Grapevine: Larson’s Affleck protest ‘spoke for itself’

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Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Brie Larson’s Affleck protest ‘spoke for itself’

If you noticed Brie Larson not clapping when she presented Casey Affleck with his Best Actor trophy at this year’s Oscars, you weren’t the only one. Larson’s reaction — or lack thereof — was seen by many as a silent protest of Affleck, who was dogged during awards season by allegations of sexual misconduct stemming back to 2010’s “I’m Still Here.” So was it a silent protest? “I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself,” Larson told Vanity Fair this week at the Hollywood premiere of her latest movie, “Kong: Skull Island.” “I’ve said all that I need to say about that topic.”

Lady Antebellum leads Hoedown

Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young will headline this year’s WYCD Hoedown, June 30 at DTE Energy Music Theatre, venue officials announced Friday. Tickets, $32 for lawn and $45.50-$65.50 for pavilion, go on sale at 10 a.m. March 17. Other acts joining the bill at the 35th annual event include Kristian Bush, Russell Dickerson, Seth Ennis, Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys, Trent Harmon and Midland. More acts will be announced in the coming months. The Hoedown was a free, multi-day concert event at Hart Plaza for many years before it became a ticketed concert held on the grounds of Comerica Park. Last year marked its shift to a one-day show held at DTE.

Sidibe opens up about phone sex job

Before she starred in “Precious,” Gabourey Sidibe was trained in the acting arts by working a phone sex line. “I was actually pretty good at it,” Sidibe, 33, tells People magazine of her three-year phone sex gig, which she has been afraid would come back to haunt her. “I knew that when people were asking me, ‘So have you had any acting training?’ my acting school was on the phone, pretending to be some super-young 21-year-old college girl named Melody. I know that was my acting! But I felt too stupid to say it.” Sidibe was so good at her job she was promoted after two months, but she never opened up about the job until now. “I was really, really nervous about it when ‘Precious’ was coming out. The whole Oscar run, all of it — I was becoming an actor, becoming a person that people were interested in and looking at and judging, so I didn’t want what I did for work (to come out).”

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