Grapevine: ‘Father of Pac-Man’ died at age 91

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Pac-Man founder dies at 91

Known as the “father of Pac-Man,” Masaya Nakamura died last week at age 91. Nakamura was the founder of Japanese video game developing company Namco, which produced the record-breaking video game Pac-Man. Created by game designer Toru Iwatani, Pac-Man was released in Japan in 1980. It is one of the longest-running video game franchises and has been awarded eight Guinness World Records.

Iranian Oscar nominee won’t attend ceremony

Film director Asghar Farhadi says he will not attend the Academy Awards next month because of the travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump. In 2011, Farhadi became the first Iranian to win an Oscar; he won for his film “A Separation.” This year his movie, “The Salesman,” is up for best foreign-language film. Because of Trump’s executive order however, Farhadi has concerns about his ability to travel to the United States and did not want any exceptions made for him. “It now seems that the possibility of this presence is being accompanied by ifs and buts, which are in no way acceptable to me even if exceptions were to be made for my trip,” Farhadi said in a statement. “Hard-liners, despite their nationalities, political arguments and wars, regard and understand the world in very much the same way,” he said. “In order to understand the world, they have no choice but to regard it via an ‘us and them’ mentality, which they use to create a fearful image of ‘them’ and inflict fear in the people of their own countries. This is not just limited to the United States; in my country hardliners are the same.”

Deep Purple, Alice Cooper launch tour

Classic rockers rejoice: Deep Purple and Alice Cooper will hit the road together this summer with blues rocker Edgar Winter Band. The tour is part of Deep Purple’s “Long Goodbye Tour.” The heavy metal pioneers also are promoting a new studio album, “Infinite,” to be released in April. Deep Purple and Alice Cooper are expected to play hits throughout their long careers on the tour, which comes to DTE Energy Music Theatre Sept. 3. Tickets, $26-$95.50, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and

Also ...

■Bel Biv DeVoe, En Vogue and SWV will perform at Chene Park on July 29. Tickets, $35-$125, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster and

■The Chainsmokers will bring their “Memories: Do Not Open” tour to Joe Louis Arena on April 27. Tickets, $26-$79, go on sale at noon Friday via Ticketmaster and

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Tuesday’s birthdays

Carol Channing, 96

Minnie Driver, 47

Portia de Rossi, 44

Kerry Washington, 40

Bobby Moynihan, 40

Justin Timberlake, 36