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Rocketta
Jun 17th, 2005, 12:27 PM
Cruise proposes to actress Holmes at Eiffel Tower

By Joanna Partridge 39 minutes ago



Film star Tom Cruise has asked girlfriend Katie Holmes to marry him, he announced on Friday, ending weeks of speculation over whether Hollywood's hottest couple would wed.

Appearing with Holmes at a Paris news conference, the 42-year-old explained how he had chosen the Eiffel Tower in the city of romance to make his move.

"Yes I proposed to Kate last night ... because it is very beautiful and romantic here," Cruise said, clarifying later that the engagement had actually begun in the early hours of Friday.

Smiling and exchanging glances with Holmes, who was sitting in the audience, he added: "I haven't slept all night. It's very exciting and very beautiful."

Cruise, one of Hollywood's most powerful personalities, was in Paris to promote his latest blockbuster, Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds."

Holmes, 26, has also been trotting the globe in recent days for her film "Batman Begins."

"So happy," Holmes told Reuters after the conference, when asked how she was feeling. She was sporting a large engagement ring.

INTENSE SPOTLIGHT

Media attention on the couple has been intense since they revealed their relationship in April, and both have been prepared to discuss it openly in interviews and on red carpets.

That openness has even led to speculation that the relationship was a stunt to promote their movies, a notion that both have been swift to dismiss.

There has also been some controversy over Holmes embracing Scientology, the religion Cruise practices which was founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

Cruise has been married twice before, to Mimi Rogers and later to Nicole Kidman, with whom he adopted two children.

Cruise and Kidman were together for around 10 years until they split in 2001, since when the "Mission: Impossible" heartthrob has had a relationship with actress Penelope Cruz.

He hit the movie big time with "Top Gun." The actor has since starred in a series of top-grossing films and reports say he regularly commands fees of over $20 million per movie.

Cruise has been nominated for two best actor Academy Awards, in "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Jerry Maguire," and one best supporting actor Oscar in "Magnolia."

Holmes, who has been dragged from relative obscurity by her attachment to Cruise, was previously engaged to actor Chris Klein.

Rocketta
Jun 17th, 2005, 12:27 PM
Wow, I hope they stay engaged for a little while... :unsure:

Helen Lawson
Jun 17th, 2005, 12:28 PM
I think I'm going to barf. You know, I wouldn't have been that upset if they'd fallen off the Eiffel Tower, truth be known.

Rocketta
Jun 17th, 2005, 12:28 PM
I think I'm going to barf. You know, I wouldn't have been that upset if they'd fallen off the Eiffel Tower, truth be known.

:lol:

beauty_is_pink
Jun 17th, 2005, 12:29 PM
:unsure:
wtf Katie... you wouldnt marry Chris Klein after being engaged for years, but you'd marry Tom Cruise in a matter of weeks?!?!??! :rolleyes:

the world is fucked up

Lord Nelson
Jun 17th, 2005, 12:33 PM
Maybe Klein did not want to get married. Don't jump to conclusions.

apoet29
Jun 17th, 2005, 01:13 PM
Maybe Klein did not want to get married. Don't jump to conclusions.

That's a good point, but this engagement is a little suspicious. Tom and Katie really don't know anything about each other, yet they are getting married now?

I think Tom just wants a young woman to marry, and I think Katie wants a rich, famous guy to have on her arm.

Beat
Jun 17th, 2005, 01:19 PM
they just make me laugh out loud :haha: propsing at the eiffel tower? gimme a break!

alexusjonesfan
Jun 17th, 2005, 01:22 PM
Wow, I hope they stay engaged for a little while... :unsure:

well at least until war of the worlds comes out anyway ;)

Josh B.
Jun 17th, 2005, 01:22 PM
go Tom!

ginger_fish668
Jun 17th, 2005, 01:36 PM
:rolleyes: :retard: :yawn: :unsure: :cuckoo: :spit:


Other than that, I wouldn't know what to say.

Avid Merrion
Jun 17th, 2005, 01:47 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

apoet29
Jun 17th, 2005, 01:53 PM
Tom and Katie: A love story or a PR stunt?

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From the moment Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes first announced that they were a couple, the media glare was blinding. Almost daily, they were photographed canoodling and nuzzling each other, hand-in-hand.

"Being in love with Tom is so exhilarating. He's amazing and I love him very, very much," Holmes told reporters recently.

"I love this woman," Cruise gushed recently on a television interview. "She's magnificent."

When asked why he is being so open about the relationship, when he has been tight-lipped in the past, Cruise said: "I'm not going to hide it. I am so happy and I am not going to pretend or hide it or be shy. This woman is magnificent…I'm really, really happy and I can't contain it. I'm not going to pretend."

