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August 29, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Actress Amy Adams stopped by “The Late Show” Tuesday to plug her latest project, “The Master,” which tells the story of a spiritual leader whose life bears a certain similarity to that of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Anyone who regularly tunes in to “The Late Show” knows that David Letterman can be a relentless interrogator, even - or perhaps especially - when his line of questioning makes guests visibly uncomfortable. Last night, it was Adams who had the thankless task of trying to politely deflect his questions about the controversial religion.  “The movie is loosely based on Scientology, am I right about that?
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August 29, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Actress Amy Adams stopped by “The Late Show” Tuesday to plug her latest project, “The Master,” which tells the story of a spiritual leader whose life bears a certain similarity to that of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Anyone who regularly tunes in to “The Late Show” knows that David Letterman can be a relentless interrogator, even - or perhaps especially - when his line of questioning makes guests visibly uncomfortable. Last night, it was Adams who had the thankless task of trying to politely deflect his questions about the controversial religion.  “The movie is loosely based on Scientology, am I right about that?
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NEWS
June 27, 1985
About 400 members of the Church of Scientology's Crusade for Religious Freedom picketed outside the Los Angeles County Courthouse today and stood in a silent hallway vigil during a court hearing on former member Gerald Armstrong's $60-million fraud suit against them. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr.
NATIONAL
July 12, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The tabloids tell us that Scientology was at the root of the breakup between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. If the "sources" fueling the entertainment media's frenzied coverage of the divorce are correct, Holmes realized Suri was reaching an age where her religious instruction would begin in earnest, and could not bear it. Neither Cruise nor Holmes nor their representatives are confirming any of this. Regardless, the rumors and related coverage raise the question: What is Scientology?
NEWS
June 6, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the "fixed donations" paid by members to the Church of Scientology are not tax-deductible, charitable contributions. In the 5-2 ruling, the high court said that money paid to the church by Scientologists for training and a form of counseling called "auditing" are more like fees for a service than donations to a church. The church requires fixed donations of as much as $3,000 for 12 1/2 hours of "auditing," during which a person confesses his innermost thoughts while his responses are monitored on a lie detector-type device known as the E-meter.
NEWS
May 23, 1985 | PETER H. KING, Times Staff Writer
Duane Wolcott lives at a Christian church here, earning his keep as a custodian. He decribes his principal occupation, however, as "street evangelist," and it is his belief that this week the mysterious hand of God tossed him a terrific career opportunity. The burly 49-year-old could be found at a park by the Willamette River, happily passing out Christian pamphlets to Scientologists attending a free concert by one of their own, jazz musician Chick Corea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1997
President Clinton is to be congratulated on his moves to protect Scientologists against the repressive German government (Jan. 27). I'm not a Scientologist, but I can see wrong from right, and the German government is wrong. President Clinton is right. One hopes that President Clinton will soon see the error of his ways regarding affirmative action--which is nothing more than anti-white bigotry. President Clinton was right to invite Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein to the U.S. last year.
NEWS
May 10, 1987 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
All in all, most of Altadena's 42,000 citizens would just as soon keep their town the way it is, according to longtime residents. Maybe there could be a few more places to shop, and nobody would mind getting rid of the few "slummy" buildings. "But overall, we'd like it to remain what it is," said Marcus Lewis, a member of the Altadena Town Council.
