Tom Cruise has been relieved of his contract with Paramount Studios. At first the word was that he'd have to take a paycut of more than 75%, but now the studio is dropping him entirely. Instead of releasing a carefully worded statement that they're cutting costs and have enjoyed working with Cruise, which is undoubtedly forthcoming, the head of Viacom, Paramount's parent company, told the Wall Street Journal that Tom's behavior was unacceptable!
"As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal," Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone told the Wall Street Journal in an interview posted online. "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount."
Paula Wagner, the actor's longtime partner in his movie company, Cruise/Wagner Productions, struck back at Redstone, calling his comments about the three-time Oscar nominee "offensive" and "undignified."
"Whatever remarks Mr. Redstone would make about Tom Cruise personally or as an actor have no bearing on what this business issue is," she told Reuters. "There must be another agenda that the studio has in mind to take one of their greatest assets and malign him this way."
Five films starring Cruise and co-produced by his company, including the "Mission: Impossible" series, have generated theatrical revenues totaling over $2 billion worldwide during the past decade. And Wagner said his films accounted for about 15 percent of the studio's overall box office gross over that period.
Moreover, Wagner insisted that she and Cruise chose to leave the Paramount lot and establish a new venture financed through a private, revolving equity fund of $100 million.
"We in fact made a decision not to continue our relationship with Paramount Pictures," she said.
Tom has got to be pissed. He travelled around the world in a crazed frenzy to promote MI3, all while supposedly having a non-existent newborn at home. That's not enough for Paramount, because they want a star with average ambition and a verifiably normal home life.
Tom will continue to be richer than sin even if he's no longer working. We'll probably see his face on screen again soon, though. If he's "establishing a new venture" as his business partner insists that must mean that they're going to start their own production company. Tom should stick to acting and not try to direct though. "Battlefield: Earth II" probably won't do that well at the box office.
Here are Tom and Katie outside Maestro's steakhouse in Beverly Hills on August 19th. [via]
Today I read somewhere that Katie Holmes went to a Hollywood party without Tom where the rule was "no guests," but that she brought a Scientology handler who wouldn't let her out of her sight. People said that Katie looked "dead in the eyes" and that everyone was talking about her. I looked through my browser history and did a google search and I cannot for the life of me figure out where I read this article. Did I dream it up? Is it old news? If you've seen this article, please comment here with the link.
Sorry for the half-story without a link, but I did read that and tried to figure out where I found it for about 20 minutes. That is forever in Internet time.
Here are some new pictures of Tom and Katie outside a stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were in Utah to see Beckham play soccer and could have possibly stopped to see if that couple involved in an accident was hurt, and we reported yesterday, but it still sounds like a PR stunt to me.
Update Thanks to the commentor who pointed me to Perez Hilton's site for the news. Katie did attend a girls-only party with a Scientology guard. Creepy!
Suri was said to have attended the birthday party of Jada Pinkett and Will Smith's son, Jaden, but there are no pictures and the wording of the description given by the supposed eyewitness is suspect. They use the same description of the baby that we've heard before "dark, curly hair," "no physical deformities," and "looks like Tom." It could be because that's how the baby actually looks, or because someone is feeding these lines to the press.
Does this sound true to you?
According to the eyewitness: "Suri is a beautiful baby. She had no deformities that I could see! She has a gorgeous head full of dark, curly hair, and she resembles both parents, though she looks slightly more like Tom."
Tom and Katie Holmes appeared relaxed at the party, which was held at a roller-skating rink.
Adds the snitch: "Sadly, they did not attempt to roller-skate."
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes helped comfort a pair of shaken accident victims Saturday night, PEOPLE has learned.
A rep for the couple confirms that Cruise, 44, and Holmes, 27, were on their way home from the airport after a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, for an exhibition soccer game (their friend David Beckham and his team, Real Madrid, beat Real Salt Lake 2-0), when they saw a couple on L.A.'s 101 Freeway who had apparently just been in a car accident.
The engaged pair and parents to 4-month-old daughter Suri checked to make sure the passengers, Jon Henningsen and his wife, were not seriously injured, then waited with them until the police and fire department arrived on the scene.
I don't believe any of this. What's wrong with me? Everything about Tom and Katie seems like it's fake to me and I have trouble buying this story.
The person who posted this story on Oh No They Didn't, Chung Chung, says "I call bullshit," and that he/she remembers a similar story coming out about Tom helping an accident victim about ten years ago. If it was Matthew McConaughey, I would say it's true, but Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes? I doubt it.
So these far-away pictures of a supposed baby Suri where published on X17online, and I found myself reading all the comments on JustJared. I'm rather fascinated by the sordid baby Suri story, and personally believe that something incredibly fishy is going on. Like the pictures of the Loch Ness Monster (which some claim were just the trunks of submerged circus elephants bathing in the Loch) all is not what it seems. There's something ominous and creepy about these photographs and they look staged.
Here are my favorite comments, organized by category, from JustJared.
These pictures are really fucking creepy, and make it seem like Katie is trapped
Ugh, I got the shivers looking at this picture. It is very Omen-esque...like the scary nanny and the mansion. So very scary. - MMM
Looks like a scene out of a horror movie. Woman gazes out of window of large country manor house as child of satsn lulls behind her in crib plottin end of the world. Whatever! So tired of Tom, Katie (Kate) and even the child that they could show up at my door and I wouldn't care. - HeyBabyHeyBabyHey
It's a scene from Amityville Horror meets Rosemary's Baby. - Niecy
The Baby is too big. It's older than they claim or it's a doll:
It looks too big to be a baby...it's probably Tom wearing diapers. It is truly scary as mentioned in other comments...I think when I do see the baby I will still never belive it is truly the couple's real child. :( - Natalie
Uh, that looks like a 2 year old...and something is DEIFINTELY rotten in Denmark. I am so over Tom "Crazy Pants" Cruise. - redonkulous
this baby looks too big to be 4 months!! katie looks scarey looking out the window. i got chills, they're multiplying! - diane
My friend's baby is 10 months, 28" tall and 18 pounds. My baby is 3 months old, 23" tall and 15 pounds. Don't make me cry by saying Suri couldn't POSSIBLY be that big already- my guy's a Sumo! :) - UberGoober
These pictures are staged:
I'd feel bad that we were peeking into their house if the whole thing didn't scream "STAGED!!!!" I hope Katie is planning her escape. - mickey
Fake...its a prop. Plus, why would you leave a baby just laying on a bed alone? Its staged and fake?!?! - Me
It's wrong to peep into the Cruise's mansion:
am i the onlyone who finds it kinda wrong that they peeked into their windows with a telephoto lens? sure i want to see thekid,but this makes me feel kinda weird. - ter
I can't stand Tom or Katie, but I think the paps are going too far. I'd be pissed if they were taking pictures of people in my damn house! Disgusting. What a culture we live in. - Erin
i think katie is trying to spot the helicopter. wellthe baby (actually the whole pic) looks way to grany to see anything, so vanity fair still got their scoop. however i think it's wrong to take these kind of pics, even though i can't bring myself to not look at them. still i feel kinda bad for them.- Bertz
The way these photos were taken is horrible indeed! Celebrities can't even stand at their fuckin' windows without being photographed! No miracle that Suri hasn't seen the day of light yet - when they even take pictures of her when she's IN the house! - Angelika
About the conspiracy:
Anonymous , I totally agree with you. I know an insider, as well, who swears that Tom is gay, that he knows of assorted men and "rent boys" that have been brought in for Tom (he's that close to the situation) and that the baby Nicole miscarried was her driver's (not Ewan MacGregor's) and Tom was PISSED that she violated her contract, just shy of its 10-year stipulation...that's why he TRIED to get away with not giving her the pay-off on their business contract sham of a marriage. People have been PAID to keep their mouths shut; others have been PAID to lie their asses off! Tom has NOT fathered any biological child because he has not had sex with any of his so-called wives...they have ALL been under contract in their "marriages" to pose as a real wife and have been paid well and signed papers that they cannot disclose ANY information on Tom, their relationship or his involvement with the Church of $. So, you will NOT be hearing any negative or contradictory comments from Nicole. He even bugged her house after they split. There is a baby, but it was born back in December. That is the reason Katie's belly has fluctuated so much in size...yes, she was pregnant, but she was pregnant long before it was announced. They cannot show the baby at this time, because the baby is too big to be passed off as a four-month-old, because it is, in fact, eight months old. The baby IS NOT TOM'S! As far as the paps go, this is an invasion of privacy. I don't know if that picture is really Suri, yet. But Suri is not a four-month-old baby! Tom may release photos when she gets large enough to "fudge" her age, but right now, she could NOT pass for a four-month-old. End of story. - whisper
Stop thinking about this shit that long! Just because there haven't been any photos around yet Katie wasn't even pregnant at all, Tom isn't the biological father or the kid is somehow ugly or what?? That's absolutely crazy, and I feel sorry for everyone like Aisling who invent crazy, weird stuff in their heads. That's complete bullshit, there haven't been any pictures of Tom's adopted kids at the beginning either, he just obviously didn't want it - look at all the Scientology rules, people aren't even allowed to do baby talk in Suri's presence, so why should the public be allowed to even SEE her? Just forget about this baby and live your own life! You'll see the pictures when they're released, end of story!! - Angelika
Whatever's going on, these creepy ass pictures don't clear it up!
