Director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner finalised their split last year (09).
The Brokeback Mountain star admits he was devastated when his mum and dad broke the news to him and his actress sister Maggie Gyllenhaal, but he has learned to accept the divorce and look to a "positive" future.
He tells GQ magazine, "(Divorce can) bring out the truth and honesty in a relationship, and that's greatly relieving to everyone - that people can kind of move and change and grow. And so, in some ways, as much pain as there is, there's also a positive outlook on it. And thinking, you know, some relationships last a lifetime, and some relationships don't.
"I think it takes a lot of courage for my parents to make the decision that they made, and I trust both of them and their outlook on life. They're wonderful parents to me and my sister."
But Gyllenhaal, who split from girlfriend Reese Witherspoon in December (09), insists his parents' separation has not affected his own views on marriage - because he is fully aware that no union can be drama-free.
He adds, "I think any successful marriage, even if it hasn't lasted for a lifetime, will create a sense of an ideal. But I don't have a fantasy. There's not a fantasy. I know it's messy."
The British thespian, best known for his stage roles and his turn as Andie MacDowell's Scottish husband in Four Weddings And A Funeral, died last week (06Apr10), aged 70.
The West End's most influential names turned out to pay their last respects to Redgrave at the service in London's Convent Garden, with the mourners giving a final standing ovation to the actor as his hearse arrived at the church.
Redgrave's university pals McKellen and theatre director Nunn gave speeches to the assembled mourners, while his sister Vanessa read from William Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra.
Also in attendance was Redgrave's niece, Nip/Tuck actress Joely Richardson and her brother-in-law Liam Neeson, whose wife Natasha Richardson died after skiing accident last year (Mar10).
The cause of Redgrave's death has not been confirmed, but the actor suffered ill health for several years. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000 and suffered a major heart attack in 2005.
The 38-year-old Lost Boys actor was discovered unresponsive at his mum's California home on Wednesday (10Mar10) and was pronounced dead upon arrival at St Joseph's hospital in Burbank.
Feldman was devastated by the tragic news - and while he's touched by the celebrity tributes that have come pouring in, he's upset none of the stars reached out to his pal during his times of need.
In an interview with U.S. newsman Larry King, Feldman says, "Where were all these people the last 10 years? Where were all these people to lend a hand-out, to reach out to him and say, 'You're a legend, you're an amazingly talented wonderful person who's never really gone out of his way to hurt anyone, other than himself?'
"In this entertainment industry, in Hollywood, we build people up as children, we put them on pedestals, and then, when we decide they're not marketable anymore, we walk away from them."
Both actors battled substance abuse, but while the Stand By Me star managed to overcome his addictions, Haim struggled to get sober - and even when he did, Feldman claims "there was no one there to pull him up".
But he hopes his pal will be given the memorial he deserves, adding, "(Haim's relatives) want to plan a sizable memorial. I would like to see Hollywood pay their respects. Hopefully he's going to be remembered as a beautiful, funny, enigmatic character who brought nothing but life and lights and entertainment and art to all of our lives."
And Haim's ex-girlfriend, former Baywatch actress Nicole Eggert, is pleased the troubled star's fans will remember him in a positive light. She adds, "I've heard so many people make statements. It is so nice that people are going to remember him this way, because for the past few years, I have just heard snarky remarks and people more making jokes and, you know, not giving him any credibility. So today was kind of nice, but a little late, you know."
Koenig was found dead in a park in Vancouver, Canada last week (25Feb10) after going missing earlier in the month.
His parents - former Star Trek actor Walter Koenig and his wife Judy - thanked the public for supporting them during the tragic search for the 41 year old.
And they're planning an intimate ceremony for family and close friends to pay their respects to the late actor in their home state of California "fairly soon", according to EOnline.com.
Angelo Bertolotti was denied access to Murphy's gravesite last week (15Feb10) after arriving at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills to pay his respects.
Staff reportedly told the actress' estranged father that only family members could visit Murphy's grave - and because his name wasn't on her death certificate, they couldn't allow him in.
Murphy's half-brother Jeff, has since spoken out about the snub, calling it "a travesty".
A cemetery spokesperson addressed the incident by telling reporters if "particular families leave special instructions," they abide by them, prompting speculation it was Monjack and the Clueless star's mother, Sharon, who asked for Bertolotti to be kept out.
But Monjack is adamant he and his mother-in-law did not arrange to alienate Bertolotti.
He tells EOnline.com, "Neither Sharon nor I have heard from Mr. Bertolotti in any capacity for many, many years."
Little Anema lost her battle with a rare form of the disease last week (27Jan10) after being admitted to New York University's Langone Medical Center, suffering from fevers and shortness of breath.
She was diagnosed with the illness in January, 2009 and captured the hearts of the public and singers like Rihanna and Kelly Rowland , who called on fans to register as bone marrow donors to help find a potential match.
A suitable donor was found and the youngster received a bone marrow transplant last year (09) - but tragedy struck last Wednesday when she was diagnosed with pneumonia in both lungs and passed away.
Anema's friends and relatives joined her grieving mother Thea Anema at Manhattan's Industria Studios on Sunday to pay their last respects to the youngster as she was laid to rest in a white coffin.
Former Law & Order star Hennessy, a friend of the Anema family, performed a musical tribute especially written for little Jasmina, reports People.com.
