KATIE HOLMES: FEARING FOR HER TOMKITTEN
Monday March 27, 2006
Katie Holmes was already worried about the upcoming birth of her baby. According to the tenets of 43-year-old fiancé
Tom Cruise's religion, Scientology, she'll have to be silent (not even a moan!) during the delivery, lest the trauma
be imprinted in her baby's brain. Plus, a source says, "Only Tom and a few Scientology supporters will be in the room —
not Katie's mother!" And Scientology advocates separating the baby from its mother for at least the first 24 hours after birth.
Now, Star has learned, Katie, 27, is equally stressed about post-birth life with baby!
rules dictate that mothers shouldn't coddle their kids or even treat them with conventional medicine when they're sick. "It's
a lot for an expectant mother to be worrying about," says a friend of Holmes.
"Katie has seen the way Tom's raising
his own kids, Connor, 11, and Isabella, 13, who are Scientologists, and I bet she's nervous about what that way of life will
mean for her child."
LIFE WITH BABY
The church reportedly sees TomKitten as a kind of "second coming" —
a kid born to two celeb Scientologists! — and will want to be sure the child's raised within the precepts of the religion
right from the start. The tyke will be minded by a Scientologist nanny, and contact with non-Scientologist family members
will be limited. This could be heart-breaking for Katie's Catholic parents, Martin and Kathleen. If they express skepticism
about their daughter's new religion, they may be cut off from the child via formal "disconnection."
As for day-to-day
life with the baby, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's founder, discouraged parents from coddling their children, calling a child
simply "a man or woman who has not attained full growth." He said that kids should be left to "cry it out" when upset. So
even if baby Cruise falls and hits his head, Katie will be discouraged from giving the child a kiss or a cuddle, but instead
told to lay the baby's head on the object it hit so the pain can flow back into it. (A church spokesperson denies that Scientology
discourages coddling and cuddling.) Adds one former Scientologist, "They also put babies to sleep with juice, which might
eventually rot the baby's teeth!" NYC-based pediatrician Dr. Ira Sacker agrees: "It affects the teeth and increases problems
with the baby's digestion."
Later, TomKitten will probably attend one of the Delphi Academies, Scientologyaffiliated
schools. In these academies, students use technology created by Hubbard to study the teachings of the religion — and
Season 6 of the series is to be released on dvd tomorrow. FINALLY!
Michelle Williams has a shot at collecting her first Oscar Sunday night for her performance
in Brokeback Mountain, but not everyone is applauding the young actress.
Williams, 25, who is nominated for
best supporting actress opposite real-life fiancé Heath Ledger (who is nominated in the best actor category), has been snubbed
in the press by the headmaster of her former school, Santa Fe Christian, in Solana Beach, Calif.
represent the values of this institution. We would not approve of her movies and TV shows," Santa Fe Christian headmaster
Jim Hopson told the San Diego Union Tribune. "We'd not like to be tied to 'Brokeback Mountain.'"
Hopson said Williams's performances, including her former role on the TV teen drama Dawson's Creek, represented the
kinds of choices of which the school didn't approve and promoted a lifestyle contrary to the values espoused by the school.
"It's not the word of God," Hopson said.
Williams's mother, Carla Williams, defended her daughter, saying of Hopson:
"He never knew her. For some people, Brokeback Mountain is difficult. He has the right to his opinion."
not everyone from Santa Fe Christian holds Hopson's view. One school employee told Carla Williams, "You tell Michelle how
much I love her." Others, she said, had called to congratulate her and her daughter, who attended the school through ninth
grade, when she left to pursue her role on Dawson's Creek.
"I know her heart, her kind soul," Carla Williams
said. "Nothing she's done as an actress has bothered me."
Cast members from two of the soon-to-disappear WB's signature series are looking to get
back into series TV.
Former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Anthony Stewart Head has signed on to play the "Him" in ABC's comedy "Him & Us,"
while Joshua Jackson, formerly of "Dawson's Creek," has joined a CBS drama from one of the showrunners of "CSI."
Head, who played Buffy's watcher Rupert Giles on "Buffy," will play the lead role of an aging rock star in "Him & Us,"
according to The Hollywood Reporter. The pilot, executive produced by Elton John, centers on the relationship between
the star, his manager and the rest of his entourage. Ashley Williams ("How I Met Your Mother") is also in the cast.
In addition to "Buffy," head starred in the BBC series "Manchild" and has a recurring part on "Little Britain," playing
the prime minister. He also appears in the romantic comedy "Imagine Me & You," which opened in limited release last week.
Jackson, meanwhile, has been cast in an untitled drama pilot from "CSI" executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. The show is
an ensemble piece about associates at a law firm toiling under a demanding partner. Jackson's character is a new associate
who is put on a death row inmate's case.
The former Pacey Witter has recently appeared in the Wes Craven/Kevin Williamson werewolf movie "Cursed" and the indie
flicks "Aurora Borealis" and "The Shadow Dancer." He's currently working on "Bobby," writer-director Emilio Estevez's dramatization
of the assassination of Robert Kennedy.
Michelle Williams won't go back to 'Dawson's Creek'
In my imagination, I see James Van Der Beek shedding a single tear. Like that Indian guy on the littering commercial.
That's because Michelle Williams, his former Dawson's Creek costar, is all but disavowing her six-season
-- six! -- tenure as vampy Jen Lindley on the WB teen soap. After nabbing a deserved Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe
nomination for her quietly powerful performance in Brokeback Mountain this week, she used precious column inches
in both USA Today and the Los Angeles Times to dis the days of Capeside yore.
On selecting movie roles, she told the Times: "Being on a show like Dawson's Creek for so long ... you
spend so much of the year doing something you are not entirely invested in. So when you devote yourself to nine months of
the year to that kind of work, you have to make awfully certain that you spend the three precious months off in a way that's
true and not time-wasting." Ouch. What would Pacey say?
To be fair, Williams has some love left for Dawson and Co. "When I do reflect on it, it's fondly," she
says. "It's just not often," she told USA Today. Embrace the Creek, Jen -- er, Michelle. It was good to you, and
you were good for it. And the producers liked you enough to wait until the last episode to kill you. In TV land, that's as
close to true love as you're going to find.
(I don't want to wait... for our lives to be over. I want to know right now; what will it be?)