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Narconon International commonly known as Narconon is a Scientology organization that promotes the theories of founder L. Ron Hubbard regarding substance abuse treatment and addiction. The organization was formed in by Scientologist William Benitez with Hubbard's help. Benitez contacted Hubbard after reading his book, Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought and Narconon was incorporated in While both the Church of Scientology and Narconon state that Narconon is a secular program, that it is independent of Scientology,  and that it provides legitimate drug education and rehabilitation,   Narconon has been described by many government reports and former patients as a Church of Scientology front group.
The program has garnered considerable controversy as a result of its origins in Scientology    and its methods.
Its drug rehabilitation treatment has been described as "medically unsafe",  " quackery "    and "medical fraud",  while academic and medical experts have dismissed its educational program as containing "factual errors in basic concepts such as physical and mental effects, addiction and even spelling".
Hubbard's writings, which underlie the program, state that drugs and their metabolites are stored in the body's fatty tissue , causing the addict's cravings when partially released later on, and can be flushed out through a regimen known as Purification Rundown , which involves exercise, sauna and intake of high doses of vitamins.
Narconon's facilities have been the location of several deaths, some of which have been linked to a lack of trained medical personnel on site. There are no independently recognized studies that confirm the efficacy of the Narconon program.
Narconon, with the Scientology program, is another example of the workability of Dianetics and Scientology. Narconon was established 19 February as a drug rehabilitation program based on the book Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought by L. Ron Hubbard and delivered to drug abusers in the Arizona State Prisons. The name "Narconon" originally referred not to an organization but to the program. Narconon's creator was William C. Benitez, a former inmate at Arizona State Prison who had served time for narcotics offenses.
Ron Hubbard , and in Hubbard sponsored the incorporation of Narconon as an organization. Even before Narconon became established, Scientology and Dianetics were promoted as providing a cure for drug addiction. In the Reverend John W. Elliot, senior minister of the Church of Scientology and chairman of its Drug Abuse Prevention team, announced that "Dianetic Counseling" had "completely cured 30 out of 30 people" who came to the Church of Scientology for help.
Elliott also reported that Dianetics could cure hay fever , asthma and arthritis. In the early days of Narconon, no distinction was made between Scientology's 'religious' and 'secular' branches; Narconon was considered by Scientologists to be an example of Scientology in action. This early program did not, however, deal directly with withdrawal symptoms. In , the Narconon program adopted procedures to include drug-free withdrawal.
A number of celebrities have publicly attested that Narconon was helpful in their own lives. Musician Nicky Hopkins and actress Kirstie Alley have credited Narconon for their recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol.
The treatment in California preyed upon the fears of concerned workers, but served no rational medical function. Moreover, the program itself, developed not by physicians or scientists, but by the founder of the Church of Scientology, has no recognized value in the established medical and scientific community. In and , WISE at Work magazine and International Scientology News each published articles clarifying the relationship between Narconon and Scientology; each placed Narconon in Scientology's 'Division 6B', with responsibility for introducing the public to Scientology services.
By the end of , according to the International Association of Scientologists , Narconon was operating rehabilitation centers around the world. The domain name of Narcodex. The funding for the website came entirely from the Narconon Trois-Rivieres, which also controlled the content on the site.
In July , Narconon proposed to acquire the acre Hockley, Ontario estate of Donald Blenkarn , who had died the previous year. Narconon planned to convert the estate into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, but drew widespread opposition from residents who were opposed to the presence of a rehab center, and to the presence of Narconon and Scientology specifically.
In January , Narconon instituted a Hubbard-based detoxification program in Annapolis to treat veterans suffering from Gulf war-related conditions.
The treatments were funded by the U. As of December , seven Gulf War veterans completed the program. It was administered on a 7-day per week schedule, with the regimen being completed in 33 days. Carpenter affirmed that the program was effective in his own treatment. Its affiliation with the Church of Scientology has made Narconon itself a focus of controversy. In its early days, Narconon used unaltered Scientology materials in its courses, and Scientology executives ran the organization founders Heldt and Maren were high-ranking members of the Church's public-relations department known as the Guardian's Office.
However, as Narconon promoted its drug-treatment services to a variety of governmental jurisdictions within the US, the organization repeatedly found itself at the center of controversy when the Scientology connection was raised by journalists or politicians.
The link with Scientology raised questions about the constitutional appropriateness of governmental bodies sponsoring a religiously affiliated organization see Lemon v. By the late s, Scientology was keen to disavow its connection with Narconon. When the FBI raided Scientology offices on 8 July , papers seized revealed that Scientologists were instructed to refer to Narconon and other " front groups " using code names:. Codes should be used for the names of front groups that we do not want connected with the C of S and for anything that gives specific and actual evidence that the C of S is in legal control of B6 groups [of which Narconon was one].
In the s, Narconon was at pains to deny all links to Scientology; [ citation needed ] in John Wood, the head of Narconon UK, denied any connection between Narconon and Scientology, saying, "I know beyond doubt that Narconon does not recruit for nor promote the Church of Scientology", despite the final stage in Narconon's process for patients at that time being "Route to nearest Org Scientology organisation for further services",  but by Scientology spokesman Graeme Wilson was describing Narconon as Scientology's "affiliate charity".
A 1—5 March Boston Herald series exposed how two Scientology-linked groups, Narconon and the World Literacy Crusade , used anti-drug and learn-to-read programs to gain access to public schools without disclosing their Scientology ties. The Herald noted numerous other instances over the years where reporters were harassed with " noisy investigations " after writing stories exposing Scientology.
Since its establishment, Narconon has faced considerable controversy over the safety and effectiveness of its rehabilitation methods and the organization's links to the Church of Scientology. The medical profession has been sharply critical of Narconon's methods, which rely on theories of drug metabolism that are not supported by mainstream toxicology.
Medical experts disagree with this basic understanding of physiology, saying that no significant amount of drugs are stored in fat, and that drugs can't be "sweated out" as Narconon claims.
Particular criticism has been directed at the therapy's use of vitamins including massive doses of niacin and extended sauna sessions. The material is frequently visible and drips, or is rubbed off on towels. The "New Life Program" consists of two principal stages: There are more than beds at Narconon Arrowhead, according to John Bitinas, who is part of the public relations staff for the facility.
