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10 WWE Superstars Who Were Probably Scientologists

12 May 2014 12:54 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

As per announcement on this past Friday’s edition of WWE Smackdown, “bo-lievers” everywhere can rejoice that third-generation superstar and longest-reigning Nxt champion Bo Dallas is set to debut on next week’s edition of the stalwart Friday night WWE program. Bo’s gimmick evolution may be more intriguing than his debut, though. As a traditional white-meat babyface, Dallas was foisted upon fans at Nxt as their top “good guy” performer, but his saccharine routine wore thin. A heel turn saw Dallas become a daft and unaware heel champion, the kind of guy who would tell his fans to “don’t stop Bo-lieving” and oftentimes comically mistook boos for chants of “Boooo.”

However, Dallas is a credible in-ring performer, less indie-style athleticism like Sami Zayn, and more 80s style wrestler akin to his father Mike Rotunda. His character’s metamorphosis from being doltish to being inwardly aware of »

- Marcus K. Dowling

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The Definitive Religious Movies: 30-21

6 April 2014 9:43 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What makes films about religion so interesting is the way some manage to tread a line between support and criticism, while some are vehemently anti-religion or pro-religion. When all is said and done, it’s up to the audience to decide whether or not the film (or the faith portrayed) is a respectful or perceptive study on faith and the dogmatic principles that may or may not surround it. Not every religious film is uplifting. In fact, there are plenty of non-religious films that do a better job of building viewers’ faith. But that’s another list for another time.

30. Beyond the Hills (2012)

Directed by Cristian Mingiu

Five years after his punishing 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Christian Mingiu delivered an interesting look at a lifelong friendship formed at an orphanage. Beyond the Hills tells the story of two women, based on non-fiction novels by Tatiana Niculescu Bran: Alina (Cristina Flutur) has fled to Germany, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Oscar Winner Hoffman, Child Star Temple Honored with Library of Congress Screenings

20 February 2014 5:53 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Shirley Temple, and Oscar movies: Library of Congress’ March 2014 screenings (photo: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in ‘Capote’) Tributes to the recently deceased Shirley Temple and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and several Academy Award-nominated and -winning films are among the March 2014 screenings at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theater and, in collaboration with the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, The State Theatre, both located in Culpeper, Virginia. The 1934 sentimental comedy-drama Little Miss Marker (March 6, Packard) is the movie that turned six-year-old Shirley Temple into a major film star. Temple would become the biggest domestic box-office draw of the mid-1930s, and, Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Sonja Henie, Don Ameche, Loretta Young, and Madeleine Carroll notwithstanding, would remain 20th Century Fox’s top star until later in the decade. Directed by Alexander Hall (Here Comes Mr. Jordan, My Sister Eileen), Little Miss Marker — actually, a Paramount »

- Andre Soares

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Top Five Philip Seymour Hoffman Performances

3 February 2014 11:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

In commemoration of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, we’ve searched the archives and found a brilliant feature pinpointing his best performances, originally posted to celebrate the release of The Master. May he rest in peace.

In Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, The Master, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Lancaster Dodd, the leader of a philosophical movement who takes Joaquin Phoenix’s Freddie Quell under his wing and who definitely isn’t based on L. Ron Hubbard. Honest.

To celebrate the release of The Master, we looked at Hoffman’s filmography and attempted to narrow it down to his five greatest performances. In a career absolutely filled with them, it’s been tough to whittle them down, but these are the five roles that best exhibit his versatility; truly a modern master of the craft.

Magnolia (1999)

Magnolia is an ensemble piece largely remembered for Tom Cruise’s role, yet »

- Nathan Rhodes-Brandon

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Scientology Ad Hits During Super Bowl Xlviii

2 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The Church of Scientology, which practices the belief system founded by L. Ron Hubbard and made famous by the likes of Tom Cruise and other Hollywood celebrities, aired a minute-long ad during Super Bowl Xlviii.

Scientology Super Bowl Commercial

The ad titled “Spiritual Technology” features a voiceover monologue while sun-soaked images of Scientology headquarters and upward-looking individuals are shown. “Imagine Science and religion connecting. Imagine technology and spirituality combining,” the voiceover says. “Now imagine that everything you ever imagined is possible. Scientology – there are higher states of existence.”

The ad, though not created specifically for the Super Bowl, aired on various local stations in the United States during the Sunday evening broadcast.

Over the years, Scientology has come under fire repeatedly for its controversial practices, which includes auditing and labeling those who speak or act in opposition to it as Suppressive Persons, who must be shunned by those within the church. »

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Variety’s Justin Chang Remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Master of His Screen Craft

2 February 2014 7:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“You’re aberrated. You’ve wandered from the proper path, haven’t you? These problems you have … you seem so familiar to me.”

These words were spoken by Philip Seymour Hoffman in what would turn out to be one of his last screen performances, as the charismatic and conflicted cult leader Lancaster Dodd in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” They are the words of a self-styled leader and father figure, trying to reassure a man in whom he sees a lost, youthful trace of his own self, and that sympathy-for-the-devil quality is partly what makes the character so layered and seductive. It’s a magnificent performance, perhaps the actor’s greatest — one in which Hoffman, with his stout frame and arch, declamatory speech patterns, suddenly seemed possessed in body and spirit by Orson Welles.

Rather than giving us a one-note L. Ron Hubbard caricature, Hoffman invested Dodd with authority, »

- Justin Chang

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead: Oscar Winner Dies of Apparent Overdose

2 February 2014 6:45 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Jake Coyle, Associated Press

Tom Hays, Associated Press

New York (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote" and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of them slovenly and slightly dissipated figures, was found dead Sunday in his apartment with what law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm. He was 46.

The two officials told The Associated Press that glassine envelopes containing what was believed to be heroin were also found with the actor.

The law enforcement officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk about the evidence at the scene, said the cause of death was believed to be a drug overdose.

Hoffman - no matinee-idol figure with his lumpy build and limp blond hair - made his career mostly as a character actor, »

- The Associated Press

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