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Posted at 7:14 AM ET, 01/ 7/2008

Morning Mix: Biographer Claims Cruise Runs Scientology Church

By Liz Kelly

Britney Watch: Spears leaves hospital following unwelcome visit from Dr. Phil... Source says Brit tested free of drugs and alcohol... "Friends" say Spears is bipolar... Singer spotted out and about with photog friend... Kevin Federline wins sole custody of kids.

Madonna arrives in the Indian city of Jodhpur on Sunday at the start of a family vacation. (Reuters)

Headlines: Biographer says Tom Cruise basically runs Church of Scientology, compares Suri to "Rosemary's Baby"... Screen Actors Guild says members will skip Golden Globes... Reese Witherspoon tops list of most-liked celebrities... Jack Black and wife expecting second child... Goldie Hawn bemoans paparazzi-ridden Aspen... Bill Gates jams with Slash at geek convention.

Crime Watch: Police seek extradition of woman who slashed Leonardo DiCaprio with a beer bottle in 2005... Actor Austin Nichols ("John from Cincinnati") pleads guilty to impaired driving.

Rumor Mill: Nicole Kidman drops out of film to concentrate on supposed pregnancy... Lindsay Lohan's Italian fling (one of them) kisses and tells.

By Liz Kelly  | January 7, 2008; 7:14 AM ET
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Jack Black and Kevin Smith are some sort of double blind control test on the ability of people to get laid based on sheer fame rather than any level of attractiveness.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 7, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

But Jack Black totally seems like someone who would be a blast to hang out with. Tenacious D, they reign SUPREME!

Posted by: RiverCityRoller | January 7, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

If Tom Cruise sues, it will be incumbent on him to prove the allegations are false (truth being a defense to charges of defamation). This could get very interesting.

Posted by: ep | January 7, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Oh Nicole and Penelope, I'm so glad you got away!!

Posted by: POS | January 7, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm ready to declare open season on the paparazzi. No bloodshed, mind you, but sheesh, if animal-rights activists have had success splashing red paint on fur-wearers, why can't we get some enterprising hooligans to do a spray-by on photoggies' lenses with a few cans of Krylon?

Posted by: 23112 | January 7, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Yeah - some sort of guerilla tactics to stop the paps. Then the papa-terrorists would have their own followers...reporters infiltrating their ranks, then putting news stories out on the ap... it'd be a neverending cycle!

Seriously, I'm surprise someone hasn't taken such drastic action yet.

Posted by: rachelt | January 7, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

That photo of Gates and Slash is hilarious - it looks photoshopped!

Isn't Tom Cruise kind of height challenged? In the photo of him and the Scientology leader, Miscavige, the leader is even shorter than Cruise. Maybe you shrink when you are rid of Thetans...

Still, comparing little Suri to the devil's spawn is pretty sick. She can't help her daddy is a nutcase and her mommy is brainwashed.

And, Lindsay Lohan had wild sex with some hot Italian - so?

Posted by: sunnydaze | January 7, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Geez the celebs have started on the drunk driving charges early. It's only the second week of the year.

Granted Brit needs help but Dr. Phil is not the way to go. By the way is he an actual licensed doctor?

Posted by: petal | January 7, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Granted Brit needs help but Dr. Phil is not the way to go. By the way is he an actual licensed doctor?

Posted by: petal | January 7, 2008 09:42 AM

Per his website...

Dr. Phil has a B.A. from Midwestern State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from North Texas State University with a dual area of emphasis in clinical and behavioral medicine.

Posted by: WD 21113 | January 7, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

"By the way is he an actual licensed doctor?"

Well, according to Wikipedia (I know, I know), he was, but got his license suspended due to an ethics violation. Seems he gave a patient a job, which you aren't supposed to do, and she also claimed he was "sexually inappropriate" but without details (I'm taking that with a grain o' salt).

Posted by: 23112 | January 7, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse know, I could come up with a heckuva story about how I hooked up with whatever troubled starlet you want, given a few minutes to daydream-brainstorm and type. That so-called "kiss and tell" sounds like B.S.

Posted by: 22302 | January 7, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

*tweet* FLAG on that last post, we've already used up the allotment of "sheesh" for today.

Posted by: Reading Referee | January 7, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

But "yeesh" and "geesh" are still fair game.


Posted by: Liz | January 7, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

While Dr. Phil is trained as a clinical psychologist, he apparently was disciplined by the Texas Board that governs psychologists and his license was suspended (due to an "inappropriate" relationship, as he gave a young patient a job, but denies he had any other sort of relationship with her).

It appears he never attempted to have it reinstated, and instead started a consulting service as a jury-selection expert (Courtroom Sciences, Inc.)

That's how he met Oprah - he was hired to help in her "Mad Cow" libel case. She was so impressed by him that she started bringing him on her show...the rest is inane history.

So unlike "Dr. Laura", who does have some professional counseling training but is not a doctor of psychology or psychiatry (her PhD is in physiology), Dr. Phil is actually a trained psychologist, for what it's worth.

His technique is hardly conventional though - if I had walked into his office when I had to get some therapy a decade ago, I probably would have walked out after one or two sessions.

Posted by: Chasmosaur | January 7, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, so he is a doctor.

Posted by: petal | January 7, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I think she needs the actual type of doctor that can prescribe medications, though.

Posted by: RiverCityRoller | January 7, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

She's still in my deadpool. Some people might have taken their own nervous breakdown as a sign that maybe they need to re-evaluate things. It sounds like by Sunday afternoon, she was out laughing it up with pals over mimosas.

Posted by: 23112 | January 7, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Liz, really? "Geek convention"? Can't we get past these stereotypical labels? When will people accept that videogames and gadgets are so main stream that not even the most steadfast ludite could be considered excluded from the "geek" terminology? Or, don't you own a blackberry/ipod/laptop/blog/play bejeweled/obsess over 'Lost'...

Posted by: konflikt | January 7, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Fine, Dr. Phil is a real doctor but his motive for trying to see Britney is questionable.

Dr. Phil is ranks up there with that other questionable doctor "0r. Drew".

Posted by: Lisa1 | January 7, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Yeesh, where's the love for Goldie Hawn? It must be awful to be all isolated out at your multi-million dollar ranch instead of being able to go into your "little town" to spend more money on stuff you don't need. I feel for her. I really do. As she says, "It's not fair." It's just not fair that people who made their millions through the celebrity media are the targets of the celebrity media!

Gotta go find some tissues. *sniff sniff*

Posted by: jaybbub | January 7, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

KISS would say Britney needs Doctor Love.

(calling Doctor Love)
I got the cure you're thinking of
(calling Dr. Love)

Posted by: byoolin | January 7, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

the post about goldie hawn made me giggle only because just yesterday my husband asked me who she was. and i said: she's an actress, she's famous for something. but for the life i couldn't remember what!be warned jessica simpson, there but for the grace of God go you.

Posted by: melissa | January 7, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

And, um, yeah, yeesh again on the Tom Cruise thing. I can't even read about him any more - just seeing his name in print brings on this total-body revulsion reaction.

Poor Suri. She'll never know what it's like to be an actual human.

Posted by: jaybbub | January 7, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

What I think its scary about the Dr. Phil thing is that I heard that he came to talk to Brit due to a request from her family. Now knowing Lynn Spears like we do - how much do you guess she wanted Dr. Phil to come for Brit's health vs. more publicity.

Posted by: sjcpeach | January 7, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Well, how much you want to bet the whole "nervous breakdown" was because Brit was miffed her sister took away her headlines? In Britland, it is possible.

Posted by: POS | January 7, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

At this point I think Dr. Phil is more a T.V. personality than a real doctor. I don't think real doctors, you know, the kind who are looking out for your welfare, would capitolize on the situation of a patient.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

at this point i think it's more likely that jamie lynn spears' kid is the spawn of l ron hubbard or maybe satan, the way they are pimping out the child before it's even born....

if she and mom do show up on dr. phil (IMHO a non-licensed gadfly who has as much business counseling people as w does running the country) today to talk about themselves and britney, they really are from hell.