Asked whether medications are used to help patients going through withdrawal, he said that "Narconon is drug-free, meaning we do not use substitute drugs as part of our rehabilitation process.
If they are found to need a higher level of care then Narconon is qualified to offer at that time, they are referred to a more appropriate facility. The detoxification program is based on Hubbard's theory that "small amounts of drugs [and their metabolites] stored in fat are released at a later time causing the person to re-experience the drug effect and desire to use again. Narconon is not a medical model. The Narconon program rejects the disease model of addiction , and its program literature has described the terminology used by that model as being disempowering to patients.
The Narconon treatment program follows the "social education" model of drug rehabilitation. The program is four to six months long and includes a regimen of detoxification that includes "aerobic exercise, dry-sauna sweating, hydration and nutrition supplements; life skills trainings; and personalized plans for after-graduation living.
The Narconon detoxification regimen is designed to eliminate drug residues from drug users' bodies and thus reduce the cravings that may be caused by these residues.
Experts from mainstream medicine and toxicology have repeatedly argued that Hubbard's method has no validity: And the sauna program, what Narconon contends is that in -- it in fact detoxifies your body. But there's no scientific basis that you can point me to to support that contention, is there, sir?
So when Narconon states that the sauna program detoxifies its students, you're not aware, as a medical doctor, of any scientific basis for that contention? You're familiar with the vitamin regimen? What -- do you have an opinion about whether or not the vitamin regimen is effective at treating addiction?
I believe that it has very likely no bearing whatsoever on the treatment of addiction. Narconon asserts that methadone, amphetamines, methamphetamines, morphine, copper, mercury, and other toxins, some consumed years earlier, leave the body by means of sweating.
This contrasts with the view of the body's drug retention taken by mainstream science , which has found that most recreational drugs leave the body within a few days with the exception of cannabis , which in the case of frequent use can remain in the body for up to a month.
According to Narconon, vitamin and mineral supplements are needed to address nutritional deficiencies and offset nutrient loss due to sweating. Other key elements in the program are the use of niacin , which Hubbard believed to increase free fatty acid mobilization, and the inclusion of polyunsaturated fats that he thought to increase the excretion rate of some toxin compounds. Together with a proper amount of sleep, this regime is thought by Narconon to mobilize and eliminate long-term stored toxins.
Because Narconon doctrines dictate that patients undergoing its program exhibit physical symptoms relating to the drugs that are supposedly being 'sweated out', and because Narconon's staff are not medically qualified or typically qualified in orthodox drug rehabilitation , there is a risk that serious medical symptoms - from niacin overdose , or from other causes - may be misinterpreted by Narconon staff as the desirable effects of detoxification: The Narconon program presents a potential risk to the patients of the Narconon program that delayed withdrawal phenomena such as seizures , delirium or hallucination that are occasionally seen several days after cessation of drugs such as benzodiazepines, may be misinterpreted by Narconon's non-medical staff as the effect of mobilizing the drug from fat during the sauna sweat-out procedure period.
There is also a potential risk that the reported re-experience of the abused drugs' effect during the sauna sweat-out program may be the result of misinterpreted symptoms of hyperthermia or electrolyte imbalance The remainder of the Narconon course uses "Training Routines" or "TRs"  originally devised by Hubbard to teach communications skills to Scientologists. Independent researchers have found considerably lower rates of success. At least one website critical of Narconon cites a Swedish research study that gives a rate of 6.
Collectively, one quasi-experimental and five non-experimental studies document lack of evidence of the preventive effects of these programs.
Thus, there is currently no reliable evidence for the effectiveness of Narconon as a primary or secondary drug prevention program. This is partly due to the insufficient research evidence about Narconon and partly due to the non-experimental nature of the few studies that exist. In April , the town council of Wyong refused permission for Narconon to open a new centre at Yarramalong, New South Wales , saying that Narconon's method of treatment was a factor in the decision.
To be allowed in the area it'd have to be defined as a hospital and there wasn't enough material to demonstrate it could be so defined because my understanding of the rehab process it that it is more of a religious process than it is a medical process. In , Scientologists from Clearwater , Florida tried to get a Narconon drug-education program installed into the Pinellas County school district.
After a hearing on the matter, a school-district committee refused to allow students to participate in an anti-drug program based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, citing that teaching students about the " tone scale " and other trappings of Scientology was inappropriate for a drug-education program for their schools.
In , Narconon offered an anti-drug program to public schools in California, free of charge. A series of articles in the San Francisco Chronicle on 9 and 10 June , resulted in California school officials investigating Narconon's claims. The study found that Narconon's program did not reflect medically and scientifically based practices and that it offered students misleading information about drug use and abuse.
As a result of the investigation, on 23 February , the state's superintendent of public instruction, Jack O'Connell, officially recommended that all schools in the state reject the Narconon program.
The president of Narconon, Clark Carr, responded that the study presented only limited information about his organization's work, and that those efforts were "accurate and relevant to the current challenges children face with drugs.
A May investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle discovered that some California schools were still using the Narconon program, in spite of its rejection by the San Francisco Unified School District.
Steve Heilig, one of the experts who evaluated the Narconon education program on behalf of the school district, finding it to be scientifically unsound,  urged schools to check the accreditation of drug education programs before allowing them access to students, saying "One imperative of drug education is that we not deceive students, as once they discover that you are not telling them factual information, they are likely to disbelieve everything you say".
In the excellent, intriguing and occasionally action-packed "Counterpart," beginning Sunday on Starz, a contemporary Cold War thriller has been erected on a science-fiction foundation: An experiment 30 years ago accidentally split reality into two, as lightning might split a tree.
These separately evolving planes have remained connected by a passage — in Berlin, appropriately enough — a supernatural Checkpoint Charlie kept secret from almost everyone in either world. An apparatus has grown up around maintaining this portal. At the bottom of this bureaucracy are clueless "interface" men, who speak codes they don't understand to men who don't understand them. Howard Silk Harry Lloyd , and introduced to his "other," an outwardly identical Howard from the other world who is at once his twin and himself.
