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Idina Menzel: 'A Lot Of Meditation' After 'Adele Dazeem' Oscars Gaff

9 hours ago | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

It turns out getting called the wrong name by John Travolta right before you sing at the Oscars can be a good thing!

Idina Menzel visited Access Hollywood Live – on location in Phoenix for the Super Bowl (where she'll be performing the National Anthem on Sunday). The singer and actress told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover that the meme-worthy mispronunciation moment has done more good than bad.

"It has change my life," she explained. "People that didn't know me, now know me, and the people that knew me, stuck up for me. So, that made me feel ...

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- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (Access Hollywood)

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Alex Gibney, Going Clear

28 January 2015 5:32 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Judging by the Park City crowds that attempted to elbow their way into the world premiere of Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief one might say this is Alex Gibney’s most talked-about film to date.

And that is saying a lot for the veteran documentarian who has made a career out of pushing boundaries.

The film adopts a similar structure to Lawrence Wright’s 2013 bestseller of the same name, focusing on eight people who broke away from the grip of the Scientology community and their difficult, often troubling, stories that resulted.

As the title of both film and book suggests, ‘The Prison Of Belief’ is what Gibney and Wright refer to as the boxed-in walls that confine a person into believing what they are told. It is, as Gibney puts it, “that ‘terrifying certainty of faith’ that gives comfort in not having to ask the tough questions everyday.”

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Penn Is Latest Hollywood Celeb to Take Home French Academy's Honor

28 January 2015 1:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young -- i.e., media friendly -- Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on February 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the »

- Steve Montgomery

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Daily | Sundance 2015 | Alex Gibney’s Going Clear

28 January 2015 6:47 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"The revelations in Alex Gibney’s new documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief won’t come as a huge surprise to folks who’ve read Lawrence Wright’s devastating, similarly titled book-length exposé," begins Bilge Ebiri at Vulture. "But any way you cut it, this is still spectacular stuff." For Slate, Sharan Shetty's rounded up "some of the more striking allegations," focusing on Scientology's "cultish leader," David Miscavige, the ways the Church recruits and keeps its hold on celebrities such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta and "disturbing allegations of torture, assault, and human rights abuse." We're gathering reviews and video. » - David Hudson »

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New Scientology Exposé: The Most Controversial Claims

27 January 2015 2:35 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Church of Scientology is is no stranger to coming under fire - but never before like this. In Oscar-winning director (Taxi to the Dark Side) Alex Gibney's controversial new documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which premiered to a packed house Sunday night at the Sundance Film Festival, several former Scientologists - among them, Oscar winner Paul Haggis - hold back little when it comes to long-whispered-about topics about the church, including claims of brainwashing, physical abuse, and meddling in the lives of A-listers John Travolta and Tom Cruise.Claim 1: The Church Was Behind »

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Sundance Festival: Alex Gibney's doc pulls back curtain on Scientology

27 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house - not with a star-studded red carpet, but with police protection.

A week before the premiere, the Church of Scientology took out full-page ads in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times claiming the documentary is filled with falsehoods.

Based on Lawrence Wright's 2013 book of the same name, Oscar winner Alex Gibney's film claims that the church routinely intimidates, manipulates and even tortures its members, tracing the rise of the religion and its founder, former science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, and his successor as head of the church, David Miscavige. Gibney also interviewed several former Scientology believers, including past executives.

Paul Haggis, director of the Oscar-winning Crash, left the church in 2009 after decades of membership.

"I was really stupid. I was part of this for 30 years before I spoke out, »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Sundance: ‘Going Clear’ Creators Say Tom Cruise Should Speak Out Against Scientology’s Abuses

27 January 2015 6:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

No documentary has inspired more controversy at this year’s Sundance Film Festival than “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

It’s a devastating portrait of a religion guided by greed, instead of motivated by altruism. The film alleges that Scientology abuses its rank and file, hitting them up constantly for money, while, in some cases, subjecting them to physical and psychological degradation.

It also points the finger of blame squarely at two of Scientology’s most famous practitioners, John Travolta and Tom Cruise, and shames them for turning a blind eye to the alleged mistreatments.

It’s another hot-button topic for documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, who took on Wikileaks and Enron in previous films such as “The Smartest Guys in the Room” and “We Steal Secrets.”

