Nicolas Cage has split from his third wife.
The actor and Alice Kim have been separated since January (16), according to his representative.
The couple, which shares a 10-year-old son, would have celebrated its 12th wedding anniversary in August (16).
Kim, who is 20 years younger than 52-year-old Cage, met the Con Air star in 2004 while working as a waitress in a Los Angeles restaurant.
They were engaged two months later after a whirlwind courtship.
Cage told The Guardian in 2013 that he and Kim married quickly so she could travel with him to South Africa while he made 2005 movie Lord of War, stating, “We did it because we loved each other.”
The couple hit the headlines in April, 2011, following an alleged altercation in New Orleans, Louisiana. The actor was taken into police custody but quickly freed on bail, and soon after local officials decided to close their investigation into the incident.
Cage’s representative said at the time, “The New Orleans District Attorney has confirmed that no charges of any kind will be pursued against him. After their investigation, the DAs refused all charges against Nic and the matter has been closed. We are pleased that the process led to the correct result, despite inaccurate media reports, and that Nick has been cleared and all charges have been dropped.”
He was previously married to Lisa Marie Presley for almost four months in 2002, and to Patricia Arquette for five years.
The movie star also has a 25-year-old son, named Weston, from a relationship with model Christina Fulton.
Legendary Parliament Funkadelic musician Bernie Worrell has died, aged 72.
The star passed away after a long battle with stage-four lung cancer and the announcement of his death was made on Facebook on Friday (24Jun16).
A sad message, believed to have been written by his wife Judie, reads: “At 11:54, June 24, 2016, Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit. Rest in peace, my love – you definitely made the world a better place…”
The writer of the post urges fans to “Check BernieWorrell.com for further input” and “anything you want to post”.
Judie has been posting updates about her now-late husband’s medical condition online and last week (16Jun16) she revealed to fans on Facebook that Bernie was on his deathbed.
The deceased legend helped pioneer the funk music genre in 1968 when he co-founded iconic band Parliament Funkadelic with fellow musicians George Clinton and bassist Bootsy Collins.
Worrell was a prolific keyboard player, who spearheaded the use of modern synthesisers, becoming one of the first musicians to use sounds from the Minimoog machine in Parliament Funkadelic’s classic 1978 single Flash Light. Worrell’s contribution to the band’s sound influenced a host of other musical genres, such as new wave, hip hop and early electronica.
He was also a regular collaborator with superstar post-punk band Talking Heads during the height of their success in the 1980s.
Worrell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with 15 other members of Parliament Funkadelic in 2007. He was also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in May (16).
Top Gun star Kelly McGillis is getting serious about her safety after confronting an intruder in her home last week (17Jun16) – she’s bought a gun and is taking target practice.
The actress has obtained a concealed and carry gun permit, which allows her to strap on a weapon, after she tussled with Laurence Marie Dorn in the kitchen of her home in North Carolina a week ago.
Kelly confirmed she’s no longer someone to trifle with in a post on Facebook on Thursday (23Jun16), revealing she “rushed” through a conceal and carry course and is now “armed and ready”.
“The Henderson County Sheriff’s department has been absolutely the greatest,” McGillis wrote, sharing a photo of her first target practice.
Dorn, 38, has been charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanour larceny, misdemeanour stalking, assault and battery and interfering with emergency communication, and she is being held in the Henderson County Jail.
Kelly’s plans to arm herself were met with backlash and she answered her critics by stating: “For those of you on my feed that are telling me that getting a cc permit is not the best choice for me to make, well let me fill you in on a few things that have lead me to this decision.”
The star revealed she was gang-raped at the age of 12, held up at gunpoint during college, attacked on the New York City subway, and then raped again by two men in 1979.
She added, “I have been stalked by an ex-girlfriend who took great pains to try to poison my animals…
“After each one of these attacks I moved thinking I could find a safe place. Not. The incident Friday night has now pushed me over the edge. It has been my tipping point. No I am not a victim. I am a survivor.
“(I am) left with all the terrifying feelings of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and trying to pull myself out of the very depth of the all consuming depression and despair.
“All I have ever wanted is to feel safe. Safe in my own home…. I can’t think. I can’t eat. And I am terrified to be alone…That’s why I am going to start carrying a gun.”
