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A man known for brokering deals involving celebrity sex photos and videos has agreed to plead guilty in a plot to extort more than $1 million from Tom Cruise.

That "man" is none other than David Hans Schmidt.

The celebrity porn broker agreed to plead guilty to sending communications for purposes of extortion. He faces up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

It wasn't known when Schmidt, 47, who is free on bond, might enter his plea in court. A phone message left for his attorney was not immediately returned.

A plea agreement for David Hans Schmidt's co-defendant, Marc Lewis Gittleman, who the authorities say helped recover photos from a computer hard drive, has been filed as well. He is also charged with conspiracy to commit extortion.

David Hans Schmidt (pictured) and Gittleman were arrested July 26. Gittleman obtained photos of Tom Cruise's wedding to Katie Holmes from the event's photographer.

Gittleman then made copies of the wedding photos on the drive. He contacted Schmidt after finding a site touting his abilities to broker celebrity photos.

No word if Gittleman read that on this very celebrity news site.

Starting in May, Schmidt had repeated contact with reps of Tom Cruise and threatened to release the photos if he didn't receive $1.2-1.3 million.

David Hans Schmidt began sending e-mails to the actor's camp, including one with 13 photos of Tom Cruise's wedding attached as proof that he had them.

The celebrity sex tape king said he had about 7,600 images and he hoped a "commendable and quiet arrangement could be reached" with Tom Cruise.

David Hans Schmidt attended a meeting with the actor's representatives and an undercover FBI agent July 24 in which he compared his actions to "legal extortion" and said he would "hunt down to hell and back" anyone who dared crossed him.

Guess he was wrong on the whole "legal" bit.

In the past, Schmidt has tried to auction off Paris Hilton's diaries, along with sexual photos of her and other items that were locked up in a storage locker.

Also in Paris' stuff was that now infamous pic of Cisco Adler naked.

Schmidt also brokered deals to sell the Dustin Diamond sex tape and a video of Tonya Harding's wedding night, among other tawdry items.

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Extras were injured on the set of Tom Cruise's new film, Valkyrie, over the weekend, as 11 men fell off a truck after a bolt on a side panel came loose as the vehicle turned.

Germany's Bild Daily reported that Tom Cruise himself was not involved in the weekend filming.

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Nor was any sort of Scientology hex blamed for the incident.

The extras were taken to a hospital, where all but one of them required only outpatient treatment.

In the meantime, filming has stopped.

In the upcoming film, Tom Cruise, 45, stars as Colonel Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg, the leader of the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler in July 1944. The film does not feature Tom Cruise nude, sadly. Or fortunately.

His casting has attracted controversy in Germany because Cruise is one of the best known adherents of Scientology, which the country does not recognize as a church.

Some critics of Tom Cruise maintain that one of his church's members should not play what some consider one of the Nazi era's few heroes.

Those critics can't refute that Suri Cruise is so darn cute, though!

The weekend accident happened during filming of scenes around the Finance Ministry, which was once the Nazis' aviation ministry.

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That's the latest rumor circulating in celebrity gossip world.

Apparently, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are going to do their own spread in W magazine and plan on it being even racier than the one their good friends, Victoria and David Beckham recently did. And that was pretty gosh darn racy.

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Keen to shed their wholesome family image, the father and mother of Suri Cruise want to show their sexual sides again. Hubba. Hubba.

"They are already planning the steamy photos," says a source close to the pair. "Tom and Katie want to pose together in the shower, dripping wet and covered by only steam."

Wow. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes nude! Can you imagine? Gosh. We never thought such a thing would be possible. Oh, who are we kidding. Sure we did. The man is a hottie.

Insane, but a hottie just the sane. Ever see A Few Good Men? Wow.

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Break dancing.

Bumping and grinding.

Doting Dad

Butt slapping!

No, we're not talking about what goes on inside Paris Hilton's bedroom when Tyler Atkins rolls over there. We're talking about Tom Cruise getting down and dirty on the dance floor!

Which is kind of strange. Not because he's older, because the man is still a bona fide hunk. There's just something about TomKat that gives our team of celebrity news writers the heebie-jeebies.

