11:53 am Jul. 5, 20121
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It's been about a week since news broke that Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from celebrity Scientologist Tom Cruise.
The story continues to be an obsession among the New York tabloids, which have been watching Holmes' every move as she settles into life in a new Chelsea apartment obtained ahead of the divorce filing.
The wood of today's Daily News promotes a story about an online posting by Jenna Miscavige Hill, the estranged niece of controversial Scientology leader David Miscavige, in which Hill, who left the religion in 2005, writes: “My experience in growing up in Scientology is that it is both mentally and at times physically abusive. As a mother myself, I offer my support to Katie and wish for her all of the strength she will need to do what is best for her and her daughter.”
But the News may have buried the lede: Farther down in the piece, the tabloid reports on what it describes as Holmes' "first public words since dumping the 'Mission: Impossible' star," which a News reporter managed to wrangle while trailing the 33-year-old actress during a shopping trip in the Chelsea Whole Foods: "I’m all right — thank you.”
The New York Post, meanwhile, went with an alternate cover choice today. But the rival tabloid nevertheless has its own Holmes exclusive to pimp out, albeit one that seems like it was clearly placed by the P.R. department of Elle magazine, which has a Katie Holmes cover story due to land on July 17.
"Katie Holmes hinted at her state of mind in an interview conducted weeks before dropping her divorce bombshell, saying she was entering 'a new phase' and 'I know where I want to go,'" reads the lead item in Page Six.
The Post doubled down with a column by rage-machine Andrea Peyser, who writes: "Katie has done more than rescue her flesh and blood from the clutches of a disturbed dad, and from a church she has grown to despise. She has revealed to the world the dark and icky side of Scientology, a faith that could thrive only in Hollywood."
But the tabloids aren't the only New York publications having a field-day with the Holmes-Cruise saga.
Village Voice editor-in-chief and longtime Scientology chronicler Tony Ortega, who aggresively (some might say obsessively) covers the hermetic religion on his paper's Runnin' Scared blog, has reliably been churning out posts related to the divorce.
In other news...
HBO is reportedly planning a Roger Ailes movie based on Gabe Sherman's forthcoming Fox News book; executive producers are "Morning Joe" cohosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. [Deadline]
Milly Dowler and phone-hacking, one year later. [The Huffington Post]
Fresh phone-hacking arrests. [The Guardian]
A new WikiLeaks data dump, this time on Syria. [TechRadar]
New York Times photographer Michael Kamber has published a new book featuring interviews with photojournalists about their experiences covering war. [NYT/Lens]
A freelance Wall Street Journal reporter was killed while mountain-climbing near Yosemite. [The Wall Street Journal]
NJ.com is trying to lure a former Star Ledger star back from Politico. [Jim Romenesko]