The Gift That Keeps on Giving


Written on 9:36 PM by Jack B.

Picture via Gallery of the Absurd which I found via Truth, Beauty, Love, and Elisa.

The epic saga of Thomas Cruise Mapother IV and his fiancee, Katie Holmes continues. Now we have the news that Katie "disappeared for 16 days" in April and when she came back for air, she had dumped two of her best friends, and her manager and her agent and got a "new best friend" (who just happened to be a big Scientology supporter) and fell in "love" with Tom Cruise (Mr. Clambake himself)

The time line goes something like this:

Holmes was busy during that first week in April. On April 7, she was photographed at the Fragrance Foundation's FiFi event. Four days later, Holmes was still in New York and was photographed at VH1's "Save the Music" concert. She still had not met Cruise. Sometime that week, her friends say,she flew to Los Angeles for a meeting with Cruise about a role in "Mission:Impossible 3." The meeting took place after April 11. The next time anyone heard from Holmes was on April 27, when she appeared in public as Cruise's girlfriend and love of his life.Where was she during those 16 days?

Somewhere during that time, she decided to fire both her manager and agent, each of whom she had been with for years and who were devoted to her.The manager, John Carrabino, also handles Renée Zellweger and is beloved by his clients.

Holmes also acquired a new best friend, Jessica Feshbach, the daughter of Joe Feshbach, a controversial Palo Alto, Calif., bond trader. The Feshbach family, according to published documents, has donated millions to the Church of Scientology. Jessica's aunt even runs a Scientology center in Florida.According to Richard Behar's now famous 1991 story in Time magazine about Scientology, the Feshbachs were the subject of congressional hearings in 1989. Behar wrote: "The heads of several companies claimed that Feshbach operatives have spread false information to government agencies and posed in various guises — such as a Securities and Exchange Commission official — in an effort to discredit the companies and drive the stocks down. "Michael Russell, who ran a chain of business journals, testified that a Feshbach employee called his bankers and interfered with his loans. Sometimes the Feshbachs send private detectives to dig up dirt on firms, which is then shared with business reporters, brokers and fund managers."

There is some fear among Holmes' close circle that her
instant romance with Cruise is not as organic as portrayed.
For one thing, Holmes was raised a strict Catholic. Also, gone from the picture are two close Holmes friends who used to be with her when she did publicity for a film.
One of these is Meghann Birie, a childhood friend who has suddenly disappeared from Holmes' world. Another, a local TV producer here in New York, was too afraid to discuss the situation with me.

We know that Cruise auditioned several actresses for this role before settling on Holmes. This column reported a story about Jennifer Garner. There have been published stories about Kate Bosworth, Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Alba being approached.A newer one involves Scarlett Johansson, who ran for her life when presented with a fait accompli dinner at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood.

And history has been rewritten since the April 27 unveiling. Curiously, since the Cruise-Holmes situation popped up, we have heard over and over again that Cruise was the young actress' idol when she was growing up.That's certainly interesting because all of the publicity that used to run on Holmes — still found all over the Internet — lists another Tom as her favorite actor. That would be Tom Hanks.

Personally, I find this frightening stuff. I mean, the kind of stuff people stage an intervention for or hire a cult de-programmer. Cause this stuff? Truly is cultlike. I mean I know they think of themselves as a religion but I'm not quite sure of any mainstream religion that takes you away from the people you know and grow up, give you "handlers" to make sure you stay in line, purposely seeks to recruit famous celebrities and not Joe Blow in the street (who couldn't afford their "auditing" fees), copyright their religious texts and sues into bankruptcy anyone who dares says anything bad about them (now I wonder if they will sue me for writing that?). And the most bizarre part from my point of view is that they're following some hokey mumbo jumbo made up by L. Ron Hubbard. I mean Harlan Ellison, I would give a listen to. Robert Heinlein, I could understand. But L. Ron Hubbard? Please, the guy was average (if that). At least Buddha found Nirvana and Jesus walked on water. What did L. Ron Hubbard do other than write the book that one of the worst movies of all time, Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000, was based on. I mean, seriously, who watches that movie (if anybody ever actually did) and says to themselves: "L. Ron, you are my GOD!".

This is some crazy (in a bad way) stuff - if I was one of Katie Holmes's loved ones I'd spirit her away from Tom-tom and her "handlers" the first chance I got.

Meanwhile if you're still not convinced that that something freaky-deeky is going on with Tom-tom, take a look at this clip.

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