Abby Martin speaks about the trend of famous people who walk a thin line between corporate sponsorship and celebrity shilldom, calling out Bob Dylan, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Cruise as recent examples.
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This 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?
Attempting to find the best place to delve into the weirdness is next to impossible. The story is too long, too detailed. It is a mosaic, not a tale told in a linear fashion. I suppose, though, that January 1st, 2012, is as good a place to start as any.… Read the rest
Abby Martin interviews Jamie DeWolf, the great-grandson of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. DeWolf calls Scientology a brainwashing cult and fears for his own life for speaking out against the religious institution.
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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.
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]
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.
Having left Scientology after more than 15-years Marc Headley is lifting the lid on the bizarre religion in his explosive new book Blown for Good. And in an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, the author is speaking out about his experiences at the, much talked about, compound. "Everyone there thought Tom Cruise was just brilliant," said Headley, who left nearly five years ago. "Absolutely all the employees looked up to him. "They think he is an exhilaration, which is very high up on what they call the 'tone scale'...
Gossip mag US reports on the continuing public support for Scientology from stalwarts Cruise and Travolta:
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Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and daughter Suri reunited with John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston — plus over 4000 other Scientologists — at a massive party in England on Oct. 16, Usmagazine.com has confirmed.
The stars were surprise guests at the 25th anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists held at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinsted, West Sussex. During nearly two hours of speeches, Cruise, 47, briefly addressed the rapturous, fist-pumping crowd: “Because we never took our eyes off the ultimate prize, we stand where we are today,” he intoned, witnesses tells Us. “We are in this together!”
When a choir took to the stage, the Cruise-Holmes family stood up with the rest of the audience. “Tom was swaying and looked like he was in heaven,” an attendee tells Us. “He was really, really into it.