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Katie Holmes, apology shocker! Settling 'drug shocker' lawsuit, Star tabloid says it's sorry

Katie Holmes gets an apology in defamation settlement with Star magazine Katie Holmes, who filed a $50-million lawsuit against Star magazine over a January cover story suggesting she was a drug addict, has settled for a high-profile apology from the tabloid and a "substantial donation" to her charity of choice.

"In a recent issue of Star, we published headlines about Katie Holmes that could be read to suggest that she was addicted to drugs," reads the apology inside the mag's May 9 edition. "Star apologizes to Ms. Holmes for any misperception and will be making a substantial donation to charity on Ms. Holmes' behalf for any harm that we may have caused."

The magazine teases to the apology in a headline at the top of its May 9 cover; in January, next to a tired-looking photo of the actress, Star's cover had blared "Addiction Nightmare: Katie DRUG SHOCKER! The real reason she can't leave Tom." That turned out to refer to a story inside about the "addiction" potential in Scientologists' use of E-meters. Holmes and her husband, Tom Cruise, are well known as Scientologists.

In March, when the lawsuit was filed, Holmes' lawyer called the cover a "cheap trick on the public."

At that time, Star issued a statement asserting the "physical effect of the e-meter on its users is a matter of significant public concern" and stating "we plan to vigorously defend the suit filed by Ms. Holmes."

The actress, 32, released her own statement Wednesday, saying she accepted the apology. “With this dispute out of the way, I look forward to once again focusing my attention on my family and career," she said.

The amount of American Media Inc.'s donation to the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which Holmes co-founded and which brings dance training to underprivileged kids, was not made public.

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— Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Photo: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise at "The Kennedys" miniseries premiere in Beverly Hills on March 28, 2011. Credit: John Sciulli / Getty Images.



Catherine Zeta-Jones is cast in 'Rock of Ages,' has 'no shame' about bipolar II treatment

Catherine Zeta-Jones cast in "Rock of Ages" Catherine Zeta-Jones has been cast in "Rock of Ages," taking on a role created specifically for musical's movie version starring Tom Cruise.

Zeta-Jones, who recently revealed she'd sought treatment for bipolar II disorder, did the musical thing in the 2002 movie version of "Chicago," taking home the supporting actress Oscar for her efforts.

Regarding her bipolar II diagnosis, "This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them," the 41-year-old actress told People. "If my revelation ... has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it.

"There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help," she said. Bipolar II is characterized by long periods of depression punctuated by episodes of mild mania.

Sounds like silence won't be an issue for her in "Rock of Ages":  Zeta-Jones' character could be the "love child" of Tipper Gore and Anita Bryant, director Adam Shankman told the Hollywood Reporter.

"She is this hard-core, Moral Majority arch-conservative who wants to shut down rock 'n' roll in the great city of Los Angeles," Shankman said, adding that in the last month or so the new role "was invented to streamline the stories."

Other famous names lined up for the film: Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti,  Mary J. Blige and Julianne Hough, who plays the small-town girl at the center of the story set in Hollywood's 1980s music scene.

"Ages" is scheduled to start filming in mid-May in Miami, with a 2012 release planned. 

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: For her services to the film industry and to charity, the newest "Rock of Ages" cast member, Catherine Zeta-Jones, was made a Commander of the British Empire by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London on Feb. 24, 2010. Credit: John Stillwell / EPA



'The Kennedys' miniseries premiere: Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes toast political royalty

Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes at 'The Kennedys' premiere
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

 Hollywood royalty walked the red carpet to toast American royalty at the premiere of "The Kennedys" on Monday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The eight-part miniseries stars Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy and Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy, starting with a two-hour episode April 3 on Reelz Channel.

Kinnear was joined by wife Helen Labdon, and Holmes was accompanied by husband Tom Cruise at the Beverly Hills premiere. (Click on the pics for more photos.)

'The Kennedys' premiere photos The Jon Cassar-directed miniseries documents the lives of multiple generations of the political family. The project had originally been booted from the History Channel because the Kennedy family thought the interpretation was overdramatic and critical.

Barry Pepper plays Robert F. Kennedy and Charlotte Sullivan plays Marilyn Monroe in the series. Serge Houde, who portrays mobster Sam Giancana, joined Pepper and Sullivan at the Goldwyn Theater, as did Kristin Booth, the actress who appears as Ethel Kennedy in the series.

"The Middle" star Patricia Heaton and a pregnant Autumn Reeser, of "No Ordinary Family," walked the red carpet with Joan Collins and younger sister Jackie Collins.

In addition, "The Mentalist" actress Amanda Righetti, "24's" Powers Boothe and "Alias" actor Kevin Weisman were on hand for the festivities.

