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It’s quite impressive, and the results are perfect for a martial arts movie. Instead of the choppy half-second cuts we see in some movies (I’m looking at you, The Bourne Ultimatum) that leave us wondering what the hell is going on; this looks like we’ll be getting a great first-hand seat to the martial arts on display.
Here’s to hoping that Keanu Reeves finds the directorial process entertaining and that the movie is a huge success; I’d love to see more of him both in front of and behind the camera. Also, in case you want more details on the camera rig itself, here’s a promo movie about the Bot & Dolly camera rig:
This actually looks really cool; hopefully it will be released in theaters all over.
Meet the Katie Holmes you've never seen before. In the midst of the media glare, she built an old-fashioned family life and an acclaimed fashion company. Now the girl from down the creek is tackling challenging roles with a hip new confidence and a not-so-innocent sex appeal that has everyone watching.
Previous post with interview snippet.
As gorgeous as flawless as ever. Can't wait for the rest of the shoot and her amazing comeback.
Katie Holmes and/or Joey Potter appreciation post, y/y?
David Miscavige with his friend Tom, in better times
For several years, we've been reporting about a crisis in Scientology as key members of the church -- including some of its highest-ranking former executives -- have left the organization and spoken out about its abuses. One by one, longtime, loyal Scientologists have announced that they are fed up and are leaving the church.
But now, for the first time in memory, an entire mission has announced that it is defecting from the church en masse.
Israel's Dror Center, in Haifa, announced in a lengthy statement that it is rejecting the leadership of David Miscavige and the official church. It now plans to become a part of the burgeoning "independent Scientology" movement. (We sent a request for comment to the Church of Scientology's media office Wednesday evening, but our message has not been answered.)
Dani Lemberger and his wife Tami founded the Dror Center in 1992 -- twice, Tami has been recognized by the church as the world's best auditor, in 2000 and 2002. The Lembergers were in the US this week to meet other members of the independence movement. The church used that opportunity to serve them in Tampa's airport with notices that they had been "declared suppressive persons" (the church's jargon for excommunication). On their way home to Israel, we sat down with Dani during a layover at Newark Airport.
"Our mission is one of the few on the planet that's actually expanding," he told me. But now, his group has notified Miscavige that it will no longer answer to him. "We have left the church."
Let Freedom Ring
Scientology makes much of its network of missions and field groups, which are smaller than its "orgs" -- short for organizations -- but more numerous.
In Israel, there is one org in Tel Aviv, the Lemberger's mission in Haifa, and then two smaller missions and, Lemberger estimates, four or five additional field auditors. The Dror Center, with about 50 people associated with it, is a healthy size for a mission, and it's a significant part of Scientology's modest presence in the country.
On January 2, Lemberger received a copy of Debbie Cook's infamous New Year's Eve e-mail. Cook, a well-known former executive in the church, stunned her fellow Scientologists by putting out a lengthy message detailing how Miscavige has turned the church over to "extreme fundraising" and is getting away from the precepts of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard. The church sued Cook for sending the e-mail, then it later reached a settlement with her in return for her promising to say no more publicly about her experiences.
But Cook's New Year's Eve message continues to do major damage, as other longtime, loyal Scientologists announce that they are leaving the organization because of the same concerns with David Miscavige's leadership.
Lemberger reacted to Debbie Cook's e-mail by forwarding it to church officials, asking them to comment on it. Instead, the church's Office of Special Affairs put him "in ethics" -- under a kind of interrogation program -- and asked him to read a copy of the church's propaganda magazine, Freedom, which contained attacks on the credibility of numerous former church officials who spoke up for a 2009 Tampa Bay Times expose, including Marty Rathbun, Amy Scobee, and Tom DeVocht.
"The magazine is disgusting. It's evil," Lemberger says. "It has a photo of Tom DeVocht scratching his balls, like every man doesn't do that. It had a photo of Amy Scobee that made her look bad. And the writing, it's gross and ugly. So gross, you know they're lying. It's just hatred, and a Scientologist never hates."
As we've seen in the past, OSA's use of Freedom backfired badly.
"The Freedom magazine had referred to Marty Rathbun having a blog. So I went to the Internet, finally," he says. A loyal (if often complaining) member of Scientology for more than 30 years, Lemberger had never explored the 'Net to see what people were saying about his church -- and he knew nothing about the crisis it was in.
But now he absorbed as much he could stand.
"I found out that the world has changed," he says.
Besides the controversies, he also realized that there was a burgeoning independence movement that takes several different forms in Europe and the US. And these groups are using the same materials as the official church, but without the layers of control and constant demands for large donations.
"Everything now is on the Internet. All the Bridge, all the training Bridge, the auditing Bridge. There's no more monopoly," Lemberger says. He was stunned to realize that L. Ron Hubbard's entire "Bridge to Total Freedom" is now available to anyone with a computer and Internet access.
Dani said he came to the realization that his entire mission could continue to honor Hubbard's ideas, but break away from the church itself.
"My people in the mission know Tami, they know me. All of our staff are well paid. All of our customers get great service. I manage it my way," he says. "I took my staff together and told them about Debbie Cook. I encouraged them all to do their own research."
He even cited a Hubbard policy to justify their research project.
"As the church says, 'Think for yourself'," his wife Tami adds.
So the people at his mission began reading stories about Scientology on the Internet.
"Everyone came to the same conclusion -- the church is fucked. The orgs are useless. Miscavige is a lunatic," Dani says. "We decided we wanted to leave the church."
The Lembergers own the mission, and under a franchise license send ten percent of their income to the church. In a letter, Lemberger notified David Miscavige that they now consider themselves independent from the church and will no longer be sending money.
Last month, the Lembergers flew to south Texas to meet with Marty Rathbun, formerly the second-highest ranking official in the church who now is the most visible member of the independence movement because of his blog, which is harshly critical of Miscavige.
"It is unprecedented, as far as I can recall...no mission, certainly no group of this size and productivity, has told management to shove off," Rathbun says. The only thing like it he can remember were some mission holders refusing to sign new charters in the early 1980s. But there's never been a mission that simply defected because of its problems with how the church itself is being run. Rathbun calls it a tectonic shift in the world of Scientology.
But he also wanted the Lembergers to understand that they shouldn't go looking for anyone else to be their new leader.
"I really tried to emphasize that independents have got to get over the idea that they need a leader or any type of management. They were sort of looking for me to supervise or direct them," he says.
After a week with Rathbun, they then flew to Tampa to visit other independents in the area. But when they arrived and went to pick up their luggage, a woman approached them.
"She asked, 'Are you Dani Lemberger?' I said yes, and she handed us two envelopes," Lemberger says.
Inside were letters from the church notifying Dani and Tami that they have been declared suppressive persons. They said they could only come to one conclusion: church operatives had spotted them visiting Rathbun, which today is considered grounds for immediate excommunication.
Dani is still surprised not only that Rathbun's house was under surveillance, but he wonders how the church was able to get his flight information. (Former OSA operative Frank Oliver explained to us how, in the early 1990s, the church gained flight info using frequent flyer programs.)
