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Grapevine: Local fan gets Paul McCartney’s attention

Justin Timberlake crashes New Hampshire wedding, Michigan ballroom dancers bring home awards and more celebrity news.

Stephanie Steinberg
The Detroit News

Local fan gets Paul McCartney’s attention

Paul McCartney fans were on cloud nine Monday night, when the former Beatle performed for the first time in Grand Rapids for his One On One Tour. Fans packed the Van Andel Arena for the sold-out show. The 38-song set list included the opener “Hard Day’s Night” and other Beatles favorites such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Lady Madonna” and “Hey Jude.” McCartney told the audience to “say nice things to people when you have the chance,” before playing “Here Today,” which he wrote after John Lennon’s death. Birmingham resident Terry Matlen, author of “The Queen of Distraction” and a lifelong McCartney fan, attracted his attention with her sign in the third row: “Can I touch your bass?” Except, the “B” was crossed out. To her delight, McCartney read it aloud and invited her on stage, where she got to, yes, touch his butt. “I thought this can’t be happening,” she says Tuesday driving back from Grand Rapids. “He looked at me and said, ‘Well, do you want to touch my bass or my ass?’ I’m like in total shock, and he caught me off guard, so I said, ‘your a**!’ He turned around and I said, ‘Oh my goodness, what do I do?’ So I just tapped his butt, and then he turned around, and I touched his guitar. He turned around again, and I snuck in another tap on his butt,” she says laughing. Matlen, in her early 60s, says she’s been trying to get on stage for decades. “I thought, ‘Well, he’s 74 years old. How many more chances do I have?’ So I went all out and came up with the sign that was a little different,” she says. Clearly, all you need is a good sign to win McCartney’s love.

Justin Timberlake crashes New Hampshire wedding

It’s a little hard to crash a wedding unnoticed when you’re Justin Timberlake. No matter. The singer made one couple’s big day extra special Saturday when he materialized before their wedding reception at Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire. The bride, Chelsey Gaudet, told ET that her father saw JT eating lunch near the wedding venue and asked “for a favor.” “We were taking the first look photo, and all of a sudden Justin Timberlake appears out of nowhere, shakes my husband’s hand and congratulates us and takes a photo,” Gaudet says. The photo is now her Facebook profile pic. Wearing shorts, a baseball hat and vest, Timberlake wasn’t quite dressed in wedding attire like Taylor Swift, when she casually swung by a fan’s New Jersey wedding in June.

‘I Am Cait’ gets the boot

E! network is canceling “I Am Cait” after two seasons. The reality series chronicled the life of Caitlyn Jenner, who had formerly been Bruce Jenner, the TV personality and Olympics athlete. It debuted a year ago to huge fanfare (and 2.7 million viewers) as part of a publicity drive accompanying Jenner’s transition from a man into a woman. Jenner’s stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, and husband Kanye West, as well as her ex-wife, Kris Jenner, made appearances. A second season aired in March and April of this year. But the average audience had sunk to about 700,000 viewers. E! said in a statement that Jenner will continue to appear on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

Joseph Gordan-Levitt drums in NYC subway

Play bass, percussion, horns or any other kind of instrument? Joseph Gordon-Levitt wants to hear from you. Over the weekend, the “500 Days of Summer” star busted out a drum set in a Los Angeles subway station to promote his HitRecord project that aims to create “art that captures those unmissable, spectacular moments that happen every day.” Gordon posted the video on Facebook with the caption, “I played the drums (in a subway) for our ‘Everyday, Spectacular’ project — now, where are all you musicians gonna play your instruments?” The best part is, the subway bystanders didn’t seem to recognize him. One guy’s commented, “You look like Pee-Wee Herman in that suit.”

Michigan ballroom dancers sweep awards in Las Vegas competition

Students and instructors from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bloomfield Hills received five first place awards at the the annual Fred Astaire World Championships at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas last week. First-place winners include Cheryl Angelelli of Clinton Township, Bloomfield Township residents Charlene Proctor and Uda Shallop, and Waterford residents Yuliya Sinevych and Tamerlan Gadirov. The winners competed among 700 ballroom dancers from across the U.S.

Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg

Wednesday’s birthdays

Robert De Niro, 73

Sean Penn, 56

Donnie Wahlberg, 47

Giuliana Rancic, 42

Mark Salling, 34