TomKat in Rome! Fans Swarm! Speculation Continues!

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Wednesday, November 15, 2006

So, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are supposedly going to make it official in Italy on Saturday. Everything you need to know:

Cruise arrived in Rome yesterday via private jet from L.A. with his mom, newborn Suri, two older kids and six others. His van was swarmed by paparazzi and fans. AP reports that Holmes was in Rome but no sightings.

Though no official word on the wedding site, the international media are working on the assumption it's Odescalchi Castle on Lake Bracciano, about 20 miles from Rome. D.C. wonk trivia: That's where Christiane Amanpour and Jamie Rubin got hitched in '98.

Oprah told "Extra" she's not going. "They had a limited number of people that they could invite. I was not one of the invitees. That's fine. I don't get invited to everyone's wedding."

ยท Are they really doing this? Or is this a bait-and-switch so they can quietly elope the way so many VIPs do these days? Celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss thinks it's for real. "By allowing the public to know about the wedding," it dampens the frenzy. "It's already out there, you don't have to hide."

Elizabeth Vargas, Possibly Nursing a Grudge

Elizabeth Vargas
The ex-news anchor, above the neck at least.(Marie Claire)
Yes, Elizabeth Vargas breast-feeds her newborn son, Samuel, and yes, she even breast-fed him while being interviewed by Marie Claire magazine. But no, she didn't really nurse him while sitting at her ABC anchor desk, even if that's what it looks like in this photo in the mag's December issue. The miracle of Photoshop, folks!

The image (labeled a "photo illustration") caused a minor fuss yesterday when it hit the Internet. ABC flacks said the former anchor (who stepped down when she got pregnant) "was disappointed" that editors pasted her face on someone else's body. Marie Claire reps sounded kinda hurt in their own response: "We do not believe anyone seriously thought she would nurse and report the news [at] the same time! . . . We only want to make the point that women choosing between their career and being a parent is a tough decision that we are very sensitive to."

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

Isaac Hayes, turning heads as he sauntered through the Capitol yesterday in black shirt and sunglasses. Unclear exactly what brought the Memphis-based soul legend to town, but he stopped off for a visit with friend and home-state senator Bill Frist.

Aliza Olmert, wife of the Israeli prime minister, dining downtown with four other ladies at TenPenh on Monday after lunching with Laura Bush at the White House. She chose the steamed shrimp and chive dumplings.

Another Round for the House Race

Several days before the Nov. 7 elections, Terry McAuliffe walked into Steve's Restaurant, a beloved bar in the Irish section of his home town of Syracuse, ordered a round of drinks for the house and -- as the former DNC chair turned to leave -- urged the room to "Vote early and vote often!" according to an eyewitness (and happy beneficiary of a free drink).

Wow, what a way to get out the vote! And it may have almost swung the Syracuse vote -- Democratic challenger Dan Maffei came close to unseating his district's longtime GOP incumbent, Rep. Jim Walsh. But actually, says Duke Kinney, a friend who was with him that night, McAuliffe treats the house almost every time he's in Upstate New York. Why? "Because it's 10 times that expensive to do that in Washington."


"It wasn't our fault, to be perfectly honest -- it was late, it was past their bedtime, it was 9 o'clock. People think Jack was dancing -- he was not dancing, he was being Spider-Man, shooting the webs off."

-- Chief Justice John Roberts, breaking his silence yesterday after more than a year to explain his son's memorable antics at his White House news conference, in an interview for "Nightline."

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