A Guide to Scientology's Most Ostentatious Real Estate

Empire-building has been part of many a religious group’s strategy throughout history. But no one does it better than Scientology. The documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which debuted on HBO last night, offers the first in-depth survey of Scientology’s practices, including its ongoing… »3/29/15 7:00pm3/29/15 7:00pm

The Scientology Christmas Catalog Is Totally Insane

Finding the right gift for everyone in your family can be a real bitch. Your mom just wants a phone call. Your dad wants you to find a job. These are not easy people to shop for. But what about your second cousin who moved to L.A., got introduced to Scientology by an actor friend, joined the church to make… »12/23/14 2:50pm12/23/14 2:50pm

Supreme court judges in the UK have ruled that Scientology is a "place of meeting for religious

Supreme court judges in the UK have ruled that Scientology is a "place of meeting for religious worship." Louisa Hodkin launched a suit after officials refused to register a Scientology chapel as a place for marriage. The judges said religions don't require a God — potentially paving the way for Jedi marriages. »12/12/13 7:40pm12/12/13 7:40pm

In House of Rumour, Ian Fleming and Aleister Crowley win World War II

World War II is often the go-to historical moment for alternate history novels. But in Jake Arnott's novel House of Rumour it becomes the focal point for a secret history that's stranger and more elaborate than just "What if the Nazis won?" Arnott weaves figures like L. Ron Hubbard and Virginia Woolf into a… »4/19/13 4:20pm4/19/13 4:20pm

The strangely true connection between Scientology, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and Occult Sorcery

One of the weirdest historical confluences you can imagine took place in Pasadena, California, in the 1940s. There, a darkly handsome young man and chemistry autodidact named Jack Parsons had just made a bundle of money by inventing solid rocket fuel and selling it to the military. He was part of a group of… »1/24/13 4:20pm1/24/13 4:20pm

In new Scientology tell-all book, Tom Cruise explains his "special powers"

You've seen the insane video of Tom Cruise blasting Scientologists with his truth beams. You've heard the rumors. But now, you'll get the full story. Over at the New York Post, Maureen Callahan has a fascinating article about journalist Lawrence Wright's new book about Scientology, called Going Clear: Scientology,… »1/14/13 7:54pm1/14/13 7:54pm

Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology-inspired movie is a weird love story

In Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology-inspired movie The Master, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a self-help guru who's in the process of turning his therapeutic practice into a full-fledged spiritual movement. The Master shows us how Hoffman's character creates the mythology that underpins his new faith, even as it… »9/19/12 11:00am9/19/12 11:00am

Full-length trailer for The Master shows what happens to people who question Philip Seymour Hoffman

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master promises to be one of the year's most intense movies, using the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as a jumping-off point to look at post-World War II trauma and people's eagerness to believe in some weird-ass cosmology. After two teaser trailers, here's your first longer… »7/23/12 11:30am7/23/12 11:30am

Philip Seymour Hoffman channels L. Ron Hubbard like crazy in new Master trailer

The biggest question mark hanging over P.T. Anderson's The Master has always been: How close to a movie about Scientology is this going to be? Rumor had it that Anderson tweaked the script a lot to take it away from being a straight-up portrayal of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard — but the Hubbard vibe is still… »6/19/12 1:22pm6/19/12 1:22pm

First Gorgeous Trailer for P.T. Anderson's Scientology Movie The Master

Joaquin Phoenix is amazingly deranged and sparky in the first trailer for The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's troubled-but-fascinating movie that's at least loosely based on Scientology. You can already see from this brief teaser that Phoenix's character is going to have impulse control issues as well as a flawed… »5/22/12 3:30pm5/22/12 3:30pm

Scientology's 1969 Predictions for Life in 2010... on Another Planet

This is one of the greatest things I've seen this week. Back in 1969, Scientology's magazine Advance! put out an article about how great things would be in the year 2010... but just to hedge their bets a little, the article is set on another planet. Find out how the introduction of Scientology made everything "groovy"… »3/16/12 7:00pm3/16/12 7:00pm