Tom Cruise kicks his 14-year old niece out the family...
Nick Lister, son of Sarah Goldburg talks about a friend of his, Jamie Lesavoy, who happens to be Tom Cruise's niece. Sarah Goldburg tells her story in HBO's "Going Clear" documentary about choosing between her son, Nick Lister and her daughter and the "church".
and finally the media in England picks this up...
Metro-3 hours ago
The video shows an interview with a former Scientologist Nick Lister, who relates a story about a friend of his, Jamie Lesavoy, who is also ...
Softpedia News-1 hour ago
Scientology service completions, poor kid, never stood a chance...
Weird, not sure what this represents...Jamie Lesavoy, Alex Wisner and Taylor Meskimen all grew up in Scientology...
Puff pieces like this:
are supposed to distract you from the top stories. The real stories here are about how an organisation can manipulate and control to the point of total control over its adherants.Like this story here...
The Jive Aces are Sea Org recruitment tools and they appear to have recruited the town mayor...more on this later.
- The Australian-8 hours agoLet's say hypothetically that 70 per cent of Victorian MPs sent their children to a Scientology school or an Exclusive Brethren school and then ...
mcclaughry at The McClaughry's Blog - 1 day ago
From The Sunday Times magazine...July 12th 2015...am having a few problems with my printer at the minute so I won't be scanninig it, at present, however intend to do so in the future...in the mean time, here is a fair use of Tom Cruise's life in Scientology...when the powers that be, decide I can't do something...I become all the more determined...
The image sums it up perfectly: Tom Cruise, in a grey suit and tie, the hair swept back, clinging to the side of a military plane as it climbs to 5,000ft above RAF Wittering in Cambrideshire.
( This picture is not in the article, it is added by me)
Issued by the PR department of Paramount Pictures as part of an Industrial-scale hype campaign for the latest Mission:Impossible film, Rogue Nation, the photo was accompanied by the revelation that the 52 year old actor had insisted on being strapped to the fuselage of the airbus A400M himself, without the aid of body doubles or any computer-generated special effects.
Cruise, went the subtext, is no mere actor. He is the master of all that's put before him. An ultra-being. A one-man-demonstration,, as the late science-fiction author and Church of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard might have put it, of what's possible when you unleash your inner "thetan".
The sight of Cruise, teeth gritted, knuckles white, one wrong move away from a sickening fall to Earth, also serves as an apt visual metaphor. Because after the US broadcast of Going Clear, a profoundly unsettling documentary about Scientology-and Cruise's role within it-the actor isn't simply trying to have a hit film this summer. He is trying to hold on to one of the most enduring and lucrative careers in the history of Hollywood.
The Sunday Times Magazine, needless to say, was not guaranteed an audience with Cruise for this article, and it remains doubtful that he will at any point address many of the skin-crawling accusations-on which more in a minute-made by former high-ranking Scientologists in the HBO documentary, which required the services of 160 lawyers to make, and is based on the book of the same name by the Pulitzer prizewinner Lawrence Wright.
Indeed, the only "news" to emerge about Cruise since Going Clear's first airing has had all the hallmarks of a classic changing-the-subject political campaign. There have been papparazzi shots of Cruise on the set of another film, Mena-about a drug running CIA operative-that appear to show him mid-flirt wth his 22 year old assistant, Emily. There has been speculation that he may get married- for a fourth time!-to his Mena co-star, Lola Kirke, who is Emily's senior by only two years. And there have been carefully managed interviews with the starstruck residents of Ball Ground. Georgia, a town of 1,900 that is serving as Mena's primary location.
"[Cruise] was especially nice to the children," remarked one helpfully on-message resident.
"I'm more of a fan than I was before."
Back in Hollywood, meanwhile, where HBO is watched by pretty much every studio executive, agent, writer, producer and assistant - in contrast to the rest of America, where the channel's steep monthly subscription price makes it an upper-middle-class-luxury - such distraction tactics are futile. For weeks after Going Clear's release, the documentary was all anyone wanted to talk about. It still rarely fails to get a conversation going.
When Cruis walks onto a studio lot these days, executives are on high alert to make sure the subject of Going Clear doesn't accidently come up in his presense. This is a more daunting task than you might imagine, given the tendancy of the documentary to appear in web-page banner ads during unrelated searches, and how easy is it to absent-mindedly name-drop a film made by a prominant ex-scientologist, such as Paul Haggis. The latter is now the Church's public enemy No 1, along with America's Internal Revenue Service, journalists, "suppressive people", "squirrels", the French Courts and much of Germany(again, more on this later).
along with his reported attempts to squash a Scientology-baiting episode of South Park -
not to mention that infamous leap onto Oprah Winfrey's sofa - that sabotaged his efforts.
