Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright talks about Scientology, its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the particular relationship the Church has with Hollywood. His new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, began with his 2011 New Yorker article about former Scientologist and Oscar-winning screenwriter/director Paul Haggis.
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Kim Masters and John Horn, film writer for the Los Angeles Times, banter about some of this week's top Hollywood News stories.
- Busy film sales at the Sundance Film Festival
- CAA's raunchy Sundance party shocks guests and upends the agency's buttoned-up reputation
- Cloud Atlas and Skyfall are edited in order to get by the Chinese censors and gain distribution in China
Lawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and writer for The New Yorker magazine. His 2011 profile of former Scientologist and Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Paul Haggis led to the publication of Wright's new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. Wright talks with Kim about the origin of the religion and its founder L. Ron Hubbard's philosophy. They also discuss the close link that the Church and its leader, David Miscavige, has with Hollywood. Tom Cruise and John Travolta are the two most high-profile members.
KCRW reached out to the Church of Scientology for comment. They sent a letter denouncing the contents of Wright's book. You can read that letter and hear the largely unedited version of the interview is at KCRW.com/Scientology.
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