Alex Gibney: Going Clear

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

  1. Anonymous Member

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  2. DeathHamster Member

    Could be worse.

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  3. TrevAnon Member

    Fresh meat for the list? :p
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  4. TrevAnon Member

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  6. Anonymous Member

    The Washington Times steps up:

    Scientology v. HBO: Cable firm lawyers up for bombshell film, ‘Going Clear’

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times - Friday, November 28, 2014

    Essentially, it's the initial Hollywood Reporter story, with a focus on the big commotion and rumpus caused by Lawrence Wright's Book, and Karin Pouw's retarded whining attacks.

    Of note, the story publishes an interesting photo.


    It's of Church cult of Scientology lawyer Patrick Maisonneuve, left, speaking to reporters after a court returned a verdict of fraud against the group cult, at a Paris courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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  7. Quentinanon Member
    I wonder if Emily Walet is any relation to fail scientologist Natalie Walet who got pulled over by a Tampa PD officer on 4-3-2010 with a BAC of .172/.177 and was arrested.
  8. Anonymous Member

    This one is from CRUX - Covering All Things Catholic, and under HOT TOPICS... it's short, sweet and obvious...

    HBO's Scientology film likely to anger Tom Cruise

    By By Maria Puente

    (Yeah, it really prints "By By")

    Religion News Service November 28, 2014

    Words to alert lawyers (and maybe unnerve Tom Cruise): HBO is finishing up a tough documentary on the Church of Scientology.

    The Hollywood Reporter says that a “bombshell” film on Scientology and its hold on some Hollywood stars will air in 2015.

    HBO confirmed only that Oscar winner Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) is doing the film and HBO plans to run it.

    The film is expected to feature new revelations about the controversial church and its famous followers, such as Cruise and John Travolta. If it’s finished in time, it will be submitted to the Sundance Film Festival in January.

    THR says the film is based on the book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright.

    No matter what Gibney’s film says, no matter how well sourced it is, no matter how respected HBO’s documentary unit is, the notoriously litigious Church of Scientology is likely to be peeved.

    (no photos. I think they can only post holy shit photos...)
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  9. Anonymous Member

    The Independent Journal Review - IJR - posts a detailed and interesting report:

    HBO is So Scared About Their Upcoming Religion Documentary, They’re Hiring 160 Lawyers

    By Dave Jorgenson (3 days ago) | Movies, Religion

    A documentary covering the short but intense history of Scientology is being released on HBO next year, and every precaution is being taken.

    At least 160 lawyers have been hired in anticipation of the documentary’s release. Although the lawyers’ purposes have not entirely been specified, it’s likely they have been brought on to scrutinize the film and ensure its accuracy.

    The documentary draws from the book Going Clear by Pulitizer Prize winning writer Lawrence Wright. The book has had its fair share of criticism from the Scientology elite. But who are these powerful “elite?”

    Hollywood celebrities, such as John Travolta, Tom Cruise, and Greta Van Susteren have publicly voiced their support for the controversial religion. But the long list includes some surprising followers, like the voice of Bart Simpson (Nancy Cartwright) and My Name is Earl star, Ethan Suplee.

    An Embattled History

    First incorporated in 1953 in Camden, New Jersey, Scientology has quickly spread to six continents and several cities across the United States.

    Some criticize the organization, saying it has a cult-like nature, which uses bullying tactics and oddly precise numbers to explain why some people oppose Scientology. However, the official Scientology website states that a small percentage of people are opposed because “they cannot tolerate that Scientology is successfully improving conditions around the world:”

    This same 2 percent is opposed to any effective self-betterment activity. The reason they so rabidly oppose Scientology is because it is doing so much to help society. Those who are upset that people are improving are few in number compared to the millions who have embraced Scientology and applaud its effort to build a better world.”

    The root of many arguments against the religion (although many would argue against the religion classification) is in science fiction. Founder L. Ron Hubbard was a science fiction writer after all, and incorporated his mildly successful “Dianetics” into the religion.

    Ripe for Parody

    South Park successfully parodied the religion by not parodying it at all. Instead of exaggerating or making comparisons to Scientology, they simply explained what Scientologists believe, all the while flashing “THIS IS WHAT SCIENTOLOGISTS ACTUALLY BELIEVE” on the bottom of the screen.

    south park actually-believe.jpg

    Probably the most extensive article on the project to date.

    There is much more at the link:
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    NY Post checks in... with their own story for the most part.

    Director tight-lipped about secret Scientology documentary

    By Ian Mohr

    November 29, 2014

    Prolific documentary director Alex Gibney — whose recent subjects have included Lance Armstrong and Julian Assange — was unusually tight-lipped when we asked him at a recent HBO party what he was working on next.

