Alex Gibney: Going Clear

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  2. Glad to see that Lawrence Wright was also at the event.
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    'Going Clear' Dropped from Florida Theater After Pressure from Church | The Hollywood Reporter

    A movie theater in Clearwater, Florida — home of the world spiritual headquarters of the Church of Scientology — has dropped plans to play Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief after being pressured by the church, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

    However, residents of Clearwater, including former members of the church, still will be able to see Gibney's Scientology movie when HBO Documentary Films re-releases it in theaters. The AMC Woodlands Square 20 in the neighboring town of Olsdmar, some 12 miles from Clearwater, has agreed to pick up the documentary and play it on behalf of HBO Films.


    Cobb Countryside 12, which had planned to play the movie, informed HBO Documentary Films in recent days that it wouldn't play Going Clear after allegedly receiving threats from the church, according to sources. It's unclear what those threats were and to whom they were directed. HBO declined to comment and Cobb could not immediately be reached for comment. A representative of the Church of Scientology did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


    Scientology Film Going Clear Just Ran Into A Huge Problem In Florida | Cinema Blend
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    The Latest Scientology PR Foolery | Mike Rinder

    Scientology appears to believe they can now tell the citizens of Clearwater what movies they can watch. Another PR footbullet from scientology.

    I wonder if COB Theaters are ready for the backlash for buckling to scientology’s “threats” not to show the film? It’s still on their website even.

    Wonder if they might change their minds about being scientology bitches when word gets out?

    And I wonder how this is going to affect the Academy Award voters. This is REALLY dangerous territory to be censoring movies. If there was not already a backlash in Hollywood, this might bring it on.
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  7. From the Independent in Ireland.

    The film Scientologists didn't want you to see...

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    Six months, 160 lawyers, and a full-page ad in the New York Times later, Sky Atlantic are finally airing Alex Gibney's controversial documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

    The two-hour long film, based on Lawrence Wright's book of the same name, traces the origins of Scientology all the way back to its founder, L Ron Hubbard, in the 1950s. Gibney, an Oscar-winning film-maker who brought us Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, and The Armstrong Lie, interviews eight ex-Scientologists for Going Clear, including film-maker Paul Haggis, and one-time John Travolta confidante Spanky Taylor.

    Initially aired on HBO in the US in March, Sky Atlantic, which owns theatrical rights to Going Clear, was expected to air it a day later. But the film never appeared on its schedule, with the explanation that an air date had yet to be "confirmed".

    It was then widely reported that the film would receive a theatrical release in UK and Irish cinemas on June 26. Again, the film failed to screen at any cinema.

    Speculation mounted that the Church of Scientology, which vehemently disputes all claims in the documentary as "entirely false", threatened legal action against any distributor that screened the film.

    In April, the church said in a statement: "The Church of Scientology will be entitled to seek the protection of both UK and Irish libel laws in the event that any false or defamatory content in this film is broadcast within these jurisdictions." In June, Screen Daily reported that UK lawyers acting on behalf of the church had contacted at least one distributor and warned of potential copyright infringement.

    Sky told Review they "cannot comment on any threats made against other parties".

    In its efforts to rubbish Gibney's and former members' claims, in January of this year the church took out a full-page ad in the New York Times, with the tagline 'Is Alex Gibney's Upcoming HBO "Documentary" a Rolling Stone/UVA Redux?' - referring to the retracted Rolling Stone article which alleged a gang rape occurred at the University of Virginia - and sent a five-page letter to the Hollywood Reporter outlining everything it claims was a "falsehood".

    Speaking last week, Gibney said: "We were flooded with a Niagara Falls of legal letters and legal threats, none of which were made real. No lawsuits prevailed."

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    I found this to be a very enjoyable discussion and interview. Thank you! :)
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    Xenu Followers Force Florida Theater to Drop Scientology Documentary Going Clear

    The Church of Scientology has successfully cock-blocked screenings of the documentary exposé Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief in the Church’s home base of Clearwater, Florida.

    Originally released in March, Going Clear details many of the inner workings of the Church via interviews with former members and insiders who left after realizing the whole thing is absolutely insane. The documentary spends a good amount of time highlighting how the Church uses its financial clout and intimidation tactics to wield power.


    Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw said that this was “just another of Gibney’s publicity stunts to go along with all of the other phony ‘threats’ he has manufactured to get attention. It is pure fiction just like his film...”

    Anyone in Clearwater who wants to see this fiction film can catch the re-release on October 2 in the next town over, at AMC Woodlands Square Oldsmar.
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    Two local theaters drop Scientology documentary 'Going Clear' | Tampa Bay Times


    Cobb Theaters COO Jeremy Welman said Monday that was a "coming soon" ad for any number of Cobb theaters. Going Clear, he said, was never officially booked at Countryside 12.

    "(The booking) was something we were considering doing as a rental, but we chose not to do it," Welman said, citing obligations to studios and Cobb's policy of not exhibiting movies that debuted on other entertainment platforms.

    "In the case of (Going Clear), it had played on HBO and was also available online through streaming or video on demand," Welman said. While not singling out Scientology, Welman said hot-button films like Going Clear often invite complaints.

    "Like many films, especially ones that could potentially be controversial, we get a lot of email from both sides," he said. "We have people tell us we must play this film, and we have people tell us how dare you play this film? We play films based on what we think is the right thing to do."

    'Going Clear' Dropped From 2 Theaters Near Scientology's Base | The Huffington Post

    Last paragraph:

    HBO representatives said in an email to HuffPost that "Going Clear" will be screening in two movie theaters in the Tampa area, rather than the one that the network had planned. It will be showing in the AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa and the Muvico Palm Harbor 10 in Palm Harbor, Florida, starting on Oct. 2. The documentary also will be screening in 16 other theaters around the country.
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    Visualizing Scientology’s latest ‘Going Clear’ public relations disaster

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, September 22, 2015

    As former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder pointed out yesterday, Scientology’s attempt to frighten a Clearwater, Florida movie theater out of showing Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear only ended up with straight up and vertical expansion: Now two theaters in the area will be showing the movie.

    If that doesn’t sum up Scientology PR, we’re not sure what does.


    And of course, besides the number of theaters doubling, the real miscalculation for Scientology has been creating a news story that’s only going to get more people talking about Going Clear. But then this is the idiot regime that took out full page ads about Going Clear in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times before the Sundance premiere which, Gibney pointed out, could only have been more useful to him if they’d included film times.

    Where does the bullying of a couple of movie theater chains rank on the all-time Scientology PR-fail list?

    More here:
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    ‘Going Clear’: A compelling look inside Scientology

    By Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman, September 24, 2015

    Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney and Austin writer Lawrence Wright bring their HBO documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” to theaters this weekend.


    Like the book, the documentary traces the history of Scientology, with its founding by Hubbard and its overtones of 1950s sci-fi space operas. But as you might expect, the documentary does not delve as much as the book into putting Scientology into a cultural context. In fact, Wright takes great pains in the book to explain the difficulties of discussing religions, especially those that have fantastical elements, as many world religions do.

    A key part of Scientology, at least for those who make it to the higher levels of church auditing, involves an event 75 million years ago in the Galactic Confederacy, which was filled with people who looked remarkably like Americans in the 1950s. Xenu, an evil overlord of the confederacy, decided to deal with some of his troublesome subjects, also known as thetans, by paralyzing and freezing them. He then transported them to Earth — which was, at the time, known as Teegeeack — via space planes that resembled a DC-8. Billions of the thetans “were dropped into volcanoes and then blown up with hydrogen bombs.”

    Since thetans are immortal, their souls have been lurking on Earth for millennia, and they “attach themselves to living people.” And these thetans can stand in the way of our spiritual progress. Hence the need for the auditing methods of Scientology to discover and expel body thetans.

    But the heart of the documentary centers on alleged physical abuse of church members, with some of them being placed in a facility known as “the hole” and made to participate in humiliating disciplinary games.

    It’s a controversial film, and if you didn’t see it on HBO when it aired in March, this is your best chance to see it.
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    Miscavige Damage Control | Mike Rinder


    Well, I supposed this is the best he’s got, even though it’s more than 20 years old.

    A desperate attempt to try to burnish Dear Leader’s sagging image…

    It’s the annus horribilis. Going Clear, Going Clear Emmys. Let Him Die following his own father media blitz. Tony Ortega’s book and Paulette Cooper. The Saldarriaga hacking scandal. Jim Jackson. Leah Remini’s new book. Narconon’s implosion. Louis Theroux. And things are not looking any better beyond next month.

