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Kirstie Alley dubbed Leah Remini "a bigot" on "The Howard Stern Show" for attacking Scientology. Leah Remini quit the controversial cult earlier this year after being raised a Scientologist and blasted the belief system invented by Science Fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s. "She's a bigot," Alley said, asking Stern: "If someone was out there [attacking your religion], would they be your friend? They wouldn't be mine ... It's not selective, I just won't have people in my life that are [bigots]." Leah Remini responded with kindness and answered with class smiling and saying, "I wish the best for people," when pushed for a rebuttal during a midnight street interview by a TMZ reporter. Watch the video below. More on Kirstie's interview - Alley also said she refuses to have Botox. The former 'Cheers' star claims she hasn't had any surgery, and would never have face fillers because she doesn't »
Scientology's "Super Power" Flag Building had some superstars come out for its opening. Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kelly Preston were all in Clearwater, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 17, for the debut. Church leader David Mascavige, who served as best man in Cruise's 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes, presided over the ceremony, per the Tampa Bay Times. The "Super Power" program was reportedly developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in the '70s, but the organization didn't unveil it until they created the proper venue for it to be practiced in. Per the Tampa Bay Times, Hubbard said the "Super Power" program "would allow Scientologists to develop special abilities and »
The building covering 377,000 square ft will host the faith's ballyhooed "Super Power" program, Radar Online reported.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Miscavige delivered an eight-minute speech, before leading the VIPs into the building.
Super Power, a program drawn up by L. Ron Hubbard more than 30 years ago, is said to enable the religion's devout to create a new world.
The paper reported that the church expected more than 10,000 Scientologists at the event, but only 3,000 showed up. (Ani) »
- Smith Cox
Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kelly Preston are among the Hollywood elite who reportedly turned out to preview what the Church of Scientology is calling its most important project ever. The church on Sunday dedicated its massive Flag Building in Clearwater, Fla., where leader David Miscavige presented the church's new "Super Power" program for the first time, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The program was developed in the 1970s by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, but the church reportedly waited to unveil the program until it had built an appropriate venue. (The church's "worldwide spiritual headquarters" are located in
- THR Staff
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were knee deep in a school that was teaching Scientology to their kids and the other students ... so claims the former principal.Jacqueline Olivier was hired by the Smiths to run the New Village Leadership Academy in Calabasas, the school Will and Jada founded ... which is now closed. Olivier says Will and Jada assured her the school was secular and had no ties to Scientology.Olivier was especially concerned »
- TMZ Staff
This is the second of four dispatches on some of the goods offered by the 57th London Film Festival’s ‘Experimenta’ section.
A spectre is haunting cinema—the spectre of commune porn. At a time when alternative ways of thinking, living and coexisting are becoming ever more urgent, a number of filmmakers are looking to more collectivist contexts as a platform for more profitable (if not unproblematic) narratives. At the 57th BFI London Film Festival (Lff), one may have so far seen no less than three feature-length films dealing with life amidst a co-op: Kelly Reichardt’s minimalist eco-thriller Night Moves, Paul-Julien Robert’s documentary My Fathers, My Mother and Me and Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s spiritual pilgrimage triptych, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness.
The latter film is one of two works by Russell at this year’s festival. The other is Let Us Persevere In What We Have Resolved Before We Forget »
- Michael Pattison
Leah Remini on Ellen: I've Lost Friends Since Leaving Scientology The cult that was created by failed science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard draws many celebrities. New Yorker Leah Remini opened up about her life since leaving Scientology on the season premiere of Ellen Monday. "It's hard. We lost friends who can no longer talk to us who are still in the organization," Remini said. "But we have other friends, who are not in the church, who have stood by us, and that's all we can ask for." News that Remini left the church first broke this summer. She joins Nicole Kidman, Paul Haggis, Katie Holmes, Mimi Rogers, the late Christopher Reeve, Demi Moore, Jerry Seinfeld, Lisa Marie Presley, »
- April Neale
You don't attack the Church of Scientology and get away with it ... not by a long shot -- so says one famous ex-Scientologist Vince Offer (the ShamWow Guy), who tells TMZ, Leah Remini is lucky she's still alive.Offer was out in L.A last night -- and it's clear he's still concerned about L. Ron Hubbard's followers after his highly-publicized split from the Church ten years ago ... because he was Very hesitant to talk about Remini's situation. »
- TMZ Staff
★★☆☆☆ Twilight Saga scribe Stephenie Meyer saw another of her teen-friendly novels adapted for the big screen this year with the release of The Host (2013). Helmed by Andrew Niccol - no stranger to glossy sci-fi following Gattaca and In Time - the film features yet another conflicted female protagonist, unable to decide which one of two hunky heartthrobs she prefers kissing. Importantly, this particular love triangle is played out against the aftermath of an alien invasion, with humanity now host to phosphorous, otherworldly parasites. Despite this promising premise, however, soppy romanticism does eventually take centre stage.
