- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 22, 2006

Superstar actress Nicole Kidman is reportedly set to marry country rocker Keith Urban on Sunday in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Urban, slightly younger and several inches shorter than his future wife, may seem like a step down from Miss Kidman’s ex-husband Tom Cruise, whom Forbes magazine recently named the world’s most powerful celebrity. But on the other hand …

She hasn’t had a hit in years — Miss Kidman seems to have peaked in 2002, when she won the best actress Oscar for 2002’s “The Hours.” Box-office numbers for subsequent efforts — whether popcorn fare such as “Bewitched,” highbrow comedies such as “The Stepford Wives” or art films such as “Dogville” — would not have inspired Mr. Cruise to take flight on any couches.

Keith is riskier business Mr. Cruise may have famously slid across the camera frame in his tighty-whities in “Risky Business,” but Mr. Urban posed for Playgirl magazine in 2001.

—She’ll have armaceuticals — In the event she becomes clinically depressed, Miss Kidman would be forced to tough it out through an exercise and vitamin regimen were she still married to Mr. Cruise. It’s reasonable to assume Mr. Urban will permit his wife to seek proper treatment.

Keith has a Grammy — Tom Cruise, poor thing, is still waiting on that Oscar.

Tom is a Jersey boy— Mr. Cruise was born Thomas Mapother and grew up in New Jersey. Mr. Urban (real name: Urban) was born in New Zealand and was raised in Australia. Our verdict: Way cooler.

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