Archive for September 2007

Theater Tech

September 10, 2007

There’s a good article in Britain’s Telegraph about Milton Katselas and his Beverly Hills Playhouse, one of the most respected acting classes in Los Angeles.

Students have left Katselas’s school, the Beverly Hills Playhouse, because of the unspoken pressure they felt to join the Church of Scientology, the controversial religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s. Nobody ever told them to join, but they could not ignore how many of their classmates and teachers were Scientologists. Or the fact that Milton Katselas, the master himself, credits Hubbard for much of his success. And the assorted weirdness: one of Katselas’s students has a day job at the Scientology Celebrity Centre, where Tom Cruise and John Travolta study, and one zealous television star left the Playhouse because she said she believed that Katselas wasn’t committed enough to Scientology.

Katselas is a Scientologist and uses a lot of Hubbard in his coursework but from this article he sounds more like a Freezoner.

Katselas’s stubbornness, and his sheer ego, are the keys to understanding his relationship to Scientology. He takes what he can from the teachings, but he can be contemptuous of the church. ‘I know [Hubbard] made a statement once that Scientology is not the people in it,’ Katselas said. ‘Scientology is a technology that he’s developed that is really powerful, and these artists respond to it because it cleans up certain things that they’re looking to or that they’re dealing with, and that helps them in their quest or in their way, and there’s no doubt of that.’ But, he added: ‘I don’t go to parties, I don’t go to Scientology events. I just don’t do it. And they’re not enthralled with me because of that.’ He agreed that some Scientologists were ‘zealots’.

The wife of a good friend studied with Katselas for a few years.  She was never in Scientology but talked about how it was run with Scientology principles.  She even was the Ethics Officer for awhile.

It’s an interesting read.

Tom Cruise, Call Niki!

September 7, 2007

Oh, for the love of Xenu. I haven’t blogged in ages and when I do, I’m not even mentioning the lawsuit filed against Scientology in Belgium (except I just mentioned it.) Well, more about that this weekend.

Niki YanI just got a YouTube notice that someone posted a video response to one of my videos dealing with Tom Cruise. I took a look at it to approve or disapprove the video and it turned out to be a two minute clip from E! News about a young Asian gal who wrote “a book” about Tom Cruise. Cruise was nice enough to invite her to the set of MI:III and she gushed about how great he is.

Well, I approved it. It was off topic but not offensive so why not. Then I was curious to see who posted it and it turns out to be the actual Asian gal, Niki Yan. She wants someone to finance her book. She even listed her personal phone number on her YouTube page so investors could call her.

Well, that’s nutty so I took a peek at her blog and it turns out she moved to L.A. and now can’t pay the rent and is hoping some publisher will come through any second to buy her loose leaf manuscript which is sure to be a best seller.

And the name of the blog? “Tom Cruise, You Did Not Call Me Back!

Yikes! I never thought I’d feel sorry for Cruise. On the other hand, what did he do to pull her in? Is he PTS to an SP?

And by the way, hot nutty Asian chicks are welcome to write a book about me anytime. I’ll call.