The 16 year old suffered a seizure and died at the beginning of 2009 while on a family vacation and Jerry Maguire star Preston insists the teachings of the much-maligned Church of Scientology and frequent visits to the Scientology Center helped her through the pain.
She tells Health magazine, "I don't know if I would have made it through without it."
The actress has since given birth to another boy, baby Benjamin, and shows him off on the cover of the lifestyle magazine's upcoming issue.
People enjoy joking about Scientology. Next to laughing about Paris Hilton's herpes medication, the religion is one of the most revisited topics in comedy routines today. And for the most part, that's fine -- chuckles for everyone are allowed. But one person we all should be aware of before cracking up about the L. Ron Hubbard-founded Church is Kelly Preston, who recently told Health magazine that the religion helped her cope with the death of the 16 year-old son she had with John Travolta, Jett, who passed away after suffering a seizure in January of 2009. On what pushed her through the unthinkably tough time, Preston explained "To be honest, [it was] the Scientology Center. I don't know if I would have made it without it." It appears as though the religion also encouraged her to push forward with her life, because then she explained how she found out she was pregnant two years after Jett's death: "We [had been trying] for quite a few years. When I found out I was pregnant, I was floored. I'd snuck out of bed and then came back and woke Johnny up in bed. We both started crying. It was wonderful." So even though we can't erase the Scientology episode of South Park from the world's records, we should really start focusing more on how incredible it is when people overcome a tremendous tragedy, instead of obsessing over how crazy or strange the beliefs that helped them keep going are.
The foundation John Travolta set up in honour of his late teenage son Jett donated $2,560 ($1,600) to the controversial Church of Scientology in 2010. The charity gave away a total of $28,160 (£17,600) to various non-profit organisations last year (10).
The Burn After Reading star created Mrs. Mudd in 2002 and now he's designed another range called Technobohemian, which will include printed button-down shirts, woven ties, and tailored jackets.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I am inspired by the appearance of a bohemian of the new millennium. I thought it was necessary to update the figure of the bohemian but not in the traditional way. It was necessary to make it cosmopolitan, present and fully engaged in the technological world we live in today."
Malkovich's items can be purchased at select boutiques across the United States, including Blue Tree in New York and Church in Los Angeles.
Moss, wearing a rhinestone studded gown by John Galliano and Manolo Blahnik shoes, tied the knot with The Kills frontman at 12th century St. Peter's Church in Little Faringdon, Gloucestershire - near the home the couple shares.
A number of special guests were in attendance at the ceremony on Friday (01Jul11) - Moss' daughter Lila, eight, was a member of the 15-strong bridal party, and stars Kelly Osbourne, Rhys Ifans and Sadie Frost were there to show their support.
The bride arrived at the church in a silver Rolls Royce, accompanied by her daughter, dad Peter and photographer Mario Testino.
Hince's bandmate Alison Mosshart served as the groom's bestwoman.
The newlyweds and their wedding party are set to mark the nuptials with a three-day celebration at their country home over the weekend (01-03Jul11).
According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper, the after-party will include musical performances by rap stars Snoop Dogg and Kanye West.
Tweeting from the post-wedding party, Osbourne writes, "This is the most beautiful, loving, amazing wedding I have ever been to. it's magical when you see people really in love!"
Moss and Hince announced their engagement in February (11).
As I expect every one of you is a Pixar fan (being otherwise is a sign of sociopathy), you might have noticed a similarity in the voices of characters like Toy Story’s Hamm, WALL-E’s John and Mack from Cars and its upcoming sequel, Cars 2. That’s because they, and six other characters spanning eleven movies and counting, are all voiced by John Ratzenberger. He might be the only performer to have held such consistency with this particular company, but he is not unique in being an actor who repeatedly works with the same people. In fact, we've come up with a list of nine other proverbial Ratzenberger's and their respective Pixar's:
MICHAEL CAINE & CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
Michael Caine is one of those rare immortal actors who is completely untouchable. I’ve never heard even the most contrarian of my hipster friends say that Michael Caine is overrated. As such, it’s no surprise why rising powerhouse Christopher Nolan has opted to stick him in his last four (and upcoming fifth) directing pursuits. Caine’s roles do not vary much between these films—he’s always wise, good-natured and the only person the much younger hero can trust. He’s always someplace between the movie and the audience. And he’s always got at least one scene-stealing quip at the protagonist’s expense. But can you really take issue with this repetitiveness? With a resume like The Prestige, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception and the unhealthily anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, how can you blame this dynamic duo for sticking with a formula that works?