Anyway. Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and their pals had few inhibitions at the July 22 "Welcome to America" party the couple threw for Victoria and David Beckham in L.A.

As guests like Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria and Brooke Shields mingled, Jim Carrey pretended to spank girlfriend Jenny McCarthy (really, who wouldn't) as they boogied â€" as Will Smith rapped.

"I can't believe Will can move like that!" marveled Jim Carrey.

But, as Us Weekly reports in its new issue, the real showstopper came when the DJ (Lindsay Lohan's gal pal Samantha Ronson) played "Old Time Rock & Roll."

That's when Cruise re-enacted one of his famous movie scenes.

At one point, he got on his back and kicked his legs in the air, just like in Risky Business! In real life, however, there were no tighty-whities as the star kept his pants on.

Suri Cruise will thank him for that later.

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David and Victoria Beckham have already caused quite a stir in the states. But this weekend, the British imports are truly going to be treated like Hollywood royalty.

None other than power couples Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will host a private party for the Beckhams at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles Sunday.

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The invitations, printed in gold lettering on deep gold card stock, beckon guests to "Please join Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith in welcoming David and Victoria Beckham to Los Angeles."

What, little Suri Cruise doesn't welcome them too? That's pretty weak.

In any case, the party thrown by Tom Cruise and friends is the latest in a series of high-profile events to celebrate the celebrity couple's move to Los Angeles.

The day they arrived, they met the press as David was officially introduced as the latest addition to the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team - which apparently exists.

Victoria Beckham also made appearances on Today and on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio program and starred in a one-hour NBC special Victoria Beckham: Coming to America.

David Beckham, who is expected to raise soccer's profile in America, has been hampered by an ankle injury, but is expected to play Saturday during Galaxy's exhibition game.

How long he will play is not clear. But you know Victoria and those large breasts and larger-than-life friends will be there to cheer him on.

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In 1976, if you told 14-year-old seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day he would become one of the top movie stars of all time, he probably would've laughed.

(Then jumped on a couch like a maniac and told you that his true ambition was to go bat$h!t and impregnate a hot young actress with the spawn of Scientology).

Taking the Questions

Just kidding. But the man who grew up wanting to be a priest certainly has had quite the career. Since bursting onto the scene in Risky Business a quarter of a century ago, he's appeared in countless hit films across many genres and become a mega-star.

Still perhaps underrated as an actor, Tom Cruise is best known for being insane as well as good looking. Once married to Nicole Kidman, he has moved on to Katie Holmes, forming one of the weirdest celebrity couples (and best couple names) ever in TomKat.

But for all his quirks, the 45-year-old Tom seems content raising baby daughter Suri Cruise and hanging out with weird friends such as Leah Remini, Jada Pinkett Smith, and David and Victoria Beckham. All is well. For a man we give massive amounts of crap to, he's not all bad, even if he has a few screws loose.

Don't ever accuse this celebrity news site of biting the hands that feed it. We are grateful for all the entertainment value - and good movies - that he's given us over the years.

So happy birthday, Tom Cruise, you lovable ol' nut. Hope you enjoy a nice dinner out with some robotic friends and your possessed wife.

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Call Tom Cruise a couch-jumping loon all you like. We sure will!

Or joke that Suri Cruise looks Asian, and may not be Tom's kid. We'll do that too.

Suri Cruise Finds Holiday Cheer

Heck, go on and rip Katie Holmes' robotic nature and Victoria Beckham haircut all you like, as well. Our celebrity gossip staffers will do so until blue in the collective face.

But there's no disputing the cuteness of the photos below, in which TomKat and its TomKitten took a trip to France for a friend's wedding. That is one happy family.

 Check out these precious Suri Cruise pictures...

It was a long day for Suri Cruise, having taken her first public steps. Hey, who can blame the little tyke for being tuckered out and wanting to chill for a while in Tom Cruise's arms.

Like just about every female celebrity with a significant other, Katie Holmes is rumored to be pregnant. She says she's not, though, and that's okay with us... as long as we keep finding Suri photos like these. That will tide us over a while.

* sniff *

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It was quite the trip to France for TomKat and its TomKitten.

Decked out in matching, signature off-white outfits, huge shades and bowl-cuts (aww), Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes looked like they were ready to attend a prom in Cannes.

