Wedding Bell Blues. Tom Cruise and Toledo’s own Katie Holmes are splitting after five years of marriage, several organizations reported Friday. The marriage was Holmes’ first and Cruise’s third (following breakups with Nicole Kidman and Mimi Rogers.) So this is Taps? The end of a Mission: Impossible? Not Endless Love or All the Right Moves? Who’s going to need a Cocktail? Will their split be Risky Business about The Color of Money?

Check his list of movies. We could do this all day. Did he finally lack Tropic Thunder? Are A Few Good Men lined up to date her? ...

Hot 50s. Social-media site Sodahead.com recently asked its participants who the hottest actor over 50 is. (Cruise, 49, was not yet eligible.) Not too surprisingly, George Clooney topped the poll, with 31 percent.

Liam Neeson was second (17 percent), followed by Antonio Banderas (14), Colin Firth (13), Denzel Washington (12), Scott Bakula (7), James Brolin (5) and Samuel L. Jackson (2).

The site added that Clooney’s politics affected the results; he was tops with liberals and moderates but Neeson outpolled him among conservatives.

Everyone in the list above made it onto AARP: The Magazine’s list of “21 sexiest grownup men” in its June/July issue. The list, which did not rank the men, further highlighted Jon Bon Jovi, Brian Williams, CBS executive Leslie Moonves (whose credentials include being married to Julie Chen), paleontologist Paul Sereno, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., George Strait, John Irving and Viggo Mortensen, among others. You can read more about it at www.aarp.org/magazine.

Foot(ball)note. This week included the announcement that Underdogs, a football-themed movie, would shoot in the North Canton area beginning July 16 — and that the cast will include Scott Patterson, William Mapother and D.W. Moffett — the last name having considerable resonance with fans of screen football fare.

On the fine, football-entwined TV series Friday Night Lights, Moffett played Joe McCoy, the rich and manipulative father of quarterback J.D. McCoy. How manipulative? EW.com’s Popwatch called him “the biggest Texas villain since J.R. Ewing.”

Looking Ahead. Alex Cross, the movie thriller shot partly in Cleveland and Akron, premieres in October. But YouTube already has a trailer to view. Just search “Alex Cross trailer” on the site.

Inspired by a character from a series of novels by James Patterson (and previously titled I, Alex Cross), the movie stars Tyler Perry, currently in theaters with Madea’s Witness Protection.

Also in the cast are Matthew Fox (who had his famous bus-driver encounter during the making of this movie), Rachel Nichols, Edward Burns, John C. McGinley and Jean Reno. Akron locations included Stan Hywet Hall and Glendale Cemetery.

Stern Headed to Hall. No, not Stan Hywet. Radio personality and America’s Got Talent judge Howard Stern will reportedly go into the Radio Hall of Fame in November, along with NPR’s Terry Gross and five others.

“There wasn’t any great controversy involving Howard’s induction because I think everyone has believed for a long time that he deserved to be inducted,” hall chairman Bruce DuMont told TimeOutChicago.com. But there has been controversy, since the site notes that Stern has not made the cut four times in the past. TimeOutChicago’s Robert Feder said Stern was the hall’s “most conspicuous and embarrassing omission.” Stern has also criticized the hall in the past for his exclusion.

No Blurbs. Back in 1994, writer Elizabeth Wurtzel asked Nora Ephron — the journalist, screenwriter and director who recently died — for a blurb about Wurtzel’s book Prozac Nation. According to Jimromenesko.com, Ephron replied that “you are a brilliant and funny writer. I don’t give quotes, took myself out of the quote business years ago when my vet wrote a book (I had pets once) and asked for a quote.”

Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and in the HeldenFiles Online blog at www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Facebook and Twitter. He can be reached at 330-996-3582 or rheldenfels@thebeaconjournal.com.