The 42-year-old high-octane Hollywood star and 26-year-old former "Dawson's Creek" darling were first photographed together in April. According to their publicists, they had been dating for several weeks by that point.

But despite their best hopes to steer the romance in cruise control, the pair has had anything but an easy ride.

As the romance shifts into high gear, there has been a painful PR backlash.

They're smitten with each other. They want to get married. She had him at 'Hello.' We get it.

But for some reason, the public is not buying it and even the most star-struck fans are making it clear they believe the pairing smacks of puckered desperation rather than heartfelt affection.

The baby-faced Holmes is the latest in a string of high-profile Hollywood romances for Cruise.

As for Holmes, her engagement to actor Chris Klein was recently called off after a five-year relationship.

Both dismiss naysayers and deny the relationship is but a fabricated publicity stunt.

"Come on, it's just ridiculous,'' Cruise said at the European premiere of his new movie, "War of the Worlds."

"Something magnificent has happened to me. ... She's really an extraordinary woman and I'm really, really happy.''

Holmes echoed his sentiments while in London to promote her new film "Batman Begins."

"It doesn't hurt me at all,'' Holmes said. "There are a lot of people really, really happy for us. It's really exciting. We are so happy. I don't really care about the critics.''

Maybe she should. Some of those critics are the very same star-struck fans who read entertainment magazines.

People and Us Weekly magazines have both published polls showing that more than 60 per cent of respondents believe the relationship is a publicity stunt.

One website has gone even further. On freekatie.net, web surfers are invited to "join the movement to liberate Katie, a young, gifted, actress held captive by forces we may never understand. Even one summer of captivity is too long for one so bright!"

The site, which sells T-shirts, hats, and other such paraphernalia emblazoned with the words "Free Katie," has seen demand from customers "all over the world, including Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom."

Perhaps copping onto the fact that the public is dismissing the liaison as a PR ploy, Cruise allowed himself to unleash his enthusiasm on The Oprah Winfrey Show last month.

His giddy performance had him getting on his knees and repeatedly jumping up and down on the couch like an overgrown child, saying that his love for Holmes was "beyond cool."

"I've known Tom a long time and he has always been so private. I've never seen him like this before — he's gone," Winfrey said.

Gone gaga, maybe?

Timing is everything

Cynics muse that the pair's love blossoming was a little too well-timed.

Indeed, both have blockbuster films this summer.

"A very big part of that is getting as much publicity in any context you can get it," Murray Pomerance, a Ryerson University sociology professor and popular culture expert, told CTV.ca

"And romance is perfect...It's standard Hollywood fare to have publicity personnel concocting these romances," Pomerance said, author of Johnny Depp Starts Here.

But maybe, just maybe, it was in the stars.

Holmes' October interview with Seventeen magazine prompted readers to scoff that maybe Cruise had read the article before he orchestrated their first meeting -- ahem -- date.

"I think every little girl dreams about her wedding. I used to think I was going to marry Tom Cruise," Holmes is quoted as saying.

When asked recently if he will propose to Holmes, Cruise said, "It's gonna happen, man. It'll happen."

And when it does, the world will be watching and spectators will likely continue to express doubts about the couple's real intentions.

So why the cynicism?

"Perhaps for the same reason some other celebrities become irritants in the eyes of the public – over-saturation and overkill," eTalk DAILY's co-host Tanya Kim told CTV.ca

"That these two might have actually found love in each other is great, but to be exposed daily to over-exaggerated gestures and one too many knee-bends makes us question the truth and sincerity of this 'love'."

It could be that Cruise's image is colouring the public's perception of the relationship, Pomerance explains.

"Tom Cruise in the public mind is about as bogus as you can get -- because he had what people accepted as a committed relationship to Nicole Kidman and blew it," Pomerance said.

"So I don't think people have much regard for Cruise as a bastion of honesty, and I don't think they have much regard for Holmes as a mature person who can commit to a decision."

Despite the ever-growing scepticism, there seems to be an equal amount of curiosity in the comings and goings of the couple now being referred to as "TomKat."

"Isn't it just like watching that train wreck? You just can't look away," Kim said.

PR woes nothing new for Cruise

However, an article in The Hollywood Reporter suggests the failed PR ploy is not unexpected.

Cruise's press was once handled by Hollywood's most powerful publicist, Pat Kingsley. Apparently Kingsley had always made sure the press laid off Cruise's religion, according to The Reporter.

But as he entered his 40s, Cruise wanted to talk more about Scientology. So he replaced Kingsley in 2004 with his older sister and fellow Scientologist Lee Anne Mapother De Vette.

Kingsley's efforts to keep Cruise under control and prevent him from pontificating on his faith may have been a good idea.

In a series of recent television interviews on Access Hollywood, he spoke at length about his passion for Scientology.

At one point, he criticized Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants, as Scientology teaches that modern psychiatry and its medications are harmful.

