Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star Total Gross Theaters Days --- ----------------------------- ----------- ----- ---- 10 2 Fast 2 Furious 2,641,820 1,779 31 Paul Walker (lead actor) 119,437,965 35 Wrong Turn 95,104 138 38 Eliza Dushku (lead actor) 14,317,804 53 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 27,430 10 878 Scott Swofford (producer) 14,905,303 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) Sam Cardon (composer) Stephen L. Johnson (editor) 73 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 12,087 3 1151 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 15,329,697 82 The Core 8,665 29 101 Aaron Eckhart (lead actor) 31,111,260 90 China: The Panda Adventure 5,715 4 710 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 3,178,089 93 The R.M. 4,938 8 157 Kurt Hale (writer/director) 1,017,192 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. 96 Cremaster 3 3,893 2 73 Mathew Barney 310,182 (writer/producer/director/actor)
As predicted, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" topped the box office, taking in $72,387,461 by the end of its extended 4th of July weekend. Like the remaining movies in the nation's top 10 this weekend, this one was not made by Latter-day Saint filmmakers in above-the-line roles. But there are some interesting points to note. "T3" was directed by Jonathan Mostow, who in May of 2002 was tapped by Universal to direct a feature film version of Latter-day Saint novelist Orson Scott Card's novel "Lost Boys." Of all of Card's novels, this is the only one which features contemporary Latter-day Saints as the main characters. However, part of the contract that Universal made with Card was that Mostow's adaptation feature generically religious characters, not Latter-day Saints. This is because Card will not be writing the screenplay himself, and he did not want a non-Latter-day Saint writer getting the details wrong and thus making the movie unbelievable.
Latter-day Saint special effects wizard Dan Carter received an Academy Award for his work on "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991). Bob Williams, the director of the popular "Saturday's Warrior" video, did special effects work for the first "Terminator" movie.
Director James Cameron directed the first two Terminator movies, but did not return for "T3." Although not a Latter-day Saint, Cameron owes the beginning of his career as a filmmaker to a group of Latter-day Saint dentists in California who were the investors in his first film. Cameron worked closely with Orson Scott Card when Card wrote the novel version of Cameron's undersea movie "The Abyss."
Number 2 at the box office was the new release "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," which grossed $38,507,400 over the extended weekend. The movie was filmed partially in Utah, including at the Utah state capitol building. A number of Latter-day Saint actors including Coz Green ("The R.M.", "The Wooden Bowl"), Jerry Tracy and Junior Case ("Missy") had bit parts in the movie. Latter-day Saint and/or Utahn crew members also worked on the film.
At #2 was "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, in its second weekend. As far as I know, we had nothing to do with that critical flop.
At #4 was the "Finding Nemo," in its 6th weekend. This is one of the year's big hits at the box office, and also one of the best reviewed movies of the year. It is the latest release from Pixar Animation Studios, which was founded by Steve Jobs and Latter-day Saint computer graphics innovator Edwin Catmull.
At #4 nationwide was "The Hulk," climbing to $117 million in its 3rd weekend of release. "The Hulk" was filmed in Utah and utilized many local crew members. Latter-day Saint artist James Carson was an illustrator for the movie.
Rounding out the nation's top 10 this weekend are "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas," "28 Days Later," "The Italian Job," "Bruce Almighty" and the aforementioned "2 Fast 2 Furious."
