by Kat Giantis
May 23, 2005
Has Tom Cruise received a medical degree in his spare time? The megastar is openly questioning the treatment Brooke Shields received for her crippling postpartum depression, a struggle she details in her new memoir, "Down Came the Rain."
Tom, sticking close to Scientology's anti-psychiatry party line, believes Shields, despite experiencing what she has described as suicidal thoughts, should have avoided taking the anti-depressant drug Paxil following the birth of her daughter, Rowan, in 2003.
"These drugs are dangerous. I have actually helped people come off," Cruise proselytizes, er, says, in an interview with Access Hollywood set to air Thursday (via the New York Daily News). "When you talk about postpartum, you can take people today, women, and what you do is you use vitamins."
According to Dr. Tom, "There is a hormonal thing that is going on, scientifically, you can prove that. But when you talk about emotional, chemical imbalances in people, there is no science behind that. You can use vitamins to help a woman through those things."
(And somewhere, a "War of the Worlds" marketing exec smacks his forehead and tries to convince himself that moms really won't comprise too much of the movie's opening weekend audience.)
The actor, who made his film debut in the 1981 Shields' clunker "Endless Love," adds, "Here is a woman, and I care about Brooke Shields because I think she is an incredibly talented woman -- you look at, where has her career gone?"
When he's not dissing the "Suddenly Susan" star's B-list status and medical choices, Cruise, 42, has been out promoting his ardor for girlfriend-of-about-a-month Katie Holmes, 26, to major media outlets.
But was the actress, who has had a difficult few weeks, what with the tabloids gleefully analyzing her facial blemishes and allegedly bunion-filled feet, a runner-up for toothy Tom's affections?
According to the Daily News, the A-lister originally hoped to woo the once and possibly future flame of Orlando Bloom.
"Before Katie, he was interested in Kate Bosworth," a mole tattles to the paper. But it appears the 22-year-old actress, currently Down Under filming the blockbuster-to-be "Superman Returns," was able to resist the all-consuming Cruise charisma.
While Kate's rep is mum, Tom's sister-turned-mouthpiece LeeAnn Devett pooh-poohs the rumor, insisting to the Daily News, "That is completely and utterly false information."
Either way, he seems perfectly content in his current choice, with his admiration now bordering on hysteria.
"I love this woman," Cruise enthuses to Access. "I've got to tell you something, I'm not going to hide it. I am so happy and I am not going to pretend or hide it or be shy. This woman is magnificent ... I'm really, really happy and I can't contain it. I'm not going to pretend."
He's equally effusive on Monday's Oprah, pumping his fists and falling to one knee in excitement, and racing backstage in an attempt to bring out a skittish Holmes, who tries to scamper away (go with that feeling, sweetie).
"I've known Tom a long time, and he has always been so private," marvels Oprah. "I've never seen him like this before -- he's gone."
When MTV News asked him why he's going so public with his amour, he explains, "When I make a move like that, I'm saying, 'This is my woman.'" (No word on whether that statement was followed by a grunt and some chest-beating.)
Says the star, "People are going to do what they are going to do. Here's the thing: You can't think in terms of what are people going to do or say. [Stepping out with her publicly is] saying, 'I want to share my life with this woman; this woman is exceptional, she is special, she is extraordinary and I have great respect for her.' And it's saying, 'I got nothing to hide. I'm happy.' I'm happy, man ... she is something else."
So what does Cruise look for in a woman, besides the ability to reciprocate his immediate and intense passion? "I'm concerned about whether or not someone can keep up with me," he tells MTV. "I got a fast life. I got a lot going on."
Including the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, which he seems to be introducing to Holmes. The couple, who recently enjoyed a Mexican holiday with Tom's two kids, reportedly visited a Scientology-affiliated school in Los Angeles two weeks ago.
And just in case you've been in a cave ... on Mars ... with your fingers in your ears, Cruise hits theaters in "War of the Worlds" on June 27, while Holmes plays second banana to Christian Bale's Caped Crusader in "Batman Begins" starting on June 15.
Newlywed Renée: 'I'm Very, Very Happy'
Renée Zellweger is so thrilled to be a bride she's finally decided to open up about her love life. The usually tight-lipped Oscar winner, who wed Kenny Chesney in a surprise sunset ceremony on St. John in the Virgin Islands on May 9, says she's still basking in the glow of becoming a missus.
"I haven't had time to really sit down and absorb it all, but I'm very, very happy," she tells the London Mirror. "I've met someone who understands me and my life, what makes me happy and what's important to me -- and that's invaluable."
For those who have wondered what, exactly, lies beneath the country crooner's ubiquitous cowboy hat, Renée helpfully adds, "And he is really cute."
The couple, whose head-spinning courtship began in January when they met at NBC's "Concert of Hope" tsunami benefit, exchanged vows and plain silver wedding bands in a barefoot, no-frills ceremony before friends and family.
"Now I'm a member of the club," gloats the "Bridget Jones" star of her no-longer-solo status.
Zellweger, currently out plugging the boxing drama "Cinderella Man" (for which Oscar buzz is already building), is certain she's found the love of her life, declaring, "I wouldn't be wearing this ring on my finger if I hadn't."
The future, however, remains a question mark. While there's talk the actress, 36, has asked Chesney, 37, who has homes in Nashville and on St. John, to move into her million-dollar Connecticut estate, she says they haven't yet figured out the geography of the relationship.
"I've never sat down and said, 'OK, this is the new plan,'" she explains, joking that given her constantly touring hubby's nomadic lifestyle, "I guess I'll be living from trailer to tour bus."
The baby issue is also up in the air, but Zellweger says she's "never been a girl who made a list of how many kids she wants." Echoing Doris Day, she figures, "Whatever will be, will be."
And given the major changes in her life of late, you can forgive the slimline star for being a little emotional. According to the paper, Renee became weepy as she described her commitment to Chesney.
"If you have faith, things will work out in terms of marriage and relationships," says the ex of Jack White, Jim Carrey, Damien Rice, etc., tissue in hand. "And if you have nothing but each other, then you have plenty."
Gwyn Stumps; Chris Grumps
Gwyneth Paltrow continues to make her way back into the public eye. The Oscar winner, whose adorable baby Apple celebrated her first birthday on May 14, has inked a multiyear deal to rent out her famous face to Estée Lauder.
"Years ago, endorsing a product was considered something a movie actress shouldn't do, but now having a contract is almost like a status symbol," Paltrow maintains to USA Today.
The actress, 32, who has previously shilled for liquor company Martini & Rossi and Italian jeweler Damiani, will appear first in ads for Pleasures perfume before posing for a cosmetics campaign.
"I don't tend to wear a lot of makeup in my daily life -- just lip gloss, sunscreen and maybe some mascara," she says.
Gwyn, who put her big screen career on hold after Apple's arrival save for a minor role in the upcoming drama "Running with Scissors," believes the easy modeling money is a smart move.
"It allows me to be with my daughter," she explains to the paper, "which is what I want to do until some fantastic movie role comes along and makes me change my mind."
By the by, don't believe those whispers that Gwyn and hubby Chris Martin may soon be adding another fruit-let to their brood. Her rep tells the New York Daily News that despite the baby talk, she's not pregnant.
Speaking of Martin, he raves to Newsweek that fatherhood "is [bleeping] amazing," and asserts he never had any worries about assuming the daddy role.
"Nobody's ready for anything," the Coldplay frontman tells the mag. "That's life. But we're talking about a thing in my life -- my daughter -- that is nothing but positive, that brings me nothing but happiness. I know I have to work hard. I know I can't quit the band now and become a crack addict. But there are bigger things to fear in life, you know? Going deaf. Having to sit through an Anthony Minghella film."
But when asked if any of the songs off the band's new album, "X&Y" (out June 7), are about Gwyn and Apple, Martin's well-known grumpy side begins to emerge. "No, not really. I mean, I don't know," he deflects. "I don't give a [bleep] what they're about. They're about what they're about."
Still, several critics are convinced the "OC"-featured torch song "Fix You," the album's second single, was inspired by the loss of Gwyneth's dad, Bruce Paltrow, who died of complications from throat cancer in 2002 (sample lyric: "Tears come streaming down your face/When you lose something you can't replace").
(In a recent interview with the London Evening Standard, Mrs. Martin admits she battled depression and feelings of guilt after her father's death. "I was in so much denial for so much of his illness," she tells the paper. "The thought of life without my father was totally unfathomable.")
