War of the Worlds Premiere Video and Slideshow
You can see a video and slideshow of the War of the Worlds premiere. See Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes ride up the red carpet on Tom's motorcycle! War of the Worlds - A Yahoo! Movies Exclusive
Well, it comes out today, and if it's half as good as the trailers I've seen this movie will smoke! If you've ever read the original by H. G. Wells then you'll be pleased to know that, although set in the modern day, the movie stays true to the book. I won't get to see it until the weekend but I'm chomping at the bit! Here's an article on Tom Cruise and the movie: Cruise in Control
I've just read several articles from various sources about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Scientology. I have to say that the descriptions of Scientology are getting more accurate. Time was we'd get a couple of lines that either said nothing or said something entirely inaccurate. Now I've seen a whole range from wildly inaccurate to 90% correct. That's a big change and I think Tom Cruise is the guy to thank for it. Because I've not seen any 100% accurate descriptions yet, I'll give you my quick overview and then I'll provide you with some links to accurate data:
Scientology is a religion which has solutions to the problems of everyday life and methods you can use to improve your abilities and reach your full potential, which is much greater than you ever thought. It contains methods you can use to improve any condition in any part of your life. It is a religion because it addresses a person as a spiritual being. In Scientology you are a spiritual being, not a body or a brain. Because the words "spirit" and "soul" have so many possible meanings from thousands of years of history, we use a different term. We use the term "thetan" (from the Greek letter "theta"). You don't have a thetan you are one. It's like when you are driving your car, you don't have a driver, you are one. That's my inadequate, fast rundown of Scientology but as a last comment I will say that I have been able to use Scientology to make my life much, much better and much, much, much happier. That is what Scientology is all about - making life better and happier.
For a much more thorough description What is Scientology? is an extensive site that covers everything. If you really want all your questions answered this is the place to go.
Or for fast answers to specific questions try the Scientology FAQ.
You have to watch this video. Yesterday I read the transcript, but the video is so much more! In the first half you see clips from "War of the World" and behind the scenes footage, which is very cool. In the second half you hear the actual discussion between Matt Lauer and Tom Cruise on the pseudo science of psychiatry and dangers of psychiatric drugs. It's important to see the video because the way someone says something is so vastly different to what comes over when you just read the words on the transcript. Actor Tom Cruise talks with 'Today' host Matt Lauer. (It's also much more entertaining.)
In this interview on this morning's Today Show (The movie star discusses his new film, his new relationship and Scientology with the "Today" show's Matt Lauer), Tom starts off with talking about War of the Worlds but the discussion moves to a brief mention of Scientology and then Matt Lauer gets him onto the subject of Psychiatry (starts half-way down this page: Cruise on Psychiatry and continues on this page: Cruise on Psychiatry)
Tom brings up a couple of point that I wanted to highlight: "If you start talking about chemical imbalance, you have to evaluate and read the research papers on how they came up with these theories." The "chemical imbalance theory is just that: A THEORY. There is no actual proof that an imbalance actually exists in any brain. Next: "Where's the blood test that says how much Ritalin you're supposed to get?" There are no actual physical tests that demonstrate a chemical imbalance and there are no tests to show how much of any psychiatric drug is needed to "balance" the imbalance. In other word the whole thing is a fraud.
Actor Geoffrey Lewis has a resume that is so long it hardly fits onto the page at the Internet Movie Database: Geoffrey Lewis. He can be seen in the hit Showtime series "Fat Actress" playing Kirstie Alley's father but, as can be seen from the IMDB page, he is also in 5 movies so far in 2005 alone. I guess he must be as busy as his real daughter, Juliette, who I highlighted yesterday.
Funnily enough Geoffrey also has a sort of music career with the band Celestial Navigations. The band consists of Geoffrey and a couple of musicians. He tells stories with musical accompaniment, but that is like saying Mozart wrote music, it tells you nothing. When Geoffrey tells a story he creates the character and transports you into the story. You experience the emotions, the hopes, the laughs, everything! It has to be heard to be understood or better yet, seen live. Anyway, visit the Celestial Navigations web site and listen to a couple of sample tracks, if you got a soul, brother, you'll love 'em.