Variety set down with Gibney and Lawrence Wright, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who wrote the book that formed the basis for the film, »

- Brent Lang

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief: 5 Things to Know

26 January 2015 2:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

One of the most buzzed-about films at the Sundance Film Festival doesn't even star an A-list celebrity. Even before premiering to a sold-out crowd Sunday afternoon, the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief was already the talk of the festival. Here are five things you should know about the controversial film: 1. It's Based on a Book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright.Wright – who is also known for his other exposés including the award-winning The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 - interviewed roughly 200 current and former Scientologists for his 2013 book, which has the same title »

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5 Things You Should Know About The Controversial New Scientology Documentary

26 January 2015 2:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

One of the most buzzed-about films at the Sundance Film Festival doesn't even star an A-list celebrity. Even before premiering to a sold-out crowd Sunday afternoon, the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief was already the talk of the festival. Here are five things you should know about the controversial film: 1. It's Based on a Book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright.Wright – who is also known for his other exposés including the award-winning The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 - interviewed roughly 200 current and former Scientologists for his 2013 book, which has the same title »

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Alessandro Nivola On ‘Selma’, ‘Violent Year’ And Bradley Cooper: Conversations With Jeremy Gerard

26 January 2015 1:46 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: It’s tempting to say that Alessandro Nivola lives a charmed life, and that might be true if he weren’t working so hard. He’s Zelig in plain sight: At this moment in time you can see him in Selma as Justice Department civil rights lawyer John Doar, who would become the lead prosecutor in the government’s case against the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. And you can see him on the other side of the mirror, as a mobbed-up oil distributor and bete noir of Oscar Isaacs in A Most Violent Year. He played another nemesis, FBI agent Anthony Amado, on the trail of Bradley Cooper in American Hustle. And he’s still batting it around with Cooper, but now on Broadway, where he plays Frederick Treves, the humanistic doctor who rescues Cooper’s John Merrick ­­– Aka the Elephant Man – from life in a freak show booth. »

- Jeremy Gerard

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Review: ''Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief' isn't going to make Xenu happy

26 January 2015 12:48 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Park City. If the bursting-at-the-seams crowd at Sunday's (January 25) world premiere of "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" was any indication, the film festival world (and probably the subsequent HBO world) has been waiting impatiently for a cinematic pulling back of the curtain from the Church of Scientology.  And when you absolutely, positively have to get informed on a subject in a reasonably smart, reasonably all-encompassing, reasonably passionate (without succumbing to sloppy outrage), narratively tight 120-minutes, it's hard to imagine a more reliable tour guide than director Alex Gibney.  The absurdly prolific filmmaker can be counted on to deliver a comprehensive rendering of difficult issues and that's exactly what "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" is. If you've read Lawrence Wright's book -- I have not -- or any of the recent string of tangential Scientology exposes -- including Wright's profile of Paul Haggis, which »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief’

25 January 2015 11:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Though the lid was blown off the Church of Scientology long ago, Alex Gibney’s powder-keg documentary, “Going Clear,” should certainly rattle the walls, if not shake them to their very foundations. Gibney had an excellent blueprint to work from in Lawrence Wright’s exhaustively researched 2013 nonfiction bestseller (from which the film takes its title), but he’s also added much fascinating material here, including new interviews and proprietary Scientology video footage that has to be seen to be disbelieved. A hot ticket at Sundance, “Going Clear” should have no trouble maintaining its must-see buzz through its HBO premiere in March and beyond.

The prolific Gibney (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”) excels at untangling complex systems and institutions, and at showing us the human faces behind scandal-making headlines. Unsurprisingly, “Going Clear” is weighted toward candid, impassioned interviews with ex-Scientologists »

- Scott Foundas

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Special Feature: Batman to Birdman

25 January 2015 2:05 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

F. Scott Fitzgerald once claimed that "there are no second acts in American lives." Though dismissive of the phoenix-like revival of his fellow countrymen, it's proved largely unfounded when it comes to the Hollywood leading man. Amongst the showbiz second acts, eighties relics such as John Travolta and Mickey Rourke have both managed to pick themselves up and brushed off a whole slew of bad career choices to forge another path to respectability, however lacking in quality or as fleeting a reappearance that may have been. Michael Keaton has never quite been the box office non-entity of those 1980s counterparts, but his sharp comedic presence and edgy performances have been largely sidelined for some time now.

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- CineVue UK

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Thanks for Noticing, Golden Guy: Top Ten Oscar-Nominated Actor Acknowledgements

25 January 2015 1:16 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 87th Academy Award nominations for 2015 were recently released on January 15, 2015 representing the excellence in film for the previous year. Naturally there was the standard controversy regarding those films and performances that got unfairly overlooked. Unfortunately, the perceived snubs do happen from year to year so this goes along with the territory. Nevertheless, the lucky selections that do manage to grab Oscar’s attention are understandably grateful and psyched to see if the golden statuette will in fact go home with them on the film industry’s biggest and most elegant evening.

With the obvious crankiness of Oscar omissions aside and the injustices that go with these “reel” deals has anyone ever considered the Academy Award nominees that are surprisingly recognized that could have gone unnoticed for whatever reasoning? After all there are films and exceptional performances that get lost in the shuffle but manage to get the accolades it »

- Frank Ochieng

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11 stars of classic '90s teen movies: Where are they now?

24 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Charlie Lyne's documentary Beyond Clueless harks back to the classic teen movies that shaped the '90s.

Featuring narration from The Craft's Fairuza Balk (and with clips of Robin Tunney, Devon Sawa and co), it made us feel a sudden pang of nostalgia and sent us on our own trip down memory lane to find out where they - and the rest of the '90s teen movie crew - are now.

