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Scientology Maiden’s Poor Release

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PANNED Katie

Scientology bride and Anna Wintour impersonator Katie Holmes returned to the big screen this weekend, costarring with Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah in the shoddy comeback vehicle Mad Money. It’s been three years since Holmes’ role in 2005’s Thank You for Smoking, Jason Reitman‘s successful indie feature debut that grossed more than $39 million worldwide and scored a Golden Globe nod for Best Musical or Comedy. Holmes’s work in that film, however, was overshadowed by rumors that Tom Cruise had his then–future bride’s sex scenes removed for a Sundance screening.

Over this past holiday weekend, Mad Money opened in the seventh-place slot, pulling in a meager $8 million, despite the bonus day on Monday. Reviews for the film have been bleak, especially for Holmes, who, finally released from Tom Cruise’s clutches, has apparently crashed and burned. Maybe she should stick to running marathons? Well, we’ll always have Pieces of April. Radar checks in with the critics for the final verdict …

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