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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/ 9/2006

Cruisin' for a Bruisin'?

By Liz Kelly

Spreading the Cruise gospel in Aberdeen, Wash. (AP)

I've been wondering about our old friend Tom Cruise lately, kind of hoping he'd step in it again do something newsworthy, so we could re-focus our attention on yet another facet of his mania quirky personality.

No such luck, though. Since his whirlwind world tour to promote the opening of "Mission:Impossible 3", news from the Cruise camp has slowed to a trickle. Did he step out of the spotlight to spend time with Katie and baby Suri or has the press given him a pass in favor of Brangelina and their new bundle?

In my quest for Cruise news, I came across an excellent piece about exactly the same thing posted Wednesday at Slate. Since I can't say it any better (and probably would do much worse), I post an excerpt and a link to the full text of Kim Masters' excellent essay, "Why Tom Cruise Should Disappear for a Year":

At this point, Over the Hedge is poised to pass Mission: Impossible III in domestic grosses. Yes, talking animals are out-grossing Tom Cruise--and they're not even Pixar animals. It seems beyond debate that Cruise has a problem, especially with the ladies. Not that M:I3 was a bomb. "The movie's still made over $300 million in its third week," says a very informed member of Cruise's team. "That's not Basic Instinct 2. ... What people perceive as a stumble, well--it's not a fall." Or is it? Another source very close to the star acknowledges, "He's teetering on the brink of a certain kind of trouble that no star like him has ever been in before."

Do tell.

Meanwhile, he hasn't actually disappeared -- it just takes a Google News search to unearth the latest Tom tidbits:

-- He and Katie have reportedly signed a $33 million prenuptial agreement.

-- He plans to re-enact a scene from "M:I3" at the movie's Japan premiere. He will also "board a private bullet train that will take him and 150 fans to Osaka, and he promises to talk to each passenger individually." Ever seen 150 people with glazed over eyes?

-- He's bought a plot of land from the Church of Scientology for $15 million and plans to build a new home for Katie, Suri and his two adopted children there.

-- He and Katie hope to have "Idol" runner-up and possible Scientologist Katharine McPhee sing at their wedding.

-- The National Enquirer reports that a fed up Cruise has started praying for journalists who make negative comments about him.

I'm going to stop now.

By Liz Kelly  | June 9, 2006; 10:43 AM ET
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