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Monday, September 18, 2006

Wedding Bells?

Are Tom Cruise's seemingly frigid tootsies finally warming to the idea of taking Katie Holmes in sickness and in health, in E-meters and image makeovers, until death -- or Xenu's return -- do they part? Word is the PR-battered actor plans to promote the onetime starlet from baby mama to the third Mrs. Cruise sooner rather than later.

"Wedding is days away!" Us Weekly declares of hirsute Suri's smile-happy parents' plans to make things permanent. "Katie and her mom take charge of last-minute details as the date is finally set."

The cover story, which is a little light on specifics for the "closely under wraps" nuptials, comes just days after the release of their much-scrutinized Vanity Fair snaps and accompanying rhapsodic profile.

It also comes 15 long months after Cruise clamped a 5-carat diamond ring on Holmes' finger, an Eiffel Tower-set proposal that was made a mere two months after their red carpet campaign of schmoopiness debuted in Rome.

"All I really know is that the wedding is soon!" Katie's pal, Rock & Republic muckity-muck Andrea Bernholtz, tells the magazine. "They will surprise all of us."

Chimes in another confidante of the conspiracy theory-surrounded couple, "It's going to definitely happen in the next three to six weeks."

And it's Holmes, 27, who is often seen being dragged along by her take-charge fiancé or clinging to his back baby possum-style, who is calling all the vow-swap shots, with some help from her mother, says Us.

"He'll just show up!" says a source. "He really wants this to be about Katie having her dream wedding day."

That fits with what the actress told Cosmo back in 2004, when she was still engaged to Chris Klein: "The woman should be in charge, definitely. You want the wedding to actually happen."

Holmes is expected to wear Giorgio Armani to what a source predicts will be a "simple and elegant" -- and no doubt "amazing" and "magnificent" -- affair. No word on a location (odds are on Los Angeles), but Suri, along with Connor, 11, and Isabella, 13, Cruise's kids with Nicole Kidman, are expected to participate.

"The wedding is still in the planning stages," the newly shaggy banged actor's rep tells the mag. "They're really excited about it. They have always said they will be married by the early fall, and they are still in that window. They can't wait."

Also in "that window," as some suspicious types have pointed out (hey, don't look at us), is the DVD release of the underperforming "Mission: Impossible III," which hits shelves Oct. 30.

Cruise first enthused of the pair's "big big plans" to get hitched almost a year ago, telling "Entertainment Tonight" that it would be a chance for Holmes to get in touch with her inner Da Vinci.

"The thing that I love about Kate is that she's an artist, so she actually loves ribbons and she makes cards and creates art," he gushed. "She loves flowers, and she'll do her own floral arrangements. So it's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be a celebration."

As for the ceremony itself, speculation is it will be steeped in Scientology, including a possible exchange of rings stamped with a triangular L. Ron Hubbard-approved symbol and a post-"I do" walk across a small bridge, which reportedly serves as a metaphor for the church's path to "total freedom."

According to the New York Post, the service could also include this invocation: "Rejoice you line of struggling life from eons gone, for here again, your track is sped and winged into a future fate by this, the union of a man and woman, crossing this bridge, whose child shall pace a future span."

Speaking of religion, Stephen Baldwin has a message for Cruise: Let's do lunch, with a little scripture on the side.

"On the Hollywood list of people I pray for often, Tom Cruise is probably No. 1," the born-again "Bio-Dome" D-lister tells Radar. "All I have to say to Tom is, God bless ya, I hope you're having fun. But I'd love through Radar magazine to throw a gauntlet down to Mr. Cruise. I'd love to break bread with him and pray with him, and I'd love for the Holy Spirit of God to reveal the truth to him. That would be an awesome thing."

Baldwin, who describes himself as one of the "new breed of Christians" who "are gettin' ready to kick ass in the name of the Kingdom," then beseeches, "Seriously though, can you put us together? Can we get a little sushi together? I'd like to give him a spicy Jesus roll."


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