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How Lisa Marie Presley Tried - and Failed - to Reunite Scientology Leader David Miscavige's Father with His Family After He Left the Church

3 May 2016 9:20 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A feel-good father-son tale it is not. Instead, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, the tell-all memoir from Ron Miscavige detailing his estranged son David's early life and take-no-prisoners ascension to the helm of the Church of Scientology, is a scathing, if sad, look at the dissolution of a family. "He runs Scientology with an iron fist," writes the elder Miscavige, a musician and businessman who introduced David to the religion in the late '60s, in Ruthless, published today by St. Martin's Press. (Ron left the church in 2012 after over four decades.) "I believe his obsession with »

- Elizabeth Leonard, @lizzleonard1

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Scientology Attorney Says Church Hired Private Investigators to Trail David Miscavige's Father After He Left the Church for 'His Own Safety'

29 April 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige prepares for the release of his tell-all memoir, Ron Miscavige has opened up about being trailed by private investigators after he left the controversial church in 2012, and feeling like he was "shot in the head" when he learned that his own son seemingly did not care about his well-being. In July 2013, authorities in West Allis, Wisconsin, questioned Dwayne Powell and his son Daniel after following up on a call about a man acting suspiciously in the neighborhood where Ron Miscavige was living with his wife. Dwayne Powell told police he was a »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Scientology Attorney Says Church Hired Private Investigators to Trail David Miscavige's Father After He Left the Church for 'His Own Safety'

29 April 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige prepares for the release of his tell-all memoir, Ron Miscavige has opened up about being trailed by private investigators after he left the controversial church in 2012, and feeling like he was "shot in the head" when he learned that his own son seemingly did not care about his well-being. In July 2013, authorities in West Allis, Wisconsin, questioned Dwayne Powell and his son Daniel after following up on a call about a man acting suspiciously in the neighborhood where Ron Miscavige was living with his wife. Dwayne Powell told police he was a »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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David Miscavige's Father on How His Son Changed After Joining Scientology Leadership: 'He Looked at Me Like, "Who Are You Talking To?" '

28 April 2016 8:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As David Miscavige's father prepares to release a scathing memoir about his son, Ron Miscavige says in a new interview that David became more "authoritarian" as he rose through the Scientology ranks to become leader of the controversial religion - and increasingly distant from the man who introduced him to the religion as a boy. "I saw him walking, oh about 20 yards from me," Ron Miscavige tells ABC News' 20/20 in an interview to air Friday evening." "I say, 'Hey Dave.' And he turned to me and he looked at me like, 'Who are you talking to?' »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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David Miscavige's Father on How His Son Changed After Joining Scientology Leadership: 'He Looked at Me Like, "Who Are You Talking To?" '

28 April 2016 8:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As David Miscavige's father prepares to release a scathing memoir about his son, Ron Miscavige says in a new interview that David became more "authoritarian" as he rose through the Scientology ranks to become leader of the controversial religion - and increasingly distant from the man who introduced him to the religion as a boy. "I saw him walking, oh about 20 yards from me," Ron Miscavige tells ABC News' 20/20 in an interview to air Friday evening." "I say, 'Hey Dave.' And he turned to me and he looked at me like, 'Who are you talking to?' »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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David Miscavige: Five Things to Know About Scientology's Controversial Leader

27 April 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

David Miscavige has been one of the most prominent figures in Scientology for more than 30 years - and one of the most controversial. Now, the Scientology leader, 55, is under renewed scrutiny as his own father, Ronald Miscavige, prepares to publish a memoir about his estranged son, titled Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me. But just who is David Miscavige? Here are five things you need to know: 1. David's father introduced him to Scientology as a child, and he rose quickly within the churchRonald Miscavige introduced young David and his family to Scientology in the late-'60s, and said »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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David Miscavige: Five Things to Know About Scientology's Controversial Leader

