In addition to hanging out with Snoop at the AVMA's, Erica's dating a scientologist - the girl is hot!
March 26, 2006 -- AUSTRALIAN billion-heir James Packer is the great hope for Scientology's future.
According to several Hollywood insiders, the Church of Scientology - which preaches that alien souls, sent by evil alien lord Xenu, are trapped inside us and have to be removed using an "e-meter" - is having difficulty attracting new members.
"There are other things people are interested in joining now, like Kaballah," said one Hollywooder.
Without new recruits, cash flow is an issue.
"There are the big earners like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Kirstie Alley, but even they don't earn like they used to," the source said.
That's where Packer comes in. Four years ago, while filming "The Last Samurai," Cruise struck up a friendship with Packer - whose father, Kerry, was the richest man in Australia until his death last year - and led him to Scientology.
"James Packer was spotted around a Scientology campus in Australia, has made frequent trips to Los Angeles, where Scientology is headquartered, and reportedly spent time in Scientology counseling sessions in Sydney - and Tom Cruise is his pal," Cultnews.com's Rick Ross told Jeannette Walls.
"The thinking is that Cruise has groomed this guy to be a big giver to follow in Cruise's footsteps."
Meanwhile, as the Scientologists search for more money, they may have blundered in the case of Isaac Hayes, who made good money as the voice of Chef on "South Park." The actor was forced to quit the show earlier this month when a fellow Scientologist issued a release on his behalf claiming he couldn't stand by while the "Trapped in the Closet" episode, poking fun at Cruise, Tavolta and Scientology, was aired a second time.
There's evidence that Hayes - who has been recovering from a stroke - did not agree with the statement issued on his behalf.
During a trip to the "Opie & Anthony" show on XM radio in December, when Hayes was asked about the "Trapped in the Closet" episode, he replied, "Well, one thing about ["South Park" creators] Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker], they lampoon everybody. And if you take that [bleep] serious, then I'll sell you the Brooklyn Bridge for $2. That's what they do."
Snoop('s drugs) + Erica + James('s money) + Tom = one big sexy mess!
The AVMA's are actually beginning to look slightly interesting...