But where Our Howard, as we shall call him for clarity, is a mild-mannered drone, Other Howard is a secret agent in search of an assassin who has come over from his reality to ours and wants to take over Our Howard's life for a while. And where Our Howard is a nice guy who loves his wife the great Olivia Williams, in a coma as we open , Other Howard is not particularly nice — "disappointing" is his blunt assessment of his second self — though he may turn out to be a good guy in the end, who possibly loves his wife.
It is sometimes hard to tell who the good guys are here, but that is a feature of spy stories, and just how this one has been arranged. Viewers familiar with the old Fox series "Fringe," in which alternate worlds were at war, or the recent German Netflix series "Dark," with its portal through time, may feel neurons firing in recognition. But what sets "Counterpart" apart is that the sci-fi elements are mostly beside the point. Created by Justin Marks who wrote the live-action "Jungle Book" film , this is an almost straightforward political thriller, with the worlds analogous in attitude to what we used to think of East and West.
But they're not telling. There are no death rays, no flying cars. Cars drive on the ground. Travel from one world to the other — entirely on official business — involves inoculations, visas and stone-faced border agents. Apart from a dark passageway and some barred doors, it resembles going through airport customs, only less annoying.
Seen from Our Howard's perspective, it's something out of the Alfred Hitchcock playbook -- an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary circumstances. You do have to pay attention. Espionage narratives often involve questions of identity, of course, with players pretending to be someone they're not — and forgetting who they are.
But "Counterpart" multiplies the possibilities: These folks can pretend to be someone they actually are. Ideas about nature and nurture are therefore inevitably batted about, such as what makes a person the person they are.
One little thing gone wrong. Some elements don't bear too much inspection. The depiction of the other Berlin, though distinguished by having twisty glass buildings digitally dropped in, is drab and depressed and depopulated in a way that seems more designed to prop up a metaphor than fully imagine a world. They only have flip phones on the other side, which suffered a pandemic our world did not experience, but the oceans are cleaner.
One welcome aspect of the series is that it puts older performers at its center. Age is part of the story — Howard needs to be old enough to have a shared memory with his other self, and to have grown into a different person, and Simmons, 62, does well playing both the soft-edged salaryman and the sleek secret agent, making them easy to tell apart without resorting to caricature.
But it is also pleasant on its own terms to see Simmons, a fine actor and Oscar winner "Whiplash" who rarely gets such parts, as the leading man — leading men, and to watch him work with Williams who is They have a soulfulness and authority that only comes from having lived a little. See the full article at latimes. Every so often a new show comes around offering a confluence of so many strong elements that it instantly becomes a must-watch.
A stylish espionage thriller with a sci-fi slant, the series blends genres into an exquisite concoction that is both fascinatingly original and comfortingly familiar at the same time. The story ticks all of the requisite genre boxes of popular television today without being yet another comic book adaptation.
Howard is literally pulled into the plot by his superiors, and introduced to what seems like a fantasy version of himself. Strong, confident, capable, the other Howard Silk is everything his meeker counterpart thinks he wants to be; he is the living embodiment of all the paths not taken.
And for a man so taken with questioning certain life choices at the moment, this wrinkle is deeply distressing to say the least. That alone should be enough to make even the most cynical TV watcher curious about this new series. Dual roles are a tricky thing. But both actors were playing siblings; two people with distinctly different personalities who just happened to look exactly like one another.
Counterpart, on the other hand, is the story of two versions of the same man, and Simmons delivers a pair of performances that are equally engaging yet entirely distinct from one another.
The first Howard Silk we meet is a mild-mannered everyman who happens to have a job requiring the utmost secrecy. They share the same memories of childhood, which means their paths ran parallel up to a certain point. The tendency to describe a new film or TV series by mashing up two disparate products can sometimes leave you scratching your head. For one thing, explaining the show to someone who knows nothing about it would take 20 minutes. Read the full article at screenrant.
Counterpart, the compelling new Starz drama that's mostly an old-school espionage thriller with a little bit of sci-fi tossed in and, we shall see, maybe an existential exploration of identity, is a hodgepodge of interesting ideas that drag you forward into the confusing narrative, with one central and undeniable hook: It's no mystery that the omnipresent Simmons is a pretty incredible actor, from his Oscar-winning work in Whiplash to, yes, his heavy-rotation Farmers Insurance commercials, but the ease with which he pulls off a dual role in Counterpart is truly skillful.
It keeps you captivated, even if you wonder how long, if ever, the series will operate in a state of purposeful obfuscation. Simmons plays Howard Silk, a low-level drone in a highly secretive "United Nations spy agency" based in Berlin.
Howard has worked there for 29 years, carrying out a series of highly orchestrated but mundane tasks that are either meant to decode something important or look that way. Howard says, more than once, that he doesn't really know what the division of his company, known as the Office of Interchange, really does. Turns out — and the explanation for this early on is, at best, murky — the East Germans accidentally stumbled on a parallel universe about 30 years ago.
There are identical people on both sides, with shared histories at least early histories that then diverge as those identical people become vastly different, theoretically, as the parallel universes move apart. And this is where Simmons becomes exceptional, and essential to the series' success. His meek Howard Silk has a counterpart, hence the name of the show, on the other side: Howard Prime, who is essentially a spy and assassin, light-years more badass than the silken Howard an early and amusing running joke is how disappointed Howard Prime is in Howard Silk, for working 29 years at a place and never advancing.
Simmons plays the dual roles beautifully. Simmons changes his posture, tone, facial expressions, his walk and even what appears to be his breathing to differentiate the milquetoast Howard from bad-ass Howard. Every element of each portrayal is convincing. Credit series creator, writer and executive producer Justin Marks The Jungle Book for crafting a surprisingly intriguing genre mashup that explores identity as much as the spy game and, for that matter, parallel universes.
Morten Tyldum The Imitation Game directs the pilot and sets the template dark, stylish, German that gives Counterpart a strong cinematic feel. Dense but absorbing, Counterpart is filled with both twists and slow reveals, urging you into commitment.