Meanwhile the Beckhams have been invited to see the miracle changeling in person, but the list of rules are weird as hell. Maybe by inviting the Beckhams and telling them they can't touch, photograph or talk to the baby, Cruise's camp hopes to explain why the poor thing hasn't seen the light of day.
The whereabouts of baby Suri has become so hotly debated that some wags are calling Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ child the Loch Ness Monster of the celeb world: some are claiming to have seen her, while others insist she's just a myth.
One rumor is that protective pop Top Gun is reluctant to trot out the child because he’s worried about kidnapping threats. His spokesman denies that buzz — and even denies that Cruise is “reluctant” to show Suri.
“He hasn’t been reluctant,” spokesman Arnold Robinson tells the Scoop. “They will be making a decision to release the photographs [of Suri] shortly.” Will the pics be released to a single or few media outlets, or will it be a general release? “That’s part of the decision they’ll be making shortly,” he said.
Yeah, they'll make that decision, uh, shortly. Just like they'll get married any day now. All those preparations at the Celebrity Scientology Center were indeed for a big party as we reported, and not for a supposed wedding or non-existent Suri's Scientology baptism. It was their 37th anniversary of brainwashing people, and John Travolta and Kelly Preston showed up, lest the Scientologists reveal their darkest secrets. TMZ has a video of Travolta dancing or something at the party, but it didn't load for me. I'm so dissapointed.
It's important to keep living life as an observer and not just feel like you're being the thing observed because then you start looking at yourself from the outside instead of really alert...I forget people are looking at me in a situation like that, like yesterday."
Here are two guys who work at a radio station protesting outside a Scientology center in Portland. They're "demanding the Cruise baby." You really don't have to watch this, you get the point.
The best is their protest sign with Cuba Gooding Jr. saying "Show me the Baby!"
"Where are here, do si do, show us Suri then we'll go." "It's not fair, we all lose, please show us Suri Cruise"
They ask "Will we ever see the Polaroid of that little baby mongloid?" OMG That is so un-pc, I'm sorry, but it made me laugh.
The PopBitch e-mail newsletter claims that Tom Cruise is scoping out Neverland ranch and may possibly purchase the freaky estate from heavily in debt Michael Jackson:
There's been lots of talk about the Church of Scientology buying Neverland from Michael Jackson. We're hearing that this story is not quite true. It's even freakier. Scientology champion Tom Cruise is thinking of buying it for himself. He's been flying around the strange theme park to see if it would make a suitable hideaway for him and invisible baby Suri.
Cruise has to know that this would be an incredibly stupid move. It doesn't matter how nice the property, zoo, and amusement park are. It would tie him to weirdo Michael Jackson and the press would have a field day.
The newsletter goes on to say that Suri might just have a big birthmark and that could be the reason why she's been shielded from view:
And talking of Suri - our favourite theory as to why she's never been seen? The baby is rumoured to have a large port-wine stain, which can't be treated until she's three or four months old.
That's possible, and a very clever excuse if Tom's camp made it up. Why has nary a bundle, car seat or covered up little baby been seen though? I don't buy it!
Meanwhile there are preparations underway at the Celebrity Scientology Center for what Pink is the New Blog speculates could be Suri's unvieling or Tom and Katie's wedding.
Tom Cruise has supposedly agreed on a fall wedding to seal his suspicious relationship with young Katie Holmes. No one quite believes that their changeling baby exists, even if there's one prominent actress who's willing to vouch for it. (Why didn't Will Smith speak up too, huh?) So announcing a vague official date for their sham nuptuals should stem the rumors that they don't really have a baby and their relationship is contractual, right?
A spokesman confirmed yesterday that the couple, who welcomed daughter Suri into the world in April, are planning a ceremony at one of the Top Gun actor's homes before winter arrives.
The pair's spokesman Paul Blach said: "As far as I know, the plans are for late summer, early fall."
He also confirmed that the ceremony will be held at one Cruise's properties, but gave no further details.
Despite plans for the nuptials going ahead, it is rumoured that Katie's parents will not attend the event if the pair wed in a Scientology ceremony.
There's also a rumor that "hollywood insiders" are "scratching their heads" over Suri's nonappearance and that Tom and Katie are fighting over how to introduce the fictional infant to the public. Someone read the blogs and made this shit up, because there's no baby to show or relationship to lose:
"It's been three months," a Hollywood insider told The ENQUIRER.
"People are starting to scratch their heads now over Tom and Katie's baby because now it is really starting to look weird.
Tom's spokesman denies the couple's relationship is strained, but sources say the strain of keeping baby Suri under wraps is taking a toll on Tom and Katie's relationship and that they have split over how to deal with the situation. "Tom's total obsession with secrecy has sparked a host of bizarre lies and fabrications that threaten to tear the couple apart," continued the source.
The only reason Tom and Katie will get married at this point is to try and salvage Tom's tanking career. I don't buy any of the weird shit surrounding their relationship or supposed baby. Where's the baby carriage, where's a baby seat, where's a carrier? They need to work harder to cover their deep, meandering tracks.
People are comparing Suri to Bigfoot, so I thought I'd change it to the Loch Ness Monster to be original. Like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, there are "eyewitness" accounts, but no verifiable photographs of the Scientology savior, Suri Cruise. Something's wrong with the baby or it simply does not exist. Katie may have had it earlier than "expected" or she may have suffered an unfortunate miscarriage that hasn't been acknowledged. Regardless there is something off about this story that needs to be exposed by the mainstream gossip press.
Entertainment Tonight reports that the actress said in an interview in the upcoming issue of Us Weekly that she visited the baby several weeks ago.
"She's a newborn and normal size!" Remini said.
Like Tom Cruise, Remini is a member of the Church of Scientology.
Even though they had a very public courtship, Cruise and Holmes have not presented their baby in public and so far haven't inked a deal with a magazine for exclusive photos of the baby.
Conspiracy theories abound in the tabloid press and on blogs about why baby Suri hasn't been seen. Some even speculate that the baby doesn't exist at all, while others point out that Tom Cruise also kept his two adopted children, Isabella, 13, and Connor, 11, out of the public eye when they were little.
As for Suri, a family friend described the baby as "a cross between the two – [with] dark, straight hair and dark eyes."
Yeah, so we'll take your word for it, Leah Remini, even though Suri or a bundle resembling an infant has never been photographed despite hoards of paparrazi trailing the Holmes-Cruise family for the past three months. The infant also hasn't been seen by non-Scientology celebrities since it was said to be born three months ago, and the "birth certificate" is suspect.
There's a far-away blurry picture of Katie Holmes holding a tow-headed baby, but that's probably a fake. There's also a far-away picture of what looks like a baby carriage, but it could be a prop or something else entirely.
Media and fans have been kept on their toes ever since the former 'Dawson's Creek' actress gave birth to Suri in April, as she has rarely been seen in public since then. Experts suspect the star has been hiding away because she is with child once again, and her neighbor seems to agree.
Katie's neighbor revealed to US Weekly, "I heard from a lot of people that Katie is pregnant."
But while the soon-to-be-married star was visiting Cruise's Holiday home on Monday in Telluride, Colorado, she wasted no time slamming the rumors.
Holmes insisted to US Weekly, "I am not pregnant again."
Meanwhile, Katie enjoyed a portion of her stay in Colorado with one of her girlfriends, where they drank coffee and 'window shopped'.
But of course the new mom was without her baby girl once again, which has proven discouraging to her fans.
Holmes then told a horde of onlookers, "Suri's doing great! She's back at the house."
About a month ago, some random person claimed to have seen a baby-like bundle from afar that might have been Suri. Now that Tom and Katie are in Telluride, Colorado, a store clerk says that they've actually seen Suri and she's "funny looking." If Suri were out in public, why aren't there paparrazi photos of it? Isn't Telluride a haven for the rich and famous? There must be photographers there.
A few eyewitness claim they even had a glimpse of mysterious Suri, as Katie Holmes engaged in an invigorating trek in the woods.
A waitress gushed, "She exists! I saw her thick black hair."
The magazine quotes locals as saying Suri has "small hands" and is "funny-looking."
A large percentage of people have camera phones and I know I carry a digital camera around with me all the time. Why aren't there any pictures of Suri if "eyewitnesses" actually saw her. The first picture of Violet Affleck was a blurry cameraphone photo that everyone posted right away. This is bullshit - no one saw that baby. Read TMZ's conspiracy timeline - it's rather convincing.
There's a tell-all book about Tom Cruise coming out by Princess Diana's biographer, Andrew Morton. He's done a lot of research, but there's no word as to when it will be published. You know it will contain a bunch of shocking revelations about the pint-sized cult spokesperson.
Here is Tom Cruise presenting Steven Spielberg with the Golden Hugo award at the Chicago Film Festival this Saturday. [via] They supposedly had a falling out after Cruise talked too much Scientology crap during promotion for "War of the Worlds," and it's clearly important to Tom that he put those rumors to rest. He doesn't seem to care that people think his baby is fake, though.
My two-year old son has very weak front teeth with some visible plaque and chipping. It's not decay and he rarely drinks juice or eats sugary food. My husband and I consulted dentists in Germany and the US and they both said that his teeth never calcified properly while he was in utero and that it was most likely the result of something that happened in the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy when the buds were forming, probably an illness I had.
When I was five months' pregnant I rushed over to a 3D ultrasound place to learn my baby's sex a couple of weeks before my OBGyn was able to schedule the regular sonogram. We got a little DVD set to music and phenomenal pictures in which you can really see his features. My husband says there's nothing to feel guilty about but I keep wondering if that powerful sonogram damaged my son's budding teeth, and I would never have one again. That's the only thing I can remember happening during that time of my pregnancy.
Thanks for reading my rambling story, but the moral is that ultrasounds can damage tiny fetuses in unpredictable ways, and there's almost no way to tell if a birth defect or small change in a baby is due to an ultrasound. Doctors say they're safe, but are cautious to recommend that they're used sparingly. I've been thinking about the mystery of Suri, and remembered how Tom bought an ultrasound machine and was talking about how much he loved checking out his unborn child. People really criticized him for it at the time:
An ultrasound machine works by sending vibrations into the body and then waiting for them to bounce back. The machine can use information from the echoes to produce a moving image of a fetus. But not all of the energy that goes into the body comes back out—some gets absorbed in the tissues. This can cause cells to heat up, or it can make trapped gas bubble up. Studies of ultrasound in lab animals have shown that heat and bubble formation (or "cavitation") can damage internal organs.
Few studies of ultrasound have been conducted on the human fetus (for ethical and logistical reasons), and there's no smoking gun to suggest that the machines are causing harm. We've known for a long time that ultrasound heats up human tissue—that's the rationale for its application in physical therapy. Several experiments conducted overseas have shown an increase in left-handedness (or at least a reduction in right-handedness) among those exposed to prenatal ultrasound, which suggests that the test could have neurological effects...
Is Tom Cruise putting his baby—or his fiancee—at risk? It depends on what kind of machine he's using, and whether he's got a trained sonographer to help him out. He may have a machine that doesn't have the more dangerous high-power settings.
The article goes on to say that cumulative sonograms aren't necessarily more damaging than individual sonograms.
There are studies showing ultrasounds are relatively safe, and that there is no connection between prenatal ultrasounds and birth defects. These studies are using old technology, though, and Tom undoubtedly had a 3D ultrasound for Katie's pregnancy:
In addition, [Kjell Salvesen of the University of Trondheim, Norway] notes that the ultrasound machines used in his study [published in The Lancet, showing ultrasounds are not damaging] are now becoming obsolete, with many hospitals relying on higher-energy devices that produce sharper images. "The technology is rapidly developing, and these safety studies will always come 10 years after the devices have been taken into general use," he says.
No one can say with certainty that the higher-energy ultrasonic devices cannot harm a fetus, says Vorhees. Heat isn't the only way in which ultrasound might theoretically damage tissues, he adds. Sound waves may cause microscopic bubbles in body fluids to oscillate and sometimes collapse, Vorhees says. Scientists don't know whether such problems can injure the fetus.
The scientific uncertainty over ultrasound led the Food and Drug Administration to advise against sonograms during pregnancy unless there is a problem such as bleeding, a family history of birth defects, or some other medical reason for the procedure, including advanced maternal age. FDA specifically warns against using ultrasound "frivolously" -- simply to watch the baby float in the womb or to learn the baby's sex.
Now that Suri hasn't emerged, and her "birth certificate" is highly suspect, one wonders just exactly what is going on. She may not exist, she may be under Scientology house arrest, or she may have a disorder or delay of unknown origin. You know that Cruise got one of those 3D machines because he's rich as anything and wouldn't just buy a regular old model. I really suspect that my son's teeth were damaged by one and wonder if little Suri suffered any ill effects from Tom's crazy curiosity.
The Toronto Fashion Monitor says that little Suri could be being raised under strict Scientolgy "no noise" conditions, in which little children are shielded from noise coupled with bad experiences because it can create a bad memory they call an "engram."
Even if "Suri" or a baby facsimile emerges at this point, I'm never going to believe that she's the product of Katie and Tom. Something highly suspect is going on, although I hope I'm not right that the baby does exist and is suffering from a defect or illness.
This baby just does not exist or something is wrong with it. People claim that Cruise is holding Suri back because of his wacko cult religion, Scientology, or because he didn't get enough cash for the photos, but there hasn't even been a bundle photographed. Now his celebrity friends claim to have never seen the mystery spawn, either:
BABY Suri Cruise isn't just playing hide-and-seek with the public. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have yet to show off their spawn to fellow Scientologists John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Lisa Marie Presley. Even good pals Will and Jada Pinkett Smith supposedly have not met the newborn despite repeated calls to Cruise, reports Us Weekly. "Every time, it's a different excuse: He's busy or Kate's not feeling well," said a source. "[The Smiths] think it's so weird."
Even if they wanted to shield the baby from the negative influence of the media or whatever, we still would have seen Katie or a nanny/Scientology handler out walking with a stroller or holding a covered bundle.
Katie even went to her parent's house in Ohio at the end of May, and there were no photographs of the supposed baby.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes reportedly got into a big fight — that ended with Holmes deciding to take baby Suri to Ohio to introduce the two-month-old to family and friends. Tom, who is rumored to have a rocky relationship with Holmes’ parents, won’t be joining them, according to Life & Style Weekly
“He told Katie he wasn’t going, considering the bad relations between him and her family,” an “insider” told the mag. “Katie was really happy he said that, because she’d been afraid to admit to him that she didn’t want him to go.”
The couple allegedly had a “huge argument” which ended with Katie declaring, “I’m doing this and you can’t stop me.” Her rep denies the story.
