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Tom Cruise Romantic History: Years of Doubt and Skepticism

Tom Cruise may have been blindsided by Katie Holmes’ divorce papers, but we – the media and the public – were more than ready.  Rarely has a Hollywood couple drawn more skepticism, from the moment they revealed their togetherness.

Going back to the dawning of their relationship in 2005, the folks at Us magazine polled their readers, you may recall, and found more than 60 percent believed Cruise’s romance with the 16-years-younger Holmes was a fake.  Even when the couple got engaged, many simply didn’t buy it.

Perhaps it was the crass, overblown, smells-like-a-publicity-stunt way in which Cruise and Holmes proclaimed their mutual affection on the eve of his ‘n’ hers summer blockbusters — “Batman Begins” and “War of the Worlds.”  Remember?  He made his proposal at — but of course — the Eiffel Tower the Friday before her “Batman Begins” opened.

The Cruise-Holmes relationship hit a new level of intensity, even for Hollywood.  With unconfirmed reports that Tom was so obsessed and controlling that he gave Katie a GPS-equipped cell phone so he could know where she was at all times, fans began snapping up “Free Katie” t-shirts.

The ranks of TomKat supporters have been comparatively slim.

But there were doubting Tom’ers long before Katie came along.  Despite his marriages to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, some – okay, many people refused to believe Cruise was interested in romance for anything other than appearances.

His relationship with Penelope Cruz was met with the same kind of disbelief as his relationship with Holmes.  As Us put it in 2001, after Cruise and Cruz were seen dining together at the ultra high profile Spago restaurant:  “…There was something about the typically secretive Cruise announcing a new relationship to the world that made some people suspicious.”

And one wary columnist noted, “Tom Cruise…doesn’t do anything that doesn’t have a reason.”

Some suggested that the sudden Public Displays of Affection between Cruise ‘n’ Cruz were really Tom’s way of throwing the press pack off following the machinations of his and Nicole Kidman’s divorce settlement, which appeared to be becoming contentious at the time.

Despite all the nay-sayers, Tom and Penelope lasted into 2003.  Reports surfaced that a plan for a Valentine’s Day wedding had been postponed due to Penelope’s worries about a rumored relationship between Tom and Colombian actress/model Sofia Vergara – but those were denied, of course.

Tom and the beauty who would go on to “Modern Family” stardom were evidently enough of an item that Tom met Sofia’s mother.  The meeting was confirmed by Sofia’s aunt Lilita Jamarilla, who told reporters: “For Sofia, the most important thing in a man is that he has good teeth. She studied dentistry and fronts campaigns to encourage children to look after their teeth.”

One can easily see why a gal like that would be drawn to Tom’s sparkling smile.  But after only a couple of months it was over:  Tom met Katie Holmes and was soon perched on Oprah’s couch, famously gushing about finding love.

In the beginning, of course, he found love with Mimi Rogers.  Their May 1986 wedding was “very small, very private and completely normal, which was our goal,” said Mimi.             Tom and the first Mrs. Cruise then went on to lead purposefully low-key lives – so low-key that nobody knew about it when they separated in 1989.  That news came out in 1990, along with stories about how Tom had something going on with his “Days of Thunder” costar, Nicole Kidman.

Even his comparatively down-to-earth marriage to Rogers wound up serving up a measure of cynicism and public humiliation for Tom.  In 1993, when she posed for Playboy, Rogers chalked up their parting to sexual incompatibility.

“Tom was seriously thinking of becoming a monk,” she told the magazine.  “And he thought he had to be celibate to maintain the purity of his instrument…It became obvious we had to split.”


“Oh,” answered Mimi, “my instrument needed tuning.”

That sounds so light and Hollywood catty now, compared to the dark schism of Cruise and Holmes.  The unconfirmed stories that Holmes is dead set against their six-year-old daughter Suri being indoctrinated into Cruise’s Scientology way of life — and has secretly been making plans to set herself and Suri free for a year — are chilling.  Interestingly, few seem to doubt them.


Top 10 Hot Movie Hunks of Summer 2010

Robert Pattinson

Last week, we brought you the Top 10 Hot Babes of the upcoming summer movie season, so now it’s only right that we turn our attention to Hot Hunks.

There are some names you may be surprised to find missing from this list.  You might think, for example, that “Robin Hood” would be a no-brainer, considering the men in tights who’ve graced the silver screen through the years – from Errol Flynn to Kevin Costner with a side of Sean Connery.  But Russell Crowe as the latest Robin Hood is a brute and the movie’s more gouging and impaling than dashing and romancing.  What’s merry about that, men?  You want realism?  Well, fine.

Alex Pettyfer

Leonardo DiCaprio is sexy, sure, but watching his “Inception,” we’ll be too worried about our minds being sucked into a vortex of terror and insanity to think of romance.

Justin Long bares all in “Going the Distance” with Christina Applegate and Drew Barrymore, his on and off-again girlfriend.  Applegate has characterized the movie as “very dirty.”   Jeepers creepers, really?  Alvin the chipmunk?  The Apple guy?  That’s going to take some getting used to for fans used to his puppy dog cute image.  We’ll wait and see on that.

Now, on to those who did make the list, in chronological order.

1. Common in “Just Wright.”

If you’ve seen the 38-year-old rapper-actor’s Gap ads, photos with girlfriend Serena Williams, or the poster for “Just Wright,” his new movie with Queen Latifah, you’ve seen those biceps.  A good woman who doesn’t happen to be supermodel slim winds up with a super attractive NBA star.  Let the fantasy season begin!

2. Christopher Egan in “Letters to Juliet”

Speaking of fantasies, suppose you’re hooked up with Gael Garcia Bernal and he not only looks like he looks, he’s a chef who cooks pasta for you, too.  But yet, you’re not satisfied, Amanda Seyfried.  You have to go out on this crazy Italian adventure that involves an old lady (Vanessa Redgrave), her lost love and her hunky grandson – Egan, the 25-year-old Aussie who’s getting all kinds of attention.

3. Max Ryan in ‘Sex and the City 2”

With all due respect to Big and Aidan (Chris Noth and John Corbett), it’s Kim Cattrall’s latest on-screen lust interest who has captured our attention.  Debonair-looking 42-year-old British actor Ryan, with the close-cropped salt-and-pepper hair and beard, is familiar to fans of Jason Statham’s “Death Race” and Jet Li’s “Kiss of the Dragon” – like any of those people will be coming to see “Sex and the City 2.”

4. Jake Gyllenhaal in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”

We just can’t quit you, Jake Gyllenhaal, with those amazing blue-green eyes. Clearly, Gyllenhaal has worked out for his new sword ‘n’ sandals video game adaptation, since the 29-year-old matinee idol now has a super buff bod the filmmakers and studio have been flagrantly showing off in trailers and ads.

5.  Ashton Kutcher in “Killers”

If you’re one of the many who fantasize about being a great-looking blond with a really handsome guy who turns out to be – surprise! — a super spy who gets you all caught up in his high octane, dangerous adventures and gives pwetty widdle you a gun to protect yourself from the bad guys, this is your summer!  There are certain beats that are bound to feel like déjà vu between the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz “Knight & Day” and the Katherine Heigl-Ashton Kutcher “Killers,” in which the man of Hiegl’s dreams (and 32-year-old Ashton is looking pretty dreamy in this movie) turns out to work for blah-blah-blah and have a license to blah, as he puts it.  This one is the romantic comedy with action.

6.  Tom Cruise in “Knight & Day”

This is the action thriller with comedy and romance.  Cruise may be the best super spy ever, or the most insane super spy, as he takes over and turns upside down Cameron Diaz’ life.  He’s still got the dazzling smile.  Time will tell if, at 47, Cruise is still a top gun among movie stars in this picture that cost just under $100 million to make.

Taylor Lautner

7.  and 8.  Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

You knew they’d be here.  Of course.  Will Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) choose her sparkly immortal love, vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, 23), or her muscular manimal friend, werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner, 18)?  We’ll have to wait to find out, because they’re kind of busy right now with this army of vampires coming — not to mention merchandise from hoodies and jewelry to mints (cool if you want Edward, hot if you’re into Jacob).

9.  Alex Pettyfer in “Beastly”

In this modern day take on the classic “Beauty and the Beast” tale, 20-year-old Alex Pettyfer is the rich, spoiled, cruel and incredibly handsome Manhattanite who gets turned into an unsightly being by witch Mary-Kate Olsen.  Can Vanessa Hudgens unlock the spell?

10.  Rick Malambri in “Step Up 3D”

The 6’2” 27-year-old Abercrombie model from Ft. Walton Beach, FL, seen in Bruce Willis’ “Surrogates,” turns into the leader of a tight-knit group of street dancers in “Step Up 3D.”  Looking good.

— Stacy Jenel Smith

Paul Dano Applauds Tom Cruise Perfectionist Ways

Paul Dano in "The Good Heart"

It was night and day on “Knight and Day” for Paul Dano.  The 25-year-old talent, who has an actor’s actor reputation with his string of art house pictures and highly-regarded mainstream fare – like his performance in “There Will Be Blood” – found himself in a whole new world working on the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz June release.

