SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY BLOWS LID OFF SCIENTOLOGY
A new documentary from Alex Gibney called Going Clear premiered at Sundance over the weekend and it makes some pretty heavy claims about Scientology.
According to The Daily Beast, one of the biggest bombshells in the film is the allegation that the organization used intimidation tactics to get Tom Cruise to break up with Nicole Kidman. Marty Rathbun, the former second-in-command, explains that church leader David Miscavige was reportedly suspicious of Nicole because her father was a renowned psychologist in Australia and Scientology is opposed to psychiatry and psychology. She also supposedly convinced Tom to pull away from the church between 1992 and 2001 which led Miscavige to assign Marty to "facilitate the breakup." The plan included tapping Nicole's phone and gathering personal information about Tom. They also worked with the couple's adopted children, Connor and Isabella, to turn them against their mom so Tom could get custody after the split.
- Tom and Nicole split up in 2001.
- The documentary also claims that Scientology has gone through great lengths to appease Tom -- including installing A/V equipment in his house, buying him limos and airplanes, and even having members design a meadow for Tom and Nicole to run through because it was something Tom had always wanted to do.
- A rep for the church released a statement slamming the movie saying, "The Church has documented evidence that those featured in Gibney’s film regurgitating their stale, discredited allegations are admitted perjurers, admitted liars and professional anti-Scientologists whose living depends on the filing of false claims. All have been gone so long from the Church they know nothing of it today. Yet Gibney and HBO stonewalled more than a dozen requests by the Church to offer relevant information about them, with more than 25 individuals with firsthand information eager to speak. To this day, neither HBO nor Gibney can deny that they have yet to present the Church with a single allegation from the film so the Church may have an opportunity to respond. The Church never sought special treatment, only fair treatment."
- HBO reportedly hired a team of 160 lawyers to look at the movie before it screened for anyone.
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH APOLOGIZES FOR CHOICE OF LANGUAGE DURING SPEECH ABOUT INEQUALITY
Benedict Cumberbatch has issued an apology for referring to blacks as "colored" people during an interview on PBS' Tavis Smiley. The Imitation Game star was discussing racial inequality in the movie business when he said, "I think as far as colored actors go, it gets really different in the UK, and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here in the US than in the UK, and that's something that needs to change. Something's gone wrong, we're not representative enough in our culture of different races and that really does need to step up a pace."
The actor released a new statement apologizing for his choice of words saying, "I'm devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done. I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive. The most shaming aspect of this for me is that I was talking about racial inequality in the performing arts in the UK and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term. I feel the complete fool I am and while I am sorry to have offended people. I apologize again to anyone who I offended for this thoughtless use of inappropriate language about an issue which affects friends of mine and which I care about deeply."
POLICE QUESTION EMILE HIRSCH OVER ALLEGED ASSAULT AT SUNDANCE
Savages star Emile Hirsch was questioned by cops in Park City, Utah early on Sunday morning for his involvement in an incident at Tao nightclub. According to Page Six, the authorities were called to the scene when the 29-year-old was accused of assaulting a female movie exec who works for Paramount.
A witness revealed, "Something happened between the movie exec and Emile, and she said she had been assaulted and asked security to call the police. Emile didn't leave the scene, and calmly waited for the police to arrive, and spoke with them until around 5 a.m., after which he went home with his friends. No arrests were made." Another source said that the exec chose not to press charges at the scene but was considering the option for later on.
- A spokesman for the Park City Police said in a statement, "We are still investigating the details of the case and can't provide any further information at this time."
- Emile is at Sundance promoting the film Ten Thousand Saints about a teenager who is sent to live with his father in Manhattan after his friend overdoses.
SOFIA VERGARA TALKS WEDDING PLANNING
Sofia Vergara attended Sunday's (January 25th) SAG Awards with fiancé Joe Manganiello where she offered an update on their wedding planning on the red carpet.
The Modern Family star told Us Weekly, "We're trying right now to figure it out. He's shooting and promoting Magic Mike and I'm promoting my movie with Reese Witherspoon, so we're kind of busy so we're trying to do it maybe this fall. This summer is too busy." Sofia added, "It's going to be big. We started off with 20 on the guest list, and now there's like pages and pages."
- She also chatted about Joe's proposal with Access Hollywood saying, "You know with me it's all about the bling bling so he knew what I needed. I opened it up and I checked it to see. And then I was like, 'Yes!' No I'm joking; he's so handsome that it I would have said 'okay' anyway."
- They got engaged around the holidays after around six months of dating.
- Sofia was previously engaged to Nick Loeb.
EDWARD NORTON FINALLY REAVEALS SON'S NAME: Edward Norton has finally revealed the name of his son with Shauna Robertson nearly two years after his birth. Sources tell Us Weekly that the couple named him Atlas. He was born in March 2013. Edward and Shauna got married in 2012 -- a few months prior to Atlas' birth.
