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Buddies Tom Cruise and Will Smith may share more than just a close friendship. It's rumored that Will Smith may have followed his friend’s footsteps into Scientology.
By The Scoop
msnbc.com
updated 12/27/2007 10:29:43 PM ET 2007-12-28T03:29:43

If Will Smith is not a Scientologist, he’s not doing much to dispel the groundswell of rumors that place him front and center in the controversial church.

Smith, who was raised in the Baptist church, recently told Men’s Vogue that “98 percent of the principles [in Scientology] are identical to the principles of the Bible. … I don’t think that because the word someone uses for spirit is ‘thetan’ that the definition becomes any different.” (In case you haven’t taken your beginner course or searched Wikipedia, Scientologists consider a ‘thetan’ to be a spiritual being — possessing both a mind and body — who has lived through several incarnations.)

Moreover, sources close to the actor are no longer as tight-lipped about his religious preferences. “He’s been getting more and more involved [in Scientology],” said one source. “And it isn’t just him, it’s definitely [his wife] Jada, too.” This backs up an earlier Us Weekly report that quotes a source as saying, “She’s more gung-ho about Scientology than Will.”

So why make a big deal out of Smith’s affiliation with Scientology? “It’s not that it’s such a big deal, but when some of his friends, like Tom [Cruise], get so much grief for it, it seems like it’s time to just be honest about it.”

Miley Cyrus’ racy pics
Miley Cyrus, you were our last hope. With every other teen star reeking of scandal, you were the last vestige innocence, and now, these pics are posted late in the day on Dec. 27 on PerezHilton.com. No word from Cyrus’ rep yet on whether the “Hannah Montana” star and her friend in the photo were just caught from a bad angle, or whether they were behaving badly. Regardless, I have an open message to all teen and tween stars: I implore you, please stay away from digital cameras. You’ll thank me later in life.

No baby for Jen
Jennifer Aniston won’t be adding her name to the list of actresses who suddenly found themselves with child in 2007. Her rep told Us Weekly that a National Enquirer report that claimed Aniston was pregnant and that the father could be Vince Vaughn, Paul Sculfor or “Sex and the City” hunk Jason Lewis, is totally untrue.

Aniston has been laying low since filming “He’s Just Not That Into You,” which comes out this summer. The actress spent part of her Christmas holiday with buddy Courteney Cox Arquette’s family.

Weekend box office
This weekend’s biggest openings actually came out on Dec. 25, so it could be argued that there is a little cheating involved. That said, among the top three wide releases were “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem,” “The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep” and the Oprah-endorsed and produced “The Great Debaters.” I’m going to go with the latest in the “Alien” franchise to take the top spot. After all, nothing says holidays like a horror flick.

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