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Mitch Perry Report for 4.7.15 — John Travolta finally comments on ‘Going Clear’

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First today — condolences to the friends and family of former Fox-13 reporter Warren Elly, who died yesterday of adrenal cortical carcinoma, an extremely rare form of cancer. He was only 64. It’s a big blow to the Tampa Bay area, where he contributed so much with his journalism and his friendship and his tutoring to so many people over the past three decades. RIP, Warren. Moving on, if you’ve seen the documentary Going Clear, you know that director Alex…

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Scientology film brings HBO’s highest ratings for a documentary in nearly a decade

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Going Clear, Alex Gibney‘s two-hour exposé on the Church of Scientology that initially was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January, took in nearly 1.7 million viewers during its premiere television broadcast Sunday night on HBO. According to the Hollywood Reporter, that’s the highest-rated documentary on the premium cable network since Spike Lee’s When The Levees Broke aired in 2006, his documentary on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in Louisiana. The ratings will certainly grow for the new documentary, as HBO will be repeating the…

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‘Going Clear’ documentary unites voices against Scientology

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Mike Rinder had spent virtually all of his life in the Church of Scientology. From the age of 6 he was raised in the church, eventually rising to become its chief spokesman. Everyone he knew was a Scientologist, including his wife, his two children, his mother, his brother and his sister. But after spending more than a year in a disciplinary facility known as “the hole,” where Rinder says he and other Scientology executives were confined, an increasingly disillusioned Rinder…

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