BRIGHAM YOUNG FEATURE FILM TO BE RELEASED ON DVD: BYU's newspaper the Daily Universe published a detailed article about the Twentieth Century Fox big budget feature film "Brigham Young: Frontiersman," and its upcoming release on DVD. James D'Arc, the curator of the Motion Picture Archives in the Harold B. Lee Library Special Collections, did his thesis on this movie. D'Arc was instrumental in persuading Fox Home Entertainment to release the title on DVD. D'Arc prepared the supplemental materials on the DVD himself. The film had a big impact on changing perceptions of Latter-day Saints. Previous Hollywood films had portrayed Latter-day Saints in stereotypical ways, or were outright anti-Mormon (akin to being anti-Semitic). But "Brigham Young" featured a far more realistic, balanced and even sympathetic portrayal of the Latter-day Saint pioneers and the leaders of the Church. "Brigham Young" can be purchased on DVD or video from LDS Video Store (http://www.ldsvideo.com). The article is at: http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/44876
UPCOMING DUTCHER FILM: The official website for "The Eleventh Hour" has been greatly expanded and improved. This is the site for a new documentary about blacks in the Church, to be directed by Richard Dutcher, writer/director/star of "God's Army" and "Brigham City." Here is some text from the website at: http://www.the11thhourlaborers.org/
[QUOTE] We have begun pre-production of an engaging documentary, The Eleventh Hour: Blacks in the Mormon Church. Production is set to begin this summer. Return to this website for updates, photos, and other information. Our teaser is now available for viewing.
Now you can be a part of ths wonderful project about the individual testimonies that helped many join and stay active in the Mormon Church for all these years.
Donations are being accepted through The Edification Foundation, a National Heritage Foundation. The Edification Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, supports activities and organizations that edify, educate, and entertain. Please make donations here. [END QUOTE]
RISING SUPERSTAR: ERIC ARTELL: Latter-day Saint actor Eric Artell is one of the top stars of the soon-to-be-released feature film "The Work and the Story." He had the lead role in the docudrama video "Joseph F. Smith," part of "The Modern Prophets" series from Living Scriptures, Inc. Artell has started a new improv troupe and school called C&E Improv Factory. You can check out the beginnings of their website at www.ImprovFactory.com. You can also see a bunch of photos and film clips about Artell at his official website: http://www.eric-artell.com/
LDS WAR MOVIE CHANGES NAME: The title of the upcoming Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Saints of War" has been changed to "Saints and Soldiers." The film, set in World War II, is directed by Ryan Little ("Out of Step", "The Last Good War") and is expected to seriously rock.
LDS PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL IN NAUVOO: [From a press release] A great summer of Latter-day Saint musicians are lined up to appear in the 2003 Performing Arts Festival of Nauvoo (please see www.nauvooarts.com). Last week Fiddlesticks (recent Pearl Award winners) appeared there. The festival also includes many other Pearl Award winners (Stephanie Smith performed last week) and well-known artists (Micheal McLean, Marvin Goldstein, etc.). Nothing like this festival has been organized in the past east of the Mississippi. The festival gives visitors to Nauvoo a great opportunity to hear and see their favorite LDS artists live. For more information, contact Kenton Walker, Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites. Website: www.nauvoonet.com. See www.nauvooarts.com for a list of artists and dates!
EAT, DRINK AND GET MARRIED CASTING is nearly complete, with most of the parts filled but not yet announced. But actors for some key parts are still being sought. The film's director, Christian Vuissa, has said that many familiar faces will be starring in supporting roles, and has assured us that we will be very pleased with the casting. Vuissa's previous film "Roots & Wings" won many acting awards at film festivals, and his newest film "Unfolding" features absolutely amazing performances. So we fully expect to be impressed by "Eat, Drink and Get Married," which is the soon-to-be-filmed big screen adaptation of Robert Farrell Smith's comedic Latter-day Saint-themed novel "Baptists At Our Barbecue."
RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED FOR ROGERS' NEPHI MOVIE: The release date for Gary Rogers' feature film adaptation of 1st and 2nd Nephi, titled "The Book of Mormon Movie, Volume 1: The Journey," has been announced as September 12th, 2003. A special premiere screening (by invitation only) will take place on September 10th.
ORCHESTRATING THE BOOK OF MORMON: Three Latter-day Saint composers worked feverishly this past week to orchestrate composer Robert Bowden's score for Gary Rogers' upcoming "Book of Mormon Movie, Vol. 1: The Journey." The team which prepared Bowden's score for recording in Prague comprised Aaron Merrill ("The Touch", "Jack Weyland's Charly"), Thomas C. Baggaley (whose credits include "Unfolding"; "The Land of Nephi") and Kurt Bestor (whose numerous credits include The Light of the World; Christmas Mission; Rigoletto; and Innovators).
