Cruise visits Suri, Holmes nixes freebies, Ron Howard behind the wheel

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise (EVAN AGOSTINI / Invision)
Posted: July 22, 2012

Newly divorced Tom Cruise is determined to minimize the impact that his split from Katie Holmes will have on their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, reports People magazine. "He's going to try, despite all the attention, to have things be as normal as possible," Anon Source tells the mag. Cruise, who has been filming in California, visited New York on Tuesday and did normal dad-daughter things, like climbing into a helicopter for a jaunt somewhere. "It's going to be challenging," Source says. "But he's going to have a meaningful relationship with her, as he always has," the source continues. "[Suri will] visit him on movie sets when she's not in school. He'll call her all the time."

On the Holmes front

Speaking of Tom and Kat, as we just were, celeb websites are buzzing with a report that Katie doesn't want little Suri getting used to freebies from designers. "Katie has been returning unsolicited gifts and loans from designers for Suri since she arrived in New York," a source told United Kingdom online magazine Reveal. "She's issued instructions to remove Suri from all freebie lists. She's also put the word out in LA to stop any mini-me diva products being sent her way."

Rev it up, Ope

This would have made Opie a celebrity in Mayberry. Ron Howard, who has helmed an Oscar-winning film, will take the wheel of the pace car at this year's Brickyard 400, part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, the Associated Press reports. Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Friday that Howard will lead the field into the race at the historic 2.5 mile brick track on July 29. Howard, who won Academy Awards for best director and best picture in 2001 for A Beautiful Mind, is currently at work on Rush, a film about the rivalry between Grand Prix drivers Niki Lauda and the late James Hunt slated for release next year. Speedway President Jeff Belskus says Howard has immersed himself in motorsports culture while filming Rush and is "an ideal person to pace the field." Howard, who will be the guest of four-time Cup winner Jeff Gordon, said he was "honored" by the opportunity to drive the pace car and grateful to NASCAR for the opportunity.

This article contains information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "Sideshow" at sideshow@phillynews.com

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