Grapevine: John Boyega cast in ’67 Detroit riot film

Gladys Knight’s chicken and waffles restaurant raided, Katy Perry possibly mocks Taylor Swift with new perfume and more celebrity news

Stephanie Steinberg
The Detroit News

John Boyega cast in ’67 Detroit riot film

KathrynBigelow’s movie about the infamous 1967 Detroit riot has its first cast member: John Boyega. The 24-year-old is known for playing Finn in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The Wrap reports that English actress Hannah Murray of “Game of Thrones” also is talking with Bigelow about a possible role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be shot in Detroit and Boston this summer. Few details have been released, but the crime drama is expected to come out in 2017 in time for the 50th anniversary of the riot that resulted in 43 deaths, over 300 injuries and nearly 1,400 burned buildings. This will be Bigelow’s first feature since directing 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” which won an Oscar for sound editing and was nominated for best original screenplay. The project is being financed by Annapurna Pictures, and Mark Boal (who wrote “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker”) is writing the script.

Guns N’ Roses’ show: What you need to know

Welcome to the jungle, Detroit. On Thursday, Ford Field plays host to the kickoff date of Guns N’ Roses’ “Not in This Lifetime” tour, which reunites the core members of Guns N’ Roses’ original lineup for its first tour since 1993. Thursday’s show launches a 25-date tour that stretches through August and wraps Aug. 22 at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. As of Wednesday morning, tickets for Thursday’s show were still available at all price levels: $49.50, $63.50, $83.50, $103.50, $153.50 and $253.50. Tickets are available through Ford Field’s website or by phone at (877) 212-8898. Gates to Ford Field open at 7 p.m., and the show is scheduled to begin with opening act Alice in Chains taking the stage at 8:30 p.m. Expect Guns N’ Roses to hit the stage between 9:45-10 p.m., says production manager Dale “Opie” Skjerseth, who spoke to members of the media at Ford Field on Wednesday. Click here for more about the show.

Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles restaurants raided

Gladys Knight’s son, Shanga Hankerson, owner of three Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles restaurants in the Atlanta area, might be taking a midnight train out of Georgia. Hankerson is accused of stealing over $650,000 in sales and tax withholding. With interest and penalties, that amounts to over $1 million, WSB-TV Atlanta reports. Jeff Mitchell, Georgia Department of Revenue Special Investigations chief, told the TV station that neither Knight nor the restaurant employees face charges. Knight’s spokesperson issued a statement explaining the Motown singer lent her name to her son’s restaurant as “a celebrity endorsement,” adding, “Knight was not involved in any way with the operation of the restaurants, and she is sure that her son and his business partners will rectify the situation.” According to the restaurant’s website, Hankerson’s food industry experience started in a Detroit butcher shop, but he dreamed of opening a restaurant one day. That dream came true when he launched Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles in 1997. The Southern food joint was raided by officials on Tuesday. Authorities told CNN they are working with Hankerson’s lawyer to have the restaurant “running again as soon as possible.”

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift bad blood keep flowing

The name of KatyPerry’s latest fragrance — “Mad Love” — could be a coincidence, or it could allude to the catfight that she and Taylor Swift can’t shake off. The words “made love” appear in Swift’s song, “Bad Blood,” reportedly about her longstanding feud with Perry. (Swift alleges the pop star stole her 2014 tour dancers.) For those unfamiliar with the song, it goes, “Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood. You know it used to be mad love, so take a look what you’ve done.” The internet is at odds whether the perfume is actually a dig at Swift. Perry called her 2015 perfume “Mad Potion,” so “Mad Love” might just be a sequel.

Also …

Chance the Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring World Tour includes a show at the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Tickets range from $35-$69.50 and go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Visit or call (800) 745-3000.

■Regal Cinemas are offering an “Independence Day” double feature in theaters across the U.S. on Thursday. For the price of one ticket, catch “Independence Day” at 5 p.m. and “Independence Day: Resurgence” at 8 p.m. Check for locations.

Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg

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Thursday’s birthdays

Randy Jackson, 60

Selma Blair, 44

Jason Mraz, 39