Alex Gibney: Going Clear

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

  1. mojo Member

    it would be nice if our ole pal John Sweeney could get a follow up or someone would document OpSnowWhite, OpFreakOut and the vids of the Clearwater hearings -- just for starters. I don't trust these bastards not to wriggle out of this somehow. they may be down, but until all the hateful doings are writ large OR they lose tax-exempt status, they have the resources to fight on. btw, thanks for all the links! nice morning reading!! :D
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  2. jensting Member

    Ehrm, in so many words: no.

    That is Graeme Wilson, spokes-clam in the UK, one of the losers of this case :
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology hits back at Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear’ with predictable smears

    By Tony Ortega

    Yesterday morning, we told you which eight former Scientologists we guessed were interviewed for Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival later that day. Turns out we went eight for eight.

    How’d the church do? A sad one for six.

    After the film let out and we were chatting with folks, one of our sources let us know that Scientology had posted videos of the people the church assumed were going to be in Alex Gibney’s movie. Of those, they only got one right — Jason Beghe. The others — Jesse Prince, Garry Scarff, Graham Berry, Mark Fisher, and Karen de la Carriere — aren’t in the movie at all.

    Scientology had apparently assumed that because Lawrence Wright had talked to these people for his book, Alex Gibney would include them in his movie. Wow, Scientology’s advance intel was really bad.

    And what trouble the church went to! For each of them Freedom, Scientology’s propaganda magazine, put together slimy, smearing videos with old, irrelevant information.

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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Going Clear Movie Review: Powerful But Disappointing Indictment Of Scientology

    By Peter Sciretta


    The Church of Scientology and its current members have refused to take part in the documentary. I don’t think anyone expected them to be involved, but their lack of participation makes the documentary feel like a one sided argument. Even Michael Moore gets his antagonists on camera to defend themselves, cornering them in an alleyway, or coming out of a building. Anything to get them on camera. And maybe thats my big problem — this movie was made by Alex Gibney and I should’ve known what to expect. Moore or Morgan Spurlock probably would have confronted the church or its more high profile members in some way. Louie Psihoyos may have launched an undercover hidden camera investigation giving us a peak inside the church’s practices. But Gibney gives us a more traditional documentary.

    "Going Clear" Sundance Premiere: Scientology Bombshells | Business Insider

    It's also mentioned today in the New York Daily News:

    Kevin Bacon, Scientology and the nature of Evel (Knievel) at the Sundance Film Festival

    Things got even stranger at the debut of Alex Gibney’s documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.” Expanding on the book by Lawrence Wright, Oscar-winner Gibney’s film examines how L. Ron Hubbard’s alien-based “church” keeps an iron grip on the celebrities who fill its pockets.
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  6. anoninoob Member

    anons, YOU were instrumental in allowing this documentary to get made. YOU collapsed the cults ability to intimidate media into shying away from in depth expose's. The fact that HBO hired a ton of lawyers expecting a cult assault and all the clams did was buy a newspaper ad says VOLUMES about how much YOU affect MEST and not the $ci's.

    YOU should be prowd. You deserve caek.

    WE RUN THIS!!!!
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  7. AnyOldName Member

    This just popped up on the New York Daily News pages:

    Sundance doc 'Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief' makes shocking claims about Tom Cruise's divorce from Nicole Kidman

    Filmmaker Alex Gibney's documentary, based on Lawrence Wright's best-selling book, alleges that church leader David Miscavige wanted the actress out of Cruise's life and the church had Kidman's phone tapped.

    If Sundance 2015 was hoping for a smash premiere, it got one.

    The debut of Alex Gibney's documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" rocked the third full day of Sundance with bombshell revelations from former Scientologists. The film details allegations about how L. Ron Hubbard's church, founded on an alien-based dogma, keeps an iron grip on the celebrities who fill its pockets, with ugly details emerging from the split of its most famous member, Tom Cruise, from this then-wife, Nicole Kidman.

