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‘Dawson’s Creek’ ex cheers up Katie Holmes

Joshua Jackson dropped by Katie's Broadway rehearsals unannounced because he saw photos of her looking depressed, a source tells Grazia magazine.
/ Source: msnbc.com contributor

While busy rehearsing for her Broadway show, “All My Sons,” Katie Holmes was unexpectedly reunited with ex-boyfriend and “Dawson’s Creek” co-star Joshua Jackson. Grazia magazine reports Joshua’s spur-of-the-moment visit was prompted by concern for his former flame after he saw photos of her looking depressed.

“They haven’t spoken in a while and, naturally, he was worried,” an insider revealed. “So he just decided to drop by. It was really sweet, he just turned up unexpectedly with a bunch of flowers and said: ‘Hello stranger.’ Katie was shocked, but so happy to see him. It was a wonderful surprise. She gave him such a big hug.”

The source alleges that in addition to being worried about Katie’s sad appearance, Joshua was also distressed that the 29-year-old hasn’t mingled with many people close to her own age since marrying Tom Cruise, who’s 16 years her senior.

“He’s not out to cause trouble.” the insider said. “Josh would love to see Katie as the carefree and relaxed woman he once knew.”

Alec Baldwin’s feud with ‘Earl’ creator escalatesForget about Jessica Simpson and Carrie Underwood. The new war of words in Tinseltown is between unlikely enemies Alec Baldwin and “My Name is Earl” creator Greg Garcia.

It all started after Alec angrily ranted to the New Yorker about how NBC failed to promote his show, “30 Rock,” with the same gusto that went into promoting “My Name is Earl” and “Scrubs.” (Msnbc.com is a joint venture between Microsoft and NBC Universal.)

That’s when Team “Earl” contacted Defamer with some choice words for the actor.

“Maybe the reason enough people aren’t watching ‘30 Rock’ to make Mr. Baldwin happy is because Alec Baldwin is so unlikable as a person,” the executive producer said. “‘30 Rock’ is a really funny show. And Alec Baldwin is funny as long as someone else is writing his words. When left to his own devices, he sounds like a psychotic narcissist who whines about being rich for 8 pages in The New Yorker.”

With tensions rising, Alec took to his Huffington Post blog to address his adversary directly — and inaccurately.

“For ‘Earl’s’ creator, Greg Garcia, who referred to me as a ‘psychotic,’ I have only one question,” he began. “Why are you Scientologists always rendering these medical opinions you aren’t qualified to give?”

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See, Mr. Garcia isn’t a Scientologist, a fact that fueled his return volley via Gawker.

“Alec, I can’t tell you how happy I am to once again point out that you are an idiot,” he said. “I’m unable to answer your question about Scientologists because, although I respect anyone’s right to their own beliefs, I am not currently nor have I ever been a Scientologist. Maybe you should have done some research that extended past the comments section of Defamer before you crafted your insult.”

Stay tuned! These two sound like they’re just warming up.

Dish on the flyWhile speaking with Playboy magazine about his past obsession with death, “Fall Out Boy” bassist Pete Wentz confessed he once played Russian roulette. “I pulled a trigger on a gun aimed at myself,” he said. “My friend and I did one pull each. We’d been drinking and had taken Ambien. I feel stupid even talking about it.” … It seems that rant Sean “Diddy” Combs’ delivered about fuel costs forcing him to fly commercial rather than board his private jet left out one detail: he doesn’t exactly own a private jet. The Palm Beach Post searched federal aviation records and discovered that there’s no plane registered in the hip-hop mogul’s name or any of his business names. According to Diddy’s publicist, that’s because he only holds a “fractional ownership” a NetJets plane, sort of an in-air time-share that entitles him to a number of flight hours. He must have cashed in some of that allotted time to film his latest YouTube clip. … After describing Rebecca Romijn’s expanding figure on late night TV, Jerry O’Connell offered his pregnant wife a public apology. “I regret calling my wife ‘huge’ on ‘Conan O’Brien,’” the actor told People magazine. “I meant to say that there are specific areas of my wife that are larger than normal and growing every day. All other portions of my wife are quite petite. I apologize to her and will be coming home with flowers.”

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines.