Smith Dismisses Scientology Rumors

Will Smith has brushed off reports his Hollywood pal Tom Cruise has converted him to Scientology, because he is a student of all religion.

Smith, who was raised in a Baptist household, had his own faith questioned since striking up a friendship with Cruise — a well-known follower of Scientology.

But the star insists having security in his belief system has helped him become more open to others’ religious practices without taking them on as his own.

When asked to clarify if he is a Scientologist, Smith tells Newsweek magazine, “No, but when people are afraid of religion they have to go back and get in touch with the Good Book. Fear of other religions means you’re questioning your own understanding, and that’s just not where I am.”


Katie Holmes: I Don’t Read About Myself Online

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes get his ‘n’ hers Old Hollywood-style T Magazine covers in this Sunday’s New York Times. And yeah, we’d like to know why Suri Cruise didn’t get her own, too. But then again, we want to know why Suri isn’t on every magazine cover.

However, Katie does give us plenty of adorable details on our favorite little fashion icon. For instance, after seeing Hairspray twice now, Suri thinks Tracy Turnblad is her friend and waves to her. And for Halloween, when Katie asked what Suri wanted to be, she responded with “Halloween.” And so Katie designed matching orange outfits for them both.

But perhaps our favorite Suri deet is…

Katie confirms previous reports that Suri has an entire apartment in their East Village building devoted to a gym. After being overwhelmed by the amount of attention Suri received at a Chelsea Piers gymnastics class, Tom decided to bring the gym to his little girl.

Katie’s Dreading All Those Scientology Meetings Back in L.A.

Manolo Blahnik says he’s never actually watched Sex and the City, which is like George Washington saying he never actually pledged allegiance to the flag. Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, and three big security guys wound up in first class together on a London–New York flight, but couldn’t fit all their egos in the overhead compartments. Katie Holmes doesn’t want to leave New York after she finishes All My Sons, because she likes the city and doesn’t have to go to as many Scientology events here. Everybody important ate lunch or moved their food around on the plate at Michael’s yesterday: Elton John and David Furnish, Stephen Daldry, Joe Armstrong and Barbara Walters, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor, Anna Wintour, Christine Lahti, Charles Koppelman, and some others.

Scientology Takes Off Kid Gloves Against Ex-Sciento Guy

Taking off the kid gloves, Scientology lawyers put as much pressure as a quasi-church can create on a Florida judge to attempt to quash a $265 million lawsuit brought by ex-Scientologist Peter Letterese that names the church and film star Tom Cruise as complicit.cruise3.jpg

The Church, repped by attorney Allen Perlman and federal bankruptcy trustee attorney John Genovese, started by trying on Wednesday to appeal to federal Judge John K. Olson to strip Letterese of his longtime attorney, Charles Franken.

In his ruling on Scientology’s brief, Judge Olson claimed that Franken’s presence in the case would hurt Letterese’s company and should therefore be dismissed. Letterese contends that Judge Olson did not allege that any law nor any professional codes of ethics had been broken by Franken.

Though Letterese has contended that Cruise is running the church’s interest alongside Church leader David Miscavige, he cites documents that Scientology distributed that apparently did not deny Letterese’s contention. Letterese takes that as proof positive that Cruise is in charge of the worldwide operation.

Scientology reps could not be reached to comment on Letterese’s assertions.

Milton Katselas, Acting Teacher/Scientologist Dies at 75

Milton Katselas, an acting teacher par excellence and founder of the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school, has passed away from heart failure, AP says.

Katselas, whose students included Gene Hackman, Doris Roberts, George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer among scores of others, was 75.

The founder of the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school was very much a disciple of the Scientology doctrine.

Former students have said that Katselas often used Scientology methodolgy in his study of acting.

Jenna Elfman defends Scientology

Scientology devotee Jenna Elfman has slammed critics of the controversial faith that combines ideas of Scientology’s spiritual rehabilitation philosophy and techniques created by writer L. Ron Hubbard, who grew the organization from his Dianetics book.

Facing growing criticism from ex Scientologists and others who allege that the “Church” bilks people out of large sums of money and heavily controls any external information about it, and that the legal team they employ aggressively litigates those in dissent of its practices, Elfman told an Australian newspaper that people should get their facts straight before judging her faith.

Elfman is part of a large cadre of celebrities who are tied to the organization, including Kirstie Alley, Leah Remini, Chick Corea, Brandy, Jason Dohring, Mimi Rogers, Anne Archer, Priscilla Presley, Juliette Lewis, Greta Van Susteren, Mary Bono, Chaka Khan, Paul Haggis, Laura Prepon, Jeffrey Tambor, Danny Masterson, Peter Medak, Catherine Bell, Beck, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, John Travolta and Jason Lee.

“If someone starts talking to me negatively about something they’ve never actually studied that actual text of, I don’t really admire them very much because it shows they don’t have much integrity, so I just kind of ignore them,” Elfman told AAP in Sydney.

Report: Isaac Hayes Will Shafts Scientology

Even though he was a member, Isaac Hayes apparently decided to give the Church of Scientology the shaft in his last will and testament.

According to Fox News columnist Roger Friedman, sources said that the Oscar-winning “Shaft” composer left portions of his estate to 11 elder children, his wife and young son, and his charitable foundation.

Nothing, however, was left for the Church of Scientology, the sources said.

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