shake off dem thetans, it's $cientology post

About two years ago, Lawrence Wright dropped a 26-page journalism bomb about Paul Haggis's departure from the Church of Scientology. It appears that was just the tip of the iceberg, as he has a new book on the religion, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, coming out later this month. The Hollywood Reporter excerpted a portion about Tom Cruise, Scientology leader David Miscavige, and Sea Orgs (the church's "elite clergy"). Here's what we learned:

1. Cruise modeled his A Few Good Men character on Miscavige, "a fact that the Church leader liked to brag about."

2. One time when Cruise audited former Sea Org Marc Headley, Kirstie Alley was there. Headley decribed her as a "celebrity prop" because she mostly just read.

3. Between 2000 and 2004, the food costs for the Miscaviges and his guests would range between $3,000 to as much as $20,000 a week.

4. Miscavige would have his light bulbs polished once a month.

5. "Miscavige keeps a number of dogs, including five beagles. He had blue vests made up for each of them, with four stripes on the shoulder epaulets, indicating the rank of Sea Org Captain. He insists that people salute the dogs as they parade by. The dogs have a treadmill where they work out. A full-time staff member feeds, walks and trains the dogs and enters one of them, Jelly, into contests, where he has attained championship status."

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This article doesn't mention it, but THR also published an excerpt from the book on John Travolta.