Ariana Huffington has now launched her collective celebrity blog, The Huffington Post
Seems well laid out. You can already read Brad Hall
(Julia Julia Louis-Dreyfus' husband) complaining about efforts to ban gay marriage. I think it's supposed to be funny, but it just kind of cements why nobody has heard of Brad Hall in 20 years (he used to do the news on Saturday Night Live).
Ellen DeGeneres writes about horses being slaughtered, and John Cusack writes about a Hunter S. Thompson memorial. Okay. Anyway, looks like there might be some interesting stuff there.
The most interesting thing I found was actually a link to this interview
between German newspaper Der Spiegel
and Tom Cruise and Steven Speilberg, in which the interviewer browbeats Cruise about his Scientology beliefs.
SPIEGEL: We visited one of your locations near Los Angeles and were amazed to find a fully staffed tent of the Scientology organization right next to the food tents for the journalists and extras.
Cruise: What were you amazed about?
SPIEGEL: Why do you go so extremely public about your personal convictions?
Cruise: I believe in freedom of speech. I felt honored to have volunteer Scientology ministers on the set. They were helping the crew. When I'm working on a movie, I do anything I can to help the people I'm spending time with. I believe in communication.
SPIEGEL: The tent of a sect at someone's working place still seems somewhat strange to us. Mr. Spielberg, did that tent strike you as unusual?
Spielberg: I saw it as an information tent. No one was compelled to frequent it, but it was available for anybody who had an open mind and was curious about someone else's belief system.
Cruise:The volunteer Scientology ministers were there to help the sick and injured. People on the set appreciated that. I have absolutely nothing against talking about my beliefs. But I do so much more. We live in a world where people are on drugs forever. Where even children get drugged. Where crimes against humanity are so extreme that most people turn away in horror and dismay. Those are the things that I care about. I don't care what someone believes. I don't care what nationality they are. But if someone wants to get off drugs, I can help them. If someone wants to learn how to read, I can help them. If someone doesn't want to be a criminal anymore, I can give them tools that can better their life. You have no idea how many people want to know what Scientology is.
SPIEGEL: Do you see it as your job to recruit new followers for Scientology?
Cruise: I'm a helper. For instance, I myself have helped hundreds of people get off drugs. In Scientology, we have the only successful drug rehabilitation program in the world. It's called Narconon.
SPIEGEL: That's not correct. Yours is never mentioned among the recognized detox programs. Independent experts warn against it because it is rooted in pseudo science.
Cruise: You don't understand what I am saying. It's a statistically proven fact that there is only one successful drug rehabilitation program in the world. Period.
SPIEGEL: With all due respect, we doubt that. Mr. Cruise, you made studio executives, for example from Paramount, tour Scientology's "Celebrity Center" in Hollywood. Are you trying to extend Scientology's influence in Hollywood?
Cruise: I just want to help people. I want everyone to do well.
Damn, that's entertaining stuff. I would guess Cruise won't be doing interviews with Der Spiegel
for a while.
Anyway, that link was way more interesting than any of the actual entries from celebrities...but then again, it just got started.