Cruise reportedly decided to fly his fiancée and tot to Toledo, drop them off and fly back to pick them up.
The episode, however, may be giving Holmes second thoughts. A “confidant” of hers told the mag: “Katie’s very unhappy and beginning to realize she may have made a major mistake being with Tom.”
We do not like Tom and are not defending him - but it was nice of him to fly Katie to see her parents even if he's too stubborn to go too. Hopefully Katie's family will talk some sense into her and help her escape controlling Tom and the Scientologist handlers. Yesterday's report that Tom won't marry Katie until she's fully brainwashed by Scientologists may simply mean that Katie has real misgivings about the relationship and isn't ready to hand over her life and will to a crazy cult.
As an aside - wouldn't it be great if the first pictures published of Suri are paparrazi photos taken in Ohio? That would really rock.
The story details that the problems go all the way back to Cruise ex Nicole Kidman who never really had the whole Scientology faith thing going and now Tom doesn't want that to happen again.
And he's willing to delay any nuptials to make certain - the report claims.
"There will be no (Nicole Kidman like) wiggle room," a source named Skip Press reveals to the weekly. "In the coming months, Press says, "Katie will undergo intensive training on how to spot and avoid anyone critical of Scientology."
"At the same time - the former Scientologist claims - "Her exposure to the outside world will be censored while she's flooded with Scientology doctrine.
Cruise's rep denies the story.
This seems like speculation from a former Scientologist based on his experiences with the cult. If he still has ties to the community and people are blabbing about Cruise's plans for Katie, it could be true.
It could be bad news for the doe-eyed actress and new mother, whose identity has already been completely changed during her relationship with the crazy half pint. On the other hand, if Katie is being forced to submit to more Scientology bullshit that means she's resisting somewhat. If she doesn't buy into the cult wholeheartedly Tom isn't going to marry her. If the cult keeps pushing her she may get fed up enough to leave. According to her prenup she'll get a sweet deal even without marrying him and she may get her life back in the process.
NEW mum Katie Holmes has been “constantly in tears” say pals — sparking fears she has the baby blues.
Tom Cruise’s fiancée “seems emotional and very tired” since the birth of their daughter Suri a month ago, it is claimed.
When visitors call at Cruise’s Beverly Hills mansion, Katie appears red eyed.
One friend said: “Katie told pals it’s natural for new mums to experience strong emotions.”
Scientologist Tom, 43, has criticised anti-depressants.
He rapped Brooke Shields last year for admitting taking the drugs for her post-natal depression.
The sources add Katie, 27, has been working hard to keep up with Tom’s energetic schedule.
The Mission Impossible actor has put her on a fitness regime to get her in shape for their wedding this summer.
We know this last part about Tom putting Katie on a "fitness regime" is not true, because it's based on a quote from Buff Brides founder Sue Fleming that is made up. The quotes from Katie's "friend" may be made up as well.
If this is true, it's not much to worry about and is totally normal for new mothers. I cried and was sad for about the first ten days after my son was born. After about a month, things brightened up and I felt a lot better. The hormone levels drop considerably after childbirth, and a little sadness post-birth is very common. If it lasts much longer for Katie, then she should get help. Unfortunately Tom is never going to let her go on antidepressants. If she's breastfeeding, it wouldn't be a good idea anyway, although her health and happiness are what's most important for the baby.
Here are pictures of Katie and her stretch marks at Tom's son Conner's baseball game on Monday. [via]
They must be keeping Suri at home to drive up the cost of the first pictures.
Star thinks it has to do with Tom's controlling nature, but it sounds to us like Nicole Kidman just doesn't care:
The actress' kids, 13-year-old Isabella and 11-year-old Connor, haven't really been seeing a whole lot of their mom lately, and actually, the last time she was photographed with her kids was Christmas of 2004 at a Lakers game in L.A.
Proud papa Tom Cruise, 43, and stepmom-to-be Katie Holmes, 27, are regularly spotted making out in the stands at Connor's baseball games and Isabella's soccer matches, the kids' formerly ubiquitous mom seems conspicuously MIA. Although she has clearly spent some time with the children since then — and even introduced them to her groom-to-be, Keith, 38, over a casual, gigglefilled dinner at the Hotel Bel-Air in L.A. on Dec. 20 — it seems that Nicole just isn't as present in her kids' lives as she was before.'
A source claims, "Nicole probably isn't seeing as much of the kids as she'd like to, but her hands are tied."
"She's juggling traveling from movie sets to Nashville and Australia to be with her family. If she wants to see the kids, she has to come to L.A. and deal with Tom."
Also, Kidman's spokesperson told Star the actress avoids being photographed with her children for "privacy reasons".
But reports suggest that it may be Tom Cruise that is preventing his ex-wife from spending time with them.
A source says, "It's not like Tom's actively keeping her out of their children's lives, but it's in his nature to control things."
"He micromanages their schedule — sports, home-schooling, Scientology studies."
The source continues, "I think she knew when she and Tom divorced that she'd lose a certain amount of control over her kids' lives."
"But she deserves to play a bigger role. Maybe the best she can hope for is now that they're getting older, they'll start to make their own decisions."
Obviously the source is a friend of Nicole's and is making excuses for her absence from their lives. We aren't a fan of Tom, but couldn't Nicole make more of an effort to see her children?
When Cruise and Holmes first went public with their romance last year in Rome, where they were frequently photographed smooching, their altitude difference was sharp and clear.
But on the red carpet at the L.A. premiere of "M:i:III" the other night, Tom and Katie were … well … exactly the same height!
And Katie was wearing what appeared to be white patent leather Roger Viviers that come with a 3 1/4-inch heel — which would have raised her height to over 6 feet.
So how is it that Tom could stand with her eye to eye, when he should have been staring at her chin?
Cruise's spokesman, Paul Bloch, insisted that nothing was out of the ordinary: "He had normal shoes on."
But the most plausible answer appears to be lifts — which, when built inside the heel of a standard dress shoe, can easily add inches.
You can't blame the guy for trying to look a little taller.
Tom and Katie have sent a baby gift basket to Brooke Shields in response to Shields' personal note congratulating them on the birth of Suri. Now that the Tom and Brooke have newborns born on the same day in the same hospital, it's time to bury the prozac hatchet.
Here he is with Katie out in LA. She looks tired and her nursing bra is peeking out the top of her shirt. Tom is rushing her somewhere that's likely Scientology-related and he ignores the photographer, while Katie attempts to smile. [via]
Katie Holmes came to the Los Angeles fan screening of MI3 last night, and she looked gorgeous. She did pair white shoes with a black dress, though. (It's surprising that she couldn't find a better pair since she spent all that time shoe shopping in her final days of pregnancy. She must have realized too late that comfort matters.)
In the "this sounds fake to us" department, Katie Holmes was said to be slated for a role as a Bond girl in "Casino Royale" before her pregnancy kept her from taking the part.
As part of yesterday’s Mission: Impossible 3 city-wide publicity stunt, Cruise made an appearance at an uptown screening and took part in a live taping of the BET Show “106 and Park.” At one point, the show’s hosts encouraged him to dance and the awesomeness that transpired really can’t be done justice in print. Suffice it to say there were Frankenstein arms, some awkward knee-bending and a seriously scary pelvis.
Here are Tom and Katie engaging in their trademark public PDA at the MI3 screening:
Tom Cruise had a whirlwind tour of NY yesterday to promote MI3. He rode a firetruck down Broadway in the afternoon, then boarded a helicopter, and finally rode a subway to the premiere. The subway train was rented for $10,000 just for the occasion.
Cruise seemed uncomfortable and made some characteristically strange statements on David Letterman on Tuesday night. He didn't go into specifics about Katie's birth and seemed to skirt questions. People has the highlights:
Letterman, himself an unwed dad to 2-year-old Harry, interjected, "By the way, you're not married."
"Did you have to bring it up?" Cruise shot back, then added, "I can't wait to get married." He was mum on the details, though he has said he and Holmes plan to wed sometime this summer.
