Today in Terrible Roll Calls: Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Paul Haggis, And Danny Masterson Will All Be Standing Trial This Fall
So many alleged and convicted sex offenders, so little time. In today’s post #MeToo world, it’s harder than ever to keep abreast (sorry, poor choice) of all the many (OK, a paltry four) men in Hollywood who are currently facing trial for sexual offenses. According to Deadline, veteran defendants Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein, and consequences newcomers, former Scientologist Paul Haggis and current Scientologist Danny Masterson will each have their day/s in court this fall.
Mike Rinder’s New Book Gets Into How Scientology Dealt With The John Travolta Gay Rumors, Tried To Woo David Beckham, And Alienated Tom Cruise From Nicole Kidman
Mike Rinder, former high-level Scientologist and co-host of the A&E docuseries, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, has a new book. It’s called A Billion Years: My Escape From a Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientology, and it promises to that expose “the dark, dystopian truth about Scientology.” Fun! The book just came out, so there are a bunch of headlines making the rounds today.
For example, those John Travolta gay rumors. 67-year-old Mike claims that, back in the day, he was chatting to John in a hotel suite when a male masseur walked in the room and kissed John on the mouth. Whoops! Then there’s the failed wooing of David and Victoria Beckham. Apparently, Tom Cruise wanted David to be in Scientology so bad that he built a soccer field. But it didn’t work. Whomp, whomp! Finally, there’s the Nicole Kidman stuff. Mike claims that David Miscavige felt Tom was pulling away from the cult while filming Eyes Wide Shut with Nicole in London, so he sent one of his cronies to “audit” Tom. The audit drew Tom back into Scientology and created a distance between him and his wife. Obviously, Scientology denies all of Mike’s allegations. They tell Page Six that he’s an “inveterate liar.” Google says “inveterate” means: “chronic, deep-seated.” So that’s two words Scientology has taught me: “inveterate” and “glib.” Continue reading
Simon Pegg and Tom Cruise first got friendly with each other while making 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, and Simon has been in every M:I movie since, and I guess their friendship is strong enough for The Times of London to title their interview with Simon, Simon Pegg: my addiction, midlife crisis – and Tom Cruise bromance. Never Mind that David Miscavige is probably screeching his Thetans off in anger over that “bromance” line, the tidbit that got the most attention from Simon’s interview is the part where Simon said that Tommy never ever apologizes. This is not news to any Scientology minion who has probably had to say, “You’re right, all-knowing Tom, the sky isn’t blue, you are six foot two without heels, and Shelly Miscavige is 100% fine.” But that nugget made Simon Pegg trend on Twitter, and because, I guess, Simon really doesn’t want to feel the wrath of the intergalactic Henery Hawk, he has popped up to say that it’s just a running joke between them, you idiots!
If you’ve ever watched The Handmaid’s Tale, and thought that Gilead’s terrifying sexist totalitarian slave-based cult-like dystopia felt a little too close to the general vibes put out by the Church of Scientology, you’re likely not alone. Elisabeth Moss stars as the feminist freedom-fighter June in The Handmaid’s Tale, and she’s also a longtime Scientologist. So there are many people who have a hard time making sense of that. Elisabeth isn’t really Scientology’s unofficial PR person, so she doesn’t usually have a whole lot to say when it comes to her religion of choice. But she recently got into it during an interview with The New Yorker, and she encourages all of us to stop drawing comparisons between the two.
Kirstie Alley, beloved star of Veronica’s Closet, is back on trending topics. For something acting-related, you ask? Nope. Unless you mean acting a fool, then you are correct! Kirstie has let us into the complicated labyrinthian maze that is her mind and unleashed a disjointed rant on Twitter. If you need to brush up on topics such as “MIS-information” and Canadian truckers, then Kirstie’s your gal!
Laura Prepon revealed back in August that while she had been a practicing member of Scientology for a long time–dating back to her days on That 70s Show in the late 90s–she had not been a member for close to five years. It seemed to coincide with her marriage to Ben Foster. They got together in 2016, married in 2018, and have two children: a three-year-old daughter named Ella and a one-year-old son, name unknown. Laura didn’t say much about leaving Scientology but she was reportedly relieved to be out of it. Leah Remini is far from impressed. During an interview with The Daily Beast Live, Leah said she doesn’t “respect” the way Laura left the Kingdom of L. Ron Hubbard. And Leah also let Laura know that she could’ve been more “vocal” during her public Scientology peace out.