Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol Box Office Holiday Win

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol is the big winner of the holiday box office take this year, beating out runner-up Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with  an estimated $42.2 million in ticket sales over the four-day holiday weekend.

The fourth in the Mission: Impossible film series starring Tom Cruise has already raked in over $78.6 million at the domestic box office so far. M:I:4 reportedly cost around $145 million to make, but is already on track to beat the total income of 2006’s Million: Impossible III, which took in over $134 million in domestic sales and almost $264 million overseas.

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Oprah tapes her final shows

Twenty-five years of Oprah shows are nearly coming to a close, and all the major stars are coming out of the woodwork to join in the celebrations.  Beyoncé, Dakota Fanning, Tom Cruise, and even Madonna came out to Chicago to take part in the taping of the three final episodes of Oprah’s final season.

Other famous guests included Will Smith, Tom Hanks, Queen Latifah, Stevie Wonder, and recently-separated Maria Shriver.  The three shows were taped in front of a live audience of nearly 20,000 screaming fans, and will air next week on May 23, 24, and 25.  After that, Oprah will be working full time on her new network, OWN.

Star magazine admits Katie Holmes is not an addict

If you’re a tabloid, you’d better be careful about your fact-checking, and even more careful about baseless insinuations.  That’s the lesson the Star gossip magazine learned recently after having to settle a $50 million defamation lawsuit with Katie Holmes, after they strongly implied that Holmes wanted to leave Tom Cruise, but couldn’t because of a drug addiction.

In the most recent issue of Star, the editors issued a formal apology to Holmes, adding that they would make a significant donation to a charity in her name as a way to make amends.  Katie, ever gracious, has accepted the apology, and added that she was glad they resolved the matter amicably.

Toy Story 3 Beats Sandler and Cruise at Weekend Box Office

Toy Story 3 has topped the weekend box office for the second week in row, beating out the debuts of Adam Sandler‘s Grown Ups and Tom Cruise‘s much-hyped action thriller Knight and Day.

Toy Story 3 (Pixar)
Toy Story 3 (Pixar)

We feel kind of bad for the studios that paid mega millions to land Hollywood heavyweights like Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler for their blockbuster hopefuls, only to see them smashed aside by a bunch of animated toys.

Then again, we’re kind of amused to imagine Tom Cruise squirming after the worst box office debut for one of his action movies in 20 years. Let’s face it Mr. Cruise, you’re just not Top Gun at the box office anymore. All those weird couch-jumping antics and freakish Scientology spewing episodes aren’t making things any easier.

Toy Story 3 laughed its way into first place at the weekend box office again with $59 in ticket sales by Sunday, raking in $226.6 domestically so far. The Adam Sandler starring comedy Grown Ups placed at second with a decent take of $41 million. Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, crawled into a rather dismal third place with only $27.8 million since the film’s early Wednesday premiere.

Rounding out the top five for the weekend box office were The Karate Kid at $20.5 million so far and The A-Team with $6 million.

As for next week’s box office roundup, you can pretty much bet even Toy Story 3 is not going to stand a chance against the premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse for the July 4 weekend.

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Katie Holmes ‘Kills’ With So You Think You Can Dance Judy Garland Tribute

Actress Katie Holmes killed on last night’s So You Think You Can Dance with a tribute performance to Judy Garland – but not in a good way. The dance stylings of Mrs. Tom Cruise on So You Think You Can Dance were so torturous, it’s amazing live audience members didn’t keel over from sheer horror.

The appearance of Katie Holmes on Thursday night’s So You Think You Can Dance was much touted by the show as part of its 100th episode celebration. Holmes is one birthday clown, however, that I doubt anyone will be eager to book again. Holmes agreed to do the gig partially in support of the Dizzy Feet Foundation – a charity she co-created to support and increase access to dance education in the U.S. Well, Holmes certainly did have ‘dizzy feet’ last night, but frankly I doubt the charity wanted her to represent them quite so literally – or lamely.

Seriously, if you have not yet seen this bit of footage, be prepared to throw up in your mouth a little bit. That anyone could so horribly slaughter a tribute to the most fabulous Judy Garland is nearly reprehensible. I’m sure Judy was probably up in heaven simultaneously attempting to cover both eyes and ears. I know I was.

At least the bit was pre-recorded. I shudder to think what kind of insanity might have happened had Holmes been forced to attempt this debacle live.

Oh, and Katie – next time. Please, please wear some pants. Talk about needing some eyeball bleach…

Katie Holmes Is About To Go Nuts

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Imprisoned starlet Katie Holmes is rumored to be in danger of cracking up over hubby Tom Cruise’s pressure for her to have another Sci-bot. Their little Suri– princess of the universe- is OVER Katie’s pretending to be a designer so she can get out of the basement and share Suri’s craft room. Katie’s Scientology jailers minders and Overlord Tommy himself have pumped Katie’s head full of thetanphobia, and ensure she is rarely alone. But don’t call it a cult!

Britain’s Now magazine reports:

Tom’s desire to have another baby has put a strain on 30-year-old Katie — who is struggling with feelings of inadequacy thanks to Cruise’s constant scrutiny, according to a report in British magazine Now.

“Suri had her third birthday on 18 April and it was clear at her ‘princess party’ how much Tom adores her,” a source told the publication.

“But he hoped she’d have a brother or sister by now. They agreed to try as soon as Katie finished her Broadway play in January, but it hasn’t happened.

“Tom’s control, through Scientology, has been almost unbearable for Katie. But the more she’s fought it, the tougher he gets. Never having any space to herself is stressful for her.”

Following the April 12 death of her brother-in-law, Katie had been getting closer to her parents again and went back home to Ohio for the funeral.

“It seemed like a good time to reach out to them,” the insider said. “She’s feeling the strain of being under the watchful eye of the Scientologists and wanted to build bridges again.”

John Duignan, a member of the cult for 20 years who knows people in Tom’s entourage, explains,

“If she’s under pressure to provide another child, they’ll use very powerful mind-control techniques to help Tom get what he wants. Katie had been in New York, talking to real people and then she was back in the world of Scientology.

“She could crack up. There are lots of suicides among Scientologists — it’s psychologically very damaging. At least she’s been exposed to outside influences. But it’s difficult to escape, especially with a child.”

It will take a Mission Impossible style operation to extract poor Katie and Suri from the clutches of the madman and L. Ron Hubbard’s brainwashers. Scientology kills. Google it.

Crimes Against Fashion: Katie Holmes, Edition NO.

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Katie Holmes popped out of Aladdin’s lamp the other night, escaping to the Independent Filmmaker Project’s annual in NYC. Katie can surprise with some whack outfits, including some unfortunate self-creations. Is this Jen Aniston meets “I Dream Of Jeanie” another one? No matter who made it, it’s classic K-bot.

Kate zips us back to the 70’s…in a shiny shiny jumpsuit that may be something Mimi Rogers left with Tommy-girl years ago. Those tent pants could hide a Suri clone or even a spare E-meter. And the goldwashed accessories just scream “original Charlie’s Angels meets Claire’s.” Ditto for the bag. Someone PLEASE distract Katie from foraging any further into fashion design and execution. She’s used to people telling her what to do, so a little effort should do the trick. Use the Scientology rundown if you have to. Stylist!