He should smile more. So few of his films involve smiling and when he does, as in The Departed, it’s almost like rueful smiling which doesn’t count, or smiling only during the first 5 minutes of the movie and then the world goes to pieces, and he is morose for the next 2 hours. Look how cute he is when he smiles. Full Story
Mark Ruffalo. He’s kept a very low profile this year but can be seen briefly in Where The Wild Things Are and was spotted running errands yesterday in Beverly Hills. Looks good, non? Everyone likes Mark Ruffalo. Have never heard anything against him, all journalists enjoy him, he is delightful and sweet and funny and smart and really hot in The Brothers Bloom which is available on DVD now and you should watch it, and three years ago at TIFF, when Joaquin Phoenix was a f-cking mess, it was Mark who kept telling him to go home, to take it easy, who kept his arm around him and held him up, who affectionately protected him and teased him and lightened his mood. Full Story
Jessica Simpson was photographed in India yesterday, another trip for her pseudo doc series The Price of Beauty. The price of beauty is her personal hairstylist who comes everywhere with her and is likely not paid for out of her own pocket but as part of her contract for doing the show. Anyway, there was a party in her honour last night, she stayed for 90 minutes, then went back to her hotel accompanied by the aforementioned hairstylist and her friend CaCee Cobb who used to be her personal assistant and then quit but could be her personal assistant again because she’s travelling everywhere with her now. Full Story
There were a few of them last night at the Hollywood Film Festival awards gala last night. Let’s start with Jeremy Renner. Because I’ve been remiss in not giving The Hurt Locker enough love. It deserves a lot of love. After all these months though, The Hurt Locker is still getting the love. Full Story
Beyonce and Jay-Z were apart for a couple of weeks – he was touring, she was overseas – so they celebrated being together again yesterday in New York with champagne at lunch for a total meal cost of $1,200 on which they left a $500 tip. This is like loose change for them. These photos are actually rather insightful. Full Story
Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig took their ladies out last night at the Worldwide Orphans Foundation 5th Annual Benefit Gala in New York. Hugh, as usual, was in fine form and great spirits, because he’s always in fine form and great spirits, and this is why we love him so much. Daniel, with longtime love Satsuki Mitchell, was naturally much more reserved, still working that moustache for A Steady Rain. Full Story
Major Xenu drama involving a powerful Hollywood player, have you heard? Paul Haggis, a member of the Church of Scientology for 35 years, is openly criticising the GMD’s religion with a letter made public detailing the reasons for his renouncement, repudiating Church policies, and exposing controversial policies for which the Church has previously been heavily criticised.
The relationship between Haggis and the Church began breaking down when he and his wife were forced to “disconnect” from her family following their decision to exit Scientology. The situation was exacerbated by the Church’s perceived support of Prop 8, denying equality to gay couples in California. Several months ago, Haggis implored Church executives to reprimand Scientologists who were making homophobic statements and supporting the bill. Despite promises to do so, the Church failed to denounce the offenders resulting in what Haggis called the “tacit” encouragement of “bigots, hypocrites and homophobes”.
It’s turning into a public relations disaster for Xenu and friends.
Snaps for Paul Haggis. But please protect Paul Haggis too.
This is a high profile, well respected member of the celebrity community not only revealing Church secrets but breaking rank with the Church in front of the entire world. And you know how the Church handles its enemies. You are right to worry for Paul. Perhaps Mark Wahlberg and his boys can take care of Paul. Mark Wahlberg isn’t a fan of the GMD’s worship house and isn’t afraid to admit it. Mark Wahlberg also likes a good rumble.
To read more about Paul Haggis and the Church, click here.
What does it all mean?
It means Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and Little Sci have work to do. Watch.
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Yours in gossip,
I was so excited to see you were at the U2 show last night in LA. And did your baby come along with your baby? She’s beautiful, Alicja Bachleda-Curus is so beautiful. And you’re holding her hand and you look happy and she’s Polish and that makes me happy because I married a Pole so we have that in common but I’ve told you that already, I just like repeating it because it’s the only connection we have, other than when I interviewed you at TIFF but it’s not like you remember, you were probably missing her and I would miss her too because she seems sweet and hasn’t sold you out to any tabloids like Jude Law’s baby mother. Full Story
That word explains everything. Per the Paul Haggis revelations mentioned in today’s open, “disconnect” is a Scientology policy that refers to the action taken against those who do not share the Xenu love. Haggis’s wife was ordered to “disconnect” from her family when they broke from the Church. Full Story