[For the record, 5:20 p.m. March 29: This post originally said Jackie Collins was Joan Collins' daughter. Jackie Collins is in fact Joan Collins' younger sister; the post has been revised to reflect that.]

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-- Nardine Saad
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Top photo: "The Kennedys" stars Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes talk at the premiere of the television series "The Kennedys" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Monday. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.

Right photo: Tom Cruise joins wife Katie Holmes at the premiere. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.


Just where does 4-year-old Suri Cruise's stylist find trendy pacifiers?

Suri Cruise uses trendy pacifiers A new photo emerged this week of Suri Cruise, and, before you ask, yes, she was dressed better than you. The takeaway of the photo is this: Suri, apparently, likes to suck on a pacifier while surrounded by paparazzi. The daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise is also nearly 5. Those colliding facts sent bloggers into two equally obnoxious spirals: the breathless baby fetishist what-does-this-mean-for-the-future ballyhoo and the bemused mock-fashion-police analysis.

"Suri Accessorizes Lipstick With Pacifier at 4!" one headline shrieked.

"Her clothes have earned her a reputation as a little fashionista," Us Weekly snarked, "but Suri Cruise's latest accessory seems a few seasons old."

Day-care dreckitude, indeed.

Anyway, we called around to parenting experts to see if we should be crafting our own hysterical blog about this issue. The answer? Sorta. I guess.

"Most parents of 5-year-olds would be embarrassed to have their child seen in public sucking a pacifier because of well-known health and dental health concerns," says Julie Hanks of Wasatch Family Therapy. "Either Katie isn't aware or she doesn't care what people think."

Hanks did note that binkies do tend to emerge in young children during times of stress. And, while, yes, age 4 may be too old for a pacifier, being shutterbugged by a stranger probably isn't the most relaxing way for a pre-kindergartner to spend an afternoon.

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— Leslie Gornstein

Photo: A collection of pacifiers, none of them likely to be in the possession of the Cruise household. Credit: Los Angeles Times


Katie Holmes sues Star for libel over 'drug shocker' cover

Katie Holmes sues Star Magazine for libel over "drug shocker" cover Katie Holmes sued the publishers of Star magazine for $50 million in federal court on Tuesday, accusing the tabloid of implying on a January cover that she is a drug addict.

"Of all the fabricated stories that continue to be published about me, this instance is beyond the pale," Holmes said in a statement. Publisher American Media Inc. "knew this outrageous story was false and printed it anyway to sell magazines,"  the statement said.

The headline on the Star cover, which featured a picture of a disheveled Holmes, screamed "Addiction Nightmare: Katie DRUG SHOCKER!" and added, "The real reason she can't leave Tom."

The "addiction" alleged in the story was to Scientology's e-meter device, the use of which Star said "gives subjects a temporary feeling of euphoria, followed by a crash and a craving for more," according to Gossip Cop. Scientology followers believe the e-meter can detect mental trauma.

Holmes' lawyer called the cover a "cheap trick on the public."

Star said in a statement that it stands behind its reporting. "The physical effect of the e-meter on its users is a matter of significant public concern and we plan to vigorously defend the suit filed by Ms. Holmes," adding that it could not wait to depose the actress regarding the e-meter.

The lawsuit also states that the implication that Holmes wants to leave husband Cruise is untrue.

About this time last year, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt filed a claim against the British tab News of the World over a story alleging that they had split up.

Brangelina won and donated the settlement money to charity.

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— Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Katie Holmes at the premiere of "The Romantics" in New York on Sept. 7.  Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press.



Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes see 'Rock of Ages' in L.A. -- research alert!

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes at Rock of Ages Looks like Tom Cruise isn't wasting any time preparing for his upcoming turn in the "Rock of Ages" movie -- the actor and wife Katie Holmes attended the musical in Los Angeles on Saturday.

At Hollywood's Pantages Theater, ticketholders got a thrill when Holmes and Cruise turned up, seated front and center next to Adam Shankman, Cruise's director for the film adaptation.

Wide reports say Cruise is in final negotiations for the flick, which has Gwyneth Paltrow, Mary J. Blige and Anne Hathaway as possible costars. We'd say this musical outing tips the scales of his participation.

"Tom was enthralled the entire time," a witness tells the Ministry, "leaning forward with his head in his hands, being very attentive." 

At intermission, Shankman and the famous couple were whisked backstage for a meet-and-greet with producers and cast -- led by former "American Idol" contestant Constantine Maroulis, who appeared in the Broadway production of the show. Upon returning to their seats, the pair happily obliged fans by posing for photos before the second act resumed.

While Shankman and Cruise will embark on their first creative endeavor together, the director and Holmes have been pals for years -- both contributing to the Dizzy Feet Foundation and alums of "So You Think You Can Dance."

