Wedding of the Year

Washington, Dec 15: The grandeur of TomKat's Italian nuptials not only caught guests by surprise, but it also found its place at the top of the In Touch magazine poll.

The couple's star-studded wedding that took place on 18 November, 06 topped a new list of the Weddings of The Year, followed by punk-pop couple Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley.

Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson's five-minute St Tropez, France wedding came in third, while Tori Spelling's second big day with new husband Dean McDermott on a beach in Fiji went on to claim thefourth slot, reports Contactmusic.

And, while Cruise's Italian wedding crashed in at number one, actress Patricia Arquette's marriage with Thomas Jane in Venice, Italy made the top 10 at number five.

The top 10 weddings of the year, according to In Touch are:

  1. Tom Cruise + Katie Holmes in Italy
  2. Deryck Whibley + Avril Lavigne in Montecito, California
  3. Kid Rock + Pamela Anderson in St Tropez, France
  4. Dean McDermott + Tori Spelling in Fiji
  5. Thomas Jane + Patricia Arquette in Venice, Italy
  6. Brigitte Nielson + Mattia Dessi in Malta
  7. Anna Nicole Smith + Howard K Stern in the Bahamas
  8. Pink + Carey Hart in Costa Rica
  9. Oliver Hudson + Erinn Bartlett in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  10. Nicole Kidman + Keith Urban in Manly, Australia. (ANI)

More Celebrity Sitings

I love brunch at Celebrity Centre International. It's a great brunch -- the best in town for the quality of the food and the ambiance.

And one fun thing about it is the occasional celebrity siting.

Of course we all try to act like nothing happened, and give them some space so they don't have to feel like their privacy is being violated. After all, they are entitled to a relaxing couple of hours over the best food in LA.

But it's still lots of fun!

Who's Dat Cat?

"My Name is Earl" star Jason Lee appeared as a cat in Christmas Stories held at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood, in support of the Hollywood Police Athletic League's youth programs.

Who's Playing Rudolf?

Kelly Preston performs as a reindeer during 'Christmas Stories XIV,' a collection of skits and music to benefit the Hollywood Police Activities League, at the Church of Scientology International Celebrity Centre

Moon Bloodgood

Moon Bloodgood is a model/actress that can be seen on ABC's Day Break, Eight Below, Moonlight Serenade, and the up coming Pathfinder.

Moon Bloodgood is of Korean, Dutch, Native American, and Irish decent.

Moon Bloodgood was once an LA Lakers cheerleader

Maxium top 100 in 05 and 06

Tom & Katie to have post-wedding party

Updated: 2006-12-07 08:57

NEW YORK - Newlyweds Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes will celebrate their nuptials with a post-wedding party in Los Angeles this weekend. A reception/cocktail party will be held Saturday at the home of Hollywood power couple Paula Wagner, who is Cruise's producing partner, and Rick Nicita, the actor's agent, Arnold Robinson, a spokesman for Cruise, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes arrive at the Legends Ball, in a Saturday, May 14, 2005 photo in Calif. [AP]

Cruise, 44, and Holmes, 27, were married Nov. 18 in Bracciano, Italy. Afterward, they flew to the Maldives for a two-week honeymoon.

The party is "for friends (who) were not able to attend the wedding in Italy," Robinson said.

Cruise and Holmes are the parents of a 7-month-old daughter, Suri.

Nancy Cartwright

Here's a great piece by Nancy Cartwright. Enjoy...

A Day In The Life...

Nancy Cartwright gives a "how to" and "how come" look at the voice-over industry.

November 21, 2006
By Nancy Cartwright

For you dedicated readers who have been following this column for the past couple issues, this is to let you know that I am currently interviewing a handful of voice-over professionals to get their perspective on the animation industry -- ranging from directors, to casting directors, to voice artists, to animators. I know there is a LOT of interest in the "how to" and the "how come" of this industry and my next issue will focus on some of those points.

Meanwhile... a diversion:
Recently I celebrated my birthday. Yes, I am nearly 5X Bart's age... with the operative word being "nearly." Dana Walden and Gary Newman, exes at 20th Century Fox Television acknowledged that anniversary by giving me a special visit to the set of 24. Needless to say, I am a HUGE fan of the show. The writing is superb, the casting is impeccable and the performances are seamless. About now you are probably wondering what this has to do with voice overs. Well, nothing and something.>> continued

Hikaru Utada

Utada Hikaru is an extremely popular Jpop star.

Hikaru Utada was born in New York city on January 19, 1983.

Both of Hikaru's parents where in the music industry. Hikaru's dad is Teruzane Utada who is a music producer (he also produced his daughters albums) and her mother was enka singer Keiko Fuji.

Hikaru Utada started her music career in 96, in the US under the stage name Cubic U.

She didn't make much of splash state side but the record was released in Japan in 98 and again a year later.

in 1999 Utada Hikaru released First Love.

that album sold 5 million copies in it's first month and made Utada Hikaru one of the richest people in Japan.

In 2001 Utada released 3rd album Distance. This year she also attended Columbia University but shortly dropped out to pursue music

In 2002 she released Deep River and although she couldn't go on TV to promote herself due to surgery to get rid of an ovarian tumor. She still sold 2.35 million albums in her first week.

In 2004 Hikaru Utada tried to once again crack the American market with an all English album titled Exodus.

This album received very little promotion from it's label Def Jam and was a flop in America. But was a hit in Japan (even though it was in English)

in 2005 Hikaru Utada released the album Ultra Blue.

her single Passion is the theme to the Disney/final fantasy video game Kingdom Hearts 2

in may 2006 Utada Hikaru released the single This Is Love on iTunes

Noelle North, Actress with a Purpose

Noelle North is the Drug-Free Marshals coordinator for the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles.

That's her under the big ten gallon hat.

And here's the full story from the Scientology Press Office

Am I lucky or what?

Michelle Stafford
Well, yesterday I saw Kelly Preston and today I saw Michelle Stafford. I tell you, I get to see more Hollywood stars at my local Church of Scientology than the average Angelino! And they're all gorgeous!

I saw Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston with husband John Travolta
I saw Kelly Preston yesterday at my local Church of Scientology. She was looking good - very good actually - very bright and sparkly. She's a lovely person. Anyway, I found her website: Kelly Preston. Go check out the "Kelly's Causes" link, you'll find some interesting stuff there.

People Mag Reports on the Wedding of the Year

Tom's Top Gun Serenade

For Tom Cruise, words weren't enough to express his feelings for Katie Holmes. He had to do it in song -- and a familiar one at that.

When, L.A. deejay Mark Ronson played the Righteous Brothers tune "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" during the reception for the couple's wedding, Cruise serenaded his bride by singing along with the record.

"She was completely touched -- laughing, loving him and enjoying him," guest Leah Remini tells PEOPLE.

Cruise's impromptu serenade, of course, hearkens back to his performance of the same song in Top Gun. In the movie his character, Maverick, attempted to woo Kelly McGillis with the song. As for Katie, her heart already belongs to Tom.

After their magical evening , the newlyweds left the Odescalchi castle this morning at dawn, sources there tell PEOPLE. Tom & Katie then flew out of Rome for a honeymoon in the Maldives, sources confirm. The rest of the wedding party was expected to fly back to L.A. later on Sunday. As for the celebs, Victoria Beckham was spotted Sunday leaving the Hassler hotel with a massive cart of Louis Vuitton luggage trailing behind.

Scientology Weddings - What are they like?

Here's a good video that tells a bit about Scientology weddings.

The unique thing about Scientology weddings, as with the Scientology religion in general, is that it is built on practical truths that help the individual survive better in life. When applied to a marriage, they help the partners ensure the future of the relationship with the simple principle of A-R-C, standing for Affinity, Reality and Communication.

Read the Scientology Handbook chapter on ARC for information on how to use this in your own relationships -- not just with husband, wife, partner, etc. but in any relationship you have in life.

Very effective!

And here's the video.

Jenna Elfman

Jenna Elfman
Actress Jenna Elfman arrives by car for the wedding of actors Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise on Nov. 18, 2006, in Bracciano, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/Getty Images)

Almost Married

Scientology Wedding Ceremony
I think we're 5 hours behind Italy, so the marriage of the decade may have already taken place and I may be way behind the times, but here is the latest I've found: Cruise arrives to wed Holmes in Italy

I also found this article, which is pretty accurate, regarding the Scientology Wedding Ceremony: How Scientologists get married . The article quotes from my favorite wedding ceremony, the "Traditional Scientology Wedding Ceremony". I like that one best because it is written in what I would describe as a Shakespearian style, the meaning of a marriage and the responsibilities of both parties are given in a way that is easy to accept and agree with and it is light hearted without losing any dignity or taking away from the joy of the occasion.

Wedding Mania

Well, you can probably guess what's going to be on this blog for the next couple of days, but I'm going to try and keep it interesting. So, here is an interesting article with a couple of cool associated videos: Inside TomKat's Scientology Ceremony

A comments I wanted to make on the article. The reporter is trying to differentiate between a Scientology Wedding Ceremony and a Christian Wedding Ceremony. The religious scholar interviewed is probably correct, but I'd like to add that from my viewpoint, having been the minister at a couple of weddings, I'd say that the Scientology ceremony puts the attention on the people getting married and the creation of their future together.

Such a Beautiful Couple

Surprise, surprise, Media Accuracy

In this article the Scientology Wedding Ceremony is mentioned and ... they actually got it right. Amazing! Italian mayor chats up TomKat wedding

For even more details try this: Scientology Wedding

The Media are rushing around like chickens with their heads cut off

The media frenzy has begun. Of course, the venue is all guesswork, so who knows if they are right or not. Tom hasn't told me personally where it is to be, and I haven't received my invitation yet, but I'm hopeful :)

Anyway, here's an article about the current media favorite: The 15th-century Odescalchi Castle near Lake Bracciano. I must say it looks like a gorgeous spot, well befitting the marriage of the biggest star in the world.

And ... everything you wanted to know about a Scientology Wedding, but were afraid to ask is here: Scientology Wedding

I saw Jenna Elfman

I was at my local Scientology Church a couple of days ago and there standing in front of me was Jenna Elfman (where's a cell phone camera when you need it?). She is truly an Amazon: Tall, blonde and beautiful! Funnily enough I just found her MySpace site too: Jenna Elfman on MySpace.

Tom and Katie - Scientology Wedding

This weekend is the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

Here's a link to a very nice site describing Scientology weddings.

One thing a Scientologist knows well is that a successful relationship is built on communication and trust. So here's a link to one of my favorite videos - It is based on a quote from Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard:

"On the day when we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth."

Russell Crowe on Tom Cruise

One of the top actors in the world, Russell Crowe, stands up for another top actor, Tom Cruise. Watch the video clip: Russell Crowe on 60 Minutes (scroll down to "Defending Tom Cruise")

And She Does It

Never one to renig on a bet, Kirstie Ally actually appeared on Oprah today in a bikini.

Her message:

"We can decide to change anything — at any age," Alley said. "What I hope for all women is they feel good about themselves, they look the way they want to look."

Iza Calzado

Iza Calzado is a Filipina actress maybe best know for her role as Amihan in the fantasy show Encantadia and it's spin offs Etheria and Encantadia: Pag-ibig hanggang wakas. And can currently be seen as Cielo in the TV show Atlantika.

Born Maria Isadora Ussher Calzado in Quezon City, Philippines on 8/12/1982

Iza Calzado can also be seen in such movies as

Annie B
Moments of Love
Mulawin The Movie

some other TV shows she has been in

All my Love aka Tres Hermanos
Kung Mawawala Ka
Sigaw (The Echo)

up coming films

Mona: Singapore Escort
Shake, Rattle & Roll 8

Kirstie Alley Gets Bikini-Ready for Oprah

Do you think Kirstie will do it? Model a bikini on Oprah now that she has reacher her target weight?

The irrepresible Ms. Alley -- who knows!

Tom Cruise & Paula Wagner to Run a Film Studio!

Many in the movie business thought that old Sumner Redstone was getting senile (think "King Lear") when he cut off negotiations with Cruise-Wagner Productions and thereby lost Paramount Pictures their biggest money making star, but for Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner it's turning out to have been the perfect decision. Not only did they immediately get production companies camping outside their door but now they are running a film studio!

Tom Cruise, Partner, to Run Film Studio

Tom Cruise's Next project

Tom Cruise
Among the three films actor Tom Cruise is considering for his next project is a Spike Lee-directed drama called “Selling Time,” which would star the famous Scientologist as a man who sells back chunks of time in his life for a chance to relive and change the worst day of his life.

According to Daily Variety, Cruise and Lee have met several times to discuss the project, and the two are currently working on a rewrite of a script by Dan McDermott.

The 20th Century Fox film would be Cruise’s first since he and his C/W partner Paula Wagner left Paramount in August to make an overhead and potential funding deal with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, NVR chair Dwight Schar and Six Flags president-CEO Mark Shapiro.

Cruise is also considering Warner Bros’ "The Ha-Ha," a Chuck Leavitt-scripted adaptation of a Dave King novel where he would play a Gulf War vet rendered mute by his injuries and charged with the care of a 9-year-old whose mother goes AWOL.

The actor is also being courted for the indie "Lions for Lambs," a political drama revolving around a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Robert Redford is likely to direct as well as play a role. Cruise would play a congressman opposite Meryl Streep as a journalist.

In related news, Cruise’s rep Arnold Robinson has confirmed that he and Katie Holmes will marry in Italy on Nov. 18.

Anne Archer at the Grand Opening of the Church of Scientology of London

Here's what AP said about the Grand Opening of the Church of Scientology of London:

U.S. actress Anne Archer speaks at the opening of the Church of Scientology's new church in London Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006. The Church of Scientology unveiled its new London headquarters today with a grand opening. On the Church's web site there's a news release too, that states:

Spectacular Grand Opening of Scientology Church's New Home in London

LONDON — More than 3,000 members and friends of the Church of Scientology of London packed Queen Victoria Street in the heart of London for the sensational grand opening of the new home of the UK’s oldest Scientology church. Steps away from the Tate Gallery and St. Paul’s Cathedral, the beautifully restored historic building at 146 Queen Victoria Street now serves the growing membership of London-area Scientologists. Its opening marks the largest expansion for Scientology in the Church’s 50-year history in London.

Guest of honor, Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center and leader of the Scientology religion, stressed the historical importance of London."This is the city L. Ron Hubbard himself [founder of the Scientology religion] selected as home to the first Scientology organization. This is also the city wherein he first defined the human spirit as an immortal being possessed of capabilities beyond anything predicted, and so arrived at the axiomatic truths on which the whole of Scientology is founded. Your early London organizations were also the original proving ground for the bulk of Mr. Hubbard’s social betterment programs which are used to uplift neighborhoods just like this one."

The London Church on Tottenham Court Road, which served the community for the past 38 years, was also completely refurbished and re-opened on Sunday as a Scientology Life Improvement Center. It now features a full public information exhibition, including audio-visual presentations of the Church’s work across society, and introductory film showings, live lectures and materials for anyone to learn more about Scientology for themselves.

To add to the import of the day was the announcement that the Church had acquired and renovated the very building where, in 1957, Mr. Hubbard established that first Scientology organization in the UK at 35-37 Fitzroy Street.

The Church of Scientology of London was welcomed to its new premises on Queen Victoria Street by Alderman Ian Luder, representing the Lord Mayor of the City. He spoke of the effective help the Church provides to get people off drugs and its successful programs to reduce crime.

Mr. Kevin Hurley, Divisional Commander of London’s Snow Hill Police Station, called upon the Scientologists to"tenaciously focus on bettering this world," and said that he knows with"complete personal certainty" that the members are"raising the spiritual wealth of society" with their charitable works. He presented a special recognition for their valuable assistance and support following the city’s tragic bombings of July 2005.

United Nations Peace Envoy, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed Ayaz, spoke of his personal insight into the work done by Scientology around the world."It is my personal belief," he said"this Church can restore what this world has lately lost — namely, much of the dignity and respect with which it was created."