"I inform anyone wishing to visit that they must assume their visit is being recorded from a distance," Rathbun says. (For five months last year, his south Texas home was besieged by a very overt surveillance program, a group of Scientologists who called themselves "Squirrel Busters.")
"I told Dani and Tami that, but I think they only half believed me until they were served with suppressive person declares at baggage claim," he says.
When they got home, however, the Lembergers found that church letters were the least of their worries.
One Million Years B.C.
Sitting in the food court of Newark Liberty International Airport's terminal B, Dani Lemberger's face was flush, the hair on his arms was standing up, his eyes were getting a bit misty.
"You're being a good auditor right now," he told me.
He had been telling me about his early years in Scientology, when he and his wife Tami, then newlyweds, took up the practice in San Francisco in 1980. As he described his "wins" while auditing, he explained the church's counseling techniques in vivid detail. I was fascinated, and I just listened and took notes.
"Auditing? No one has ever told me that before," I said.
"Well, you're listening. You're paying attention. That's what an auditor does."
Lemberger was born in Haifa in 1952. He spent some time in London, got a bachelors degree in economics and statistics at Haifa University, and an MBA at INSEAD in Fountainebleu, near Paris. After spending some time working as a business executive in Tel Aviv, he met Tami and they were married in 1979. They decided to take a year off and travel before having kids, and that's how they ended up in San Francisco, trying Scientology.
Tami Lemberger, on the far left, is named a worldwide auditor of the year, 2002
"I had been into self-improvement, into spiritual, mental stuff for years," he says. "I did psychoanalysis, yoga, meditation. I read zen, Alan Watts, Carlos Castaneda. Each one, it quickly came to a plateau, and then there was no place to go farther." He was still looking for something that would hold his interest when he started courses at the SF mission.
But in Scientology, he right away started having "major wins," and was soon "going exterior" -- having out-of-body experiences through Scientology auditing.
"You could ask any questions. And there was an answer to any question from the writings of Ron Hubbard," he says. And he wants to make sure that I don't think he's a credulous man: "I was never about to believe anything. Scientology is not a belief. There was never a demand to believe anything -- this is key."
"We have no god. We have David Miscavige," he says, and then grins. "I'm kidding."
Through his early course work, he was rapidly discovering his true nature. "You come easily to the awareness of yourself as a spirit, not a body. Nobody before Hubbard made it so simple, so easy to grasp," he says. "It's natural law. It's true."
For a year and a half, he says, he and Tami trained to be auditors in San Francisco. "That's when I cognited that this is the way. The answer to mankind's quest for an understanding of life," he says. "Tami and I decided to dedicate our lives to clearing the planet."
The Lembergers were fully on board. But Dani says he couldn't help being worried about something: "What happens to Scientology when Ron Hubbard dies?"
It was 1981, Hubbard had turned 70 years old, and since the 1977 FBI raid on church offices in Los Angeles and DC (which would bring prison sentences for 11 church operatives -- including Hubbard's wife, Mary Sue), Hubbard had made himself scarce.
"I had the audacity to write Hubbard a letter -- what happens to Scientology after you die?" Dani says he received a response, but it was a generic-sounding letter, saying that the church had good management in place. It had a stamp of Hubbard's signature.
"I shrugged and put it away," Dani says.
Meanwhile, his Scientology coursework was going straight up and vertical. While on his second session of New Era Dianetics, he made a huge leap forward.
"I went whole track," he says. And he explains that he wasn't supposed to do that so early in his career.
He had already accepted the idea that he was an immortal being -- called a "thetan" -- and that he had lived countless times while inhabiting numerous bodies, lifetime after lifetime. But now, through auditing, he suddenly got a vision of deep time -- his existence over his "whole track" of existence.
"I was seeing experiences I had undergone millions of years ago," he says. "I accepted it."
Scientologists believe that problems in their lives are the result of experiences that might have happened to them eons ago. Only Hubbard's auditing, they believe, can get them back to those experiences to "handle" them so they no longer produce problems in the present time.
"It works with 100 percent true scientific accuracy," he says. And in the meantime, it was just a hell of a good time at the mission.
"It was a year and a half of great experiences, full of people having fun. Tons of laughs. Fun drills. And you saw yourself by the hour having wins and gains," he says. "And all along I questioned and argued because I'm a skeptic by nature."
In 1981, the Lembergers returned to Israel and began doing further Scientology coursework at the org in Tel Aviv.
Five years later, on January 24, 1986, L. Ron Hubbard died. After three days, thousands of Scientologists were called to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to receive the word that Hubbard had discarded his body so he could continue his research on another plane of existence. The announcement was videotaped for Scientologists in other parts of the world.
"I saw it two or three times. I felt uneasy. I was in shock. Sad. They made too much effort to make it seem a joyful event," he says.
Two years later, Dani had moved to New Jersey for an executive job, and he traveled to Scientology's "advanced org" in Los Angeles and attested to "clear." After eight years of coursework and auditing, he had finally cleared away the last of his "reactive mind" -- the place where, Hubbard believed, we store up the traumas of our lives (in "engrams") so that it keeps us from seeing our true nature. Having spent that time clearing away his engrams, he had no more reactive mind of his own, and was ready to proceed to even higher levels as an "operating thetan."
In 1989, he made his first trip to "Flag," Scientology's spiritual mecca in Clearwater, Florida. Over the next couple of years, he saw people like Debbie Cook, who had become "Captain FSO" of Flag, running the huge operation where Operating Thetan levels one to seven are delivered.
And that's when, Dani says, he started noticing the distance between top executives like Cook and ordinary "publics" like himself. There was a gulf between them that he didn't think was a good reflection on management.
But in general, he was thrilled to be doing his OT levels at Flag. In 1991, he reached the most legendary level of all -- OT III.
"It's all on the Internet," he says, knowing that now much of the public is aware of the bizarre story about Xenu the galactic overlord which Hubbard wrote in 1967 while running Scientology from the yacht Apollo. (The story of Xenu being responsible for an infestation of thetans on Earth 75 million years ago has entered popular culture through a 2005 episode of South Park.)
"OT levels have two parts. First, there's the course. It consists of whole track stories. I won't repeat it. But I won't deny what you already know," he says. "Some of it is handwritten. It's science fiction. It's a tale. You want to believe it, believe it. It's of no importance. It's a fable. Legend."
More important than the space opera tale, he says, is the second part of the process -- drilling the story through exercises with the e-meter. "The results come from the drill, not from the story," he explains. (This auditing is done solo, with the subject using an e-meter to quiz himself. In a 2006 price list smuggled to the Internet, OT III on its own carried a price of $8,800, discounted to $7,040 for IAS lifetime members.)
Reminding me that a Clear has no reactive mind of his own, Dani tells me that when you experience "charge" at the OT levels, it comes not from your own reactive mind but from a being nearby.