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January 17, 2011 | By Chris Lee and Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
Ricky Gervais may have indeed "warned" the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. that he'd pull no comedic punches and spare none of Hollywood's sacred cows in reprising his hosting role on the 68th Golden Globes broadcast. Nonetheless, a visible contingent in the glitzy crowd on Sunday night was palpably discomfited by the British comic's full-frontal joke assault, which set a corrosive tone for this year's ceremony that was reflected by both on-stage repartee and backstage opprobrium. Gervais' opening remarks, which snark-blog Gawker dubbed "one of the most unrelentingly harsh and uncomfortable monologues in awards show history," skewered 64-year-old Cher's status as a senior citizen, needled 84-year-old Hugh Hefner as "the walking dead" and made mincemeat of the critically drubbed (yet Golden Globe-nominated)
BUSINESS
July 28, 2009 | DAN NEIL
The Church of Scientology has had a bad couple of years, PR-wise. You could start the damage-control clock running in January 2008 with the release of the Scientology indoctrination video featuring Tom Cruise -- you know, black turtleneck, eyes spinning -- claiming that Scientologists are the only ones who could really help at an accident scene. This summer the church was tried for fraud in France.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2011 | By Chris Lee and Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
Ricky Gervais may have indeed "warned" the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. that he'd pull no comedic punches and spare none of Hollywood's sacred cows in reprising his hosting role on the 68th Golden Globes broadcast. Nonetheless, a visible contingent in the glitzy crowd on Sunday night was palpably discomfited by the British comic's full-frontal joke assault, which set a corrosive tone for this year's ceremony that was reflected by both on-stage repartee and backstage opprobrium. Gervais' opening remarks, which snark-blog Gawker dubbed "one of the most unrelentingly harsh and uncomfortable monologues in awards show history," skewered 64-year-old Cher's status as a senior citizen, needled 84-year-old Hugh Hefner as "the walking dead" and made mincemeat of the critically drubbed (yet Golden Globe-nominated)
BUSINESS
July 28, 2009 | DAN NEIL
The Church of Scientology has had a bad couple of years, PR-wise. You could start the damage-control clock running in January 2008 with the release of the Scientology indoctrination video featuring Tom Cruise -- you know, black turtleneck, eyes spinning -- claiming that Scientologists are the only ones who could really help at an accident scene. This summer the church was tried for fraud in France.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2009 | associated press
Bart Simpson is known for prank calls, but Nancy Cartwright, who provides Bart's voice on "The Simpsons," has been heard this week in a phone message using the voice of the cartoon fourth-grader to promote Scientology. Cartwright, long a member of the church, recorded her 60-second robocall to boost attendance at a Scientology event scheduled in New York today. Although she identifies herself, much of the spiel is delivered in Bart's voice, wrapping up with, "See you there, man!"
BUSINESS
December 18, 2005 | Claire Hoffman and Kim Christensen, Times Staff Writers
Nearly 30 years ago, the Church of Scientology bought a dilapidated and bankrupt resort here and turned the erstwhile haven for Hollywood moguls and starlets into a retreat for L. Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer who founded the religion.
NATIONAL
May 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Church of Scientology has settled a lawsuit that accused staff members of allowing a member of the church to become severely dehydrated and die. Lisa McPherson, 36, died in 1995 after 17 days of care by Scientology staffers. The lawsuit, filed by her family, spawned a number of related legal actions as McPherson's death became a rallying point for an anti-Scientology movement. "There is a settlement. The terms are confidential," Church of Scientology spokesman Ben Shaw said Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The Church of Scientology branch in Germany has launched a legal effort to declare surveillance by government security agencies unconstitutional. Scientology filed suits with state courts in Berlin and Cologne against Germany's federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, asking that continued monitoring of Scientologists be outlawed.
NEWS
May 21, 1985 | United Press International
Dozens of buses carrying Church of Scientology protesters left for Salem today for a march on the state Capitol and a rally against a jury's $39-million fraud award to an ex-member. About 2,000 Scientologists and supporters from around the world have gathered in Oregon for a week of protest rallies. Their aim, they said, was to persuade the trial judge to overrule the jury's verdict.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A Kremlin-connected youth movement is targeting the Church of Scientology with pickets and a planned lawsuit in an attempt to shut down its center in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city. "We've decided to go after the most odious and dangerous of the cults," said Aleksey Kuznetsov, an organizer with Walking Together, a youth group that supports the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Walking Together members pitched a tent near the Scientology headquarters in central St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
WASHINGTON--Some local authorities and private firms in Germany use "sect filters" focused on the U.S.-based Church of Scientology in hiring and contracting, the annual report from the U.S. State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom said. Federal agencies in Germany have discouraged property sales to Scientologists. Civil service job applicants in Bavaria must list Scientology ties, and followers elsewhere report employment problems.
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