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Could Scientology Have Saved Anna Nicole?

3/1/2007 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Anna Nicole Smith, crying.It's all over but the crying for Anna Nicole Smith, with her burial planned for Friday, but John Travolta thinks that she might've lived if only she had let Scientology heal her.

The super Thetan, who appeared with Smith in "Be Cool," proclaims that if Anna Nicole had gotten help at Narconon, the drug detox program "inspired" by the writings of L. Ron Hubbard and associated with the Church of Scientology, all would be different today. "It's so sad," said Travolta to MSNBC. "We could have helped her with Narconon but didn't get a chance."

Meanwhile, Smith's farewell will be, as her life was, "over the top," said a friend who's organizing the memorial. About 300 guests, reports the AP, will gather at a church in the Bahamas, and Anna will be dressed in a custom-made gown. What's not certain is whether her casket will be open or closed, and whether her mother, Virgie Arthur, who dropped her bid to bury Anna in her native Texas, will attend.

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The unlikely Season Five champ has sold 640,000 copies of "Taylor Hicks," which was released in December, but the album is languishing below 100 on the Billboard charts, while fourth-place finisher Chris Daughtry has already sold over a million copies of his debut disc. What's more, fellow "Idol" winners Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, and Carrie Underwood all did much better in their first couple months.

An exec from J Records, in an interview with the AP, blames the record's "longer burn" on the fact that the music is "much more adult."

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91.

OK!    

Just reading the posted notes……DAMN…….what’s up with us writing to the Bahamas? And talking bad about my man John and some SS……You guy are some SMFs. If I didn’t know any better, I’ll bet you you guys don’t have a F#$ken social life…….GET ONE QUICKLY, because you guys sound like a bunch of losers.

2689 days ago
92.

OK!    

I can believe how obsessed you guys are….going on and on about ANS. Don’t you guys have a life……OOOOOOPS obviously you don’t LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2689 days ago
93.

OK!    

The last time I checked…there’s hundreds, thousands of people who died…..did you creep give your respects to them or your concerns about their loved ones??????????????? So stop the fake sh!t like you really care. You need to get real.

2689 days ago
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OK!    

vivian.........girl get a life......or man.. if you can and leave the ANS and HKS alone.

2689 days ago
95.

Jess Stevens    

My brother did the Narconon program and it worked. I'm a God-fearin' Christian and I can't say anything bad about having back and drug-free for over 5 years! We had tried AA/NA and other programs with him for 8 years....so this worked and might have for ANS too!

2689 days ago
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Jane    

L. Ron Hubbard, creator of Scientology, had mental issues. In a website, I read the actual court documents of his divorce. It was suggested or ordered that he submit to a psych evaluation because of his abuse to his wife. He mentally abused her and threatened to keep their child from her. I believe that this is why he was against mental health professionals, he needed one. As a so-so science fiction writer, he put his imagination to work and designed the Scientology beliefs. This is not a true religion but the wild fantasy of a possibly mentally ill man. Sad to think that so many people are falling for this story. Are people so desperate to fill the emptiness in their lives that they will believe anything? Just goes to show you how gullible people are. John you are a great actor, too bad you and your pals (Tom, Jenna, etc.) a completely bonkers.

2689 days ago
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can't even joke about this one    

BRAVO # 73 EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why is it that ONLY Howard K Stern's "motives" are questioned, yet Slimy Virgie and the rest of that trash are all just "in it for the love of Anna and Dannielyn" Yeah right. Isn't it suspicious that when Virgie went to visit with Danielyn for the very 1st time, she took her sister-in law? The SAME one that sold pictures and videos to flash magazine. But they don't have any unpure and evil intent- NOOOOOO, sure they don't...

2689 days ago
98.

vegasdreaming702    

Yes Taylor Hicks is the biggest Idol flop. I knew he was when he won the damn thing. Maybe American Idol this time around will make sure all the votes are counted and correct. I knew something was up though that asshole is making his rounds at univerisal stuidos performing with singing stars from yesterday now thats bad.... I believe what comes around goes around in the past few week and ever since he won American Idol hes been very Cocky. Also all those weeks on American Idol he made sick just hearing him sing. What an overrated fool i thought now look at him. lmfao..................

2689 days ago
99.

Your'e Fired!    

.......................................Jett is in a spaceship getting fixed.................................................

2688 days ago
100.

Maryanne    

Sceintology would have helped Anna Nicole??? John Travolta, I love you as an actor and I am sure you mean well. The thing here is Sceintolgy is a CULT. It is given cedibility by celebrrities who support the movement. Anna Nicole was a Christian saved by the blood of Jesus. Was she a sinner, yes, but her sin is no worse then anyother persons. That is why Christ died.
L. Ron Hubard was a science fiction writer, he is now the guru of Hollywood. Do not put your hope in man or in yourself, put it in God.
I am not using this as a religous post. I respect all of your religou beliefs. Sceintology is not a religon. Look at Katie Holmes. She had a handler, someone instructing her all the time. She had to be indoctinated to their ways.She left her faith to embrace Sceintology. They say you can still embrass your religous beilfs and still be a Scientologist. They are oil and water. Scientology is no diffrent from the brain washing that lead to Jones Town and all the other cult tragedies. It is only in a mainstream prettier package. Someone is getting rich off it somewhere, believe me. How about the Celebrity Center, whats that all about.? When was the last time you saw for instance The Baptist Church for Celbrities? All those beautiful buildings, retreat centers and who know what else. Give it to the poor.

Maryanne
Maryanne

2688 days ago
101.

Sad    

Well, even FOX NEWS is trashing ET's interviews with Howard & Anna! And Stern Pressures Larry to sign a deal!!

Howard K. Stern Plays Hardball With Larry Birkhead
Friday, March 02, 2007

By Roger Friedman

AP

Anna Nicole: Stern Pressures Larry to Sign Deal

Anna Nicole Smith's two baby daddies (I don't know what else to call them) continue to be in a tug-of-war this morning, even as their beloved cash cow is readied for burial.

Overnight, attorney Howard K. Stern — whose hold on the situation is starting to slip — has been strong-arming photographer Larry Birkhead to do a couple of things: keep Birkhead's legal reps out of Anna Nicole Smith's Bahamas funeral, sign a contract deal with "Entertainment Tonight" and acquiesce even further regarding the future of baby Danniellynn.

Stern, as I told you the other day, has already had one secret meeting with Birkhead in which he cut out the photographer's lawyers.

I'm told that Stern has kept up the pressure on Birkhead, actually presenting him with contracts, sources say, in which Birkhead would join Stern for more exclusive interviews on "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider."

"Howard wanted Larry to sign so that it looked like everyone was in agreement, and that it wasn't just Howard benefiting from these deals," my source said. "Larry said the baby's guardian should sign the papers for him and the baby, but he wouldn't. So then Larry wouldn't."

At the same time, Stern is trying to negotiate separately with Birkhead, away from his attorneys, to sign a deal by which Stern would continue to be in baby Danniellyn's life and oversee her finances.

Stern, my sources say, is working as quickly as he can to effect these agreements before he has to turn over the baby to Birkhead, her biological father.

Sources say that Birkhead's representatives are considering taking legal action against Stern's side to prevent further communication between the two sides as soon as today.

The problem, sources also say, is that Birkhead — a novice in these games — continues to be intimidated by Stern.

"Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," both owned by CBS Paramount Television, have denied paying for interviews. But I'm told their method – it's semantics — is to "license" footage either directly from Stern or through a third party.

Recently, "ET" used Solana Productions of Southern California in such a deal. Neither Solana or anyone from CBS Paramount answered calls yesterday.

Anna Nicole: Dead, and For Sale

Today, Anna Nicole Smith — a ridiculous person who accomplished just about nothing in her life — will be buried in the Bahamas.

There are several wars taking place all over the world, not to mention famines; artists are hard at work, movies are opening, buildings are going up, diseases are being investigated. But hey: Anna Nicole is being buried, and "Entertainment Tonight" will be there for every cheesy second of it.

That's because "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," two half-hour shows syndicated by CBS's Paramount TV, have paid a high price for this honor.

Real insiders (not the kind you have to pay for info) tell me that Paramount TV cut the deal with Howard K. Stern, Anna Nicole's lawyer and Svengali, right after her son Daniel died of a methadone overdose in her Bahamian hospital room last September.

Paramount TV has denied this, somewhat passively, so far. But my sources say it they paid Stern around $3 million initially, and that this was renegotiated right after Anna Nicole herself died on February 8th of this year.

Of course, we could believe that Stern — who in court told clueless Florida probate judge Larry Seidlin that he was living off his parents — just loves "ET." Anything's possible.

But the reality is that Anna Nicole's death has proven to be a ratings-sweep godsend.

Linda Bell Blue, the show's executive producer, previously helmed Paramount's ugly tabloid show, "Hard Copy." For years she's had to sit through Mary Hart's tedious, publicist-arranged interviews with low-level TV stars, just waiting for this moment: a huge celebrity death, in a sweeps month, and already contracted for!

As recently as last night, "ET" correspondent Mark Steines was reporting "from inside" Anna Nicole's Bahamas mansion — no mention of the fact that it didn't belong to her, and that the landlord is kicking everyone out.

Steines had "the inside scoop" about the B-list country singer who would serenade Anna Nicole into the next life, the color of her burial gown ("pink!") and what would be inside the coffin (with any luck, Anna Nicole).

Steines performs these interviews — as he has since last Nov. 1, when he had his first "exclusive" after Smith's son, Daniel, died

2687 days ago
102.

SICK OF WANNABE'S LIKE THIS IDIOT    

WOW!!! How sad that John travolta and tom cruise are such freaking losers to follow such a moronic and idiotic cult like scientolgy. It amazes me that these two of many people hardly gets criticized or made to look stupid or as losers as the media has a heyday with Anna Nicole with everything that she has gone through in her short life. I have more respect for Anna going about living her life her way following her ideals instead of two other celebs who cannot speak for themselves as they follow some freaking loser who nobody knows and who nobody gives a flying crap about. Who the hell are they to say that they practice or that their way is better than anyone else's. What a load of crap..Thank god I have never watched any movies made with these two idiots as I have no respect for either of them as they do not have any talent or common sense to live their lives for themselves.GO TO HELL!!!!!! ANNA is at peace now where she always wanted to be,,,beside her loving son Daniel who meant more to her than anything else in the world and we should allow her to be remembered for who she was...a caring and devoted mother who lived her life her way without giving a crap what others said about her...RIP ANNA & DANIEL..you are together again forever in peace...

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