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Singer Robin Thicke and his estranged wife Paula Patton have put their Los Angeles mansion on the market.
The couple announced its separation in February (14), after nearly nine years of marriage, and on Monday (21Jul14), the sprawling Bel Air home they once shared went up for sale, according to TMZ.com.
Originally purchased by Thicke's actor dad Alan Thicke in 1990 for $910,000 (£533,192), the asking price is now over $2.9 million (£1.7 million). The two-story home overlooks the city's famous Sunset Boulevard, and includes a recording studio.
Thicke has made various public appeals to Patton over the past few months in a bid to win her back, and even titled his flop new album of love songs Paula, but it appears the actress wants no part of a reconciliation.
Moviemaker Ron Howard, Carole King and Marlee Matlin have led the early tributes to TV and film veteran James Garner, who passed away on Saturday (19Jul14), aged 86. The Rockford Files star died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday evening (19Jul14), and celebrities have flooded Twitter.com with their last respects.
Howard recalled the actor's role in 1966 movie Grand Prix, noting, "RIP James Garner. Admired by all who knew him. When starring in Grand Prix the people around F1 (Formula One) said he had the talent to be a pro driver," while singer/songwriter King remembered working with Garner on the set of Murphy's Romance, adding, "He was one of the nicest people".
Matlin tweets, "Now sad to read my dear friend & costar James Garner passed. RIP sweet Jim Rockford," and Forrest Gump star Gary Sinise, writes, "R.I.P James Garner. Such a lovely man I had the pleasure of working him in 1989 in My Name Is Bill W with James Woods", while Kaley Cuoco - Garner's TV granddaughter in 8 Simple Rules - adds, "I say this with a heavy broken heart. Was an honor working beside u receiving ur bear hugs every day. (love) u Grampa Jim (sic)."
Other tributes have come from singer LeAnn Rimes, Alan Cumming, Stephen Fry, former child star Haley Joel Osment, and Sally Field, who writes, "My heart just broke. There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner. I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond." Field starred alongside Garner in Murphy's Romance, which earned the actor an Oscar nomination.
Jazz bassist Charlie Haden has died at the age of 76. Haden passed away on Friday (11Jul14) following a prolonged illness, according to Billboard.com.
The musician made his professional debut at the age of two as a yodeler alongside his family members.
In 1957, he joined saxophonist Ornette Coleman's jazz quartet.
Following a stint in rehab for drug addiction, he worked with composer Keith Jarrett's American quartet in 1967.
Haden also went on to found his own groups, including The Liberation Music Orchestra with Carla Bley, Michael Mantler, Roswell Rudd and Gato Barbieri, and the Charlie Haden Quartet West featuring saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Alan Broadbent and drummer Lawrence Marable.
Haden was the recipient of several Grammy awards throughout his career, including Best Jazz Instrumental Performance for Beyond the Missouri Sky in 1997, and two Latin Grammys for Best Latin Jazz CD for his album Nocturne and Best Latin Jazz Performance for his record Land of the Sun.
He is survived by his singer and guitarist son Josh Haden and his triplet daughters, Petra, Tanya and Rachel Haden, who formed the group the Haden Triplets.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar has been accused of improperly sampling a tune from The Alan Parsons Project for his track Keisha's Song (Her Pain). Representatives for late singer Eric Woolfson's management company Woolfsongs Limited claim the Poetic Justice hitmaker incorporated elements from his group's song Old and Wise in his tune without their permission.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs tried to settle with Lamar in April (14), but their efforts were unsuccessful.
They are seeking an injunction and compensatory damages.
Liza Minnelli's publicist poked fun at Shia Labeouf's Broadway arrest over the weekend (28-29Jun14) by sending the actor a DVD copy of movie musical Cabaret. LaBeouf was unceremoniously ejected from the New York theatre hosting the revived stage production on Thursday night (26Jun14) after he was allegedly caught smoking.
The Transformers star reportedly yelled at theatre staff as they asked him to leave the premises, briefly disrupting the show and its leads Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams.
And Minnelli's publicist, Scott Gorenstein, didn't miss an opportunity to have a little fun at LaBeouf's expense, sending him a DVD copy of the singer/actress' film adaptation of Cabaret.
He says, "I figured he may want to find out how it ends."
Minnelli won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal as Sally Bowles in the 1972 release.
Game Of Thrones star Rose Leslie has become the latest celebrity to voice opposition to Scottish independence ahead of the country's referendum in September (14). The actress, who played warrior Ygritte in the hit TV fantasy, believes her homeland is better off as part of the U.K. and fears independence could be disastrous.
She tells British newspaper the Daily Record, "I feel that (Scotland's First Minister) Alex Salmond is blinded by his passion and can't quite see just how fantastic we have it at the moment... We have our own identity in Scotland, we have our own parliament. Yet we have the strength with the backing of Westminster... We are in a very strong position right now."
Earlier in June (14), Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling donated $1.6 million (£1 million) to the anti-Scottish independence campaign group Better Together, while music legend David Bowie, actor Alan Cumming and singer Susan Boyle have all backed the 'No' vote.
Soul singer Merry Clayton is facing a long recovery following a car crash in Los Angeles, according to her manager. The star, whose back-up vocal work for Ray Charles and the Rolling Stones was documented in Oscar-winning film Twenty Feet From Stardom, was left severely injured in the smash last week (ends22Jun14).
A post on Clayton's official website after the accident revealed she had suffered "major trauma to her lower extremities", and now her representative Alan Abrahams reveals the performer is staying strong despite the difficult situation.
He tells the New York Post's Page Six column that Clayton has "a long road to recovery", adding: "It's a very serious situation. She's feisty, and she's with us. She's gonna make it."
The Pet Shop Boys will mark their upcoming performance at classical music spectacular The Proms by calling for an official pardon for men who were imprisoned before homosexuality was legalised in the U.K. The West End Girls hitmakers are to unveil their orchestral work A Man From The Future on 23 July (14) as part of the prestigious, eight-week long event in London.
One track, called The Pardon, tells the story of Alan Turing, who was posthumously pardoned over his 1952 conviction for gross indecency because he was in a relationship with a teenage male.
The pop duo is planning to use the platform at The Proms to call for similar pardons to be issued to thousands of other gay men who were arrested over their sexuality before British law changed in 1967.
Singer Neil Tennant says, "So very many lives were ruined over such a long period. Frankly it rather disappoints me that (gay rights pressure group) Stonewall has not done more. So we're making the statement ourselves."
Country music legend George Strait wrapped up his performing career on a real high in Texas on Saturday (07Jun14) by setting a new indoor concert attendance record. Over 104,700 fans showed up at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington to witness the final show of Strait's The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, helping him steal the record from the Rolling Stones.
Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Vince Gill joined the singer onstage for his last hurrah.
Strait wrapped up the show by telling fans, "This has been such a special evening for me. Thank you for all the years of support."
Legendary session musician Weldon Myrick has died at the age of 76. The steel guitar player, a beloved figure in country music, passed away on Monday (02Jun14) after suffering a stroke.
He was best known for his work on recordings by singer Connie Smith, and he also played steel guitar on songs by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton.
Born in Jayton, Texas, Myrick began playing steel guitar as a young boy, and he moved to Nashville, Tennessee and began working as a session musician for country singer Bill Anderson.
He later joined Smith's backing band, but he eventually left to join the Grand Ole Opry staff band where he was a regular fixture for 32 years.
Other classic tracks Myrick performed on include Jerry Jeff Walker's Mr. Bojangles, Long Long Time by Linda Ronstadt, and Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson.