Born on the Fourth of July star Tom Cruise, who was born on the third of July, spent his 50th b-day Tuesday traveling from Iceland, where he's shooting a film, back to his empty $30 mil Beverly Hills mansion. A source tells People that Tom is "totally devastated and heartbroken" over soon-to-be-ex-wife Katie Holmes' quick-quick divorce filing.
Cruise makes lots of money
Bereft he may be, but Tom'll always have his pile o' cash: Scientology's Impossible Missionary tops Forbes' list of top-paid actors, having pulled in $75 mil over the last year.
Leonardo DiCaprio ($37 mil), Adam Sandler ($37 mil), Dwayne Johnson ($36 mil), and Ben Stiller ($33 mil) round out the top five.
Unnamed sources tell TMZ Katie won't get any cash because of their prenup and she doesn't care — as long as she gets custody of beloved daughter Suri. Oh, and child support.
Anderson Cooper is loved
Boldfacers have lined up all week to congratulate CNN newsman Anderson Cooper for coming out as a proud gay American male.
"I'm proud of you," tweeted the openly lesbian Ellen DeGeneres. Joan Rivers for her part tweeted a tease: "So, THAT'S why he never wanted to date me! I would've loved having Gloria Vanderbilt as my mother-in-law."
Cowell praises another celeb!
Shocking, no? In a shocking litany of praise, joyous celebration, and heart, Simon "Darth Vader" Cowell says so-called poptart Britney Spears isn't just a piece of the furniture on his talent show The X Factor, but rather a serious, thoughtful, deep, committed judge.
"She's actually [on the show] to prove to the world there's more to her, and she's got the ability to do this job really well," Cowell is quoted by People mag as saying. "She's taken the role really seriously." This is Britney he's talking about, right?
Showbiz movers 'n' shakers
The cast of Happy Days is suing CBS over royalties they say they weren't paid from the network's use of their images to sell Happy Days merchandise. Show costar Ron Howard tells TMZ he declined to take part in the suit, but hopes his cast mates land some serious dollars.
Good news for Aaron Sorkin: His West Wing-ian HBO orgy of idealism, Newsroom, has been renewed for a second season. The pay cabler's blood-drenched romance, True Blood, has been picked up for a sixth.
Digital is here to stay, baby: Netflix said Tuesday that its subscribers watched more than 1 billion hours of online video last month, a record-setting, mad amount.
Geriatric glam rockers Kiss were in London on Tuesday to release a photo-stuffed retrospective memoir about the band's 40-year history. Titled KISS Monster, it costs $4,299.
Huh?! We forgot to mention the limited-edition tome is three feet high. "A band that is bigger than life deserves a book that's bigger than life," said Paul Stanley. "You could call it a coffee-table book, but if you put legs on it, it is a coffee table."
Not laughing at ‘Ted' ALS joke
Boston-based advocacy org ALS Therapy Alliance has issued a stern protest of a joke about ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in Seth MacFarlane's comedy Ted. The film has star Mark Wahlberg exclaim, "From one man to another, I hope you get Lou Gehrig's disease." The dot.org says this is not "a laughing matter for people and families suffering from this life-threatening illness."
More ‘Jersey Shore' trouble
Lovely Jersey Shore starlet Deena Cortese on Tuesday was sentenced to pay a $106 fine in municipal court in Seaside Heights after pleading guilty to ... failing to use the sidewalk. Yep, Deena, 25, was busted June 10 for dancing in a roadway and interfering with traffic. After the court session, she was taken aside by her mum, Joann Cortese, and given a stern talking-to. The women eventually hugged and kissed.
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