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June 20, 2013 | By Sam Adams
Executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey had lofty aspirations for their miniseries "The Bible," but the Twitter fans who dubbed Diogo Morgado "Hot Jesus" found more earthly pleasures in the History program as well. Morgado wasn't well known outside his native Portugal before the first of his five episodes aired on the History Channel, but given that the series' ratings topped 13 million U.S. viewers some weeks, it's safe to say he's a recognizable face nowadays. ("I know you from somewhere ... church?"
November 18, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
In the 1970s, Syd Field's job in Hollywood was reading scripts all day and picking out the gems that might make it to the screen. In one two-year period he figured he read 2,000 screenplays - and turned down 1,960 of them. The rejects were an "amorphous goo" of confusing plot lines and poorly developed characters that often caused him to close his office door at 2 or 3 in the afternoon and go to sleep. But eventually he figured out what distinguished the winners from the losers. The answer was crystallized in "Screenplay, The Foundations of Screenwriting," Field's 1979 bestseller that today remains the bible of scriptwriters.
November 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
About six in 10 Americans say they read the Bible at least occasionally, but that number is down considerably over the last two decades, according to a Gallup poll. The October survey found 59% saying they read the Bible. Surveys in the 1980s found that 73% said they did so. The number of those saying they read the Bible weekly or more often dropped only slightly, from 40% in 1990 to 37% now.
November 21, 1998 | REGINA HONG
Buena Park and Garden Grove have joined more than 70 cities in Southern California in recognizing National Bible Week, which begins Sunday. Sponsored by the New York-based National Bible Assn., the week "is simply to encourage everyone to read the Bible," said Robert Saul, executive vice president of the nondenominational group, which was formed in 1941.
February 16, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
To start their morning Sunday, about 20 Jews attended a Mechitza Minyan service in a ballroom of a Costa Mesa hotel, praying in Hebrew, with separate seating for men and women. A few doors down, a group wearing sweat pants and T-shirts began their day by breathing deeply and twisting their bodies in a class titled "My Body, My Temple: Yoga for the Jewish Soul." A couple of hours later, a third group engaged in a discussion about Israel's national security agenda.
November 24, 1991
You ran a couple of stories about (former Air Force) Lt. John Dickinson, the Amnesty International prisoner of conscience who spent the past year locked up for his refusal to participate in the slaughter of Iraq. I would like to add a couple tidbits of information that I find very confusing. John Dickinson is a gentle, caring man of peace, a teacher who loves his students and was willing to give up his livelihood, his family and his freedom to be true to his belief in peace and his abhorrence of war. But the military was (angry)
March 18, 2007
Re "Reading, writing and Revelation," Opinion, March 14 As concerned as Stephen Prothero might be about the current rate of biblical illiteracy, which anthropologists call religious reductionism, there is no reason public schools (and taxpayers) must pick up the slack for the failings of Christian parents using the guise of Western literacy and societal morality as an argument to favor promotion of this particular religion. Christianity and other religions do not have a lock on literacy, morality or truth.
May 12, 1990
The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV), replacing a 1952 edition used widely by mainline Protestant, Episcopal and Eastern Orthodox churches, incorporates wording that reflects improved understanding of ancient linguistics and culture, scholars say. Translators also sought greater clarity and to substitute gender-inclusive terms for masculine references. Genesis 1:26 RSV: Then God said, "Let us make man in our image. . . . " NRSV: Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image.
October 29, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Parents give us life. In return, if chronology is respected, we watch them die. Out of this human trial, Bill Cain, author of "Equivocation" and "9 Circles," has created an autobiographical drama about the last year of his mother's life. A time of illness, old family grievances, a mountain of love and the challenge of coming to terms. It's not easy to criticize a play like "How to Write a New Book for the Bible," now at South Coast Repertory in a production directed by Kent Nicholson and starring SCR favorite Linda Gehringer as the dying matriarch.
December 15, 1990
Contrary to the statements in Phillips' article, the Bible neither condones nor accepts homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle. The Scripture references in your article were not represented accurately and do not begin to cover the full scope to which the subject is addressed. Interpreting the Bible isn't a game. God's purpose is not to draw boundaries and say who is in or out. He is not waiting to strike us down when we step over the line. We have a free will and can do what we want, but we also have a reference point to do what we should.
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