Tom Cruise has been spotted out on the town with a new woman.

The New York Post reported that last week the Jack Reacher star, 50, spent a night out at New York hot spot Le Baron and hit the dance floor with Cynthia Jorge, a 26-year-old manager of Beauty & Essex.

"Cynthia told me they went out for drinks and it was nothing but a casual night out. She said he's a nice guy," a source told People.com.

Sources close to Jorge also tell the Post that she was simply "showing Tom some of the city's hot spots" and that the actor and Jorge are "just friends."

Uh-huh.

A source close to Cruise notes that the actor remains single following his divorce from Katie Holmes, but says he isn't dating anyone new.

"He's single and will be talking to women -- all of whom he won't be instantly dating," the source says.

So they're totally dating, then.

This isn't the first time Cruise has been linked to a new romantic interest since his split from Holmes. Earlier this month, he hung out with friends and well-wishers at a post-premiere party in Sweden, and breathless tabloid headlines quickly tried to link him to both Jennifer Akerman, his "Rock of Ages" co-star Malin Akerman's sister, and another unidentified brunette at the party.

BRITNEY SPEARS MAY BE OUT ON 'X FACTOR': Word around the ranch is that Britney Spears may not be long for the "The X Factor."


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That's what she gets for not acting insane like we all thought she would.

Us Weekly quotes an anonymous "insider" as saying, "Britney will get the boot. Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn't working." A supposed second informant added, "They paid all that for her to say 'amazing' and offer half-claps." And just for the sake of piling on, Us tapped a third source who said "He wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney."

DAVID LETTERMAN SAYS NICE THINGS ABOUT JAY LENO: David Letterman actually has some nice things to say about Jay Leno.

In a clip from a yet-to-be-aired interview with Oprah Winfrey, Letterman talks about his rocky relationship with "The Tonight Show" host Leno. While he definitely has some less than flattering things to say about his competition, he also gives his late-night rival some high praise.

"We were always friends before all of this happened," Letterman told Oprah, denying her assertion that their supposed rivalry was the result of Letterman being passed over for the "Tonight Show" gig, according to E! News. "He has a way ... he's an unusual fellow. I've never met anyone quite like Jay. And I will say -- and I'm happy to say -- that I think he is the funniest guy I've ever known. Just flat out, if you go to see him do his nightclub act, just the funniest, the smartest, a wonderful observationist and very appealing as a comic."

But ...

"Therefore, the fact that he is also maybe the most insecure person I have ever known -- I could never reconcile that."

The entire interview will air on "Oprah: The Next Chapter" on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Jan. 6.

MILEY CYRUS MAY BE AN HONEST WOMAN: The Internet is alive with the sound of Miley Cyrus getting married rumors.

So, as responsible celebrity journalists, we have a duty to repeat them and help them pick up some momentum, whether they're true or not.

So, as you know, Miley Cyrus, 20, is engaged to "The Hunger Games" actor Liam Hemsworth, 22.

According to TMZ, the couple posted a pair of cute Christmas spirit-laden photos on Tuesday. But the pics also featured something more noticeable than Santa hats and stockings: rings.

That's right, precious, rings!

Hemsworth, who popped the question to Miley earlier this year, can be seen wearing a dark band around his left ring finger. And while the bauble looks nothing like a traditional wedding ring, E! points out that Cyrus' left ring finger is also suddenly adorned -- with a ring that matches Liam's.

Was there a wedding? And, as young 20-somethings, would it even be possible for them not to talk about it via texting, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and whatever else the kids use as excuses not to actually talk to each other anymore?

Reps for the couple have not yet commented.

LEO WALKS KATE DOWN THE AISLE: Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly walked Kate Winslet down the aisle during her secret wedding to Ned Rocknroll.

Right -- it's stunning. Someone named themselves "Rocknroll." And it wasn't Tom Cruise's character in "Rock of Ages."

A source told Us Weekly that the bride's longtime friend and co-star of "Titanic" and "Revolutionary Road" had the honor of giving her away at her wedding earlier this month.

Winslet's rep confirmed the secret wedding ceremony, telling People magazine:

"I can confirm that Kate Winslet married Ned Rocknroll in NY earlier this month in a private ceremony attended by her two children and a very few friends and family. The couple had been engaged since the summer."

However, reps have not yet confirmed reports that DiCaprio walked Winslet down the aisle. So let's just assume it happened.

A rep for DiCaprio would not confirm that the actor was at Winslet and Rocknroll's wedding.

This is the third marriage for Winslet, who was previously married to Jim Threapleton from 1998 to 2001 and to director Sam Mendes from 2003 to 2010.

Of course, Ned Rocknroll is not his real name. The 34-year-old businessman was born Abel Smith, and he is the nephew of Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. He currently works for his uncle's company Virgin Galactic, which is the space-travel division of the Branson empire. Before his relationship with Winslet, Rocknroll was married to British socialite Eliza Pearson for two years.

Contact Tony Hicks at thicks@bayareanewsgroup.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks.

DECEMBER 28 IN HISTORY

Friday is Dec. 28, the 363rd day of 2012. There are three days left in the year.

1612: Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei observed the planet Neptune, but mistook it for a star. (Neptune wasn't officially discovered until 1846 by Johann Gottfried Galle.)

1832: John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down because of differences with President Andrew Jackson.

1846: Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.

1856: The 28th president of the United States, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, was born in Staunton, Va.

1897: The play "Cyrano de Bergerac," by Edmond Rostand, premiered in Paris.

1912: San Francisco's Municipal Railway began operations with Mayor James Rolph Jr. at the controls of Streetcar No. 1 as 50,000 spectators looked on.

1945: Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.

1972: Kim Il Sung, the premier of North Korea, was named the country's president under a new constitution.

1982: Nevell Johnson Jr., a black man, was mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade, setting off three days of race-related disturbances that left another man dead.

1987: A mass killing came to light as the bodies of 14 relatives of Ronald Gene Simmons were found at his home near Dover, Ark., after Simmons shot and killed two other people in Russellville. (Simmons was executed in 1990.)

2002: The U.N. nuclear watchdog decided to pull its inspectors out of North Korea by New Year's Eve, a step demanded by the North. Mwai Kibaki and his opposition alliance won a landslide victory in Kenyan elections, breaking the ruling party's 39-year grip on power.

2007: President George W. Bush used a "pocket veto" to reject a sweeping defense bill because he objected to a provision that would have exposed the Iraqi government to expensive lawsuits seeking damages from the Saddam Hussein era. Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was laid to rest as the country's army tried to quell a frenzy of rioting in the wake of her assassination. Six French charity workers sentenced to eight years' forced labor in Chad for allegedly trying to kidnap 103 children were transferred to French custody. (The workers were later pardoned by Chad's president and set free.) David Letterman's production company reached an interim agreement with the Writers Guild allowing his talk show as well as Craig Ferguson's to return to the air.

2011: North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong Un, escorted his father's hearse in an elaborate state funeral, bowing somberly and saluting in front of tens of thousands of citizens who wailed and stamped their feet in grief for Kim Jong Il. Turkish warplanes mistakenly killed 35 smugglers and other villagers in an operation targeting Kurdish rebels in Iraq.

BIRTHDAYS

Comic book creator Stan Lee (90), actor Martin Milner (81), actress Nichelle Nichols (80), actress Dame Maggie Smith (78), rock singer-musician Edgar Winter (66), actor Denzel Washington (58), comedian Seth Meyers (39), rhythm-and-blues singer John Legend (34), actress Sienna Miller (31), pop singer David Archuleta (TV: "American Idol") (22).

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