Cruise ready to commit "random acts of kindness"

OK, how about no more lame movies? Willie Nelson: One toke over the Oval Office? Plus: Kate Winslet committing random act of relationshipness!



Amy Reiter
November 20, 2001 10:24PM (UTC)

One possible explanation for the sudden amicability of the Tom Cruise-Nicole Kidman divorce settlement: Tom's desire to work toward a kinder, gentler world in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.

"I'm more determined than ever to help in any way that I can," Cruise told Biography magazine in one of his first post-9/11 interviews. "I've been telling people, 'random acts of kindness.' That's what's important. Be there for each other. Reach out. We'll get through this. We will. I know it. We'll be okay. We are at a crossroads, and we have to do whatever we can to make the world better. That's how I feel about it."

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And he doesn't just feel strongly about it, he says, "I feel very, very strongly about it."

Strong enough to be civil to his ex-wife even.

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Tell it to the jury

"It's a fictional story, really. This is not a Simpson book."

-- O.J. Simpson bodyguard Tom Gleason on his new novel, "Closer to the Truth," which is about a former football star who is accused of killing his wife and her friend, in the New York Post.

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Another broken marriage explained

It's only been three months since she split with her husband, Jim Threapleton, but Kate Winslet apparently has a brand-new boyfriend: "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes.

"Yes, we are having a relationship," Mendes confirmed to the London Daily Mail. "It's early days and we're very happy. It happened and it's happening. I am delighted to express my happiness at being with Kate."

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But Mendes would like to make it crystal clear to us all that there was no -- n-o -- hanky-panky before Winslet and her hubby headed to splitsville.

True, he did meet the actress some time ago, when they got together to discuss a project.

However, he says, "We didn't acknowledge what we were feeling about each other until sometime in September. It was absolutely appropriate, as I was not in a relationship and neither was Kate. I was very careful to ensure that I was not endangering her marriage. Indeed, it was already over, and I came along well after."

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Well, after. I mean, like, at least a week or so ...

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Repeat offender?

"It'd be my pleasure. But I doubt very seriously it'd be his intention to have me over."

-- Willie Nelson on whether he'd sneak up onto the roof of the White House to light up a joint (as he was rumored to have done as a guest of President Carter) if President George W. Bush invited him over, in Maxim.

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Mick's no Willie

What a drag it is growing old.

Now that he's a ripe 58, Mick Jagger says his tastes have changed a bit. For instance, he tells the German magazine Prisma, he'd sooner drink a cup of tea with honey than a good stiff drink, and he's completely off marijuana. Smoking, he'll have you know, can damage the voice.

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Even his musical inclinations have changed somewhat. "I cant listen to anything other than classical music before about midday," he says.

And then, I'm guessing, it's polka all night long.

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