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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes on the outs? We're shocked! Shocked!

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Is Hollywood's most saccharin couple on the outs? Life & Style magazine reports that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have split and will make it public after the birth of their child. The magazine bases its story on two unnamed friends of Cruise, one of whom said, "They both agreed that the marriage wouldn’t work and they wanted to end it before they learned to hate each other."

The two continue to live together, but in separate bedrooms, according to the article. Cruise reportedly will buy Holmes her own home nearby so they can share custody of their child.

Naturally, publicists for the duo have already rushed to deny the story. And maybe it is a publicity hoax. Trouble is, the story is so believable. (What breakup date did you have for them in your office pool?) Nobody could envision them together in the first place. Imagining a breakup now, however, is a snap. Just pick the reason: the age difference, his love of Scientology, her resumption of sanity.

If the story is true, where would "TomKat" rank among doomed celebrity couples? Certainly below Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley. Somewhere in the neighborhood of Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts? Maybe Drew Barrymore and Tom Green? Or Robin Givens and Mike Tyson? In any case, it's one for the record books.

More shocking (and not shocking) news

... Sobriety-challenged Shannen Doherty was injured in a car wreck earlier this week in Malibu, Calif. The 34-year-old actress, who first shot to fame in 1989's Heathers and then in Beverly Hills 90210, turned into another vehicle while making a left turn. Both she and the other driver were taken to a hospital for treatment. Investigators have listed Doherty, who was arrested for DUI back in 2001, as the party at fault but no citations were issued, according to the Associated Press. On Thursday night, the other driver in the accident was scheduled to appear on TV's Inside Edition to tell his side of the story. ""I don't care who was involved in the accident with me," he said, according to the program. "Regardless, I've still got to deal with the injuries."

... Squarely under the VERY shocking label: Willie Nelson has released a song about gay cowboys. The song -- "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)" -- was reportedly written before the phenomenon of Brokeback Mountain. The song, which supposedly is presented very seriously, includes the line, "Inside every cowboy there's a lady who'd love to slip out." It's available only on iTunes.

... Actor Chris Penn's death has been ruled accidental by investigators in California. The star of movies such as Footloose, Reservoir Dogs and Starsky & Hutch was found dead in his apartment on Jan. 24. The main cause of death was an enlarged heart, complicated by the effects of several prescription drugs Penn was taking at the time.

... Lou Ferrigno, who played the Incredible Hulk in the TV series from 1978 to 1982, was sworn in this week as a Los Angeles County reserve deputy. Ferrigno, 53, played the bulging green monster opposite his smaller alter-ego, played by Bill Bixby. As a reserve deputy, he was issued a badge, a baton and a gun.


Don't make Deputy Hulk mad.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:16pm]

    

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