Celebrity Roundup: July 27, 2012

By Sam Lansky 07/27/12

Tom Cruise recommends Scientology to heal Russell BrandFrances Bean Cobain advises Demi Moore's daughters, and "The Situation" is sued over his addiction.

"Dr." Tom comes to Brand's aid. Photo via

Just because Scientology may have lost Katie Holmes to her separation from husband Tom Cruise doesn’t mean they’re stopping with celeb recruitment. Their latest target, some say? Russell Brand, Cruise’s Rock of Ages co-star, who has notoriously struggled with addiction. Cruise thinks Scientology might be just the ticket to help Brand kick his habits. “Tom thinks Russell’s battle with alcohol and drug addiction is a way to reach out to the vulnerable,” an insider reports.

Rumors have been flying about the whereabouts of Katherine Jackson, the Jackson family matriarch. Although there's little certainty as to what's really going on, some are claiming that she was drugged by her children—after she called the Calabasas home in the middle of the night and asked that her security team be replaced with that of her daughter, Janet Jackson. She apparently sounded intoxicated, but Katherine—a devout Jehovah’s Witness—doesn’t drink. Is the Jackson clan up to its old tricks

At this point, Frances Bean Cobain could probably teach a master class in ACOA/codependency issues, so it’s heartening to hear that she’s putting her hard-won experience to good use helping out Demi Moore’s daughters: Scout, Rumer, and Tallulah Willis. Reportedly, the girls all went to school together, and Cobain is advising Moore’s daughters to give their mom “tough love.” Admittedly, that strategy doesn’t seem to have worked so well for Francis Bean's own mom, Courtney Love.

Big Brother celeb Willie Hantz was arrested this week under suspicion of DUI in Louisiana after he attempted to flee the scene of a fight, then refused to take a breathalyzer or blood test. But apparently, the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding. "I wasn't driving,” Hantz tweeted after the incident, “I was sitting in the driver's seat with the car running. I know stupid." Who are we to disagree?

As is par for the course for Jersey Shore stars, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is embroiled in yet another lawsuit over failing to uphold his end of an endorsement deal. The twist? The company in question, Performance Brands, is also claiming that Sorrentino’s prescription drug addiction—for which he sought treatment earlier this year—puts him in violation of his contract. Perhaps it's for the best: we would have been wary of a Sitch-endorsed fat-burning cream anyway. 

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Sam Lansky is the West Coast Editor at TIME. He has written for Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Grantland, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, OutBillboard and more. He is also the author of The Gilded Razor. You can find Sam on Linkedin and Twitter.