Juliette Lewis is best known as a successful Oscar nominated actress but in 2003 she decided to form a band, Juliette and the Licks. So in the past two years not only has she maintained her successful acting career but has toured with her band and produced an EP and a full length CD. If you ever wondered how someone like Juliette keeps so slim, then just watch her performance in the music video of "You're Speaking My Language" on the Juliette and the Licks web site. I get out of breath just watching it!
When she formed the band she said, "My intention is for our music to serve as an antidote to self-doubt, apathy and fear, which has become rampant in society right now." I've only heard the songs on the web site, but her music and performances sure communicate her intent.
Anyone familiar with jazz will know of Scientologist Chick Corea. His career was launched when jazz great Miles Davis had him play on two of Miles' wildest albums in the late 1960's. In the years since then Corea has consistently demonstrated his tremendous talent, winning seven (or is it eight?) Grammy's and getting on for 20 nominations. I personally am a big fan, especially of his work with the Chick Corea Elektric Band (I have all their albums). Anyway, lovers of his acoustic side (I have a ton of those albums too) will be exited at the news that he will be releasing a live album from his current flamenco oriented tour: Versatile jazz giant revisits flamenco influences for fun
When Jenna Elfman was asked about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes "enthusiastic public displays of affection" (which the press seem so obsessed with) she made the most sensible comment I've heard so far, it also says a lot to say about out present society: "Happiness is a beautiful thing that should be celebrated and supported. If that has become so unreal to our culture, then that's a problem."
The full article can be seen here: Plenty of 'Allure' at this Hollywood event
I got so carried away yesterday in all the accomplishments of Billy Sheehan that I forgot to talk about his new album, Cosmic Troubadour. I don't have it yet, but I do have his first solo album, Compression which is a great album. Billy has a great singing voice, he reminds me at times of the early David Bowie. On Amazon Cosmic Troubadour has 4 1/2 stars from customer reviews and Compression has 4 stars.
Billy Sheehan has won so many "Best Bass Player" Awards in his career that he's probably lost count - 5 times in Guitar Player Magazine, 14 consecutive years in Japan's Player Magazine and numerous others in Germany, Japan, Korea, Italy and the list goes on.
A Scientologist since 1971, in a recent interview in Celebrity Magazine, Billy attributed much of his success to his studies in Scientology. He said that directly after one particular Scientology service, "I had the biggest career success ever. The best success ever in my life ... I sat in the #1 chair on The Tonight Show, I had a #1 single, I had a platinum record and a #1 video."
Billy is a big supporter of the Church and was one of the celebrities who helped open the new Church of Scientology of Buffalo.
Madonna has had to put up with a tremendous amount of crap from the media regarding her own faith, Kabbalah. The fascinating thing about the media is that whatever they say about a religion, be it Kabbalah, Scientology, Islam or anything else, it's usually completely wrong. Time and time again reporters demonstrate that they are not journalists. A real journalist actually does some research in order to understand what he or she is writing about.
So it's good to see Madonna demonstrating her understanding by supporting Tom Cruise's outspoken support for Scientology: Madonna Defends Cruise's Scientology
Marisol Nichols stars in the hit TV series Blind Justice as Detective Karen Bettancourt. She is a talented actress who, early in her career, received a Golden Eagle Award for "Most Promising Actor or Actress", She has certainly lived up to that, appearing in both hit movies and TV shows. Her performance in the TV film, The Princess and the Marine earned her an ALMA nomination for "Outstanding Actress". A Scientologist for many years, she is a strong supporter of both the Citizens Commission on Human Rights and The Way To Happiness Foundation.
Her new website: Marisol Nichols
I've seen a ton of news articles that have used quotes from an interview Tom Cruise gave to Access Hollywood but I hadn't seen the interview itself. Well today I finally found it. It wasn't hard to find when I started looking, all I had to do was go to the Access Hollywood home page (duh). Anyway, here it is: Tom Cruise on Scientology