Any time there's a hesitation, there's Simmons, whose outstanding work won't let you pull away, giving Starz and creator Marks a series that could stand out in the TV jungle. Read the full article at HollywoodReporter. One of the best, most intriguing, gripping and well-made dramas of the new year starts this weekend.
And it features what is, even this early in , one of the truly outstanding performances. Counterpart Sunday, The Movie Network, 8 p. ET and on-demand on CraveTV is an old-fashioned espionage thriller taken to a warped new level.
The espionage is fuzzy at first but this is emphatically a character-driven show. It's also sci-fi in a way — double versions of its characters in two worlds, parallel existences that have small but significant differences.
The series opens in Berlin with mayhem. A dead body, a dangerous woman and talk of "getting to the other side. Simmons , who works for a secretive United Nations outfit in Berlin. He's not even sure what it is they do. Maybe it's cracking codes and deciphering intelligence reports. But he's been doing the same job methodically for almost 30 years and is not about to ask questions.
He would like a promotion, though — something different from the closed cubicle he enters every day. On one of those ordinary days, he is summoned to meet one of the bosses. In a scene admirable for its economy, Howard meets his doppelganger — a man who comes to be known as Other Howard.
The boss explains to him that decades ago, during the Cold War, the East Germans conducted an experiment, there was an "accident" and, somehow, "a world identical to ours" was created. Same people, with the same lives and traits, but there are some differences. What's going on, at the concept level, is a playful iteration of the Cold War itself — the "other side" might be East Berlin and in East Berlin "the other side" might be the West.
Other Howard isn't baffled at all. He's on a mission. An assassin — a woman — has been sent over from the other side to kill somebody on Howard's side.
He knows about this stuff. He's not a bland bureaucrat like Howard. He's aggressive, a man of action. Some weight, but not gravitas, is given to the philosophical issues.
What events or experiences fundamentally change people? If these characters on the two sides are duplicates, what makes some evolve differently? The assassin, Baldwin Sara Serraiocco , is an efficient, cold-blooded killer on one side. Her double is a violinist, not given to violence at all.
So, what is it that can give people such separate moral compasses when they are supposed to be the same? In the opening episode there's a great scene in which Howard, having witnessed another version of himself, demands that promotion. Simmons owns the show. It is a fabulous piece of acting — he uses small, tiny tics of behaviour and body movement to indicate he's not Howard, he's Other Howard.
It's wonderful to watch, this tour-de-force of duplication. Counterpart is very highly recommended — it's beautifully made, smart and deftly crafted to unleash surprises and twists.
Addictive and admirable from the get-go. See the full article at theglobeandmail. Simmons is an actor with extraordinary range. He's played a mean band teacher in Whiplash, Spider-Man's boss in the Sam Raimi Marvel films, and a gentle patriarch in several family sitcoms.
The man can do good guy and bad guy with ease, making him one of the industry's most formidable multi-dimensional actors working today. But his latest project, Starz's Counterpart, sees him going truly multi-dimensional. Simmons plays a man named Howard Silk — I take that back. Simmons plays two men named Howard Silk, the same person from different universes, in the engaging science-fiction spy thriller that'll leave your head swelling with thoughts. One Howard is your typical corporate schlub who does his job like a good worker bee with no questions asked.
The other Howard is a high-level inter-dimensional spy, brimming with confidence and attitude and some sweet leather jackets. Naturally, the two can't believe the other turned out how they did.
This is the crux of Counterpart, the question of how small decisions could make huge impacts on our lives visualized through characters who split apart into two copies about three decades ago.
Is kind, meek Howard from our universe the optimal Howard? Or is the icy spy Howard the most realized version of Howard Silk there can be?
It's like Sliding Doors but with way more shootouts. It's like Breaking Bad fan fiction where early Walter White becomes roommates with end-of-series Heisenberg. It's Seasons 3 and 4 of Fringe, the TV show. And it is, from the handful of episodes that Starz sent to press, a total blast to watch.
The brief spoiler-free download on Counterpart is that Howard 1 finds his mind blown — the multiple dimensions aren't public knowledge — when he's roped into a murder investigation by Howard 2; the very sight of watching Simmons meet himself and vice versa is worth giving the first episode a gander. The two form a kinship while the bureaucracy of keeping the two dimensions unaware of each other intervenes, leaving doubts about who to trust and questions of every character's self interest.
From there, story unspools briskly, the world is built like puzzle pieces falling into place and side characters get meaty twists as Counterpart frolics in its dual-world set up.
Simmons is worth the price of admission, but it's the complex story, themes of identity and potential of the series that makes it seem like a steal. The story is held up by Cold War sentiments — aided by the show being set in Berlin — with each world using spies, assassins and possibly biological warfare against the other for reasons unknown other than the fact that you too would have a hard time trusting a person who looked just like you.
But it can get worse for others. Imagine you're Howard 1 and you see the facsimile of your wife Olivia Williams , who's in a coma in your world but conscious and well in the other world That should give you an idea of the paranoia that Counterpart thrives on. See the full article at TVGuide. They belong to the actor J. Simmons, whose double-barreled performance makes the show the most entertaining new series of the winter.
The setting is Berlin, where a Cold War experiment gone awry made an exact copy of our world, reachable through a passage in the basement of a government office building. We, along with the meeker of the two Howards, learn about this in the first episode; six of 10 episodes were available for review. Privy to it are the senior members of the large, somewhat bumbling bidimensional bureaucracy that manages the portal, who are allowed to pass between worlds using visas measured in hours.
The two Howards are part of that apparatus, the meek Howard a paper-shuffler in the original world and the macho Howard a covert agent for the splinter world.
They meet — an almost unheard-of occurrence — when the macho Howard follows a criminal who manages to cross between worlds and needs to pose as the meek Howard to catch her. They also drive home Mr. More centrally, the show is an argument about nature versus nurture, in both geopolitical and personal terms.
Will the two worlds, and the two Howards, in their separation, inevitably become nothing like each other? Or will their basic natures prove to be stronger? Through six episodes, Mr. See the full article at NYTimes. It avoids many of the traps of the Prestige Drama category: Simmons and Olivia Williams, among others. Like his fellow pencil pushers, he goes into a cubicle to exchange pre-determined messages with a man on the other side of a glass in a similar cubicle.