As the two men discussed the joys and responsibilities of fatherhood, Letterman asked his guest to describe the arrival of his baby. Said Cruise: "It's exciting and kind of surreal because, all of a sudden, it's happening. Suddenly there's going to be this other person, and I found myself wanting to relish every moment and not forget it."
Was the delivery a long process, Letterman wondered? "No," said Cruise. "It happened quickly."
Cruise also said the baby is now up to 7 lbs., 10 oz., has a lot of hair, and remains at home with her mother, while he travels to promote his new movie, Mission: Impossible III, which opens Friday.
"Kate and I can't take our eyes off of her," said Cruise, who added that Holmes's mother and his own are providing most of the baby advice they require. Of Holmes, Cruise said, "She's magnificent. She has done so well … an incredible woman."
"She's so good looking," commented Letterman.
"That's the first thing I noticed," replied Cruise.
On Wednesday, Cruise continued his publicity blitz, appearing on Live with Regis and Kelly. As for how he and Katie share parenting tasks: "She's a woman so she does the womanly things,” Cruise said, indicating breastfeeding. His duties, he said, include burping the baby and changing diapers.
Cruise tries to hide behind a lot of vague adjectives, and reader Millie notes that he acted odd and was uncomfortable with specific questions about the labor. Wonder what that means.
Katie Holmes will get a sweet deal if she ever marries and divorces the crazy half pint. She'll get $14 million according to a new prenup that's been set up. Even if she remains single, she and Suri will be taken care of with an $8 million trust.
Now that's not bad compensation for living a lie, is it?
Here's Cruise in all his glory on his whirlwind tour of Manhattan yesterday.
It came out about two weeks ago that Katie Holmes was following the Buff Brides program to get back in shape. It was said that she met personally with Sue Fleming, the owner of Buff Brides. Sue is a close friend of the family, and we reported that it was not true that Katie had met with her.
Now everyone is up in arms because Tom Cruise is supposedly overseeing Katie's shape-up plan, but they're basing that on quotes from Sue Fleming which are false.
Several newspapers are running the same story in which Buff Brides fitness guru Sue Fleming says that Tom managed Katie's fitness program and that he brought her to tears by saying that he wanted her to be a beautiful bride. We e-mailed with Sue today, and she assured us that she did not say the following:
But Fleming hits back: "Katie can and will do it. She has great motivation. She loves her fiance and was proud that Tom oversaw this programme.
"He told her he wanted her to be the most beautiful bride ever. She was in tears when he said that."
Maybe another trainer said this, but Sue Fleming did not. Sue's never even met with Katie Holmes, and these quotes are definitely not from her.
Meanwhile Katie's dad is said to be quite pissed that Katie is exercising so much, but given the fact that the quotes from Sue Fleming are totally fabricated, it sounds like this is made up too:
He tells British magazine Reveal: "My daughter needs rest, relaxation and recuperation.
“Katie is already doing exercises to build up her back and shoulders and I simply can't go along with what is happening."
Those quotes from Katie's dad sound fake too, don't they? Who says things like "I simply can't go along with what is happening?" In fact this whole story stinks of b.s., but it's getting carried by plenty of newspapers. People want to believe that Tom is so controlling that he's telling Katie exactly how to work out.
After discussing the issue with Cruise, Holmes has decided her Christian name 'Katie' sounds too young for a 27-year-old and is now known to friends and family as 'Kate'.
Cruise explains, "Katie is a young girl's name. "Her name is Kate now she's a child-bearing woman."
Sure Holmes decided to change her name, the one she's been using her entire life and her entire career, just because it sounded better. My name is Katie too, and to me Kate always sounded like a nickname for a younger person. Whatever. Holmes has changed everything else for Cruise, she may as well let him call her what he likes, too.
And Cruise calls her "child-bearing." That's very specific, and very strange language that seems to add credence to the rumors that she was inseminated.
“If I had a choice between all my life’s achievements and my kids, it would be my kids every time, I’d give up everything else.”
“I’m very properly in love with Kate. She is amazing and spectacular and we can’t wait to get married now.”
“Katie and I have this ‘b and b’ thing down - she breast feeds and I burp and change nappies.”
“I don’t mind getting stuck in. I haven’t slept for a while, what with the new baby and the promotion for the movie, so it’s all a bit hectic, but a lot of fun. But I think baby Suri will be great. In fact I’d love to be my kids - they have a great life.”
He also mentioned plans to co-star in a movie with Katie: he starred in three films with ex-wife Nicole Kidman.
“I can’t wait to do a movie with Kate,” he said. “I don’t think working together is a bad idea at all, a relationship can definitely work under that pressure if you like someone enough.”
Who says things like "I'm very properly in love?" That's so strange and seems like an obvious put-on.
Cruise also attended the Paris premiere of MI3 yesterday. Michelle Monaghan attended, but the other big stars from the film were absent. Tom has a new baby at home but he still couldn't stay away.
Jamie Foxx took time off from his full schedule of sex to stop by MTV London studios while Tom Cruise was taping an interview to congratulate him on the birth of his baby daughter, Suri. Foxx delivered a pink crib full of Burberry baby accessories to the actor, and gushed about what a nice guy he is:
After giving Cruise a big pink crib full of toys, as well as man-hug and some warm baby congratulations, Foxx parked himself on the 1LSQ sofa and told host Russell Brand how he really feels about the Mission Impossible star. "I'll tell you what's amazing about Tom Cruise," said Jamie in his hoodie and suit jacket combo, “I name Tom Cruise intangible, cos of things he does.
“For one he's good looking, he's charismatic, he has all the money in the world and he has a great career. And he's still nice!”
Foxx went on: "You don't see it normally, I've seen a lot of people do a whole lot less than Tom and they've got the 95 bodyguards and whatever, not this guy.”
Tom may not have 95 bodyguards, but he does have an armoured car now. He bought a $180,000 USD armoured vehicle after receiving death threats against him and Katie.
He said to the Mirror: “Jamie Foxx is going to be uncle. I asked him today and he’s accepted. He’s an amazing guy.”
“And when I get back to the States I’m gonna ask Kanye West.”
Tom's kind of funny, and with all these feel-good stories it's easy to warm up to the guy. I have to remind myself that he's touring around Europe while his wife is stuck at home with a new baby and the Scientology freaks, though. Have her parents even come to visit her yet?
There are a few more Cruise stories that we'll post with the pictures from the MI Paris premiere shortly.
Here is Cruise at the MTV London studios with Jamie Foxx and with his daughter, Isabella. [via] She looks like she really looks up to him. The poor girl.
The couple hasn’t married yet, but Tom told Katie that he wants full custody of the baby in case the two of them ever break up. Katie does not plan on granting Tom this wish. “The thought of handing the child over to Tom if they divorce breaks her heart,” a source close to Katie says. “And it shows her that Tom doesn’t think they’ll be together forever.” The issue of religion continues to be a big conflict for the couple, as well as their families.
Tom told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in a Primetime interview that the baby would not be baptized by a priest, which upset Katie’s parents. Katie seems to be worried about the changes, as well. A source tells Star, “Katie’s at a point of bewildered confusion.
She describes [converting to Scientology] like a personality transplant. One day she’s for it, and the next she’s terrified of morphing into someone else. She whispers into the phone that Tom and his people – she calls them “Team Tom” – are promising her the world if she’ll put her old life – and all the people in it – into the past.
That's scary as hell and maybe Katie will be able to eventually get her old self, and her child - out of that oppressive environment. I can't imagine my husband asking me to sign away custody rights - right after the baby was born! How evil.
Meanwhile the name the couple picked out of a baby book may not mean what they think it does. According to language experts, the name Suri is totally ironic:
Language experts are amazed TOM CRUISE and KATIE HOLMES have named their baby daughter SURI - because there is no record of the name meaning "Princess" in Hebrew. According to Hebrew linguists, Suri has only two meanings - one is a person from Syria and the other [means] "go away" when addressed to a female. Hebrew expert JONATHAN WENT says, "I think it's fair to say they have made a mistake here. There are variations of the way the Hebrew name for princess is spelt but I have never seen it this way." Suri can also be translated into a Hindi boy's name, and it also means "pointy nose" in some Indian dialects and "pickpocket" in Japanese.
