LESS than 48 hours after Tom Cruise, 42 and Katie Holmes' publicists
sought to convince the world that the unlikely pair have embarked
on a hot romance, CNN's Bill Hemmer said on "American Morning":
"What kind of sham is this, by the way?"
Snark, on CNN? But it raises the question: What if they concocted a
publicity stunt and nobody bought it? Cruise needs publicity because
he's no longer king of the box office. His Steven Spielberg movie "War
of the Worlds," coming June 29, will be considered a disappointment
if it does less than $150 million. But his last three movies - "Minority
Report," "The Last Samurai" and "Collateral" - earned only $132 million,
$111 million and $100 million, respectively, in North America. The numbers
are way off compared to what he used to score in the '90s.
Matt Damon and Vin Diesel's last three big movies have beaten Cruise's,
and even Diesel'sgreat comedy "The Pacifier" did better than the Oscar-
nominated "Collateral." Cruise doesn't even want to think about Orlando
Bloom, who has already starred in five huge movies, the least successful
of which, "Troy," earned $133 million. His latest costume epic, "Kingdom
of Heaven," which is getting good advance word, opens Friday. Holmes needs ink because she still isn't a movie star. Since breaking out
on "Dawson's Creek," she has top-lined four movies, all of which have tanked
("First Daughter," "Pieces of April," "Abandon," "Teaching Mrs. Tingle").
Now 26, she has a supporting role as Bruce Wayne's girlfriend in "Batman
Begins," due June 15. Holmes just ended a five-year romance with Chris
Klein in March. Yet Cruise's sister-publicist says Cruise and Holmes have
already been dating "a few weeks." MORE!!!
(Tks: Judy - Board Member)