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‘Top Gun: Maverick’: The only movie review you need if you’re being honest about Tom Cruise

 
When Luke Y. Thompson (AV Club) told us he’d screened Top Gun: Maverick but hadn’t been commissioned to write a review, we knew that we needed him to write one for the Underground Bunker. Our association with Luke goes back more than 20 years, to a now defunct publication, New Times Los Angeles, where he was one of the very few reviewers in the country who actually liked John Travolta’s Battlefield Earth. In other words, Luke calls them the way he sees them. We knew he’d have a unique take on Tom Cruise’s new movie, and we weren’t disappointed. (Top Gun: Maverick opens in US theaters on May 27.)

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Trafficking lawsuit: In Scientology, the tables turn quickly on abusers and the abused

[The new lawsuit focuses on hellish tales from Scientology’s cruise ship by Valeska Paris and others]

One of the really remarkable things about the new labor trafficking lawsuit filed against the Church of Scientology is that its 88-page complaint names so many names.

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Tom Cruise pal Simon Pegg set to make film with rising star Scientologist director

 
It was just a few weeks ago that we told you about Adam Sigal, the Scientologist writer-director whose sci-fi dark comedy, Chariot, opened in theaters last month to mixed reviews (Metacritic score: 43).

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Scientology celebs in hot water: Danny’s not the only Masterson brother facing legal issues

[Danny, Christopher, and Jordan Masterson]

June 24, 2020: We publish our latest interview with Joe Reaiche, someone we’ve spoken to numerous times. And once again, we talk to him about being declared “suppressive” (an enemy) by the Church of Scientology, which requires his own family to cut off all contact with him in order to remain Scientology members in good standing. That not only includes his former wife Carol Masterson and the two stepsons he’s helped to raise, Danny and Christopher Masterson, but also his own children with Carol, Alanna Masterson and Jordan Masterson.

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How Scientology’s ardent followers prove their loyalty with blind (or near-sighted) obedience

 
Yacht Apollo, mid 1971. Seated uncomfortably on the edge of the red leather armchair across from L. Ron Hubbard’s desk reserved for his visitors during one-on-one conferences, I am fumbling miserably as LRH is quizzing me about the meaning of the word “resources.” While he is training me along with the rest of his Aides to conduct evaluations of failing organizations, with a view to improving their statistics via a tailor-made program, one important step of the process is to identify what resources are available to help improve the local situation.

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YouTuber takes a deep dive into Teami Blends and its connections to Scientology

[Adi Arezzini of Teami Blends]

Several weeks ago we heard from YouTuber Mary Betsy, who had some questions for us about Scientology and a family we’ve mentioned in numerous posts over the years, the Arezzinis.

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You just dropped tens of thousands on Scientology: Could you be any more excited?

 
Scientology’s OT levels may cost tens of thousands of dollars to complete, but gosh, can there be anything more exciting than going OT?

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Danny Masterson’s new moves in rape case: Asks to dismiss one victim, separate the other two

[Danny Masterson and two of his four defense attorneys]

While he’s waiting to see if California’s state supreme court will grant him an appeal on a previous motion to dismiss, Danny Masterson isn’t waiting around.

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1950 US Census proves Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard did indeed have a second wife

[L. Ron Hubbard and his second wife, and poof!]

Hey, this was a nice catch we noticed yesterday at Facebook, and so we went to the recently released 1950 US Census records to verify it for ourselves.

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Danny Masterson’s rape prosecutors tell Calif. Supremes why his Scientology argument is weak

[Danny Masterson and his criminal prosecutor, Deputy DA Reinhold Mueller]

On April 3, we told you about the petition that Danny Masterson’s legal team had made to the California Supreme Court, hoping to find a way to stop (or at least delay) his criminal rape trial, which is scheduled for August 29. (He’s accused of forcibly raping three women, and faces 45 years to life if he’s convicted. He has maintained his innocence.)

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