As for Shields, her reaction was curt: "Tom Cruise's comments are irresponsible and dangerous. Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them."

But as they say in showbiz, no publicity is bad publicity.

Even more reputable media, including Time, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times haven't been able to resist the story on Hollywood's newest golden couple.

To her credit, Cruise's ex-wife Kidman has been careful not to cast judgment on the topic the entire world is weighing in on.

When asked to respond to the "TomKat" tandem, she didn't directly respond. Instead, in the July issue of Vanity Fair magazine, she addressed publicity stunts in general.

"In terms of your life, if you start to exploit it, then what's real, and what's not? What's yours, and what isn't?" Kidman said.

Funny you should ask, Nicole. We were wondering the very same thing.

-Kieron-
Jun 17th, 2005, 01:55 PM
:rolleyes: :retard: :yawn: :unsure: :cuckoo: :spit:


Other than that, I wouldn't know what to say.

Same here....

Helen Lawson
Jun 17th, 2005, 02:03 PM
CNN is doing an on-line poll about what single name you want them to go by. I voted for "Tomka" but I didn't like any of them.

UDiTY
Jun 17th, 2005, 02:04 PM
tom and katie are crazy people

And they are frickin' annoying, and it's not becuz I am jealous of your happiness Tom;)

tfannis
Jun 17th, 2005, 02:22 PM
:lol:

The Eiffel Tower.

How original.

Majo
Jun 17th, 2005, 02:25 PM
http://www.gunandgame.com/forums/images/smilies/puke.gif

PaulieM
Jun 17th, 2005, 06:11 PM
this is so stupid. i like them both but not together, and what the hell is the rush. sounds increadibly sketchy, and the whole oprah thing was just nuts, it's all too much. :rolleyes:

selking
Jun 17th, 2005, 06:19 PM
woohoo for fake publicity marriages

hythger
Jun 17th, 2005, 06:24 PM
i'll give them 6 months... they will never last:tape::devil:

Kart
Jun 17th, 2005, 06:56 PM
You guys are so mean.

We should be congratulating, not criticising !!!

After all, how often does a talentless publicity hungry gold digging wannabe actress manage to successfully hook a mid-life crisised overhyped overpaid judgemental melodramatic cheater in such a short time period ?

Catherine Zeta Jones must be mourning her world record.

Scotso
Jun 17th, 2005, 07:04 PM
:vomit:

Scotso
Jun 17th, 2005, 07:05 PM
oh i don't know the code but you get the point.

canadian_bass_2
Jun 17th, 2005, 07:31 PM
Well, like most of you, I just think its a big PR stunt. I mean, if they geniunely are happy together, then all the best of them. It just seems like he's going so out of his way to make everything SO fricken obvious, that it just seems fake.

That being said, GO KATIE for takin' the guy that you've always wanted. THAT's what bein' a fine actor/actress is all about. ;)

wateva
Jun 17th, 2005, 07:38 PM
i hope katie gets pregnant with tom's baby. she'll be forced to give birth "naturally", without painkillers etc. after that, let's see if she survives that and still claim to love that man in the cult. :rolleyes:

Diesel
Jun 17th, 2005, 08:08 PM
Oh how sweet. When's the divorce slated for?

decemberlove
Jun 17th, 2005, 08:23 PM
i hope katie gets pregnant with tom's baby. she'll be forced to give birth "naturally", without painkillers etc. after that, let's see if she survives that and still claim to love that man in the cult. :rolleyes:

Natural birth is preferred, but painkillers are allowed.

rebel_ffighter
Jun 17th, 2005, 08:33 PM
Can someone please take them and put them in a desert island in order noone of us to have to see them???

Cilla
Jun 17th, 2005, 09:50 PM
Tom/Katie :yawn:

CC
Jun 17th, 2005, 10:55 PM
Who could have imagined Jamie Foxx would have an Oscar before Tom Cruise.:scratch:

Mattographer
Jun 17th, 2005, 11:04 PM
I didn't realised Tom Cruise married Mimi Rogers before Nicole Kidman! :haha:

Martian Jeza
Jun 17th, 2005, 11:20 PM
See ya soon when they get divorced ! :wavey:

Spunky83
Jun 17th, 2005, 11:53 PM
:lol:

The Eiffel Tower.

How original.

:lol: ...before I even realized what the news was about today, the first thing which caught my attention was "omg...on the Eiffel Tower...how boring is that?!?" and after that it was "Katie :shrug: why why why???".

I just can´t understand how anyone can become a part of scientology? I know that in the US different kinds of "religion" are widely excepted, so it was pretty funny when an european interviewer wanted to talk to him about WAR OF THE WORLDS but it ended up in a horrible cheap way for Tom to promote Scientology (yes, Tom...Scientology certainly does have the best way to clean up the society from drugs!)