Wherever Martin gets his inspiration, he's keeping his expectations in check for the group's musical future: "We're trying to get to the very highest level. We want to be better than Mozart. That doesn't mean we are, but that's what we're trying for. To me, there's no point in trying for anything less."
Ozzy and Sharon to Sell Beverly Hills 'Sewer'
If these walls could talk, they'd likely tell an expletive-filled tale about poorly housetrained dogs, harassed cats, flying baked hams and a slew of generally bad behavior.
But hey, if you've got an extra $11.9 million lying around and don't mind the lingering smell of dog poop, you could own the Beverly Hills mansion where Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly filmed four dysfunctional seasons of their MTV reality series, "The Osbournes."
"Our kids have moved out," Sharon tells People of the sale. "It's time for us to move on."
Their extensively remodeled estate, which Ozzy has referred to as "Beverly Hills' most expensive sewer," features six bedrooms and seven bathrooms in a cramped 12,000 square feet. It also comes with a gourmet kitchen (the site of many a family confrontation), a master suite with fireplace, two maid's rooms, a spa, guesthouse and pool.
The Los Angeles Times reports the veteran rock couple is close to sealing a deal on new 90210 digs, which will have more land for their menagerie of bowel-challenged animals.
Sharon tells People their Mediterranean-style manse has "so many memories -- from the show to my cancer ... So much drama there." A bubble-wrap-scarred Ozzy is less sentimental about the move: "Since we've been married, we've rented or bought 27 houses in 23 years. I always say, 'Can't we let the paint dry before we move on?'" Or, if not the paint, the doggie piddle?
Kelly, meanwhile, has decided to ditch LaLa Land for life in London. "I'm moving back at the end of the year," the cleavage-popping scion, 20, tells the London Mirror. "I've rented a house and we'll buy it soon."
Why the major change of scenery? "L.A.'s a fantasy dream world. It's so fake, though," she tells the paper. "People think the streets are paved with gold but they're actually paved with [expletive frequently found on the floor of the Osbourne home] and with [bleep-y] people."
Quickies: Angelina, Kylie and More
Angelina Jolie may be flying around the world to rendezvous with Brad Pitt, but she still has time for her ex. People reports the sultry siren reunited with first husband Jonny Lee Miller in London on Thursday, taking in his play "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" and joining him for dinner at the Ivy. Pitt, meanwhile, has been sporting an oddball piece of jewelry on his finger -- a silver ring with a big ol' hole where a jewel might go, reports In Touch, which says it's a gift from Angie. When quizzed by GQ, the actor said it was given to him by "a friend."
Did Kylie Minogue emerge from successful breast cancer surgery on Friday with a little something extra on her left hand? The British tabloids claim the pop star's French squeeze Olivier Martinez asked her to marry him shortly after her operation. But a Minogue rep tells Melbourne's Herald-Sun no question-popping took place and they currently have no plans to tie the knot.
Speaking of engagements, Tommy Lee is dismissing claims he's looking to get serious with Tara Reid. The ink-stained drummer's reps tell Extra the aisle-walk rumors are untrue. Still, the new Ick couple is happy to moon over one another, with the top-heavy actress eloquently remarking to the show, "He's a really, really fun person," and the hard-living Lee concurring, "Yeah, she's fun." Also fun: Tara's new gig as host of E!'s "Wild On!" series, for which she'll be paid to party around the globe. Talk about casting to type.
Naomi Campbell had a very unhappy 35th birthday -- and chances are her assistant didn't have all that much fun, either. The London Evening Standard reports a thief made off with nearly $50,000 worth of the temperamental supermodel's jewels and couture while she was in Cannes for the film festival. Several of the items were apparently due to be auctioned off last week in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a cause Campbell has promoted for several years.
And finally, in news that will have "tell me what you want what you really really want" running through your head for the rest of the day, the Spice Girls may be looking to get back together. The London Sun claims the onetime purveyors of bubblegum pop could pocket close to $20 million apiece if plans fall into place for a reunion tour. Mel B, AKA Scary Spice, tells Britain's GMTV that she hopes to hook up with Sporty, Posh, Ginger and Baby next year, "if we can get everything sorted and together." None of the girls has had much luck as solo acts, but we're hopeful things aren't so dire that someone will get the idea to do a sequel to "Spice World."