Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star Total Gross Theaters Days --- ----------------------------- ----------- ----- ---- 22 The Core 612,745 1,228 31 Aaron Eckhart (lead actor) 30,108,032 23 Piglet's Big Movie 586,941 744 38 Ken Sansom (3rd-billed actor) 22,032,694 53 Final Destination 2 45,316 60 87 A.J. Cook (2nd-billed actor) 46,752,141 61 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 28,400 9 808 Scott Swofford (producer) 14,520,516 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) Sam Cardon (composer) Stephen L. Johnson (editor) 70 The R.M. 18,918 17 87 Kurt Hale (writer/director) 908,032 John E. Moyer (writer) Dave Hunter (producer) Cody Hale (composer) Ryan Little (cinematographer) Actors: Kirby Heyborne, Will Swenson, Britani Bateman, Tracy Ann Evans Merrill Dodge, Michael Birkeland, Maren Ord, Leroy Te'o, Curt Dousett Wally Joyner, etc. 77 The Cremaster Cycle 11,047 1 3 Mathew Barney 11,047 (writer/producer/director/actor) 89 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 5,733 3 1087 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 15,173,449 93 Galapagos 3,866 6 1277 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 14,000,967 102 China: The Panda Adventure 1,775 2 640 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 3,015,219 106 Jack Weyland's Charly 1,306 2 213 Adam Anderegg (director) 811,741 Jack Weyland (book author) Janine Gilbert (screenwriter) Lance Williams (producer) Micah Merrill (producer, film editor) Tip Boxell (co-producer) Bengt Jan Jonsson (cinematographer) Aaron Merrill (composer) Actors: Heather Beers, Jeremy Elliott, Adam Johnson, Jackie Winterrose Fullmer, Diana Dunkley, Gary Neilson, Lisa McCammon, Randy King, Bernie Diamond, etc.
CREMASTER 3, which is the fifth film in the "Cremaster Cycle" and was written and directed by Mormon artist/filmmaker Matthew Barney, premiered in one theater and took in $11,047 in ticket sales over the weekend. This put it in the #2 spot nationwide for per-theater ticket sales, second only the the Oscar-nominated documentary "Winged Migration" (in 2 theaters). Barney, who is not a churchgoing Latter-day Saint, is also known for being the father of Bjork's child. His five "Cremaster" art films incorporate a number of Latter-day Saint and Utah characters and visual motifs, derived from his ethnic background.
CARMEN OUT OF AMERICAN IDOL - Carmen, well... That's it. Carmen made it to the last six (out of over 50,000 who originally tried out) in the American Idol competition. But when the votes were revealed for last week's show, Carmen was the bottom vote-getter. "American Idol" is the #1 top rated show in the U.S.
THE R.M. PASSES BRIGHAM CITY - This last weekend's box office receipts brought the total box office gross for "The R.M." to over $908,000. "The R.M." is now the 4th highest grossing LDS Cinema film. "The R.M." would need to earn another $342,766 in box office receipts for it to jump from 4th to 3rd place, past "The Singles Ward."
1. The Other Side of Heaven 4,720,112 2. God's Army 2,628,829 3. The Singles Ward 1,250,798 4. The R.M. 908,032 5. Brigham City 905,073 6. Jack Weyland's Charly 811,741 7. Handcart 98,666
FILMING ON GARY ROGERS BOOK OF MORMON MOVIE COMPLETE - Principle photography is complete on Gary Rogers' feature film based on 1st and 2nd Nephi from the Book of Mormon. An extensive update to the official website's feedback page has been posted at: http://www.bookofmormonmovie.com/feedback/index.html. Rogers writes on the page: "We have just completed shooting The... Movie..." Other details learned from the page: The current plans are for the movie to be dubbed into Spanish and Portuguese. "Volume 2" -- the next movie -- is planned to begin at a point in the Book of Mormon 250 years after the close of volume 1. Each movie will be self-contained. No actors will be carried over between movies. "The movie is being shot and edited in the new High Definition 24p format. The master will then be transferred to 35 mm film for release in theaters." Rogers says that the result is indistinguishable on the big screen from a movie shot on 35 mm film.