“Knight and Day” is “the first film I’ve been in that has big action pieces and stunts – the kind of film I grew up watching,” he informs.  “One of the things I enjoyed about it is that Cruise is one of the harder-working people I’ve ever been associated with.  If something isn’t right, you’re going to do it again.  I love that attitude.  You want the best going up on screen.”  Dano won’t talk about his character.  “It’s one of those, the less you know, the better.  The movie looks quite fun and funny.  I think it’s going to be good,” he adds, speaking of the picture that has Cruise as a possibly-insane super spy.

Right now, Dano’s enjoying another round of critical applause for his performance in filmmaker Dagur Kari’s newly-opened “The Good Heart,” which reunited him with his “L.I.E.” cast mate Brian Cox.  They’re two strong performances in a film that’s been called strange.  Dano’s character is a homeless lost soul taken under wing as an heir apparent by Cox’s hard-living reprobate of a dive bar owner.  “I went to a screening here in New York, and the audience was laughing a lot and seemed quite taken aback toward the end,” Dano relates.

He also has the social comedy “The Extra Man” with Kevin Kline, John C. Reilly and Katie Holmes coming out this summer.  If he has his way, he says, he’d like to keep going back and forth between big and small movies.  “It’s good, it keeps me interested and curious and, you know, sort of using different muscles.  You take something different away from each experience.”

Lauren Gottleib on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ ‘Glee’ Tour and Working with Tom, Katie and Suri

Lauren Gottlieb

Talk about hot!  “So You Think You Can Dance” All Star and “Glee” performer Lauren Gottlieb found herself having to turn down the soon-to-begin “Glee” four-city live tour last week due to her overloaded schedule.  And while she was making that decision, she was busy helping prep Katie Holmes for her dance performance over the weekend at the The Motion Picture & Television Fund’s “A Fine Romance” benefit on the Fox lot.

The super-talented 21-year-old wants us to know she considers Katie a terrific dancer.  “I’m working with Tom as well.  I can’t really talk about that yet,” she told us before the event.  But she could say that the Cruises “are the most amazing, adorable family.”

Especially Suri.  “She’s dancing on the side and I keep trying to teach her little things.  [Holmes] likes it that she’s growing up sort of in-studio, thinking, ‘This is what you do when you grow up.’ She’s four years old and she talks like she’s older than I am.  She’s so grown up already.  She respects everybody and she doesn’t really cause too much chaos in the room.”

But getting back to her “Glee” decision – “I was kind of bummed,” admits Lauren, who plays a member of the rival glee club.  “The dates probably would have fit, but I feel I know what is about to happen with ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’  You’ve got to be in the best shape ever, to be on top of it.  I had the gut feeling that going out on the road and all that involves wouldn’t have been the best thing to do now, and I’ve learned to go with my gut.  Still, I hated to turn it down.  I hope I made the right decision.”

MEANWHILE:  With the premiere of Season 7 of “SYTYCD” coming up May 27, Lauren expects to be caught up “24/7” as she and the other returning All Stars work with the Top 10 new contestants.  “I’m stoked.  I think it’s going to be totally amazing.  We’ll be with the top five guys and top five girls only – the best of the best, training and really getting into it like a boot camp.”  And, not unlike the pros on “Dancing With the Stars,” the All Stars “don’t get kicked off, which is a plus, and we don’t get judged.”

It will be demanding.  “Just knowing how it was when I was on the show in Season 3, the pattern that we had with an 8 a.m. rehearsal for two hours, then going for wardrobe fittings and something to eat, and then rehearsals for anther dance number and then another costume fitting, all definitely with the same partner.  Now all the All Stars may be dancing twice in one episode, but not necessarily with the same person.”  Stay tuned.

NOT SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE:  Daniel Sunjata tells us that he’s certainly game to continue portraying Patricia Cornwell’s Wil Garano, since he enjoyed bringing the popular Massachussetts State Police detective character to life in back-to-back TV movies that aired last month on Lifetime.  “But it’s just speculation at this point whether or not there will be more,” he notes.

The actor has been busy working on the final two seasons of “Rescue Me” as firefighter Franco Rivera.  They’ll wrap for good this month, and “I wouldn’t even say I have mixed feelings about that.  My feelings are very clear:  I’m happy for the opportunity to do ‘Rescue Me,’ but I’m definitely ready to move on and show my range,” he says.

Sunjata, who attained his master’s degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, says his heart’s desire is to return to his acting roots.  “It’s often been said that if your training is in the theater and you stay away too long, your acting muscles start to atrophy.  If I could make the same amount of money on stage that I do on television or film, I would probably only work on stage.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster