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Suri Cruise pictures bring in millions of viewers
Glossy magazine VANITY FAIR is already benefitting from publishing the first photos of TOM CRUISE and KATIE HOLMES new baby SURI by hitting a record 4.3 million page views on their website in just one day. The October (06) issue features a 22-page photo spread of the Cruise family shot by celebrity photographer ANNIE LEIBOVITZ. The issue hit newsstands in New York City and Los Angeles on 6 September (06), but the world could view the photos online at late Tuesday (05SEP06) night – and hits on the site rocketed to nearly three times the previous record for page views when the magazine posted a picture of KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and SCARLETT JOHANSSON appearing nude for TOM FORD’s Hollywood issue in February (06). Meanwhile, new details have emerged about exactly how the magazine managed to keep its exclusive pictures a secret. Comag Market Group Vice President JOE BERTOLINO, who distributes the magazine, said the operation was three weeks in the making and credits Vanity Fair editor in chief GRAYDON CARTER with masterminding the exclusive deal. Neither Carter’s staff or members of Bertolino’s marketing group were allowed to see the images ahead of time. A private security firm was hired to guard the magazine as it was being printed and it shipped one day late, with the front of the issue covered by a protective piece of paper to prevent leaks. Bertolino says security did catch an infiltrator at one distribution point from a competing weekly magazine. He declined to name the publication, saying only that it was not owned by a “reputable” magazine company.

Michael Moore: stop picking on Tom Cruise
Michael Moore has said he thinks people should lay off Tom Cruise – because at the end of the day he’s just an actor.
Speaking at the Toronto launch of his new documentary, Sicko, about the US health insurance business, Moore said: “It’s time to stop picking on Tom Cruise.”
“What is his crime? Jumping on a couch? Actors are supposed to different. They’re not accountants.”
“His religion is own damn business, no matter what planet it’s from. He’s not firing rockets into Iraq.”

Other news is about Tom & Katie-spottings:

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were “rescued” from the paparazzi by considerate restaurant staff.
The couple – who recently unveiled the first pictures of their baby daughter Suri in Vanity Fair magazine – were enjoying an intimate dinner at plush eatery Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi, in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday night (09.09.06) when they were spotted by photographers.
Almost immediately the snappers had set up camp outside the restaurant, waiting for Tom and Katie to emerge so they could photograph them.
However, considerate restaurant employees came to the pair’s rescue by holding up their aprons and obstructing the view of Tom and Katie as they left.
To further distract the flashing bulbs, the owner of the restaurant Giorgio Baldi even jumped in front of the paparazzi to obscure their view.

Tom & Katie
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes threatened to upstage the action on the field on Monday when they watched the Washington Redskins season opener as VIP guests of Cruise’s new business partner, Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
On the ESPN premiere of Monday Night Football, the couple were seen sitting in the owner’s box, both decked out in shades. They watched the Redskins lose to the Minnesota Vikings 19-16.
The couple were joined by Cruise’s daughter Isabella, 13, and son Connor, 11. The family – yes, even Vanity Fair cover-baby Suri – is staying at the Potomac, Md., home of Snyder, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Days after Cruise was publicly dumped by Paramount Pictures last month, the actor’s production company signed a deal to finance movies through Snyder and others in the investment firm First and Goal LLC.
On Sunday, Cruise and Snyder went to the Snyder-owned Six Flags amusement park in Washington, the Post reported.

Pictures of Suri

OMG! She is so so so cute, it’s like, wow. So adorable! Truly gorgeous. Congratulations Tom & Katie for such a beautiful baby. She has Tom’s eyes.

Thanks Mariana and Rita for helping me out, I’m just here to post the pictures, cause it just can’t wait another second!

The scans are from Vanity Fair, October 2006 Issue. If anyone can make high quality scans, I’d love that!

Quick preview, click to view them all.

Pictures are from ohnotheydidnt

Pictures of Suri Cruise

Vanity Fair Exclusive: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise Talk About Baby Suri; 22-Page Family Portfolio by Annie Leibovitz

NEW YORK, N.Y.—In a private conversation with Vanity Fair features editor Jane Sarkin, Katie Holmes tells her that “it’s been heartbreaking” to see what’s being said in the press about her family and her baby. “Some of the crap that’s out there—the stuff that’s said about my parents and my siblings [tabloid accounts implied that Katie’s family did not hit it off with Tom]—it’s really frustrating the amount of shit that’s out there. And the stuff they say about Suri?! You shouldn’t say that about us, and you can’t say that about my child.”

Holmes explains that the gossip “eats away at me because it’s just not O.K.,” but that she keeps up on it because “this is my future. This is my family, and I care so much about them. To see how someone as caring and good as Tom is—to see how things can just get so twisted and turned around. I mean, where does it come from?”

Sarkin spent five days with the Cruise-Holmes extended family at Cruise’s Telluride, Colorado, compound, sharing meals, taking hikes, and hanging out. Bella and Connor, whom Cruise and Nicole Kidman adopted during their marriage, were there, as well as Holmes’s mother and father, Cruise’s mother and sister, and other family members.

Sarkin reports that Cruise and Holmes coo over the baby like any new parents. “She has Kate’s lips and eyes,” Tom says of the baby. “I think she looks like Kate.” Holmes counters, “I think she has Tom’s eyes. I think she looks like Tom.”

“I was overjoyed in being pregnant,” Holmes tells Sarkin, “and then had to withstand ridicule about my pregnancy when it was the most normal, non-controversial thing imaginable.” Of speculation in the press, Holmes says, “All those things were invented.”