    His recent go to image boost has been the “ideal orgs.” But that is a failure — cannot even get any new ones open when he pays for them and the ones that have been opened are so clearly dismal failures that the silk purse has revealed itself to be a sow’s ear. Did he really think that the “model” that everyone would follow was importing 200 SO members? And nobody would notice the outpoint.

    So, to steady the ship and reassure the troops that all is well, Miscavige pulls this old, flea bitten rabbit out of his hat. His claim to fame. The tour de force that proved to all scientologists he was “the man” and cemented his place at the top of the heap. The 93 IAS event.

    Miscavige considers this his best performance ever. He has said so many times.

    So when it all looks bleak, order a re-showing. And this one is being pushed harder than ever before. Apparently every org in the US is being required to air this on the same day. It is getting as much airplay and push as the Auditor’s Day events.

    Now one might ask, if everything has been expanding so much SINCE then, and everyone knows already scientology has complete tax exemption from the IRS — what’s the point? Why drag out an almost archival video? Because there is NOTHING ELSE TO SHOW. And because Miscavige considers this to be his greatest moment. It HAS all been downhill from here. This was a significant accomplishment. Everything since has been small by comparison and many just outright fake.

    The fact that THIS is what is being shown everywhere is yet more proof that the oft repeated “fastest growing religion in the 21st century” and “straight up and vertical expansion” and “greater growth in the last 5 years than the 50 years previously” are flowery lies intended to placate the sheeple. They are clearly wearing thin — so he trots out the old standby.

    Funny, everywhere is showing it on 3 or 10 October except one place.

    Would it be a coincidence perchance that this is 30 minutes before the 7pm airing of Going Clear with the Q and A following it just down the road a bit?

    I wonder….

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  18. Translation provided by JustSheila at ESMB.

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    Documentary thriller redefines the viewer about the possibilities of modern sects and how far they can go in an effort to protect their money and power. The film sheds light on the classified aspects of the life of Tom Cruise and John Travolta, who have been "stellar party" of Scientology, and is based on the testimony of the stunning former top managers of organizations that for years have been forced to remain silent about what is happening behind its walls. Shocking Oscar winner Alex Gibney investigation, one of the greatest contemporary documentary, filmed by best-selling Pulitzer laureate Lawrence Wright. With the participation of: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Jason Beha, Paul Haggis, LR Hubbard David Miscavige, Mike Rainder Marty Retbana, Hana Whitfield, Tony Ortega, Sarah Goldberg, Karen Black, Kirstie Alley.

    September 28

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    They call the film 'Hallucination'! (really - it's not a mistranslation!)


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  19. I wonder how many Emmys the Scientology documentary will win.
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  21. Quentinanon Member

    Randall Stith, osabot and husband of Michelle Stith, also an osabot. She disconnected from her father and brother after they no longer wanted to be involved with scientology.
    Perhaps someone should asked Randy boy about the scientology family disconnection practice.
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    Scientology film Going Clear is Sky's most-watched documentary since 2012 | The Guardian

    Emmy-winning documentary that alleged abusive practices at the religion’s US HQ scores success despite legal threats and hostile social media campaign

    Sky Atlantic’s broadcast of an Emmy-winning film about Scientology was the most-watched documentary on the channel in three years, despite facing legal threats and a social media campaign designed to discredit it.

    Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief, broadcast on 21 September, attracted an average audience of 243,000 including catchup viewing, with a peak of 313,000 viewers. The figures made the Sky co-production the most popular documentary on the channel since 2012’s Bradley Wiggins: A Year in Yellow.

    Sky head of non-scripted commissioning, Celia Taylor, who was also executive producer on the documentary, said: “As co-producers as well as the broadcaster of Going Clear, we’re very pleased it’s been such as hit with critics and and Sky customers alike.

    “Getting the highest ratings for a documentary on Sky Atlantic since 2012, as well winning three Emmys, is testament to its creative quality and power.”

    The church of Scientology has waged a publicity campaign against the film, which alleges abusive practices at the church’s HQ and features interviews with former members.

    The threat of legal action under Northern Irish defamation law had delayed a UK premier originally scheduled for April this year, and groups associated with the church have used ads on Twitter and Google in a bid to undermine the film’s allegations.


