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Posts Tagged ‘Suri Cruise’

Jess Cagle’s First Big People Mag Decision: No More Unsanctioned Celebrity Kid Pics

JessCaglePicThis is quite honestly the best thing we’ve read in weeks. It’s also an editorial directive that should compel Alec Baldwin to WOOT! loud enough to be heard in suburbia.

Incoming People magazine editorial director Jess Cagle today explains how he quickly decided after arriving in January that the publication would no longer make use of guerilla-style photos of the young sons and daughters of celebrities. From his Editor’s Letter:

The editors at People have always been careful when dealing with photos of kids, but in the past few months our sensitivity has been significantly heightened, and our editorial practices have changed accordingly. When I took over as editorial director in January, I told our staff that People would not publish photos of celebs’ kids taken against their parents’ wishes, in print or online.

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Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes Send-Up Rolls into New York

It was a smash in Chicago. Now, August 20-24 at the Players Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, TheTomKat Project is set to wow fans in the very city where Katie Holmes pulled the plug on her marriage to Tom Cruise one year ago.

The play, featuring just a few odd props and the narration of writer Brandon Ogborn, skewers celebrity, the media and the Church of Scientology. There is no pretense at conventional celebrity impressions; lead actors Walt Delaney and Julie Dahlinger don’t much look like Cruise or Holmes. But that’s half the fun, with the support of a  versatile group of co-stars:

Based on actual interviews and completely imagined scenes, seven actors portray 54 characters including Oprah Winfrey, David Miscavige, Matt Lauer, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Hartnett, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone, Cruise/Wagner partner Paula Wagner, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman and Suri.

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Cruise-Holmes Scientology Spoof Gathering Steam in Chicago

The buzz is growing for The TomKat Project, a bare-bones stage show running through April 24 at the Playground Theater in Chicago. Scientology watcher Tony Ortega let his readers know about it this morning and Tribune theater critic Nina Metz has just given the production a “Genius” rave:

It matters very little that Brianna Baker bears no meaningful resemblance to either Oprah Winfrey or Cruise attorney Bert Fields; she inhabits both with real skill and technique. This might be the best Winfrey impression I’ve seen, one that doesn’t overplay its hand but perfectly embodies her vocal tics and regal self-regard.

The Brandon Ogborn script sources media coverage of Cruise and Holmes from 1998 through 2012 to skewer celebrity journalism as much as it does Scientology. Ortega’s tipster, Synthia Fagen, says that Ogborn has told her there may be some interest from Comedy Central. [Editor's note: Please see reader comments below.]

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LAT In 90 Seconds

34454670-27152556.jpgLil’ Meat Pie In The Oven: Reporter Mark Salisbury is a lot less grossed-out than we are that Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter conceived their newborn daughter while filming Sweeney Todd, a movie in which she plays a baker who stuffs meat pies with human flesh.

28689949.jpgOprah-In-Chief: Columnist Tina Daunt has been busy this campaign season with her Cause Celebre column, which reports about the intersection between Hollywood and politics. Today’s was particularly fun. In it, we learned that people openly acknowledge Oprah’s “power and influence on the American culture” and feel free to take her to task when she appears to “abuse” it. Daunt ends her column with a suggestion (made by Brad Pitt) that George Clooney should run for president — but apparently Oprah is already a lock.

34453921.jpgPeer Pressure: So which pretty young thing hasn’t been arrested this year on DUI charges? Suri Cruise, we’re waiting.