July 7, 2008
Re "Scientology link rouses worries at star's school," June 29 The Times writes, "One teaching method the school uses is study technology, which was developed by [Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard] and focuses on students gaining hands-on experience, mastering subject matter before moving to the next level, and being taught not to read past words they don't understand." This technique has been used by good teachers for centuries. While Hubbard may have come up with the jargon "study technology," he did not invent the ideas of hands-on experience, mastering subject matter before moving to the next level and being taught not to read past words the student doesn't understand.
June 29, 2012 |
The page was barely refreshed on the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce filing when the quips started flying. (Our colleague Ben Fritz on Twitter: “Somebody make a joke about Katie having seen 'Rock of Ages.'”) But all the snark did highlight a more substantive question: How does this play into Cruise's up-and-down career? The actor - who, jeepers, becomes eligible for AARP next week - had resurrected his image after his “Tropic Thunder” cameo four years ago. He then parlayed that rising stock into leading roles and box-office success, namely with the blockbuster “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” last Christmas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1997
Re "State Seeks Delicate Balance in Approving Books for Schools," Aug. 1: I've read some of the educational books written by or associated with L. Ron Hubbard, and to be honest, they do not have any overt promotion of Scientology. They are, for the most part, just based on common sense, which most educators know instinctively. Scientologists, of course, want these texts included in public schools because this validates Hubbard's name and prestige. Opponents opposed this for the same reason.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2002 |
The Church of Scientology handed over $8.6 million this week to resolve the lawsuit of a former member who charged that the controversial church caused him to develop bipolar disorder and nearly drove him to suicide. The payment came nearly 22 years after Lawrence Wollersheim, 53, filed his 1980 lawsuit, and nearly 16 years after a California jury awarded him $30 million. In the intervening years, the award was reduced on appeal to $2.5 million and went all the way to the U.S.
July 27, 2012 |
Paul Thomas Anderson's film"The Master" -- highly anticipated in part because its story seems to have much in common with Scientology -- will debut a month earlier than originally scheduled. Weinstein Co. announced Friday that it will open the Philip Seymour Hoffman-starrer on Sept. 14 in New York and Los Angeles, with an expansion to other cities planned for the following weekend. As part of its plans, the company is shifting its Brad Pitt-starrer "Killing Them Softly," which they acquired before this year's Cannes Film Festival, from Sept.
June 21, 2011 |
Independent television station KCET-TV will move next year from its longtime Sunset Boulevard home to a new building on Studio Row in Burbank. KCET will create a new studio at the Pointe, a 14-story office tower completed in 2009 on an Alameda Avenue site that used to be part of the NBC campus. Station officials told employees Monday that KCET has agreed to the move. The former public television station sold its historic Sunset Boulevard studio to the Church of Scientology in April.
April 12, 2014 |
What do Jesus and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard have in common? According to authors Reza Aslan and Lawrence Wright, there are indeed commonalities. Fans and avid readers flocked to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday to hear Aslan and Wright speak during an hourlong panel moderated by Times Editor-in-Chief Davan Maharaj. “You will leave enlightened, I hope,” Maharaj said when introducing the panel. Aslan, author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” and Wright, author of “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief,” delved deeper into parallels between the two religious figures featured in their books.
April 24, 2011 |
At the place I lunch every day in an effort to cut down on life choices, I've been reading a Tolstoy-sized article in the New Yorker about Scientology. Nearly every day, some patron raids my airspace, saying something like, "I read that article. " Eye roll, then, "What whack jobs. " L.A. finds Scientology so endlessly fascinating that weeks after publication, people are still talking about the article all over town. Why? Here's a theory: There is no city on Earth that makes rationalization more difficult than Los Angeles.
September 13, 2012 |
"The Master" takes some getting used to. This is a superbly crafted film that's at times intentionally opaque, as if its creator didn't want us to see all the way into its heart of darkness. It's a film bristling with vivid moments and unbeatable acting, but its interest is not in tidy narrative satisfactions but rather the excesses and extremes of human behavior, the interplay of troubled souls desperate to find their footing. PHOTOS: Celebrity photos by the Times Its writer-director, of course, is the all-out visionary Paul Thomas Anderson, an all-in filmmaker whose previous work like "Boogie Nights" and "There Will Be Blood" explored strong and compelling personal conflicts.