She told the crowd, "Jasmina, you are an angel. I think you kind of made angels of a lot of people in this room who really got together and achieved some huge, incredible things and made people incredibly aware (of the need for bone-marrow donors)."
The Sundance post-mortem has begun. Several deals were concluded, keeping pretty much apace with 2009's festival, but the general consensus is that no film will have the breakout success of last year's Precious.
Many felt this year's edition was more of the same. Others say there may be a strong after-market for sales. Still, now that the fest is over, The Wrap calls the indie landscape "more fragmented and confused than ever."
Critics, including The New York Times' Manhola Dargis -- who last week noted that while the "spin was hotter and the vibe somewhat warmer...the movies were much the same" -- seem to agree that much of the fare on offer was a retread of years past.
"I thought Sundance 2010 was a good year for the quality of films presented, but I doubt it will be remembered as a particularly strong acquisitions market," Tom Ortenberg, former president of theatrical films at Lionsgate and founder of the consulting firm One Way Out Media, told TW. "Given the films that were snapped up...I'm sure there will be a brisk after-market in terms of film sales."
"In many respects, Sundance is always the same," independent film consultant Mark Urman told TW. "Movies you expect to be good, disappoint; the films you shy away from because they sound bad on paper turn out to be wonderful. Half the time you feel as of you're in the wrong theater. That said, I thought the mood this year was high. Positive, not poisonous like last year. People seemed upbeat, invigorated, inspired. If the independent arena is hard - and it still is - I think people are more prepared to do the work than they were in the past few years."
Among the ten or so deals concluded at the festival were The Weinstein Co's North American theatrical and Pan-Asian satellite buy of Blue Valentine; IFC Films’ acquisition of US rights to Michael Winterbottom's controversial thriller The Killer Inside Me; Roadside Attractions’ acquisition of North American rights to Winter's Bone -- the ultimate grand jury prize winner -- Focus' pick up of Lisa Cholodenko's crowd-pleaser The Kids Are All Right; Lionsgate's acquisition of Buried; Newmarket's pick-up of Hesher; Hannover House's deal for Joel Schumacher's Twelve; and Sony Pictures Classics’ acquisition of all US rights to the Dutch film Winter in Wartime.
Still, buyers said they'd be surprised if any replicated the critical or financial success of last year’s Precious or Paranormal Activity, Deadline.com notes.
Also according to Deadline.com, buyers preferred to pass rather than overpay while sellers and filmmakers were less concerned with MGs than they were with P&A commitments.
"There's a sense of relief and comfort that the market is still pretty healthy," Micah Green, co-head of CAA's Film Finance Group, told The Hollywood Reporter. "The pace of sales is more deliberate now. If you check back in three to four months, I think you'll find more films will have sold than in previous years. The market is more fragmented, so there's less of a herd mentality. People are responding more to the films than who else is chasing them."
Titles that remain in play include documentary grand jury prize winner Restrepo and dramatic World Cinema jury prize winner Animal Kingdom.
Mark Kerrigan was arrested after his dad Daniel Kerrigan was found unconscious in the kitchen of the family's home in Stoneham, Massachusetts.
The 45 year old appeared in court on Monday (25Jan10) and pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on an elderly person and causing serious bodily injury.
He was sent to Massachusetts' Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental evaluation and, as a result of the charges, will not be permitted to pay his last respects to Kerrigan Sr. when he is laid to rest in Stoneham on Thursday (28Jan10).
The state Department of Correction guidelines prohibit prisoners from attending funeral services.
The Clueless star passed away on Sunday (20Dec09) after suffering a cardiac arrest at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 32.
An autopsy was completed on Monday (21Dec09) but the cause of Murphy's death has been "deferred" pending toxicology results. Officials previously stated they believe the star died from natural causes.
Murphy's grieving widower, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, and her mother Sharon joined close family and friends at Los Angeles' Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Thursday afternoon (24Dec09) to pay their last respects to the late star in an invitation-only ceremony.
Actor Eric Balfour served as one of the pallbearers at the service, which was presided over by both a Christian minister and a rabbi, reports the New York Daily News. Monjack delivered an emotional eulogy to his late wife and mourners reportedly sang the hymn Amazing Grace at the graveside.
Her estranged father, Angelo Bertolotti, was a notable absence - he refused to attend the service because he didn't want it to be his final memory of his little girl.
Alex Ben Block, a representative for the Murphy family, says the service was "very nice, very respectful".
A larger memorial service is expected to be held for Murphy in the new year (10), although details have yet to be announced.
Murphy is in good company at Forest Lawn - King of Pop Michael Jackson, Hollywood actress Bette Davis, silent screen star Buster Keaton, TV actor John Ritter and pianist Liberace are also buried there.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Police Department officials concluded their initial investigation into Murphy's death on Friday (25Dec09).
The sportsman is said to have organised a special wake for Joseph West, who passed away last week (02Dec09), at the grounds of his favourite soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in London.
Beckham paid special tribute to him by wearing his blue Tottenham tie, as well as a traditional skullcap in honour of the 83 year old's Jewish heritage, reports Britain's The Sun.
A source tells the publication, "Spurs meant the world to Joe. He used to take David to the games when he was a boy. It was the one last thing David could do for his beloved grandad."
West, dad to the star's mother Sandra, passed away after a long battle with lung cancer.