Comment Box: What's Brangelina's Sign?
Happy Monday from a rain-soaked Washington, D.C. where the coffee is hot and your comments and questions are center stage.
Is it true that Brad and Angelina are planning to sign with their baby? and teach their older children? -- Michelle Lancaster on Baby Brangelina
Hi Michelle, I've searched the Web for a story either supporting or refuting this rumor and can find nothing mentioning Angelina and her brood in the same sentence with "sign language." However, Brad Pitt is a different story. He stars with Cate Blanchett and an ensemble cast in the upcoming "Babel" -- described as a "polyglot, multi-everything film" tracing "the various miseries of American tourists in Morocco, a Mexican nanny living in Southern California, two very young Moroccan goat-herders, and a deaf-mute schoolgirl in Japan." The film, which screened at Cannes, does feature sign language and early reviews are positive.
Why the need to identify Cruise's other children as adopted? Why not say his children with ex-wife Nicole Kidman or something else? The fact that they are adopted has no relevance to this piece, and sets up a dichotomy that parents don't see or feel. -- Curious on Cruisin' for a Bruisin'
Curious, you're right. There's no difference where love for children is concerned. I brainlessly co-opted what has become a pretty much standard reference to the children shared by Cruise and Kidman. In the future, though, I'll drop the A-word.
I watched some film about clowns who were three people escaped from hospital, they had mental problems and then attacked children who were at home alone, but I don't remember the name of it. That would be the best film of all. -- Ozzy on The Best Scare Fare
Ozzy, fear not (what I mean is don't despair never learning the name of this movie, but definitely continue the very rational fear of clowns). As soon as you said clowns and hospital in the same breath, I instantly recalled the masterpiece that is "Clown House." From its clever title to a winning performance from the young Sam Rockwell ("Matchstick Men", "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"), this 1989 film is a must-see. And although it has an R rating, this bloodbath is blood-free, so invite your squeamish friends over for a screening without worries!
Who do Scientologists pray to? -- Wondering on Cruisin' for a Bruisin'
Good question. After vainly searching for the Scientology tome given to me by church representatives last year, I turned to their Web site for answers. As far as I can tell, Scientologists do indeed believe in a "Supreme Being", "although its dogma is unique and does not include the worship of one."
But, this article on About.com posits that Scientologists pray to the Supreme Being as an appeal higher power, but that since Scientologist is not a dogmatic tradition, members sometimes continue to practice other religions -- such as Catholicism -- in which case they'd be praying to the same old Christian conception of God.
I'm going to go clear the cookies off my computer now. Until tomorrow...
| June 12, 2006; 12:00 PM ET
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