    The film’s broadcast on Sky is a victory for the church’s critics, after the book on which it was based was dropped two years ago by UK publishers facing legal pressure.

    Taylor added: “We were in correspondence with legal representatives of the Church of Scientology about Going Clear before it was broadcast and we incorporated their responses where appropriate. Having carefully considered all the legal issues we were satisfied that it was appropriate to broadcast it.”
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  23. RightOn Member

    Tone 40 all the way Alex!!
  24. Quentinanon Member

    VVWD! Alex Gibney is very highly commended!
    cc to ethics file.
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    ‘Going Clear’ Q&A: Mike Rinder and Sara Goldberg take heat from Scientologists

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, October 3, 2015

    Last night, Alex Gibney’s documentary about Scientology, Going Clear, began a theatrical run at the Muvico 10 in Palm Harbor, Florida, just a few miles from Scientology’s own “spiritual mecca” in Clearwater. And after the 7 pm showing, two of the people who appear in the film, former Scientologists Sara Goldberg and Mike Rinder, engaged in a Q & A that was moderated by WTSP Channel 10 television reporter Mike Deeson.

    Filmmaker Mark Bunker attended the event, and afterwards called us to let us know that a couple of Scientologists — one of them Sara Goldberg’s former husband — had launched personal attacks on Sara and Rinder, leading to a chaotic shouting match.

    Bunker captured it on video for us, and we’ll let you tell us who got the better of it. The excitement begins at about 18 minutes in. [Start it at 17:40]

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    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison Of Belief |

    DVD, $16.99

    Watch Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Online | Vimeo On Demand

    Going Clear Is Everywhere | Mike Rinder


    So anyone who has not been able to see the film on HBO or in a local theater can now order it from Amazon or watch it as a streaming video.

    Miscavige’s annus horribilis is just not getting any better.

    Next up: Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie at the London Film Festival on October 14.

    Followed by Leah Remini’s 20/20 ABC TV interview on 30 October and release of her book Troublemaker on 3 November.

    It sucks to be Miscavige.

    All this and more that has not yet been disclosed.

    And then the Academy Award nominations to start out the New Year with a bang (Jan 14). 2016 will be the Golden Age of Annus Horribilis II.
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  27. Malory Member

    No sign of the cult suing in Belfast either.
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  28. Quentinanon Member

    Not at all surprising, like Hubbard said, "Always attack, never defend."
    Sara's Ronbot ex, Sheldon Goldberg in action:

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  29. Golden Age of Annus Horribilis II

    I lol'd...not as lulzy as 'The Golden Age of Rod' but not bad (for a disgruntled apostate).
  30. Quentinanon Member

    And we shouldn't forget osabot Lee Meacham's performance:

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    Scientology Ramps Up 'Going Clear' Smear Campaign, Targets Academy Members

    Oscar voters tell THR they have been targeted by the church as screenings prompt fights and police probe the mysterious apparent suicide of Jim Carrey's girlfriend.

    By Rebecca Ford and Scott Johnson, The Hollywood Reporter


    The Church of Scientology really doesn’t want Alex Gibney to win an Oscar for his documentary Going Clear.

    Since the film — a scathing critique of the controversial church and its celebrity adherents, including Tom Cruise and John Travolta, based on Lawrence Wright's best-selling book — won three Emmys in September, the filmmaker says he has been the subject of an increasingly hostile harassment campaign that has included a Scientology-backed "documentary" and outreach to members of the Academy’s doc branch, the group that selects the Oscar contenders.

    "In the last few weeks, Scientology has dramatically ratcheted up its corporate campaign against me and those in the film," Gibney tells THR.

    The church has begun making its own film about Gibney and has reached out to several of his peers in connection with a planned profile in a Scientology magazine. Oscar nominee Rory Kennedy (Last Days in Vietnam), who, like Gibney, is a member of the Academy’s documentary branch and sits on the organization’s board of governors, says she recently was approached by a man who requested an interview about Gibney in connection with the Emmy wins. Kennedy says the man, who identified himself as Joe Taglieri, also separately contacted her husband, documentary writer Mark Bailey, and requested he participate in an article. Taglieri did not disclose his Scientology connection, although he has written for the Scientology magazine Freedom. "In this context, to not say [that he wrote for Freedom] was disingenuous, and I thought something was suspect," says Kennedy. "He definitely had an agenda."

