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It’s gone with the Winslet


British movie star Kate Winslet, 34, has separated from her film director husband Sam Mendes after nearly seven years of marriage, their law firm said Monday.

The surprise split puts an end to a golden couple of Britain’s show business world, buttressed by matching Oscars and a host of commercial successes and artistic accolades. The pair’s law firm, Schillings, said the split was “entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement.”

Sean in Haiti

Sean Penn, 49, arrived in Haiti about a week after the Jan. 12 quake killed a government-estimated 230,000 people and made 1.3 million homeless. He’s left just a few times since – mostly for Haiti-related meetings, he said, and to present the Oscar for best actress – and doesn’t plan to leave again until mid-April.

“These people are going to have nowhere to go, by and large, in the rainy season,” the Oscar-winning actor told the Associated Press from a refugee camp.

Let Jimi take over

Forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix is enjoying the kind of a resurgence in the posthumous rock-star derby that might rival the sales of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. Last week, Hendrix’s estate released the first bona fide “new” Jimi album in decades (the often awesome, occasionally underwhelming “Valleys of Neptune,” recorded mostly in 1969) as well as deluxe remastered versions of his three landmark studio albums.

The birthday bunch

Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship is 69. John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful is 66. Actor Patrick Duffy is 61. Kurt Russell is 59. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 56. Gary Sinise is 55. Rob Lowe is 46. Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is 43. Bassist Van Conner of Screaming Trees is 43.


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