STEVE BUSCEMI & THE COEN BROTHERS
The Coen Brothers. They’ve made some gold. They’ve made some silver. Throughout the 1990s, the Coen Brothers made five movies, and Steve Buscemi was in each one, as well as their short film part of a collaborative anthology, Paris Je T’Aime, in 2006. Buscemi had bit parts in Miller’s Crossing and The Hudsucker Proxy, a slightly larger one in Barton Fink, and was the second male lead to William H. Macy in Fargo. But, like everyone who went to college, I favor, of course, The Big Lebowski, and cherish every second Buscemi was onscreen as Theodore Donald Kirobatsos. He really tied the movie together.
J.K. SIMMONS & JASON REITMAN
If I may just start out by saying something entirely uncontroversial: J.K. Simmons is awesome. He is as typecast as you can get, and it seems that neither he nor we seem to have any problem with this. Jason Reitman: also awesome. Juno was awesome. I don’t care what you say, everyone I’ve ever met. I loved that movie.
Reitman is still relatively new to filmmaking. Aside from Juno, his feature resume up to this point consists only of Thank You For Smoking and Up in the Air. Coming out later this year is Young Adult: a drama about a young woman seeking romance after a divorce. This film, as well, will include Simmons among the cast (playing gruff-but-lovable, no doubt), and is written by Diablo Cody—who also wrote the screenplay for Juno. Which was awesome.
JOHNNY DEPP & TIM BURTON
Not all of these friendships produce good material. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, both individually and as a pair, have indeed given us some memorable pieces of cinema. Some of the better projects on which they’ve collaborated include Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and Ed Wood. I’ll even throw Corpse Bride into the Pros list. But as time went on, they began making a career out of defaming timeless works of art with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. Also, Sweeney Todd happened. But they’re not done yet. Coming up for 2012 is Dark Shadows: a horroresque film directed by Burton, about the adventures of a vampire (played by Depp) who encounters a slew of other mythological creatures. Nice change of pace, guys.
SAMUEL L. JACKSON & QUENTIN TARANTINO
Samuel L. Jackson is an interesting case. He has appeared in four of six of the feature films over which Tarantino played director, but in two instances, he was never seen. Those two are Kill Bill: Volume 2, in which he played a bit part as Rufus, the pianist at the church wherein Uma Thurman’s character intended to be married, and who existed to the audience only as a silhouette with a cigarette (that’s a pretty good band name).
His second faceless performance was in Inglourious Basterds, when Jackson performed a single voice-over segment to introduce Til Schweiger’s character, Hugo Stiglitz. Aside from these, Jackson has played Ordelle Robbie in Tarantino’s oft forgotten Jackie Brown, and (do I even need to mention?) the career-defining Jules Winfield in Pulp Fiction. Jackson is also set to play a major role in Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained.
RUSSELL CROWE & RIDLEY SCOTT
Crowe and Scott pair together quite naturally. Both are responsible for some fantastic pieces of cinema, and neither would you be entirely comfortable inviting into your home. Since their initial collaboration on the 2000 Best Picture Gladiator, Crowe and Scott have paired up on four additional films—earning praise for American Gangster, dissatisfaction with Robin Hood, and… Did anyone see Body of Lies? Or the other one? I think it was about a house, or a garden…
OWEN WILSON (OR BILL MURRAY) & WES ANDERSON
Owen Wilson is undoubtedly more famous for his roles with the proverbial Frat Pack, especially frequent collaborator Ben Stiller. But the actor with the agonizingly mellow voice has appeared in almost every feature film directed by Wes Anderson, a college friend of Wilson’s, to date.
