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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announce divorce

Ten years is an eternity as far as Hollywood marriages go, and that's how long the union of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner will last, it seems. The couple confirmed to People magazine that "after much thought and careful consideration" they've decided to divorce. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time," they said in a statement. "This will be our only comment on this private, family matter." The pair have three children ranging from age 3-9.

Big ticket sale kicks off today at Palace, DTE and Meadow Brook

Kelly Clarkson can be yours for a 20-spot. Robert Plant, Run-D.M.C. and Van Halen, too. Tickets to more than two dozen summer concerts at The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival will be sold for $20 during Palace Sports and Entertainment's annual Summer Ticket Blitz, Palace officials announced Tuesday. The discount is in some cases up to half off the face value of the tickets. Also a part of the deal are shows from Neil Young, Mötley Crüe, Steely Dan, Slipknot and Chris Brown. The sale runs Wednesday-Sunday via Ticketmaster, Livenation.com, Palacenet.com and the Palace and DTE Energy Music Theatre Ticket Stores. Tickets may be charged by phone at (800) 745-3000. Not all of the venue's upcoming shows fall under the sale. Absent from the list are concerts by Shania Twain, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa, Foo Fighters, Jason Aldean and 5 Seconds of Summer. As for Kid Rock's 10-night stand at DTE, those tickets are already sold out, and were only $20 in the first place.

Hollywood legend Jack Carter dies

Comedian and actor Jack Carter died of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday. The 93-year-old was known for hosting "Cavalcade of Stars" as well as his own show. He was also a Broadway star and appeared on television recently on "Rules of Engagement," "Parks and Recreation" and other shows.

NeNe Leakes leaves 'Real Housewives'

The Bravo channel announced that reality star NeNe Leakes won't return for the eighth season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." Leakes had nothing but nice things to say about the show on Instagram this week, but said she's moving on "on faith and not fear."

Compiled by Melody Baetens

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

Adam Graham contributed

Wednesday's Birthdays

Jamie Farr, 81

Deborah Harry, 70

Dan Aykroyd, 63

Pamela Anderson, 48

Missy Elliott, 44

Liv Tyler, 38

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