"Some of the charge can be very close, or a distant charged area that's far away and connected to you invisibly," he says. "During my second session on OT III, I had an experience of a massive blow of charge that was distant. Maybe 100 yards away. When the charge blew my body started shaking, and I started crying. It's something that follows you wherever you go. What was it? Where did it come from? The needle on the e-meter was going back and forth, exactly as Hubbard said it would. It was quite mind blowing."
On levels OT IV and higher, Scientologists learn that they are infested with thousands of other thetans -- known as "body thetans," each with their own reactive minds and carrying their own charge from experiences millions of years in the past. Over the next several years -- while purchasing 12.5-hour "intensives" of auditing for tens of thousands of dollars per level -- they work to rid themselves of these "bt's." Critics call it a form of science-fiction exorcism, and point out that while Scientologists are paying such huge amounts, there always seem to be more body thetans for them to clear away. (And more intensives to pay for to handle it.)
By 1991, Dani had finished OT VI and was started on OT VII, the highest level he could complete at Flag. (OT VIII, Scientology's highest level, is only delivered on the church's private cruise ship, the Freewinds.)
About that time, he and Tami returned to Israel, and began thinking of opening their own mission in Haifa at the urging of Tami's father, who had also taken Scientology courses. He owned a nail and wire factory, which had some adjacent property. It was perfect for a center of their own.
In 1992, they opened the Dror Center. And then Dani started breaking rules.
Lost in Translation
"There were no Hebrew materials then. So I started translating Hubbard into Hebrew. You weren't supposed to do it, but I did it anyway," he says.
Dani translated Hubbard's book, "Learning How to Learn," and printed 1000 copies of the book, in full color. "The first copy off the press, I put into an envelope and mailed it to COB. 'Dear Sir, I did this,' I wrote." Lemberger mailed it off to David Miscavige, who, as Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center, Scientology's controlling entity, is known as "COB."
On August 17, 1994, Miscavige mailed Dani a letter, commending him for producing the book.
[The Lemberger's mission in Haifa attracts members who are both Jewish and Arab.]
He was also commended by Scientology's president, Heber Jentzsch, for the way he helped quash an investigation of the church by Israel's Knesset.
If management was pleased with Lemberger, Lemberger was increasingly becoming frustrated with management.
Each summer, Dani was traveling to Flag to continue work on OT VII, which he had been stuck on for years. But what concerned him more than his own case was the state of the organization.
"I could see very clearly that the orgs, the missions, the groups, the field auditors -- they were obviously managed incorrectly. They were doing things totally backwards," he says.
He found that in 1965, Hubbard had written a policy explaining that top-heavy, top-down management was what stifled growth. "I was worried that it was what was happening in Scientology. It was too top heavy, with no middle management. It was destroying the orgs because the executive directors can't do anything."
In 1993, he started writing letters to Miscavige, explaining his concerns. "The orgs are not doing well, I told him. And you're not supposed to say that."
Personally, things were good for Dani. "Life was good. The factory, my wife, our kids. I was having good wins on OT VII. But one thing that was bugging me -- my ruin, as we say in Scientology -- is that the organization is not doing well. It was shrinking and it was mismanaged. I was remembering how much better it was in San Francisco."
As the years went by, he complained more and more to auditors and other officials. "My language got worse over the years," he says.
The officials at Flag responded by putting him through intense "sec checking" -- interrogations intended to get a subject to admit to transgressions. He went through hundreds of hours of sec checking, he says. It wasn't fun. But he did enjoy another part of the program they designed to handle his attitude -- the False Purpose Rundown.
"It was a tailor-made FPRD program they designed for me. They believed that if I was always complaining about Miscavige's mistakes, I must have mistakes of my own in my whole track. So we handled it in all my overts and withholds [moral transgressions and lies to cover them up]. We turned up all the goofs, errors, and misdeeds I made as an executive or leader," he says. "For the past millions of years I've always been a leader or an executive."
And along the way, he's made mistakes, resulting in the people he led rising up against him. "I was guillotined repeatedly over my whole track. That happened to me many times over the past million years."
Lemberger insists that he found the program useful. "It was terrific. I loved it. That's why I didn't mind paying the tens of thousands."
However, after years of the FPRD program and intense sec checking, his original problem remained.
"I still thought Miscavige was a lunatic."
In January 2005, his case supervisors gave up and took him off OT VII. Since then, he's had very little auditing at all. But he's not in a rush to get back on the Bridge.
"As long as Miscavige is COB, I'm not getting back on the level," he says.
While his case stalled, his mission thrived. Tami was named best auditor on the planet in 2000 and 2002. Customers and income flowed through the center steadily. They moved "pre-clears" up the Bridge and on to the Tel Aviv org and to Flag. And all along the way, Dani carped and complained about what a lousy job Miscavige was doing.
Then, on January 2 of this year, one of Dror's auditors, Aviv Bershadsky, brought Dani a copy of Debbie Cook's e-mail.
"Aviv said, 'I'm sorry. All these years I thought you were a nut. Now Debbie is saying everything you've been saying for ten years.' I wrote Debbie Cook an e-mail. I told her, I agree with most of what you have written. But you're 15 years too late."
Drug Dealers and Psychos
After we'd talked for nearly four hours, Dani, now joined by Tami, had to dash to get to their plane to Israel on Tuesday night.
When they got home, they learned that they'd been targeted by a classic Scientology smear campaign.
"The church is now putting out information that we are drug dealers, that we've gone psychotic, that we are controlled by Marty Rathbun," he says. "They're showing friends an SP declare with horrendous lies, but they never show it to us, so we can't defend ourselves."
The "fair game" campaign has managed to convince about ten members of their mission to abandon them. But the rest -- about 40 auditors, staff, and public -- are sticking with them, Dani says.
"They'll all get their declares, one by one, we know," Dani says.
After getting to know Dani Lemberger, the sharp business executive, spiritual seeker, ardent believer in L. Ron Hubbard's expansive vision of the cosmos, cantankerous but loyal organization man -- in other words, just about the Platonic ideal of a deep-rooted Scientologist -- it's shocking to think that he's taking an entire mission away from Miscavige's church.
Dror Center is breaking away. Last night, we learned of the death of Alexander Jentzsch, son to the disappeared president of the Church of Scientology International, Heber Jentzsch. Last week we learned about the defections of a granddaughter to L. Ron Hubbard and the escape of Miscavige's own father.
There's a celebrity divorce causing a bit of a flap, too.
And as this story comes out, independent Scientologists from around the country are gathering in Brainerd, Minnesota for an annual reunion. They will have much to discuss. And Rathbun may be right -- Miscavige just might feel the earth under his feet move.
For the tl;dr crowd, I know this is a lot of text, so I'll summarize: An entire mission in Haifa has gone independent and told Miscavige to go fuck off. Supposedly this is the most rebellious thing to happen to the church since a few missions refused to sign some charters in the '80s.
If you had plans this weekend…cancel them. AMC is having a ‘The Walking Dead’ marathon and season 3 preview weekend! Zombies are > the Hamptons and lakes are just fish toilets.
