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Viacom's chairman isn't finished with his former employee, Tom Cruise.

After dumping the couch-jumping, publicity-hogging, Scientology-preaching freak from Paramount Studios back in August, Sumner Redstone is going on the record in the December issue of Vanity Fair to explain his decision.

Tom and Family

"He was embarrassing the studio. And he was costing us a lot of money," the 83-year-old mouthy Viacom chief said, admitting it was his wife Paula, 47, who turned her him against Cruise.

"Paula, like women everywhere, had come to hate him. The truth of the matter is, I did listen to her," Redstone said. "His behavior was entirely unacceptable to Paula and to the rest of the world. He just didn't turn one [woman] off. He turned off all women, and a lot of men."

Redstone says that Cruise's off-color antics -- slamming psychiatry and ridiculing Brooke Shields on national television, firing his longtime publicist, Pat Kingsly, and mounting Oprah Winfrey's couch -- combined to orchestrate his professional demise.

"When did I decide [to fire him]? I don't know. When he was on the Today show? When he was jumping on a couch at Oprah, proclaiming his love for [Katie Holmes]? He changed his handler, you know, to his sister [LeAnne Devette] -- not a good idea."

Redstone estimates that Cruise's bizarre behavior cost Paramount more than $150 million on Mission: Impossible III -- the best picture of the three, in the old man's opinion, but the one that performed the poorest at the box office.

The experience, according to Redstone, is a good lesson for Hollywood:

"The explosion was good. It sent a message to the rest of the world that the time of the big star getting all this money is over. And it is! I would like to think that what I did, or what we did, has had a salutary effect on the rest of the industry."

Wow. Hope Suri Cruise isn't listening to this.

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After a year and a half of anticipation, on October 20, friends and family of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise finally got what they have been waiting for: confirmation that Suri Cruise is not real a wedding invitation!

Us Weekly learned exclusively that guests were notified late in the day to be free the weekend of November 16-19. The couple's rep, Arnold Robinson, confirms the wedding will take place November 18 in Italy -- "All those details are correct," he said, adding that "proper security measures are being taken to keep the vows private."

Trying to Look Taller

The invites are just the latest detail scratched off the couple's "I do" to-do list. Italian designer Giorgio Armani has confirmed that he will create Katie Holmes' wedding dress.

"When I am asked by a friend to make a wedding wardrobe, it goes straight to my heart," Armani, who will also whip up Cruise's wedding wear, said. "It really is an honor to play a small role in that milestone moment."

Milestone? Give T.H. Gossip a break, George. Tom Cruise is marrying for the third time, it's really old hat by now.

In any case, it's been a long, strange trip for Holmes, 27, and Cruise, 44, who have been engaged since June 2005. For months now , Cruise's cursory answer to wedding-date questions was, "summer," then, as summer passed, "soon," but now it looks like everything is falling into place for TomKat.

Yay. We've received our invite and have penciled in the date. We may have to re-schedule a prior squash tournament, but these are the sacrifices we make for our friends.

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T.H. Gossip has has learned that famed fashion designer Giorgio Armani has been asked to design Katie Holmes' wedding dress for her upcoming wedding in Italy.

T.H. Gossip is still waiting for its invitation to said nuptials, but we just changed addresses, so maybe it's lost in the postal system somewhere. You know how that goes. Along similar lines, Kristin Cavallari never writes back to our letters.

Tom and Cameron

In any case, for those who aren't aware, the lovely Ms. Holmes will, of course, be marrying that Scientology-spewing, couch-jumping freak, Tom Cruise.

"I can confirm that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have asked Giorgio Armani to design their official wedding attire for their upcoming marriage," a rep for the designer said.

The couple seem to be taking their love of all things Italian to the extreme. As we talked about yesterday, the couple recently changed their wedding plans to an undisclosed location in Italy.

The awesome TomKat wedding will take place in November.

Cruise and Holmes have been together for a year and a half and are parents to daughter Suri Curise, who is six months old today!

Happy Half Birthday, you little Asian cutie.

