Tom Cruise is building a $50 million dollar studio on Sunset Boulevard. Photos that show the new “CNN” of Scientology have been revealed.
From The Daily Mail :
The structure, which spans a five-acre, triangle shaped plot of land, is being built by being built by 50-cent an hour workers, claim former Scientologists familiar with the project.
Though it was rumored Tom Cruise was leaving the church, he and the Church of Scientology plan to take on the major movie studios and the TV networks and cable stations with the creation of Scientology Media Productions on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood.
The new studio will also be used to make ‘propaganda’ movies to recruit more followers while Cruise himself is set to film his Hollywood blockbusters at the glittering base, which has facilities that are set to rival Paramount studios.
Scientology bosses may even use the new studios to attract budding Hollywood actresses to audition to be Cruise’s new girlfriend.
The Church of Scientology has vehemently denied claims made that Cruise auditioned a host of Hollywood beauties including Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Kate Bosworth to be his wife before settling on Katie Holmes.
The impressive complex, revealed in these Daily Mail Online photographs for the first time, is built by the Church’s Sea Org recruits, who are paid only a few dollars a day, according to two former members, who identified the tell-tale blue uniforms.
According to the Church, the colossal studio complex in Los Angeles will reach ‘virtually every person on Earth’ and is now only months away from completion.
Former Scientology member and assistant to leader David Miscavige, Sinar Parman, said: ‘CNN covers anything and everything, it’s their version of CNN, but who wants to watch that stuff?’
Previously, Scientology TV and movie studio work was done at its main HQ Gold Base in Hemet, 60 miles outside Los Angeles in the desert.
The new ‘Scientology Media Productions’ center is only a short 12-mile hop from Cruise’s West Hollywood mansion and will be bigger than any major Tinseltown studio including Universal and Paramount.
The church acquired the new media center from KCET, a local Los Angeles public TV station that had been there since 1970. There are pictures on the Scientology Facebook page showing images of the various studios, suites and newsrooms.
The church proclaims on its website: ‘The global media center that will revolutionize the Church’s communications footprint throughout the print, broadcast, and internet media worlds as a state-of-the-art hub helping beam Scientology’s message all over the globe.
‘The world population of 7 billion is growing by more than 250,000 daily. With 3,000 opportunities to reach each person on any given day, the technological power to reach out exists at unprecedented orders of magnitude.
The sign outside the main entrance to the Scientology Media Productions
‘Scientology Media Productions is the emphatic answer to that most vital question of how we will in fact catapult into the next dimension. When this new property opens, we will be capable of reaching virtually every person on Earth.’
Scientology expert Tony Ortega, who runs the anti-church website Underground Bunker, adds: ‘They’ve talked about doing a Scientology TV channel, showing their dumb videos over and over again. But it could also go the way of their Freedom Magazine, where it’s trying to be more mainstream and commenting on everyday issues.
‘They will try to do TV shows which are legitimate, speaking about every day things with a Scientology slant. Scientology news would be hilarious, but who would watch it?’
Parman adds: ‘What would they fill the time with? I guess DM [church leader David Miscavige] could make an appearance on the show.
‘I’d be bored after ten minutes. They could do tours of their fancy facilities, like a National Geographic thing. But it’s not 24/7, maybe two hours. It’s ridiculous.’
But it gives Cruise, who is worth $450 million, and Scientology, which has $8 billion in reserves, the opportunity to heavily influence the movie world again, which they were doing back in the day where they pressured top Hollywood execs to get what they wanted on films such as War of the Worlds, Days of Thunder and Battlefield Earth.
Cruise has used church facilities for his hit movies in the past and it’s also where his former auditing partner Marc Headley watched dozens of three-to-four-minute ‘girlfriend’ audition videotapes when he was executive producer of Golden Era Productions, the Church’s in-house studio at Gold Base.
Women in the church have come forward in recent years claiming that they auditioned for the role of Cruise’s girlfriend and made to run through the filming
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