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Announcing a new video series — The stories of young Scientologists not told in ‘Going Clear’

A year ago, we brought you the story of a family ripped apart by Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ policy. Gayle Smith had been a longtime staff member in the Philadelphia org who found herself “declared” a “suppressive person” in 2011, cutting her off from the church and everyone in it. That included her son, Aaron Smith-Levin, and […]

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Jenna Miscavige Hill on her uncle spying on her grandfather: The arrogance is astonishing

SEE ALSO: ‘LET HIM DIE': Our initial post on the Powells, with Dwayne Powell’s indictment and court docket SEE ALSO: Read the police report on the spies who kept tabs on the father of Scientology’s leader

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported the news that spies allegedly hired by Scientology leader David Miscavige […]

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Saturday Night Live’s genius spoof of Scientology: Lyrics and images

A very happy Easter to our readers, whether you celebrate the holiday or not. In case you missed the excitement last night, Saturday Night Live aired a pitch-perfect parody of Scientology’s 1990 video “We Stand Tall” which was featured prominently in Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear.

Gibney’s film aired on HBO Sunday night and […]

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How Scientologists are dealing with the popularity of Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear’

On Sunday morning, we published a compilation of entries written by many former Church of Scientology members, journalists, and others as they expressed their thoughts about the airing of Alex Gibney’s documentary, Going Clear.

Many of our contributors expressed some hope that Scientologists still in the church — but perhaps on the “fence” — […]

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The ‘Going Clear’ screening in Austin, featuring Marty Rathbun and other familiar faces

  Our reader Vaquera admits that she felt a bit fanatical to purchase a membership to the Austin Film Society just so she could get her hands on two tickets to last night’s screening of Going Clear, but she says it was all worth it. Here’s her report, and photos that she took…

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Scientology documentary ‘Going Clear’ participants getting harassed, threatened

Former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder (left) received a frightening threat of violence which he posted to his blog this morning. The anonymous sender of the message said Rinder was under surveillance “twenty four seven,” and told Rinder he wanted to “cut your fuckin balls off.”

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‘Will Smith is not a Scientologist’ — we elaborate on our quote the press went wild for yesterday

Your proprietor has been laid low by a virus right in the middle of all this intense publicity for Alex Gibney’s film, Going Clear. This is what we get for leaving the confines of the Bunker and interacting with germy human beings.

So we’re going to keep things short today, and trust our commenters to […]

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Scenes from the ‘Going Clear’ publicity caravan in midtown Manhattan

Yesterday Mike Rinder and your proprietor were being interviewed about Alex Gibney’s film Going Clear for a well known national news organization when the interviewer asked, what is David Miscavige’s biggest skeleton in his closet?

We had already talked about the Scientology leader’s disappeared wife, Shelly Miscavige, and where we think she has been […]

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How’s this for a gift on L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday? ‘Going Clear’ in theaters March 13

Our commenters didn’t miss it yesterday when director Alex Gibney, in a talk at the New York Times building about his new documentary, Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief, dropped the news that his movie will open in theaters next week.

And what a date — Friday, March 13, on L. Ron Hubbard’s […]

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LEAK: Scientology celebrities are stepping up their involvement behind the scenes

Our tipsters have sent us several emails and fliers lately that suggest to us that there’s something interesting going on with Scientology’s celebrities.

If you recall, we suggested in recent months that we had noticed a marked increase of activity from some of the most reliable Scientology actor types. Kirstie Alley, Kelly Preston, and Nancy […]

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