Indeed the backlash was so severe, It Is almost certainly a case study at Harvard Business School.
The film, known as MI-3, missed it's mark badly at the box office and Cruise's career seemed to enter a five-year stall until he made the next Mission:Impossible film, Ghost Protocol, which earned $700m worldwide, much of it from outside the US, in particular China.
The question now is whether Going Clear will prompt a repeat of this debacle. But until Rogue Nation reaches UK cinemas on July 30th, it's hard to say how much the cinema-going public will care, if at all, about the latest round of revellations about the church.
Cruise has been famous for so long now, for both his films, and his adherence to unconventional beliefs, that it is easy to forget how he ended up in this position.
A middle-aged cinema-goer today will have seen the actor promoting a high-profile film - starting with his dancing in his underpants lead in Risky Business - every other year since they were in Primary School. That's no small achievement, especially when you consider the quality of the output:
The color of money,
A few good men,
Born on the 4th of July,
...even Eyes wide Shut...
If you look at other actors who emerged in the eighties - Nic Cage, Sean Penn - there's just no comparison, "says Amy Nicholson, chief film critic at LA Weekly and one of Cruise's unofficialbiographers. "He has always believed that he can improve, he has always thrown himself into his roles headlong - and he has taken big risks. This is an actor who does Top Gun, only his third starring role, and they offer him quintupple his salary to do Top Gun 2, but he turns it down to take second-billing in a Scoresese movie[The Color of Money]."
Cruise's success, it should be noted, came before his full immersion in the church of Scientology, whose teachings are confidential and copyrighted. But the intense, controlling, determined-to-prove-everyone-wrong traits that made him such a good actor also made him uniquely suited, some might say vulnerable, to the church's offer to help him superhumanise himself through a process of paid-for "auditing" that involves a device invented by Hubbard known as an E-meter. According to publicly available materials, the goal of Scientologists is to banish "engrams" - painful trace memories - and thus become "clear" (hence the title of HBO's documentary), and eventually ascend to the rank of Operating Thetan, a "thetan" being a pure, God-like form of the human soul. The broader sci-fi underpinnings are too convoluted to explain here - there are tales involving dead aliens and volcanos and H-bombs and an evil galactic overlord named Xenu - but it is essentially a form of alternative therapy, aggressively marketed by a frighteningly wealthy, not to mention deeply paranoid, central organisation.
As to why Cruise was so drawn to Hubbard's unearthly brand of pseudo-science, you need only to consider his rootless childhood and tyrannical father.
Born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (Mapother is pronounced "May-pah-ther"), the actor spent his upbringing in Syracuse, New York, followed by Canada, then Kentucky, then a Franciscan seminary in Ohio - and finally the leafy upper-middle-class suburb of Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Cruise was a runt-ish boy of Welsh and Irish ancestry who was raised a Catholic and had three sisters - Lee Anne and Marion, both older and Catherine (known as Cass), a year younger. His mother, Mary was a teacher; his father Thomas Cruise Mapother III. an electrical engineer who was obssessed with lasers. Of all the stories dredged up by Andrew Morton, who wrote an exhaustive tome about Cruise in 2008, one of the darkest involves Cruise Sr hurling a baseball bat at his nine-year-old son's face to toughen him up and test his reflexes. When Cruise got a bloody nose, sympathy was limited. "He was a bully and a coward," Cruise has since said of his father. " He was the kind of person where, if something goes wrong, they kick you. It was a great lesson in my life - how he'd lull you in, make you safe and then, bang!"
When Cruise was 11 years old, living in Canada, his mother decided she'd had enough. At 4.30 one morning, she bundled the kids into her car and drove 800 miles south to Kentucky, where Cruise's grandmother lived. As for Cruise's father, he later remarried, became a drifter, and died young of metastatic rectal cancer. He saw his son only a few more times after the family split - and, by one account, never made the effort to see any of his films. Cruise became the father figure of his family until Mary got married again.
He left for the seminary after his mother married, but relocatedyet again - this time to join his family in New Jersey - after just two years of training for the priesthood. He was by no means popular at Glen Ridge High School where he ended up, in spite of his many girlfriends (his older sister would loan him out to friends for kissing practise). He couldn't get into the football team, so instead took up wrestling. Then he got injured, which is how he ended up in a Guys and Dolls production, where he found his talent.
