*Nearly two years after Ben Harper filed for divorce from Laura Dern, the star of HBO’s “Enlightened” has filed her own papers seeking to split from the singer, reports TMZ.
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Dern filed legal documents Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking primary physical custody of their two children — son Ellery, 10, and daughter Jaya, 7 — and joint legal custody. She’s also seeking child and spousal support and wants Harper to pay her attorneys’ fees.
Dern and Harper were married in December 2005 after five years of dating. Harper first filed divorce papers in October 2010, citing irreconcilable differences and asking the judge not to award her spousal support.
In January, the two sparked speculation of a reconciliation when they attended the Golden Globes together — where she won the award for best actress in a comedy series.
Cuba Gooding Jr. steps out of his hotel in London (May 30, 2012)
*Cuba Gooding Jr. will join Laura Dern, Greg Kinnear and Mena Suvari as presenters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th annual Student Academy Awards on June 9 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
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Hosted by Academy president Tom Sherak, the ceremony is the culmination of a week of industry activities that the Academy is hosting for the 13 student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad who have been selected as winners this year.
While all winners know they will each receive an award, their placement – Gold, Silver or Bronze – will not be revealed until the ceremony. Gold Medal award winners receive cash grants of $5,000, Silver Medal award winners receive $3,000 and Bronze Medal award winners receive $2,000.
The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.
The ceremony is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets are available online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail.
*Musician Ben Harper filed for divorce from actress Laura Dern late Friday afternoon following five years of marriage, and TMZ is reporting that Dern was “blindsided” by the news.
Harper, a two-time Grammy winner, cites irreconcilable differences in the filing and is asking the judge to deny Dern spousal support. He’s also seeking joint legal and physical custody of their two children: Ellery, 9, and Jaya, 5.
Dern, 43, and Harper, 40, were married in 2005 in Los Angeles.
Harper claims in the divorce papers that he and Dern separated back in January. But people connected with the couple tell TMZ they have been living and traveling together throughout the year and were even intimate as recently as last week.
*Mos Def has signed on to star in HBO’s upcoming comedy series “Enlightened,” reports Deadline.
Laura Dern stars as a woman who changes her life after a spiritual awakening, complicating her relationships with family and friends.
Mos Def will play Dern’s boss.
The rapper-actor’s last go-round with HBO, the 2004 film “Something the Lord Made,” earned him an Emmy nomination.