Posted by: b | January 7, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

So...Dr. Phil isn't exactly a doctor (thanks Chasmosaur, great info), but he plays one on TV. Got it.

Posted by: surlychick | January 7, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

byoolin, where is Venus Flytrap from WKRP when you need him?

Posted by: BDWESQTM | January 7, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

byoolin, you sure it isn't Dr. Feelgood? After all, he's the one that makes you feel alright...

Bipolar? No kidding. Next they'll tell us she drinks too much sometimes.

Posted by: EricS | January 7, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Other Doctors under consideration:

Johnny Fever
Doctor Gimme The News

as well as Livingstone, I presume.

Posted by: byoolin | January 7, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Can't we please send the Navy SEALS or the 82nd Airborne on a stealth rescue mission into Cruiseland, and have them extract Katie and Suri?

Posted by: niceFLguy | January 7, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

In defense of Goldie Hawn, she is 100 times the actress Jessica Simpson will ever be (but that's not saying much). She also has one thing Jessica will never Oscar. I am no huge Goldie fan, but to compare her to Jessica Simpson is just so wrong.

Posted by: Whoa...hold it on the Goldie bashing | January 7, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

If Tom Cruise runs the Church of Scientology, is Dan Snyder the Church's Sugar Daddy?

Posted by: DB Cooper | January 7, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I have a CPOW for Celebritologists that if I could link to would probably get me in trouble. Since I'm too lame to know how to link I'll direct everyone to today's 'Baby Blues'.

Posted by: jes | January 7, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Other Doctors under consideration .....

Julius M. Hibbert
Nick Rivera

Posted by: TonyR | January 7, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha - nice one, Jes.

Posted by: h3 | January 7, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

(for byoolin)

Spears needs Dr. Teeth, baby.
Rock on.

Posted by: 16828 | January 7, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

A clinical psychologist is not necessarily a need to be a psychiatrist (gone through medical school) or have a doctorate.

Posted by: CJB | January 7, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Possibly Dr. Frakenstein

Dr. Otto Octavius
Dr. Banner
Doctor Strange

Dr. Ikari perhaps? Britney could very well be a harbinger of the appocalypse.

Posted by: EricS | January 7, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I believe the actual allegation in the unauthorized TC biography is that Suri's real father is L. Ron Hubbard (using frozen sperm).

I don't buy it, she looks too much like Tom (for good or ill).

Posted by: CJB | January 7, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

More doctors:

Denton (of pajama fame)
Bronner (of hippies' favorite soap fame)

God, this beats "working"!

Posted by: jaybbub | January 7, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Let us not forget Dr. Spaceman. (30 Rock)

Posted by: RiverCityRoller | January 7, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Kevorkian. Then what would we talk about?

Posted by: Hmmmm... | January 7, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Nice one Jes...I had the same thought, only work got in the way and I forgot about it.

Posted by: WDC 21113 | January 7, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Can't we please send the Navy SEALS or the 82nd Airborne on a stealth rescue mission into Cruiseland, and have them extract Katie and Suri?

Posted by: niceFLguy | January 7, 2008 11:45 AM

Now that HAS to be the comment of the week! Great idea, FLguy!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I would definitely like to see the Navy SEALS and/or the 82nd Airborne extract Katie and Suri......perhaps Ken Burns and Andrew Morton could collaborate on a documentary about said extraction. Tom Hanks and Samuel L. Jackson could do the narration.

Posted by: Magnolia | January 7, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

How old is LiLo's Italian boy-toy, 12? His comments sound like something a prepubescent boy would say.

Dr. Phil's teeth are practically flourescent! Yeesh, dude, ease up on the whitener.

Okay, the whole Tom Cruise thing made me so queasy I had to stop reading. I hope Andrew Morton has some seriously good bodyguards and has updated his life insurance.

Nicole Kidman sure looked good when she was au naturel ... sigh.

Posted by: Californian | January 7, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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