Rihanna is to release a new track for forthcoming science-fiction blockbuster Star Trek Beyond titled Sledgehammer. America’s version of Apple’s iTunes music download and streaming service has begun promoting the song, which is yet to get an official release date. Star Trek Beyond, which stars Chris Pine Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Idris Elba is due for release in the U.K. and U.S. on the 22 July (16).
James dedicated their Glastonbury set to the voters who chose to remain in the European Union (EU) after the referendum on Thursday (23Jun16).
The Sit Down hitmakers took to the festival stage on Friday (24Jun16), hours after the shock result and the subsequent resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron was announced.
James frontman Tim Booth dedicated a song to “all the beautiful people who voted to remain” during their set, with guitarist Larry Gott also telling the audience, “We stand in front of you today unified in the sadness that our country decided to turn against people. Well, f**k them.”
The group, which hails from Manchester, England – a region that voted to remain in the EU – were scheduled to start their festival set at 11am local time, but had to delay their performance by 50 minutes to allow damage to the field site to be repaired. Festival staff were laying wood chips on the ground to cover and soak up excess mud that had gathered in front of the stage minutes before their set was due to start.
James performed tracks from their new album Girl At The End of The World, alongside classic hits such as Laid and Come Home.
Other bands set to perform have also spoken out after the EU referendum vote, which is being dubbed Brexit (British exit from the EU), with rockers Bastille calling it “the worst news”.
The band, who are due to perform on the Other Stage on Friday (24Jun16), told NME.com the political news had put a dampener on the usually upbeat festival.
“Our first day at Glasto has been a bit rubbish because of waking up to the news about Brexit and stuff, which for some people is quite sad and quite shocking,” said frontman Dan Smith.
Guitarist Will Farquarson added, “That tends to put a downer on your day when you wake up to the worst news you could imagine.”
The rockers were still unsure if they would mention the vote during their set, as James did, confessing they didn’t want to be criticised for having an opinion.
“Obviously everybody’s got an opinion and if you’re in a band and you’ve got an opinion and you express it, often people will use that as an excuse to knock you for it,” Smith explained.
“If it feels natural we’ll say something. I was sort of hoping to go up onstage and be like, ‘We’re still part of Europe!’, but that little daydream is over.”
Ben Affleck’s career fell apart following his split from Jennifer Lopez back in 2004, according to the actor himself.
The 43-year-old called off his engagement to Jennifer after two years of dating, during which his film career began to crash following box office flops such as the former couple’s 2003 movie Gigli, and the romantic comedy Jersey Girl in 2004.
During an appearance on Bill Simmons’ Any Given Wednesday earlier this week (22Jun16), he recalled feeling like he was uncool and untalented in the aftermath of his J.Lo romance.
“If you went by what people said… I wasn’t cool and I wasn’t talented, and I was, like, the lowest rung of cool and talented that you could possibly be in the public consciousness at that time,” he said. “I had broken up with Jennifer Lopez and I had, like, three or four movies in a row that had bombed.”
The director’s low ticket sales at the box office were not the only problem, and he told host Bill he hit rock bottom after becoming the punchline of a joke by comedian Robert Wuhl for a United Airlines promotional video.
“So that guy (Wuhl) had to look around and go, ‘Who’s below me that I can s**t on?’ And he picked me,” Ben recalled. “He did a whole bit about me that I saw on United Airlines and I (thought), ‘This is it, it really doesn’t get much worse than this’.
“That was where I found myself when I thought, ‘Hey, I want to take up directing, which is for people that are taken seriously. That became my mantra: ‘I’m just going to work harder than everybody else’.”
And his determination paid off – Affleck’s 2012 movie Argo, which he starred in, co-produced and directed, picked up three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 2013. He also earned accolades for directing critically-acclaimed movies The Town (which he also starred in alongside Jeremy Renner) and Gone Baby Gone, which featured his little brother Casey Affleck.
However, the actor won’t take all the credit for his recent Hollywood success, and credited estranged wife Jennifer Garner for helping him achieve his dreams.
“My wife was really instrumental and helpful in me doing a lot of that work because I was just so focused (on it) and it was harder to balance family and all that,” he explained.
The couple announced it had split in June last year (15) after 10 years of marriage. Ben and Jennifer continue to co-parent daughters Violet, 10, and Seraphina, seven, and son Samuel, four, together.