While Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are keeping mum on their pending divorce, some of their associates are talking, and here’s what I’ve learned:
† Holmes is said to be very much at peace with her decision and already has held several meetings with attorneys (to discuss divorce strategy) and agents (to already talk about potential future film and TV projects). “Katie has been particularly busy reading a bunch of scripts lately,” said a source close to the actress. “She’s hoping to find a big comedy to do. She is so totally ready to move on. She has been for a long time.”
† Holmes also has received a shout-out from ex-Scientologist Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of David Miscavige, the head of the Church of Scientology and one of Cruise’s closest associates. In an online posting, Hill wrote Scientology “is both mentally and at times physically abusive,” offering support for Holmes and her alleged reluctance to expose daughter Suri to schooling by church members. “We got a lousy education from unqualified teachers,” Hill writes, adding that “any organization that is capable of mistreating and neglecting the needs of children … is no place for an innocent child.”
† Cruise, who returned to Los Angeles from filming “Oblivion” in Iceland on Tuesday to spend his 50th birthday without his estranged wife and their daughter Suri, is hunkered down with his legal team and Scientology advisors. “The last thing Tom wants is more bad press for himself or the church,” said a longtime Cruise insider. No matter the specifics of the couple’s pre-nuptial agreement, Cruise — just named by Forbes as Hollywood’s highest-paid actor — is expected to be very generous to Holmes. “It gains him nothing for this to drag on and keep creating negative headlines,” added the source. “However, I do think he will push hard for either joint custody or extremely generous visitation rights.”
MAKIN’ MUSIC: “Boss” star Troy Garity will showcase his spinning talent and kick off the Public’s guest DJ series from 10 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. in the hotel’s library bar — across the lobby from the Pump Room.
† “ American Idol” season 10 finalist and ex-Wilmette resident Casey Abrams not only has just released his self-titled debut album, but he’s also working on an exclusive song and music video aimed at raising awareness of inflammatory bowel disease — the illness which almost knocked him out of “Idol” competition. As for the new album, it features a cover of the Ray Charles classic “Hit the Road Jack” — a duet with his “Idol” competitor and Wheeling native Haley Reinhart.
† Cabaret lovers will want to know Lee Lessack (just out with his “Chanteur” CD) will be at Davenport’s July 12, and Andrea Marcovicci will be at the Wicker Park club July 18-22.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Among those spied supporting ex-Bear Greg Olsen’s charity foundation at the “Kicks for a Cure” kickball tournament were his ex-teammates Matt Forte and Caleb Hanie and the Colts’ Drew Stanton, plus Vince Vaughn, his wife Kyla and daughter Lochlyn — who also were spied Sunday at the Original Pancake House on Bellevue, off Rush. … Recent sightings at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie have included actor Tom Irwin, Bill Kurtis, retired Major League great and Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez, Patrick Sharp and ex-Bears punter Brad Maynard. … Donovan McNabb was spied hanging at the bar at Board Room.