27 April 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

David Miscavige has been one of the most prominent figures in Scientology for more than 30 years - and one of the most controversial. Now, the Scientology leader, 55, is under renewed scrutiny as his own father, Ronald Miscavige, prepares to publish a memoir about his estranged son, titled Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me. But just who is David Miscavige? Here are five things you need to know: 1. David's father introduced him to Scientology as a child, and he rose quickly within the churchRonald Miscavige introduced young David and his family to Scientology in the late-'60s, and said »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Scientology Leader David Miscavige's Father Speaks Out About Him - as His Son Threatens to Sue

27 April 2016 10:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The father of Scientology leader David Miscavige has written a book about his son provocatively titled Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me - and David Miscavige has threatened to sue over the book, which its U.K. publisher says details the younger Miscavige's "brutal approach to running the organization." In the first excerpts from an interview Ron Miscavige did with ABC, he talks about his estranged son's childhood and says he "wasn't always that way." "When he was a kid, I am telling you, he was a lovable kid," Ron Miscavige, who introduced David and other family members »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Scientology Founder David Miscavige's Father Speaks Out About Him - as His Son Threatens to Sue

27 April 2016 10:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The father of Scientology leader David Miscavige has written a book about his son provocatively titled Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me - and David Miscavige has threatened to sue over the book, which its U.K. publisher says details the younger Miscavige's "brutal approach to running the organization." In the first excerpts from an interview Ron Miscavige did with ABC, he talks about his estranged son's childhood and says he "wasn't always that way." "When he was a kid, I am telling you, he was a lovable kid," Ron Miscavige, who introduced David and other family members »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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‘Going Clear,’ ‘The Jinx,’ ‘What Happened, Miss Simone’ Named 2015 Peabody Awards Winners

26 April 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO’s documentaries scored high marks from the annual Peabody Awards, winning nods for four of its efforts: the Scientology expose “Going Clear”; an intimate exploration of autism, “How to Dance in Ohio”; “Night Will Fall,” about the making of a Holocaust film; and the true crime phenomenon “The Jinx,” about Robert Durst.

These documentary and education winners, including Netflix’s riveting “What Happened, Miss Simone” round out the Peabody 30, the coveted annual awards which are administered by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass CommunicationPead

The entertainment and children’s winners, including ABC’s “Black-ish” and USA’s “Mr. Robot,” and the news, radio and web winners, which included “This American Life” and HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” were previously announced. A full list of winners is available at peabodyawards.com.

The awards will be handed out on May 21 at a ceremony »

- Debra Birnbaum

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The Volatility Smile: A Dialog About Isiah Medina’s "88:88"

5 April 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Craig Keller and Uncas Blythe continue our series of film dialogues. Isiah Medina's 88:88 is having its exclusive online premiere at Mubi, playing through April 17, 2016.Craig Keller: We're going to talk about Isiah Medina's 66-minute film from 2015, 88:88. It's a challenging movie: polyphonic, polypictorial, but not confrontational, in fact pretty chilled-out; if it were featured on Top Gear the hosts might praise its speed, dynamic facility, and stability of suspension. 88:88 presents Medina himself and a group of friends or characters from university in and around the neighborhoods of Winnipeg.Now I'll refrain from synopsizing any more. I had a hard time with the film, but like any complicated work revisitations in whole and in part yield stronger comprehension; accordingly, new insights rise to the surface. Going back through it again the other day I started by watching only the first ten minutes, which provide an overture, »

- Craig Keller

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Watch Kimmel's Lie Witness News Team Tease Fake Supreme Court Nominees

17 March 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Lie Witness News" segment reached a new branch of low-hanging fruit Wednesday with a hilarious Supreme Court edition centered around Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick B. Garland.

The Kimmel "beat reporter" asked people on the street about everyone but Garland, dropping notable, but definitively non-judicial names like Whitey Bulger. According to one woman, however, the notorious Boston gangster's criminal past shouldn't hinder his confirmation: "It'll be okay, we all do wrong."

Other participants spoke fawningly about non-nominees George Harrison, Sammy Hagar — despite his strict laws against »

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