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2009-09-25 14:04:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Church of Scientology YouTube Channel has broadened its "Meet a Scientologist" mini-documentaries online, with 40 new videos bringing the total number to 100. In the documentary video clips, members of the Church of Scientology from across the United States and cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, London, Berlin, Milano, Budapest, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kaohsiung, Copenhagen, and Malmo, share a look at their lives. The "Meet a Scientologist" videos...

2009-09-22 19:29:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Church of Scientology International announced today that since the launch of its new public information campaign four months ago, 10 million people have visited the Scientology site at Scientology.org. "Scientology: Know Yourself--Know Life" consists of three video ads running on 36 TV networks and the Internet. The messages give viewers a glimpse of what Scientology is and what Scientologists believe. "You are not your name," one begins....

2008-10-17 18:00:12

Federal authorities in Los Angeles say they have charged a New Jersey teenager in a January cyberattack that crashed Church of Scientology Web sites. Dmitriy Guzner, 18, Verona, N.J., was charged Friday and had already agreed to plead guilty in connection with the distributed denial of service attack that swamped the Scientology sites, the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles said in a written statement. Prosecutors said Guzner had considered himself to be part of "Anonymous," an...

2006-07-14 20:52:29

Corrects movie title in 12th paragraph to "Mission: Impossible III" By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Comedy Central network has decided that Scientology and movie star Tom Cruise are once again fair game for the cartoon satire of "South Park," but the Prophet Mohammad remains off-limits -- sometimes. The Viacom Inc.-owned cable channel plans to air a repeat of a "South Park" episode from last fall lampooning the Church of Scientology and its movie star adherent on July...

2006-07-15 00:05:00

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES -- The Comedy Central network has decided that Scientology and movie star Tom Cruise are once again fair game for the cartoon satire of "South Park," but the Prophet Mohammad remains off-limits -- sometimes. The Viacom Inc.-owned cable channel plans to air a repeat of a "South Park" episode from last fall lampooning the Church of Scientology and its movie star adherent on July 19, four months after canceling a rerun of the show. At the same time, an animated image...

2006-07-14 01:10:54

By Kimberly Nordyke PASADENA, California (Hollywood Reporter) - The creators of "South Park" lambasted Comedy Central Thursday for removing an episode that lampooned Scientology and Tom Cruise from the network's repeat schedule and for blanking out the image of Muhammad during another episode. "So there are two things we can't do on Comedy Central: show Muhammad or Tom Cruise," Trey Parker said during the MTV Networks portion of the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour....

2006-03-23 20:54:52

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The satiric cable TV cartoon "South Park" drew hefty ratings with the launch of its 10th season, cashing in on a recent clash with the Church of Scientology and the departure of one of the show's few adult heroes. Wednesday's season debut of the crudely animated hit on the Comedy Central network, featuring a return of the lusty "Chef" character formerly voiced by soul singer Isaac Hayes, drew 3.5 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research reported...

2006-03-23 19:18:35

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The satiric cable TV cartoon "South Park" drew hefty ratings with the launch of its 10th season, cashing in on a recent clash with the Church of Scientology and the departure of one of the show's few adult heroes. Wednesday's season debut of the crudely animated hit on the Comedy Central network, featuring a return of the lusty "Chef" character formerly voiced by soul singer Isaac Hayes, drew 3.5 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research reported...

2006-03-20 19:33:04

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Soul singer Isaac Hayes may have quit his job as the voice of Chef on "South Park" after a disagreement over religion, but his character will live on when the satiric cable TV cartoon returns to Comedy Central this week, the network said on Monday. Hayes and his "South Park" alter ego are at the center of an ongoing flap over an episode last November that poked fun at the Church of Scientology and its celebrity adherents, including actor Tom...

2006-03-17 20:19:31

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Tom Cruise threatened to boycott promotion of his upcoming Paramount Pictures film unless a sister cable TV network pulled a "South Park" rerun lampooning the Church of Scientology, industry sources said on Friday. Representatives for Paramount and Cruise, a prominent Scientologist, denied he made any such threats or had anything to do with the Comedy Central network canceling plans to air a repeat of the "South Park" episode titled...


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