Beginning on July 7th at 11:30 AM (10:30 central) AMC will start with season 1 and run through the entire day until 11:05 PM (10:05 central). It will pick back up on Sunday at 12:08 AM (11:08 central) to air a total 19 episodes from the series. On Sunday July 8th, a special episode of ‘Talking Dead’ will air at 9/8c PM. If you haven’t seen the talk show focusing on the series…you need to watch. Chris Hardwick hosts and is joined by celebrities who are either from the show or Walker Fans.
During the special Hardwick will share a first look at season 3. That will be followed by a world premiere of a black and white version of the pilot for ‘The Walking Dead.’
I will have a recap of all this gratuitous zombie mayhem on Monday. If you can’t wait until then, click HERE for some photo stills from the upcoming season and a few spoilers!
A few people have asked me for an update on Holmes Alone but I have nothing to report. I was then told no news is news (y'all are obsessed) so here you go! May the Mods be ever in your favor (and approve this post).
I passed by earlier (for those that think I'm creepy -- her home is on 7th Ave, get with it) and it's still quiet/uneventful. I don't know what that means. Maybe times have changed and paps don't wait in hoards for days on end for one shot of a celeb just because she's divorcing the Scientology King? Maybe she doesn't live there, maybe they don't care, or maybe they wait for calls from her people. Is a photo of Katie leaving her apartment worth as much money as a photo of Suri eating ice cream? I imagine not.
I didn't see anyone creeping but at this point it's likely the Sea Orgs have infiltrated Katie's building and Suri's favorite place in the world (Sundaes and Cones). I bet they are getting tenants to sign billion year contracts & mixing Kool Aid in Suri's chocolate chip ice cream. From my ONTD Investigator POV I imagine the following week will be a quiet one in Marriage Impossible 3. Maybe when Tom finishes filming in the Rockies shit will, you know, get real. Until then I expect a lot of reworded articles we've already read (so many have already been reposted). It is most quiet before the storm, right?
source: tommy davis
For Thursday, July 5, 2012:
With his new movie "The Bourne Legacy" set to hit theaters on August 10th, Jeremy Renner upped his exposure by taking over the cover of the August 2012 issue of Esquire magazine.
The 41-year-old actor looked handsome in a sleek blue suit for the Nigel Parry shot front page while talking about topics including real estate and his memories of frequenting a karaoke bar.
On frequenting a karaoke bar:
"I used to hang out at karaoke bars all the time. It was the most fun you could have when you had no money. I went right here twice a week"... from 1995 until, like, 2002. Religiously. And she was one of the gals. There was a whole clan of people, this circuit of people. We'd get together and just have the best time. You know, she was a tremendous singer. A really, really great singer."
On not liking the stock market:
"I will never be in the stock market. It's just gambling. I'm a gambler, but I'll gamble on the practicality of things. If I'm all-in on a structure, at least I can sleep in the damn thing."
"Architecture and building is about how you get around the obstacles that are presented to you. That sometimes determines how successful you'll be: How good are you at going around obstacles?"
and a set pic from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's twitter
About damn time! I need Tom Hardy to get this over with so he can start on Al Capone and that biker film.
Source Uno | Dos
"A 1970's-set drama centered around the friendship between a kid with cerebral palsy and a troubled runaway."
More Truck Stop pictures at the source.
Candids with Adult World co-star Emma Roberts:
More candids at the source
Can't wait for the trailer!
New Destiny's Child albums on the way, Beyonce's dad says
Almost a decade after their last full-length studio effort, Destiny Fulfilled, Mathew Knowles — DC's longtime ringleader — has revealed that previously unreleased material from the group will appear on two compilation releases via his Music World Entertainment label partnership with Sony.
"We still have our joint venture with Sony, and in November, we're putting out two Destiny's Child catalog records with new material," Knowles told The Huffington Post when asked about his label's upcoming plans.
Beyond the new tunes, the group's back-in-the-day manager also spoke about the possibility of a DC3 reunion tour, emphasizing that a trek wouldn't occur until the second release drops and if it fits in with each of the stars' respective solo careers.
"It takes a year of planning to do these tours, but first it starts with the artist wanting to do it. And I think the ladies are still working happily in their solo careers," he explained, adding, "And I hope in the next five years that there is a reunion tour. I think it would be incredible."
What would be harder than getting Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle to simultaneously devote time to a Destiny's Child tour? Well, according to Mathew, that wouldn't be the biggest challenge. "The hardest thing would be choosing which songs they're going to do, because we would want to mix it up with solo hits and Destiny's Child hits. We would have to throw away some #1's from off the set list," Knowles said.
But until Destiny's Child decide it's time to relive the glory days, fans will have to sit back and enjoy each of the women's continuous solo endeavors. With Beyoncé inching her way back into the spotlight after the birth of her first child, Kelly appears to be the busiest out of the threesome, with a mentoring gig on Australian reality series "Everybody Dance Now" alongside Jason Derülo and a brand-new musical chapter with the release of her Lil Wayne-assisted single "Ice."
As for Michelle, the diva is currently venturing into the fashion industry and will be designing a clothing line in partnership with African brand Koshie O.
Britney in Hawaii this past week
Follow up to this post. Finally, Deadmau5 posted the full version, according to the description there's a Semptember 2nd release date, although I'm not sure if that is when the song will be "officially" released or the video, since they shot the video for this song in May.
Hi ontd! I hope you all had a good 4th of July, whether you are in America or not. You can celebrate a day for simply existing.
You know, I've noticed that all the news reports, NEWS reports, talk about Katie Holmes "planning her escape" from Tom Cruise and everything, as if it was a documented abusive relationship. I mean, think about previous divorces with celebrities, no one says they ESCAPED. It shows the underlying fear people have of Scientology and their control.
Also I just wish to publicly state that I love RuPaul forever and for always in any form.
Ok bye ontd, be cool, no porn/spam/advertising/huge comments with a ton of gifs that slow people down, you know.
In the past three weeks, Spectral Motion has been honored to host two wonderful Make-A-Wish children, Caleb and Zachary. Zachary loved his visit for two very special reasons. It was Zachary’s wish to meet Hellboy and also to become Hellboy. When the Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted Spectral Motion with this request, Mike thought it would be fantastic to have Ron Perlman reprise his role for the day. Ron loved the idea and donned the makeup once more (with the assistance of Lufeng Qu and Eden Elizalde) and also ordered a Hellboy sized meal of burgers, shakes, and fries for Zachary and his family and the entire Spectral crew to enjoy. Later in the day, Zachary was transformed into Hellboy with the assistance of makeup artists Lufeng Qu and Neil Winn. Both of the Make-A-Wish days were a complete thrill for the families of the children, as well as for the crew at Spectral Motion!
New interview (two articles with different quotes from the same interview as I can't find the full thing online).
Tom Hardy may be a bankable Hollywood star these days, but one of his biggest roles is off-screen: as a father to his 4-year-old son, Louis.
"I like to go no longer than three weeks without seeing my loved ones, but it does take some juggling," Hardy, 34, tells Company Magazine's August issue of being a working dad who often has to film far from home.
"I'm very much aware of being a 'Skype father,' which is sad," he says. "But I have to have the finances to make sure [my son will] be secure, and I can only do that by working."
According to Hardy, who next stars as the villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and in the historical crime drama Lawless this summer, Louis lives mostly with his mother, Rachael Speed, whom he dated on and off for several years.
"[Louis] plays rugby. He's rubbish at it but he's really full of heart," he says. "He's a beautiful boy. But I would think that, wouldn't I?"
Hardy also reveals that he's "quite needy" as a boyfriend to his current fiancée, actress Charlotte Riley, 30.
"I was an only child so I got a lot of attention from my mum. I think that is naturally going to transfer onto any poor woman who's in my life," he says. "However, if you were my partner, you'd get a lot of attention back."
Tom Hardy - of big muscled, angry faced, sexy strong-man actor fame, has revealed he's a needy boyfriend. Daww.
"I’m quite needy!" he tells this month's Company magazine.
"I was an only child so got a lot of attention from my mum. I think that is naturally going to transfer onto any poor woman who’s in my life."
"I actually think that dating can be a struggle, as I do demand a lot of fuss made of me! However, if you were my partner, you’d get a lot of attention back."
He goes on to admit that however needy and demanding he might be, he's prepared to do a lot for the woman he's with as well. so that pretty much leaves him in the clear doesn't it?
"This is going to sound boring, but I’m prepared to go to any sort of counselling or therapy in order to keep my feet on the ground and clean up my act to be in a relationship," revealed the Hardy man.
"I’ll do anything to be both a better boyfriend and a better father. Hmm. That sounds really worthy, doesn’t it? But it’s what I believe I have to do."
It's hard to say no to the Boss -- especially when you’re his daughter.
Bruce Springsteen left his 20-year-old daughter, Jessica, little choice but to join him on stage as he dragged her from her seat in the audience during a concert in Paris on Thursday.
While most kids might be embarrassed to dance with their dads in public, Jessica happily joined her rock-and-roll father for a waltz as he sang his iconic hit "Dancing in the Dark," much to the crowd's delight.
The beautiful brunette was beaming as she and Springsteen, 62, spun around in front of 10,000 screaming fans at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy theater.
When the song was over, the rocker helped carry his daughter back to her seat, where she rejoined her family.
It was the second concert in the City of Light for the singing legend, who is on his Wrecking Ball Tour with the E Street Band.
Though there's no denying the young Springsteen’s stage presence, it seems she has set her sights on a career path much different from Dad's.
Jessica is a champion horseback rider, on the reserve list to compete with the U.S.A. equestrian team at the Olympic games this summer in London.
She is the second of three children for Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa.
The wedding was reportedly filmed for their upcoming VH1 reality show, "Ev and Ocho."
Former Dancing With the Stars contestant Chad Ochocinco married Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada on Wednesday and shared the entire experience with his 3.6 million Twitter followers -- as it happened.
The couple was married in Miami, and the wedding was reportedly film by VH1 cameras for the duo's upcoming reality show, Ev and Ocho, which debuts in September.
"Live tweeting from my wedding... should be a first I'm assuming, music is playing, can't see my guest right now but they're here... #nervous," tweeted the NFL star, who plays for the Miami Dolphins.
He then sent out several more tweets, including one saying he had "butterflies in his stomach" and another expressing concerns that Lozada might be a "runaway bride."
"I'm breathing like a pregnant lady in lamaze class right now... I was hoping continuing to tweet with y'all support would calm me down," he added.
Keeping to his word, Ochocinco continued to tweet throughout the ceremony.
"Here we go.... Proverbs 18:22... I love you guys... If I do it right the 1st time I won't have to do it again... Turn up...," he wrote.
Ochocinco later announced that Lozada changed outfits four times during the night and declared that he believed he was the only sober person at his reception.
"Small issue, I'm the only person that didn't/doesn't drink alcohol n every 1 is wasted including my WIFE, can't relate 2 this shit, now what?" he tweeted.
Ochocinco and Lozada got engaged in 2010. Their relationship also has been documented on VH1's Basketball Wives.
He previously looked for love on the VH1 reality show Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch and made it to the final four in the 10th season of ABC's DWTS.
The long-gestating adaptation of The Mortal Instruments is finally moving forward, and now two antagonists have been cast.
Based on the first book in Cassandra Clare‘s young adult novel series, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the film centers on a young woman who discovers she is the descendant of a line of secret cadre of half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect the world from demons.” Lily Collins and Jaime Campbell Bower are set as the leads, and Variety now reports that Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Robert Maillet (Sherlock Holmes) have been cast as Pangborn and Blackwell, two henchman of the film’s main villain, Valentine. (OP: who the fuck?)
The film adapatation had been in limbo when was without financing, but Screen Gems and Constantin Film recently teamed up to back the pic. Harold Zwart (The Karate Kid) will direct, with The Mortal Instruments set for release on August 23rd, 2013. Hit the jump to read the official synopsis.
Here’s the synopsis for The Mortal Instruments:
CLARY FRAY (Lily Collins) is an ordinary Brooklyn teenager until the night she meets the mysteriously tattooed JACE, who turns out to be a half-angel warrior known as a Shadowhunter. When Clary finds out her mother JOCELYN has been abducted, she desperately hopes Jace will be able to help. After a whirling golden portal transports her across time and space in a heartbeat, Clary realizes she too has the powers of the Shadowhunters. But can she harness them in time to save her mother?
Clary, Jace and their fellow Shadowhunters endure one breathtaking battle after another against vampire, warlocks and demons—only to discover Jocelyn hid a terrible secret from the fiercest warrior of all: VALENTINE. Cast out from the world of Shadowhunters, Valentine abducted Jocelyn believing she had a powerful tool known as the Mortal Cup. Using her newfound gifts, Clary finds the Cup, only to be brutally betrayed and forced to relinquish it.
Still reeling from this setback and racing to save Jocelyn before it’s too late, Clary finds herself caught in a battle between forces she barely understands. Based on the best-selling series by Cassandra Clare, MORTAL INSTRUMENTS is a magnificent urban fantasy rich in detail and suspense, about a girl’s journey to the darkest corners of the underworld to save those she loves.
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY
Marissa Meyer reimagined Cinderella as a teenage cyborg mechanic in her debut novel Cinder earlier this year, and with her new follow-up Scarlet, Little Red Riding Hood is a firebrand from France.
Due out in early 2013 from Macmillan, Scarlet is the second book in Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles young-adult series. Cinder reappears in the next futuristic tweaking of a familiar fairy tale — as does Prince Kai, the evil lunar ruler Queen Levana, and a heap of intergalactic intrigue.
Debuting in the new book, however, is Scarlet Benoit, a young French woman who enlists the services of a street fighter named Wolf when she finds her grandmother, a former military pilot, gone missing.
Two more fairy-tale fantasies will follow Scarlet, including Cress (2014), Meyer's take on the Rapunzel legend, and the Snow White-inspired conclusion, Winter (2015).