So whenever someone says the name "Suri," they're really telling the little girl to go away. That's what the Scientologists have been doing to the real Katie all along.
My aunt is best friends with Sue Fleming, the personal trainer and founder of Buff Brides. Sue has written three books to help brides-to-be and moms shape up: "Buff Brides," "Buff Moms to Be," and "Buff Moms."
That's why I got all excited when I read in yesterday's The Sun that Katie Holmes had hired "a personal trainer from BuffBrides.com" to help her get in quick shape for her wedding ceremony. Here's what The Sun wrote:
And the new mum isn’t dragging her feet over getting back into shape for the ceremony.
She has already hired a personal trainer from BuffBrides.com.
There are no lists of personal trainers on Buff Brides.com, so it sounds like Katie has hired Sue Fleming, the owner, herself.
A Cruise/Holmes wedding is on the fast track. Katie Holmes has met with the owner of Buff Brides, a company that sculpts bodies for the big day. And, we're told, Buff Brides has specific instructions -- get Katie ready to look amazing in her wedding dress.
Now we have the specifics. A source tells TMZ that it's a sleek, strapless A-line dress that is form fitted across the waist and falls to the floor. As for cleavage -- not so much. The bust is cut straight across.
We're told Katie has very specific goals to look great in the dress, working especially hard on her shoulders and back.
Sue Fleming, the owner of Buff Brides told TMZ that Katie has decided to use her program, with the help of a personal trainer who has licensed the Buff Brides fitness regimen.
Fleming has written fitness books for brides, moms and moms-to-be. Musicians, actresses, newscasters, and TV stars have all used her methods.
While Katie may be using the BuffBrides method with her own trainer, she has not met personally with Sue Fleming, and TMZ is mistaken. It seems like they could have simply asked Sue about it if they were able to get her on the phone.
BuffBrides and its companion books are excellent, easy-to-follow programs that you can do at home to get in shape quickly. Katie is sure to be looking great for her summer wedding with Tom Cruise if she faithfully follows the program. You can get the books from Amazon.
Everyone assumed that Katie gave birth at home as planned, but she is said to have snuck out with Tom to go to the hospital. She also chickened out and had an epidural - not that there's anything wrong with that.
"We know (now) it was in a (Los Angeles) hospital. And, strangely enough, despite all of the media surrounding Tom and Katie's home in Beverly Hills, they were able to leave the house, get to the hospital, and come back home without anyone knowing.
"I'm pretty sure it was a silent birth because they kept saying, 'We're going to do it.' "
Silent births are espoused by the Church of Scientology, and involve just what the name implies: as much silence as possible during births by everyone there, even the mother.
"(But) she did have drugs," Cagle said. "She did have an epidural, and all of that stuff. And he did say recently that, if she wants to holler, she can holler..."
What no one could have anticipated, Cagle said, was Shields having her baby the same day as Holmes: "(Shields) not only had her baby yesterday, but in the same hospital, on the same floor as Tom's. So, clearly, the god of irony and hilarity was in Hollywood (Tuesday)."
Shields was famously criticized by Cruise for publically admitting that she used antidepressants to get over a serious bout with postpartum depression. Cruise believes that psychiatric drugs are harmful because of his cult's stance against their use.
Hopefully the baby was attended to properly and will be cared for by Katie, and not Scientology handlers, for its first three days.
Tom Cruise, 43, and his fiancee, Katie Holmes, 27, joyously welcomed the arrival of a baby girl, Suri, today.
"The child weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches in length. Both mother and daughter are doing well.
"This is the first child for Mr. Cruise and Ms. Holmes. Mr. Cruise also has a daughter, Isabella, 13, and a son, Connor, 11.
"The name Suri has its origins in Hebrew meaning 'princess,' or in Persian meaning 'red rose'
Tom said in an interview with Diane Sawyer last week that he and Katie opened the baby name book and that was the first name that popped out at them. It's not a bad name as far as celebrity child names go. A reader at DListed points out that Suri is an anagram of the middle letters in "Cruise."
Here are pictures of Cruise in a Spanish-language "Magazine" [via]
He told GQ magazine: "I'm gonna eat the placenta. I thought that would be good. Very nutritious. I'm gonna eat the cord and the placenta right there."
But, it seems Tom may have bitten off more than he can chew with his bold declaration.
The interviewer pointed out that a placenta is rather large, so Tom replied: "OK, maybe I won't."
He obviously realized how scary he sounded and tried to back down. He'll have to chow down and leave right afterwards. He plans to promote the hell out of MI3, and will appear next Monday in Rome for the film's first premiere.
The delivery room is said to be fitted with a fetal monitor, ultrasound machine, intravenous pump, delivery kit and infant warmer system to monitor his baby.
Three medics from his Scientology cult - a midwife, nurse and obstetrics expert - have also been hired to be on hand when Katie gives birth.
According to a source, Cruise created the delivery room to provide Holmes with the right kind of environment for the Scientology 'silent birth'.
A tabloid quoted the source as saying: "Tom thinks his delivery room is the best way of providing a quiet environment. But if there are complications, she will be taken to hospital."
Tom told Diane Sawyer in an interview that aired on Friday that he runs "seminars" to teach his children and family members how best to adhere to the Scientology birthing rules.
As part of L. Ron Hubbard's arbitraty guidelines for childbirth and newborn care - which we mention every chance we get - the mother should be in a silent environment when she gives birth, the baby must be left alone for a full day after it's born, the mother shouldn't have contact with the baby for three days after birth, and the mother should refrain from talking to the baby for a week. Hubbard also discouraged women from breastfeeding and recommended a barley-based formula for babies.
Cruise told Sawyer that a silent birth is about creating a quiet environment for the mother, and that Katie can make as much noise as she wants. No one has questioned him about Scientology's recommendation that the baby be left alone for a day, however.
In building an in-home hospital, Cruise wants to make sure that he controls the environment and that no one in the public sphere will witness the cruel way they're planning to leave the baby alone.
Now that Tom Cruise has brought public awareness to the inhumane practices of Scientology, cult expert Rick Ross notes that it's one of the most unpopular religions in America. According to a CBS poll, only 8% of Americans view Scientology favorably.
Here is Katie shopping for even more shoes that will never fit her on 4/15 at Neiman Marcus. She's seen on the same day in a different outfit leaving Maxfields in LA. No purchase will be able to fill the hole in her heart from not being able to have contact with her baby for three days.
Yesterday we reported a lukewarm rumor that Katie Holmes may have given birth. This was based on the fact that she hadn't been seen outside of the Cruise estate for several days. Pictures came out of Katie shopping for shoes at Barney's yesterday, so that theory is blown.
We said it before, but it's silly to shop for shoes right before you give birth. Your feet are totally swollen and there's no way you can tell if they'll fit properly.
Regardless Katie is trying to get out and that's good for her. She looks quite miserable, as A Socialite's Life, who alerted us to the pictures, notes. They also point out TMZ's video of Katie shopping. (link will launch a new window.)
Tom Cruise's interview with Diane Sawyer comes out tonight. Some details have been leaked, including:
Katie Holmes has not been seen outside of Cruise's estate for a few days. This may mean that she has already given birth and that the Scientologists are sequestering the baby in accordance with their arbitrary belief system:
Reports from Wednesday say that Katie Holmes is now missing in action, no longer emerging from the Cruise compound. That has brought speculation that the fabulous Katie Holmes may have already given birth within the estate - and the couple wish to keep it quiet so she and the baby can have a few days of silence before the press begins the onslaught.
Let's review the guidelines for giving birth and caring for newborns that L.Ron Hubbard pulled out of his ass:
The newborn is to be left entirely alone for the full first day after it is born
The baby is to be separated from the mother for three full days after birth
The mother should stay silent during childbirth
The mother cannot talk to the baby for a full week after its born
It would make sense, then, that Katie and the baby are kept away from the media and from all "negative influences" for a full week after birth. If she doesn't come out for another shopping trip in the next few days, you can bet she's given birth.
