Wednesday, July 20, 2005

(Gossippin' on Salacious Sizz-urrrp...) "Bush had a horrible reputation and knew the D.C. strip club scene a little too well..."

RADAR Online

D.C.’s Broken Social Scene

When first Lady Laura Bush joked that her born-again husband’s early bedtime was turning her into a “desperate housewife” recently, she drew more than a few knowing snickers from D.C.’s better hostesses. “The president and first lady have always set the social tone in D.C.,” notes one longtime Washington gadfly. “But the Bushes are never here! They treat the White House like their temporary quarters and then jet to Texas or Camp David on the weekends. You never see them eating in restaurants like you would the Clintons or Reagans or even his parents. They’re a complete and utter drag.” Nor do the Bushes host lavish parties at the White House like their socially-invested predecessors.

“Even during the winter, I’ve heard Laura only spends one week a month at the White House and the rest of the time she’s at the ranch in Texas. I know from friends at the embassies that foreign dignitaries never bring their wives anymore because the White House no longer hosts state dinners,” our source tattles. Security concerns aside, one reason for the President’s reluctance to enter the social whirl may be a fear of running into old friends. According to our source, when George and Laura lived in Georgetown with their twin daughters in the early 80’s while his father was serving as Vice President to Ronald Reagan, “Bush had a horrible reputation and knew the D.C. strip club scene a little too well.” No wonder Laura prefers Crawford and the comfort of Laura Ingalls Wilder.


Jared Leto’s Oscar-Worthy Part

What is it about underemployed actor Jared Leto that’s enabled him to consistently snare ladies like Cameron Diaz, Britney Spears, Scarlett Johansson and Lindsey Lohan? Mere weeks after Mark Felt emerged from the shadows, the 33-year-old Requiem for a Dream star’s own Deep Throat, porn actress Corina Taylor, has come forward with the answer: Apparently, Leto’s true talent resides in his pants.

Taylor, the X-rated star of such celluloid classics as 1 Dick 2 Chicks Part 2 and The Blowjob Adventures of Dr. Fellatio Part 42, tells Radar she got cozy with Leto on his tour bus in Little Rock, Ark, along with a few strippers and bandmates from his vanity project, 30 Seconds from Mars, in April 2002. “I’ve been a porn actress for three years and Jared was the most I ever had to work with,” Corina gushes. “There’s definitely a second career available for him if he ever runs out of mainstream work.” Or, gets run out on a rail. Now that the three-legged Leto has moved on to tiny 19-year-old Ashley Olsen, we can only hope some larger-scale starlet catches his eye before disaster strikes. Leto’s publicist, Robin Baum, did not return calls or e-mails for comment by press time.


Cruise News, Keri Russell Edition

Is Keri Russell the latest ingenue to fall under Scientology’s spell? Ever since Russell scored her plum supporting role in Mission Impossible III, we hear, the Felicity alumna has “suddenly become very interested” in co-star Tom Cruise’s much-mocked religion—and is excited to learn more from the master. She’s even been spotted buying books on Scientology and visiting the sect’s L.A. Celebrity Center, sources say. Russell’s publicist said she is “on hiatus” while her client is filming and could not comment, but it sounds as if the actress may be one of Cruise’s few fans in the production. Though Paramount decided to proceed with the spy sequel—an assistant in co-producer Paula Wagner’s office said filming starts in Italy on July 18—Cruise’s War of the Worlds publicity meltdown made the studio wary of giving their proselytizing star too much leeway.

“Paramount is terrified that it will be deluged with lawsuits from extras, caterers, and actors who will say that they were coerced into Scientology on the set,” an insider tells us. “Tom is not passive about having those tents set up. On the War of the Worlds set, he directed people to them and often asked them to talk out their issues in the Scientology tent.”

But it’s not only the studio—Cruise is feeling the friction, too. “Tom is pissed that Paramount is going head to head with him over these issues,” says another studio insider. “He really feels he is helping people and that Paramount is trying to prevent him from doing that. But they just want their movie made—they don’t want to be involved in all this other crap.”

Paramount spokeswoman Janise Madatian called reports of a rift between Cruise and the studio “incorrect,” saying, “There’s no problem between Paramount and Tom. We have a great relationship.” Cruise’s publi-sis, Lee Anne De Vette, agreed. “Tom’s been working with the studio for years and they have a great relationship. There’s no friction. That’s a crock of shit.” As for her brother’s onset demands, De Vette said that during the shooting of WOTW, Cruise didn’t ask for the “assist” tents to be set up—”they were already there” when he arrived. Furthermore, she said that although Cruise invited Scientology volunteers onto the set to man the tents, no one felt pressured to use them:

“Tom received a lot of letters from people who had assists thanking him, and there are a lot of people who didn’t have them, too. If you don’t want them, don’t have them! It’s like the coffee he brings onset. If you don’t want coffee, don’t have the coffee!” De Vette added that, in addition to coffee and Scientology volunteers, another perk of working with Cruise is complementary foodstuffs from Coldstone Creamery and In N’ Out Burger. Asked whether these types of amenities will be on the set of MI III, De Vette said “absolutely.” Mmmm…delicious!

Previously: A Method To Cruise’s Madness?
Scientology’s Catholic Guilt
$cientology Truth or Dare!
Cruise Encounters of the Third Kind
Katie Holmes’ Magical ‘Best Friend’