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

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

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David Miscavige: Five Things to Know About Scientology's Controversial Leader
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
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J.J. Abrams Reveals Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda Made Music for Cantina Scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

J.J. Abrams Reveals Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda Made Music for Cantina Scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been shrouded in secrecy since production began last yaer, and though spoilers abound, director J.J. Abrams managed to keep one of them under wraps until he appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show Monday. "I saw Hamilton, the play, which is amazing. It's an incredible musical. Beyond belief! I go to see this show with our son and at intermission, Lin-Manuel Miranda who wrote it and conceived it and normally stars in it—he wasn't in it that night—comes up to me and he says hello. And my mind is blown because he's so brilliant," Abrams told host Jimmy Fallon. "And he says, 'Hey, if you need music for the cantina, I'll write it.' And walks off....
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‘Beyond Belief #1′: An Entertainingly Good Time

Written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker

Pencil Art by Phil Hester

Ink Art by Eric Gapstur with Ande Parks

Color by Maurico Wallace

Published by Image Comics

Are you a fan of Beyond Belief from The Thrilling Adventure Hour? Or do you enjoy your horror stories with comedy? Readers with background with Beyond Belief the radio show will delight in the portrayal of Frank and Sadie Doyle, upper class spiritualists, especially with the radio show writers Acker and Blacker on the project. For new readers, the comic offers humor and fun. The drawbacks of Beyond Belief #1 are the plot of the first story.

Acker and Blacker offer up a two stories of Frank and Sadie: one being a tale of a haunted house and the second is the first meeting of Frank and Sadie. In the stories, Beyond Belief # 1, follow Frank’s and Sadie’s friend Donna buy a haunted house.
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7 Revealing Quotes From Mel B: From Her Sex Life To the Spice Girls

7 Revealing Quotes From Mel B: From Her Sex Life To the Spice Girls
In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, pop singer and former Spice Girls member Melanie Brown made some pretty surprising revelations about her sex life, her career and some of her past scandals.

Better known as Mel B, or Scary Spice, the star is currently making waves as one of the most talked-about judges on The X Factor in the U.K., even overshadowing the returning judge Simon Cowell. With her sharp tongue, quick wit and bluntness, she's become a fan favorite.

Video: Watch Mel B bring Spice Girls superfan Emma Stone to tears!

She was no less blunt with Guardian reporter Simon Hattenstone during their interview, which was published on Saturday. Here are some of the surprising highlights from their expansive conversation.

Her 4-Year Relationship With a Woman- "People call me lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual, but I know who's in my bed and that's it," she said. "I have a huge libido and a great sex life
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Jack Reynor To Play Addict-Turned-mvp Josh Hamilton In Baseball Biopic From Casey Affleck

Jack Reynor is likely Hollywood's next biggest star. The young actor can be seen in this weekend's Transformers: Age Of Extinction , and the offers are about to spill over. Credit to Casey Affleck for spotting talent when he sees it, because it looks like Reynor is Affleck's new leading man for a biopic about baseball player Josh Hamilton. Deadline is reporting that Jack Reynor will play Josh Hamilton in a movie written and directed by Casey Affleck. Based upon the memoir Beyond Belief: Finding The Strength To Come Back, which Hamilton co-wrote, this film would tell the story of one man's fight against drug addiction to return to the top of the sport. The guess is, this will focus primarily on Hamilton's early days, since Reynor is only 22, and Hamilton was 27 when he returned from the brink. Josh Hamilton was the first overall pick of the 1999 Major League Baseball draft.
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Casting Net: Ben Kingsley joins voice cast of Disney's 'The Jungle Book'; Plus, Rooney Mara, Jason Sudeikis, more

Casting Net: Ben Kingsley joins voice cast of Disney's 'The Jungle Book'; Plus, Rooney Mara, Jason Sudeikis, more
• Oscar winner Ben Kingsley will provide the voice of panther Bagheera in Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. The movie, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), will be a combination of live-action and animation with a script by Justin Marks. Kingsley joins previously announced stars Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Scarlett Johansson (Her), and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) as the voices of Shere Khan, Kaa, and Rakcha, respectively, for a scheduled Oct. 9, 2015, release. [THR]

Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) will produce and star in A House in the Sky,
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'Transformers 4' Star Jack Reynor Eyed for Josh Hamilton Biopic

'Transformers 4' Star Jack Reynor Eyed for Josh Hamilton Biopic
Just two days before the action-packed sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction opens, up and coming young star Jack Reynor is being eyed by director Casey Affleck for his Untitled Josh Hamilton Project, based on the improbable comeback story of Major League Baseball star Josh Hamilton.

We first reported on the project back in June 2012, when Casey Affleck became attached to direct after producer Basil Iwanyk obtained the slugger's life rights. Relativity Media boarded the project in November 2012, acquiring Josh Hamilton's book Beyond Belief: Finding The Strength To Come Back, which chronicles the athletes comeback from a crack cocaine addiction to become one of baseball's top players.

Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft, although his addictions to alcohol and cocaine prohibited his rise to fame, even getting to the point where he was hiding cocaine inside his baseball uniform. He was banished from
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Jack Reynor Eyed For Casey Affleck’s Josh Hamilton Biopic ‘Miracle Shot’

Relativity has set sight on young actor Jack Reynor to lead their film set to tell the story of baseball slugger Josh Hamilton. The story will draw from Hamilton’s book “Beyond Belief: Finding The Strength To Come Back”, following his path from deep within drug and alcohol addiction to becoming the sports superstar he is now, playing for the Los Angeles Angels. The inspirational story is set to be both written and directed by Casey Affleck (“I’m Still Here”), who seems to want Reynor for the role, despite numerous young actors being drawn to the script. Now that the film [...]

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Relativity Pencils Jack Reynor Into Lineup As Star Of Biopic On Slugger Josh Hamilton

Relativity Pencils Jack Reynor Into Lineup As Star Of Biopic On Slugger Josh Hamilton
Exclusive: Casey Affleck has found a young star he hopes will play Josh Hamilton, the slugger who recovered from a drug descent to become a baseball superstar now clubbing homers for the Los Angeles Angels. After a lengthy search, the writer-director has set his sights on Jack Reynor, the What Richard Did star who’ll next be seen co-starring in this week’s tentpole release Transformers: Age Of Extinction. In November 2012, Relativity acquired rights to Hamilton’s incredible life story for a feature film, closing a deal with Hamilton; the book he co-authored, Beyond Belief: Finding The Strength To Come Back; and with Affleck to write and […]
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Godzilla Trailer Easter Egg Uncovered; The Mothra Twins Live?

We, like many of you, have not stopped watching the trailer for Legendary Pictures' take on Godzilla. There's So much to take in, including a couple of things you may have missed. A tiny couple, in fact!

One of the more popular things you can find in the Godzilla franchise, especially during the Showa era, is the appearance of two 6-inch tall women known as the Shobijan, or more commonly... The Mothra Twins.

DC reader Steve Lewis dropped us a line via Twitter alerting us that a fellow Godzilla fan who runs the Astounding Beyond Belief blog made an incredible discovery.

We decided to take a look at it for ourselves, and yes, it does appear that the infamous Shobijan may be present and accounted for during a scene around the 30-second mark in the trailer. We've grabbed multiple screenshots from the scene in question and have them for you below.
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Adam Lanza, Newtown Shooter, May Have Compared '.Mall Shootings'. To 2009 Domesticated Chimpanzee Attack In Radio Call-In

Adam Lanza, the young man who went on a murderous rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, may have called into a radio show a year before the massacre to compare the psychology of a “teenage mall shooter” to the chimpanzee named Travis who mauled his owner’s friend in 2009.

Adam Lanza Calls Anarchy Radio

The call, placed into Oregon college radio station Anarchy Radio, was traced to Lanza through an online pseudonym and two friends of his that recognized his voice – despite his attempts to destroy it, reported The New York Daily News. Using the name Greg, Lanza posits to the radio hosts that not much separates someone who seemingly randomly commits mass murder from the chimpanzee that tore up the face of a woman in Connecticut.

“His attack can be seen entirely parallel to the attacks and random acts of violence that you bring up on your show every week,
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2013 Coney Island Film Festival: Official Lineup

It’s lucky 13 for the fun and fabulous Coney Island Film Festival! That’s right, 2013 will see the 13th annual edition of this New York City staple that combines the fine art of filmmaking with the rambunctious art of sideshow performing on Sept. 20-22.

The fest opens on the 20th with the documentary More Than the Rainbow, a profile of Matt Weber, an NYC cab driver who moonlights as an art photographer. The film is directed by Dan Wechsler.

Other docs screening at the fest include the uplifting tale of A Clown’s Recovery, directed by Matthew Broomfield; the sports drama of One Wall: Kings of Coney Island, directed by Joe Glickman; the profile of a Coney Island legend in The Commander in Chief, directed by Jim McDonnell; the struggle of Bending Steel, directed by Dave Carroll; and World Circus, directed by Angela Snow.

But, there are also fiction films in the mix,
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Church Of Scientology Courted Brad Pitt And Bono, Says Former Member

Church Of Scientology Courted Brad Pitt And Bono, Says Former Member
The Church of Scientology could have looked very different nowadays, if its leaders had their way. According to new reports, Tom Cruise wasn't the only heavyweight courted by the controversial church -- Brad Pitt and U2 frontman Bono were a target, too.

According to RadarOnline, Jenna Miscavige Hill -- who is Scientology leader David Miscavige's niece and a former member of the church -- has knowledge of the two A-listers' relationship to Scientology.

"There's a celebrity strategy and they're targeted for their influence, not their money," Miscavige Hill told RadarOnline in an exclusive interview, expanding on the tell-all memoir she published earlier this year, "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape."

Per her account, Pitt got involved through his then-girlfriend, Juliette Lewis, and had even gone so far as taking the "first step" of joining the church.

