Katie Holmes Finally Divorcing Tom Cruise

Amen, halleluia and all that stuff…Katie Holmes has finally come out of some sort of coma and is in the process of divorcing Tom Cruise.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes headed for Splitsville as Holmes files for divorce Thursday June 28, 2012 citing “Irreconcilable Differences” as the reason and asking for sole custody of their only child, 6 year old, Suri.

Holmes filed for the divorce on June 28 or 29, 2012.  This was Holmes first marriage but, Cruise’s third.  He was previously married to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman.

Mimi Rogers, Tom Cruise’s first wife, rumored to be the one who introduced him to Scientology.

Nicole Kidman, Cruise’s second wife and longest termed marriage.

Penelope Cruz was in a short relationship with Tom Cruise 2004

Cruise married Holmes during an intense love affair in 2006, after proposing to her at the Eiffel Tower June 17, 2005 and holding the wedding on November 18, 2006 in the 15th Century  Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.
It was all the stuff fairy tales are made of but, the storybook princess would eventually sit idle while her prince jumped up and down like a lunatic on Oprah’s couch, on national television during an interview on one of the most watched talk shows.  She also sat back as her knight in shining armor laughed insanely, making little sense as he rambled on about his Scientology religion involvement and prompting comedian Jerry O’Connell’s spoof on Cruise’s interview.    It is absolutely hilarious by the way and worth watching both interviews.

Holmes was 27 years old when she married Cruise who was 44 or 45 at the time.  Katie had dated fellow actor, Joshua Jackson from Dawson’s Creek for a brief period in the early days of the show then, went into a relationship with actor Chris Klein in 2000 and became engaged in 2003.  Just weeks after the relationship with Klein ended, Holmes was into her love affair with Cruise, perhaps, making Cruise “The Rebound Guy”.

Cruise had married actress Mimi Rogers in 1987 and their divorce was finalized in February of 1990.  Speculation holds that it was Rogers who introduced Cruise to Scientology.  By December 1990, Cruise had met and married actress Nicole Kidman.  Talk about rebounds and moving fast, Cruise wasted no time either and perhaps, made Kidman “The Rebound Gal”.  After adopting two children, they were separated in 2001 while Kidman was three months pregnant but, miscarried the baby.

At some point after the break-up of his marriage to Kidman, Cruise moved onto the next relationship with actress, Penelope Cruz who co-starred with him in the movie Vanilla Sky.   They parted ways in 2004.

By April of 2005, he was dating Holmes.  In October of 2006, Holmes and Cruise announced they were expecting a child and by November of 2006, they were enjoying the star-studded nuptials in Italy, though it’s been stated that they had already married in California within a day or two prior to the wedding in Italy.

While the reason listed for divorce were “irreconcilable differences” the real reasons for the marriage breakdown can only be speculated that Cruise’s bizarre antics and heavy involvement in Scientology may have been factors.

Holmes often appeared rather like a caged woman to a lot of people and media picked up on it.  Often seen with their only daughter, Suri, now nearly 6 years old, alone and out shopping, it appeared as though Holmes was rather repressed and unhappy looking.

Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise in one of many shots of the mom and daughter out together, alone.

Suri Cruise, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s only child, now 6 years old.

It remains to be seen what custody arrangements will be made for Suri but,  Holmes is said to have filed for sole custody.  One can only speculate that she has done so because she may want Suri away from Cruise’s Scientology influence and heaven knows what else she may want her daughter protected from Cruise’s life and antics.  Only the truth and time will tell.  As of now, all people are doing are speculating but, likely very close to reality in some ways.

Holmes lawyer, Jonathan Wolfe, said Friday that “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”

Some sources have said that Cruise was in Iceland when Holmes filed the papers and it came as a surprise to Cruise in hearing about it.

The couple had a pre-nup and the bulk of their estimated $275 million dollar combined assets are likely more heavily weighted on Cruise’s side than Holmes.  That’s telling.  The fact that Holmes will walk away from a huge chunk of those assets may be tell-tale that Holmes just wants out and her daughter with her.

Perhaps, Cruise will soon find another relationship to jump into or, perhaps, he has already found one.  His track record in relationships has not been one of long-term.  Turning 50 on Tuesday, Cruise will likely be on the prowl sometime soon again or, may be settling into another “love”.  Who knows?

I would also ask the question of “who cares” but, I think the next woman he gets into a relationship with should.

In the meantime, let’s hope that Holmes and Suri can move on with their lives.  At only 33 years of age, Holmes has a lot of living left to do…even if it does appear that she’s had a lifetime of it already.

Vaccine May Be Coming To Help Smokers Quit

Yup, you heard that right.  Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine that could prevent future smokers and help current smokers to quit.

Studies done on mice at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and recorded in the journal Science Translational Medicine by these researchers, say that they have developed a vaccine that has worked in mice to give them a lifetime’s protection in a single shot, against an addiction to nicotine.

The study’s lead investigator, Dr. Ronald G. Crystal said, “As far as we can see, the best way to treat chronic nicotine addiction from smoking is to have these Pacman-like antibodies on patrol, clearing the blood as needed before nicotine can have any biological effect.”

This way, it’s believed to be like any other vaccine which stops the action of the offending substance before it does its damage.

Researchers are planning to try this vaccine on rats next, then primates and if successful on primates, move onto humans.

“While we have only tested mice to date, we are very hopeful that this kind of vaccine strategy can finally help the millions of smokers who have tried to stop, exhausting all the methods on the market today, but find their nicotine addiction to be strong enough to overcome these current approaches,” Crystal has stated.

While it’s not exactly clear as to how this vaccine works, it appears that the vaccine causes the liver to eat up the nicotine before it has its effects on the brain and heart, which is the portion of the nicotine addiction that keeps smokers going back for more.   In other words, it appears that nicotine will have no effect upon the centers of the body that keep this addiction rooted and therefore, negates the entire reason for continuing to smoke.

What this doesn’t seem to address is the withdrawal symptoms that most smokers face when trying to quit.  From what can be seen about this study, without a degree in science to read the entire study, is that it breaks the dependency factor because nicotine has no effect on the portions of the body that it would normally affect.  The nicotine is, in essence, non-effective.

However, while the logistics behind this appear to be sound, what isn’t sounding so secure is the fact that most smokers, trying to quit, rely upon tapering doses of either nicotine patches, gums or inhaled doses in order to ease withdrawal and craving symptoms.  With the vaccine blocking all action of nicotine within the body, this will leave quitting smokers with tremendous withdrawal symptoms.

I admit that I’m a smoker who has tried to quit on many different occassions and been unsuccessful, lighting up again at first sign of stress.  I’ve also been extremely irritable, anxious, edgy and bordering on needing to lock myself in a padded cell for a week, away from other human contact lest I do harm so, I cannot imagine people running around this world in that state after having gotten this vaccine.

Unless someone can tell me how it works otherwise, my understanding is that they’re going to have also give out Valium patches along with the vaccine.  Otherwise, the world might be one ugly place to be once they start innoculating people.

Meanwhile, just the thought of it all right now, makes me want to light up.


Simon Cowell Eyes A Possible Canadian X Factor Next

Canada may have talent but, the Canadian Television Networks don’t seem to be able to air it or keep it.  City TV’s latest talent contest, “Canada’s Got Talent” has been axed already after its one and only season this year.

Canadian Idol didn’t make it either as CTV put it on the chopping block after 6 seasons, staring June 2003 through 2008, with critics saying that it had “bottomed out creatively and, outlived its usefulness.”

But, in rides Simon Cowell with his mega-bucks and big dreams for his X Factor empire expansion into Canada.


Simon Cowell contemplates a Canadian version of X Factor

Having been in Toronto Tuesday June 26, 2012 to promote his one season old hit series (American) X Factor show, a spin-off from the U.K. smashing success, Cowell postured to Canadian media that he thinks Canada is ready for its own version.

“I don’t believe this attitude of we’re a smaller country, therefore we can’t  compete with the U.K. or America.  It’s nonsense,” Cowell stated and went on to say that he could find the “right broadcaster and team” to produce a successful Canadian branch or, he could incorporate Canadian talent into the American series.

