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How That Gerbil Story Really Started

12/13/2006 10:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sylvester Stallone thinks that Richard Gere's still mad at him for starting that whole gerbil-in-the, well, you know, story.

Stallone tells AintItCoolNews.com (via Rush & Molloy) that Gere continues to harbor a grudge (if not a rodent) because Gere believes it was Sly who started that ridiculous urban legend about Gere and the gerbil. Here's the deal: Gere and Stallone were on the set of 1974's "The Lords of Flatbush" and the two actors got into a tiff over lunch one day -- something about chicken grease, Sly's thigh, and a hot dog -- whereupon Stallone elbowed him in the side of the head.

The tension between the two actors became so fevered that Gere got kicked off the film, which still angers him today, apparently: "To this day [he] seriously dislikes me," says Sly, who adds, for the record, that he did not start the rodent rumor. Gere's rep had no comment.


Did Tom Lure J.Lo and Jim into the Church?


Could Jennifer Lopez and Jim Carrey be the latest high-profile converts to Scientology by Tom Cruise?

Lips flapped when J. Lo and funnyman Carrey were very visible guests at TomKat's Italian wedding extravaganza, with many wondering where their friendships might have started. But now, says Page Six, it appears that the "mystery link" might be the Church of Scientology. Carrey is taking the introductory and beginner's courses right now, says a source, and Lopez has started talking the Scientology talk via her BFF Leah Remini, an avowed Church member.

Problems may emerge, however, as Lopez's husband Marc Anthony is a devout Catholic (though that didn't stop Katie Holmes). J. Lo's rep had no comment, and Carrey's flack says he's not taking classes.


Brad Goes Incognito in Big Apple


Brad Pitt tried to go all stealthy in a New York restaurant the other day – and it worked. Page Six says that the other day, the male half of Brangelina was in sci-fi-themed eatery Mars 2112 with son Maddox, where Brad gave the hostess the pseudonym "Jack M.," probably expecting to be winkingly "unrecognized." The woman actually didn't recognize him, which amused Pitt.

Meanwhile, at the after-party for "The Good Shepherd" at Time Warner Center, Pitt played good waiter to Angelina Jolie, keeping her quenched with martinis and letting her do the necessary socializing with Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, and Harvey Weinstein, among others.


Party Favors: Rosie In Bed With GOP? ... Barker Donates $300,000 for Elephant ... Julia's Next Project: "Happiness"?


Rosie O'Donnell is now breaking bread with Republicans? The outwardly lefty O'Donnell recently had dinner at the New York apartment of well-known Republican fundraiser Georgette Mosbacher, says Page Six. When Mosbacher said that she was lacking donations for a rehab facility for wounded combat vets, Rosie offered $300K on the spot, which surprised Rosie's wife Kelli and her boss Barbara Walters as much as it did Mosbacher. Said Mosbacher, "There's hope for bipartisanship." ... Retiring game show host Bob Barker, who turned 83 yesterday, will give $300,000 to help an elephant from the Los Angeles Zoo to be housed in an animal sanctuary. The pledge will match donations to send Ruby, a 45-year-old African elephant, to a sanctuary in San Andreas, Calif. ... Julia Roberts is producing and possibly starring in a feature adaptation of the bestseller "Happiness Sold Separately," about a suburban wife and her withdrawal from her cheating husband, reports Variety.

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1.

el-ah-boy    

Did you see Sly on Leno, he looked lie he had a rodent up his ass, he could not sit still, moving his jacket every two seconds, the guy is a has-been and looks like a ugly mo-fo. He talk like some ghetto loser.

2789 days ago
2.

RiverRat    

TMZ - Say it ain't so - JLo joining the scientology cult - it can't be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Surely Marc Anthony will stop the madness before it really begins.

As for Brad Pitt and Maddox not being recognized at a restaurant - I bet they both loved it. Having a quiet, uninterrupted meal was probably a pleasure for them.

2789 days ago
3.

Waaah!    

Scientology is a disease! We need a cure!

2789 days ago
4.

in the know    

JLo would be lured into anything if it meant keeping their name in the public eye. JLo knows Tom Cruise will now be running a new movie studio and mysteriously becomes his new friend. Tom knows any new high profile couple he can convert is more money and publicity for Scientology. If you watched a undercover segment on this cult, you knew immediately this is all about money. You have to pay to take their courses and they keep recommending more courses so you can advance. No money... no scientology. Thus JLO and Mark as Tom and Katie's new best friends. Oh, and Mark would jump off a roof if JLo told him to.

2789 days ago
5.

Taylor    

Poor JLo. Poor Jim. I can't help but feel sorry for them despite the fact that I've never met them and , while they are ok, I'm not a huge fan of either. Its sad to watch someone getting sucked into a cult. Don't they have anyone in their family or any friends to give them a wake up call here?

I wonder what has happened with Travolta and Preston......several high profile Scientology events and neither showed up. Could they have tried to make a break for it only to be pulled in by their 'handlers' for auditing? Hmmmmmmmm.

2789 days ago
6.

Oprah    

The word Scientology literally means "the study of truth." It comes from the Latin word "scio" meaning "knowing in the fullest sense of the word" and the Greek word "logos" meaning "study of."

Scientology is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others and all of life. The Scientology religion comprises a body of knowledge extending from certain fundamental truths. Prime among these:

Man is an immortal, spiritual being. His experience extends well beyond a single lifetime. His capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized — and those capabilities can be realized. He is able to not only solve his own problems, accomplish his goals and gain lasting happiness, but also achieve new, higher states of awareness and ability.

In Scientology no one is asked to accept anything as belief or on faith. That which is true for you is what you have observed to be true. An individual discovers for himself that Scientology works by personally applying its principles and observing or experiencing results.

Through Scientology, people all over the world are achieving the long-sought goal of true spiritual release and freedom.

2789 days ago
7.

Seriously    

Scientology was "made up" by L. Ron Rubbish.
I can't believe these celebrities believe this crap.

2789 days ago
8.

DiRTyBuNNy    

I always wondered where the gerbil went that I lost in the third grade..it went up Richard Gere's ass...

2789 days ago
9.

tattoo    

Scientology is bullsh*t and a cult. Also a money making deal. And as far as Rosie nothing but a show-off.

2789 days ago
10.

Mr. X    

Shut the hell up Oprah. Scientology is a cult founded by a science fiction writer. All Scientologists believe in is money-ask former members about their "accounting sessions." Scientologists are brainwashed dumbsh*ts who believe that we came from another planet and there's going to be a big galactic war. Uh-oh. Let me get my blaster and light saber ready.

2789 days ago
11.

Go Away    

Isn't all religion made up? (I am not a scientologist) Can anyone provide real facts as to their God actually existing? No. How can you tell someone that their religion is rubbish? Just because it's not 2000+ years old and some every man penned a book about what he thought life really means. Wasn't Jesus an every man trying to spread his word and love? Or the prophet Mohamed? Or John Smith who came up with his own interpretation of the Mormon religion in the 1800's which thousands still follow today. All these men... were just men. They had their own ideas about how things work. Who knows who is right... but it's not fair to call something rubbish just because you don't believe in it.

2789 days ago
12.

Miapocca    

Oh my my my ..who are all these sceintologist outhere today..Anyway I am a little occuppied right now..but I will be responding to this non cult not 2000yrs plus later.......
BRB to wage the war against sceintology...for now please dont spend any money furthering these celebs just yet till you read what I have to say about SCN.

2789 days ago
13.

Belkinrun    

JLO's career took a nosedive since she married the Skeleton and she is desperate, and will sell her soul to the devil if it will boost her career and keep her name in the limelight. No producer in Hollywood has cast her in a movie since Monster in Law and she signed on to that way back when she was dating Ben Affleck. Promising Tom Cruise she will join his Scientology cult and hanging out with him and Katie will bring her closer to Tom, and an opportunity for him to give her work in movies.

2789 days ago
14.

maya    

Re: Mormonism

DNA studies provide irrefutable proof that the native Americans are NOT of Hebrew/Semitic descend. DNA shows that they came from ASIA.

In fact, DNA can pinpoint the exact areas they originated in-

The American Indians came from Mongolia, around the Lake Baikal regions.
The Polynesians came originally from Taiwan.

This means that the Book of Mormon is a LIE. Joseph Smith never foresaw DNA or the internet,LOL.
Now the Mormon church is trying to suppress this knowledge by warning members to stay away from the eeeevil internet.

RUN from cults like Mormonism, Scientololy, or anything else which promises "secret knowledge" to the initiated. They just want your slave labor and your money.

2789 days ago
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lil gal in kansas    

Any church that makes you pay money just to learn about it is not just in it for the "truths" Are you a Scientologist Oprah? Just curious...

2789 days ago
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