Alex Gibney: Going Clear

Discussion in 'Media' started by DeathHamster, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. AnyOldName Member

    Naw. Just ETOnline ass-kissing. They don't want to piss off Cruise or Travolta - need to get their fluffy exclusives. And they are afraid of a Krusty backlash :p
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Leah Remini Shows Support for Scientology Documentary, Applauds ''Brave'' Going Clear Filmmakers | E! Online

    Leah Remini Praises HBO Scientology Documentary, Calls ‘Going Clear’ Brave | Inquisitr

    ‘Going Clear’ premiere: Leah Remini clearly loved Scientology documentary | Philadelphia Examiner
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  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    More Scientology shockers: 5 astonishing revelations from “Going Clear” left out of the HBO film | Salon

    From the disappearance of David Miscavige's wife to the Church's smear campaign against journalist Paulette Cooper
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member


    The 6 Most Disturbing Moments from HBO’s Scientology Documentary Going Clear

    by Joanna Robinson, Vanity Fair

    It’s possible that HBO’s Scientology documentary, Going Clear, didn’t show you anything you didn’t already know. Based on the high-profile book of the same name and covering a lot of material that has already been widely reported (including some information from the pages of Vanity Fair), the film wasn’t exactly breaking new ground. But what it did do was put very human faces and very memorable images on a peculiar cultural phenomenon.

    The documentary (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year) caught the attention of HBO Sunday-night regulars who had become accustomed to their weekly dose of chills after six episodes of The Jinx. And if it’s chills you want, then Going Clear certainly delivered. Here are the six most uncomfortable moments that will be keeping us up for the next few nights.
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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    'Going Clear' on Scientology: Inside the Mysterious Church Popular in Hollywood | ABC News

    While it boasts of membership from Hollywood’s A-list, including Tom Cruise and John Travolta, the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology remain largely a mystery to onlookers. But a new HBO documentary claims to expose the church's secrets through accounts of former members.

    Much like the faith it seeks to demystify, “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” has spurred a wave of controversy in the wake of its explosive allegations about life inside the church, its practices, and its deceased founder: Science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard.

    Author and journalist Lawrence Wright, who wrote the book upon which the film is based, sat down with “Power Players” at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., for a discussion on the belief system and founding origin of Scientology.

    Continued with video and open comments here
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  6. RightOn Member

    Also a GREAT new gif of Haggis saying WTF?
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  9. RightOn Member

    BTW, Rick Astely is now doing a new Virgin Mobile commercial.
    He pops out of a cake and sings "Never Gone Give You Up"
    The timing is freaky. :p
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  10. BigBeard Member

    Shouldn't this thread title be changed from "HBO Prepping Bombshell" to "HBO Bombshell Lands on Cof$"??:D

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  11. The Wrong Guy Member

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  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here another new article from Bustle:

    20 Moments From HBO's 'Going Clear' That Will Leave You Very Confused

    By Anna Klassen, Bustle

    “There’s this cult in New York called Scientology, and if you give them all your money they’ll make anything possible in your life,” said Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Crash, and former Scientologist when explaining on camera why he first joined the church. You know Scientology by its famous celebrity ambassadors (Tom Cruise and John Travolta), you’ve heard rumors of its eccentric founder L. Ron Hubbard, and you know that Scientology is a fairly new, controversial religion. But now, the usually closed doors of Scientology have been blown wide open thanks to HBO’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

    Scientology, founded in 1953 by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, is explored in detail in the two-hour-long doc. Going Clear is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright’s book (who previously penned The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11). The doc debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and a full house, and now mass audiences will finally get to see the doc for themselves. Featuring a variety of sources once close to the church, the exposé of sorts reveals disturbing, alleged details and secrets of the contentious belief system.

    Based on the documentary’s sources, here are 20 moments from the doc that caught my attention. The Church of Scientology reached out to Bustle and asked us to include this statement in our coverage of the film: “The accusations made in the film are entirely false and alleged without ever asking the Church.”

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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    HBO's 'Going Clear' Reignites Scrutiny of Scientology's Tax-Exempt Status

    By Jethro Nededog, The Wrap

    Church’s nonprofit classification may be in jeopardy after documentary reveals alleged deal with IRS, billions of dollars in revenue and charges of abuse against members
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  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Church of Scientology’s Vitriolic Reaction to ‘Going Clear’ | Truthdig

    The Church of Scientology has hit back at filmmaker Alex Gibney’s exposé “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which aired Sunday night on HBO.

    Based on Lawrence Wright’s book of the same name, the documentary portrays Scientology as a nefarious, highly secretive organization whose abuses of its members include intimidation, physical violence and blackmail.

    Former members interviewed in the movie—including filmmaker Paul Haggis—allege the forced “disconnection” of family members, slave labor on Scientology’s Sea Org ships, physical abuse by church leader David Miscavige, and the existence of a prison camp to punish and control senior church officials. In allegations involving the church’s most famous members, “Going Clear” says church authorities made efforts to undermine Tom Cruise’s marriage to Nicole Kidman (they eventually divorced) and retained an extensive blackmail file to keep John Travolta in check.

    Since the film’s January debut at the Sundance Film Festival, its participants have reportedly received threats of physical violence and financial devastation. Gibney told The Wrap:

    “Most of the real vitriol is for the people who were in the film. They’ve received threats of physical harm, threats of having their homes taken away, threats of being forced into bankruptcy. They’re being followed by private eyes and surveilled.”

    In response, a church spokesperson issued the following statement:


    The full statement provides links to Freedom, Scientology’s online magazine, in which the documentary’s participants are subjected to what can only be described as a smear campaign.
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  18. sallysock Member

    One last tweet in epic thread because so much about it makes me happy:

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  19. RightOn Member

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  20. sallysock Member

    I'm pretty sure he has re tweeted it, will have to look at alerts. Righton, I have to tell you that tweeting the big list in replies has been received so well.