Katie is also said to be "out of her mind" since Cruise has been leaving her alone while he flies planes and travels in the last few days of her pregnancy:
To make matters worse, Cruise has been trotting the globe and playing with his very expensive toys while shipping Katie off to the Scientology celeb center every day. While word of the practice of the Scientology "silent birth" is published all over the world, the unfortunate young Holmes has been left alone to cope with the overwhelming changes.
While Cruise may not be there for Holmes in the real world, he's very good at giving loving quotes and posing for the cameras. In an upcoming interview with GQ, Cruise calls sex with Holmes "spectacular" and says that he feels more strongly for her than he ever did for Nicole Kidman, who he was married to for over 12 years.
Star speculates that Katie is having second thoughts about her involvement in the Scientology cult and having a Scientology birth because she's spending 8 hours a day at the Celebrity Scientology Center with Tom, which means that she needs extra convincing:
(Katie) spends day after day — up to eight hours at a stretch -- at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, often with Tom, 43, by her side. Now, Star Magazine says it has learned what's going on behind those closed doors:
"If they're going to the center together regularly, it means that she is definitely resistant to something," a Scientology expert who prefers to remain unnamed tells Star.
"It wouldn't surprise me if Katie secretly wanted out of Scientology, out of her relationship with Tom, or both." The source says that at the center, "they are probably putting tremendous pressure on Katie to find out if she has any second thoughts about Scientology."
If the Scientologists were clever about it they would let off from Katie and let her come around gradually and think it's her own idea - kind of like Stockholm syndrome.
While the media focusses on the fact that she's supposed to remain silent during the birth, no one has really picked up the story that her baby will be left entirely alone on its first day in the world, and then removed from her and cared for by Scientology handlers for three days. That's even crazier and more cruel than asking a woman to stay silent during childbirth.
"Screaming is fine ... It's the words. If you can avoid saying certain phrases and words ... Just try to keep it as quiet as possible. Of course you're going to groan and yell. It hurts. Just keep it to a minimum."
Here's Katie out shopping yesterday for paper goods. A commenter on the board where we found the pictures (although they're originally from Just Jared) said that her Scientology handler(s) had enough sense to keep out of the picture.
Reader Carrie hooked us up again by pointing us to these pictures from KatieHolmes.com of Holmes shopping in Hollywood yesterday.
As they've done throughout her pregnancy, people joked that she didn't really look pregnant and seemed to be carrying a beach ball under her shirt in the pictures that came out yesterday. In these latest pictures, you can see her protruding belly button through her top.
PopSugar does the math and points out that Katie is due any day now, belying the rumors that she's too far along and faking the pregnancy.
PageSix thinks it's news that Tom and Katie slobber all over each other in front of the press. Supposedly Katie looked vacant and wide-eyed during Tom's interview with Premiere magazine, in which he revealed his abusive childhood and made out with her:
"Holmes . . . wore a large diamond engagement ring. She seemed dazed, passive and vacant. She never stopped smiling." Holmes continued smiling through the interview as Cruise described how his father beat him, and as Cruise was "hooting how beautiful she was, touching and kissing her like a teenage boy on his first backseat date, aware that he was being watched." Creepy.
Seriously, though, why is this news?
What seems the most suspicious to us is the fact that Holmes is shopping for shoes right before she's giving birth. My feet were incredibly swollen when I was pregnant. Holmes is seen with some sensible flip-flops, but she also considers some pointy flats. Girl - those are not going to fit after the baby comes!
We hope this story is not true, because it's quite ridiculous. Supposedly Cruise has ordered a custom-made pacifier for Katie Holmes to gnaw on during childbirth so that she can keep quiet while squeezing the baby out in accordance with Scientology edicts:
It's a specially crafted adult pacifier, reports Star magazine.
"He commissioned an adult-sized 'binky' for her to clench between her teeth, hoping that it'll squelch her screams," a source tells the mag. "In keeping with a Scientology silent birth, Tom is prepared to do whatever it takes to muffle Katie's moans and groans during the delivery."
Cruise's PR rep, Arnold Robinson, denied the existence of an adult pacifier. As for its manufacture, a spokeswoman for NYU's School of Dentistry told Lowdown: "We haven't heard of it, but it doesn't mean a dentist wouldn't do it."
Actually it doesn't matter if this is true or not, because we know for certain that Kate is supposed to keep quiet during childbirth and that's bad enough. I personally had a drug-free childbirth and it's possible with hypnosis and a lot of preparation, but I could not imagine trying to keep quiet in the pushing stage. It's really hard to get the baby out and there's nothing wrong with making a little noise.
Someone on the JJB board (board is down now or I would link to it) mentioned that Scientology was created by a man in the 1950s who was a failed science fiction writer. There's so much more to it than that, including nefarious motivations and some truly evil practices, but that about sums up L. Ron Hubbard's knowledge of childbirth.
We really wish Katie the best and think it's terrible how much pressure is being put on her to conform to the ridiculous and misguided rules of Scientology. Childbirth is hard enough without having to be quiet and hand your baby over to strangers after it's born.
Tom reveals that his father was also someone he was unable to turn to. "He was a bully and a coward," he says frankly. "He was the person where, if something goes wrong, they kick you."
The headline-making celebrity says the poor treatment actually taught him a lot. "It was a great lesson in my life -- how he'd lull you in, make you feel safe and then, bang!" he says. "For me it was like, 'There's something wrong with this guy. Don't trust him. Be careful around him.' There's that anxiety."
Tom said that he felt like an outcast as a child and had "no really close friend." His battle with dyslexia served to further isolate him and was "an absolute affront to my dignity."
We feel sorry for Tom, and have some insight into his character. It's still not a good enough excuse for him to serve as a spokesperson for the cult of Scientology.
Tom Cruise just appeared on the live 25th anniversay special of the German show Wetten Das tonight. He left around 9:00 PM our time, which is 2:00 PM EST. My husband and I were out to dinner and only caught the second half of the program.
When he was about to leave, Cruise mentioned Holmes specifically and said that she gave him permission to attend:
You have to understand, at the moment, my fiance Kate is about to have a baby, it could happen any minute, my fiance said I could [come], but I have to go right now.
(It was difficult to understand as Tom was over dubbed in German)
Wetten Das, German for "Wanna Bet?" airs about once a month and is easily the most popular show in Germany. It features celebrity guests, live performances by musicians, and hysterical and creative bets. Today two girls had to identify the lip prints of members of their class. In an earlier episode, a man identified seed types by the sound the seed packets made when shaken. Celebrities take a side in the bet and have to perform silly antics if they're wrong.
Cruise lost the bet and was supposed to have a motorcycle race as his part of the bargain. Wearing a tight black sweater and jeans, he swaggered over to a white motorcycle, which he was initially unable to start, and rode around the stage. The host, Thomas Gottschalks, came out on a tiny tricycle to "race" Tom.
After the non-race, Tom gave his apologies and left. This is not unusual on Wetten Das - the big celebrities often leave before the end.
The 25th Anniversay special is a huge event, and although Tom should have stayed home with Katie, it's easy to see why he chose to attend.
The Wetten Das website says (in German) that Tom arrived at 7:45 (the show starts at 8:15) with seven S-class Mercedes limousines. He didn't even see the stage before he came on.
Update: there is a video interview in English with Cruise accessible from the ZDF network website. Cruise says about the same thing as when he had to leave Wetten Das early - that Katie is about to have the baby "any day now" and gave him permission to go.
So Kabbalah is ahead in the battle of the celebrity-favorite cults this week. Cult News reports that illiterate Victoria Beckham has been wearing a red string on her left hand, the Kaballah talisman that supposed to ward off the evil eye. (A red string on the right hand is a symbol of anorexic pride, and given Posh's stick-thin figure and low level of intelligence, it is possible that she simply confused the two.) This means that she may have picked Madonna's cult Kaballah over Tom Cruise's cult Scientology, which she was supposed to be considering based on her friendship with Katie Holmes.
