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In the predawn darkness, the floodlit cathedral looms like a snow-covered mountain over this poor neighborhood. Inside, 15,000 faithful have been waiting for two hours, but they show no sign of fatigue. They are expecting their Moses. Suddenly, a pudgy preacher in a brown suit strides up the marble stairs to the altar, a golden tree trunk. Thousands of worshipers break into chest-heaving sobs. Others furiously wave white handkerchiefs and cry "Glory to Christ!" Samuel Joaquin has arrived.
April 19, 2014 | By Chris Lee
There are certain long-dormant rock acts and broken-up bands that cause fans to wring their hands in anticipation of musical detente. These are bands that fairly demand to be reunited in the service of a career-defining set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. And then there was the Cult's performance on opening night of the fest's second weekend: an exercise in Dad Rock gone wrong that left most of its audience dazed and disappointed with the British band's baffling decision to omit most of its biggest hits in favor of catalog fare and new “compositions” that left the faithful scratching their heads.
April 3, 1987 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
At high noon Thursday, the 13 devotees of the Sagrado Corazon Senor religious cult fell to their knees in the detention area of a military camp here and prayed for strength to resume their holy war against communism. For 15 minutes, they mumbled sacred incantations, fingered amulets that they believe make their bodies bulletproof and invoked the power of their master, a bearded Filipino religious zealot who claims to be a reincarnation of Jesus.
March 27, 2014 | By Leon Aron
At the moment, our preoccupation is President Vladimir Putin's next move outside Russia. Will he invade eastern Ukraine? Will he move into Moldova? But even more worrisome than these territorial issues is what Putin may have in mind for Russia itself. The Russian president did not engineer the Ukrainian crisis, but he has exploited it to begin forging something far more dangerous than land grabs: namely, a political arrangement that could secure his rule of Russia for life. The annexation of Crimea has fueled nationalist hysteria and paranoia within Russia, and Putin has ridden that wave, reshaping his government into one that is far more repressive, ideologically driven, openly messianic and founded on a revisionist view of history that is explicitly anti-West and anti-American.
June 24, 1990 | Joel Sappell and Robert W. Welkos, Time Staff Writers
L. Ron Hubbard enjoyed being pampered. He surrounded himself with teen-age followers, whom he indoctrinated, treated like servants and cherished as though they were his own children. He called them the "Commodore's messengers." " 'Messenger!' " he would boom in the morning. "And we'd pull him out of bed," one recalled. The youngsters, whose parents belonged to Hubbard's Church of Scientology, would lay out his clothes, run his shower and help him dress.
December 29, 2011
MUSIC KCRW helps ease audiences into 2012 with a double-bill of indie rock, featuring Jenny & Johnny's fast, ultra-melodic pop and New York City's joyous pop duo Cults. Standard Hotel West Hollywood, 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Sat. $75-$125. (323) 822-3111.
July 27, 2011
MUSIC Bob Mould Best known as frontman of the hard-core punk band Hüsker Dü and the alt-rock outfit Sugar, he is now a published memoirist, having recently released "See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody. " Mould will read from the book and perform songs from his deep catalog. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega, L.A. 8 p.m. $25. (310) 855-0350. Cults The New York duo's blend of '60s girl group pop and modern indie productions has made them a much-buzzed act. But their sweet sound is laced with creepiness and evil edges — check the video for "Go Outside," which finds them digitally grafted into a scene from the Jonestown massacre.
April 3, 1997
People looking with disdain at the 39 disciples of "Do," who committed suicide so that they could board a spaceship, should check some statistics: 43% of Americans believe in UFOs, 90% believe in angels (who should also be classified as UFOs). There are 1,700 religions in this country. Which is the right one? There should be more teaching on cults and religions in our schools; we need sects education. WILFRED COUZIN Laguna Niguel
April 22, 1997
In "A Nation of Cults: The Great American Tradition" (Opinion, April 6) Sean Wilentz confuses the formation of religious sects, such as Shakers, Mormons and Seventh-day Adventists, with cults. The use of the pejorative word "cult" may be inevitable, but its use implies a judgment on the group's religious beliefs. If used at all, the term cult ought to be reserved for those religious groups that require members to surrender their independent judgment and autonomy to the group, or to a charismatic leader, or to groups employing mind-control techniques.
Ten days after fugitive cult leader Tony Alamo was arrested in Tampa, Fla., and jailed without bail, WRFA-820 in nearby Largo, an AM radio station featuring religious programming, broadcast its regular 1 p.m. show, "The Watchman." "This is Tony Alamo, rightly divining the word of the living God," said the prerecorded voice of the jailed preacher.
