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Posts Tagged ‘Kirstie Alley’

And Now for Something Completely Different: Eric Idle Tweets About Scientology

The posts at The Underground Bunker no longer come quite as fast and furiously as they once did, now that gatekeeper Tony Ortega has a day job. Still, when they do, they’re as fun and informative to read as ever.

Today, Ortega recaps a typically surreal Twitter trail. This one involved, earlier in the week, Monty Python member Eric Idle, a Scientologist, Kirstie Alley and more.

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From Ortega’s summary:

On Tuesday, as we noted earlier, Idle posted a tweet referring to a man named John Wood who has been recognized in the press as Python’s most dedicated fan. But he’s also one of the UK’s most ardent Scientologists, and after some help exposing Wood by Bunker reader Media Lush, Idle publicly distanced himself from Wood and his latest endeavor, a dating site…

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Tony Ortega Gifts Gawker with Ex-Scientologists Rap Song

The latest Church of Scientology scoop fomented by former Village Voice editor-in-chief Tony Ortega is a Thetan level doozy. One that will be reverberating across MSM outlets for days.

The video itself is posted exclusively on Gawker together with a story by John Cook. It showcases a work-in-progress rap song recording laid down by a group of big-name former Church members. Led by Nazanin Boniadi (pictured), the British-Iranian actress at the center of a recent Vanity Fair cover story claiming she was hand-picked by the Church to be Tom Cruise’s girlfriend. One of Boniadi’s lyrics goes like this – ‘It’s a blind alley, like Kirstie Alley.’

In both the Gawker item and on Ortega’s blog, the critical role played by the tireless CoS watchdog reporter in helping flush out this material is explained:

In November, I was in Los Angeles and was hanging out with a British television crew that is making an hour-long documentary about Scientology for Channel 4 that will air in March. I told them about the song, and they were anxious to see if we could get [Tiziano] Lugli to play it for us. We met him at his Hollywood Hills home, and he took us into the studio.

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Latest Church of Scientology PR Crisis Heats Up

As we reported earlier this week, Paul Haggis’ comments about the shocking Vanity Fair October cover story involving Tom Cruise, the Church of Scientology and an alleged 2004 audition process was met with an almost equally disturbing response from the church. The CoS pointed to Googled proof of a prior Haggis “relationship” with the woman at the center of Maureen Orth’s article, Nazanin Boniadi (pictured).

Today, there is more of what will be much more as the Vanity Fair October issue begins to circulate. Over at Tony Ortega’s Village Voice CoS blog, Haggis has chimed in with a few more thoughts. He clarifies that although his emails to Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman were taken as confirmation of the VF report, “Like everyone else, I have not even read their story.”

But Haggis stands firm on the central point of his reaching out. Vouching for Boniadi’s character:

“I am simply coming to the defense of a woman who has been publicly called a liar… Perhaps it’s just me, but I have never found Scientology’s blanket denials equally credible… It is my understanding that Naz is the subject of this article, not the source of it. Scientology has a long and well-documented history of attempting to bully its critics into silence. Here they are bullying a woman who has yet to even speak. I guess I just don’t like bullies.”

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Daily Beast: Former Scientologist Deconstructs Alley’s New Diet Products

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Kim Masters talked to a former Scientologist to asked if Kirstie Alley‘s “non-Scientology” Scientology weight-loss program is in anyway related to Scientology.

Scientologists are always so open and candid about everything they do. Can’t imagine why the press is calling Alley out on this whopper.

Sorry for the pun…ahem.

Masters writes:

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Devout Scientologist Kirstie Alley’s New Diet Products Are Not in Anyway Related to Scientology…Wink Wink

Today’s Meredith Vieira asked fat-exploiter Kirstie Alley if her new line of supplements are a front for the completely unscientific Scientology. “It’s bullshit,” declared Alley.

MSNBC reports:

Vieira said that several Web sites and Scientology critics have reported that the directors of Alley’s company are top-level Scientologists, and that the business’s address is at the same building that houses Scientology offices in Clearwater, Fla.

Gee Meredith, think you can give a girl a break? Just because the directors, creators and public face are Scientologists doesn’t mean it’s in anyway Scientology.

Scientologists Take Aim at Mexico City’s Drug Problems

Narconon is an arm of Scientology that offers drug rehab. Kirstie Alley is their spokesperson. She’s makes people not want to get high? Anyway, apparently we’re on their mailing list.

Here’s the release in full:

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2/18/2010
Narconon International drug education seminar for beleaguered Mexico City parents

Parents ask for help to address rising heavy alcohol and non-prescribed pharmaceutical use among the capital’s youth.

Narconon International president Clark Carr gave a three and a half hour drug education seminar to 100 parents and college age youth in Mexico City on February 10th, offering key data to explain why youth turn to drugs and also how to combat this perennial risk to youthful wellbeing. A recent national Mexican study of alcohol and other drug use indicated that alcohol is the worst problem, that 27,000,000 Mexicans between 12 and 65 drink, a quarter of those drinking heavily. Marijuana follows as the other gateway drug with abuse of pharmaceuticals from the house and internet also growing alarmingly, paralleling U.S. drug use.

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Betty Cohen Leaves Lifetime/Can Andrea Wong Make It Right?

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Betty Cohen is leaving Lifetime after only 2 years, and ABC’s Andrea Wong is rumored to be the leading contender to take her place. Wong’s chief glories have been reality winners, like Dancing with the Stars, et.al.

At the upfronts, Lifetime announced reality shows:

How To Look Good Naked–hosted by Carson Kressley who’s probably seen pictures of women naked, at least.

America’s Psychic Challenge–psychics duke it out. How come they never go to Vegas?

and scripted fare:

Army WivesKim Delaney loves a man in a uniform.

and MOWs:

Write & WrongKirstie Alley in The Front, only she’s old, not black-listed.

And if the predictions come true, the hed can be Write and Wong. We crack ourselves up.