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Tom Cruise and an "unidentified female companion" are vacationing this week at the same Fiji Island resort soon-to-be-ex-wife Nicole Kidman was at last week. But Cruise's rep says the companion most likely isn't the identifiable Penelope Cruz, the Spanish actor the rep confirmed Cruise is dating.
Publicist Pat Kingsley said the woman reported by the Australian Associated Press might have been one of Cruise's three sisters.
Cruise and Kidman arranged a family vacation on the island months ago but decided after separating to split the holiday, Kidman taking the first week with children Isabella and Connor, and he taking the second, Kingsley said.
Kingsley's details on Cruise-Cruz: Several months after working together on Cameron Crowe's upcoming Vanilla Sky, they hooked up socially at a Cruise birthday party July 6. They had "a couple of dates" before going out as a couple last week, she said.
Meanwhile, back on Fiji
Kidman's stay was not without intrigue. There at the same time was longtime pal/former boyfriend Russell Crowe, and depending on which reports you want to believe, they were there together or it was a coincidence and he was there with "an unidentified female companion," an Australian actress or La Femme Nikita's Peta Wilson.
The location of all this drama: The $1,300 to $3,000-a-night Wakaya Club.
More celebrity couplings
Lisa Marie Presley confirms she and Nicolas Cage are together. . . . Laura Dern and musician boyfriend Ben Harper are expecting a child this fall. . . . And one uncoupling: Entertainment Tonight says Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid's divorce is final.
Eight more years
Rush Limbaugh has renewed his contract through 2009 in a deal Premiere Radio Networks says is most expensive in radio syndication history.
The network wouldn't give a dollar amount. The Associated Press cited reports saying it's as high as $250-million with a $35-million signing bonus.
The 50-year-old conservative broadcaster will continue his daily program,The Rush Limbaugh Show, and The Rush Limbaugh Morning Update, heard on almost 600 radio stations nationwide, the network said.
They admit it; they did it
Dave Matthews and his band broke curfew, and it cost them $15,000.
The University of Colorado in Boulder fined the group $1,000 a minute after its July 11 concert last week ran 15 minutes past a 10:30 p.m. curfew. "They were just having a great time and wanted to keep playing a little longer," publicist Ambrosia Healy said. The group is at the Ice Palace on Monday.
West Wing cast members who had threatened to stay away from work in a salary dispute showed up on time Monday. But Emmy nominees Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer and Bradley Whitford still want more than the $30,000 an episode they're making. "The negotiations are going on in good faith," the very busy Pat Kingsley said. Also, Stockard Channing (Dr. Abbey Bartlet) has been made a regular cast member. . . . Sopranos creator David Chase agreed to do a fifth season. He had talked about ending the series after its upcoming fourth, which is not expected until September 2002. . . . Katie Couric wants off Today when her contract ends next year, PageSix.com reports. . . . Lucy Liu will do just four Ally McBeal episodes this season so she can concentrate on movies. Also, Ally producers told Entertainment Tonight they don't rule out bringing back Robert Downey Jr. . . . Australian producers want to set a Big Brother-style series inside a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic.
Kimberly Mathers, the estranged wife of rapper Eminem, was charged with drug possession after Mount Clemens, Mich., police found a bag with a "white powdery substance" in the back of a patrol car where she had been questioned. "The drugs were not hers," Mathers' lawyer, James Andary, told the Detroit News.