November 4, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Michelle Pfeiffer revealed an interesting tidbit over the weekend: She was once unwittingly a member of a cult. Pfeiffer told the Daily Telegraph's Sunday magazine, Stella, that as an up-and-coming actress, around age 20, she'd fallen in with a Los Angeles couple who acted as "kind of personal trainers" and were "very controlling. " Now a strict vegan, Pfeiffer was put on a diet by the unnamed couple, who also worked with weight training. "Their thing was vegetarianism," she said (via the Daily Telegraph )
October 28, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
After reading my weekend column about the crisis in life science research, Hajime Hoji of USC's linguistics department reminded me of the late Richard Feynman's brilliant deconstruction of the flaws and pitfalls of science as it's done in the modern age. "Cargo Cult Science" was adapted from Feynman's 1974 commencement speech at Caltech, where his spirit reigns as one of that institution's two certified saints. (The other is Robert A. Millikan, Caltech's first president.)
September 27, 2013 | By Jim Ruland
Many movies have been awarded the dubious honor of worst film of all time. There's Ed Wood's gloriously slapdash "Plan 9 from Outer Space" or the audaciously cheesetacular "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. " But Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell make a strong case in their new book "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. " "The Room," released in 2003, never received widespread distribution, and its limited screenings were privately financed by the executive producer, Tommy Wiseau, who also served as writer, director and lead actor.
September 18, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
Richard C. Sarafian, a Hollywood director best known for the speed-addled saga of squealing brakes and existential angst chronicled in the 1971 cult film "Vanishing Point," died Wednesday. He was 83. Sarafian was recovering from a broken back when he contracted pneumonia, family members said. He directed numerous films and, earlier in his career, TV shows that included episodes of "Gunsmoke," "The Twilight Zone" and "Batman. " He also acted, appearing as hitman Vinnie in the Warren Beatty satire "Bulworth" and gangster Jack Dragna in Beatty's "Bugsy.
September 10, 2013 | By Martin Miller and Elaine Woo
If you watched television in Southern California in the 1970s and beyond, it was impossible to miss Cal Worthington, the lanky pitchman in the cowboy hat touting deals on a sprawling car lot with his "dog Spot. " "Spot," however, was anything but a dog - think lion, tiger, bull, penguin, anteater, iguana, even a whale. And Worthington, the Oklahoma transplant who rode and wrestled with the exotic creatures in one of TV's wackiest and longest-running ad campaigns, kept the gag going for decades, building a cult following along with one of the most successful car dealerships west of the Mississippi.
August 27, 2013 | By Susan King
Robin Hardy's 1973  "The Wicker Man" was described by Cinefantastique as the "'Citizen Kane' of Horror Film. " Total Film named it the sixth-greatest British film of all time. It was even included in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony in a sequence that paid tribute to British cinema. But for decades, the thriller starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland about pagan worshipers on a remote Scottish island has been seen only in truncated versions. But thanks to a long search conducted via Facebook, "Wicker Man" worldwide rights holder Studiocanal has restored the complete U.S. version, which Hardy describes as "the final cut. " PHOTOS: Horror movie locations around Los Angeles And on Sept.
April 20, 1993 | Reuters
The FBI said these nine members of the Branch Davidian sect escaped the blaze: Jaime Castillo, age 24, citizenship unknown; Clive Doyle, 52, of the United States; Misty Ferguson, 16, citizenship not given; Derek Lovelock, 37, of Britain; David Thibodeau, 24, of the United States; Renos Avraam, 29, of Britain; Ruth Riddle, 29, citizenship not given; Graeme Craddock, age not given, of Australia. Unidentified black woman
April 20, 1993
A review of the seven-week standoff: Feb. 28: About 100 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents move in on the compound of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh. Four agents are killed, 16 others wounded in the 45-minute battle. March 1: Ten children released. March 2: Two women, six children released. Koresh agrees to surrender if a lengthy taped statement is broadcast; sermon is broadcast but Koresh does not keep agreement.
August 24, 2013
Jim Brothers Created bronze sculptures on display across U.S. Jim Brothers, 72, a Kansas artist whose bronze sculptures are on display in the nation's capital and at historical monuments around the country, died Tuesday at his home in Lawrence, Kan., where he had been receiving hospice care, said Audrey Bell, a funeral director at Warren McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, Kan. Friends and colleagues said he had cancer. Brothers was best known for two projects: creating a sculpture of Dwight D. Eisenhower that's on display at the Capitol in Washington, and as the chief sculptor for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., said Paul Dorrell, who represented Brothers and owns the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City.
July 24, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Veronica Mars is closer to staging her comeback. The movie spinoff of the teen television drama - which recently made waves in Hollywood after creator Rob Thomas launched the biggest film fundraising campaign in Kickstarter history - wrapped production in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday. The untitled movie, set for release next year, updates the story of the “Veronica Mars” TV series, about a student investigator who solves mysteries with the help of her father. The series ended in 2007 after three seasons on UPN and the CW. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments Although the TV show had low ratings, it had a cult following.
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