Lug That Baggage

Instead, they went to the wedding of Australia's richest man - a fellow Scientology follower - James Packer to model Erica Baxter. TomKat was its usual self, decked out in drab attire.

Borrrr-ring. Seriously, are these people cyborgs? We hate to say it, but we sort of miss the days when Tom Cruise would at least make a fool of himself jumping on couches.

But at least half of Hollywood's strangest and possibly most boring couple had a little fun on the trip. Katie and baby Suri Cruise frolicked on the beach Tuesday.

As for Katie's BFF, Victoria Beckham, the spicy one was nowhere in sight. For a change. But Katie Holmes has her own style, okay? There is no such thing as PoshKat! Clear?

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Although there was plenty of drama predicted for David Beckham's final game for Real Madrid - the real (side)show was in the stands as wife Victoria chilled with pals Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to cheer Posh's husband David on.

Victoria Beckham and her lame friends, all wearing obligatory oversized sunglasses, lit up the stands with superstar wattage. And weird ass hair.

Becks and Wife

Katie Holmes, 28, with her new hideous sleek bobbed hairstyle, looked like a dead ringer for new best friend Posh Spice in her short-sleeved minidress.

It didn't take long for the Hollywood couple to put on their characteristic public display of affection. The movie stars shared a kiss as Real's third goal was scored.

The previous day, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were spotted arriving at the German Church of Scientology headquarters in Berlin - at 2:45 a.m.

They took a vacation from Holmes' prison without bars to hit up Europe and visit a memorial to Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, who attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1944, and to meet some of the quote-unquote religion's German leaders.

The visit has sparked fears that Tom Cruise, 44, will "inject" some serious Scientology propaganda in his next film, in which he plays von Stauffenberg.

While in Berlin, Katie and daughter Suri Cruise took the opportunity to see Knut, the polar bear rejected by his mother.

"Katie Holmes asked for a private visit and I showed her around myself," said Dr. Ragnar Kuhne, curator of Berlin Zoo.

Then the Cruises headed to Madrid to catch up with the Beckhams. Victoria, 33, held onto four-year-old Romeo, who was wearing a Real shirt with his father's number, 23, and "Daddy" on the back.

No idea how Beckham did in his final game. We didn't check. No one cares about soccer. Besides, he was probably too fixated on his wife's huge breasts to perform up to his abilities.

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In a move designed to dispel rumors that he is insane and his wife is imprisoned by a cult, Tom Cruise plunked down $35 million for a Beverly Hills home for himself, Katie Holmes and baby Suri Cruise, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Tom Cruise had been renting a home in Beverly Hills for the past several years, but that lease runs out next year, according to the paper.

New Marriage Deal!

The new address, which reportedly was not even on the market when Cruise made his offer, is described as a "traditional-style residence."

Originally built as a 10,000-sq.-ft. structure in 1937, the house was expanded four years ago and currently contains seven bedrooms, three cells with padded walls and nine bathrooms, say those familiar with the property.

Katie Holmes' Scientology prison without bars will at least have privacy: the pad sits on 1.3 acres, behind gates and a lengthy driveway, and boasts a tennis court and a pool.

As for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' current residence, the compound also serves as a gathering place for Cruise's kids with ex-wife Nicole Kidman: Isabella, 14, and Connor, 12.

The actor's mother, Mary, 70, also lives there. Yes, Tom Cruise still lives with his mother.

"Tom and Katie will be in the kitchen and make amazing popcorn with chocolate," says a pal, Internet mogul Sky Dayton. "[Suri Cruise] is there playing. Kate feeds her a bottle and then Tom feeds her."

In addition, Cruise and Holmes's pals, David and Victoria Beckham have bought a multi-million-dollar house only two minutes away. They plan to move in July.

Tom Cruise Biography

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Syracuse, New York
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Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

Tom Cruise Quotes

I was feeling pressed in the interview with Matt Lauer. For me, my issue was really about child drugging. It's not like it is today, like people are really kind of openly talking about this.

Tom Cruise [on Matt Lauer interview]

I can't even articulate it, to be honest. That feeling, that connection. Just who she is and what she means to me.

Tom Cruise [on feelings for Katie Holmes]
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