Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson: separate lives; Meg Ryan splits from John Mellencamp; Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden getting serious

08/20/2014 4:38 PM

08/20/2014 4:39 PM

This is hardly a seven-year itch kind of thing. But Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson seem to have a hit a rough patch after 26 years of wedded bliss. In Touch reports that the couple took some time off from each other this summer.

An insider reveals Rita lived alone in their Pacific Palisades manse while Tom stayed at a producer pal’s home in Malibu for about a month. The separation seems to have done the couple good as a friend tells IT that they are working on the marriage and have for the time being reconciled.

Though Hanks is still hanging solo. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the genial actor was spotted with friends at a local restaurant Monday night, sans Wilson. It is unclear why he was in in Virginia, though he just signed on to produce a WWII film, Ithaca, with Meg Ryan as director. Interestingly, Closer Weekly reports that his former Sleepless in Seattle costar has recently split from John Mellencamp. The singer’s friend tells the mag that lack of privacy was an issue: “I don’t think he loved all the attention he got just from dating an actress.”

HITS KEEP COMING

First rehab Round 2, now divorce for Elizabeth Vargas. An insider tells People that the ABC anchor is splitting with singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, whom she wed in 2002. They have two sons Zachary, 11, and Samuel, 8.

HAPPY DAYS

Meanwhile, over in Cameron Diaz’s world, things are getting serious with Benji Madden. After dating for just five months, Life & Style has learned that the Sex Tape star has been introduced to the rocker’s family. Earlier this month, the couple was spotted grabbing coffee in Annapolis, Maryland, where Benji’s mother lives.

FAMILY DRAMA

More family heartache for Jennifer Hudson. The singer’s half-brother is in police custody in Paw Paw, Michigan, after allegedly stabbing a man he believed to be romancing his estranged wife at her home, outside Kalamazoo. According to local news station WWMT, 45-year-old Stephen Simpson (he and Hudson have the same father) went into a jealous rage, but it is unclear if the man injured was trying to protect the woman or if he was the target of the attack. In 2012, Hudson’s ex-brother-in-law, William Balfour, received three consecutive life sentences after being convicted of murdering the Dreamgirls star’s mother, brother and nephew.

END OF STORY

The estate of Anna Nicole Smith has failed in its final bid to obtain her late husband’s money, seven years after the death of the Playboy model and reality TV star. A federal judge in Orange County rejected the effort to obtain about $44 million from the estate of Texas billionaire J. Howard Marshall, whom Smith married in 1994 when he was 89 and she was 26. The oil tycoon died the next year. His will left his $1.6 billion estate to his son and nothing to Smith.

DOING TIME

Rapper Gucci Mane has been sentenced in Atlanta to serve three years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge several months ago.

The 34-year-old, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty in May to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. The judge also sentenced him to serve three years of supervised release with limitations on his travel and to pay a $5,000 fine.

A police report says a friend of Davis called police early Sept. 14 to report the rapper was walking down the street behaving violently. Police say that Davis threatened them and that when they arrested him, found he had a loaded handgun.

SUNNY DAY

Al Roker couldn’t have forecast this: Mayor Bill de Blasio surprised the Today weatherman on his 60th birthday Wednesday by declaring it Al Roker Appreciation Day across NYC.

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Madeleine Marr

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Former fashion and food writer Madeleine Marr joined the Miami Herald in 2003. The native New Yorker's celebrity coverage includes features, interviews, events, red carpets, premieres, award ceremonies, style, news and gossip in the South Florida area and beyond.

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