Lisa Marie Presley is speaking candidly about her superstar father Elvis, who died in 1977, when she was 9.
Now the mother of four children herself, Presley told The Sun newspaper:
'It hit home when I turned 42 as that was the age when my father died, and his mum too. I have moments when I wish he had lived to see my children, of course I do. And I speak to my little ones about him. I tell them who he was and we love his music.'
Raised by her mother Priscilla, Lisa Marie talked with The Telegraph about the long shadow her father's legacy has cast on her own musical career. She began writing songs at the age of 20 but didn't release her first CD until over a dozen years later.
Storm and Grace came out earlier this year and many have taken some of the lyrics it contains ("religion so corrupt and running lives") as proof positive that Presley has broken with The Church of Scientology. For decades, she and her mother were two of the most high profile members of the
Presley refuses to talk about religion or her four marriages, which include unions with Michael Jackson and Nic Cage. If she starts singing songs about life with those two, I'll be the first in line.
Having moved to the English countryside in 2010, with her latest husband and their now four-year old twins in tow, Presley now enjoys a relaxed life, complete with pints at the local pub.
I almost always "root" for the children of superstars and am glad Lisa Marie seems to be flourishing across the pond.
Storm and Grace is currently available for purchase on iTunes.
Jada Pinkett Smith joined the ranks of annoying wives and mothers by posting a vague, everyone must live their own truth/in the light/paying it forward etc statement as her Facebook status.
But because she is a celebrity, people are brushing off their translating skills and acting like they've found The Rosetta Stone.
For those interested, it read:
I am on a tremendous journey of great change in every area of my life and I see how change can be scary. For instance, how Will and I raise our family is a tremendous change from the norm. It can be scary for some folks but it should never THREATEN how anyone else chooses to raise their own children or how they choose to live their lives.
We all have the freedom to CHOOSE to live how we want. The freedom of choice is the crux of happiness. We are not here to live up to another's approval. Take responsibility for YOUR life, YOUR values, YOUR beliefs and expect NO ONE to hold that banner for you or to prove it RIGHT. When we do THAT...what someone else is doing won't matter so much. Remember...one day you will die. Don't waste a moment simply fearing to live because of what someone may think about it.
Is this about Divorce? Violation of Child Labor Laws? Or my favorite shot in the dark, Scientology?
The late Isaac Hayes was one of the few openly black celebrity Scientologists. But rumors about Will, Jada and Oprah Winfrey have long circulated.
If you have found your way here from Clearwater, Florida, welcome and please weigh in. Some suppressive persons are quite nice!
Fall has a very fickle relationship with Florida. It can happen but you definitely don't want to depend on it. So living here in the Sunshine State, I have to look for things other than the weather to let me know the seasons are changing. With the arrival of pumpkin spiced everything and Oscar-bait movies, I know lots of folks are pulling out sweaters.
Photo: The Daily Beast
The picture at the top of my Must See Chart is Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. Depending on who you ask, this film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix, is the origin story of Scientology or HAS ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, NOTHING TO DO WITH L. RON HUBBARD. Hmm, I guess I'll have to wait and see it myself to decide. Let's hope all the minions in Clearwater stay safe after it is in wide release. In the meantime, let's take (another?) look at the official trailer!
Variety has an article detailing Miramax's dedication to having The Master shown with the currently rare 70mm technology. Living with someone who can give the pros and cons of CinemaScope, I know that for a certain class of movie
obsessive goer this is a very major thing. I'm not one of them. Give me Hoffman acting up a storm and Phoenix setting things ablaze with his eyes in any format, and I'm good.
Until The Master comes to my neck of the woods, I'll have to get my Hoffman fix by watching Before The Devil Knows You're Dead.
What upcoming releases are exciting you?
Notice how it's totally okay with the world to talk shit about Scientology? The
religion cult is fair game for everyone to make fun of, because it's all so...CRAY-CRAY. Need more proof about how scary-creepy it is? Here.
Tom Cruise may be a superstar in Hollywood, but in the Church of Scientology, he’s positively supernatural.
The 50-year-old Rock of Ages actor’s devotion to the controversial religion was one of the contributing factors in his just-settled divorce from Katie Holmes — who bitterly objected to parenting their 6-year-old daughter Suri under the unusual guidelines of Scientology.
Founded in 1954 by the late L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology (“the study of truth”) has 10 million followers worldwide in 159 countries, with more than 6,000 churches, missions and outreach groups, and with reportedly billions of dollars in holdings.
Cruise (with John Travolta landing a close second) is the most well-known followers of the faith — and, according to “Inside Scientology,” an in-depth Rolling Stone investigation from March 2006, the Oscar nominee is known as an “Operating Thetan,” or an “OT.”
Having practiced Scientology for 30 years, Cruise has traveled the so-called “Bridge to Total Freedom” to achieve, through intense “auditing” sessions and other practices, a rarefied sense of enlightenment.
Scientologists mark the path to the “Bridge” with ascending grades or stages, and, Janet Reitman’s Rolling Stone story reports, Cruise is at the very advanced “OT VII” stage. Operative Thetans, Reitman says, have “have total ‘control’ over themselves and their environment. OTs can allegedly move inanimate objects with their minds, leave their bodies at will and telepathically communicate with, and control the behavior of, both animals and human beings.”
The more advanced Cruise and other Operating Thetans become, Reitman reports, they reach a God-like state: “At the highest levels, they are allegedly liberated from the physical universe, to the point where they can psychically control what Scientologists call MEST: Matter, Energy, Space and Time.”
Seriously? Oh...I'll be right back. There's a pesky black SUV parked outside the office again--gotta call 911.
Written by: Diva Julia