    Other members of the Academy’s documentary branch who have been contacted by the church include producers John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man) and Jon Else (The Day After Trinity). While Taglieri did not initially identify what outlet he was writing for, when asked, he said he was a freelance writer working on a piece for Freedom.

    Karin Pouw, a spokesperson for the church, acknowledges that "Freedom has been reaching out for some time for a piece about Alex Gibney’s propaganda film." But, she says, "this has nothing to do with the Academy."

    Indeed, Scientology has been battling Wright and then Gibney since before the Going Clear book was published in 2013. But as the film has won accolades and taken on a trajectory toward Oscar consideration, the animosity has ramped up, and there has been increased aggression at public events where Gibney and the subjects of Going Clear have spoken. (The film, which received an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run this winter before airing on HBO in March, was rereleased in theaters in September, though church pressure contributed to at least two Florida cinemas refusing to show it.)

    On Sept. 28, Gibney was entering the Linwood Dunn Theater in Los Angeles for a talk about his career to the International Documentary Association when a man named Randall Stith approached and told him he was making a movie about him. (According to IMDb, Stith has directed two films: Dead Wrong: How Psychiatric Drugs Can Kill Your Child and Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging. Scientologists adamantly oppose psychiatry and its associated medication.) Stith stayed for the screening of Going Clear, after which he, Taglieri and another Scientologist, Norman Taylor, spoke out during the Q&A session against Taylor’s ex-wife and former Travolta handler, Sylvia "Spanky" Taylor, who appears in the film.

    "What is clear to us in all of this is that Alex Gibney can dish it out, but can’t take it," Pouw says. "He’s exceptionally thin-skinned to the point where he tried to censor and shame anyone criticizing him at public events. One would think a documentarian would be more tolerant and open minded."

    At an Oct. 2 screening of the film at the Muvico 10 in Palm Harbor, Fla., less than 30 minutes from Scientology’s spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, a heated exchange took place during a Q&A with former high-level church members Sara Goldberg and Mike Rinder, both of whom appear in the film. Goldberg’s ex-husband Sheldon Goldberg and another Scientologist entered into what moderator Mike Deeson calls a "screaming match," aggressively attacking Goldberg’s and Rinder’s personal lives and saying people in the audience should visit to find out more.

    "It’s really pretty bizarre to me that they just keep doing this crazy stuff that is such a clear-cut demonstration of the veracity of both Larry’s book and Alex’s film," says Rinder.

    Pouw counters that the church can't comment on the actions of its individual members, "any more than you can assign to the Catholic Church the protest actions of any Catholic who feels strongly about an issue." She acknowledges Norman Taylor, whom she calls "a prominent Los Angeles lawyer," attended the L.A. event and challenged Gibney on why the filmmaker did not "check with him to confirm the lies" Spanky Taylor told in the film.

    The increased hostility comes at a tenuous time for the Church of Scientology, which, in addition to dealing with Going Clear, is in the spotlight for its association with Cathriona White, a 28-year-old Irish makeup artist and girlfriend of Jim Carrey who died of a suspected suicide Sept. 28. White, who was found with pills — including Ambien, Percocet, Propranolol and Zofran — had been active in a Scientology-sponsored “Survival Rundown” therapy program, and several mysterious guards were present at her home in the days following her death (though they were gone when THR visited the home Oct. 6). According to former Scientologists, the "SRD" therapy can be destabilizing.

    "The purpose of some of those processes is to learn the ability to be controlled and to control others," says Mark Headley, an ex-Scientologist who says he is familiar with the techniques. "You’re being indoctrinated into how to do this." (Scientology has denied any connection between the church and White's tragic apparent suicide.)

    As Gibney and Going Clear make a run at an Oscar, the stakes are perhaps higher for Scientology. If Gibney wins and is given a worldwide stage on which to speak out against the church (with Travolta, Cruise or other Hollywood Scientologists possibly sitting in the audience), it would be a public relations nightmare for the church and its leader, David Miscavige.

    "The church of Scientology stakes a claim on Hollywood, and so it’s not surprising that it would be threatened by the possibility that that community would examine the church more closely," says Wright. "That’s what I think is causing the more feverish attention to the documentary."

    For this reason, Rinder believes the actions by Scientology members against the documentary are being "at least approved, if not dictated" by Miscavige himself.

