d say, ‘Kate wasn’t so attractive that she would alienate the female audience,’” she said, adding that “he kept saying it everywhere we went, and we went a lot of places.”

Also ...

■In April it was announced that longtime Detroit radio personalities Drew Lane and Mike Clark would regroup for a daily podcast. The former WRIF jocks began publishing their new show last month. Hear it at

■Michigan-born comedian Sinbad will perform at the MGM Grand Detroit Event Center on July 1. Tickets, $49.50-$69.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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