Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah ReminiThe outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.
Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.
That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.
Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientologys causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success shed worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientologys most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.
But when she began to raise questions about some of the churchs actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a Suppressive Person, and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.
Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Reminis remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.
Review: 'The Brainwashing of My Dad' Explores the Human Impact of Right-Wing Media
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Filmmaker Jen Senko examines how the media influenced her father to switch from democrat to conservative. Discovering a streaming service to buy, rent, download, or view the Jen Senko-directed movie via subscription can be a challenge, so we here at Moviefone want to do the work for you. We've listed a number of streaming and cable services - including rental, purchase, and subscription alternatives - along with the availability of 'The Brainwashing of My Dad' on each platform. Now, before we get into the various whats and wheres of how you can watch 'The Brainwashing of My Dad' right now, here are some finer points about the documentary flick. Released March 18th, , 'The Brainwashing of My Dad' stars Jen Senko , Matthew Modine The movie has a runtime of about 1 hr 35 min, and received a score of out of on Metacritic, which collated reviews from well-known critics. Here's the plot: "Filmmaker Jen Senko examines how the media influenced her father to switch from democrat to conservative.
This is not only a must-see documentary, it is an engaging, tender personal story, told by a daughter, Jen Senko, who lost her dad to the right-wing media. It is a fascinating yet sad and all too common tale about the observable personality changes that took hold over her father after he accidentally happened upon right-wing radio and became addicted to it. Once a happy, non-judgmental, easy-going guy, he became an angry, embittered person that no one in his family recognized after he started spending more and more time listening to Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. Frank Luntz, Roger Ailes, and Lee Atwater all make appearances as they were important figures because they understood how biased and inflammatory language works on the brain. An expert explains that brainwashing does not have to involve force, that you can sort of slide into it. There are 5 factors that are involved — isolation, control, uncertainty, repetition, strong emotions.
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The culprit: his daily commute. Alone for three-plus hours a day, he began listening to talk radio, and thus began what can only be called a process of radicalization.
For many years, American documentary maker Jen Senko and her family thought that they had lost their father, Frank. While Senko was growing up, her dad — a World War II veteran and "non-political Kennedy Democrat" — had been a goofy, gentle and compassionate soul. Noam Chomsky traces a shift in strategy by America's Right back to the Nixon era. Credit: Sahlan Hayes. Frank could no longer ride to work in a car-pool with his friends; instead he faced a three-hour round trip with nothing but Right-wing talk radio for company.