Nobody rushes Tom Cruise. The actor is just chilling, his attorney said last week, waiting to file his own divorce papers once the media has worn itself out with the current “Katie Holmes escapes” story line.

“Tactically we can’t say where Tom will file a divorce case and if he’ll be seeking joint custody of Suri,” Bert Fields told the BBC last week, acknowledging the fact that his client might want the case handled in California, where the couple has had their primary residence.

“We are letting ‘the other side’ (Katie and her team) play the media until they wear everyone out and then we’ll have something to say.”

Holmes is seeking sole legal and residential custody of their 6-year-old daughter, a move insiders have said is designed to keep Suri away from Scientology.

Cruise, who turned 50 on Tuesday, left Iceland for Los Angeles that day, heading for what People called a “somber” birthday on the West Coast with Connor, 17, and Isabella, 19, his kids with Nicole Kidman. He has said he’s “deeply saddened” by the turn of events.

Cruise had been filming “Oblivion” in Iceland when he learned of Holmes’ June 28 divorce filing and will reportedly continue to work on the sci-fi action movie in Los Angeles.

Holmes, meanwhile, took four bodyguards along for the ride and visited her high-powered divorce attorneys Friday in New York. She’s due in court July 17 for an order to show cause hearing.

Her attorney Jonathan Wolfe said Thursday that the only motion they’d filed so far besides the divorce petition itself was a request for anonymity on documents related to the case.

The 33-year-old actress recently told Elle magazine that she felt as if she were coming into a “new phase” in her life.

“I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus on that,” she said.

Pitt’s mom goes public with support of Romney

Turns out Brad Pitt’s mother doesn’t much like at least one of her son’s friends, according to a letter she wrote last week knocking President Obama and supporting candidate Mitt Romney.

Jane Pitt wrote her letter to the Springfield, Mo., News-Leader on Tuesday in response to another reader’s missive suggesting that Christians not support Romney for president because of his Mormon faith.

Urging “prayerful consideration” from fellow Christians as they choose how they’ll vote in November, Jane Pitt made the point that a vote against Mormonism — or no vote at all — would translate into support for the self-identified pro-choice, pro-gay-marriage incumbent Obama.

Or, as she put it more specifically, voting for “a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.”

Her actor son, of course, is a noted supporter of gay-marriage rights who made his stage debut in an anti-Proposition 8 play in March and was photographed hanging out in the Oval Office with Barack Obama and Angelina Jolie as recently as January.

‘Twilight’ actor Rathbone, girlfriend have a boy

Jackson Rathbone, who plays pathokinetic “Twilight Saga” vampire Jasper Hale, is a father.

Rathbone and his girlfriend, Sheila Hafsadi, 24, had their first child together Thursday.

“Thank you ALL for the love & support! Sheila & I couldn’t be happier to have such a beautiful, healthy baby boy, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI,” the 27-year-old actor tweeted.

And think again if you’re feeling the name is yet another in a string of Hollywood’s odd monikers. Rathbone’s full name is Monroe Jackson Rathbone V, hence the baby’s VI.

The proud father toasted the occasion by posting photos of his father, IV, and himself smoking celebratory cigars.

“What a glorious day! Love and respect, Bone Daddy,” he wrote.

The baby boy weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces, his rep told People.

— From news service reports