Jackson Verdict Analyzed, Paris to Leave Public Eye, Katie Holmes Tries Scientology

Michael Jackson Verdict Fallout
The jury's verdict was read quickly, but the media circus surrounding Michael Jackson's acquittal will be drawing out for days. Industry experts are already wondering if he can rebuild his career. Experts advise that he could definitely revive his stardom, especially in Europe and Asia, if he doesn't mind churning out the hits that made him famous. "Even when his popularity wanes here, his popularity overseas has been sustained, and that's probably the place he can do the best," said veteran talent manager Ken Kragen. Experts advised Jackson to do something that would get big attention, or perhaps do a stint in Vegas. Of course, redeeming himself even after a not-guilty verdict may be too tall an order in the U.S. One thing that will help is that Jacko certainly won't be sharing his bed with young boys anymore. 

Paris Goes Private?
Paris Hilton might end her "career" of dancing on bar tables soon. The 24-year-old heiress tells Newsweek that she'll give up her public life in two years, by the time she'll be married and hopefully having babies with fiance Paris Latsis. She'll give up her TV show The Simple Life too -- "I thought it was cute to play a dumb blonde. On TV, I do it because it's funny. I consider myself a businesswoman and a brand," Hilton tells the magazine. She continued that she was looking forward to some peace and quiet. "I don't enjoy going out anymore," she said. "It's such a pain. It's everyone saying, 'Let's do a deal! Can I have a picture?' I'm just, like, 'These people are such losers. I can't believe I used to love doing this.'" Meanwhile, her mom, Kathy Hilton, is heading further into the spotlight with her reality series, I Want to Be a Hilton.

Katie Holmes Explores Scientology
Katie Holmes's "summer of captivity" continues. She's now studying Scientology with boyfriend Tom Cruise. Holmes said on Monday that she's excited by her lessons. She was raised a Catholic but the Cruiser has been a Scientologist for many years. Tom Cruise told Entertainment Weekly that Holmes was indeed curious about his faith. "Yeah, absolutely. She digs it," he said. He added, "Listen, the thing you've got to know about Katie is that she's an incredibly bright and self-determined woman. She makes her own decisions." Meanwhile, the marriage rumors swirl as -- perhaps not so coincidentally -- the pair plug their summer blockbusters.

Blabber Bits
It's a Melrose Place baby! Former Fox stars Laura Leighton and Doug Savant, who played Sydney and Matt on the nighttime soap, had a baby daughter on Thursday. The couple, who met on the set of the show, named her Lucy Jane Leighton Savant. Somehow, we're not surprised that they didn't call her Amanda. Alicia Silverstone married longtime boyfriend Christopher Jarecki, a singer, on a beach at Lake Tahoe on Saturday.

 

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