Here for the first time is the exclusive reveal of the Scarlet cover and an excerpt from the second chapter. We also asked Meyer, 28, about what fans can expect from her new heroine and how she ties into the author's returning series protagonist, Cinder.
How does Scarlet pick up where Cinder left off?
Cinder does play a very large role again. She continues on her next adventure, but you also meet Scarlet, a girl who lives in southern France with her grandmother. At the beginning of the book, her grandmother has mysteriously disappeared from her farm, so she's trying to find her. The only person who's willing to help is this street fighter who's shown up randomly in her town. He may or may not be up to no good. You have these two opposing story lines, but as they go on, they tie together and Cinder and Scarlet meet up and join forces.
Cinder introduced the bustling city of New Beijing. How did you settle on France as the setting of Scarlet?
Both choices go back to the histories of their fairy tales. With Cinder, the history of the Cinderella story is that the earliest recorded version was from 9th century China. That's why I wanted to set it in this futuristic Asia. But with Scarlet, many years ago I saw a documentary about these killings that happened in France back in the 17th or 18th century. At the time, people thought they were happening because of a werewolf, and some think that they may have tied into the creation of the Little Red Riding Hood story. I don't know if that's true or not, but it always stuck with me.
How much of Scarlet is from the original European tale?
I've definitely taken a lot of license with the story. [Laughs] The futuristic setting is obviously very different. There's a love interest in Scarlet where there really isn't one in the Little Red Riding Hood story. It's very much my own story and characters, but I have tried to bring in references to the tale whenever possible. Like with Cinder, how it was very much its own story but people could still have fun picking out these little tie-ins — like a car represents the pumpkin carriage — I've done the same sort of thing with Scarlet. There is a Big Bad Wolf and there is her trying to go visit her grandmother. And other things.
What will readers find intriguing about Scarlet when they meet her?
Scarlet is very much a firecracker. She has a hot temper, she has a tendency to jump into situations without really thinking them through, and that was a lot of fun to write. It's very much not me. I'm such a planner, and so it was fun having this character who will go off on a whim and do whatever she wants and tends to get in a lot of trouble because of it.
Is Cinder a little more you?
Yes, to a degree. Cinder and I share our sense of humor — we're both very sarcastic — and Cinder does tend to be a lot more calm and thoughtful than Scarlet is. At the same time, Cinder has a resourcefulness and intelligence I wish I had but I definitely don't.
This love interest of Scarlet's, is it Wolf or someone else?
I'm not saying. That's a spoiler!
Well, if you stuck somewhat close to the original, there must be an interesting dynamic between Scarlet and Wolf.
There is, and a lot of it goes around Wolf. He's agreed to help her but he has a very mysterious past and is very shy and doesn't talk a lot about it. She finds out fairly early on that he was involved with this street gang in Paris. There is this constant back and forth: Can you trust him? Which side is he really on? He is the Big Bad Wolf, and just like in the fairy tale, he tries to get Little Red to trust him, but whether or not she can is questionable.
Are there other interesting new characters?
Captain Thorne is my rogue-ish, attractive spaceship captain, which every good sci-fi series needs of course. He's in there from very early on, and his path crosses with Cinder, so he's really in the other story line going forward.
You only had one character to focus on for Cinder. Was it tricky finding the pace for two concurrent story lines?
It was definitely a challenge, but it was also kind of funny. There would be days when I was really excited about Scarlet and Wolf's story, and I'd be inspired to write that. When I got bored with that one, I could move over and write about Cinder some more. That worked out really well, but once it came time to look at the book as a whole, it was a challenge trying to figure out the balance between the story lines and making sure you return to each story frequently enough so the reader doesn't forget about it.
When you started writing Cinder, did you have all four books mapped out in your head?
I knew which fairy tales all four books would be, and I had a vague sense of what was going to happen in each one to move the story forward and how the ending would be. But once I wrote Cinder, it ended up changing so much over many revisions that my plan for the series has also changed time and time again. I did have all four books plotted out before we sold the series.
Was that more important for you or for the publisher?
It's both. For me, I knew this series would take four books to tell the story I wanted to tell, and I knew publishers may not want to take a risk on a brand-new author with a four-book deal. I wanted to show them, 'Here's my plan, here's why I need four books to tell it,' and it seemed to work. Going back and writing Cinder, it was a nerve-racking idea to think that, man, what if this book goes out into the world and gets published and I want to change something later? I wanted to have the series as thought out as much as I could so that I wouldn't have to worry about that.
Have you had any movie studios or TV networks sniffing around Cinder yet?
Yes, we are actually in discussions with a movie studio. I hope that I'll have news to report someday soon as my fingers are crossed. It's a newer thing.
Have you finished Cress at this point?
I'm working on the second draft of Cress — it's almost done. And then I also have the first draft of Book 4 written already.
What can you say about Cress?
Instead of being trapped in a tower like Rapunzel was, our heroine is trapped in a satellite orbiting Earth. She is a very skilled computer hacker who's been stuck working for Queen Levana and is desperately trying to get out. (OP: I see you rippin off Please Save My Earth)
Do you have to reread all the fairy tales before writing the books?
I had a pretty good handle on them. I studied fairy tales in college and have always been a huge fan. But I do read the fairy tales again and again while I'm working on these books. At this point, it's more helpful and I know the stories so well that I don't know how much enjoyment I'm getting out of them. [Laughs] I find that sometimes I'll be reading it for the fifth or sixth time, and a sentence might jump out from the Grimm tale that I hadn't noticed before, and that might spark a new idea to go into the book.
Read an excerpt from chapter 2 of Scarlet, Book Two in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer:
Scarlet spotted Gilles behind the hot top, ladling béchamel sauce on top of a ham sandwich. She walked around to the other side, yelling to get his attention, and was met with annoyance.
"I'm done," she said, returning the scowl. "Come sign off on the delivery."
Gilles shoveled a stack of frites beside the sandwich and slid the plate across the steel counter to her. "Run that out to the first booth and I'll have it ready when you get back."
Scarlet bristled. "I don't work for you, Gilles."
"Just be grateful I'm not sending you out to the alley with a scrub brush." He turned his back on her, his white shirt yellowed from years of sweat.
Scarlet's fingers twitched with the fantasy of chucking the sandwich at the back of his head and seeing how it compared to the tomatoes, but her grandma's stern face just as quickly infiltrated the dream, scolding her. How disappointed she would be to come back home only to find that Scarlet had lost one of their most loyal clients in a fit of temper.
Grabbing the plate, Scarlet stormed out of the kitchen and was nearly bowled over by a waiter as soon as the kitchen door swung shut behind her. The Rieux Tavern was not a nice place—the tile floors were sticky, the furniture was a mismatch of cheap tables and chairs, and the air was saturated with grease. But in a town where drinking and gossiping were the favorite pastimes, it was always busy, especially on Sundays when the local farmhands ignored their crops for a full twenty-four hours.
