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Tom Cruise attorney threatens National Enquirer lawsuit; Kristen Chenoweth injured on-set

A morning mix of entertainment headlines...

Tom Cruise’s lawyer has threatened the National Enquirer with lawsuit over a cover story that claims his home is a “house of horrors,” where Katie Holmes led a “tortured life” and Suri Cruise was forced to stay in a “tiny, windowless room” for five months. Cruise’s attorney, Bert Fields, calls the story “disgraceful and lurid” in a letter to American Media, parent company of the Enquirer; he also notes that if the tabloid runs the story — and it appears to have done so — it will lead to “hundreds of millions of dollars of professional and personal damages” to Cruise, for which American Media will be held responsible. Eek. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Chenoweth: recovering from an on-set injury. (Donald Traill/AP)

Maria Hawkins-Cole, singer, widow of Nat King Cole and mother of Natalie Cole, has died of cancer at the age of 89. (Wall Street Journal)

Nicki Minaj has a few words to say about sexism and her insistence on quality as an artist. (Upworthy).

Ed Helms looks set to star in a rebot of the “Vacation” franchise. He’ll play a grown-up Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold, first played by Anthony Michael Hall; presumably he also will encounter some issues if he decides to go to Walley World. (Indiewire)

FYI: Spider-Man and Edward Cullen allegedly do not get along. (Us Weekly)

Woul you like to watch Walter White scream at Jesse Pinkman repeatedly and out of context in a “Breaking Bad” supercut? Of course you would. A few NSFW words are in here. (Vulture)

Celebritology chat: It’s on for today at 2 p.m. Eastern. Join us for some lively discussion about TomKat and Nicolas Cage jpeg attachments.

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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