Grapevine: Haddish’s love for Groupon earns her new gig

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News


Tiffany Haddish’s use of Groupon during the filming of “Girls Trip” earned her a starring role in a Groupon Super Bowl ad.

Tiffany Haddish’s love for Groupon gets her Super Bowl ad

In July, comedian and actor Tiffany Haddish gushed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” about using Groupon while filming the comedy “Girls Trip.” The service allows users to buy services and items at a discounted price. Fans could relate and shared the clip causing it to go viral, which nabbed the attention of Groupon. Now, the popular comedian — she performed two sold-out shows at MGM Grand Detroit earlier this month — will star in a Groupon commercial to air during the Super Bowl. “We talked about involving her in our business more and as we got to know her, her purchases and the type of customer she is, we wanted to find her the stage that is appropriate, and here we are talking about her in the context of the Super Bowl,” Groupon head of marketing Jon Wild told People magazine. “She knows our product better than a lot of Groupon employees; it was incredible.”

Jack White announces Little Caesars Arena date

Twenty one years after the White Stripes made their debut a half-mile away at the now defunct Gold Dollar, Jack White will play his first-ever arena concert in Detroit when he kicks off his latest tour on April 19 at Little Caesars Arena. The tour comes on the heels of White’s third solo album, “Boarding House Reach,” due out March 23. In addition to the show at Little Ceasars, White’s tour includes headlining dates at the Governors Ball, Shaky Knees, and Boston Calling music festivals, and an April 21 date at 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids. Tickets for the Little Caesars Arena and 20 Monroe Live concerts will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 26. Members of White’s Third Man Records Vault program will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 22. Fans also will have an opportunity for pre-sale tickets through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program, registration for which is available at jackwhite.tmverifiedfan.com. Each ticket purchased includes a copy of “Boarding House Reach” on CD; vinyl fans will have an opportunity to upgrade for an LP copy. “Boarding House Reach” was previewed last week by the release of two singles, “Connected by Love” and “Respect Commander.”

Timothée Chalamet to donate his salary from Woody Allen film

Young actor Timothée Chalamet said this week that he’ll be donating his salary from the Woody Allen film “A Rain Day in New York” to the Times Up charity, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN. Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times asking why the #MeToo movement has “spared” Allen, whom she has long accused of sexual assaulting her when she was 7. It was only recently that people like actress Mira Sorvino and filmmaker Greta Gerwig and have started distancing themselves with the director. Alec Baldwin is not shying away from Allen, however. He tweeted Tuesday that working with Allen was “one of the privileges of my career.” “Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed,” Baldwin tweeted. “The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me.”

Dave Matthews Band to return to DTE

The boys of summer are coming back. Dave Matthews Band will perform at DTE Energy Music Theatre on June 6, promoters announced Tuesday. Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 2. Members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association will have a first shot at tickets via an online presale at warehouse.davematthewsband.com, which is under way now. Each ticket includes a copy of the group’s forthcoming new album — its first since 2012’s “Away from the World” — on either CD or digital download.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Adam Graham contributed


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