One of only a handful of scattered rebels is Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), on the run from the invading race's agents with her younger brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury). Held captive after a near-fatal fall, Melanie is assimilated by the planet's new dominant species before being renamed 'Wanderer' ('Wanda') by arresting officer-turned-interrogator The Seeker (Diane Kruger »
- CineVue UK
Leah Remini has confirmed that she's left the Church of Scientology, and with that she joins a growing list of celebrities who have said goodbye to the religion created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
Tom Cruise is the face of Scientology and he convinced Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes to join the church during his respective marriages to them. Of course neither marriage lasted, and Kidman and Holmes both left the church, with rumors it was the controversial religion that played a role in the demise of each relationship.
Neither has commented on the rumors, and Kidman told The Hollywood Reporter, "I've chosen not to speak publicly about Scientology. I have two children [adopted with Cruise] who are Scientologists -- Connor  and Isabella  -- and I utterly respect their beliefs."
Meanwhile, actress Nazanin Boniadi -- the woman who was allegedly handpicked by the church to be Cruise's girlfriend from November 2004 until »
- Stephanie Marcus
The horrible box office performance of the last "Scary Movie" hopefully put the nail in the coffin of those terrible parodies. Although Marlon Wayans, who abandoned that franchise a while back, did have an $18 million debut with "A Haunted House." Nevertheless, lest we think the horror parody premise is dead, Rob Corddry arrives fresh from zombie-rom-com "Warm Bodies" in "Hell Baby," from the folks who brought us "Reno 911!." So we have somewhat heavenly hopes for this thing, especially based on this trailer.
Corddry's buddy Rob Huebel (both are known from "Children's Hospital" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart") is part of the ensemble along with Paul Scheer, no stranger to fun-filled horror thanks to "Piranha 3D," Keegan Michael Key (of "Key and Peele"), Michael Ian Black and Riki Lindhome. Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, the writers behind "Night at the Museum" as well as "Reno," make their directorial debut. »
- Ryan J Downey
South Park is perhaps the most misunderstood show out there: it is seen generally as a potty-mouthed immature comedy made by a pair of bullies, but in fact it is a potty-mouthed immature comedy filled with deep political and social insight. It is also a show that critiques modern day life more thoroughly and interestingly than any other show before or since made by a pair of evil geniuses.
The animated comedy crosses the lines of convention combining highly adult themes and jokes with a childish animation style as well as telling stories from the points of view of the mostly-innocent children, to add a gloriously inappropriate perspective to some of the more colourful themes.
All in all, South Park is a unique show with over two hundred brilliant episodes but we count down today a compelling, exciting and undeniably subjective list of the 15 best of those episodes.
15. Trapped In The Closet »
- Stephen Higham
In addition to being derided by critics as one of the worst movies of the year, "After Earth" was also called out for how its plot mirrors many Church of Scientology teachings. "Will Smith has delivered an incredibly mainstream platform for the Church's ideology," wrote Matt Patches in a post for Vulture. "'After Earth's' subtext makes every beat feel like a nod to the lessons of [Scientology founder] L. Ron Hubbard."
Not according to the Church of Scientology. In a statement released to NextMovie, a Scientology spokesperson said that any connection made between the religion and Smith's "After Earth" (for which he received a story by credit) are the result of "a handful of self-promoters" proclaiming "silly nonsense."
- Christopher Rosen
It appears “After Earth” is on track to join “Battleship,” “John Carter” and “Cowboys & Aliens” in Hollywood’s Contemporary Hall of Shame. Although less expensive than those costly misfires, Sony’s $135 million sci-fier starring Will Smith and his son Jaden had a dramatically underwhelming debut and garnered some of the most poisonous reviews in recent memory from top critics. “Is ‘After Earth’ the worst movie ever made?” wrote the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern. Other notices were just as unkind.
The Smiths have been tubthumping the pic outside the U.S., and it earned $45.1 million in its first weekend overseas in major territories, signalling a difficult road to recoupment when P&A are factored in. In any event, Sony, Smith and family would do well to assess why their picture is failing to connect with Stateside audiences.