    And the silicons that try to spread misinformation. They stop talking. Can't argue w/ 2500 plus ex's.

    Example of shit from last night:


    and then:


    The re tweet is from Global Revolution TV. 50 k. followers.

    Be assured, the list is out there. Good on you, Trev and everyone else...
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  21. RightOn Member

    big sloppy kisses fer yah!
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    Scientology Documentary: Shelly Miscavige Missing — Film Leaves Out Mystery Of Church Leader's Wife

    Last paragraph:

    Former Scientology members have said they believe that Shelly Miscavige may be ensconced at a desert compound owned by the church in Riverside County, California. If so, whether she is there of her own free will or being held involuntarily — and what she might have been doing there for more than seven years — remains unclear.
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  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    Church of Scientology keeps a 'blackmail' file on John Travolta and forces members to play musical chairs to Bohemian Rhapsody: Documentary claims to reveal shocking secrets of celebrity religion
    • Going Clear documentary claims to reveal secrets of Scientology religion
    • It alleges the church has a 'blackmail file' on John Travolta from auditing sessions and members are thrown into 'The Hole' to confess their crimes and vie for places by playing musical chairs to Bohemian Rhapsody
    • Sylvia 'Spanky' Taylor, who once acted as the intermediary between the church and John Travolta, said people were punished with 30 hours labour
    • Scientologists rejected allegations saying they are from 'admitted liars'

    'Thank you for being brave': Scientology dissenters Lisa Marie Presley and Leah Remini lead celebrity applause for documentary that reveals John Travolta is being BLACKMAILED by the secretive religion
    • Leah Remini and Lisa Marie Presley were Scientologists, they have tweeted commending the documentary and its shocking claims
    • Going Clear documentary claims to reveal secrets of Scientology religion
    • It alleges the church has a 'blackmail file' on John Travolta from auditing sessions and members are thrown into 'The Hole' to confess their crimes and vie for places by playing musical chairs to Bohemian Rhapsody
    • Sylvia 'Spanky' Taylor, who once acted as the intermediary between the church and John Travolta, said people were punished with 30 hours labour
    • Scientologists rejected allegations saying they are from 'admitted liars'
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  26. PresidentShaw Member

    Scientology released this attack video on hbo's documentary as is par for the course for these guys.

    The first thing I noticed is how the video begins with HBO's logo intro and signature sound. Is this kind of misleading even legal?

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  27. Anonymous Member

    Also, someone pointed out that the upraised fist is a TPB logo of some vintage.

    Plagiarism is standard procedure for the cult.
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  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Shelly Miscavige Mystery Is The Most Confusing Thing About Scientology

    By Melanie Schmitz, Bustle

    Last two paragraphs:

    It begs the question: If the Church of Scientology is so concerned with outward appearances, then why are they refusing to talk about their own “First Lady”? Until church leaders decide to take up the topic, Shelly Miscavige has become the world’s very own Gone Girl.

    Church of Scientology spokespersons have not yet responded to Bustle’s request for comment.
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  29. anon8109 Member

    As happy as I am to see the long list of news articles exposing the Scientology corporation's crimes, I am even happier when the name Scientology is used derisively as the butt of a joke. Only when "Scientology" is on everyone's lips as a sad joke will I feel confident that it will never again rise up from its ashes.
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  30. jensting Member

    In case it hasn't been posted before.

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  31. The Wrong Guy Member

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  32. rof Member

    'Going Clear' reveals shocking allegations about Scientology
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  33. A.O.T.F Member


    Absolutely fucking brilliant! A truly superb piece of film-making. Congratulations all around.

    Having read a lot of the comments here, I also felt really fucking angry and pissed off at times, especially in the "Travolting and Cruise" segments. This sick fucking cult must be destroyed, once and for all.
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  34. Explanatory text under each heading.


    1. L. Ron Hubbard’s Military Fabrications

    2. Paul Haggis’ Reaction after Reading the Xenu Story in the Church’s Secret “Materials”

    3. The Scientology Creation Story Sequence

    4. The Church Allegedly Urged Mothers to Get Abortions

    5. “The Hole”/Bohemian Rhapsody Musical Chairs

    6. “Just Dropped In to See What Condition My Condition Was In”

    7. Top Officials Discuss Finally Breaking Ties with the Church

    BONUS: The Turtleneck

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  35. The Diamondback - The University of Maryland Independent Student Newspaper:

    'Going Clear' hits hard against Scientology

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    he Church of Scientology has been hit. Hard.

    On Sunday night, HBO premiered Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, documentarian Alex Gibney’s film on the highly secretive, controversial cult that had already opened to much buzz at film festivals and in a limited theatrical release. The Church, which is notorious for aggressive harassment of its critics, will surely have a lot of work to do responding to Gibney’s jaw-dropping work, a piece that can only be described as a devastating blow for Scientology.

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  36. Incredulicide Member

    Every now and then the Wayback machine just refuses to save a page, pretending it doesn't exist on the "live web" (maybe there's an algorithm trying to prevent automated saving?), so here's a waybacked mirror.

    Let me know if you have better luck getting the article to save:
    Print version:
  37. Listening to people who were only dimly aware of Scientology before, they come away, mainly, with some stuff on Cruise and Travolta.

    Remember this is the American public, the people (and their parents) who elected Nixon twice, Bushes thrice, and Obama twice.

    They are dense.

    Those who already knew about Scientology - remember the Internet - already knew most of the material presented.

    This looks more like a speed bump than a wall.
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