Katie Holmes Rode the Subway

Richard Lawson
October 12, 2012
Katie Holmes Rode the Subway

So here's the problem: Hearing stories about celebrities riding the subway is great. It's humanizing, brings them down to our level, makes them seem humble and normal. Seeing pictures of celebrities riding the subway is even better — look, there they are! On a seat that I maybe sat on once! It's exciting in a silly we're-all-equals kind of a way. But. The more we hear stories about celebrities riding the subway and the more pictures we see of them riding the subway, the less inclined they are to ride the subway, right? Wouldn't that stand to reason? So it's hard to know how to feel about the news that Katie Holmes was snapped on an E train on Wednesday. On the one side it's thrilling — What stop did she get off at?? Where was she going? Did she seem familiar with how everything worked? But then you're like, oh man, now she's never going to do it again, because of all this attention, including a local news report. (C'mon, WPIX, really?) Oh well. She rode the thing one stop, from 23rd to 34th, and she was on her phone the whole time and it's not clear if she had a bodyguard, but someone did take a picture and said that everyone was whispering and there you have it. A fun little thing that will probably never happen again. Thanks a lot, us. [New York Daily News]

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Hey, here's what celebrities tweeted about last night's VP debate. Lo Bosworth from The Hills was watching. Which is almost as surprising as seeing Lo Bosworth's name on a list of celebrities. The teen girl from Modern Family, Sarah Hyland, was also watching. So the youth of America is tuned in, folks. So is Kirstie Alley, though. Anyway, politics! [Us Weekly]

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"Drug-addicted writer" Cat Marnell was booted out of an awards show in New York on Wednesday night after a friend stormed the stage and interrupted an award or a presentation of something. So, oh well. What awards show was this, anyway? Well it was the Paper Nightlife Awards and Marnell was a nominee. In what category, you ask? "Best nightlife social media star." Yeah. Mmhm. Let that one soak in. And while you do that, I'm going to start striking the set, breaking everything down. You might notice some of the lights on the internet turning off, but don't worry, that's just me shutting this whole thing down. Yup, I think we've had enough. It was fun, but come on, it's over. So you just contemplate "best nightlife social media star" and all I'll be going down to the basement and turning off the boiler and everything and you can meet me outside and we'll chain up the doors behind us and we can go get lunch, OK? My treat. [Page Six]

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