Iron Man – yes or no

Earlier we reported that Tom wasn’t in the game for playing Iron Man. But now Cinematical has the following to say about it, just read it and let’s see what will be the case.

That’s right folks, the rumor rabbits are at it again. Even though director Jon Favreau has stated Tom Cruise is and will not be in the running for the lead role in Iron Man, word leaking out of Comic-Con suggests that might not be the case. According to Cinescape via one of their top secret Comic-Con scoopers, the news leaked out of Saturday’s Marvel Panel. Mind you, not from anyone on the actual panel — oh no, the scooper overheard the information from the three Paramount suits seated in front of him.

What did he hear? Well, as the panel was discussing Iron Man, one of the three suits said, “I believe Tom Cruise has got it in the bag.” Interesting. What is this bag? Where did it come from? Is it brown? Green? Silver? And what exactly does Tom Cruise have in it? Perhaps the scooper, instead, heard a word that rhymed with ‘bag’. Honestly, that would make a lot more sense. So, what’s the deal here? Is Tom Cruise really back in the mix? It makes sense to include the star seeing as Marvel is self-financing the flick. An unknown Iron Man could equal a box office disaster. However, throw Tom Cruise in there and you’re guaranteed to bring home the bacon. I guess we shall wait and see …

Private talk

People quotes Jada Pinkett Smith who has visited the Cruises and thinks Suri is “gorgeous”.
“She’s one of the sweetest babies I’ve ever met in my life,” Pinkett Smith says. “She’s an absolute beauty and she’s Daddy’s little girl.”

Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will Smith, have visited with Suri twice, both times at Cruise and Holmes’s Beverly Hills mansion.
“She’s beautiful and they’re very happy and they need to be left alone,” says Pinkett Smith, who described Suri while talking to PEOPLE about her participation in last weekend’s Philadelphia anti-violence event, Party 4 Peace, run by pal Charles “Charlie Mack” Alston. “She’s the cutest little baby. She’s got a head full of black, beautiful hair.”
And how are Mom and Dad doing? Cruise is “excellent” and Holmes is “a great mom and she’s loving every single second of it.”

NationalLedger reports the rumour that Tom and Katie are supposedly getting married somewhere this weekend:

Here we go again. According to Fox News columnist Roger Friedman, the TomKat wedding may be imminent. That’s right, here comes the speculation that Tom Cruise is finally set to make an honest woman out of the fabulous Katie Holmes.

Fox 411 cites “Chatter” picked up on the Cruise-Holmes gossip frequency suggests such an event could take place between now and the end of this weekend. Wow – that is fast.

Friedman speculates that if the wedding takes place it will have all the secrecy of the birth of Suri and wonders about the location. Will it be in Telluride, where the actor has a big, secluded spread? In Beverly Hills, at his mansion? Or at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood?
“The wedding — should it take place — will no doubt be veiled in secrecy in the same way the birth of the couple’s child was in April. It’s possible, however, that Cruise will use a wedding as a vehicle for letting out a picture of baby Suri,” writes Freidman.

Just last week In Touch Weekly reported that now that she’s lost almost all of her baby weight, Katie is deciding what to wear for her big day and was looking at dresses. In Touch reports that she’s now shed about 28 pounds, and she is almost thin enough to slip into a form-fitting designer gown.
Maybe she’ll just put that designer dress on for a wedding this weekend.

Suri looks like Tom and Katie

King of Queens star and Cruise pal Leah Remini, who saw Suri at the couple’s L.A. home recently, tells PEOPLE in its new issue “She’s a beaming baby. She looks like Tom and Katie. She’s just beautiful.”
As for Suri’s folks, Cruise is “one of those doting dads,” says Remini. Holmes looks “beautiful – I’m jealous of her. She bounced right back.”
“They’re just great parents,” Remini adds. “There wasn’t a second that she was out of their arms except when I held her.”

So why won’t the proud Mom and Dad introduce Suri to fans? They’re simply in no rush, Cruise’s rep told PEOPLE in June. “Suri’s in great shape. Everything’s fine.”

ABC adds:
Remini tells Us Weekly that she saw the 3-month-old girl several weeks ago. “She’s a newborn and normal size,” Remini said in an interview that will be featured in the new issue of the magazine that hits newsstands Friday. “Tom and Kate … want to have a life and raise their baby,” Remini said. “They’re normal parents.”
Suri is “a cross between the two, [with] dark, straight hair and dark eyes,” another pal said to the magazine. (…)
Earlier this month, Arnold Robinson, Cruise’s spokesman, made a plea for privacy. “If and when they do make a decision, it will be at their discretion and not anybody else’s,” he said to The Associated Press.

Tom surprises Steven Spielberg

Tom and Steven in Chicago July 15th
Walking out from the wings and handing Spielberg the Golden Hugo award after festival founder Michael Kutza kidded that he couldn’t find it, Cruise spoke of his admiration for the director of Jaws, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List and Cruise’s own War of the Worlds.

