Blog Posts by Suzan Clarke

  • Heartbroken Tom Cruise Misses Daughter Suri, Friend Says

    Tom Cruise's heart is "broken" over the separation from daughter Suri, who moved to Manhattan with her mother, Katie Holmes, when her parents divorced earlier this year, a friend of the actor said.

    Speaking in an interview in the new issue of People magazine, on newsstands Friday, Cruise's friend screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie revealed that the star had not seen 6-year-old Suri since the two returned from a vacation to Disney World Aug. 5.

    "I've got to see her. I miss her," an emotional Cruise said, according to McQuarrie.

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    The longtime Hollywood A-lister has two other children from his prior marriage to actress Nicole Kidman.

    The actor was married to Holmes for nearly six years, and reportedly was blindsided when she filed for divorce June 28, a few days shy of his 50th birthday.

    READ MORE: Tom Cruise Returns to Work After Divorce

    The 33-year-old actress has primary custody of Suri. Holmes and her daughter now live in

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  • Rare 1943 Penny Sells for $1 Million

    A 1943 Lincoln penny that soared in value because it was made from the "wrong" material reportedly has sold for $1 million.

    (PCGS)The penny was erroneously made of bronze instead of zinc-coated steel at the San Francisco Mint, according to UPI news agency. Texas Rangers co-chairman Bob R. Simpson bought the coin from Legend Numismatics, a rare coin dealer in Lincroft, N.J.

    Professional Coin Grading Service, an organization that evaluates and grades rare coins, certified the penny in question, grading it a 62 on a scale of 1 to 70.

    "The Simpson collection now contains the finest known bronze cent from each mint, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver, including the unique 1943-D bronze cent that PCGS certified after Legend acquired and sold to him for a record $1.7 million in 2010," Willis said.

    The U.S. Mint switched from bronze planchets to zinc-coated steel for cents in 1943 because copper was needed during World War II.

    "By error, some bronze planchets made it into the

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  • REUTERS/Fred ProuserActress Pamela Anderson was voted off "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" Tuesday night, becoming the first star eliminated in week one of the show's 15th season.

    Anderson and singer Drew Lachey were both in jeopardy of leaving the competition after receiving low scores for their performances on Monday night.

    When the results were announced, Anderson said she had anticipated it.

    "I was ready for it, for sure. We got the lowest score, but we'll keep dancing, we'll dance together again for sure," she said, glancing back at her pro partner, Tristan MacManus.

    Going into Tuesday night's show, the actress was at the bottom of the leaderboard with 17 out of a possible maximum of 30 points, while NFL legend Emmitt Smith led the pack with 24.5 points.

    In their critique of her tentative cha-cha Monday, judges told Anderson that she needed to work harder and infuse her routine with more intensity.

    Earlier on in Tuesday's results show, Anderson had said she

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  • Canadian Father Blasted for Liking One Son More Than the Other

    A daddy blogger is facing a backlash for publicly acknowledging that he likes his older son more than the younger one.

    Buzz Bishop, a Canadian radio host who writes as "Dadcamp" on the website Babble, wrote a Sept. 18 post detailing how he and his now-wife met. She got pregnant within two months after they started dating.

    He went on to describe how he divorced his estranged wife and married his girlfriend three years after the birth of their first son, Zacharie.

    But then he wrote the line that many have found objectionable. As he continues to reflect upon how much his life has changed since his re-marriage and the birth of his two sons, he writes: "If I were to be absolutely honest, my older son is my favorite of the two. He and I are adventurous partners in crime, and I can't imagine life without him. He was an accident waiting to happen, and I'm so glad it did."

    In a follow-up post, Bishop mentions that he has been getting feedback for having acknowledged having a

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  • "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" premiered Monday night with 13 seasoned performers vying for the championship and bragging rights, but judges' scores reflected their higher expectations.

    This is the popular dance competition's 15th season, but the first featuring past competitors vying in an all-stars format.

    For the first time, the three judges awarded scores in half-point increments, for a maximum of 10 points each. The couple with the lowest score after the judges' and viewer votes are combined will be voted off each week, until the final couples remain to battle for the championship.

    Head judge Len Goodman said judges would be tougher on the stars this season because they were not novices and standards would be more stringent.

    The Routines

    Joey Fatone: The former N'Sync boy band member's enthusiastic cha-cha earned modest approval from the judges. "I love watching you dance," Goodman said at the end of Fatone's performance. Fatone got 20.5 out of a possible

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  • Goodwill Painting Bought for $9.99 Auctioned for $27K

    (Image Credit: Courtesy of Beth Feeback)Beth Feeback had a really good weekend. The North Carolina woman who bought a painting for $9.99 from a Goodwill store sale saw it sell for more than $27,000 at a Sotheby's auction.

