Plus: Jackson's back flares up, Andre Agassi's gamble, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
June 09, 2005 09:00 AM
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STUDIED: After weeks of questions about how strong her interest is in her boyfriend Tom Cruise’s controversial Church of Scientology, Katie Holmes admitted to Access Hollywood at the premiere of her movie Batman Begins that she has indeed looked into Scientology, “and I really like it. … I feel like I’m bettering myself.” Pressed about her and Tom possibly getting married, Holmes told show host Billy Bush: “You’ll be the first to know.” As for Cruise, on Wednesday night’s Tonight Show, he again declared his love of Holmes, haltingly telling host Jay Leno, “She’s … it’s great. She’s lovely.” He then turned and examined the couch on the set and slowly crept over to it as the audience squealed. Reprising his routine on Oprah, Cruise pounced on the furniture and struck a Rocky pose.

TREATED: Jurors in Michael Jackson’s child-molestation trial were due back in court on Thursday for a fifth day of deliberations, just hours after the pop star returned home from another trip to the hospital, reports Reuters. Jackson spokeswoman Raymone Bain said that Jackson, 46, went to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital for “routine treatment” of back spasms that have pained him throughout the four-month trial. Bain’s statement noted that her comments had been approved by defense attorney Thomas Mesereau, who earlier in the day issued a statement saying he had not authorized anyone to hold news conferences on his client’s behalf. Court watchers are saying that Mesereau’s message appeared to be aimed at the Rev. Jesse Jackson. In response, Rev. Jackson told the Associated Press: “He made it very clear that he wanted to make sure the judge did not think he had a surrogate spokesperson.”

ANNOUNCED: Bob Costas, 53, will become a regular substitute host for Larry King on CNN, conducting prime-time interviews about 20 times a year, the network announced. King, 71, celebrated the 20th anniversary of his show last week by interviewing former presidents Bush and Clinton, Watergate figures Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and CBS’s Dan Rather. In the ratings, however, King’s average of 970,000 viewers represented his worst month in four years, according to Nielsen Media Research. He regularly loses his time slot to FOX News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes. Costas’s first appearance for King will be on Sunday night.

SLOTTED: Tennis ace Andre Agassi, 35, now has his own slot machine, unveiled this week at MGM Grand in his native Las Vegas, where he lives with wife Steffi Graf and their two children, the city’s Review-Journal reports. “Seeing myself on a slot machine seemed like a perfect fit for a boy from Las Vegas,” he said. A portion of his tennis-themed machines’ intake will go to benefit his children’s charity, the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation.