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The men had been paying fees for entertainment legal counsel provided by members of Mr. Branca’s firm, and Mr. McClain had been incurring expenses for the use of a recording studio founded by Marvin Gaye.

Those expenses significantly diminished their 10 percent share of Jackson’s post-death earnings.

Mr. Branca and Mr. McClain have been collecting closer to 7 percent of the estate earnings since it became a “massive entertainment business enterprise,” court filings state.

Estate attorneys sought the change, saying the executors spend more time than they anticipated on Jackson’s affairs. The men have overseen numerous Jackson-themed projects, including the licensing of music, video games and a touring Cirque du Soleil show that eventually will become a Las Vegas fixture.

The men agreed in February 2010 to accept 10 percent of the gross entertainment-related earnings of the estate, minus money generated by Jackson’s 50 percent interest in the Sony-ATV music catalog and earnings from “This Is It,” a film compiled from the singer’s final rehearsals.

The exclusions are huge revenue generators for the estate - the Sony-ATV catalog includes publishing rights to music by the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and other stars. The executors also have been excluded an interest in Jackson’s music, which has sold briskly since his death June 25, 2009, at age 50.

Since then, the estate has earned more than $310 million.

Lange, Shepard end 30-year relationship

Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard have separated after nearly 30 years together, according to the Associated Press.

A publicist for Miss Lange confirmed the split Monday. People magazine first reported the separation, saying the actors concluded their relationship almost two years ago.

The 62-year-old Miss Lange and the 68-year-old Mr. Shepard had been together since 1982. They have two grown children together.

Miss Lange won Oscars for her roles in “Tootsie” and “Blue Sky.” She’s starring in the FX series “American Horror Story.” She was nominated for a Golden Globe last week.

Mr. Shepard recently starred as Butch Cassidy in the film “Blackthorn.” He also is a playwright and author whose play “Buried Child” won a Pulitzer Prize.

Miss Lange previously was married to ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. Mr. Shepard previously was married to actress O-Lan Jones.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.