What are these men doing? What are the messages for? This copy of the reality inhabited by Howard and everyone he knows split off a few decades back for reasons no one understands, and only a few elites on both sides are aware of its existence. But after a few decades of peace, the two realities have diverged politically and socially, and a cold war has broken out.
As the story gains steam, Howard and his much tougher doppelganger from the other side become increasingly involved in the complicated conflict. The central conflict between the worlds drives much of the narrative, but the exact nature and cause of the conflict remain a little too vague for much of the first season.
See the full article at Variety. Over a career spanning more than 30 years, J. Simmons has become one of the most recognized supporting actors in show business, playing dozens of gruff or kindly men. Simmons is Howard Silk, an unassuming, low-level employee in the bureaucracy overseeing the portal. In a scene consisting of Mr. Simmons talking to Mr. Simmons, intense Howard says to mild Howard: The actor chuckled about that line during a recent interview, given its resonance with his own life.
Born in the Detroit area, Mr. Simmons entered the entertainment world through musical theater, first at the University of Montana, then in Seattle and New York.
Simmons has been a familiar face in multiple genres. He played the cigar-chomping newspaperman J. Simmons has voiced the yellow candy since Read the full interview on WSJ.
Howard Simmons is a devotee: Beyond his devotion to both company and companion, Howard is a man of routine. He gets up and goes to work, always arriving early, not late.
He plays the board game Go with his friend Andre every Tuesday and Thursday. Andre is his only real friend, and Howard only met him because his routine changed. Recently, Emily was hit by a car when she was crossing the street. The rest sit next to his wife, as he reads to her until visiting hours end.
And he was once married to Emily, but things have changed there, too. The tightly scripted pilot excavates plenty of world-building in a fun and fast first hour, helping to clarify where this takes place a United Nations agency in Berlin , when the not-too-distant future , and how these dual universes came to be nope, not giving this one away. It connects pieces that were subtly tossed out earlier just as it answers big questions it put a pin in during early hours.
Twists demand you keep up or risk being spoiled , and everything happening onscreen makes such appointment viewing worthwhile.
It would be one thing if the Oscar-winning character actor was playing the same guy twice over, and one Howard just had a hat and an accent; or if he was playing one Howard as a version of himself and then putting everything new or different into the Other Howard.
Other Howard is straight-backed, confident, and curt. Distinguishing between the two is never a problem, even sans props like a hat , and much of that credit goes to Simmons. Simmons is the living embodiment of this debate: Are the two Howards really the same guy deep down, or did their differing circumstances fundamentally change who they are? Without spoiling too much of the illuminating premiere, the two Howards started as the same person and then went on different paths.
That choice allows the series to explore themes of inherited vs. There are many directions the story could go, including plenty of ways for the whole show to go off the rails. But there are more than enough carefully planned connections and well-calculated twists to inspire security in this tantalizing tale. Simmons has always sounded better than one, just like one million Oprahs is one million times better than one.
See the full article at Indiewire. Simmons takes a break from doing Farmers Insurance commercials to sink his teeth into this excellent new science fiction thriller from Starz, premiering on January 21st. Simmons plays Howard Silk, a cog in the wheel of a U.
After 30 years of doing the same old thing, Howard is desperate for something new and interesting to come along. And boy does he get his wish. Apparently, there was a Cold War experiment that opened a doorway to another identical dimension and only a select group of people are aware it exists.
This is where Counterpart gets interesting. The show uses the MacGuffin of a parallel dimension to do a deep dive into what makes an individual unique. His performance is mesmerizing, as he expertly creates two unique characters. On the other end of the spectrum, Howard Prime slumps in his chair, fumbles over his words, and lacks the tenacity necessary to do what his alter-ego is able to accomplish with relative ease.
The larger story is captivating as well. It appears that the two worlds are in a disagreement over how to coexist with each other, setting up some potentially reality-breaking conflicts for later in the season.
Another intriguing element of the show is Baldwin Sara Serraiocco , a mysterious assassin running around Earth Prime targeting specific people, but no one on either side is sure why. The show is visually impressive too. There are times when Counterpart intentionally slows its pacing and then suddenly launches into a frenetic shootout featuring some great fight choreography that creates a tense atmosphere.
The writers give you just enough information to whet your appetite. It makes me wish the entire season was available now. Watching multiple versions of J. Simmons is never a bad thing. Mix in a great story with a fantastic supporting cast and you have a recipe for a series brimming with potential. If you end up falling head over heels for the series like I have, rest assured, this is only the beginning of our discussions about Counterpart, since Starz has already ordered a second season.
Counterpart premieres Sunday, January 21st, but the pilot is available for early viewing at Starz. Read the full article at IGN. See the full list of nominees at Variety. The group split its top movie awards among several genres: See the full list of winners at Deadline.
Sound editing and sound mixing are two separate categories in the Oscar race, but many laypeople would quickly admit that they don't exactly know the difference. Sound pros often reach for metaphors, such as cooking, to explain the difference: Sound editing could be likened to preparing the ingredients, and mixing is when everything comes together to prepare the dish.
Pros from three films reveal their recipes for awards-contending sound. For Edgar Wright's bank robbery action film starring Ansel Elgort, the 35 songs featured were as much a part of the story as the main characters. For Slater, "each sound effect had to be vetted to work both musically and cinematically. When it came to the mix, we then had to figure out the right balance of all these sounds so that it felt like a continuous piece of music. The movie's sound is heard through the perspective of getaway driver Baby Elgort , who constantly listens to music to drown out his tinnitus.
Read the full article at Hollywoodreporter. Bette and Joan with four. The show is set to air live at 8 p. PT on Sunday, Jan. See the full list of nominees at Hollywoodreporter. Ever since his stint on those six seasons of Oz, there are more than a few people in the world and I would include myself among them who would you tell you there is almost no such thing as too much JK Simmons.
