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Culture, The Exhibitionist

Why You Have to See The Master in 70mm

"The only way to defend ourselves is to attack." By Michael Nordine In San Francisco, when a film is referred to as "70mm" it usually means that Hitchcock's Vertigo is playing again. New releases in the format -- which, as implied by its…
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Film, "The Master": You Aren't Expecting What Anderson Is Giving

"The Master": You Aren't Expecting What Anderson Is Giving

There's something startlingly noncommittal about many of the initial reviews of The Master that leaked out following the impromptu screenings writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson organized in 70mm-equipped houses across the country, and later in response to the film's official bow…
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Calendar, Night&Day Conversion Therapy

Conversion Therapy

In admitting that "Master" Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman, offering a new twist on the roiling vulnerability Anderson has always highlighted in their collaborations), the figurehead of a growing faith movement in 1950s America, was inspired by L. Ron Hubbard,…
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News, Feature Scientology and "The Master": What the Film Shares with the Church

Scientology and "The Master": What the Film Shares with the Church

Is The Master a "Scientology" movie? Oh, you bet. Don't let the denials from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and even, to a certain extent, director Paul Thomas Anderson himself throw you off. As Anderson reveals in this interview with…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Interview with the Great Grandson of Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard

Interview with the Great Grandson of Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard

Jamie DeWolf is most well known for being the host of Tourettes Without Regrets, a renegade show in which he displays weird, artistic, hilarious, vulgar, sexual, and insanely talented performers. Tourettes has won "Best of the Bay" from the SF…
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Calendar, Night&Day Truth 1, Evil Empire 0

Truth 1, Evil Empire 0

As far as great and powerful wizards go, L. Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige, and other high-level thetan-counters at the Church of Scientology have at last reached the “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” phase. High-level defections, public…
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News, The Snitch How To Use Dianetics: The Definitive Guide

How To Use Dianetics: The Definitive Guide

We recently received the latest DVD from our friends at the Church of Scientology, How to Use Dianetics. Naturally, we were eager to put Dianetics to work for the Weekly office. You can use Dianetics, too! We've helpfully chronicled…
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Music, All Shook Down

The Fall of Cardburg, Elton John and Anonymous vs. Scientolgy at Powell Station - Your Monday Morning Hangover

Friday night saw the destruction of Cardburg, the fictional municipality the Cardboard Institute of Technology constructed for shits, giggles and documentary purposes. Our Gretchen Robinette witnessed the massacre and came away thinking: "If everyone decided to belligerently beat each…
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News, The Snitch Happy Birthday, L. Ron Hubbard! Have Some Comeuppance With Your Cake

Happy Birthday, L. Ron Hubbard! Have Some Comeuppance With Your Cake

Help your favorite fake religion inventor, L. Ron Hubbard celebrate his birthday! A group called Anonymous will be staging a party of sorts for Scientology this Saturday, March 15. The event is called "Operation Party Hard" and is part…
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News, The Snitch Scientology May Be Faker Than You Thought

Scientology May Be Faker Than You Thought

Remember how L. Ron Hubbard invented Scientology on a bet? Well, he didn't really invent it so much as he may have copied it from a 1934 German book called Scientologie. Scans of the book are making their way…
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News, The Snitch Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to ... Scientology?

Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to ... Scientology?

A San Francisco billboard warns of the woes of drug addiction — and L. Ron Hubbard has just the cure. By Joe Eskenazi Strolling past the intersection of Jackson and Columbus streets, I was frozen in my tracks by…
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News, Infiltrator

World Recruiting Championships: Scientology Versus Crunch Gym

Pop quiz hotshot: Which has more assertive membership tactics, Crunch Gym or the Church of Scientology? Hmmm, I wonder. So I put Crunch against Scientology in a head-to-head competition. I know my life is lacking a little something right now.…
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News, The Apologist

Wars of the Tom

It's been a busy month for movie star Tom Cruise. Hopping around the world doing advance publicity for his summer blockbuster film, War of the Worlds, Cruise has found himself the subject of intense media scrutiny. For starters, there's the…
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