    Now we know why.

    HBO announced this week that Gibney’s putting the finishing touches on a Scientology doc based on Lawrence Wright’s “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.”

    And the cable network has assigned a whopping 160 lawyers to review it.

    At the October party for Gibney and Mick Jagger’s “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” usually revealing Gibney looked around (nervously?) then muttered something to us about not wanting to talk about his next project and letting it speak for itself.

    “Crash” director Paul Haggis — who broke from the controversial religion — told us after Wright profiled his split with Scientology in The New Yorker, “There are private eyes going through my trash. But only the paper is missing. Well, only paper I write on.”

    Perhaps Gibney was just keeping his garbage safe for another month.
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  13. Anonymous Member

    Hat Tip to nevarmore for the Naughty Gossip posting tip:

    HBO Documentary About Scientology – HBO HIRED 160 LAWYERS


    November 25, 2014 posted by Naughty Rob

    A documentary about Scientology is coming to HBO in 2015, and it’s going to be NUTS!

    The Hollywood Reporter says it “tackles the Church of Scientology and its Tinseltown tentacles.”

    The network has already hired “probably 160 lawyers” according to HBO executive Sheila Nevins.

    The documentary will reveal a bunch of unwanted secrets – I cannot wait!

    NUTS! - Tinseltown tentacles - unwanted secrets - seems legit!
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  15. From ESMB:

    1st December 2014, 06:46 PM

    Happy Sapien[IMG]

    Join Date
    Dec 2012

    [IMG] Re: HBO Prepping Bombshell Scientology Film From Oscar Winner

    Details about the upcoming HBO documentary....

    link to Crazy Days And Nights website here:

    HBO is set to premiere their documentary at Sundance in January and I told you that the main subjects of the profile were the entire Presley family.

    Now, I have some more details about who was interviewed and what they had to say.

    Mimi Rogers (she barely discusses her marriage to Tom Cruise, she mainly talks about her family’s long involvement with Scientology)

    Neil Gaiman (his first on camera interview regarding his childhood in the cult and his ex wife disconnecting him)

    Amanda Palmer (the former Dresden Dolls lead singer, like her husband Gaiman, grew up in the cult but fled when she wanted to pursue a music career in NYC. Palmer and Gaiman are now Buddhists)

    Chaka Khan (she dabbled in Scientology, but left when she began to question her friend Isaac Hayes’s death and his gaudy funeral. She’s now a born again Christian)

    MC Lyte (first time on camera talking about her exit from the cult, became concerned when she saw Nation of Islam members taking LRH courses. She also did some digging online only to find out about the cult’s history of race and homosexual relations)

    Trey Parker and Matt Stone (discuss the South Park episode Trapped in the Closet, one of the show’s best episodes)


    Paul Haggis (discusses the circumstances of his leaving the cult and the New Yorker article profiling him)

    Plus many many interviews with journalists (including Tony Ortega, Mark Bunker and Mark Ebner), ex Scientologists and plenty of rare archive footage featuring David Miscavige, Cruise, Travolta and Preston, Kirstie Alley and Jenna Elfman

    Anyone going to Sundance in January?

    Has anyone seen a list of interviewees for the BBC documentary?

  16. Anonymous Member

    Catholic Online has picked up the story. There is focus on "Going Clear," "The Master" and the rumpus with the cult over Lawrence Wright's book.

    Also, there is mention made of Charles Manson and his claims of being a scientology "clear."

    Overall, the page itself is laid out in an almost haphazard fashion, sporting a video from Homeland Security about a threat from the "... hacktivist group, anonymous..." *Sigh*

    Taking precautions: HBO hires 160 lawyers before mounting TV movie on Scientology

    By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

    12/1/2014 (8 hours ago)

    Catholic Online (

    Clear in Dianetics and Scientology is one of two levels a practitioner can achieve on the way to personal salvation. A state of Clear is reached when a person becomes free of the influence of engrams, unwanted emotions or painful traumas not readily available to the conscious mind.

    Scientologists believe that human beings accumulate anxieties, psychosomatic illnesses, and aberration due to receiving engrams throughout their lives. By applying dianetics, every single person can reach Clear.

    One self-proclaimed practitioner of Scientology that the church does not wish to acknowledge is mass murderer Charles Manson, who declared himself "clear" prior to founding his infamous cult.

    Another film loosely based on Scientology was the 2012 epic, "The Master," starring the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman. (Set in 1950s America, the film featured Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a nascent Scientology-type movement who brings a troubled man (Joaquin Phoenix) under his tutelage.

    "The Master" includes intense scenes of brainwashing and inappropriate behavior on the part of church members. At the end of the film, the suicidal Phoenix drives away from the church and its teachings - presumably to his own self-inflicted death.