Anderson, a favorite director of all the people who think they're better than you, has created Bottle Rocket and The Royal Tenenbaums, both of which Wilson co-wrote. In addition to these, Wilson had major roles in Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, and the director’s first animated movie, The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Wilson also co-wrote Anderson’s 1998 film Rushmore, which (along with each of the above movies with the exception of Bottle Rocket) included Bill Murray as a member of the cast. Both Murray and Wilson are rumored to appear in Anderson’s next film, Moonrise Kingdom, about two parents’ efforts to recover their runaway daughter.
LEOBERT DeNIPRIO & MARTIN SCORSESE
For the better part of his career—and I mean that in every way—De Niro was Scorsese’s key player. Starting with 1973’s Mean Streets, the duo forged a working relationship that lasted twenty-two years. Their most recent collaboration was Casino, in 1995. However, Scorsese and De Niro have been in talks to develop a new project called The Irishman and, if you can believe (or stomach the idea of) this, a sequel to Taxi Driver.
For the time being, it seems as though Scorsese has replaced De Niro with a younger, sparkier, ruffled good-guy: Leonardo DiCaprio. Since 2002, DiCaprio has starred in four Scorsese films. Scorsese is even going as far as to cast his new muse, whom everyone I know seems to either love or hate, in a role sure to earn him a great sum of scrutiny: in a developing biopic called Sinatra, as the Chairman of the Board himself.
EVERYONE IN THE HAPPY MADISON UNIVERSE
Adam Sandler has a greater reputation of working with his friends than anyone in the business. His production company, Happy Madison, has developed fifteen films starring Sandler since its first film and half of its namesake, Happy Gilmore. Three of Sandler’s major starring roles, Billy Madison, The Waterboy, and The Wedding Singer, were produced independently from Happy Madison. Over the course of his career, Sandler has wavered from accusing his girlfriend of adultery with fictitious penguins. He has played romantic leads, PTSD-sufferers, and cancer survivors. One consistency throughout his years onscreen, however, is in his supporting casts. Sandler's confidants, rivals, and comic reliefs are often actors who have played similar roles in other Happy Madison films. Included in the recurring clan of Sandler's screen partners are Rob Schneider, Allen Covert, and--the guy you probably never noticed--Jonathan Loughran, who have each played behind the man in nine different films. Although none reach this level of dedication, other impressive numbers belong to Peter Dante with eight films, once again to Steve Buscemi, with six (this is clearly a loyal guy), to Kevin Nealon with five, and to Henry Winkler and Kevin James, with four movies each. And these are just the Sandler-starring films. There are dozens of other Happy Madison Productions that include these and other recurring actors.
We are mere weeks away from the triumphant return of Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne’s beloved bear of very little brain, to the big screen. Under a no less assured hand than that of animation demigod John Lasseter, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and the rest of Milne’s raggedy crew of anthropomorphic stuffed animals are poised to embark upon their first cinematic adventure in over 35 years on July 15, 2011, in glorious, soul-affirming 2D.
In addition to shunning the trend toward in-your-face 3D and glossy, super-detailed computer animation, Winnie the Pooh also rejects the prevailing practice of cramming the voice cast with as much big-name, easily marketable celebrity talent as possible. The only recognizable faces in the film’s cast are the venerable John Cleese, who narrates the film, and talk-show host Craig Ferguson, who lends his voice to Owl, the Hundred Acre Wood’s resident sage. (And I suppose you could count Zooey Deschanel, whose dulcet pipes are all over the film's soundtrack, if you really want to.)
