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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

■ Chris Pratt and Anna Faris an­nounced that they are sep­a­rat­ing af­ter eight years of mar­riage, spark­ing a wave of shock and sad­ness on­line about the demise of one of Hol­ly­wood’s most pop­u­lar power cou­ples. The ac­tors an­nounced their breakup on so­cial me­dia Sun­day in a joint state­ment con­firmed by Pratt’s pub­li­cist. “We tried hard for a long time, and we’re re­ally dis­ap­pointed,” the ac­tors wrote. “Our son has two par­ents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this sit­u­a­tion as pri­vate as pos­si­ble mov­ing for­ward. We still have love for each other, will al­ways cher­ish our time to­gether and con­tinue to have the deep­est re­spect for one an­other.” Pratt, 38, who stars in the Guardians of the Galaxy fran­chise and Faris, 40, who stars on CBS’ com­edy Mom, mar­ried in 2009. They have a 4-year-old son. The ac­tors have been pub­licly sup­port­ive of each other in their work and on so­cial me­dia. Pratt guest-starred as Faris’ love in­ter­est on Mom ear­lier this year, and the cou­ple laughed and kissed in April when Pratt was given a star on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame. Their breakup quickly be­came a world­wide trending topic on Twit­ter, where the pair had fre­quently shared mes­sages about each other and their fam­ily. Le­gal sep­a­ra­tion can be a pre­cur­sor to a di­vorce fil­ing, but it doesn’t mean one is im­mi­nent.

■ With Yo-Yo Ma’s help, a friend was able to bring his lost puppy home. The cel­list on Sun­day made an im­pas­sioned plea to nearly 14,000 con­cert­go­ers af­ter a mati­nee at Tan­gle­wood in Mas­sachusetts to ask them to help find con­duc­tor David Zin­man’s lost puppy. The 4-month-old Ha­vanese named Car­l­ito had van­ished that morn­ing, and Zin­man was afraid the puppy would get run over by a car or snatched by a coy­ote. Ma con­sid­ers Zin­man one of his great­est men­tors. Grace Ell­rodt didn’t at­tend the show but heard about the lost dog from con­cert­go­ers and fam­ily. She and her boyfriend were driv­ing in Lenox that night when they spot­ted the lost puppy in the road. She says she knew right way it was Car­l­ito. ■ Amy Schumer and Steve Martin are team­ing up for laughs — on Broad­way. The ac­tress and co­me­dian will star in Martin’s four-per­son com­edy Me­teor Shower at the Booth The­atre start­ing in Novem­ber. It’s about two cou­ples who get to­gether to ob­serve the ce­les­tial event that in­spires the ti­tle. Schumer will be joined by Kee­gan-Michael Key, Laura Benanti and Alan Tudyk. Schumer and Key will be mak­ing their Broad­way de­buts. Martin was last rep­re­sented on Broad­way with his blue­grass-driven mu­si­cal Bright Star. Me­teor Shower made its de­but at the Old Globe The­atre in San Diego last year.

Faris and Pratt



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