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Thorn Birds novelist Colleen McCullough dies at 77

Thorn Birds novelist Colleen McCullough dies at 77

Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 best-selling novel The Thorn Birds became a smash hit television miniseries, has died at the age of 77.McCullough …

David Oyelowo, Selma star, defends Benedict Cumberbatch’s use of the term ‘coloured’

David Oyelowo, Selma star, defends Benedict Cumberbatch’s use of the term ‘coloured’

Selma star David Oyelowo has voiced his support for fellow British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who …

Angelina Jolie left ‘speechless’ by visit to Iraqi refugee camp

Angelina Jolie is calling for more assistance and global action in the Middle East after she visited displaced…

Johnny Depp attacked by a ‘chupacabra’ in Japan, claims Mortdecai actor

Johnny Depp has recovered from a cold. And a chupacabra attack.The 51-year-old actor was all smiles while joking…

Who you gonna call for Ghostbusters 3? Director hints with Twitter pic of 4 female stars

Ghostbusters 3 director tweets pic of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones appear…

Sly Stone successful in unpaid royalties case, awarded $5M by jury

Sly Stone successful in unpaid royalties case, awarded $5M by juryFunk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million US on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties.A Los…

Police charge CTV sitcom actor with voyeurism

Police charge CTV sitcom actor with voyeurism

A star of the CTV sitcom Spun Out has been charged by Toronto police with…

How Goldie Hawn helped make B.C. children better at maths

How Goldie Hawn helped make B.C. children better at maths

A mindfulness program for children, co-developed by actor Goldie Hawn, resulted in less stress, more…

Taylor Swift threatened with nude photos after her Twitter, Instagram hacked

Taylor Swift threatened with nude photos after her Twitter, Instagram hacked

Taylor Swift appears to be the victim of a double-hack attack Tuesday with breaches of the pop star’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.Hackers first broke into the 24-year-old’s Twitter account and began sending out tweets to her 51.4 million followers, reports The Verve, urging fans to follow the profile @lizzard, who claims to be the leader of the hacker group “Lizard Squad.”The profile, which has since been suspended, was the source of Tuesday’s most sinister message.The handle’s owner claimed to posses stolen nude images of Swift, which they would release in exchange for a small amount of Bitcoin.The offending tweets were quickly deleted and Swift regained control of her Twitter account, brushing off the threat with a series of tweets.”Have fun photoshopping,” Swift said, egging on the perpetrators, “cause you got NOTHING.”Swift is the owner of Twitter’s fourth most-popular account with more than 51 million followers, making Tuesday’s breach one of the biggest in the micro-blogging site’s history.Celebrity security breachesA separate group of hackers made good on their threat to release intimate images of dozens of celebrities last summer when they posted a cache of photos online, including Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence.Hackers said they’d stolen data belonging to 100 actors and singers in an iCloud security breach.The hack was seen as a blow to Apple, and sparked a wider discussion about the nature of privacy, security and celebrity in the digital age.Celebrities affected by the leak threatened Google with $100-million lawsuit in October over its alleged failure to remove the images from its search results.

Tom Cruise wiretapped Nicole Kidman, Scientology documentary reveals

Tom Cruise wiretapped Nicole Kidman, Scientology documentary reveals

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house — not with a star-studded red carpet, but with police protection.A week before the premiere, the Church of Scientology took out full-page ads in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times claiming the documentary is filled with falsehoods.PHOTOS |​ Sundance 2015: the Canadian love-in at the influential U.S. film festival
Based on Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book of the same name, Oscar winner Alex Gibney’s film claims that the church routinely intimidates, manipulates and even tortures its members, tracing the rise of the religion and its founder, former science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, and his successor as head of the church, David Miscavige. Gibney also interviewed several former Scientology believers, including past executives.Canadian director speaks outCanadian director Paul Haggis, who appears in the documentary, has made headlines for speaking out against the Church of Scientology. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)Canadian Paul Haggis, director of the Oscar-winning Crash, left the church in 2009 after decades of membership.”I was really stupid. I was part of this for 30 years before I spoke out,” he says in the film. “I was deeply ashamed.”As Haggis climbed “the bridge” to the most enlightened levels of Scientology, he finally learned Hubbard’s ultimate theory: That a tyrannical galactic overlord named Xenu dropped frozen bodies from millions of years ago into volcanoes, and those spirits attach themselves to modern people today. Scientology is the means of ridding the body and mind of those spirits to become “clear.”VIDEO |​ Paul Haggis on his interest in Scientology and defending his friends
Another former member who left the church in 2013 said its approach is “like brainwashing.”Former church members followedSeveral former church members featured in the film attended Sunday’s premiere. Two said they were followed to Utah by Scientology investigators who photographed them at the Salt Lake City airport.Going Clear filmmaker Alex Gibney poses for a portrait during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Monday. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)The Church of Scientology released a statement Sunday that characterizes these former believers as “the usual collection of obsessive, disgruntled former Church members kicked out as long as 30 years ago for malfeasance, who have a documented history of making up lies about the church for money.”The church says Gibney refused to meet with the 25 members it offered as sources. Gibney says the church declined all requests for interviews, as did Miscavige and movie stars John Travolta and Tom Cruise, both of whom are Scientologists.Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s splitActors Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise married in 1990 and divorced in 2001. Going Clear suggests Scientologists help break up their marriage.The film traces Cruise’s relationship with the church, and claims it intentionally broke up his marriage with Nicole Kidman because she was not a believer. Scientology’s biggest celebrity spokesman was largely absent from the church during his nearly 10-year marriage to Kidman.4 takeaways from Going Clear, as observed in reviews of the film:The documentary alleges that church leaders worked to “facilitate the break-up” of Kidman and Cruise by, among other things, making Cruise feel paranoid about his relationship, so much so that he ordered a tap on Kidman’s phone.
The film claims church members worked to turn the couple’s children, Connor and Isabella, against their mother in an attempt to sway decisions about custody.
Going Clear also alleges that the church tried to set Cruise up with future Homeland actress Nazanin Boniadi and even tried to give her a makeover to make her more attractive to the newly divorced actor.
The film also suggests that the church is holding sensitive information about John Travola’s sexual orientation over the Saturday Night Fever star’s head in an attempt to ensure his loyalty to Scientology
From left to right: Actors Michael Pena, Erika Christensen, Kelly Preston and John Travolta attend the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre 45th anniversary gala in August. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Degradation and tortureMembers deemed to have somehow erred against the church were subject to degradation and torture, according to the film. They were deprived of sleep, fed scraps and forced to do hard labour. Sometimes they were beaten. One man was required to mop a bathroom floor with his tongue, according to the film.Gibney and Wright said the church has threatened them with litigation. Former members have said they have fared far worse: they’ve been slandered online, followed, filmed and seen their loved ones stalked and intimidated.Former Scientology spokesman and senior executive Mike Rinder said he hopes the film will raise public awareness about the church’s methods.”I would love it if the FBI, after seeing this film, said, ‘We need to do something more energetic.'”The Sundance Film Festival continues through Feb. 1.

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