It appears that there has been an almost frantic competition between the two most popular purported ”cults” in Hollywood, to get the Beckhams onboard, they are Britain’s most popular celebrity couple, outside the royal family.
Each group’s top recruiter has come knocking on the door, Tom Cruise from Scientology and Madonna for her beloved Kabbalah Centre.
Certainly, whoever gets “Beck” and his wife Victoria will draw the attention of soccer fans worldwide, not to mention celebrity watchers, waiting for the next trend.
"Yes, I am looking into kabbalah," she told me. "I guess why is because all of us need something. You just have to grab onto whatever can get you through. Maybe it's this business, but it seems everything around can be so tough, so hard. I think you have to have somewhere to turn for a little softness and understanding. I know I'm really trying."
There are much healthier, safer things to get you through the day Lindsay. Exercise, music, even an occasional drink for one. You're better off with a hangover and some embarassing pictures than getting involved with the Kabbalah cult.
In terms of Posh's choice, she may have picked the lesser of two very real evils.
Everyone's waiting with baited breath for the arrival of the heir to the Scientology throne. While no one seems to know Katie's exact due date, it could be any day now. First babies are often late, so we could be waiting another week or two. My son was born nearly two weeks after his due date.
Katie Holmes was photographed going for a walk in Beverly Hills last night after her baby shower at the Scientology Center earlier that day. She was walking with her mother and Tom's mother and told a photographer that her baby shower was "Lovely."
An unsubstantiated report that Katie gave birth in Toledo, OH on Friday shows the press' obsession with the pregnant star. The media is now said to be on "baby alert" and is anxiously awaiting the newborn that the cult of Scientology likens to the second coming.
You know the Scientologists did some freaky initiation rite for Tom's spawn at her "baby shower." We just hope that the poor thing isn't traumatized for life after it's left alone for a day then cared for by the brainwashed automatons for the first three days of its life. It's probably a lot easier to stay silent during childbirth than it is to hand over your newborn.
We have no clue if Independence Day has some significance to the cult of Scientology, although the movie of the same name certainly has some parallels with their belief system. Rumor has it that Tom and Katie plan to get married on the Fourth of July according to the magazines Celebrity Living and Star:
The celebrity couple will marry this summer, On July 4, according to another published report. Hollywood star Tom Cruise and his pregnant fiance Katie Holmes have finally decided on a date for their wedding.
[The Post Chronicle] reported earlier in the month that Tom and Katie are set to tie the knot on July 4 at the Scientology center in Los Angeles, according to Celebrity Living. The latest issue of Star magazine confirms this report.
An insider tells the magazine: "The dynamic duo will tie the knot at the Scientology centeR in Los Angeles in a four-day celebration. This is going to be a four-day bash; the biggest Tom has ever given."
This isn't the first time we've heard about upcoming wedding plans for the two, so take this for the rumor that is is. We are still waiting for news of Tom's ex, Nicole Kidman's supposed upcoming wedding to Keith Urban. It is a smidgen more substantial now that two gossip rags have jumped on the news.
Here are pictures of Katie and Tom out last night.
I wanted to write another story about how disgusted I am at the way the Scientologists treat little babies, but there's a lot more going on, so here's a recap of all the crazy shit that's been happening with Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and their cult religion.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes visited the Yahoo! Sunnydale, CA campus yesterday for no clear reason except publicity. Gambling site 911daily, which is taking bets on the fetus' name, has an insider's view of the proceedings. Tom actually did jump on a couch, arm wrestled Yahoo CEO Terry Semel, and said that Katie was having his "third child" in a "few weeks." Tom flew himself to the event, and was 45 minutes late due to the weather. He jumped in a Ducati off the tarmac and ran through the Yahoo! campus to get to the event. Katie came in separately.
Cruise is being lambasted for his role as the most visible spokesperson for the cult of Scientology. A new ad claims that a woman was stabbed to death by her schizophrenic son because he was treated with vitamins instead of psychiatric drugs in accordance with the church's belief system.
For their part, Comedy Central said that they pulled the episode because they wanted to pay tribute to Chef with different episodes that feature Hayes.
Meanwhile Cult News reports that Cruise may have his wide-eyed paramour, Katie Holmes, give birth on a boat or in a Scientology compound so he has maximum control over the event. Scientology edicts require the mother to stay silent during the birth and stipulate that the baby should be left alone for a day and removed from the mother for three days after birth. Katie is said to be resisting the separation from her newborn. She is due in a month or two.
Here are pictures of the two at the World Baseball Classic in Angel Stadium last night.
One of the church's chaplains married the couple early last July in a ceremony at sea, according to The National Enquirer.
Cruise and Holmes, who met a few months earlier, are said to have exchanged rings emblazoned with triangular Scientology symbols during a Caribbean cruise aboard the sect's ship the Freewinds. (They supposedly wear their rings only at church functions.) Holmes, who once claimed she would remain virginal until her wedding day, wore white, says the tab.
After the ceremony, the couple walked across a tiny bridge — a Scientology symbol for the journey to "total freedom," sources claim. Scientologists John Travolta and Kirstie Alley are said to have been on the ship, where guests also celebrated Cruise's 43rd birthday.
Katie's family was not there, and of course Tom's rep is denying it.
Is “TomKat” working like a tag team to get Great Britain’s top celebrity couple into the controversial organization, often called a “cult”?
“Victoria has become a mother hen to Katie and was thrilled when she asked her to be her birthing partner. Victoria remembers how scary it was when she had her first child. She can’t imagine how difficult it will be for Katie to give birth [Scientology style] quietly and without any pain killers” a source told the press.
Well, maybe all that pain will be worth it if Scientology’s top star can recruit the most popular British celebs outside the royal family.
It's amazing how many celebrities get recruited into dangerous and expensive cults. Other celebrities involved in Scientology include Kelly Preston, John Travolta, Juliette Lewis, Kirstie Alley, Jason Lee, and musician Beck.
Katie is due to give birth in a month or two depending on who you believe. Life and Style, not known for accuracy, reported twice in mid-February that the two had split. Cruise threatened to sue over the story, but did not follow through.
Paris Hilton, described by the Razzies as being the "notorious air-headed heiress," won worst supporting actress for her death scene in "House of Wax."
Other lucky winners included:
Worst Actor: Rob Schneider - Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Worst Supporting Actor: Hayden Christensen - Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Worst Actress: Jenny McCarthy - Dirty Love
Worst Screen Couple: Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman - Bewitched
Worst Sequel: Son of the Mask
Worst Picture: Dirty Love
Worst Director: John Mallory Asher (McCarthy's ex husband) - Dirty Love
The Razzies, which parody self-congratulatory Hollywood award shows such as the Oscars by roasting the worst of Tinseltown, this year added the "most tiresome" category to salute "the celebs we're ALL sick and tired of."
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes deservedly took home the "most tiresome" Razzie.
In yet another disturbing chapter of the TomKat saga, Mike Wallace of the National Enquirer reports that Scientologists plan to commandeer Katie's baby for three days after its birth. What's more, the baby will be isolated for a day after it's born. Despite reports that she's spending 8 hours a day being indoctrinated into Scientology, Katie has come to her senses and is questioning this counter-intuitive practice:
furious KATIE HOLMES warned fiancé/daddy-to-be TOM CRUISE that she'll absolutely refuse to allow Scientologists to commandeer her newborn at birth for what their church calls "Processing a New Mother" - a bizarre ritual which involves separating mother and child for three days, allowing only minimal contact! As her time approaches, sources say, Katie's becoming hysterical over the idea that her baby will be controlled by the sect's handlers from the moment he/she enters the world. In a raging confrontation, Katie told Tom she flatly rejects Scientology's edict that newborns should be left totally alone for the entire first day after birth.
Any human who's not brainwashed would agree that it's harmful and cruel to leave a newborn baby alone at any time, especially on its first day in the world. It's also quite difficult, if not impossible, to breastfeed if you don't start up within the first three days after birth. This is wrong for so many reasons.