Posing in wedding dress,Holmes sticks to theme
NEW YORK -- The future Mrs. Tom Cruise has already tried on at least one wedding gown. Katie Holmes appears in the August issue of W magazine posing in a Commes des Garcons wedding dress and continuing to gush about her fianc & eacute;. The couple, who went public with their relationship in April, haven't announced a date for their marriage. "Tom and I will always be in our honeymoon phase," Holmes says in W, on newsstands July 22. In the interview, a theme emerges with many similar comments, including "Tom is the most incredible man in the world." Cruise, 42, and Holmes, 26, became engaged last month after the "War of the Worlds" star proposed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Holmes, who co-stars in "Batman Begins," has said she's taking lessons in Cruise's faith of Scientology.
Ruling: Court won't shieldidentities in Cosby case
PHILADELPHIA -- Women who plan to testify against Bill Cosby in another woman's sex assault lawsuit will not have their identities shielded by the court, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno said in his decision Thursday that "allegations of harm by each of the Jane Doe witnesses are unsubstantiated broad allegations" not sufficient to merit an order that their identities be kept secret. The women have agreed to testify against Cosby in a civil suit filed against him in March by a former Temple University employee who alleged that he drugged and then fondled her. The others make similar allegations. Montgomery County prosecutors declined to file criminal charges in the case. The nine women gave various reasons for wishing to remain anonymous, such as fear of worsening a medical condition or losing a job, or the desire to shield relatives such as children or elderly parents. Attorneys also said the exposure would discourage them and others from speaking out in such cases. Attorneys for Cosby, a Temple University alumnus and booster, have said that he considered himself a friend and mentor to the woman who brought the suit. Cosby denied the assault allegation but acknowledged giving her over-the-counter medication after she complained she was stressed and having trouble sleeping. Cosby, 67, best known as a warm, wisecracking TV dad, has recently sparked debate with blunt remarks on personal responsibility aimed at the black community.
Geldof up for peace prize?
OSLO, Norway -- Whether Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof effected any change at the G-8 summit or not, he may get a shot at the Nobel Peace Prize. Jan Simonsen, a Norwegian lawmaker who has nominating rights for the coveted award, says that Geldof should be honored for his efforts to bring attention to world poverty through rock music. Geldof, the former leader of Irish punk group the Boomtown Rats, organized the recent Live 8 concerts to press leaders of the G-8 countries to relieve the burden of impoverished African nations. He also organized the 1985 Live Aid concerts for famine relief. The deadline for this year's prize has passed, but Simonsen has until Feb. 1 to make a formal nomination for the 2006 prize.
Zsa Zsa suffers stroke
Los Angeles TV station KNBC reports Zsa Zsa Gabor has suffered a stroke. The NBC affiliate says Gabor is listed in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. No other details were given. Gabor, 89, who is Paris Hilton's great-aunt, is the uber-Paris: the first celeb who was famous merely for being famous. She had small roles in "Moulin Rouge," "Lili" and "Touch of Evil," but was best known for her love affairs and her marriages to hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, actor George Sanders and current hubby Frederic von Anhalt, a union that garnered her the title Princess von Anhalt, Duchess of Saxony.
Evan Hunter, the prolific author who wrote the best-selling novel "The Blackboard Jungle" and, under the better-known pen name Ed McBain, wrote the enduringly popular 87th Precinct detective series, has died. He was 78. Hunter, who also wrote the screenplay for the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller "The Birds," died of cancer of the larynx Wednesday.
"Mr. Wizard" Don Herbert is 88. Eunice Kennedy Shriver is 84. Former boxer Jake LaMotta is 84. Writer-producer Earl Hamner Jr. is 82. Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins is 78. Actor William Smithers is 78. Broadway composer Jerry Herman is 72. Director Ivan Passer is 72. Actor Lawrence Pressman is 66. Singer Mavis Staples is 66. Actor Mills Watson is 65. Actor Robert Pine is 64. Rock musician Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) is 62. Tennis player Virginia Wade is 60. Actor Ron Glass is 60. Actress Sue Lyon is 59. Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is 58. Country-folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is 54. Rock singer Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) is 51. Banjo player Bela Fleck is 47. Country musician Shaw Wilson (BR549) is 45. Country singer-songwriter Ken Mellons is 40. Rock musician Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) is 40. Country singer Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts) is 35. Actress Sofia Vergara is 33. Actor Adrian Grenier is 29. Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas is 25. Singer-actress Jessica Simpson is 25.