While she waited for a path to clear through the crowd, her attention landed on the netscreens behind the bar. All three were broadcasting the same news footage that had filled up the net since the night before. Everyone was talking about the Eastern Commonwealth's annual ball, where the Lunar queen was a guest of honor and where a cyborg girl had infiltrated the party, blown up some chandeliers, and tried to assassinate the visiting queen . . . or maybe she'd been trying to assassinate the newly coronated emperor. Everyone seemed to have a different theory. The freeze-frame on the screens showed a close-up of the girl with dirt smudges on her face and strands of damp hair pulled from a messy ponytail. It was a mystery how she'd ever been admitted into a royal ball in the first place.
"They should have put her out of her misery when she fell on those stairs," said Roland, a tavern regular who looked like he'd been bellied to the bar since noon. He extended a finger toward the screen and mimed shooting a gun. "I'd have put a bullet right through her head. And good riddance."
When a rustle of agreement passed through the nearest patrons, Scarlet rolled her eyes in disgust and shoved toward the first booth.
She recognized Emilie's handsome street fighter immediately, partly due to an array of scars and bruises on his olive skin, but more because he was the only stranger in the tavern. He was more disheveled than she'd expected from from Émilie's swooning, with hair that stuck out every direction in messy clumps and a fresh bruise swelling around one eye. Beneath the table, both of his legs were jogging like a windup toy.
Three plates were already set out before him, empty but for splatters of grease, bits of egg salad, and untouched slices of tomato and lettuce.
She didn't realize she'd been staring at him until his gaze shifted and collided with hers. His eyes were unnaturally green, like sour grapes still on the vine. Scarlet's grip tightened on the plate and she suddenly understood Émilie's swooning. He has these eyes . . .
Pushing through the crowd, she deposited the sandwich on the table. "You had le croque monsieur?"
"Thank you," he said. His voice startled her, not by being loud or gruff as she'd expected, but rather low and hesitant.
Maybe Émilie was right. Maybe he was shy.
"Are you sure you don't want us to just bring you the whole pig?" she said, stacking three empty plates. "It would save the servers the trouble of running back and forth from the kitchen."
His eyes widened and for a moment Scarlet expected him to ask if that were an option, but then his attention dipped down to the sandwich. "You have good food here."
She withheld a scoff. "Good food" and "Rieux Tavern" were two phrases she didn't normally associate with each another. "Fighting must work up quite an appetite."
He didn't respond. His fingers fidgeted with the straw in his drink and Scarlet could see the table beginning to shake from his bouncing legs.
"Well. Enjoy," she said, picking up the dishes. But then she paused and tipped the plates toward him. "Sure you don't want the tomatoes? They're the best part, and they were grown in my own garden. The lettuce too, actually, but it wasn't wilted like this when I harvested it. Never mind, you don't want the lettuce. But the tomatoes?"
Some of the intensity drained from the fighter's face. "I've never tried them."
Scarlet arched an eyebrow. "Never?"
After a hesitant moment, he released his drinking glass and picked up the two slabs of tomato and shoved them into his mouth.
His expression froze mid-chew. He seemed to ponder for a moment, eyes unfixed, before swallowing. "Not what I expected," he said, looking up at her again. "But actually not horrible. I'll order some more of those, if I could?"
Scarlet adjusted the dishes in her grip, keeping a butter knife from slipping off. "You know, I don't actually work—"
"Here it comes!" said someone near the bar, spurring an excited murmur that rippled through the tavern. Scarlet glanced up at the netscreens. They showed a lush garden, flourishing with bamboo and lilies and sparkling from a recent downpour. The red warmth of the ball spilled down a grand staircase. The security camera was above the door, angled toward the long shadows that stretched out into the path. It was beautiful. Tranquil.
"I have ten univs that say a girl's about to lose her foot on those stairs!" someone shouted, followed by a round of laughter from the bar. "Anyone want to bet me? Come on, what are the odds, really?"
A moment later, the cyborg girl appeared on the screen. She bolted from the doorway and down the stairs, shattering the garden's serenity with her billowing silver gown. Scarlet held her breath, knowing what happened next, but she still flinched when the girl stumbled and fell. She crashed down the steps and landed awkwardly at their base, sprawled across the rocky path. Though there was no sound, Scarlet imagined the girl panting as she rolled onto her back and gawked up at the doorway. Shadows cut across the stairs and a series of unrecognizable figures appeared above her.
Having heard the story a dozen times, Scarlet sought out the missing foot still on the stairs, the light from the ballroom glinting off the metal. The girl's cyborg foot.
"They say the one on the left is the queen," said Émilie. Scarlet jumped, not having heard the waitress approach.
The prince—no, the emperor now—crept down the steps and stooped to pick up the foot. The girl reached for the hem of her skirt, tugging it down over her calves, but she couldn't hide the dead tentacle wires dangling from their metal stump.
Scarlet knew what the rumors were saying. Not only had the girl been confirmed as a Lunar—an illegal fugitive and a danger to Earthen society—but she'd even managed to brainwash Emperor Kai. Some thought she'd been after power, others riches. Some even believed she'd been trying to start the war that had so long been threatened. But no matter what the girl's intentions were, Scarlet couldn't help a twinge of pity. After all, she was only a teenager, younger than Scarlet, even, and she looked wholly pathetic lying at the base of those stairs.
"What was that about putting her out of the misery?" said one of the guys at the bar.
Roland jutted his finger toward the screen. "Exactly. I've never seen anything so disgusting in my life."
Someone near the end leaned forward so he could look around the other patrons at Roland. "I'm not sure I agree. I think she's kind of cute, pretending to be all helpless and innocent like that. Maybe instead of sending her back to the moon, they should let her come stay with me?"
He was met with robust laughter. Roland thumped his palm on the bar, rattling a mustard dish. "No doubt that metal leg of hers would make for a real cozy bedmate!"
"Swine," Scarlet muttered, but her comment was lost in the guffaws.
"I wouldn't mind the chance to warm her up!" someone new added, and the tables rattled with cheers and amusement.
Anger clawed its way back up Scarlet's throat and she half slammed, half dropped the stack of plates back onto the booth's table. She ignored the startled expressions at the next table and shoved through the crowd, circling to the back of the bar.
The bewildered bartender watched on as Scarlet pushed some liquor bottles out of the way and climbed up onto the counter that stretched the length of the wall. Reaching up, she opened a wall panel beneath a shelf of cognac glasses and plucked out the netlink cable. All three screens went black, the palace garden and cyborg girl vanishing.
A roar of protest bellowed up around her.
Scarlet spun to face them, accidentally kicking a bottle of wine off the bar. The glass shattered on the floor below, but Scarlet barely heard it as she waved the cable at the incensed crowd. "You all should have some respect. That's girl's going to be executed!"
"That girl's a Lunar!" someone yelled. "She should be executed!"
The sentiment was enforced with nods and someone lobbing a crust of bread at Scarlet's shoulder. She planted both hands on her hips. "She's only sixteen."
By Joyce Lamb, USA TODAY
HEA is ecstatic to reveal the awesome (and smokin') book trailer for Obsidian, book one in Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series. Obsidian is featured in B&N's Teen Paranormal Romance Sale, so the paperback is discounted to $5.99 from $9.99. Sales are good, too: Obsidian has been hovering in the top 100 best-selling books at BN.com.