Like a dealer, Starz is giving you a taste with the opener, directed by The Imitation Game helmer Morten Tyldum, to get you hooked on wanting more. With Whiplash Oscar-winner Simmons ultimately first among equals on the series, it is an appealing addiction indeed, as I say in my video review above. No spoilers, and not all is unveiled even several episodes in, but a percipient, resolute and magnetic tale of what is and what may be is in the offing from the series produced by MRC, Anonymous Content and Gilbert Films.
So, click on my video review for more of my take. Will you be watching the preview this Sunday after Outlander? Read the full review at Deadline. The comedy series category belongs to HBO and Netflix. NBC scored three noms in the episode comedy category. Bette and Joan topped the list with six nominations. Kumail Nanjiani was among those who collected multiple nominations: He scored three, for best original screenplay alongside wife Emily V.
Gordon, and best actor in a comedy, both for The Big Sick, and best supporting actor in a comedy series for Silicon Valley. James Franco was nominated for best actor and best actor in a comedy for The Disaster Artist, and Tiffany Haddish was nominated for best supporting actress and best actress in a comedy for Girls Trip.
Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan will compete against each other in two categories — best actress and best actress in a comedy — for their roles in I, Tonya and Lady Bird.
Read the full article at Deadline. Jay-Z led the nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards, annouced on Tuesday morning, with eight. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day announced the nominees in the four general field categories: Yet, the streaming giant has managed to keep its ratings under lock and key.
Accurate data remains a mystery to even top-level Hollywood execs outside of the Netflix bubble. The measurement is weighed by importance, which means a stream or download take precedence. As for the Parrot Analytics data, the company shared the top 10 digital originals in the United States over the past 90 days, and Netflix easily dominates the roster. Visit the article at Indiewire. Like the first, the second season will consist of 10 episodes.
Without warning, Marty relocates the family from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks after a money laundering scheme puts him in the crosshairs of a Mexican drug lord.
Bateman directed multiple episodes in addition to serving as an executive producer. Chris Mundy executive produced and wrote for the series. Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams created the series and also executive produce. Read the full article of Variety. Covenant, The Mummy, Transformers: The Last Knight, etc.
Sony has been great about putting its below the line contenders out there during awards season, and Baby Driver should be in the mix. Sony is currently planning to take the movie wide again during the weekend of Aug. Damon Wolf, the head of creative advertising for TriStar, led the charge on creating the high octane, retro-style promos for the film with colorful vintage design posters and award-winning million-plus-view trailers Best Action Trailer at Golden Trailer Awards.
He hatched the feature from an idea he formulated years ago. Read Full Article At Deadline. Have you heard about Ozark? When his partner is caught cheating the business, Marty uproots his family to move the operation to the scenic Ozark Mountain region of Missouri, where they struggle to fit into this brave new world.
But the show is more than standing on its own, with fans praising the writing and direction. Bateman actually directed four of the 10 season 1 episodes, including the premiere and the finale. Fans are on board for this darker, twistier Bateman, who in recent years has mostly been known for his work on Arrested Development — and some fans enjoy imagining that Marty is really just bizarro Michael Bluth.
Fans are expecting Bateman and the show to get at least one if not several award nominations for its writing, acting, and directing. Read The Full Article on Rottentomatoes. From the first episode to the ending, Season 1 was filled with shocking twists and intense familial strife. Meet Marty Byrde Jason Bateman: A shot that starts with his entire family gathered around the dinner table ends with Marty munching on chips alone.
But the best part of that scene is that we catch up to it midway through Episode 2. The premiere is filled with big moments that matter in that very moment. Del Esai Morales suspects his money launderers are skimming money in the process, which we later find out is a bluff. He just presumed, and Bruce fell for it. This lesson is reinforced again when Wendy Laura Linney tries to flee with her fling, Gary a. Del found out what Wendy was trying to do and dealt with it before Marty had a chance.
How he handles Gary — and Wendy — is memorable for all parties: Marty is horrified, but confused. He eventually makes his way back to his car, and the about-face done by Bateman in this scene is just one of many highlights from his performance.
What keeps it from being unbelievable, aside from Bateman, is his breakdown. To end the episode, Marty pulls the van over, walks into the woods, and weeps. Without knowing what this means to him, something further emphasized in Episode 2 when Marty seriously contemplates suicide, viewers may have lost the thread in this onslaught of bad news.
This is a family story. This is a romance. This is unparalleled perseverance; brought on as a result of a bad decision, yes, but motivated by the purest of intentions.
Each family member beyond Marty is better developed as new characters are introduced. Wendy, especially, gets a much-needed backstory to keep her from becoming the villain and Marty the hero. Much of it comes in the later episodes, when we learn about her depression and struggles finding a job after taking a break to care for their children.
But Wendy stands up for herself whenever Marty crosses the line. Before we dig into the best hour of the season — Episode 8 — here are a few highlights from the preceding episodes:. I shit you not. Charlotte stole a boat.
She had sex before she was ready. Jonah acquired a dangerous new hobby. These were cause and effect actions presented plainly, rather than drilled into our heads with exposition. Bateman makes for a glorious asshole. He can lash out at Wendy and the locals without the audience resenting him for it. We just wish we could say it as well as Marty does. Few things in this season provided more joy than when Marty and Ruth plotted to rob the strip club, and if the entire series were to become these two running around the midwest stealing shit, that would be fine with me.
That she later tries to kill Marty only makes her more intriguing. There are so many examples of the worst happening, or of the audience being made to think the worst is happening long enough for it to leave a mark. And for at least five agonizing minutes, it looked like Charlotte was about to drown. Was it a slightly nauseating suspense? But then they went back. Charlotte stirred, and swam to the surface.
And the Dor Hadash congregation in the rabbi's study room would have about 15 people, he said. You could walk in and out. Only on the high holidays is there a police presence at the entrance. The congregation had worked with the Department of Homeland Security to evaluate its exit routes, he said, and consulted a securities expert at the Jewish Federation about what to do in an active shooter situation. Officers responded to Elm Street near First Avenue around 6: Charles Young said a van was on fire after hitting two parked vehicles.
According to Young, the origin and cause of the van fire is unknown. Elm Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue may be closed until mid afternoon while the investigation is being conducted.
