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Cruise’s old and new sweeties meet

Tom Cruise has introduced his former sweetie to her replacement.
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Tom Cruise has introduced his former sweetie to her replacement.

The star, in Madrid promoting “War of the Worlds,” introduced Katie Holmes to Penelope Cruz. And the location of the happy get-together was none other than a Scientology center, according to various overseas reports.

“The Spanish bombshell, who has maintained a close friendship with Tom, went along to greet him and his new partner at the Scientology church in the heart of the capital,” according to Hello! which also claims that the three, and Cruz’s parents and sister, all went out to dinner afterwards at the elegant Casa Lucio restaurant.

According to another report, Cruise was “all over” Holmes again that evening.

Love at first sight, or no?

Nicole Kidman arrives for the world premiere of the film Bewitched, at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York, June 13, 2005. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)Stuart Ramson / AP

Speaking of Cruise’s ex-sweeties — is Nicole Kidman rewriting her romantic history?

While promoting “Bewitched,” Kidman told a reporter that, unlike the character she plays in the flick, she has never believed in love at first sight.

“I don’t believe you glance around a room, see someone and say that is going to be your future great love,” Kidman said. “I’ve always been painfully shy and guarded so that could never work for me. I need to know the person first. I need to be drawn out and need to draw him out.”

Her statement puzzled fans with a long memory, who recall her description of swooning over Cruise on first sight. “The moment I laid eyes on Tom I just thought he was the sexiest man I’d ever seen in my life,” Kidman told an interviewer in 1998, when she was still married to Cruise. “I was sort of like, ‘Whoa, this is dangerous!’. . . . Oh, God, Tom will kill me for saying this. We went to the movies and he was wearing a T -shirt and I took one look at his arms and I couldn’t watch the movie. I mean, he had such great biceps. It was really the biceps that won me over. I was a goner after that.”

Notes from all over

President Bush gives a thumbs up after speaking about energy and economic security at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Md., Wednesday, June 22, 2005. At rear is Energy Secretary Sam Bodman. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Charles Dharapak / AP

Norman Mailer, never shy about taking on controversy, has some tough words for President George Bush. And he’s no fan of late president Ronald Reagan either. “In the wake of all the fluvial funereal obsequies that the media attached to Ronald Reagan’s earthly departure, I felt obliged to remark that he had been the most overrated president in American history and the second most ignorant,” the famed author of such classics as “The Naked and the Dead” writes on the blog The most ignorant, he opines, is currently in office: “Since George W. is not only a horse’s [behind], but vain and platitudinous to boot, it can hardly escape us that he is also serving (with all due inner incandescence) as God’s chosen envoy for America.”  . . . Don’t expect Noel Gallagher to record a hip-hop album. “I despise hip-hop,” the Oasis frontman said in the London Times. “Loathe it. Eminem is an idiot and I find 50 Cent the most distasteful character I have ever crossed in my life.”  . . . Greta Scacchi says she stopped playing the babe in movies after a love scene with Tom Berenger in “Shattered” because she was tired of being mounted by leading hunks. “There I was, in the missionary position, with the fourth famous actor in six months on top of me — Harrison Ford, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jimmy Smits, now Tom Berenger,” Scacchi told Australian Magazine, “and I’m thinking, ‘I just can’t do this any more.’”

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