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New Video Essay Considers ‘The Master’ and Scientology; Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis Begin Next Film

29 January 2017 6:49 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Careful as he was not to label The Master a direct analogue to Scientology, the branches between Paul Thomas Anderson‘s film and L. Ron Hubbard’s religion — or “cult,” if you, on the other hand, want to come right out with it — cannot be denied by anybody with even a passing knowledge of the latter, the former’s creator ultimately included. How it accurately depicts Scientology’s processes and where it leans towards invention comes to light in a new video essay, the results of which surprised in revealing the verbatim connections between one and the other.

News that’s just as good: we’ll soon have a new Anderson picture to obsess over. His next collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis, our most-anticipated film of the year, has apparently begun shooting in Lythe, England, per a report and series of set photos from Whitby Photography. The only official word has come from Focus Features, »

- Nick Newman

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‘The Master: How Scientology Works’ Video Essay Shows Similarities Between the Religion and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Film

26 January 2017 10:43 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 drama “The Master” follows Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), a Naval veteran who arrives home unsettled and uncertain of his future after fighting in the war. He then meets Lancaster Dodd (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), a leader of a religious movement known as “The Cause” who accepts him and takes him under his wing.

The film drew comments that it had some similarities with Scientology and its belief system, though Anderson denied that it was about the religion. Although, the filmmaker did say that the movie was partly inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and his book “Dianetics,” among other stories and people.

A new video essay, “The Master: How Scientology Works,” by YouTube user Nerdwriter1 explains how Scientology’s practice of auditing is used in the film and how the movie features other techniques used by the religion.

Read More: John Travolta Had Scientology Head »

- Indiewire Staff

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Great Job, Internet!: The Master’s harrowing auditing scene explains how Scientology works

26 January 2017 9:23 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Paul Thomas Anderson has had a cagey relationship with the notion of The Master being “his Scientology movie.” He’s been clear that while it’s based on portions of L. Ron Hubbard’s life, its influences are wider than that, and its true focus is on soldiers after World War II. The film rarely delves into the outrageous space-alien lore of the actual religion, focusing instead on the psychological interplay of its main characters. A new video from Nerdwriter1 explores how that psychology is manipulated in one of the film’s most memorable scenes: the initial audit between Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Lancaster Dodd and Joaquin Phoenix’s Freddie Quell.

Dodd’s questions are drawn almost directly from the Church’s own Oxford Capacity Analysis, which bears no affiliation with the actual Oxford University. The scene grows more intense as Quell is forced to repeat his own name and »

- Clayton Purdom

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New Video Essay Explores What Can Be Learned About Scientology From Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’

26 January 2017 8:27 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “The Master” covers a lot of territory as it tracks the post-World War II dysfunction of a Naval veteran who briefly finds a purpose with the enigmatic cult leader Lancaster Dodd, but how it glances against Scientology can’t be ignored. From the parallels to the life of L. Ron Hubbard to certain practices within the belief system, the film puts clues to the controversial church throughout.

Continue reading New Video Essay Explores What Can Be Learned About Scientology From Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Scientology Didn't Want John Travolta to Do Pulp Fiction

23 January 2017 3:19 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Pulp Fiction hit theaters in the fall of 1994, it wasn't only an instant hit, but it kickstarted Samuel L. Jackson's career, while reviving John Travolta's fading career. Both actors earned Oscar nominations for their portrayals of assassins Vic Vega and Jules Winnfield. Today we have new details that reveal John Travolta may have not even taken on the role, had he listened to some advice from a high-ranking member of the Church of Scientology, which he has belonged to for over 40 years.

During the latest episode of A&E's new documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the actress hosted a Q&A session with former Scientologist Mike Rinder, who revealed that John Travolta asked him to review Quentin Tarantino's screenplay for Pulp Fiction, before he agreed to take on the role of Vic Vega. If the actor would have listened to his advice, the »

- MovieWeb

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‘The Arrangement’ Isn’t About Scientology, Cast and Producer Insist

17 January 2017 10:53 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Arrangement” is really, really not about Scientology, according to the cast and executive producer of the new E! drama. “It really isn’t,” showrunner Jonathan Abrahams said a the Television Critics’ Association’s press tour Tuesday, answering the first (of many) questions about whether the marriage at the center of the show has any parallels to celebrity marriages within the movement created by L. Ron Hubbard. The first episode of “The Arrangement” sees newcomer Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista) impressing the world’s biggest movie star Kyle West (Josh Henderson) so much in their audition together that he whisks her off to an amazing first. »

- Linda Ge

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8 Disturbing Bombshells From Leah Remini's Scientology Documentary Series

11 January 2017 8:11 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Noam Galai When you think of Scientology, a few people probably come to mind: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Leah Remini. While Cruise and Travolta are partly known for their unwavering devotion to the "church," Remini publicly split from Scientology in 2013. After having doubts about things the church was doing and questioning the church's leader, David Miscavige (which is apparently a big no-no), about the unknown whereabouts of his wife, the actress had had enough. In addition to speaking out about her experiences with interviews and a book, Remini decided to dive even further into uncovering the church's corrupt reality with her A&E documentary series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. On the show, she travels around the country with Mike Rinder, Scientology's former senior executive and one of Miscavige's right-hand men, to talk to former church members about the horrors they allegedly endured over the »

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5 Things We Learned From 'Scientology and the Aftermath,' Episode 7

11 January 2017 7:53 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This week's episode of Scientology and the Aftermath was supposedly prompted by accusations that host and former church member Leah Remini has "incited hate crimes" against the organization. Eager to find out more, she and fellow defector Mike Rinder paid a visit to one of the people who supposedly committed the hate crimes that Remini incited. Here's what she – and we – learned from her visit with the Brandon Reisdorf and his family, as well as three journalists who’ve spent their careers writing about, and allegedly enduring harassment, from the organization. »

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