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Tom Cruise Weighs Family Against Scientology

Tom Cruise at San Diego Comic Con 2013. Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC BY 2.0)

Tom Cruise at San Diego Comic Con 2013. Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Esther Kim writes at OMNI Reboot:

The world must be ending because Tom Cruise is reportedly leaving the Church of Scientology. Multiple news outlets have been saying that Cruise is poised to leave the organization after three decades in order to salvage his relationship with youngest daughter Suri. Cruise stated in 2013 that his wife Katie Holmes divorced him in order to save their daughter from Scientology and Hollywood Life reports that he has not seen the 9-year-old since then. For this reason, Cruise might be getting ready to leave the church even though it might have major consequences for him. If you leave the Church of Scientology, you are no longer allowed to contact any members and this might be a problem since Cruise’s older children are still members.

Scientology has long been criticized as a brainwashing cult but it has attracted the likes of actors, musicians, and artists such as John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Beck, Laura Prepon, Juliette Lewis, and Sonny Bono.
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How Scientology Controls John Travolta and Tom Cruise

According to ‘Going Clear’, that is. From the Washington Post (which annoyingly refers to Scientology as a church as opposed to a nutty Sci-Fi cult):

HBO hired 160 lawyers when the network decided to air “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” the two-hour documentary based on Lawrence Wright’s book. This makes sense when you watch the film, directed by Alex Gibney, which aired Sunday night. Ex-Church of Scientology members and officials reveal secrets of the organization, and tell horror stories of psychological and physical abuse during their time in the controversial religion — and after they escaped. (For the record, the church unleashed a series of attack ads against the film and says that it’s “bigoted propaganda” and ” built on falsehoods invented by admitted liars.”)

One particularly fascinating subject that the documentary tackles is the relationship between celebrities and the church, which has been well-documented particularly with two of its most famous members: John Travolta and Tom Cruise.
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SCIENTOLOGY’S WORST YEAR EVER

cn_image.size.cover_vanityfair_500This story made me look back on the halcyon days of 2012, which for a number of reasons–which I will shortly go into–can be called “Scientology’s Worst Year Ever”.  I know Scientology is sort of an easy target, but since I’m posting feel-good topics these days, I felt it ought to be presented.

Friends, 2012 was a rough year for the Church of Scientology.  It took so many hits it started telling people it ran into a door.  It started falling apart so fast Syria is worried about it.  Really, trying to find the worst moment for Scientology in 2012 is like trying to find the worst case of herpes: they’re all pretty terrible, they taint whoever they touch, and a lot of people in Hollywood go to great lengths to hide the sores they cause.  Luckily, the treatment for both is the same (pointing and laughing).

WHERE TO BEGIN?

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Scientology’s ‘Save The World Mission’ for Actress: Girlfriend To Tom Cruise

Scientology is the best soap opera tragi-comedy reality show going, bar none! From ABC News:
The actress who was allegedly selected by the Church of Scientology as a candidate to be Tom Cruise's real-life girlfriend "was told she was being chosen for a mission" and was "really going to save the world," according to the author of Vanity Fair's magazine article detailing the couple's relationship. As particulars of Maureen Orth's story continue to surface -- and Cruise and the Church of Scientology continue to vehemently deny the allegations -- Orth, the magazine's special correspondent, told "Good Morning America" today that as Iranian-born, London-raised actress Nazanin Boniadi was being carefully vetted, she did not know what was in store for her.
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P.T. Anderson’s Kinda-Probably-Maybe Scientology Film: ‘The Master’

Yesterday Yahoo! released an exclusive trailer for The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's film about a troubled young drifter who develops an intense relationship with the leader of a new religion which according to most is a barely concealed Scientology. As one of America's most provocative contemporary filmmakers, Anderson certainly has the chops to examine the perplexing allure of Scientology, but given the cult's religion's ubiquity among Hollywood's elite...
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Rupert Murdoch Tweets About ‘Creepy, Maybe Evil’ Scientology

It’s not often that I agree with Rupert “Outfoxed” Murdoch, but he seems to have captured the essence of scientology within Twitter’s 140-character limits.

Dylan Stableford reports for Yahoo! News | The Lookout:

Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chief executive and outspoken octogenarian media mogul, took to Twitter on Sunday to weigh in on the breakup of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. And Murdoch’s tweets about Scientology sparked a big backlash.

“Scientology back in news,” Murdoch tweeted. “Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in [hierarchy].”

The owner of Fox News, Wall Street Journal and New York Post followed the “cult” comment with another tweet:

“Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop,” Murdoch wrote. “Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.”…

[continues at Yahoo! News | The Lookout]

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China’s Footage Of Its New Fighter Jet Revealed To Be Dubbed From ‘Top Gun’

Twenty-first-century military brinkmanship looks a lot like an '80s Tom Cruise movie. The Telegraph reports:
The footage showcasing the J-10 fighter, which showed an air-to-air missile destroying another jet, was aired last week during the main evening broadcast of the state-sponsored channel China Central Television. Bloggers on internet message boards quickly picked up the similarities and the footage was removed from the CCTV website but not before the clip had been copied.
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