For more on Brad and Bono's involvement and Jenna Miscavige Hill's insight,
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'They Have Been Very Careful Not To Show Him The Dark Side'

'They Have Been Very Careful Not To Show Him The Dark Side'
Tom Cruise is widely known as the Golden Boy of Scientology, but now there's further proof that the "Mission Impossible" actor's ties to the church of Xenu go impossibly deep.

In an exclusive interview with Britain's Daily Mail, former Australian rugby league player Joe Reaiche opens up about his experience with the church of Scientology and why he left it in 2005 after being a member for 27 years. Among other things, he mentions the church's shining star, Cruise.

"Tom and David [Miscavige] are like twins -- they're like two peas in a pod," Reaiche tells the Mail of the actor and the leader of Scientology. "I think Tom he has turned a blind eye to issues with his church [sic]. And they have been very careful not to show him the dark side."

Says Reaiche, "I call Tom the Prince of Darkness -- he's got a warped view of Scientology."

Exactly one year ago this month,
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Leah Remini Is 'A Tough Woman,' Says Jenna Miscavige Hill

Leah Remini Is 'A Tough Woman,' Says Jenna Miscavige Hill
The niece of the most powerful man in the Church of Scientology is speaking out in support of Leah Remini's decision to leave the church. "From what I understand, she was just fed up with the way she was being treated when she was following church policy," says Jenna Miscavige Hill, who left the church herself in 2005. "She is a tough woman and isn't the type to yield or turn a blind eye to a blatant injustice. People like that don't last too long in Scientology because they aren't easy to control." Miscavige Hill, who wrote an explosive memoir,
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"The Call" Star Abigail Breslin Uses Honey Boo Boo to Avoid Nightmares, Teases Insane 'August' (Exclusive)

Sitting down to interview Abigail Breslin about her new movie "The Call" is a little surreal, especially if you are still thinking of her as the 10-year-old beauty pageant wannabe from "Little Miss Sunshine." Breslin is now 16 and playing a kidnap victim whose only hope is the cell phone she happens to have in her pocket. She's able to reach 911 operator Halle Berry, but the phone is a "burner" so they can't zero in on her position. What follows is a tense chase as Breslin's character fights to stay alive while Berry and the police try to find her. Diehard horror fan (who knew?) Breslin chatted with Moviefone about watching "Honey Boo Boo" to ward off nightmares, what's "very wrong" with her Wikipedia profile, and why a character we never even see in "The Call" is the real hero of the film. Moviefone: After doing this movie, did you want to hire a bodyguard?
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Sir Denis Forman obituary

Dedicated chairman of Granada who championed high-quality popular TV

Sir Denis Forman, who has died aged 95, was a driving force in Granada TV, one of the leaders in the first batch of independent regional commercial television companies, from its beginnings in the mid-1950s through to his lengthy spell as chairman (1974-87). Though scarcely ever named as producer, he was directly responsible for many programmes and ran his favourite series as personal fiefdoms. His greatest achievement in this capacity was The Jewel in the Crown (1984), based upon the Raj Quartet novels by Paul Scott.

Forman threw himself headlong into many other enthusiasms, including atheism, battle drill, Mozart and Scottish country dancing. A large man in every sense, he was affable, eloquent and determined. At Granada's Manchester studios in the early days, the shortest path to lunchtime refreshment was barred by a waist-high wall. Forman would lead the way and, despite
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Sir Denis Forman obituary

Dedicated chairman of Granada who championed high-quality popular TV

Sir Denis Forman, who has died aged 95, was a driving force in Granada TV, one of the leaders in the first batch of independent regional commercial television companies, from its beginnings in the mid-1950s through to his lengthy spell as chairman (1974-87). Though scarcely ever named as producer, he was directly responsible for many programmes and ran his favourite series as personal fiefdoms. His greatest achievement in this capacity was The Jewel in the Crown (1984), based upon the Raj Quartet novels by Paul Scott.

Forman threw himself headlong into many other enthusiasms, including atheism, battle drill, Mozart and Scottish country dancing. A large man in every sense, he was affable, eloquent and determined. At Granada's Manchester studios in the early days, the shortest path to lunchtime refreshment was barred by a waist-high wall. Forman would lead the way and, despite
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Jenna Miscavige Hill Pens Revealing Scientology Book

Jenna Miscavige Hill Pens Revealing Scientology Book
What was it like to grow up inside Sea Org, the Church of Scientology's most elite body? In her memoir Beyond Belief, excerpted exclusively below, Jenna Miscavige Hill describes her experiences at the Ranch, a San Jacinto, Calif., boarding school for children of Scientology execs. The niece of church head David Miscavige, she was raised away from her parents, then worked within Sea Org until leaving Scientology in 2005. Now living near San Diego, married to Dallas Hill and mom to their children Archie, 3, and Winnie, 10 months, she's telling her story, she says, to increase awareness about Scientology: "I realize every
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