- The Washington Times - Monday, May 8, 2006

Endless love

Nicole Kidman says her divorce from Tom Cruise was a “major shock” — and she still loves him.

“That was a major shock,” the 38-year-old actress says in an interview in the June issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, on newsstands today.

“He was huge; still is. To me, he was just Tom, but to everybody else, he is huge. But he was lovely to me. And I loved him. I still love him,” Miss Kidman tells the magazine.

Mr. Cruise filed for divorce in February 2001 after 10 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized later that year.

“I always knew the rug was going to be taken out from underneath me at some stage,” Miss Kidman says. “I didn’t think it was going to happen in the way it happened. I had seen my mother battle breast cancer, so I had a fear of my health being jeopardized — that was really where I was thinking mine would come.

“I knew I was going to get hit with something. But I think a divorce, and the demise of what your family is, is a little death in itself.”

Mr. Cruise and Miss Kidman adopted two children, Isabella, now 13, and Connor, now 11.

The 43-year-old actor’s latest film, “Mission: Impossible III,” debuted with $48 million this weekend, a solid opening but well below industry expectations and almost $10 million lower than the franchise’s previous installment, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Katie Holmes, Mr. Cruise’s 27-year-old fiancee, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter, Suri, last month. Miss Kidman, who stars in the upcoming “Fur,” about photographer Diane Arbus, reportedly is dating country singer Keith Urban, 38, Associated Press reports.

Adam Sandler’s a dad

Adam Sandler is a real-life “Big Daddy.”

Mr. Sandler’s wife, Jackie, gave birth to the couple’s first child, according to a posting on the comedian’s Web site.

People magazine reported the couple had a daughter, born Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In an e-mail, Mr. Sandler’s publicist, Cindy Guagenti, declined to confirm the report and referred to the Web site, adamsandler.com. Under the headline “Sandler had a kid!!” Mr. Sandler writes, “Kid is healthy!! Wife is healthy!!”

No other details were provided.

Mr. Sandler, 39, and the former Jackie Titone, 31, were married in 2003.

Surgery for Richards

Keith Richards had surgery yesterday in New Zealand to relieve pressure in his head following a fall, a representative for the Rolling Stones guitarist told AP.

Mr. Richards, 62, was “up and talking” soon after surgery at Ascot Hospital in Auckland but was expected to take several weeks to recuperate, LD Communications said.

“Last week Keith was under observation in Auckland following a fall in Fiji and was feeling well after being examined by doctors last week,” the statement said. “However, after complaining of headaches yesterday, doctors thought it prudent to move ahead with a small operation to remove the pressure.”

The Stones’ A Bigger Bang European tour, which was scheduled to start in Barcelona, Spain, later this month, will be postponed until June, the agency said.

Mr. Richards suffered the injury April 27, but details have not been confirmed. News reports have variously said that he fell out of a palm tree or from a Jet Ski.

Feelin’ ‘Blue’

“Blue,” a lost album of standards performed by Diana Ross, will be released 35 years after the Motown great recorded the tunes as a companion album to the “Lady Sings the Blues” soundtrack.

Miss Ross, an Oscar nominee for her portrayal of jazz legend Billie Holiday in the 1972 film, recorded the songs in the early 1970s, but the project was shelved when Miss Ross’ management team at the time decided her career should go in a more pop direction, with less jazz. According to the Internet Movie Database, the tracks were filed away and only recently rediscovered in Motown’s vaults.

“Blue,” which features Miss Ross crooning such chestnuts as Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It,” George and Ira Gershwin’s “I Loves You Porgy” and Duke Ellington’s “Solitude” will be offered exclusively at Starbucks beginning May 16. It will be available at retail outlets on June 20.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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