Speaking of "So You Think" -- former judge Mia Michaels was seated with Cruise, Holmes and Shankman. Could she be joining the movie production as choreographer?

Leave your thoughts on the theatrical night out in the comments section below.

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Photo: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise hit the red carpet premiere of her flick "The Romantics" in September 2010. Credit: Associated Press

 


'The Romantics' premiere: Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise take their romance seriously [photos]

Katie-and-tom Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise shared the love at the premiere of her new film, "The Romantics," Tuesday night in New York, kicking it casual with eyes only for each other.

And why not? This is the same woman who earlier in the day informed the world, "My husband has red roses for me everywhere I go."

Costars Josh Duhamel, Malin Akerman, Jeremy Strong, Adam Brody and Elijah Wood made the scene as well.

Romantics-gallery-refer Anna Paquin stars opposite Holmes in the romantic drama, which revolves around close friends gathering for a wedding. Click the picture of the guys at right to launch a photo gallery of arrivals from the screening.

"The Romantics" opens Friday in the U.S.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Upper photo: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise attend the premiere of "The Romantics"' hosted by the Cinema Society on Tuesday in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Second photo: The guys from "The Romantics" include, from left, Adam Brody, Elijah Wood, Jeremy Strong and Josh Duhamel. They also hit the premiere Tuesday. Credit: Michael Loccisano / Getty Images

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Zac Efron on Vanessa Hudgens, Tom Cruise and why he turned down 'Footloose'

Zac-efron-details There's a chatty lining to "Charlie St. Cloud," meaning its headliner, Zac Efron, recently opened up about girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens, his motorcycle date with Tom Cruise and why he turned down the lead in the "Footloose" remake. 

"Believe me, I rack my brain thinking, 'Why am I not out there playing the field?' One of my buddies was like, 'You have no idea what’s going on right now. You’re peaking on Ecstasy and you’re watching TV.' But it's not in my heart," he says about girlfriend Hudgens, in the new issue of Details magazine.

He calls the love between him and his "High School Musical" costar "exactly how it should be. It's real."

A more surreal experience occurred recently when Efron visited talent agency CAA and was flagged down in the lobby by Tom Cruise, who asked if the young star knew how to ride a motorcycle. After Zac admitted he didn't, Cruise offered to teach him.

The two spent a day talking about how the smaller engines work, followed by a tour of the hangar that Cruise keeps his bikes in. 

"It’s just so cool," Efron said, "... the fact that he cared at all."

Perhaps the actors talked shop, as Efron certainly has his pick of projects these days, including ...

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Who's cuter: Katie Holmes or new pal Angelina Ballerina?

Katie-mouseLooks as if Katie Holmes has another new dance partner.

This time it's not husband Tom Cruise -- who may be heading out on his own in the dance department, if the MTV Movie Awards were any indication -- but rather kids' character Angelina Ballerina, and the ladies will be partnering not on the dance floor but rather in an expansion of the Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow Program.

Key to the effort: the Dizzy Feet Foundation, formed in 2009 by Holmes, Nigel Lythgoe, Carrie Ann Inaba and Adam Shankman to help talented but underprivileged young dancers step forward toward a professional career via scholarships and more.

"We felt a partnership with Angelina Ballerina was a natural fit,” Lythgoe said of the partnership announced Monday in Las Vegas. "Together, we can extend our efforts to help children achieve their dreams to dance."

For Stars of Tomorrow, choreographers will collaborate on developing training and dance techniques for programs that will roll out through the Boys & Girls Clubs. To see more of what it's about, click for videos of completely adorable kids (and their teachers) talking about why they like learning to dance. (Seriously, these children are to die for.)

The program will roll out to at least three additional cities by fall 2010. Till then, we have a poll:

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Katie Holmes helps launch the Angelina Ballerina character on June 7, 2010, in Las Vegas. Credit: HIT Entertainment.


If Tom Cruise's next film flops, should you blame Suri?

Esquire_tom_cruise Did you pop in your “Tropic Thunder” DVD (come on, someone must have purchased it) recently and wonder what prompted Tom Cruise to play a balding, foul-mouthed film exec who isn’t opposed to bumping, grinding and air-spanking?

Well, daughter Suri might be to blame.

In the new issue of Esquire, Cruise reveals he likes to occasionally bounce ideas off her when prepping for a film.

"I'll put Suri on a swing and tell her stories when I'm working on a script," he says. "I'll start with the beginning of the movie and take her through the story beat by beat. Of course, I make it age-appropriate. She's 4 years old. But she asks all the right questions: 'Why does that happen?' 'Those are the bad guys?' 'You're the good guy, right?'"

If only Katie Holmes would do the same. Maybe, then, we could have been spared “Mad Money.”

--Yvonne Villarreal


 Photo credit: Esquire

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