    Another film loosely based on Scientology was the 2012 epic, "The Master," starring the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
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  17. DeathHamster Member

    The Sundance Film Festival is January 22nd-Feburary 1st when the first screening will happen.

    No doubt CoS will be doing their damnedest to get their hands on a copy before then.
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  19. RightOn Member

    and hand out TWTH pamphlets? LOL!!!
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  20. Anonymous Member

    STACK Gamer has picked up the story and provides interesting details.

    HBO developing Scientology Film 'Going Clear'

    December 2, 2014 | Jennifer Lafferty
    Based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright's 2013 book, Going Clear, the film was actually set up for production two years before the book was published.

    Over the past few years, the church, characterized by some as more like a cult, has been much maligned in the media by former members and critics of its methods. The HBO film is expected to offer startling revelations about scientology itself and about some of its most famous celebrity followers, including Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

    Details of the documentary are still sketchy, but some of the allegations in the book concern physical abuse and even imprisonment within the church.
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    I recently started work in Los Angeles on a theatrical feature documentaryfor BBC Films, produced by double Oscar-winner Simon Chinn. Directed by John Dower, the film is fronted and co-written by Louis Theroux on the subject of Scientology. Louis has wanted to make a film about Scientologyfor many years; finally it is happening and on a much broader canvas than his television programmes. When the project was first mentioned to me in August last year, I was of course interested (who wouldn’t be?) but I did wonder how on earth you would go about tackling such a difficult, thorny and in some respects well-worn subject. Now I can say, having completed the first block of shooting (with some notable Theroux moments), not only is it possible but it also has the potential to result in a great film.
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  22. Anonymous Member

    It may be safe to say today that this story has legs.

    The Christian Post has chimed in today.

    The post covers the main narrative but also provides some details from HBO.

    HBO Set to Release Controversial Documentary on Scientology and Its Hold on Hollywood Stars

    By Vincent Funaro , Christian Post Reporter

    HBO is producing a documentary on Scientology that will also take a closer look at its hold on some of Hollywood's biggest names, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

    HBO has also had previous run-ins with the Scientologist community. In 1998 the network released the documentary "Dead Blue: Surviving Depression," which portrayed anti-depressants in a positive light. Subsequently, Scientologists staged a protest in front of HBO's Manhattan headquarters.

    "I didn't see what [antidepressants] had to do with Scientology until I worked on that film, until I saw these people outside the building," Nevins said. "I thought they must be a union protest. But it was our film they were protesting. They're so anti-psychiatry, anti-medicine and anti-Freud. It was really quite interesting."
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  23. Anonymous Member

    I'm just going to post the link for this coverage. It's from the OC Weekly, and it's a blog.

    Following the opening headline which fails to address the HBO production, it echos material from the other news reports about the HBO project. It then goes rambling into a variety of other cult + media stories, that are only obliquely related to the HBO project.

    Enter at your own risk.

    Are you seeing what I'm seeing?
    The Red-Headed Stepchildren of Scientology

    By OC Weekly Contributor Tue., Dec. 2 2014 at 6:30 AM
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    From City Paper.

    Although another Blog posting, called "The Wandering Eye," this one is interesting as it covers the launch of Chanology but of course handles the topic in a ham-handed fashion.,0,1668050.story


    By City Paper - Published 12:39 p.m. EST, December 2, 2014

    HBO has "probably 160 lawyers" vetting an in-the-works documentary that probes the Church of Scientology, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    The film, by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and based on Lawrence Wright's 2013 book, "Going Clear," will tell Wright's "story of physical abuse and imprisonment within the church," THR reports, and is likely to incite protests, which Scientologists often stage in response to discourse that's critical of their controversial belief system.

    But when the leaderless hacker collective Anonymous in 2008 launched Project Chanology, a multi-pronged attack on Scientology, the church fought back to little effect, as has happened in its occasional attempts to scrub from the internet jokes that poke it in the ribs.

    This HBO project, though, is no joke: Gibney's take on Wright's reporting about the Scientology's dark side, thanks in part to the eyes of 160 lawyers, will surely be serious business. (Van Smith)
    The remainder of the post contains entirely unrelated issues.
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  25. Anonymous Member

    Here's one that get's it mostly wrong.

    'Going Clear' Scientology Documentary Release News: HBO Hires 160 Lawyers in Preparation for Film Release

    Shilpa Chakravorty - Dec 03, 2014 03:56 PM EST

    Here's the first example of getting it all very wrong...

    The film is based on 'The Looming Tower' book which shows us how the founder of the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, influenced the religion and made it almost a cult following. The book also touched on some of the events of September 11th.

    Lawrence Wright did write & publish a book called The Looming Tower.