    Read the full article at:
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  8. Quentinanon Member

    Anons fit Hubbard's original definition of Operating Thetan: "At cause over matter, energy, space and time on all eight dynamics."
    Anons are above OT8 on the Bridge to Total Lulz!
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  9. TrevAnon Member

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  10. DeathHamster Member

    Nah, this guy:
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  11. DeathHamster Member

    A curiously slanted-language review:
    Since three of the eight "men" featured in the documentary are women, that's a curious slip.
    Playing CoS's 2004 Freedom medal chopped and spliced video straight couldn't be any worse for Cruise.

    tl;dr: "Nothing new here! Trick editing! Move along! Small gang of disgruntled apostates! Nothing to see!"
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  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    Pro-Scientology Group Buys Twitter Ads Comparing HBO Doc To UVA Rape Story

    A pro-Scientology Twitter account bought a series of "promoted tweets" that appeared online Monday slamming a new HBO documentary about the church, comparing the film to Rolling Stone's retracted report on a campus rape at the University of Virginia.

    "Is Alex Gibney's Upcoming HBO 'Documentary' a Rolling Stone/UVA Redux?" read the banner included in the tweets.

    The account, @FreedomEthics, bought promotional space on Twitter for its tweets criticizing the film, based on Lawrence Wright's highly critical expose of Scientology, "Going Clear."

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    Scientology Creates Twitter Account to Discredit New Movie
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  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    HBO Doc: Church of Scientology Split Up Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

    By Aleksander Chan, Gawker

    Scientology doc 'Going Clear' shocks Sundance filmgoers

    By Claudia Puig, USA Today

    Secrecy shrouded the controversial documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. Rumors swirled about massive protests, prompting filmgoers to arrive hours in advance to assure they got a seat. Security was heightened, but no threats materialized.
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  14. Quentinanon Member

    I think that indicates a Fair Game list with target priority ratings.
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  15. TrevAnon Member

    Rinder on his blog:
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  16. anoninoob Member

    Stoopid cult doesn't get that more publicity will mean more people watching the film.

    Stoopid cult is stoopid.
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  17. Random guy Member

    Luckily, yes.
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  18. The Wrong Guy Member

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  21. Anonymous Member

    ^^^ Very fine public inoculation piece!
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  22. sallysock Member

    Once upon a time...these events were a pipe (What you say?) Dream Good to see it all happening.
    Love to my anon family and the courageous ex's. Peace and love to all.
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  23. The Wrong Guy Member

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    Why Alex Gibney’s ‘Going Clear’ is scaring the crap out of Scientology | The Underground Bunker

    Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary about Scientology, Going Clear, had its second public showing last night at the Sundance Film Festival, and we got another chance to think about what’s in it and what makes it so compelling.

    As you’ve probably noticed, the world’s press has seized on a segment of the film that takes only a minute or two in the two-hour feature documentary: Marty Rathbun’s explosive wiretapping allegations. Rathbun says that it was his job to drive a wedge between Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and that when Cruise said in a counseling session that he wanted to have Nicole’s phone tapped to find out who she was talking to, Scientology leader David Miscavige instructed Rathbun to make it happen.

    Rathbun doesn’t say in the film who he then hired to carry out the wiretap, but we know that private investigator Anthony Pellicano is currently in prison in part because he was convicted of wiretapping, and among the things that were found on his computer by police in 2001 was an illegally recorded phone call between Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

    Well, now we have some idea who may have hired Pellicano for that particular job.

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  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    Spotlight shines on controversial Scientology documentary | CNN

    CNN's Stephanie Elam talks to director Alex Gibney and author Lawrence Wright about their investigative documentary "Going Clear".
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    Going Clear: Scientology Documentary Blames Tom Cruise, John Travolta | Variety

    By Brent Lang, Senior Film and Media Reporter

    No documentary has inspired more controversy at this year’s Sundance Film Festival than “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.”

    It’s a devastating portrait of a religion guided by greed, instead of motivated by altruism. The film alleges that Scientology abuses its rank and file, hitting them up constantly for money, while, in some cases, subjecting them to physical and psychological degradation.

    It also points the finger of blame squarely at two of Scientology’s most famous practitioners, John Travolta and Tom Cruise, and shames them for turning a blind eye to the alleged mistreatments.

    It’s another hot-button topic for documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, who took on Wikileaks and Enron in previous films such as “The Smartest Guys in the Room” and “We Steal Secrets.”

    Variety set down with Gibney and Lawrence Wright, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who wrote the book that formed the basis for the film, to discuss Scientology’s links to Hollywood, its abuse of its tax exempt status and why Cruise and other stars are vital to its survival.

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  27. anoninoob Member

    242 news articles in n Google News this morning.
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  28. TrevAnon Member

    "We could have done a 6 hour mini series."

    Heh. :p
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  29. anon8109 Member

    Someone should. it would be blockbuster.
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