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Updated: December 7, 2012 6:12AM



There are two things that are true about Katie Holmes these days: She is totally focused on raising daughter Suri Cruise, and she’s working hard on her return to the Broadway stage in Theresa Rebeck’s “Dead Accounts.”

While there are reports from those working on the production that Holmes’ married co-star Josh Hamilton has a “crush” on Tom Cruise’s ex-wife, a very good Holmes friend told me Monday, “that is just more scandal press garbage.

“Katie is not interested in anyone romantically right now. She is completely consumed with providing Suri a stable homelife and doing a great job with this play.”

“Dead Accounts” is about a family and its prodigal son, who unexpectedly returns home to Cincinnati from New York. Holmes plays a daughter who has been caring for her ailing parents.

The actress made her Broadway debut in 2008, starring in a revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.”

ALIVE & WELL: A good friend of Eddie Murphy says the actor is understandably “really pissed off” about the ongoing false reports — including one arising over the weekend — that he has died.

“At first it was kind of funny, because it was all so stupid, but now there have been so many of these crazy stories, Eddie got upset — mostly because close friends and family members see the reports and they get upset,” said the source.The latest fake tale had Murphy being killed in a snowboarding accident in Zermatt, Switzerland, at about the time he was taping “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” with comedy chums

Adam Sandler, Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock for an upcoming Spike TV special.

A VERY LONG TIME: Hard to believe, but it has been 19 years since River Phoenix — an actor with such promise — died of a drug overdose on the sidewalk outside the Viper Room, the nightclub then co-owned by Johnny Depp.

At the time, Phoenix was working on “Dark Blood,” and Dutch director George Sluizer — now age 80 — finally has finished the movie, using voiceovers to blend Phoenix’s scenes into his last completed film.

Following the movie’s recent debut at the Netherlands Film Festival, it’s expected “Dark Blood” will make the rounds of U.S. festivals in the months ahead.

TIME TO WORRY? While the official word from Charlie Sheen’s camp is that the actor is doing just fine, there are reports Sheen may be slipping back into his wild partying ways while his “Anger Management” sitcom is on hiatus.

BOOK BEAT: I can just imagine the comments this tidbit will generate: Yes, Britney Spears wants to become a novelist. The singer and “The X Factor” judge’s people say Spears is “in discussions” to pen her own novel — reportedly to be published by It Books, a division of HarperCollins.According to the Hollywood Reporter, the proposed book would be a fictionalized version of Spears’ real life experiences — similar to earlier efforts by

Lauren Conrad and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

SPORTS SHORT: Bears kicker Robbie Gould — truly the game hero from that one-point squeaker over the Carolina Panthers Oct. 28 — will be doing a broadcast for ESPN from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday from O’Donovan’s on Irving Park — plus handing out some tickets to future Bears games.

BEST OF BLUES: To celebrate its 20th anniversary, House of Blues venues across the nation have tackled a very ambitious project: providing 20,000 Thanksgiving meals to the needy — symbolizing their 20,000 live music performances over the past two decades.

The Chicago House of Blues — which opened its doors in 1996 — will provide some 1,700 meals to local church groups and senior centers, coordinating with Chicago aldermen and pastors. Fans can donate non-perishable food items until Nov. 19 at 329 N. Dearborn and receive a 10 percent discount at the Crossroads at House of Blues restaurant or company retail store.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Student chefs, celebrity judges and many hungry guests will gather Friday night at the Bridgeport Art Center’s Skyline Loft for the “Cooking Up Change” fund-raiser for the Healthy Schools Campaign, aiming to improve food in our schools. Among the celeb judges scheduled to attend are popular chefs Susan Goss (West Town Tavern), Carrie Nahabedian (Naha), Ina Pinkney (Ina’s), Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno), Erick Williams (MK) and Fox’s “Good Day Chicago” anchor Corey McPherrin.

S EEN ON THE SCENE: The always-persuasive Dominic DiFrisco usually gets his own way — but now he truly has his way, with his name permanently affixed! Translation: The Honorary Dominic DiFrisco Way was dedicated over the weekend at Astor and Schiller, a worthy tribute to the veteran public relations pro and longtime strong advocate for Our Town’s Italian-American community. Among those on hand for the festivities and post-party at Gene & Georgetti’s were Ald. Michele Smith (43rd); Msgr. Ken Velo; Sue Leonis; the Rev. George Clemens; Judy Erwin; DiFrisco colleagues from Edelman PR; his wife, Carol DiFrisco; daughter and son-in-law Nina and Bob Mariano, and teen grandson Pasquale Gianni, who gave a lovely tribute. ... Politicos got an engaging bit of election banter the other night as veteran journo James Warren moderated a discussion from Dem stalwart Donna Brazile and the GOP’s Mary Matalin at Saint Xavier University’s “Voices & Visions” speakers series. … In town promoting his upcoming “Red Dawn,” Josh Peck slipped into RPM Italian the other night, where (separately) soul/indie pop band Fitz and the Tantrums dined after their local performance. … Chicago native and Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was spied partying at Sub 51 with pals. … Singer and former “American Idol” star Clay Aiken visited the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday, taking time to check out the “Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac” design exhibition.



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