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19 items from 2016


5 Things We Learned From 'Scientology and the Aftermath,' Episode 2

7 December 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The second episode of Scientology and the Aftermath, Leah Remini's A&E documentary series about the Church of Scientology (which she left in 2013), focused largely on the story of Mike Rinder, the organization's former spokesperson. Rinder was a Scientologist for 46 years and worked alongside current Church leader David Miscavige for 25 years before "blowing" — the Scientology equivalent of "see ya!" — in 2007. He no longer has contact with his children, who remain devout Scientologists. As a former high-level executive, Rinder claims that he was both party to and victim of what »

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‘Twin Peaks’: Everything We Learned About Season 3 From Mark Frost’s ‘The Secret History’

18 November 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When “The Secret History of Twin Peaks” was first announced, the book was pitched as “a novel that reveals what has happened to the people of that iconic fictional town since we last saw them 25 years ago and offers a deeper glimpse into the central mystery that was only touched on by the original series.” Finally arriving last month in advance of the long-awaited 2017 revival of the cult TV show, the book offers only a few glancing details of the former while delving deeply into the latter. Author and series co-creator Mark Frost uses the bulk of his narrative to weave the strange history of “Twin Peaks” throughout the larger tapestry of American history and the long legacy of occult conspiracies.

This is not a book for a “Twin Peaks” newbie — and the arcane subject matter makes it unlikely to appeal to anyone who isn’t already a fan. A »

- Jay Bushman

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‘Twin Peaks’: Everything We Learned About Season 3 From Mark Frost’s ‘The Secret History’

18 November 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When “The Secret History of Twin Peaks” was first announced, the book was pitched as “a novel that reveals what has happened to the people of that iconic fictional town since we last saw them 25 years ago and offers a deeper glimpse into the central mystery that was only touched on by the original series.” Finally arriving last month in advance of the long-awaited 2017 revival of the cult TV show, the book offers only a few glancing details of the former while delving deeply into the latter. Author and series co-creator Mark Frost uses the bulk of his narrative to weave the strange history of “Twin Peaks” throughout the larger tapestry of American history and the long legacy of occult conspiracies.

This is not a book for a “Twin Peaks” newbie — and the arcane subject matter makes it unlikely to appeal to anyone who isn’t already a fan. A »

- Jay Bushman

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Exclusive interview with actor Richard Tyson

6 October 2016 8:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

david j. moore chats with actor Richard Tyson

A busy actor since making his auspicious cinematic debut as perhaps the greatest movie bully of all time in Three O’clock High (1988), Richard Tyson always makes an impression when you see him on screen. He’s done everything from sexy and suave (Two Moon Junction, 1988) to being the bad guy (Kindergarten Cop, 1990), and he’s also done comedy in three different Farrelly Brothers pictures (Kingpin, 1996, There’s Something About Mary, 1998, and Me, Myself, and Irene, 2000). He’s been extremely active as a character actor in notable films like Battlefield Earth (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), and different horror films such as Big Bad Wolf (2006) and 2015’s Bound to Vengeance, which casts him against type. Tyson, who’s done extensive work in theater, has run the gamut of acting, and he’s never stopped working since his humble beginnings as a kid from Mobile, »

- Amie Cranswick

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'My Scientology Movie' looks like it's trying hard to be controversial

29 September 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective. I am fascinated by Scientology. I live about a mile and a half away from the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center and all the other intimidating light blue Scientology buildings here in Los Angeles. I keep asking my wife if we can get breakfast at one of these places because I've heard the waffles are amazing. She's considering it. In recent years, the world behind Scientology has been ripped open. The most notable expose, Going Clear by Lawrence Wright, was adapted into a documentary on HBO. Directed by Alex Gibney, the film did an excellent job of examining the history of this religion created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Before Hubbard passed away, the leadership torch had passed to David Miscavige, who has been characterized as a »

- Jon Davis

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Brad Pitt Compares Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’ To a Propaganda Film

10 September 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mel Gibson’s new film “Hacksaw Ridge” will hit theaters this November, but Gibson might be forever tied to his 2004 violent religious epic “The Passion of the Christ.” The film provoked much controversy due to its extreme violence and allegations of anti-semitism, and people are still responding to the film, including actor Brad Pitt.

For the New York Times Style Magazine, Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James sat down with actor Brad Pitt and published his musings entitled “Five or Six Things I Didn’t Know About Brad Pitt.” In the interview, Pitt mentions that he’d like to make a film about Pontius Pilate and says that the film “won’t be for the ‘Passion’ crowd.” When James mentions that “The Passion of the Christ” drove him out of the church, Pitt laughs and responds, “I felt like I was just watching an L. Ron Hubbard propaganda film.” (Pitt »

- Vikram Murthi

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Beauty Break: Brad Pitt

9 September 2016 8:08 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Brad Pitt covers the New York Times Magazine in which he wears as assortment of Giogio Armani gear and talks to Man Booker prize winning author Marlon James about Brexit, Trump and Mel Gibson. And of course gives great face while doing it.

As far as magazine celebrity profiles go, this is a very innocuous one. Pitt comes in as a nice and affable guy, but doesn't really offer any interesting tidbits. Except for what he says about Mel Gibson. In the course of discussing a potential film he wants to make about Pontius Pilate, he says that his movie "certainly won’t be for the ‘Passion’ crowd". Then for good measure, adds about Gibson's box office juggernaut:

 “I felt like I was just watching an L. Ron Hubbard propaganda film.”

Brad Pitt, nice guy, movie star, expert at throwing shade.

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- Murtada Elfadl

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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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