Cruise has said that he was severly dyslexic at school, only to be later cured by Hubbard's system of learning, known to Scientologists as "Study Tech". Some former school friends have said they knew nothing of his disability. Then again, if anyone could hide something that big, it was Cruise - and he was certainly no academic. In Morton's book, one ex-classmate said he had a great smile but a"confused and empty mind".
You get the sense that Scientologists saw him coming, quite literally, from several thousand miles away.
Starting out as an actor in New York with an $850 loan from his stepfather, Jack. Cruise got an agent, swapped his middle name with his last, worked as a bus boy and booked some roles, most notably in Taps, a 1981 military drama with Sean Penn. By the time he moved out to LA, the Scientologists were on a recruitment drive, organised from a Norman-revival castle on Franklin Avenue known as the Celebrity Centre. (The church's holdings now include some $300m worth of Hollywood property.)
Signing up hot young actors to it's infamous billion year contract was the church's priority - indeed, this was considered the only way the organisation could salvage its then badly damaged brand. A few years earlier, a sries of FBI raids had revealed that the church had infiltrated and wiretapped the Internal Revenue Service and other US government agencies. Several prominent Scientologists, including Hubbard's own wife, Mary, had been sent to jail. Critics had been declared "suppressive people" and subjected to silencing campaigns under a policy known as "fair game".
Hubbard, meanwhile, was spending much of his time at sea, beyond US jurisdiction, hence Scientology's so-called Sea Organization, now headquartered at Gold Base, a remote, blade-fenced, 520-acre compound in the southern California desert. He died in 1986, the year Cruise joined the church. It isn't known if the two ever met.
The church used Mimi Rogers, a bit-part TV actress six years his senior, to help reel Cruise in. Rogers, a hot-tempered yet maternal presence, also happened to be the daughter of Phil Spickler, an early convert to Scientology and a friend of Hubbard's. Cruise and Rogers ended up marrying in a simple barefoot ceremony in upstate New York.
Cruise's real soulmate, however turned out to be David Miscavige, once the youngest auditor in Scientology's history (he conducted his first E-meter session at 12), who had moved quickly and ruthlessly to take control of the church after Hubbard's death. Like Cruise, Miscavige had been a weakling at school, plagued by asthma and allergies. He'd never had the final growth spurt of his friends(Cruise is 5ft 7ins, Miscavige 2in shorter). And, like Cruise, he'd found himself in a position of great influence and wealth while still in his twenties.These two hyper-focused, often humourless, all-conquering Napoleons of Hollywood were made for each other.
By most accounts, Miscavige grew leery of Rogers when her father fell out with the church. Thus she was sidelined when Cruise fell for Nicole Kidman, an Intimidatingly talented and cooly aloof Australian redhead, on the set of Days of Thunder, Cruise divorced Rogers with a non-disclosure settlement reported to be worth $10m - but not before she posed nude in Playboy and accused him of not being interested in sex. "Tom was seriously thinking of becoming a monk," she told the magazine. "He thought he had to be celibate to maintain the purity of his instrument. My instrument needed tuning."
Cruise and Kidman seemed like a genuine match. But, after a brief period of seduction by the church - according to Going Clear, Miscavige planted an entire wildflower meadow at Gold Base for the couple, only to tear it up again when they didn't like it - paranoia began to set in.
There were concerns that Cruise and Kidman - who were married on Christmas Eve, 1990, in Colarado - would become "squirrels", a term for those who practise Scientology outside the church. Phones were allegedly tapped - although the church has categorically denied this claim. Much suspicion was directed at Kidman's father, Anthony, a clinical psychologist - a branch of medicine abhorred by the church.
The emotionally gruelling experience of making Eyes Wide Shut as a couple can't have helped matters. Kidman has since said that the director, Stanley Kubrick, intentionally based the script on her real-life marriage with Cruise. When they finally split up in 2001, Cruise was given custody of their adopted children, Connor and Isabella, who remain Scientologists, with little contact with their mother. Kidman, alledgedly, is now considered a suppressive person, although both her children have publically said they love her.
Free of Kidman, Cruise doubled down on his religion. He paid for a Hubbard-certified detoxification-programme for firefighters injured on 9/11. He lobbied world leaders, including Tony Blair, with the help of an old ally, Bill Clinton. (It was under Clinton's administration that the church was given its US tax-free status in 1993, thus settling decades of lawsuits.) And the church awarded Cruise the Freedom Medal of Valour at a ceremony of Third Reich-esque pomp, hosted by a bow-tied Miscavige. In Cruise's videotaped speech for the event, set to the theme tune of Mission Impossible, he told his fellow believers that a Scientologist can't drive past an accident, because "as a Scientologist you're the only one that can help". It was leaked onto youtube in 2008. Few appreciated the actors self righteous tone.