The Church’s new home is an 1866 Italian-styled Victorian landmark designed by architect Edward l’Anson for the British and Foreign Bible Society. Redevelopment in the mid-80s transformed it into a fully functioning modern office facility that served British Petroleum for two decades. The stunning period staircase and double-height entrance hall have been restored to create a welcoming and elegant atmosphere for parishioners and visitors.

Beyond the aesthetics of the building itself, Mr. Miscavige spoke of the role of the programs that will roll out from within the London church’s walls:"Our gift of literacy to disadvantaged children; restoring self-respect to those who’ve gone astray; easing suffering; eradicating racial prejudice; and, repairing the bonds that bind man together.

“This new church packs the full body of L Ron Hubbard’s technologies as derived from the greater well of Scientology knowledge," said Mr. Miscavige,"and, as such, it provides the full gamut of Scientology activities for the betterment of mankind."

Robbie Scandrett

Robbie Scandrett is a stage-and television actor from London who went to India for a month and a Scientology Volunteer MInister following the South Asian tsunami of 2004.

He is featured on a very special web site called After the Tsunami, created by Danish Scientologist Thorsten Overgaard

I invite you to share Robbie's story of what those days in India were like, and to view the moving images Overgaard recorded and shared on his web site.

Jenna Elfman - Dharma and Greg

A short little Dharma and Greg clip from YouTube. One of my favorite Jenna Elfman moments.

Katie Holmes' Wedding Dress

I must have read 10 different articles today about Katie Holmes' wedding dress.

It's definitely Channel. No it's definitely Vera Wang. She bought it in Paris. No she bought it in Beverly Hills.

Who cares.

Well one things' for sure. She will be beautiful and radiant, and I'm so happy they're happy.


According to SFGate:

Indie rocker Beck and his wife, Marissa Ribisi, are expecting their second child together, according to reports.

The devout Scientologist couple have been married for two years and were highly secretive about their marriage and the birth of their first child.

And More Beck

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Standing on a gritty downtown street corner, Beck yawns and leans against a dark cane perfectly matched to his light grey suit.

He's an urban nymph, straight blond hair to his shoulders, bright blue eyes and pale unlined skin, an anomaly in this seedy, nighttime scene - the set of the video for "Nausea," a single from his new pop-rap hybrid album, "The Information."

"This album is a relief. I've been working on it for almost three years. It's been on my shoulders for a long time, and it's good to have it coming out and be out of my hands," he tells The Associated Press as extras, production people and his own team scurry about.

In the middle of this chaotic mix, Beck's two-year-old son Cosimo - a tiny, babbling version of his father in green alligator boots - runs around, kicking his baby bottle on the grimy, trash-hewn street.

"Daddy's dancing!" shouts Cosimo to no one in particular. His mother, Beck's pixie-ish wife, actress Marissa Ribisi, follows the tyke with her camera, gleefully snapping photos.

Twelve years since the release of Beck's breakthrough album "Mellow Gold," with its jangly anthemic hit "Loser," the 36-year-old L.A. native, singer, bohemian rapper and multi-instrumentalist has moved from eclectic slacker to family man, adding another dimension to his multifaceted persona. >>

Taron Lexton

Taron Lexton may only be 21 years old but he is an award winning director and cinematographer and his most recent product, the 30 human rights public service announcements for Youth for Human Rights International are blockbusters.

Here he is, with a cameo part in the PSA illustrating the right to a fair trial.

Zenon Duda

Sculptor Zenon Duda created a 5,000 square foot sculpture installation and event called “Requiem for the Pawns of War.”

One Missouri state legislator in attendance acknowledged it as world-class art, on par with works shown at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris.

The art work featured two components, “Iraq Body Count Labyrinth” and “Requiem.”

And another

And another great photo of the three beauties.

By the way, if you've ever seen Lisa Maria up close, she is TINY. She seems to tower over her mom and daughter here....

The Presley Women

A propos to my last posting, here are 3 generations of Presley women.

Amazing beauties, all of them.

Lisa Marie Presley

The "What is Scientology?" web site includes success stories from famous Scientologists. Here's what Lisa Marie says:

. Ron Hubbard researched man and has carefully and precisely mapped a route out of the madness, misery and unwanted conditions one can encounter in life. When applied exactly, the technology produces incredible results. Those results are very definite and eternal.