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Contrary to reports that they were going to get hitched at George Clooney's Lake Como villa this month, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes will apparently be tying the knot next month -- although Italy will still be the venue.

According to Us Weekly, MSNBC, TMZ, and just about every other TomKat-loving source, the much-anticipated wedding will not in fact be happening at the palatial villa Clooney owns, which was prominently featured in his film Ocean's 12.

Taking the Questions

How do we know this? Because George Clooney will be banging so many chicks there in the next month, he can't afford to lend the place out. Or because his rep said so.

"No weddings have taken place at [Clooney's] villa and no weddings are scheduled to take place there," says Clooney's rep.

There you have it.

But it seems that Katie and Tom "both want everything to be right," says an Us Weekly source. "They needed more time."

In fact, Holmes' new BFF, Victoria Beckham, flew with her on October 7 from Paris to Italy to lend a helpful hand with her boobs some of the wedding planning.

Cruise's rep is "not denying" the new date or location, although he's done the same thing with every other date and location, all of which have turned out to be false. Suri Cruise had no comment. Nor did a prominent world leader and Tom Cruise look-alike.

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Okay, we know we've made this observation before, but we can't resist running it back again as part of our ongoing Celebrity Look-Alikes feature. With mentally unstable actor Tom Cruise always in the news and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il back in the public eye, testing his nuclear weapons underground and whatnot, how could we deny our fans the chance to see the striking similarities for their own eyes.


Wild stuff. If only we could appoint Cruise president of North Korea and get rid of the real nutjob. After all, as actor Alec Baldwin eloquently stated last month, you don't see Scientology believers flying planes into the World Trade Center.

Katie Holmes Looking Good?

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We thought the world was coming to an end when the Dustin Diamond sex tape surfaced. Actually, that's still the weirdest story of the year by far.

But the fact that Tom Cruise (right) has reportedly had a special day named in his honor in Japan is still pretty high up the list.

Cruisin' For a Bruisin'?

According to the Japan Memorial Day Association, Tom was awarded with his own day because of his love for, and close association with Japan.

Cruise's film, The Last Samurai, grossed $117 million more in Japan than it did in the U.S. The actor has paid more visits to the nation than any other major movie star and spends hours on end with fans in the country. Having an Asian-looking child, Suri Cruise, only enhances his appeal.

His tour of Japan last spring to promote Mission: Impossible III included a trip on the bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo, during which he had his photo taken with more than 100 fans. During that trip, Cruise told the press he wanted to shoot the next installment in the action series in Japan.

The Association noted that Cruise is the first Hollywood star to receive this honor. He is also one of the few A-list stars to get his ass fired, and one of a growing legion of seemingly intelligent people who buy into the crock that is Scientology. Has no one in Japan heard about Tom's crazy, brainwashed soon-to-be wife, Katie Holmes?

Who's next on Japan's list of honorees? We can't overlook the contributions a nude Britney Spears made to the Tokyo subway system, can we?

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It seems that psycho Tom Cruise has a new mission these days -- helping his baby's mama reclaim her former hardbodied physique.

According to sources close to the couple, Tom has become "very concerned" about the appearance of Katie Holmes these days, and has become directly involved with Katie's workout regimen as a result.

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According to sources, Tom is willing to jump on couches do whatever it takes so his bride-to-be "looks the best that she can walking next to him down the aisle."

In addition to joining her strenuous workout sessions, the insane one also makes sure that Katie's strict schedule goes without interruption. That means barking orders at her through a megaphone personally booking babysitters for the kids.

One of whom is Suri Cruise, that little Asian cutie.

Oprah may not be able to pump gas, but Katie can -- and she also pumps iron. Hard. She's actually really into it, and lamented the fact that she couldn't hit the weights while pregnant with Suri.

Since the birth of her daughter, Holmes is said to be hitting the weights at least 4-5 times a week, focusing on building muscle in her shoulders and back.