Here's the teaser about Obsidian:
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opens his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don't kill him first, that is.
OK, I've stalled you long enough. You have permission to watch the trailer now (if you haven't already skipped all my yammering and gone straight for the goods):
...all they do is kiss.....
Happy Friday y'all
On the 9th of November the UK will see the arrival of the much awaited new film from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, a filmmaker who has shaken the film industry with every release culminating with the Oscar winning American oil epic There Will Be Blood back in 2007.
In the 5 years since TWBB fans and journalists have anticipated and salivated over news of a follow up from unarguably the finest American filmmaker of his generation. News broke in late 2009 of a project Anderson had finished which revolved around a man who starts his own religion in America during the 1950s. Excitement soon dissipated and was replaced with disappointed as plans to finance the religious drama under the title ‘The Master’ was thwarted most possibly due to its ties with Scientology. Anderson soon announced plans to film an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel Inherent Vice instead but after silence regarding this new tantalising project it was made known that producer Megan Ellison had not only saved The Master but decided to pick up Inherent Vice to boot.
The Master (as its title was later made official) went before cameras last June under a secretive and closed set. The cast sees Anderson regular Philip Seymour Hoffman as the titular character whose new belief system starts to take off in America, Amy Adams as the ‘master of ceremonies’ wife, and Joaquin Phoenix as a drifter who becomes The Master’s right hand man but subsequently comes to question the life he’s been led into.
So what do we need to know about this mysteriously covert drama? First and foremost is its ties to the origins of scientology – a religion which grew out of post-war America in the 1950s. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was among many things a veteran of the Second World War, his life after military service saw him form his own belief system which as we know has grown ever since. The Master, as he’s known by his followers is named Lancaster Dodd, a man who forms his religion after losing his place in the world from the horrors of war. Phoenix’s character of Freddie is also a veteran suffering with post-traumatic stress at the hands of his service. Hubbard’s wife and the fictional wife of Lancaster share the name of Mary Sue so the question isn’t whether Anderson’s film is about Scientology but instead how much? The film’s subject clearly spooked investors and though cast and crew have remained tight lipped on the project, reports from the film’s producer indicates that the script went under radical reconstruction. Whether this is in fact the case or empty press fodder to keep the heat off of the production will have to be figured when the finished product comes around this fall. The film could of course channel Scientology but be centrally an existential drama about our relationship with religion in general; the human need to create belief systems in order to understand the world and to feel apart of a higher plan fulfilling a despairing lack of worth.
Likely then that Anderson has drawn huge inspirations from history to paint his 1950s religious drama but other influences were clearly noticeable from the offset. Flannery O’Connor’s 1952 novel Wiseblood about a disillusioned would-be preacher who comes back from WWII with distain for his faith seems to have had an effect on The Master. The ex-preacher starts his own religion, ‘the church without christ’, which fails to take off and further amplifies the tragic character of a man who cannot escape his beliefs. John Huston famously filmed O’Connor’s novel in 1979 with Brad Dourif in the central role, interestingly Anderson has cast Dourif’s daughter in The Master perhaps to honour his film’s connections. Let’s not forget that an earlier John Huston film formed the main influence for Anderson’s previous outing, proclaiming that he watched The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948) every night before bed when writing and preparing for TWBB.
The Master sees Anderson collaborating once again with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood for the film’s score; an exciting prospect if there ever was once due to Greenwood’s groundbreaking music for TWBB. Also returning is legendary set designer Jack Fisk who’s outstanding and detailed work on TWBB as well as the careers of Terrence Malick and David Lynch needs no further divulging. Along side these returning players there was also a big change to the production as cinematographer David Elswitt – the man responsible for the photography of all of Anderson’s features so far – didn’t shoot this time round in a career first. In stepped Mihai Malaimare Jr whose credits include Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth (2007) and the stunning black & white photography of Tetro (2009). What this change of DP will bring to Anderson’s fluid characteristic camera work will be interesting to see. Confirmed is that The Master was shot on 65mm so we’re in for a stunning visual picture full of vast and detailed macro shots; films are seldom shot in this format with this news providing yet anther reason to embrace this one.
The Master‘s apparent links with Scientology seem to be what caused the project financial trouble in its early stages and one question permeated most minds upon hearing of the film’s content – would Scientologists rise up against the picture’s release? And what would the most famous Scientologist in the world (and friend of Anderson) make of the director’s choice of material? The film’s production came under no threats as far as reports show, helped by the tight security of the production’s sets. Tom Cruise played Frank TJ Mackey in Anderson’s 1999 ensemble drama Magnolia in a show stealing performance that’s too little seen amongst people willing to write Cruise off as a talentless hack. Having worked up a close friendship over the course of their film everyone was dying to know how this could effect them. Anderson has subsequently screened the finished film for Cruise who apparently had ‘issues’ with it, further confirming the heightened aspects of Scientology within the story.
Cruise’s recent marital dispute has brought his religion back into the media’s interest once again with wife Katie Holmes expressing her worries about their child’s involvement with the religion. The timing of this sudden breakup and battle over Scientologist methods certainly adds further relevance to The Master and could help with the film’s attendance upon release. Of course the film’s marketing campaign (which has got off to an already mysterious start) will probably play that card close to its chest. It seems that a Scientologist uprising isn’t on the cards and the film’s potential for next years’ awards season should hopefully stay firmly intact. With a cast of this magnitude under the distribution of The Weinstein Company The Master is an intimidating Oscar contender.
Footage was shown at the Cannes Film Festival this year where two teaser trailers were later released onto the web. These trailers can be seen below with the first displaying Phoenix’s troubled Freddie undergoing a post-service military psychological evaluation. The second introduces Hoffman and Adams’ characters and shows Freddie being drawn into their world, all with Jonny Greenwood’s sinister paranoia tinted music adding an atmosphere of unease.
PTA was mentioned in this article about Beck's involvement in Scientology.
Just two months before her death, Duncan had stated in a post on her blog that she and Blake had been harassed by the Church of Scientology, and in the comments section of that post (since deleted), and also in a blog post she'd made in March, Duncan indicated that the harassment began after Blake worked with Beck (he designed the album cover for Beck's 2002 album, Sea Change, as well as related visual materials ). Following the couple's deaths, an article by Chris Lee in the LA Times revealed that Blake had extensively documented what he and Duncan perceived as harassment and obstruction by a number of people. "In a 27-page 'chronology' written by Blake in October  in preparation for a lawsuit against the church that was never filed, he alleges the couple was 'methodically defamed, harassed, followed and threatened' by Scientologists. The document lists Tom Cruise, filmmaker-artist-author Miranda July, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, former Viacom Chief Executive Tom Freston, alternative rocker Beck and Art Forum Editor Tim Griffin, among others, as players in the dispute. In addition, a number of Hollywood talent agents and major league art collectors were accused of being in on the conspiracy."
Let us all pray for Paul Thomas Anderson and Maya Rudolph's family.