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CRUISE
Damian Dovarganes  /  AP
A Swedish reporter broached several subjects with Tom Cruise that the actor wasn't willing to talk about.
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updated 4/18/2006 2:41:57 AM ET 2006-04-18T06:41:57

Tom Cruise has been sitting down with a lot of reporters lately — but one recent chat didn’t go so well. The “Mission Impossible” star walked out of an interview with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet Söndag after the conversation turned to his ex-wife, Nicole Kidman.

The conversation was all smiles until reporter Björn Benkow insisted that experts say that dyslexia cannot be cured by Scientology as Cruise has claimed. There was an awkward pause, then Cruise burst into laughter. “I’m going to, in any case, admit that you have the courage of a madman,” according to our translator. “This is something no journalist has dared say to me face-to-face.  . . . Scientology is a religion without divinity. Its teaching is a spiritual liberation from life’s problems that can only be reached through advice, courses and deep studies. Your cynical media colleagues cast doubt over all the good that we do by spreading a bunch of hocus pocus about us.”

Then the reporter mentioned Kidman and the two children that she and Cruise adopted. “Now you’ve gone over the line,” Cruise replied. Then, according to Benkow, one of Cruise’s two bodyguards put his hand on the reporter’s shoulder, and Cruise said:  “Now, unfortunately, I have to end this, Mr. . . . ?”

“Benkow,” the reporter replied.

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“Whatever,” Cruise replied. “I have to move on.”

God wants Blige to wear bling
Mary J. Blige says she has found religion, but she makes no apologies for her earthly materialism. In fact, she says God has willed her to wear bling.

“My God is a God who wants me to have things,” the singer tells May’s Blender magazine. “He wants me to bling. He wants me to be the hottest thing on the block. I don’t know what kind of God the rest of y’all are serving, but the God I serve says, ‘Mary, you need to be the hottest thing this year, and I’m gonna make sure you’re doing that’.”

Blige also is not modest when it comes to her place in history. “I do consider myself part of black history,” she told the mag. “Since 1991, I’m still doing this and I’m successful. And I haven’t hurt anyone in the process.”

Notes from all over
The media have been blamed for many things lately, but now Kevin Federline is blaming the them for his decision to have a rap career. “I don’t have a choice. It’s not like I can go and do construction, start building houses in Malibu,” K-Fed told Spin magazine. “They [The media] are forcing me to do this, and I am glad they are. I am more than happy to do it.” . . . Christina Milian is addressing her breakup with Nick Cannon. “His young gigolo-like ways were definitely taking over and he was trying to fulfill many of his childhood TV show wet dreams and forgot about me,” Milian told Rap-Up mag. “He told me that for the entire three years we were together, he was cheating on me — the whole time with different girls, not just one, but different girls.” . . . Sarah Jessica Parker is fed up with people thinking that she’s Carrie Bradshaw, her “Sex and the City” alter-ego. “Sometimes on the street I get the feeling people are disappointed with me as I don’t have the answers for them,” Parker told Brazil’s Epoca magazine. “I have to remind them that I don’t have a Ph.D. in sex or counseling. I’m an actress. I wonder if George Clooney is better prepared to talk about surgeries because of ‘E.R.’? No!”

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