Were it not for Scientology, I would either be completely insane or dead by now. I am forever grateful for the technology of Scientology and to Mr. Hubbard who dedicated his life to helping man and this planet, as well as to the people who have dedicated their lives to helping others through Scientology.

Lisa Marie Presley

More Beck

Beck Hansen

Beck - Permanent Mutations

Rock stars or, in Beck Hansen's case, indie-underground-electronic-anti-folk stars, just love yakking about their influences. Beck makes entertaining fodder for this Christoph Dreher film, which focuses on the muso's artistic development and upbringing.

Born to Scientologist parents, Beck was raised in California and later moved to Germany, where he was infuenced by his grandfather, Fluxus artist Al Hansen (famous for dropping pianos from buildings). Later, Beck joined New York's punk-influenced anti-folk movement.

The interviews include one with his eccentric mum, visual artist Bibbe Hansen, and another during a recording session with that buxom old chain-smoker Marianne Faithfull. Gigs from albums such as Mellow Gold and Odelay spice up Beck's explanations for sourcing creative juices. "The accident sometimes communicates more than the thing that's perfect," he says after singing in Prince-like falsetto.

Beck and QOTSA Headline Event Designed To Revitalize Downtown LA

Local heroes BECK and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE brought Los Angeles' inaugural LA Weekly Detour music festival to a close on Saturday night (07OCT06), as organisers celebrated a successful debut.

The one-day festival was launched this year (06) with the aim of bringing the arts and a vibrancy to downtown Los Angeles, the city's financial district which has attracted a reputation for being a no-go area after dark in recent years.

Among the other acts appearing were Blonde Redhead, Basement Jaxx, Redd Kross and PeepingTom.

Beck told a delighted crowd, "I'm from here, Downtown LA. I was born about half a mile behind those buildings." LA Weekly's BETH SESTANOVICH outlines the intent of the event: "Detour, an annual music festival in downtown Los Angeles, demonstrates our continuing commitment to live music in the city and our shared vision of contributing to a revitalised downtown."

Jenna Elfman

I am amazed at how beautiful Jenna Elfman is.

I'm also really impressed with how committed she is to helping kids.

Recently she went to Toronto to open an exhibition that shows the application of the study technology of L. Ron Hubbard, and how much this can help kids do better in school.

She is also a very outspoken critic of the overdrugging of kids (hey - ANY drugging is overdrugging, if you asked me. Check out for more information on that).

Kelly Preston

I am so glad to see how well Kelly Preston's career is going.

Not only is she beautiful and just a joy to watch, but I had the opportunity to meet her a few months ago and she is one of the most genuinely lovely women I've ever met and the most genuine and friendliest.

And John Travolta -- a true legend -- puts on zero airs, and is just a really nice man.

Here's a little spot on her latest film:

Kelly Preston and Toby Keith Bring Country to Hollywood
September 8, 2006

How do you keep a high-powered Hollywood relationship alive? Just buy a plane!

"I'm telling you, it helps enormously," Kelly Preston revealed, who often travels with her full-time actor and part-time pilot husband John Travolta high in the sky.

So, does the couple talk in the cockpit?

"Sometimes I'll run up there with the stupidest things, like, ‘Honey, I've got to do the checklist," Kelly dished.

This week's checklist had Kelly's new movie, "Broken Bridges," at the top. The film opens Friday and co-stars country music star Toby Keith.

"He's just a good, real, down-to-earth guy," she said of Keith.

In fact, Kelly and John got so close to Toby while filming of the movie, they couldn't get the singer-actor off their couch one night. Or so Kelly says.

"He came over to our house and he says, ‘I think I drank them out of the house and home: they had no beer left,'" Kelly said, adding, "He left at 4:30 in the morning."

But Toby said, when he could stay focused, he was just collecting acting tips from Kelly.

"Yeah, she's chewing me out," he said. "But, damn, she's hot. Every scene, we get a little closer through the whole movie."

See the chemistry yourself when "Broken Bridges" hits theaters Friday.

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