Moviefone Interviewed Us About Scientology, and Didn’t Ask Us to ‘Tone it Down’


AOL’s Moviefone got some bad press this week when it was revealed that one of its employees sent an e-mail to another AOL entity, TechCrunch, objecting to the way one of its reporters, the always delightful Alexia Tsotsis, wrote up her interview of Jake Gyllenhaal and the movie he’s promoting, The Source Code. Uncomfortable with the slightly skeptical tone of the piece, Moviefone was made to look like it didn’t have much in the way of editorial fortitude.

We weren’t sure what to expect then, when Moviefone posted a phone interview we gave them recently on a very controversial subject: celebrities in Scientology.

Well, in this case, Moviefone showed that it has some stones, after all.

Moviefone’s Gaby Dunn let us gab and gab about movie stars in Scientology, and we had all kinds of fun. And in case you wanted to see some of the stories we were referring to, please have at the links below. One of our favorites is the scene of Tom Cruise asking Marc Headley to speak politely to bottles and ashtrays. You just can’t make stuff like that up.

Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he’s been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard’s organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga — Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story — How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection — A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum — The ‘Crash’ Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape — ‘Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle’
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation — Scientology’s former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross — Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked — Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back — Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits