Brooklyn native Leah Remini, 43, is speaking up about the Church of Scientology, which she left this month.
Sources told the New York Post that the King of Queens star split with the church after she was subjected to "years of interrogations" and "thought modification" simply because she questioned leader David Miscavige.
"I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct," Remini now tells People mag.
"It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to." Remini did not mention Miscavige or other Scientologists by name. The church has refused comment.
Imagine . . .
Imagine they made, like, the worst movie ever. And you starred in it. OK, now imagine they had a sequel - but fired you. Not good. This is rumored to be the case with Tara Reid. She played April in Syfy's Sharknado, already considered a competitor to Plan 9 From Outer Space as Universe's Stinkiest Flick. The New York Post says Tara's out. She tweets: "There is no script for sharknado 2 until i read it then i will make a decision but everyone that is saying i got cut that is not true #liars." In Sharknado 2, a tornado packed with sharks hits Manhattan. We thought that already happened in the recession. Oh, well.
Big wings to big powder
The Big Banquet may be over for El Wingador, also known as William T. Simmons. El W, who won the Wing Bowl competitive chicken-wing gluttony contest five times (last win: 2005), pleaded guilty Monday to possession of cocaine with intent to sell. He was arrested (mid-deal!) in Mullica Hill in 2012. Prosecutors say they'll ask for seven years. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 20.
Lea remembers Monteith
Lea Michele on Monday broke her public silence about the untimely death of her lover and Glee costar Cory Monteith, sharing on Instagram a photo of the couple. "Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support," she wrote. "Cory will forever be in my heart."
The Glee cast and crew gathered Friday "to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith," Twentieth Century Fox said in a statement.
Why kill Joss Stone?
Why would anyone want Joss Stone dead? The British soul mistress ponders the question in a chat about Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool, the two men convicted in April 2011 of plotting to kill her by beheading her with a samurai sword. "There was a big part of me that felt sorry for them, sorry for their mums," Joss tells London's Daily Mail in her first interview about the case. "I kept thinking, 'What drives people to do something so awful?' " Joss said she could understand if they wanted to kidnap her for money. But kill her? "That did feel totally strange," she said.
Rick Warren returns
Mega-church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren took the pulpit Sunday for the first time since the suicide of his son Matthew on April 5. He and wife Kay were greeted by applause from the packed congregation at the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. The Purpose-Driven Life author thanked his wife, as well as children Amy and Josh, in a prepared but often digressed-from sermon titled "How to Get Through What You're Going Through."
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