Cowell also said that he believes that with the right judging panel, television executives, and a format to fit Canadian tastes, it can be done and apparently, said he’d be willing to finance the Canadian show.

Well, why the heck, not try?

With his XF empire already in dozens of countries like,  the U.S., Albania, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Czech Republic,  Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain and the Ukraine, why shouldn’t Canada take a stab at it too?

But, wait a minute here.  If Canada can’t sustain shows like Canadian Idol, a spin-off of the extremely successful American Idol or, Canada’s Got Talent, a branch off from Britain’s Got Talent…what makes Cowell think that a Canadian chapter of X Factor could sustain itself?

The idea also raises many questions in my mind and I’m not talking logistics.  I’m talking about what can be read between the lines in what’s been said by Cowell, Canadians and by the Canadian talent shows, themselves.

Questions such as:

  • Does Canada really have enough talent to sustain a talent show of purely Canadian content?
  • Do we have Canadian talent judges capable of keeping audiences entertained?
  • Are Canadian Networks and broadcasters so inept at their jobs that Canadian talent shows are doomed to fail before they even begin?
  • Do Canadians really want to come out of the closet as Americans?
  • Is it only Simon Cowell that is capable of pulling these types of shows?
  • And, what type of “format” is it exactly that Cowell thinks Canadians need?

Perhaps, it’s Canadians who have it all wrong.

Maybe, our only talent lays in our beer and moose hunting?

Canada’s Beer Factor?


Perhaps, we need to re-think our formats for television shows instead and have purely Canadian brands of entertainment such as, snow shoeing and dog sled competitions, eh?

All joking aside, Cowell stated that Canada does have talent and rhymed off some great Canadian stars such as, Bieber, Drake, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alanis Morissette, Michael Buble, Shania Twain,  Rufus Wainwright, Celine Dion and that cannot be ignored.  There’s only one problem with that and it’s that Canada simply can’t offer these stars the opportunites that they need, want and deserve so, they desert us for the U.S. anway.

Last I heard, most of these stars perform more out of Canada than they do in.

“You look at what’s happening in the charts over the last 10 or 20 years; you  look at the Canadian talent that’s happened, you’d be crazy not to try and do  something,” Cowell stated.

No one knows at the moment whether Cowell was actually serious about this or, whether he was simply buttering up Canadian media to bring up the ratings on his American X Factor show.

What is known is that Canadian broadcasters, executive producers and Canadian networks, just don’t seem to be able to captivate the audiences to support Canadian talent shows.  A lof them tend to air either after the American versions when everyone is tired of being glued to their televisons from September through May and can’t stomach the lack-luster Canadian versions that seem second-rate by comparison to American versions or, they are aired during “off seasons” like the summer when most Canadians are outside, soaking up the rays because we’re stuck inside at least 8 months out of the year.

I say that if Cowell wants to put his money and ideas where his mouth is, he should simply allow Canadians to audition for the American show, calling it North America X Factor and give Canadians the right to vote in the show.  They are watching the American version anyway.

While Canada definitely has talent, Canada’s television networks can’t seem to get it together to properly put together a sustainable show or audience to keep it going nor, can it hold onto its stars as most of them head down to the U.S. anyway.

Why flog a dead horse any longer?

Canada’s got talent alright.  It just doesn’t have the entertainment production capabilities.  The U.S. is where they all end up anyway.  Why not start there in the first place?

Sad to say when I’m Canadian.

Wake up Canadian producers!



Lose Weight While Eating Dessert


Yes, you actually can have your cake and eat it too and still lose weight.
As a matter of fact, having dessert may actually be the key to losing weight.

I’m not a doctor nor, a weight loss guru who has all of the answers but, there are simple things that make a difference and having dessert is one of them.  As are planned snacks.

Let me take you back with me to my grandparents.  None of them were farmers with heavy loads of physical activities.  Yet, they were all slim people.  Not one of them ever had a weight problem….even by today’s standards.  Well, that’s not entirely true because today’s fashion and envy standards are eating disordered looking.  However, let’s say that they were slim, healthy weights which has made me wonder if I was adopted or had missed that set of “Slim Genes”.

I’m not exactly the most active of people.  Most of what I do for work and pleasure are more or less sedentary pursuits so, I have been working on getting in some form of daily activity for at least a half hour to an hour a day.  I’ve cut back portion sizes, cut out junk foods but, it really hasn’t made much of a difference so, I’ve thought back to my grandparents and parents and what they did.  What I’ve discovered was shockingly simple.

They all ate desserts and snacks.

When most of us think of dessert, we automatically think “fat” and pass it by.  If there’s one thing we’ll cut out, it’s the desserts first, snacking second.

I remember staying with both sets of grandparents during summers when I had to work to pay my way through university.  Dinners weren’t exactly diet menus.  There was roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravies, hams (not yams), beef stews, real butter, hefty white breads and all of the foods that one would be banishing pretty much from today’s fad diets.  I scratch my head at how they all lived until their late 80’s to mid-90’s and didn’t die of heart attacks and blocked arteries but, that’s beside the point.  In spite of what we’ve been told, these people were all slim and lived healthy, good long lives.

That gave me pause and confused me to no end.  How did that work?  Here I am, eating salads with lemon juice or vinegar, fat-free yogurt, only fish and chicken breasts, tons of veggies and fruits, low fat everything and only whole grains yet, still wasn’t budging much.  What was going wrong?

It wasn’t until I was recounting dinner menus from both grandparents’ homes to my husband that I realized a few things that were key.

Dinner plates were what we would call, “bread and butter plates”.   They were approximately 8 to 10 inches in diameter, not the 12 and 14 inch plates we have today.  They always looked far fuller than what they really were so, it fooled the eye and stomach into thinking we were eating tremendous amounts.  In reality, if we put those portions onto one of today’s plates, we’d be asking when dinner was going to be served.  Somehow though, it always seemed like we had a full meal and didn’t feel deprived.

There was always bread and butter and potatoes of some kind with every meal and, while the carb-haters of the world would gasp at this concept, they were not the evils we’d think that they were.  While I would now prefer whole grain breads for its nutritional and fiber value (versus empty white bread calories), carb avoidance was certainly not an issue.  As a matter of fact, it was a staple and the meats were of lesser quantities but, still there.

Every meal had fruit and vegetables.  Breakfasts were small bowls of cereal like oatmeal or, cream of wheat, shredded wheat and topped with berries or peaches and tea.

Lunches were sandwiches of salmon or cheese, lettuce and tomato, sometimes, left over chicken breasts, sliced and loads of vegetables cut up to munch on, then some sort of fruit like canned (store-bought or home jarred) peaches or fruit cocktail, topped with a tablespoon of whipped topping.

Mid-afternoon, was always tea.  Along with the tea, came some sort of snack.  While I would hesitate on that now because of the trans fat content, it was usually, some sort of sweet cookies or angel food cake or something light and not much of it.  Just enough to feel we’d had something.  It was never on-the-go fare.  It was a sit-down affair.  Concentrating on the actual taste of both the sweet and the tea.

Dinners were as described above but, after each dinner, there was always a dessert like a small portion of pudding or jello or more fruit cocktail with whipped topping or a small portion of ice cream with fruit.  We’re not talking soup bowl sizes, but those small dessert bowls that one often sees at a fancy dinner party.  And, of course, more tea with dessert.

Mid-evening, there was more tea and usually some form of a small snack such as a couple of digestive biscuits or crackers with cheese or peanut butter.

No one ever went hungry and it was that point which was key.

The small portions on the breakfast, lunch and dinner plates never felt small because there was always a tasty treat coming next it to look forward to so, no one went back for second helpings or loaded their plates.  Everyone left room for dessert and tea, which filled us up to just satisfaction level, not stuffed feeling.  No one walked away bloated or nauseous.

I think the biggest key was that meals were treated as a social time.  It was never eaten on the run.  It was tasted fully, savoured and enjoyed.  It was never mindless eating.  Conversations also slowed the eating down, which signalled our brains as to our stomachs being full and we didn’t require more to satisfy us.  Tea, dessert and talking were key factors to slowing down and eating less.