"THE SINGLES WARD" TO AIR ON KJZZ TV IN UTAH - Enlightenment comes to the masses. KJZZ will air "The Singles Ward" on Monday, May 5 at 8 pm, Saturday, May 10 at 10:30 pm, and, Sunday, May 18 at 6 pm. Although "Brigham City" has aired on a number of international television stations, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time an LDS-themed feature film that was released in the theaters has subsequently aired on a local Utah television station.
TWO MOYER FILMS IN THE WORKS - From the official website of John E. Moyer, the LDS screenwriter of "The R.M." and "The Singles Ward" (See http://www.johnmoyer.net/): "John's latest script The Home Teachers will begin filming this June!" Also: "Sidon Entertainment is currently raising funds to produce another of John's scripts, Redeeming LA, written pre-Singles Ward. This is not a Mormon movie, but a cross over piece. The goal is for a early fall production with John attached to direct. Finally! Know anybody with a lot of money? Hook us up!"
THE R.M. AT THUNDERBIRD - "The R.M." will compete at the Thunderbird International Film Festival in Cedar City June 5-8. For more information, see http://www.thunderbirdfilmfestival.suu.edu/
TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL ARTICLE - Excellent, detailed article about the end of the successful "Touched by an Angel" TV series, which was filmed in Utah: See http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,485032711,00.html?
NEW KIETH MERRILL ARTICLE - "Movies that Make a Difference" by Kieth Merrill at Meridian Magazine: See http://www.meridianmagazine.com/arts/030429movies.html
MORE TRIBUTES TO SISTER RUTH HALE:
Salt Lake Tribune: http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Apr/04232003/opinion/opinion.asp
Meridian Magazine: http://ww= w.meridianmagazine.com/people/030424ruth.html
Hale Centre Obituary: http://www.halecentretheatre.org/ruthhaleobituary.html
BYU ANIMATION STUDENTS TAKE ON PET PROJECT - See the article at http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/43880 for more information.
LINO BROCKA REMEMBERED - The late Filipino Latter-day Saint filmmaker Lino Brocka is remembered in a current article in Arab News, the Middle East's largest English language newspaper: http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=3D25562
CAST AND CREW WITH KNOWLEDGE OF ASL NEEDED - Looking for Cast and Crew who know ASL (American Sign language). Please contact Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOFIA VASSILIEVA (A RESIDENT OF SANDY, UTAH) TO STAR WITH JULIE ANDREWS IN 2 TV MOVIES - See http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,480038038,00.html for more information.
DUTCHER WORKSHOP - AND ACTION Actor's Studio is proud to present an exciting opportunity: Richard Dutcher is teaching our Director's Workshop!
- Be prepared to perform a scene - Sides will be provided - You will have a scene partner - Receive critique and feedback - Bring Headshot and Resume One Day Only - Saturday, May 3, 2003 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $99.00 6259 South Highland Drive. SLCFor more information about classes and registration visit: http://www.actionacting.com
"R.M." OPENS IN KENNEWICK, WA - "The R.M." opened Tri-Cities area this weekend at the Regal Columbia Center 8. Other theaters where "The R.M." is currently playing:
ANCHORAGE, AK - Regal Fireweed 7 GILBERT, AZ - Wallace Gilbert Stadium 14 BAKERSFIELD, CA - UA East Hills Mall 10 HONOLULU, HI - Wallace Restuarant Row 9 LAIE, HI - Wallace Laie Cinemas BOISE, ID - Reel Town Square IDAHO FALLS, ID - Paramount Tri-Plex POCATELLO, ID - Reel Theatre REXBURG, ID - Paramount Twin EUGENE, OR - Regal Cinema World 8 LAYTON, UT - Cinemark Tinseltown USA LOGAN, UT - Walker Cinefour PROVO, UT - Carmike Wynnsong 12 ST GEORGE, UT - Westates Movies 3 WEST JORDAN, UT - Cinemark 24 PUYALLUP, WA - Regal Puyallup Cinemas SPOKANE, WA - Regal Newport Road 8The film will also soon be playing in Show Low and Safford, AZ.