    "It's a great return on $9.99," Feeback said Sunday night.

    The sale price listed on the Sotheby's website, $34,375.00, reflects the final gavel price plus a premium the buyer must pay, she explained. The painting had been expected to sell for between $15,000 and $20,000.

    Feeback of Concord bought the painting, "Vertical Diamond" by Ilya Bolotowsky, in April. She wasn't attracted to the style at all, but she wanted to re-use the canvas to paint cat portraits, which are her specialty.

    A friend cautioned her to check out the labels on the painting before she put paintbrush to canvas, and after a few months during which the painting languished on the floor of her art studio, she did.

    Now, Feeback has a whole new appreciation for Bolotowsky and his work.

    "The first time I Googled that

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  • Lady Gaga Says Her 'Slutty' Fame Perfume Seduces

    Lady Gaga's new fragrance, Lady Gaga Fame, represents the dark and light aspects of celebrity, embodies sensuality and will attract lovers to the wearer, the star says.

    (AP Photo)"I wanted it to be a very slutty perfume. Because that is sort of the addictive nature of fame that it is, it is seductive," the award-winning singer/songwriter whose debut album was titled The Fame, said in an interview that aired today on "Good Morning America."

    Gaga told "GMA" anchor Lara Spencer that she wanted a fragrance "that was desirable, and which is quite nice for not only just, you know, a young girl like me, but for any woman that wants to go home to their husband and lay down and feel like a queen."

    Last year the singer told "The Kyle and Jackie O Show" in Australia that the scent would smell "like an expensive hooker," and that it would feature fragrance notes of "blood and semen."

    "But it doesn't smell like it," she told the show then. "You just get sort of the after feeling of sex from

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  • Rare Book Returned to Library 78 Years Late

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    A Chicago Public Library amnesty program that allowed members to return overdue items without having to pay any late fees brought in more than 100,000 books, DVDs and other materials including a rare, limited edition novel that was turned in 78 years late.

    The rare edition of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" had been checked out in 1934. According to Reuters news agency, Harlean Hoffman Vision found the book in her late mother's possessions and wanted to bring it back, but she wanted to make sure she wouldn't go to jail for having had it so long.

    "She kept saying, 'You're not going to arrest me?' and we said, 'No, we're so happy you brought it back,'" Ruth Lednicer, the library's marketing director, said.

    The library's fine amnesty - dubbed "Once in a Blue Moon Amnesty" - began on Aug. 20 and ended Sept. 7. The value of the 101,301 items returned was estimated at $2 million. Several of the recovered items were checked out in the 1970s and 1980s, the

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  • Boy Quits Football Over Pink Gloves

    (Danny Drake/Press of Atlantic City)People across the country are rallying around a 12-year-old New Jersey boy who quit his football team after the coach refused to let him wear pink football gloves to support his mother, who is battling breast cancer.

    The boy, Julian Connerton of Egg Harbor, N.J., plays for the Egg Harbor City Crusaders, a youth league. As the team was getting ready Saturday night to play the Ocean City Junior Raiders, the coach, Paul Burgan, told Julian he couldn't play while wearing the gloves, the Press of Atlantic City reported.

    "No one knew that there was a personal reason why the kid wanted to wear the gloves … The game was ready to begin in minutes, and it was a communication issue. There was a storm. It was chaotic," Louis Barrios, a member of the Crusaders Youth Athletic League Association's board of directors, told the newspaper, adding that the team is allowed to wear pink in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Julian's family has said the

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  • Foul-Mouthed Cockatoo at Center of R.I. Trial

    Harris Avenue residents Kathy Melker, left, and Craig Fontaine are accusing their neighbor Lynne Taylor, center of training her cockatoo to swear at them. Judge Joel Gerstanblatt sits with them, as well as their attorneys, Steve Pelletier and Kerry Rafanelli, right, during a Municipal Court hearing. (Jessica Botelho/Warwick Beacon)A pet bird who allegedly was trained to curse at its owner's ex-husband's new girlfriend is at the center of a noise ordinance violation that has gone to trial in Warwick, R.I.

    The bird's owner, Lynne Taylor, was issued a $15 noise ordinance ticket in May because her pet bird, Willy, makes noise that disturbs her next-door neighbors, the Providence Journal reported. Those neighbors happen to be Taylor's ex-husband, Craig Fontaine, and his new girlfriend, Kathleen Melker.

    According to information from the Warwick City Clerk's office about the noise violation complaint, the bird, a cockatoo named Willy, squawked a lot, and used profanity, including the phrases "f***ing whore" and "f***ing slut."

    Melker believes Taylor trained the bird to use those phrases against her. She has posted videos on YouTube documenting the noise.

    "Our life basically is hell. We have no quality of life. We can't go out in our yard. We have no peace," she told ABC News on Monday.

    Relations between the

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