PATRICK DEMPSEY HINTED AT MARRIAGE ISSUES PRIOR TO SPLIT ANNOUNCEMENT: Patrick Dempsey gave a bit of a hint about his marriage drama to the Associated Press on Friday (January 23rd) a few hours before news broke that his wife filed for divorce. He didn't discuss the relationship specifically but he did say, "It would be nice to be one-pointed and not spread so thin sometimes. I think where I'm going is to really streamline and be much more specific in balancing things a little bit better than I have in the past."
JAMES CAAN IS SPLITTING FROM HIS WIFE AGAIN: James Caan has filed paperwork to end his marriage to his wife Linda for the third time. He previously filed back in 2005 and again in 2009 but the case was dismissed both times. They have been married for 18 years and have two sons together -- 19-year-old James and 16-year-old Jacob. James had three previous marriages before he and Linda got together.
NIKKI REED GUSHES OVER IAN SOMERHALDER AT SUNDANCE: Nikki Reed may be freshly divorced but she is so ready to walk down the aisle again. The Twilight actress had nothing but good things to say about her fiancé, Ian Somerhalder, while attending a party at Sundance over the weekend. Nikki told Us Magazine, "He's so beautiful inside and out! He's quite possibly the most amazing man that's ever walked the planet, it's crazy. I'm so lucky, I love him." Nikki and Ian have only been dating for six months.
LUPITA NYONG'O AND JARED LETO GOT FLIRTY AFTER THE SAG AWARDS: Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o took the stage together at the SAG awards on Sunday (January 25th) but their real fun allegedly went down at the Weinstein-Netflix after-party. A source told E! News, "They were having tons of fun together. They were together most of the night whether they were outside chatting or inside dancing." Another witness said that there was no visible PDA but the vibe definitely seemed flirty.
EMMA WATSON CAST IN LIVE-ACTION 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST': Emma Watson has been cast as Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast. The former Harry Potter star wrote on Facebook on Monday (January 25th,) "I'm finally able to tell you...that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There'. My six year old self is on the ceiling -- heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can't wait for you to see it." The studio has hired Dreamgirls director Bill Condon to helm the project.
LOUIS C.K. CANCELS NEW YORK SHOW: The snowy weather in New York City forced Louis C.K. to cancel his scheduled show tonight (January 27th) at Madison Square Garden. The show would have been his fourth at the venue and was going to break the record for the most times a comedian has sold out MSG in a single tour. An email was sent out to ticket holders on Monday (January 26th) letting them know that they would be receiving a full refund.
'JESSICA JONES' ADDS FORMER 'DOCTOR WHO' STAR: Former Doctor Who star, David Tennant, has joined the cast of Marvel's upcoming Netflix series Jessica Jones. He will be playing the villain known as Killgrave. Krysten Ritter has already been cast in the titular role. The show's 13-episode first season will debut on the streaming service later this year.
FOX'S RUMORED 'X-MEN' SERIES IS MOVING FORWARD: Fox is reportedly negotiating a deal with Marvel to make their rumored X-Men series a reality. 24 executive producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto will serve as showrunners. The network has already found success with superhero shows with the freshman drama Gotham which has been renewed for a second season.
ADAM SANDLER'S FIRST NETFLIX FILM IS A WESTERN: The first film Adam Sandler will release as part of his deal with Netflix will be a Western comedy called The Ridiculous 6. The comedian has also recruited big names for the film including Luke Wilson, Steve Zahn, Danny Trejo, Saturday Night Live alum Chris Parnell, and Breaking Bad's Lavell Crawford. It also rumored that Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Blake Shelton, and Whitney Cummings will appear in the film. Production is expected to begin next month.
NO-SHOW MARK RUFFALO REACTS TO SAG WIN
Mark Ruffalo was not on hand to be handed his SAG award at Sunday's (January 25th) ceremony but he still got to make an acceptance speech thanks to social media. The Normal Heart star shared a photo of his reaction to the win and then tweeted out his thank yous.
Mark wrote, "Ha ha ha! Sunny and my kids just woke me up to tell me I won a SAG award. Have to be at work in 4 hours. Thank you! @SAGawards. Thank you @ryanmurphy24 for giving me the incredible part! Thank you Larry Kramer teaching is all a little more about love. Thanks @MattBomer my dear friend and partner in #TheNormalHeart you were an inspiration and friend every day. Thank you @HBO and Dante Di Lereto, Dede Gardner and Plan B for Producing such a beautiful movie. You did the impossible. To all the people who lived through the AIDS crisis and lost the ones you loved. This award is yours. @SAGawards You are heros. Thank you @alfredMolina, Julia Roberts, Joe Mantello, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Sean Meehan, Jonathan Groff, BD Wong, and the rest of Cast."
Ruffalo's Reaction Face: Upon waking and hearing from my wife and kids that I won a @sagawards for #TheNormalHeart Love wins tonight! A photo posted by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on Jan 25, 2015 at 6:45pm PST