Stay with Eyewitness News for the latest updates. A coastal storm will bring heavy rain, gusty winds, and coastal flooding today! A coastal storm is the cause. Because of the impending coastal storm, we have issued an Early Warning Weather Alert and there are many weather alerts in place. The Rain Today will be a washout.
Rain will be occasionally heavy and it will be a wind driven rain. While many streams and rivers will likely remain within their banks, there could be some flooding in poor drainage areas and where leaves clog storm drains. Rain will taper off to scattered showers tonight.
The Wind A northeasterly wind could gust to mph, especially near the coast. The gusty wind could cause scattered power outages since there are still many leaves on the trees. Coastal Flooding Perhaps the biggest concern is coastal flooding. There could be significant coastal flooding during the time of high tide during the late morning and early afternoon, especially between 11 AM and 3 PM. This potential problem is especially true in coastal sections of Fairfield and New Haven Counties, where high tides may be 2 feet or more above normal and waves of 3 feet or more will come on top of the higher than normal high tide.
This combination of unusually high tide and wave action may cause flooding in many low-lying coastal neighborhoods and highways. The Cold Today will be cold, too. High temperatures will range from the 40s inland to the 50s near the coast. Quieter Sunday Sunday will be the better of the two weekend days since the storm will move away to the north of Connecticut.
Sunday afternoon should be comfortable with highs around 60 degrees. A weaker coastal storm will impact Connecticut on Monday. We can expect showers or a few periods of rain and highs in the 50s. The rain will end Monday night. Pleasant Tuesday Tuesday will be partly sunny and breezy.
Highs will range from Halloween Wednesday, Halloween, should be main dry. Temperatures will fall back through the 50s then into the upper 40s for the trick-or-treaters. The sky should be partly to mostly cloudy and there should be only a slight chance for an evening shower.
Therefore, we can expect increasing cloudiness and showers could develop during the afternoon. We expect highs in the upper 50s. Friday could be unseasonably mild with highs in the 60s. A strong southerly flow of warm air will develop ahead of a strong cold front.
Showers and thunderstorms may arrive in advance of the front during the afternoon. Dasia Blue, 29, of Hartford, was identified as the victim in a deadly crash that took place near the off ramp at Exit 47E around 7: Police said Amber Nixon, 25, of Hartford, lost control of an Infinity Q50 and drove into a wooded area. The car struck a tree and came to an uncontrolled final rest. Nixon was attempting to get off the highway at Exit 47E. Shaharia Jenkins, 24, of East Hartford, was transported to Hartford Hospital with suspected life-threatening injuries.
Nixon was transported to Hartford Hospital with suspected minor injuries. Shelby Williams, 24, of Hartford, also suffered suspected minor injuries and was transported to Hartford Hospital. The right lane and Exit 47E were closed for several hours, but have since reopened. The crash is under investigation. Stay with Eyewitness News for more updates. Wet weekend weather cancels events The wet weather coming this weekend is causing events to cancel.
The event is expected to begin at 3: Security is expected to be tight. The visit comes just days after two suspicious packages were mailed to him. However, he said he wouldn't be taking a break from campaigning.
Retrieved 3 October This helps counteract any mental disturbance. The formula should be given four times a day. Retrieved 21 April Archived from the original on 11 February Hubbard Professional TR Course. Book 4b, c edition. Boston Herald 4 March p. Archived from the original on 10 February You asked if we'd spoken or met with researchers coming up with this information. I personally have not. I also cannot say whether or not any staff from Narconon across the globe—because we have Narconons all over—have done that.
Retrieved 7 April Retrieved 1 November Archived from the original PDF on 21 July Official Church of Scientology. The Church of Scientology. The Daily Telegraph Sydney. Retrieved 5 May Retrieved 2 May Toxicology and Industrial Health. Retrieved 27 May Misleading antidrug program back in public schools". Retrieved 26 May The Sunday Times UK. Retrieved 7 January Retrieved 17 August Archived from the original on 14 November Retrieved 3 May A non-randomized, controlled prevention trial".
Schools assigned to experimental conditions scheduled the Narconon curriculum between the baseline and one-month follow-up test; schools in control conditions received drug education after the six-month follow-up. The study concluded that at six-month follow-up, youths who received the Narconon drug education curriculum showed reduced drug use compared with controls across all drug categories tested; that the strongest effects were seen in all tobacco products and cigarette frequency followed by marijuana; that there were significant reductions measured for alcohol and amphetamines; that the program produced changes in knowledge, attitudes and perception of risk; and that the eight-module Narconon curriculum had thorough grounding in substance abuse aetiology and prevention theory, and reduced drug use among youths.
Archived PDF from the original on 1 February ABLE funded a multi-year study of the delivery of the Narconon drug Education curriculum to high school students in Hawaii and Oklahoma, which was completed and written up in Retrieved 5 September For Scientology, using fronts is one way of obtaining funds from government and charity sources Mallia, c. The so-called drug rehabilitation program known as Narconon has been an incredibly profitable front through federal grants and corporate donations Mallia, c.
Fronts may help one another look respectable and make more money. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. In Table 9, item D22 shows that a greater percentage of the control group feel they can easily resist pressures to take drugs than the drug education group Could I ask the authors to account for this seeming contradiction? Suzanne Sauvaigo, vice-presidents, Messrs. George Mothron, Jacques Myard, Mrs. This center, created by the Church of Scientology, proposes detoxification by applying the methods of Ron Hubbard, namely the procedure of "purification," based mainly on several hours of sauna per day, "auditions," and a significant absorption of vitamins.
In this case, the victim had been in long-term treatment for epilepsy and had addressed this organization because she wished "to be released from drugs.
However, the medical experts showed that her death was due to "an epileptic seizure due to the absence of sufficient treatment at its beginning and of emergency treatment during the seizure. Retrieved 18 September Desmond died of a heroin drug overdose after receiving treatment at a Scientology drug rehab facility Narconon in Atlanta, Georgia. Retrieved 5 October Repeatedly, the state fielded complaints that Narconon, while licensed only for outpatient care, was illegally operating a residential facility.