The church, thought to have amassed a $1.2bn fortune thanks to canny investments, cheap labour and no taxes, has become more contraversial since.
Going Clear has brought particular attention to Sea Org, it's most hardline and militaristic-division - in particular, the alleged 100-hour working weeks for $50 in wages, the seperation of families when a member turns against the church, the monitered phone calls, the women who arn't allowed to have children. Leaving the Sea Org is said to be extremely difficult. often, its members have grown up as Scientologists and have no where else to go. Some who leave the church say they are also ordered to repay "freeloaders debt", the cost of all the auditing they recieved. And then, of course, there's the notorious Rehabilitation Project Force, a "voluntary" punishment camp for those who break church rules. Attempts to sue the church over such matters have failed in the US, due to freedom of religion protections, along with the "ministerial exemptions" to employment law.
One woman, Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian born actress who has appeared in the TV espionage thriller Homeland, alleged in Going Clear that she had to dig ditches and scrub toilets with a toothbrush, all because she told a friend that she was dating Cruise. The actor instead ended up with Katie Holmes - who was all of four years old when Risky Business came out - with results that are now so well known, they don't require much examination here. Suffice to say the couple are now divorced, and Holmes has left the church. She has custody of their nine-year-old daughter, Suri. Holmes, it is said, did not want Suri growing up in Sea Org.
And what of Cruise and Miscavige? For all anyone knows, they remain close, although more about their relationship may emerge when the Scientology leader's father, Ronald completes his "tell all" memoir about the religion. (The publisher, St Martin's Press has yet to anounce a release date. The title - If He Dies, He Dies - refers to an alleged instruction by Miscavige to an underling when the latter asked if he should intervene to save Ronald's life during an apparent heart attack. The church says the story is "bullshit".)
"Miscavige convinced Cruise that he and Tom were two of only a handful of truly "big beings" on the planet, one former Sea Org member told Lawrence Wright, the author of Going Clear. "He instructed Cruise that LRH [L. Ron Hubbard] was relying on them to unite with others of their ilk on Earth to make it onto "Target Two" - some unspecified galactic locale where they would meet up with Hubbard in the afterlife". Both the book and the documentary make the point that, having audited Cruise for decades - a process that is often videotaped and involves discussing the most intimate details about a person - the church holds immense power over him, as it does over other members, including John Travolta.
The church itself has dismissed Going Clear as a film that glorifies the testimony of "bitter vengeful apostates", whom it describes as "proffessional anti-Scientologists whose living depends on the filing of false claims".
No matter how weak minded Cruise might be, he will be hard-pressed to claim ignorance of the fundamental modus operandi of an organisation of which he has been a senior member for 20 years. The Scientologists themselves, meanwhile won't be of much use to Cruise during the Mission:Impossible opening weekend. Some estimates put the church's real global membership at just 50,000. In many countries, including France and Chile, the church is officially considered a cult. German courts have declared it to be "inhuman" and "totalitarian".
Jeetendr Sehdev, a British professor at the University of California who specialises in how celebrities brand themselves, thinks the way forward for Cruise is to come clean. "The relationship between celebrities and fans has changed entirely over the last decade," he explains "We would need to see him to talk candidly, God forbid, about his belief system and his entire life, and these questions people have, instead of just pretending they don't exist. When you underestimate the intelligence of your audience, you're going to have problems."
Sehdev adds that "Millennials need their celebrities to have no filter, to be authentic - they also need to feel as though they make their celebrities and own them. So when you take someone like Tom Cruise, a traditional, mid-Eighties star who operates from this very contrived, manufactured position - his performance on Operah's show will go down as one of the most inauthentic events in TV history - they're just not buying it any more."
Others beg to differ. Daniel Loria, a business analyst at BoxOffice.com, is predicting that Roque Nation will make between $197m and $210m during its opening weekend in the US, which he says "is pretty up there". He adds that he based his forecast in part on seeing Cruise at a Las Vegas event, CinemaCon, two weeks after Going Clear aired. When he went to introduce the trailer, there was only muted applause," he recalls. Some people weren't clapping at all. They had questions. But after he was up there awhile, he won over the crowd. Cruise can promote the hell out of a movie. I've never seen anyone do a better job. His charisma has that quality that he can just dodge some of these issues. And how many people have access to HBO? Certainly not in China."