    I believe that Lawrence obtained a Pulitzer Prize for the text.

    I'll leave it at this point. Read the rest at your peril.

    It reads like the work of an intern, not a journalist. **shudders**
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  26. Anonymous Member

    Story picked up by a New Zealand News Web Site:

    HBO calls in 160 lawyers to look over Scientology documentary

    Published: 4:30PM Thursday December 04, 2014 Source: ONE News

    Nothing new presented and it just repeats the main story started a over a week ago.

    The graphic chosen for the story is the top part of the cult cross.

    The page looks like the news outlet didn't want to make the cult angry.
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  27. The Wrong Guy Member

    Dan Maduri @DanMaduri · Dec 5
    Senior Film Writer for [The Hollywood Reporter] @THR @TatianaSiegel27 is LIVE discussing #HBO film on Church of Scientology. @NewsTalkFlorida

    Dan Maduri @DanMaduri · 24h 24 hours ago
    #LISTEN: @HBO Moving Forward with "Bombshell" Doc on #Scientology

    HBO Moving Forward with "Bombshell" Doc on Scientology

    By Dan Maduri

    We may soon get a look inside the secretive church of Scientology like never before. Oscar Winner Alex Gibney is due out soon with an HBO film based on a book called “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief.”

    Senior Film Writer for The Hollywood Reporter Tatiana Siegel discusses:

    Here's the 12-minute audio clip:
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  28. Anonymous Member

    Something from Electronic Urban Report.

    It starts out short and to the point(s), and then becomes quite elaborate:

    HBO’s Church of Scientology Documentary Set to Piss Off a Lot of Celebs

    Dec 6, 14 by Brainuser1

    *Cue the lawyers and other supporters of the controversial Church of Scientology because some ish is about to go down!

    For one, when you start attacking people’s faith base, well – ‘dems fightin’ words…and for another, HBO must have their dukes up because they are putting the finishing touches on a scandalous documentary on the Church, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which describes the film as “a bombshell” that will reveal why it has a hold on some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

    Er, you DO know brother, Isaac Hayes, was one of ‘em, right?

    And then, a link, below, to a very extensive report that covers Issac Hayes, South Park, Paul Haggis/The New Yorker, Lawrence Wright, of course, and the "Deep Blue," the HBO documentary on depression.
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  29. anonLX62 Member

    na he be only angry due to he didn't get a part in it and didn't make any money off it! lmfao

    all so think HBO doing it get back at Tom Cruise for all the crap he did on sets of movies he had a part in!

    serve them right!
  30. Anonymous Member

    Tony Ortega posts...

    SUNDANCE BOUND: HBO’s film about Scientology will debut in Utah on January 25

    The Sundance Film Festival announced today that it has selected Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s HBO-produced documentary about Scientology, Going Clear, for its 2015 lineup.

    The two-hour movie, based on Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief, will make its premiere at the festival, screening for the first time at 2:30 pm on Sunday, January 25 in Park City, Utah.

    Your proprietor was interviewed for the film and has been invited to the premiere. We are looking forward to what we believe will be a devastating look at the effect Scientology has on its adherents. We can’t say much more about what’s in the movie. Gibney’s production company issued this terse synopsis of the film…

    “Going Clear intimately profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, shining a light on how they attract true believers and the things they do in the name of religion.”

    It’s not surprising that the crew is being tight-lipped. HBO is planning for a fierce onslaught from Scientology’s notoriously aggressive legal division. HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins told the Hollywood Reporter the network has 160 lawyers ready to deal with Scientology’s offensive.

    [More at the link...]
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  32. Random guy Member

    I'd like to see the cult try to strong-arm Redford or HBO into not showing it. Actually, I'd really like to see them try! Please Captain Nipplehead Miscavige, just fairgame HBO a little!
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  33. Quentinanon Member

    The cult will probably not overtly do anything, but look for clandestine Fair Game, like pulling fire alarms, igniting stink bombs, or cutting the power in the theatre. They may even try to steal the film or video disc before the festival shows it. They would get some dupe fall guy doing an amends project to do their dirty work. "Never fear to hurt another in a just cause." L. Ron Hubbard
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  34. DeathHamster Member

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  35. anonLX62 Member

    just hit me what if Scientology goofballs some how have a hand in this behind close doors!
    just seem odd to me! Hollywood HBO Scientology scamming the world 2hrs clip

    they do make a mean banana cream pie
  36. DeathHamster Member

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  37. anonLX62 Member

    why don't HBO make the movie in Russia, they will never see daylight in court system inside Russia, be a lot cheaper i think to do (HBO) can produce the movie totally indoors too
    *Putin wouldn't waste no time with Scientology poof gone!
    Putin would say Scientology? who that! got no time for birthday clowns
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