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Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes keeping their cool during divorce talks

US actress Katie Holmes (L) leaves her lawyer's office New York City July 7 2012.  Katie Holmes has filed

US actress Katie Holmes (L) leaves her lawyer's office in New York City July 7, 2012. Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from her Hollywood A-list husband Tom Cruise, who has reportedly denied Scientologuy sparked the split. AFP PHOTO / MEHDI TAAMALLAHMEHDI TAAMALLAH/AFP/GettyImages

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Updated: August 10, 2012 6:31AM



After checking with a number of solid sources close to both Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, I’ve learned the couple went through very intense — but very civil — divorce negotiations over the weekend.

While specific custody issues over daughter Suri remain a sticking point, it appears that Holmes will walk away with many more millions than the estimated $15 million she’s supposedly entitled to in the couple’s prenuptial agreement.

There likely will be a Holmes pledge to never talk about Cruise, her marriage or the Church of Scientology.

In short, no tell-all book or Barbara Walters-style interviews.

† In the meantime, art imitates life as Holmes begins filming “Molly” in New York next week. She co-wrote the movie about a single mother and her daughter. Then the actress moves on to the romantic comedy “Responsible Adults” with Chace Crawford this fall. On top of that, People reports Holmes will debut her first show at New York’s Fashion Week — presenting her new Holmes & Yang clothing line.

VROOM! VROOM! While Justin Bieber has filed a harassment complaint against a photographer he claimed chased him down a Los Angeles freeway — causing him to race away and break the speed limit — the posse of regular Bieber paparazzi say it’s all exaggerated.

“It’s just his excuse to get out of a speeding ticket,” said a shutterbug who claims he witnessed the whole incident. “We only sped up because Justin kept going faster.”

MAKIN’ MOVIES: Veteran Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is a huge “Batman” fan. Not only did the New England Democrat snare a cameo in the Academy Award-winning “The Dark Knight,” he shows up again in “The Dark Knight Rises” (opening July 20), sharing a scene with Morgan Freeman and Christian Bale.

† Jena Malone is certainly on a roll. After rating good reviews in the recent “Hatfield & McCoys” miniseries, the young actress is now cast as the outspoken tribute Johanna Mason in “Catching Fire,” the next film in the mega-hit “Hunger Games” franchise.

† Among the real-life moms and daughters cast in “Mother’s Day” — a flick about a dozen mother-daughter relationships — are Andie MacDowell and daughter Rainey Qualley and Susan Sarandon and her offspring Eva Amurri Martino.

† Not in “Mother’s Day” will be Demi Moore nor her daughters Rumer, Scout or Tallulah Willis. As first reported by RadarOnline, the actress’ ongoing problems — stemming from her divorce from Ashton Kutcher, her battle with addiction and her obsession with staying young — have estranged her from her kids, who are tired of “playing mom” to their own parent.

HOT ’N’ HEAVY: According to people who should know, the fast-moving romance between Eva Longoria and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is the real deal.

“It’s not just that Eva likes athletes,” said a friend of the actress, “but she loves how Mark truly treats her like a princess and is always coming up with very romantic ways to show her he cares — like taking over an entire restaurant in some out-of-the-way place, just for the two of them to enjoy a beautiful evening without people gawking at them.”

THINKING GREEN: Kudos to Sun-Times colleague Richard Roeper and his WLS radio co-host Roe Conn for emceeing the seventh annual “Gaming for Green” poker tournament and casino night at Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the event will raise funds for Chicago Gateway Green’s Tree Partnership Program.

TALENT SEARCHES: There’s a Chicago area segment of a national contest tied to the release of “Sparkle,” the much-anticipated final film of Whitney Houston, also starring “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks.

The local “Sparkle Singing Challenge” takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday at Orland Square Mall. The Chicago winner will receive $500 in cash and a chance to compete for the national grand prize: a trip to New York, an appearance on BET’s “106 & Park” show, a recording session with the Punch Monkeys producing and writing team and a MySpace homepage feature.

Amateur singers between 13 and 40 will be asked to sing a 60-second a cappella version of one of two songs: “Celebrate” or “Something He Can Feel.” For more information, go to myspace.com/sparkle.

† If you look to be of Italian or Irish descent, are age 30 to 70 and have what producers consider a “great face” to play a mobster, you might want to head to Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. There’s a casting call for a new Fox series (Jordana Spiro’s “The Mob Doctor,” I’m guessing) slated to film in Chicago this fall. For more information go to simoncasting.com.

REALLY OVER? While disgraced ex-presidential candidate John Edwards promised his eldest daughter, Cate Edwards Upton, he had ended his relationship with Reille Hunter, there are indications the former senator and his ex-mistress are still seeing each other.

And … it’s not just about him connecting with their daughter, Quinn.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Francesca’s on Taylor managing partner Patrick Barnes got a big thrill when director Martin Scorsese dined at the restaurant Friday night while in town to meet his new grandchild. Barnes loved sharing memories of taking a film class about the Oscar winner while studying at Columbia College. … NBA fans loved seeing Michael Jordan and Charles Oakley partying Saturday at Studio Paris. … “Rock of Ages” star Diego Boneta made the scene at Studio Paris, as well as the Cedar Hotel. … Paleontologist Paul Sereno appeared to be having a dino-mite time hanging with a lovely lass at the new Drumbar rooftop hotspot atop the Rafaello Hotel.



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