Katie Holmes' run on Broadway has been cut short.

Her latest project "Dead Accounts," at the Music Box Theatre in New York, is set to close seven weeks ahead of schedule, with its last performance scheduled for Jan. 6. The last show was originally scheduled for Feb. 24.

"I am extremely proud of this production and the cast," producer Jeffrey Finn said in a statement, according to E! News. "Theresa Rebeck and Jack O'Brien have created an inspiring and hilarious new play, and we are all sad to see 'Dead Accounts' end on Broadway."

Maybe the dead accountant wasn't so sad.

"I look forward to working with this remarkably talented cast and creative team again very soon," he said.

"Dead Accounts" is Holmes' first acting gig since splitting with Tom Cruise on June 29.

The play, which received mixed reviews, revolves around Holmes' character Lorna, a Cincinnati woman whose con-man brother Jack -- played by two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz -- unexpectedly returns home from New York City and causes havoc within the family.

According to the New York Times, it reportedly made just under 25 percent of its potential takings and had the lowest attendance of any show on Broadway, with only 38.1 percent of its seats filled last week.

'X FACTOR' PANEL MAY BE SHUFFLED AGAIN: Simon Cowell is about to play "X Factor" shuffle again, supposedly considering Katy Perry, Shania Twain, Jessica Simpson and Kim Kardashian as "possible replacement judges" next season, claims Star magazine.

Our own super secret sources say the list also includes Axl Rose, David Letterman, Charlie Sheen's cat, Courtney Love, Bigfoot, Queen Elizabeth, and Bob Hope who remains in the running even though he's currently dead.

The magazine says there's a "crisis" at the show, and that all of Cowell's fellow judges "have either ditched out or are about to."

Well, there's a Starbuck's across the street from the studio, so Britney Spears may not be going anywhere.

Actually, it was reported earlier this week that Spears hasn't performed up to the expectations of Cowell and other executives. And L.A. Reid has announced he'll be leaving. No word yet on what Demi Lovat's intentions are.

Star lists Perry, Twain, Simpson and Kardashian as potential Cowell recruitment targets then, of course, gives itself an out by saying that they may not joining the show after all. Oh. OK. Star also claimed Cowell was supposedly trying to break up Spears and Jason Trawick while also allegedly controlling Lovato's dating life.

ALL-STAR CAST GOES ON VACATION: Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez are back together enough to where they were spotted skiing in Utah with ... Taylor Swift and Harry Styles.

It's all I can do to keep myself from screaming.

No ... really.

That's a lot of star power for one mountain. According to People.com, the quartet was spotted at The Canyons resort in Park City the weekend before Christmas, with experienced skiers Swift, 23, and Styles, 18, hitting the slopes. The more novice Gomez, 20, also skied after a lesson. Bieber, 18, went snowboarding with his bodyguards.

That's right. You better not be a tree that looks at Chilly Biebs the wrong way with that posse.

The two couples stayed in separate rental houses at the Colony in Park City, and Swift and Styles had a cozy lunch together at the resort's Red Pine Lodge.

'THE IMPOSSIBLE' CREW HAD TO APPEASE THE SPIRITS: The crew working on tsunami movie "The Impossible" feared the production was cursed and performed a ritual to improve their luck, according to actor Ewan McGregor.

The new drama, which co-stars Naomi Watts, chronicles the story of a family's survival in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tidal wave that killed more than 230,000 people Dec. 6, 2004.

According to WEEN, McGregor was shooting in Thailand and saw that bouts of bad weather prompted fears among locals that the project was doomed.

He told Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "It was a very difficult film to make, especially with the weather. We had a lot of rain, and the actual day of the original tsunami was very beautiful, so we had to wait. There was some talk among the Thai crew that the film might be... cursed, you know? That the spirits or the gods might be preventing us from making the film. There were some spooky moments."

The actor tells the publication the crew sent lanterns into the sky to "appease" the spirits. Which apparently worked.

NBC SAYS NO TO MUNSTERS REBOOT: "The Munsters" won't get new life on NBC after all.

The network has decided not to go ahead with "Mockingbird Lane," which was shepherded by Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies").

"I tweet with a heavy heart," Fuller said on Thursday. "NBC not moving forward with #MockingbirdLane. From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support."

The pilot -- which NBC aired as a pre-Halloween special -- drew 5.4 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating, giving the network its best demo in the 8 p.m. Friday slot in two years. After its debut, TVLine readers gave the sneak peek an average grade of "B+" in our poll.

So, what's the problem?

