March 6, 2009 in Features

No science to nasty gossip


Some celebs are always in the spotlight – which you have to think is better than never being there.

There have to be times, though, when certain celebs want to say, “No más.”

Take Katie Holmes, for example. The 30-year-old movie star reveals in the April issue of Glamour magazine that she hates the gossip that’s directed toward her baby girl, Suri.

“Some of the stuff was such absolutely horrible things to say about a child,” she says. “It was so uncalled for and so disgusting. Enough is enough.”

The same kind of stuff has been directed toward her and husband Tom Cruise, 46, of course. But it proves especially hurtful when the target is just 30 months old.

“She’s really such a special girl – strong and funny,” Holmes says. “She’s her own person. She has a great sense of humor.”

By the way, Holmes says that, despite reports to the contrary, she’s not pregnant.

No politics? That’s refreshing

Several Hollywood types, including Annette Bening, Alfre Woodard, writer-director Frank Pierson and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis, are visiting Iran this week. Academy representative Leslie Unger assures us that the trip is a “completely private initiative for educational and creative exchange … (with) no political agenda.”

He’ll dance the pain away

The latest casualty on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” “Sex and the City” star Gilles Marini, told “Extra!” that he’ll recover in time for Monday’s premiere. “I have tendinitis right here around the groin area,” he said. “It’s painful, but with medicine you can actually ease the pain, so it should be fine.”

Woody returns to the Big Apple

Woody Allen hasn’t shot a film in New York since 2004’s “Melinda and Melinda.” His new film, “Whatever Works,” which explores NYC sites with a cast that includes Evan Rachel Wood, Larry David, Patricia Clarkson and Michael McKean, is scheduled to open the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival on April 22.

Collins’ last stand: Alamo fan

Singer Phil Collins is a big Alamo buff. Collins, who said he has “hundreds” of artifacts from the historical Texas fort, is in San Antonio this week to help honor the anniversary of the 1836 battle. His interest dates to when he saw actor Fess Parker portray Davy Crockett. Now, he says, his youngest two sons “can identify (William Barret) Travis, Crockett and Mexican Gen. Santa Anna when they see their pictures.”

Quotable quote

“They’re a little dry.” That’s Jennifer Aniston, co-star with Owen Wilson of “Marley & Me,” commenting on the taste of the dog biscuits that she and Wilson nibbled on while appearing on the German television show “Wetten, dass … ?” (or “Wanna bet?).

The birthday bunch

TV personality Ed McMahon is 86. Actor Ben Murphy is 67. Singer Mary Wilson of The Supremes is 65. Drummer Hugh Grundy of The Zombies is 64. Actor-director Rob Reiner is 62. Singer Kiki Dee is 62. Actor Tom Arnold is 50. Actress Suzanne Crough is 46. Actor D.L. Hughley is 45. Actress Yvette Wilson is 45. Actress Connie Britton is 41. Actress Moira Kelly is 41. Rapper Bubba Sparxxx is 32.

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