So, here are 11 stars from some of our favourite '90s teen movies, and what they've gone on to do since:

1. Devon Sawa - Idle Hands (1999)

Dreamy Devon Sawa starred as lazy stoner Anton Tobias - who turns mass murderer after his hand becomes possessed - in the horror comedy Idle Hands.

He went on to play teenage prophet of doom Alex Browning in Final Destination (2000), and appeared as similarly unstable Stan in Eminem's controversial music »

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Sundance: 5 Things to Expect From Alex Gibney's Damning Scientology Doc 'Going Clear'

23 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Armstrong Lie" director Alex Gibney drops his latest bomb on Park City this weekend with "Going Clear," a documentary exposé of the Church of Scientology that dragged him through the gauntlet to get made. HBO, no stranger to scandal-making with its ever-broadening documentary slate, commissioned Gibney's adaptation of Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief" just after the nonfiction book was published in January 2013. The book analyzes the history of L. Ron Hubbard, and of Tom Cruise and John Travolta's various, and wildly public, relationships, among others. Wright gained notoriety in 2011 when he profiled screenwriter/director Paul Haggis—who broke from the Church in 2009 in the wake of its startling pronouncements about Prop 8—in The New Yorker. Anticipating legal and religious retaliation, HBO President Sheila Nevins has said that some 160 lawyers looked at the film, which premieres on HBO »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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StreamFix: 5 Stalker Favorites to Stream Right Now

22 January 2015 5:58 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

You're seeing that damn J-Lo movie this weekend, right? I already saw it! Get this: creepier and better than you think! Definitely better than "Obsessed," which was not good or campy enough for human consumption. After you get your fix of the delicious Ryan Guzman, check back online to watch some of these classic stalker titles.   Fatal Attraction (Netflix)  Glenn Close is right: This movie is dated and treats mentally ill people unfairly. Here's where Glenn Close is wrong: It's still a watchable, entertaining movie still because Glenn Close is the best damn actress of the past 40 years. She is a risky artist who somehow got to be a gigantic star, and she did it by choosing projects that almost no one else could tackle. Adore her forever. "Dangerous Liaisons" is also an insane treat. Why did she do "Albert Nobbs" to us? Stalker (Hulu) The world did the right »

- Louis Virtel

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Grand Electric Revving Up With Jacob Jaffke

22 January 2015 1:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Grand Electric, the 4-month-old co-venture between veteran producer Eric Newman and Studiocanal, is revving up development by hiring Jacob Jaffke to produce and develop feature films.

Jaffke has producing credits on Mike Birbiglia’s “Sleepwalk With Me” and Ti West’s “The Sacrament,” on which he collaborated with Newman.

His most recent film, “In a Valley of Violence,” marks his fourth collaboration with West and stars Ethan Hawke and John Travolta. The film, which is in post-production, was produced with Blumhouse and Universal Pictures.

Jaffke will produce and oversee all development and production of feature films for the company, including “Revenge,” written by John Hlavin, and “Life and Death in Eden,” written by Black List screenwriter Kristina Lauren Anderson.

“In the increasingly challenging world of film production, where both budgets and distribution opportunities are decreasing, Jacob’s taste, relationships and hands-on experience producing films at a variety of budgetary levels are invaluable, »

- Dave McNary

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The Blob Remake Moving Forward, Simon West to Direct

22 January 2015 7:19 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Once you’re absorbed by its terror, you can’t even scream. The slimy mass that is the Blob first thrilled audiences when it took on Steve McQueen on the big screen in 1958. It next oozed into cinemas via the 1972 sequel, Beware! The Blob, before being reborn in a 1988 remake directed by Chuck Russell and co-written by Frank Darabont. Proving that it’s still a relentless alien amoeba, 1958’s The Blob is being remade once again.

Goldcrest Films is moving forward with a remake of The Blob, with Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air) lined up for the director’s chair and shooting slated to begin this summer. Modern-day special effects capabilities are expected to bring the Blob to life like never before, and Chris Haney (Avatar, Avengers Assemble) will oversee the VFX in post-production.

Linking the upcoming remake to the original, Jack Harris, the producer of 1958’s The Blob, »

- Derek Anderson

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Model and Actor Plitt, Killed in Train Accident, Was Original 'Body' of Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan

21 January 2015 5:38 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Fitness model Greg Plitt killed in train accident: Plitt was the 'body' of Dr. Manhattan in 'Watchmen' movie Fitness model Greg Plitt, best known for adorning countless fitness magazine covers and for his participation on the reality TV show Work Out, was killed by a passenger train while being videotaped last Saturday afternoon, January 17, 2015, in Burbank, about 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities are now trying to figure out how Plitt and his two-person crew were able to access a restricted area -- without a filming permit -- and what exactly they were doing there. Online tabloids claim to have the answer, asserting that Greg Plitt's death was the result of a failed thrill-seeking stunt. The athletic Plitt, who had previously shot at least one workout video on a train track, was purportedly trying to outrun the passenger train, but tripped and fell on the tracks. »

- Zac Gille

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