With all of the diets out there on the market, all of the talk about good foods-bad foods, all of the warnings about sugar, sodium, trans fats, preservative content, our hurried lifestyles, our self-deprivation, our fat-free, carb-free, we’re literally making ourselves FAT and putting ourselves in jeopardy of heart problems and diabetes.  We’ve become a nutrition conscious society of fat, unhealthy people because no one really knows what to eat anymore, how or when.  We’re fumbling and making ourselves sicker because we’re too worried about the next study that will come out to tell us we’re eating wrong.

We’re giving up because it’s too much to think about and remember.  We’re confused as to what to eat so, we either end up with eating disorders or, we pig-out purely out of frustration.

There’s a plethora of foods now available to us.  We have choices so, dessert doesn’t need to be unhealthy.  It may contain some sugar.  It may contain some sort of fats but, as long as it’s in small portions and well enjoyed, the weight won’t be an issue.  When the weight is not a factor, diabetes won’t be either.

So, eat healthy choices like lean meats, chicken and fish.  Eat potatoes and bread but, switch to whole grain breads and sweet potatoes.  Have oils and fats but, keep them healthy fats and oils like canola.  Eat butter sometimes but, keep it in small amounts and make it margarines instead the rest of the time.  Have the fruits and vegetables and dress them up.  Just keep everything smaller portion sizes.

Take your time with your meals.  We can all cut out something in our days to make time to sit down and enjoy our meals and snacks.  If possible, make it a social time.  Remember that the more we are talking, the less we eat and the more we enjoy our food.

Most of all, add a dessert.   Make it a healthy, small portion dessert but, have dessert and treat yourself.

All things in moderation.  That’s the key.




Katy Perry As American Idol 2013 Judge?

Rumor Mills have it that American Idol has put feelers out to see if Katy Perry may be interested in replacing judge, Jennifer Lopez.


Rumor has it that the powers that be behind American Idol, have begun looking for a potential new judge for their 2013 season panel.

Allegedly, they’ve put out  the feelers towards Katy Perry to see if she would be interested and offered her between $12 million and $20 million for a season’s stint but, have stipulated that there’s no more money to be negotiated.

An insider to the National Enquirer has said, “they’ve already put out feelers to Katy’s camp, and there definitely is interest.”

With Jennifer Lopez, seemingly still undecided between her touring and family obligations, it’s uncertain whether Lopez will return to her seat on the panel in 2013 but, has not been ruled out.  It’s all up in the air.

Perry has previously been a stand-in judge for the U.K. version of X-Factor and been well received in her role over there but, that’s the key.  It was “over there”, across “The Pond”.   It’s therefore dubious how well received she’d be as a judge in the U.S. and even for viewers in Canada.

Steven Tyler had earlier made a comment to media that he “hadn’t been asked” and shrugged his shoulders, nonchalantly.  However, it’s appearing (at the time of writing this) that they seemingly expect Tyler and Randy Jackson to both be back next season.  At least, one can only hope.

Perhaps, Lopez is torn about her music and family obligations but, let’s not forget that before her stint on Idol, Lopez was almost washed up and pretty near forgotten.  Idol has given her a jump-start into a singing career again.

Lopez may potentially be holding out for more money but, she may be cutting off her nose to spite her face if she waits too long to make a decision as it appears Idol execs aren’t exactly sitting still, waiting.  They’re getting on with plans and perhaps, Lopez’s indecision or hopes for a raise might blow up in her face, if that is what she’s doing.

To be honest, her current album is nothing more than a Lopez body move fest, with very little talent in singing.  That’s just my personal opinion.

Sadly, we’ll all just have to wait and see what is decided but, in the meantime, auditions are soon to be held and it’s questionable right now, who will be doing the judging since even Tyler is reportedly out on tour with Aerosmith again this summer.   Randy Jackson may be going it alone since he seems to be the only hold-out on the panel, not seemingly contesting, balking or with other contentious conflicts in his schedule.

Ryan Seacrest seemingly will be back with a fat contract.  Idol has seemingly got that one right.

So, hang onto your seats, American Idol 2013 may be in for a bumpy or, perhaps, surprising ride for fans.


Montreal Students Outrage Jewish Organizations

Students in Montreal, Quebec, Canada have been winding their way down the streets of Montreal almost nightly, in protest of higher tuition fees.  There have been at least some 50 such demonstrations and protest marches.   Police deemed it unlawful under by-law P-6 which states that the protestors did not give police an itinerary of their schedules and routes.

June 12, 2012- commemorating 50 protests after police have declared the assembly illegal.

While it’s a great shot, it’s unclear that the white-haired and bearded gentleman in front is necessarily there to protest tuition fee hikes.  However, that’s the issue.

Whatever happens between police, the government and protesting students, there has been an issue that was raised that needs to be discussed.

Students have been protesting against police by holding their arms up in a Nazi salute, a gesture that unfortunately, has not been deemed as illegal in Canada and an act by the protestors that has outraged B’nai Brith Canada.

Sunday June 10, 2012
Protesting Students in Montreal raise their arms in a Nazi-style salute as a gesture of defiance against Montreal Police.

Though stated to be, simply a statement towards police, it is a gesture that is not to be joked with or used, given the gravity that comes with its historical meaning.

“We condemn, in the strongest of terms, this inexcusable display of hate by  Quebec student protesters that has outraged the Jewish community and  demonstrated just how low the level of public debate has fallen on the streets  of Montreal,” said CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, Frank Dimant.

“The actions of these protesters, whether for the purposes of deriding Montreal  police or drawing attention to their cause, defile the memory of the Holocaust  and remind us just how quickly anti-Semitism and the manifestations of hate can  venture their way into our public discourse.”

While protestors have had a point, their message gets lost when they pull stunts like this.  Sadly, they are not only hurting their own cause but, also a lot of people for whom the Holocaust and Nazi symbolism has and continues to be a deep wound.

There may be two things now that the government needs to listen to more carefully.  They need to listen to the cries from the students on the nearing impossible for many to reach, tuition fees as well as to the idea of making it unlawful to display these types of symbolism.

Perhaps, all governments need to pay attention and lower tuition fees for it appears that history lessons have not been taught well and students truly need further education.

Lindsay Lohan Is In Trouble Again


Lindsay Lohan has cracked up her Porsche and ended up being taken to hospital then released.  Just another day, another event to write into her journal.

Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt when Lohan wrapped the front of her expensive car around the back end of a dump truck after rearending it on her way to the set of a movie shoot about the tempestous love between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Lohan’s Porsche after rear ending a dump truck.

Sadly, that’s not just a minor “fender bender”.  That’s one huge hunk of mess that she and an assistant were lucky to have crawled out from without much more than a couple of cuts and bruises.

The crash is under investigation but, it’s been reported that Lohan didn’t appear under the influence nor, was the dump truck driver.

It doesn’t take a forensic expert to take a look at the damage that was done to see that Lohan was not exactly paying attention to her driving even if not impaired.  Sadly, it’s likely that not many people are surprised at hearing yet another Lohan trouble story.  We’re all so used to hearing about her causing some sort of mishap that it’s become common place to see her in the headlines.

We also don’t need to hear from a psychiatrist or psychologist that this is one troubled woman who has gotten off lightly in both legal terms as well as in not having killed anyone with her self-destructive lifestyle.

It’s one thing to be self-destructive and not care what happens to yourself but, it’s another when you’re endangering other people’s lives by doing so.

Lohan may not care much about herself and be on this path to hades but, she’s also potentially, going to take someone else or several others with her eventually if she doesn’t wake up.

A judge had recently ended her probation and said that he considered her matured.  One has to wonder.  Has she really matured or simply toned it down for a bit?  This latest crash is certainly indication that she’s not thinking clearly or fully about what she’s doing in the moment, even if she was sober.  If she was even slightly impaired, she needs the full hand of the law on the scruff of her neck before she does endanger more people’s lives.

If she has the money to drive around a Porsche, she has the money for a driver for it.  Someone needs to get the girl a chauffeur and let her be driven around from here on out before she does something that will haunt her for the rest of her life…or take it.

Lohan still seems to have some maturing to do, in spite of what the judge has declared.