    "I guess their intention is to intimidate or to get people to think that they should be afraid of speaking out," Rinder says. "But honestly, I think they have exactly the opposite effect."

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    Church of Scientology targeting Oscar voters, says Going Clear is a ''propaganda film'' |

    According to reports, Scientologists have been turning up at screenings and Q&As of Going Clear and engaged in harassed both Alex Gibney and interviewees in the documentary themselves. There's more. Members of the voting committee for Best Documentary in the upcoming Academy Awards have said that they've been contacted by Scientologists about the documentary.
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  33. There is no way this could backfire on Scientology.
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  34. Scientologists are going hard trying to cock block Going Clear.

    Jezebel: Scientologists Really Don't Want Going Clear to Win an Oscar for Some Reason

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    Clover Hope

    Filed to: SCIENTOLOGY

    10/07/15 2:15pm

    In incredibly surprising news, Scientologists are going hard trying to cock block the chances of the Scientology documentary Going Clear winning an Oscar.

    According to director Alex Gibney, the Church has been looking to use its persuasion tactics on members of the Academy. Gibney told The Hollywood Reporter that, “in the last few weeks, Scientology has dramatically ratcheted up its corporate campaign against me and those in the film.”

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  36. Mike Rinder: Going Clear Paranoia

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    An article in THR today:


    They send goons to screenings and have Freedom “reporters” doing clumsy, noisy investigations.

    Contacting Academy Members to try and influence them not to vote for Going Clear is such typical ham-fisted Miscavige “PR”.

    He never ceases to amaze. HBO should send him a large fruit basket when Going Clear is nominated. And they should take out a full page as in the NY Times thanking him for his contribution if it wins Best Documentary.

    And if it does win, and I get a chance to say anything about it, I will personally thank him and Tom Cruise for making it all possible.

    Meanwhile, a few selected bits from the article are worth noting (read the whole thing, the article itself in the most influential trade publication is a good indication of how well this stunt is going over).


    Hahahaha — this is the funniest line of all. Remember when this was the line they used for the “Squirrelbusters” in Corpus Christi? They maintained that bs all the way til Bert Leahy stepped forth and spilled the beans, the letter from Allen Cartwright was exposed and then Tommy Davis was caught lying through his teeth in deposition about going to try and recover JB. Then scientology admitted “yes, they were being funded by the church and we did know what they were doing, but it’s “free speech.””

    Anyone knows that these actions are not random and uncoordinated. These people would be declared if they were doing this without permission. Going to an SP Film, consorting with SPs in the audience AND generating bad media coverage isn’t looked upon lightly by Mr. Miscavige.

    He literally does not know what to do and is flailing around like a fish on a dock.

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  37. Huffpost Entertainment: Scientologists Deny Campaign Against 'Going Clear' For Oscar Win

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    Joe Satran

    Staff Writer, The Huffington Post

    Can the Scientology documentary "Going Clear" follow in the footsteps of last year's "Citizenfour" by winning both the Emmy and the Oscar for Best Documentary?

    HBO hopes so.

    In March, the network debuted "Going Clear" on the big screen in New York and Los Angeles, making it eligible for an Academy Award. And the movie -- directed by Alex Gibney and based on a non-fiction book by Lawrence Wright -- took home the Emmy last month.

    But there's one major obstacle in its way: The Church of Scientology.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scientology is waging an aggressive campaign to prevent "Going Clear" from winning an Oscar. The magazine writes that in recent weeks at least three prominent members of the Academy's documentary branch -- Rory Kennedy, John Battsek and Jon Else -- have been approached by members of the group. Simultaneously, the Church of Scientology is allegedly producing a documentary about Gibney, and commissioning a profile of him for its official magazine, Freedom, in an effort to discredit the director.

    "In the last few weeks, Scientology has dramatically ratcheted up its corporate campaign against me and those in the film," Gibney told The Hollywood Reporter.

    In an email to The Huffington Post, Scientology spokesperson Karin Pouw described claims of a campaign against the movie as "yet another publicity stunt by Alex Gibney to try to get an award."

    "We know Alex Gibney is obsessed with his awards, but we aren’t," Pouw wrote. "We wouldn’t even know who the Academy members are. This only proves he can dish it out, but can’t take it."

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