As for the film critic and Cruise biographer Amy Nicholson, she wonders if he isn't already distancing himself from Scientology and Miscavige, who is now facing questions about the whereabouts of his wife, Shelly, who hasn't been seen in public for eight years. (The police, apparently, have met and interviewed her, and an FBI investigation into Sea Org human trafficking has been dropped.)
"He hasn't said a peep about it in so long - 10 years since last summer - that you have to wonder," says Nicholson, who shares the analyst' opinion that Going Clear will do him no real harm. "The real disappointment for me isn't Scientology. It's that he's not doing the kind of films he so obviously loved doing, like Magnolia." Instead, she says, the actor has opted for a summer blockbuster because "He seems to need to prove the world still loves him".
It would take a brave soul indeed to bet that he is wrong
Mission:Impossible - Rogue Nation is released in UK cinemas on July 30.
Confessions of a Top Gun
See Tom Cruise's weirdest and most contravercial real-life moments, including his infamous declaration on Oprah's couch, at thesundaytimes.co.uk/tomcruise
There are a few pictures of a younger Tom Cruise, and one with Katie Holmes and Suri. There is also a sort of chart with of "who's blowing hot and cold in Tom's Scientology circle. Lawrence Wright, Alex Gibney, Katie Holmes, Nicole Kidman, Nazanin Boniadi, Mimi Rogers, John Travolta, David Miscavige and L. Ron hubbard.
Note from me: As soon as my scanner is back working, I will scan it in.
All videos and pictures( except magazine cover) are ad lib by me, the rest of the commentary is from The Sunday Times on the 12th of July 2015...
Aerial views of Tom Cruise's $50m Scientology TV studios: Bigger than all major Hollywood sets and 'built by 50-cent an hour Sea Org recruits' the Church boasts its network will 'reach everyone on earth'
Scientology boasts its new network will 'reach everyone on Earth.' The five-acre studio lot has two sound stages and 150,000 square feet of production facilities and is costing millions. Though it was rumored Tom Cruise was leaving the church, he and Scientology plan to take on the major movie studios and the TV networks and cable stations with the creation of Scientology Media Productions on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood.
Tom, Tom, you're being glib, you don't know the history of Scientology, I do, I do!
Daily Caller-21 Jun 2015
Tom Cruise: Wants Scientology Global Domination; New Church Studios For Brainwashing And Recruitment?
By Althea Serad | Jul 16, 2015 07:35 AM EDT
Scientology advertises on Channel 4
D Healthcare Daily-15 Jul 2015
The Texas Tribune got a hold of emails that show Abbott in strange company: a Church of Scientology-backed group led an attack against the ...
David Cameron has called for action to be taken against seagulls following a series of violent incidents involving “aggressive” birds.
This is your meme, Mr. Cameron, what are YOU going to do about it?
WHO IS THIS MAN?
On the far right? I know who three of the men who are in this picture are, I want to know who the other two are??And, I will not stop till I find out! Allegedly, painters and decorators, would you want them coming to your house? Not likely!
Karen De La Carriere today...
Nicole Kidman Rejects Talking About Church Of Scientology, The ...
Headlines & Global News-21 Jul 2015
Nicole Kidman refuses to talk about Scientology because her children with Tom Cruise are still in the Church. (Photo : Getty Images).
Its Magic...isn't it...?
Black magic...have fun guys...I aim to...when you have creeps like Tom Cruise going around this world fawning over world leaders...you know your time is up...Scientology...one of the worlds most corrupt new so called religions...and the kids actually believe it...and here is one of them...
Re: Yvonne Gillham Jentzsch's life story...I try so hard to have compassion for these people and I find, I can not...
Had to add this from the Underground Bunker today...from someone called Baby...
Yes Tom You Are So Fucked..(F5)
And had to add this from CatDaddy...
I have a solution, Tom, send all your scientologists and Isil here, you can fight it out amongst yourselves, and meet LRH, on Target Two...
Meet Earth 2.0: Kepler 452b revealed as most similar planet to our own ever found with a 'substantial opportunity' for life
The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone of a G2-type star, like our sun. Nasa said the discovery - and the introduction of 12 new small habitable zone candidate planets - marks another milestone in the journey to finding another 'Earth.' Kepler-452b is 60 per cent larger in diameter than Earth and is considered a super-Earth-size planet. It is located about 1,400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. Bottom is an artist's impression of exoplanet Kepler-452b, which Nasa say is likely to be rocky, just like Earth.