The Reliable Source is off for the holidays; it will return in this space Jan. 2 and in the print edition Jan. 3. Names and Faces is the column that runs in the Style section in its place during the holidays. For the Reliable Source Persons of the Year, start here.

Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Jackson engaged

Singer Janet Jackson and her boyfriend of two years, businessman Wissam Al Mana, are engaged. Us Weekly reports that Mana, 37, proposed to Jackson, 46, earlier this year and gave her an engagement ring so precious to Jackson that she keeps it locked up for safekeeping. The wedding is set for the spring in Qatar.

Cruising together

Tom Cruise, 50, enjoyed a date with a woman almost half his age, according to In Touch. Cruise met Cynthia Jorge, 26, Dec. 16 at the Beauty & Essex restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where Cynthia serves as manager. The Queens native made sure to give the actor her business card before he left the restaurant. The “Jack Reacher” star was so smitten that he called the restaurant twice looking for Jorge, and they went dancing with friends at the Le Baron nightclub the next day. At the end of the night, Cruise arranged for a private car to escort Jorge to her home.

Holiday getaway

Actress Jennifer Aniston and fiance Justin Theroux spent the Christmas holiday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, according to People. Aniston frequents the city; she spent her birthday and Thanksgiving in the Mexican resort town.

Gleeful new father

“Glee” director Ryan Murphy welcomed his first son, Logan Phineas Miller Murphy, to the world, reports E! Online. Murphy and husband David Miller e-mailed the news to family and friends on Christmas Eve.

Giving back

Actor Harrison Ford joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles Mission on Christmas Eve in feeding homeless families, according to E! Online. Ford came to participate in the 25-year-old tradition to spread holiday cheer with those less fortunate. “I’m happy that they’re here, and I hope they understand that people are concerned about their welfare,” Ford said.

Rock bottom

Anchor Brian Williams may be parting ways with the weekly newsmagazine broadcast, “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” The New York Post reports that because of dismal ratings, the NBC anchor will start to distance himself from the program. Recently, the show announced its fourth time slot change, moving from Thursdays at 10 p.m. to Fridays, effective on Feb. 8.


“I’ve lived here for much of my life now. I’m into the Washington Nationals and the Redskins and the Wizards and the Capitals, so I’ve succumbed to Potomac fever, what can I say?”

Wolf Blitzer in an interview with Politico on being one of the most famous fans of the 3-22 Washington Wizards.