1. The premise was underbaked, overthought and ill-conceived, and as it grew, so did the film’s budget. »
- David S. Cohen
Update (6/12/13): The Church of Scientology's media center emailed us with this reaction to the piece:
The myth launched by a handful of self-promoters that After Earth is about the Scientology religion and its tenets is silly nonsense. After Earth has as much to do with Scientology as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Moby Dick, King Arthur, Homer’s The Odyssey or countless other stories about protagonists overcoming fears and opponents. The Church’s website, www.scientology.org, contains accurate information on the Church and the many social programs it supports.
When the first trailer for the new Will Smith sci-fi epic "After Earth" came out, pundits immediately noticed the surface similarities to the Tom Cruise sci-fi epic "Oblivion," as both films deal with solitary heroes trying to survive on a future version of our own ravaged homeworld. Now, though, a somewhat less obvious parallel is being »
- Scott Harris
By the time he brought Revelation upon Los Angeles in the form of frog rain, Paul Thomas Anderson had already achieved a level of formal and thematic completeness in his body of work which is rare for any director, let alone one with only three films and thirty years of life behind him. Comparisons to prior masters were abundant: Anderson applied the restless dynamism of Scorsese’s roving camera and propulsive editing to Altman-esque ensemble narratives. He enfolded Jean Renoir’s empathetic view of human nature in playful, flamboyant set-pieces worthy of Orson Welles. And indeed Anderson’s earliest work, particularly “Boogie Nights” (1997), is arguably marred at times by a too-obvious impulse to both flaunt these influences and to do them one better. The development of his varied style, assembled at a young age from diverse antecedents, toward an apex in the divisive go-for-broke epic “Magnolia” (1999), reflected his own version »
- Jack Welch
By David Gibson
Religion News Service
The news is not good for the new movie “After Earth,” which means the news is not good for Sony Pictures, or Will Smith … or, it seems, Scientology, whose sci-fi inflected religious system inspired what was to be a summer blockbuster. Now it’s looking like a summer bust.
As the NYTimes reports, “After Earth” took in 18 percent less than the lowest of prerelease expectations and may have ended Smith’s reputation as a surefire action-adventure box office draw — not to mention hurting the budding career of son Jaden, his co-star. Oh, and how much further off track could M. Night Shyamalan’s career go? He used to pose big questions in intriguing ways, but he directed and co-wrote this movie, yet another flop for him.
The movie has been ripped in reviews, and may well add to the narrative of decline and crisis »
- Jahnabi Barooah
I like a bad movie. I like a bad movie with gumption and nerve. I like a bad movie with the courage of its insane convictions, one that's too much of everything. I like Battlefield Earth, for example. It's the product of a single-minded evangelist, a true believer -- John Travolta, I mean, not L. Ron Hubbard -- and, as such, it is pure. It is also bananas. I choose Battlefield Earth as my example here because it comes from the same cul-de-sac at the end of Vanity Project Lane in the same gated community as After Earth and because it's a space movie about stuff from space and one man who must triumph over... I forget what... his own negative something or other. Also because it has J.T. as a dreadlocked monster-dude doing a Bette Davis impersonation, which is excellent...
- Dave White
Will Smith has never spoken openly of his connections to the Church of Scientology, but they are well documented. Whether or not Smith is a devout member or simply curious about this Hollywood faith, he has visible ties to the group. In 2007, he donated $122,500 to several Scientology rehabilitation organizations. Two years later, he and wife Jada Pinkett Smith opened California's New Village Leadership Academy, a private school founded on the teachings of Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard. Yet to this day, when asked about his own involvement, Smith suggests close friend Tom Cruise introduced him to the practices of Scientology, but that he's not a member. He's simply a "student of world religion."The clearest evidence of Smith's investment in Scientology might be his newest blockbuster film — this weekend’s After Earth. Based on a story by Smith (and a script by Gary Whitta and director M. Night Shyamalan), »
- Matt Patches
Will Smith has proven that he can carry a movie about surviving on Earth without the existence of humans (e.g. ‘I Am Legend’), but can he achieve the same success with ‘After Earth,’ a film also starring his son Jaden Smith?
The usual summer blockbusters are taking over the box office right now, and After Earth joins the pack on May 31. The movie is a story of a father (Will Smith) and son (Jaden Smith) who crash land on Earth, 1,000 years after events forced humanity’s escape. It sounds intriguing, but let’s see what the critics thought!
‘After Earth’ Reviews
Los Angeles Times
- Christopher Rogers
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