Tom Cruise walks first post-divorce red carpet; mom of ‘Modern Family’ star files defamation suit

A morning mix of headlines...


Tom Cruise, back in red carpet mode. (Tim Whitby/GETTY IMAGES)

Chrisoula Workman, mother of “Modern Family” star Ariel Winter , has filed a lawsuit against a man who works as an acting teacher at a school run by her older daughter, Shanelle Workman Gray. The reason for the lawsuit: defamation, based on a post the man, Mathew Borlenghi, wrote about Workman in the comments section of an L.A. Times article in which he referred to Workman as “an abusive monster.” Workman is trying to regain custody of Winter after a judge ruled that the young woman who plays Alex Dunphy should reside with Gray. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Hayden Panettiere, star of “Nashville,” and Scotty McKnight, New York Jets wide receiver, have ended their romance, which lasted a little over a year. Given her country music chops, maybe Panettiere and Taylor Swift can team up to write a song about it? (Gossip Cop)

Brooke Mueller, ex-wife of Charlie Sheen, has gone to rehab for the 19th time, according to TMZ. (TMZ)

In case you were wondering whether filmmaker and Olympics opening ceremony orchestrator Danny Boyle might someday direct a James Bond movie, the answer is no. “I’m not very good with huge amounts of money,” he said in response to the question during a recent BBC Radio interview. (BBC)

If you missed Hugh Jackman’s “60 Minutes” interview and would like to get verklempt while watching the actor tear up as he discusses his father... here you go! The emotions flare up around the nine-minute mark. (CBS)

Lest you briefly forget that Anne Hathaway, like Jackman, is in “Les Miserables,” here she is on last night’s “Late Show With David Letterman,” where she promoted the film and also explained her decision not to flip the bird at paparazzi on her wedding day.

Lastly, here’s an epic rap battle between Santa Claus and Moses, in which Snoop Dogg is Moses and uses the word “commandizzle.” You know, just like it says in the Bible. (Via Buzzfeed)

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.

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