- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Paging Dr. Cruise

We already knew Tom Cruise was an expert in psychiatry. Now we can add radiology to the list.

The actor raised medical eyebrows again recently with his announcement to Barbara Walters that he had purchased a sonogram machine to monitor the progress of his and fiancee Katie Holmes’ baby.

“Untrained people, even if they have the financial means, should not buy, or be allowed to buy and operate, ultrasound machines which are, in fact, medical devices and should not be used without a medical indication,” Carol M. Rumack, who chairs the American College of Radiology’s ultrasound commission, said in a statement.

“The ACR is concerned that Tom Cruise has been badly advised,” she added. “There are many abnormalities that may be missed by the untrained eye. Also, if it is not medically necessary, the use of ultrasound raises unnecessary physical risk to the fetus.”

Three’s a charm

Opera legend Luciano Pavarotti has confirmed he wants to sing in at least one final Three Tenors concert with Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo.

“I think we are going to make another concert or two with the other two tenors before I retire,” the Italian star, 70, said in Hong Kong as he prepared to kick off a yearlong farewell tour.

The Tenors last performed together in Yokohama, Japan, during the 2002 World Cup soccer finals, according to Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Pavarotti previously announced he would cap off his five-decade career with final concerts next year in Milan, Vienna or New York.

‘Bankable women’

Time spent raising twins Hazel and Phinnaeus hasn’t affected new mom Julia Roberts’ standing in the workplace: She’s still Hollywood’s highest-paid actress at $20 million per movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter’s latest power list.

Nicole Kidman came in second, with a $16 million to $17 million per-film price tag, followed by “Walk the Line” star Reese Witherspoon and actress-producer Drew Barrymore, who each command $15 million per project.

Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie and Cameron Diaz each have a $10 million to $15 million asking price, followed by Jodie Foster ($10 million to $12 million), Charlize Theron ($10 million) and Jennifer Aniston ($9 million).

“These are bankable women,” said Bob Dowling, editor and publisher of the Hollywood Reporter. “They represent something quite positive, and they’re being paid for it.”

Baby stripes

Jack White of the White Stripes is going to be a dad.

Mr. White’s wife, model Karen Elson, is pregnant with the couple’s first child, Miss Elson’s publicist confirmed to MTV News. The baby reportedly is due next spring.

Mr. White and Miss Elson married in June in a ceremony conducted in a canoe on the Amazon River in Brazil, according to Associated Press. Though Mr. White and band mate Meg White have claimed to be siblings, court records have suggested they were married for four years before divorcing in 2000.

High ‘Squid’ spirits

Actress Laura Linney must have been quite pleased when she read the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards nominations this week: Her latest movie, “The Squid and the Whale,” picked up six nominations, including nods for best feature, actor and actress. Director Noah Baumbach’s critically acclaimed autobiographical tale of two boys dealing with their parents’ divorce led the list of nominees for the indie film prize, which traditionally takes place on the eve of the Oscars, according to the Internet Movie Database.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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