Ferguson can be heard on this cute little clip that Disney was gracious enough to send us. Entitled “Who Are You in Winnie the Pooh?” it’s a sort of personality test, though we swear it has nothing to do with the Church of Scientology. Hopefully. Take it by clicking here and see if that creeping suspicion you've harbored all these years, that you're not really a flesh-and-blood human but actually an animated, British-accented owl, is correct:
Just because a guy takes the cloth doesn’t mean he can’t kick some ass. And rightfully so. If you got into a fight with a Man of God, who do you think the Big Man Upstairs is rooting for and slightly altering the odds in favor of? Even without His help, all those robes can conceal a whole lotta firearms.
So in honor of Priest, which finds another clergyman taking up arms instead of alms, we’ve rounded up the best Evangelical shooters this side of heaven for our Army of Holy Men.
Reverend Shoot - Hot Fuzz “Oh, fuck off, grasshopper.”
Who says Father’s are always on the good side? Hot Fuzz’s father goes up against its two protagonists but we’d still want him on our team, if for nothing more than the pistols-up-his-sleeve gizmos.
Reverend Oliver - The Patriot “A shepherd must tend his flock. And at times... fight off the wolves.”
There’s a time for sermons and then there’s a time for grabbing a gun and fighting for your rights. There's also a time to sit back and enjoy a beer, but that’s another list. This Reverend knows the difference and is willing to load up a musket when the time is right.
Preacher - Pale Rider “I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him” Revelations, Ch. 6 Verse 8
It’s Clint Eastwood. As an unnamed ass-kicking Preacher. Enough said.
Padre Cortez - Machete “God has mercy. I don’t”
Much like the pen being mightier than the sword, a good preacher would rather use the power of words over a gun. But still, having a stock pile of weapons in the vestibule doesn’t hurt. And you know this Father would have some sweet sticky icky.
Friar Tuck - Robin Hood “Steal from the rich, give to the poor and kick some ass.”
Our only legendary monk, throughout the years the Friar has consistently been a man in a monastery but when it comes time to help out ole Robin Hood he can lay waste to some baddies.
Priest Vallon - Gangs of New York “The blood stays on the blade.”
A good fighter has to be ready for death. Preachers often have their affairs lined up with the big guy in the sky, which makes them that much deadlier in a fight. Most of the people on our list didn’t pay the ultimate price, but Priest Vallon did.
Shepperd Book - Firefly Zoë: Preacher, don't the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing? Book: Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps.
Preachers are men of mystery, none more mysterious than the white-haired Shepard Book. No one knows who he really is or where he came from but the man is equally comfortable reciting verses and wielding a massive machine gun.
Eko - LOST “When I was a young boy I killed a man to save my brothers life. I am not sorry for this, I am proud of this.”
He beats a man with his Bible Stick. And he knows a thing or two about smuggling heroin, which could totally come in handy. Yeah, I got him on my side.
Father Octavian - Doctor Who “It’s the 51st century. The church moved on.”
Having great warriors is one thing, but a dozen men (no matter how great they are) will be no match for an army of thousands. Luckily, in Doctor Who, the church has grown beyond religion and formed an entire army. Amen.
The Bishop - Monty Python “Don’t say the text!”
What, you were expecting the Spanish Inquisition?
Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the life of the last Pope during a service in St. Peter's Square, Rome on Sunday morning (01May11).
The beatification is the first step in Pope John Paul II's bid to become a saint.
His successor told the thousands who had gathered for the special tribute the beloved Catholic Church leader had "restored to Christianity its true face as a religion of hope."
A massive security presence is in place ahead of the imminent royal nuptials on Friday (29Apr11), when heads of state, politicians and stars including Sir Elton John and David and Victoria Beckham, will descend on the city's famous church to see the brunette beauty marry her prince.
Police officers swooped on one protester outside the venue early on Friday morning as he attempted to chain himself to railings close to where the couple is due to exchange vows.
Cops were seen bundling the unnamed man to the floor and putting him in handcuffs. No more details about the incident were available as WENN went to press.
More than 5,000 officers have been drafted in to keep the streets safe for the royal wedding as part of an extensive $32 million (£20 million) security operation.
Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens, says, "This is a day of celebration and there should be no place for disruption. But we are ready to deal quickly, robustly and decisively with any trouble."