The modernized Munster family featured "The Defenders"' Jerry O'Connell as Frankenstein-ish Herman, "Arrested Development"'s Portia de Rossi as his vampire wife Lily, "Spy Kids: All The Time in the World 4D"'s Mason Cook as their budding werewolf son Eddie, British actress Charity Wakefield as cousin Marilyn (aka the normal one) and "The Riches"' Eddie Izzard as the ravenous Grandpa.

JAMIE FOXX DEFENDS QUENTIN TARANTINO: Jamie Foxx is defending Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," in which he plays a liberated slave learning the hitman business while trying to find his sold-off wife. The film is getting criticized by some, including Spike Lee.

"Quentin has an affinity for writing horrible things and then making you laugh," Foxx told the Los Angeles Times. "He's making entertainment. Hopefully, it makes you go ask questions and you Google it. If you want to learn something from a movie, go watch a documentary."

The film has come under fire from high-profile critics like Spike Lee, who vowed to boycott it and recently tweeted: "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them."

According to E! News, the controversy doesn't seem to have hurt the film's box-office prospects: It roped in a hefty $15 million on Christmas Day, making it the third-biggest Yuletide debut ever

Meanwhile, Donald Rawlings of "Chappelle's Show" told TMZ, the n-word-filled "Django Unchained" is a fun movie with a happy ending, and that's it.

The website caught Rawlings out in Los Angeles on Thursday night. "Spike Lee, I know you been talking a lot of (expletive)," Rawlings said. "You don't like nobody's movies. You don't like Tyler Perry movies. You don't like Quentin movies. I don't even think you like your movies. "If you don't understand, Quentin's movie is a Quentin movie. It's not a real story... It's only a damn movie."

So, in case not all we're clear, it's a movie.

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

DEC. 29 IN HISTORY

Saturday is Dec. 29, the 364th day of 2012. There are two days left in the year.

1170: Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was slain in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to King Henry II.

1812: During the War of 1812, the American frigate USS Constitution engaged and severely damaged the British frigate HMS Java off Brazil.

1845: Texas was admitted as the 28th state.

1890: The Wounded Knee massacre took place in South Dakota as an estimated 300 Sioux Indians were killed by U.S. troops sent to disarm them.

1916: Grigory Rasputin, the so-called "Mad Monk" who'd wielded great influence with Czar Nicholas II, was killed by a group of Russian noblemen in St. Petersburg.

1934: Japan formally renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922.

1940: During World War II, Germany dropped incendiary bombs on London, setting off what came to be known as "The Second Great Fire of London."

1957: Singers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme were married in Las Vegas.

1972: Eastern Air Lines Flight 401, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, crashed into the Florida Everglades near Miami International Airport, killing 101 of the 176 people aboard. (Investigators determined that the crew was distracted by a burned-out indicator light, and failed to notice that the autopilot had become disengaged, sending the plane into a slow descent leading to the late-night crash.)

1975: A bomb exploded in the main terminal of New York's LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people.

1986: Former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan died at his home south of London at age 92.

1992: David and Sharon Schoo of St. Charles, Ill., were arrested at O'Hare International Airport upon their return from a Mexican vacation for leaving their 4- and 9-year-old daughters at home, alone. (The Schoos pleaded guilty to child neglect and were sentenced to probation; the children were put up for adoption.)

2002: Secretary of State Colin Powell, making the rounds of the Sunday TV talk shows, said there was still time to find a diplomatic resolution to North Korea's development of nuclear weapons, and that the situation hadn't yet reached the crisis stage.

2007: Australian David Hicks, the first person convicted at an American war crimes trial since World War II, was freed from prison in Adelaide after completing a U.S.-imposed sentence. Pakistan rejected foreign help in investigating the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. The New England Patriots ended their regular season with a remarkable 16-0 record following a 38-35 comeback victory over the New York Giants. (New England became the first NFL team since the 1972 Dolphins to win every game on the schedule.)

2011: Fed-up voters in Jamaica threw out the ruling party and delivered a landslide triumph to the opposition People's National Party and its leader, former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. The No. 15 Baylor Bears, led by Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, pulled out an incredible Alamo Bowl victory in the highest-scoring regulation bowl game in history, beating the Washington Huskies 67-56 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

BIRTHDAYS

Actress Mary Tyler Moore (76), actor Jon Voight (74), singer Marianne Faithfull (66), actor Ted Danson (65), singer Yvonne Elliman (61), comedian Paula Poundstone (53), rock singer Dexter Holland (The Offspring) (47), actor Jude Law (40), actor Mekhi Phifer (38).

Associated Press