“I had the great pleasure of meeting Steven,” Cruise said, reports CBS News. Then, addressing Spielberg directly, he added: “You took me to dinner when I was a young actor. I’ve seen every one of his films many, many times. I actually study his films” reports People.
The Chicago Tribune adds:
Several of Spielberg’s colleagues and celebrity friends congratulated him through videotaped messages, including Cruise. But when Spielberg took the stage to accept his award, Cruise sneaked up from behind and congratulated Spielberg in person. Hundreds of jaws hit the floor.
After Saturday’s benefit, Spielberg and Cruise headed to Midway, where they boarded a private jet headed for New York.
Steven is surprised by Tom

Spielberg feted by friends including Tom Cruise

Not much news lately… not much at all, but I’ve found something tonight:

Spielberg to receive Chicago Film Fest Award Saturday
Steven Spielberg will be receiving the Chicago International Film Festival’s Gold Hugo Lifetime Achievement Award this Saturday night at the Fest’s Summer Gala.

This year marks the 42nd year of the annual film festival here in the Midwest, and Steven Spielberg will be in town for the event marking his three decades of legendary works in the motion picture industry. Spielberg will be feted by friends and collaborators including Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Liam Neeson, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, George Lucas, John Williams, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (a one-time Chicago native), and DreamWorks partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

SpielbergFilms will be covering the event from the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers red carpet and from inside the ceremony to give our readers a view into this exciting night of honors for our favorite filmmaker. Check back later this weekend for the full report!

Congratulations to Mr. Spielberg on receiving this honor from the Chicago International Film Festival, and thank you for three decades of incomparable cinema. (

Tom Cruise road show swings through Japan

TOKYO — Tom Cruise loves Japan, and the Japanese certainly love the superstar actor who makes it a point to come here to promote each of his movies and interact with his fans. Cruise, who turns 44 on July 3, arrived in Japan at 4 a.m. Tuesday for a whirlwind promotional tour for “Mission: Impossible III,” along with director JJ Abrams, co-stars Keri Russell and Maggie Q, as well as producer Paula Wagner.

After charming the media at a news conference at Meiji Kinenkan, Cruise donned a happi coat for a meeting with Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Kazuo Kitagawa who presented him with a certificate of thanks for his efforts to promote Japanese culture through his films (specifically “The Last Samurai” and also for his stated desire to film parts of “Mission: Impossible IV” in Tokyo).

Cruise, who was ranked last week by Forbes magazine as the world’s most powerful celebrity, said meeting fans was the most important part of his trip. On Tuesday night, in a scene recreated from his latest film, he arrived by speedboat at Odaiba for the Japan premiere and spent an hour chatting with fans before heading off to party with “Last Samurai” mates Ken Watanabe and Hiroyuki Sanada.

On Wednesday morning, Cruise and 150 invited guests (chosen from 30,000 applicants) from regional areas departed Tokyo aboard a specially chartered bullet train for the 150-minute journey to Shin-Osaka. During the trip, Cruise is spending a minute with each passenger and posing for a photo with every one of the 150 fans onboard. He returned to the U.S. on Wednesday night.

Distributor UIP pulled out all the stops for the visit, spending 2 billion yen on the various events. Japan, of course, is the second biggest movie market in the world and Cruise’s films have consistently been hits here, where his sometimes eccentric behavior means little. “I think you all know my affinity for Japan and your culture,” he said.

“Mission: Impossible III” sees Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt, now an IMF agent instructor called back into action to rescue a former team member who has been captured by a ruthless arms dealer (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Complicating matters is the fact that Hunt now has a wife who is not aware of his true occupation.

Abrams, best known for directing the TV series “Alias,” pours on the action. Cruise certainly earns the reported $20 million he was paid, doing most of the stunts himself. “I asked myself a couple of times why I still do that,” he said. “The scene where I am blown against a car on a bridge looked good when we wrote it on a Friday, but not on Monday when we filmed it. At that point, everyone was waiting around, looking at me, so I couldn’t get out of it.”

Both Cruise and Abrams (who was given the directing job by Cruise as a birthday present) wanted to inject the romance angle into the series. “We wanted a love story that was action-packed and had vivid characters. This is my favorite mission,” said Cruise.

But not his last mission. Tokyo looms on the horizon for the next one. “Actually, we wrote scenes for this one with Tokyo in mind, but we couldn’t find the right buildings,” said Abrams. “So in the end, we had to go to Shanghai.”

However, Cruise knows what he would like to do for “M:I IV,” if there is one. “I’d like to shoot in downtown Tokyo for a week. Just at night. It would be an unbelievable sequence. Of course, people might not be happy with the traffic.” The actor mentioned it during his meeting with Transport Minister Kitagawa who promised to cooperate.”

Cruise said he is more enthusiastic than ever about making movies. “I wish I could make two or three a year, but I am very particular about what I do,” he said. “When I was growing up, moving around, I never thought I would have the opportunity to make movies. It was a joke to even think about it. But the more I make movies, the more I appreciate it and the more I appreciate what other artists have done,” Cruise said, naming Muhammad Ali as his real-life hero because of his integrity and values. “I like to challenge myself just to see if I can do it. I love creating something together with a team, especially when it is a project close to my heart.”

Speaking of close to his heart, the Japanese media were disappointed that he didn’t bring his fiance Katie Holmes and their child Suri, as he promised he would. “Yeah, I know,” Cruise said, “but the trip was just too short.” He is still on cloud nine following the April birth. “I’m very happy. Last Sunday was the best Father’s Day I could have,” he said of his time with Holmes, Suri and his two adopted kids. “I think you all know what a gift children are. I feel the responsibility of that because they are the future. I feel overwhelmed with emotion at times when I look at my children. I always wanted to be a father my whole life. So I’m hoping I have 10 children,” he joked. (crisscross)

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