Katie has recruited the help of the Buff Brides fitness program to help squeeze into her sleek, form fitting strapless wedding gown. She's also enrolled in Scientology, though, so her judgment is highly questionable. Who knows what kind of cult these Buff Brides are.

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That's right, just four months after her birth and one month after her Asian much-anticipated debut in Vanity Fair, rumors are bubbling that little Suri Cruise may have some company in her insane household before long.

On Saturday, paparazzi were on hand to capture Tom Cruise's standard Suri-free outing to cheer on his adopted children with Nicole Kidman -- Connor, 11, and Isabella, 13 -- at their respective football and soccer games.

Doting Dad

His baby's mama, Katie Holmes, accompanied him, and the photographers instantly noticed what appeared to be a slight swelling beneath the super-slim actress' sweat-inducing ensemble of a black mock turtleneck, black bodysuit, second-skin black jeans and green blazer.

In Hollywood, and in Gossip circles, this teeny bulge was enough to spark talk that Scientology may soon add another devotee to its ranks.

Could Katie be incubating a second "glorious," "gorgeous" and completely "normal" mop-topped Tom spawn, or is her apparent puffiness simply the result of too much layering (to ward off the blustery 75-degree chill), or perhaps a remaining pound or two of baby weight, or even an extra-large latte downed moments before the photo op?

Who the hell knows.

As for the long-heralded Cruise-Holmes nuptials, which Us Weekly recently posited were just "days away," but that crappy magazine can't seem to get the on details straight. In Touch says Katie will pledge to love Tom in sickness and in health, in Xenu and E-meters, until death -- career or otherwise -- do they part while wearing a Giorgio Armani creation.

"She wanted something completely original. It will be classic -- long, flowing and fabulous. She's going to look like something out of a fairy tale," the mag claims.

The official word from the TomKat camp has long been that the vow-swap will happen by "early fall," which means right about now-ish.

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Some news vendors in L.A. believe members of the Church of Scientology are buying up multiple copies of Vanity Fair's October issue to make sure that the issue is a huge seller.

Philip Hovan, who owns a local newsstand near a number of Scientology-owned businesses, says he has sold three times the number of magazine -- which features the long-awaited baby Suri Cruise pictures -- he normally does.

Cruisin' For a Bruisin'?

"People have been buying five or six copies each," he says.

And so goes the desperate TomKat image rehab campaign. Have fun with your 5-6 copies, you psychos.

Meanwhile, in other Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes news, the pair are to star in a film together. Sources say Katie has been looking to re-launch her career and it seems that she and Tom will appear in a joint project.

"Tom is looking for a movie that will make the most of their chemistry," a source tells In Touch Magazine. "He's devoting himself to putting together a project that will not only make Katie a bona fide star, but will put him back in the good graces of the movie-going public."

They've got work to do. Look at Katie in this picture! Forget image rehab, get this woman into detox, ASAP. Must... cleanse... mind... with... classic Katie Holmes pic...

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Insiders and sources are talking (anonymously, of course),a nd you know damn well that T.H. Gossip is there when that happens... especially when peeps are talking about Tom Cruise.

The word on the street is that Paramount, which recently fired its golden boy Cruise for his alleged insanity, is gunning for Brad Pitt to take over for Tom in the next installment of the Mission: Impossible dynasty.

Cameron and Tom

At least, that's what various reports say that various other reports in London's Daily Mail, the Evening Standard, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Bipolar Times (which covers Cruise's career) are saying.

Brad apparently would not play Tom's Ethan Hunt character.

"They're set on Brad taking over as a gutsy new head operative who puts together his own unique team of specialists," the Daily Mail quotes an anonymous insider as saying.

Ethan would be retired off to some sunny isle with his new wife, leaving Shiloh's pop to fight bad guys and pull off some stunts so crazy, you'd swear they were... impossible? Anyway, Paramount is reportedly being real gutsy by offering Brad $39 million for the flick.

We haven't crunched the numbers, but that's got to be more than enough for Brangelina to travel to Ghana or somewhere and adopt a host of new children. Or purchase Ghana.