Executive Director Mary Rieser Out". Archived from the original on 27 January Retrieved 4 September Retrieved 28 August Tobin 16 August New York Daily News. Another patient, year-old Kaysie Dianne Werninck, died there in Narconon has been under investigation since the July 19 death of Murphy, 20, of Owasso. The investigation has expanded to include three other deaths: Archived from the original on 7 April Retrieved 13 March Retrieved 29 April Durant OK Daily Democrat.
Mental Health department staff member Dennis Lewelling testified at the hearing that in studying records of the center, he could find no evidence that drug and alcohol abuse education was a part of the program. Narconon Chilocco New Life Center". Durant Daily Democrat, The. Archived from the original on 25 August They sent one guy around trying to talk to the mayor.
He knew who the mayor's kid was, somehow. So he followed the kid into the library and told him he need to talk to his dad. Then he gave him his card," Lobsinger says. Welkos 29 June People who claim that I have conducted an improper investigation against them probably have so many things to hide," said Ingram. Church lawyer Cooley backed the investigator, saying: Ingram or any other private investigator for the church.
Ingram has done nothing wrong. Scientology attorneys in September mailed an "open letter" to many of Newkirk's 2, residents announcing that Ingram had been hired to investigate Narconon's adversaries. Ingram tracked down the mayor's year-old son at the local public library, handed him a business card and told the boy to have his father call, Lobsinger said. She was very unnerved. They try to intimidate.
This is not the kind of atmosphere we need in the Newkirk community. This tells me they are far from being harmless. The Dallas Morning News. Some said fears were heightened when the treatment center hired a private investigator from Stillwater, Okla. Interviewed by Ted Koppel. I could have been on here two years ago and you would have brought something up, and it's over now.
There have been these cases, but in the end, we come out on top, and I'm telling you, Ted, there are a group of people on this planet who find us to be a threat to their existence, and they will do everything in their power to stop us. You can ask them if they feel this way, and they will tell you that. Archived from the original on 23 September In and [ sic ] earlier case, Narconon Arrowhead settled a lawsuit filed by the parents of Kaysie Dianne Werninck, 28, of St.
In his month there, he describes his observations about the death of fellow Narconon student Gabriel Graves. It was, however, hinted to us that he may have died of a drug overdose because we were told by one of the staff that came to brief us that we might 'end up like him. I was offered many different types of drugs, ones I had never even heard of.
By observation, no one was concerned about the drug use at this time. Hillary Holten entered in Narconon's Arrowhead facility for help with her prescription drug addiction in April. Less than 48 hours later she was dead. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, attorneys say Holton had a medical condition, but employees at Narconon didn't provide her with the care, or medication she needed.
Archived from the original on 17 September Retrieved 19 September Rick says Stacy was sent to the "withdrawal unit" of the facility that night once it was discovered that she'd used. And it was there that her condition became grave. There's nothing like that there," Rick says. The exception are the people who would drive you to the airport, or the security people. I'm not upset with them.
It's the direction from the top down that has to be illegal. I heard about it pretty immediately," he says. His own tenure at the facility ended soon after. That's how upside down the place is. I feel sick about it. They should have saved her," he says. Instead, he fears that he'll suffer retaliation for helping with the investigation. A young woman says she was held against her will at Narconon Arrowhead and had to be rescued by Pittsburg County Sheriffs officers late Thursday night.
Ramsey said she wanted out because of the recent death of her roommate at the facility, Stacy Dawn Murphy. The road work took place in June 23 and June 24 during a planned protest by Shirley Gilliam, the mother of Gabriel Graves, a year-old man who was found dead at the facility in October, and Collin Henderson, a former Narconon patient.
Pittsburg County Commission Chairman Gene Rogers said he was contacted by Smith for help the weekend the protest was scheduled — June 23 and 24th. Safety, not the protest, was the reason the small section of county road was resurfaced, according to the Narconon director. Archived from the original on 13 March Retrieved 3 September Archived from the original on 15 March Archived from the original on 12 March Retrieved 11 March Archived from the original on 22 April Archived from the original on 25 April Love also remembers a few who suffered when Narconon staff refused to give them their medicine.
On several websites used to attract potential clients, Narconon boasts of its to per cent success rate and entirely drug-free program - which even excludes prescription drugs.
In one case, staff members withheld insulin from a diabetic patient undergoing the sauna treatment. In another, it took away a patient's antidepressants. Archived from the original on 21 September CN - A man tried to kill himself at a Scientology-affiliated detox clinic after its "purification rundown" took him off his prescribed medicines in a "quick taper," the man claims in court.
Petersburg Times 22 November pg. Petersburg Times 29 March pg. Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency, Almaty, in Russian. The head of the Narconon public foundation, along with several other foreign missionaries, have been deported from Kazakhstan, Kazakh Justice Minister Zagipa Baliyeva has said.
Greene " Scientologist Web site rips off urban Moneyed cult gets hip in the worst way " The Register , 22 January Retrieved 9 April A new wrinkle from Narconon's attorneys". Archived from the original on 11 March Lawsuits target Scientology rehab center in Nev". Retrieved 24 May Other documents obtained by Hamilton show Scientology calls Narconon its "bridge" to moving patients into religious activities.
Retrieved 23 May Retrieved 29 May Retrieved 17 June Retrieved 31 July Patients Struggle at Scientology Rehab Center". Retrieved 6 January Northwest Florida Daily News. Archived from the original on 29 November Retrieved 15 November Archived from the original on 21 February Retrieved 26 September Retrieved 20 May Retrieved 21 September Archived from the original on 2 March Archived from the original on 9 October Retrieved 8 December Retrieved 5 June Retrieved 4 December The Spring Hill center's website instructs drug-dependent users to first seek treatment at a detox unit and then transfer in.
Who else will be sad that the Olympics is over? For they seemed to be doing good business around Tower Bridge, handing out literature linked to the organisation. The little booklets promised The Truth About Drugs.
Neither Scientology nor L Ron are mentioned. Just his Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the web address for which sits on the Scientology website. Everyone was fair game this weekend. Even a passing year-old. That sort of opportunity might not come again. What Scientologists aren't telling you about their detox program and how much it's costing you ". Archived from the original on 29 January Retrieved 19 November Germany Church of Scientology of California v.
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