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Holmes may have ulterior motive to ‘Dance’

Rumors abound that actress Katie Holmes will perform on an upcoming episode of "So You Think You Can Dance." Is she trying to help out hubby Tom Cruise?
/ Source: msnbc.com

When you’re Katie Holmes and you’re spotted walking around the studio lot of “So You Think You Can Dance,” wearing an outfit that looks hijacked from the set of “Fosse,” word will spread quickly.

Holmes has yet to confirm her “SYTYCD” participation, and Fox is steadfast with a “no comment” response, but several sources say that you can expect Holmes to both sing and dance on the reality show.

“She’ll be doing a Judy Garland tribute,” says a source who became close to Holmes when she performed in “All My Sons” on Broadway last fall.

The logical follow-up question is: Why would Holmes want to be part of the show? One theory: she’s playing the part of the good wife.

It’s the 70th anniversary of the iconic Judy Garland film “The Wizard of Oz,” which is an MGM property (and here’s where it becomes complex — stay with me). MGM and Holmes' hubby, Tom Cruise, are closely linked since the studio was behind the resurrection of Cruise’s production company, United Artists.

MGM, which isn’t a runaway financial success right now, has high sales expectations for the “Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition” DVD, which comes out this September.

Cruise doesn’t have any films from United Artists in theaters any time soon, so the pressure is on for him to contribute to the bottom line. One way to drum up publicity: have Holmes help where she can.

“It’s a lot of dots to connect, but for one, she’s his biggest cheerleader, and she had her eye on the Weinstein Company’s Judy Garland project, but (the role) went to Anne Hathaway,” said another source. “She has talked about doing musical theater for some time now. And even though it feels strange that she’d do ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ it could be good for the next phase of her career.”

Holmes’ performance, which MGM says is not a promotional one to benefit the studio, is expected to air later this summer, but there’s no official air date yet.

Keeping tabs: Hello? Are there any new celebs out there?The midweek ritual of choosing which celebrity magazine crafted the most appealing cover has become a favorite of mine. Not so this week, as the choice was impossible.

Not because they were all just so damn impressive, but because there was no good choice to be had. In fact, when you look at this week’s crop, the only clear conclusion that can be drawn is that we’ve officially run out of celebrities.

Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. on the "Let's Be Cops," red carpet, Selena Gomez is immortalized in wax and more.

OK! and Life & Style both have the “Twilight” couple. If I wasn’t so sick of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, I’d count how many covers they’ve scored in ’09, and use that as evidence that they’ve gotten more than their fair share of press at this point, thank you very much.

Despite a recent drop in television ratings and magazine sales, In Touch returned to the Kate Gosselin well. Jon & Kate plus eight weeks of coverage equals consumer contempt, not curiosity. This will not do well.

Then there’s Star, claiming that Britney Spears is getting married (which she’s already denied), and Us with Spencer Pratt’s sister Stephanie on the cover. I mistook her for Brooke Hogan. I think I can leave it at that.

Finally, People magazine chose Chace Crawford as its hottest bachelor. Serious question: can you even be called a “bachelor” at the age of 23? At 23, aren’t you just between girlfriends? (Bradley Cooper, you of age-appropriate bachelorhood and a number-one movie: you were robbed of the title.)

So there you have it. Halfway through 2009, we’ve run out of celebs to cover. If there are any new ones out there, please come forward. We need you.

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on msnbc.com. Follow Scoop on Twitter: @ courtneyatmsnbc.