cruise tom 200x300 Tom Cruise Family Infiltrates FoxTom Cruise’s extended family is slowly but surely infiltrating the world of Rupert Murdoch.

First came the news last spring that Cruise would make Jim Mangold’s “Wichita” at 20th Century Fox with Cameron Diaz. It’s the only film that he’s reasonably counting on for a 2010 release.

Then came Katie Holmes’ recent appearance on Fox TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” She’s not exactly Shirley Maclaine, and there wasn’t much reason to have her, but it got some publicity for everyone involved.

Now comes the news that Victoria Beckham, wife of Cruise disciple and constant work-in-progress David Beckham, is in “talks” to replace Paula Abdul on Fox’s “American Idol.” It was reported today in the Sun, a News Corp. tabloid in Britain, so you know this is one time that rag has gotten anything right.

If the Beckham news is right — and why shouldn’t it be, she has nothing else to do — it would seem like the fix was in for Abdul right from the start.

All that’s left now is David Beckham getting his own project. And then the Cruise and Fox families will be completely intertwined. Well played, as everyone says lately.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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