Holmes explains their purchase of an in-house sonogram machine to Sarkin, saying that they were followed by paparazzi and as a result her doctor had to make house calls. “The sonogram was for his use!” she says.

Leading up to the frenzy over the pictures, “we were just living our lives, being a family,” Cruise says. “Actually, we were taking our own photos and always planned to release those at the right time.” But “then all the craziness began,” Holmes says. “This ‘Where is Suri?’ controversy. Tom and I looked at each other and said, ‘What’s going on?’ We weren’t trying to hide anything.”

“It seemed only natural to have Annie take the first public photographs of Suri,” says Cruise of their decision to allow Leibovitz to photograph the baby. “Annie is the only professional photographer who ever shot Bella and Connor as children.”

“The moment the doctor handed me Suri,” Holmes tells Sarkin, “I was just ready. The feeling is indescribable. All I can say is the moment I looked in her eyes I felt like … Mom.” Holmes continues: “She’s a glorious girl. She’s the miracle of our life.”

The October issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on September 6, and nationally by September 12. (Vanity Fair)

Katie Couric also showed some of the pics of Suri made by Annie Leibovitz during her first night as anchor of CBS Evening News:
ABC pic
There are 22 pages of photos inside Vanity Fair, so go check it out!

Brooke Shields Says Tom Has Apologized

Brooke Shields says Tom Cruise has apologized for publicly criticizing her use of antidepressants after the birth of her first daughter.

The two had a public beef last year after the “Mission: Impossible III” star, echoing the position of Scientology, said in an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show that depression can be treated with exercise and vitamins rather than drugs.

The 41-year-old actress says Cruise apologized in person Thursday.

“He came over to my house, and he gave me a heartfelt apology,” Shields said Friday during an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” “And he apologized for bringing me into the whole thing and for everything that happened.

“And through it all, I was so impressed with how heartfelt it was. And I didn’t feel at any time that I had to defend myself, nor did I feel that he was trying to convince me of anything other than the fact that he was deeply sorry. And I accepted it.”

Cruise’s spokesman confirmed the celebrities made up.

“It is true that his friendship with Ms. Shields has been mended,” spokesman Arnold Robinson said in a statement. “He has not changed his position about antidepressants, which as evidenced by the black label warnings issued by the FDA on these types of drugs, are unhealthy.” (Examiner)

Cruz defends Cruise’s Scientology beliefs

Movie star Penelope Cruz has defended her former love Tom Cruise from the media backlash against his devotion to Scientology.

The Spanish actress adores Cruise as a friend, and can’t understand why people refuse to accept his beliefs.

“I can only say good things about Tom,” she said. “I know him pretty well, so I know what I’m talking about.

“Tom and I are good friends and in many ways he’s shown me to have a kind heart.

“Scientology is positive. When you read a book of Buddhism, you could apply it to your life in any way you need to, so with a book of Scientology it’s the same thing.

“I think we should respect all religions.” (NYPost)

Tom and Paula find new movie partner

KansasCity (among others) already reported that Tom had investors:

“Cruise/Wagner has secured financing,” Julie Polkes, a spokeswoman for Cruise’s production company, said. She declined to name the source of the money.
Sources close to Cruise say he’s locked in a $100 million-a-year fund from private equity firms. Under the agreement, Cruise’s studio has the option to boost that to as much as $300 million.

The story continues to say that Tom took “a highly unusual public spanking” this week from Sumner Redstone, who runs Paramount owner Viacom, and that Redstone trashed Tom, whose movies make him the fourth-biggest moneymaker in Hollywood, claiming the megastar’s real-life bizarro behavior hurt his box-office draw.
Sources said that Redstone was fuming particularly at Tom’s comments on Brooke Shields’ use of anti-depressants to fight postpartum depression and his Scientology comments as well as his ‘Oprah’ couch-jumping, as he proclaimed his love for Katie Holmes.

Talks between Paramount and Cruise over renewal of their 14-year contract broke down a week and a half ago, insiders said. According to some accounts, the studio refused to renew a deal that paid Cruise’s company $10 million a year to cover overhead. Paramount is said to have offered Cruise about $2 million, but he wouldn’t bite. His camp has said the breaking point wasn’t about money but about Paramount’s “behavior.”

There are other theories, too. A Reuters report Wednesday said the negotiations broke down over DVD sales. In the last 18 months the DVD growth market has slowed, and there’s less of a guarantee that a movie that didn’t perform well in theaters will make up for it through the home market. Because of that decline, Paramount probably wanted to change its deal with Tom that guaranteed his company 20 percent of DVD revenue.

Paramount’s dumping of Cruise marks a broader trend in Hollywood, where studios are tightening the grips on fat-cat superstars. Recently two Jim Carrey flicks have been delayed or stopped because they were too expensive, and a studio chief publicly chided Lindsay Lohan for missing work on the set.

People names the new movie partner:

The Mission: Impossible star has struck a deal with an investment group that includes Daniel M. Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins football team, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
Snyder, who’s also the chairman of Six Flags Inc., is said to be the lead investor in a two-year agreement with Cruise, 44, and his producing partner, Paula Wagner.
Among Snyder’s business partners in various deals over the years have been Harvey Weinstein, Bill Gates and Wall Street’s Stan Shuman, whom the New York Post describes as a gatekeeper to billions. (Weinstein is a director on the Six Flags board.)
Neither side disclosed how much Cruise and Wagner would receive as part of the new deal.

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