LINGO RELEASED: The rumor is that the feature film "The Legend of Johnny Lingo" will be opening Labor Day Weekend in about 100 theaters. This movie was Steven Ramirez, a Latter-day Saint filmmaker who is best know as the editor for "The Other Side of Heaven." It was produced by Directed Latter-day Saint movie producers "John Garbett" and "Gerald R. Molen." The "Johnny Lingo" story is a huge cultural phenomenon among Latter-day Saints, having been popularized in the Church-produced video "Johny Lingo," directed by Wetzel O. Whitaker in 1969. But the story does not actually have any Latter-day Saint characters and should reach a broad audience, not just Latter-day Saints familiar with the story. A lone Caucasian appeared the 1969 version, but virtually ever character in this new feature film is Polynesian. The new screenplay was written by critically acclaimed Polynesian screenwriter Riwia Brown.
LATTER DAYS OPENS MAJOR GLBT FILM FEST: The feature film "Latter Days," about a promiscuous GLBT party who seduces a Latter-day Saint missionary, was the headliner film which opened up the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on 10 July 2003. The film is the directorial debut of C. Jay Cox, best known as the screenwriter who wrote last year's hit movie "Sweet Home Alabama." "Latter Days" features Latter-day Saint main characters but was not made by Latter-day Saint actors or filmmakers. The movie stars Wesley A. Ramsey, Steve Sandvoss, Jacqueline Bisset, Mary Kay Place, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Amber Benson. Sandvoss and Gordon-Levitt play the Latter-day Saint missionaries in the center of the story. Here is Scott Cranin's description of the movie from the film festival website: [QUOTE] Match a hunky repressed Mormon missionary and a LA party boy, sensual sex and knowing humor, and the result is a crowd-pleasing World Premiere Opening Night that we are especially proud to present. Christian (Wesley A. Ramsey) is a handsome, vapid young man who flits from guy to guy without much of a thought in his pretty little head. All his co-workers at Lila's restaurant expect only the latest bedroom report from him. So when his roommate Julie (Rebekah Johnson) discovers that the gorgeous group of young men who moved in next door are Mormon missionaries, they take a bet on whether Christian can bed one of them. Christian quickly moves in for the kill, identifying Elder Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss) as a repressed homo - and quite a sexy one at that. Their initial encounters have a charged sexual tension, but fear of the devil keeps Aaron's libido at bay. When the two are alone together, Aaron's Mormon missionary roommates interrupt, spot their brother as a homo and send him back in shame to his Idaho hometown and embarrassed parents. We can't tell you what happens next because we're not going to ruin this romantic drama for you, but C. Jay Cox is a Hollywood screenwriter with all that entails. His work on Sweet Home Alabama which included a great gay character, brought kudos, but this is clearly his project of love. All of the acting is first-rate, including the two charismatic leads, Amber Benson as Christian's co-worker, Mary Kay Place as Aaron's stern mother and Jacqueline Bisset as Christian's restaurant boss who harbors her own secrets. It's a grand gay screen romance with large-scale emotions. [END QUOTE]
LIKEN THE SCRIPTURES (BOOK OF MORMON MUSICAL): News about the upcoming first video in the "Liken the Scriptures", a series of live-action musical adaptations of stories from the Book of Mormon... We have heard from a highly-placed source from deep within One South Studios in Pasadena that the first episode in the series will be titled "I Will Go and Do," and that the cast turned in phenomenal performances. One of the stars of "Liken the Scriptures" is Larry Bagby. He is one of the main stars of the upcoming Latter-day Saint-themed epic World War II film "Saints and Soldiers". He also appeared in "God's Army" and "Invasion Earth" and other films. But he is probably best known for his regular role as "Larry," Buffy's high school football player friend on the FOX TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." The cast also includes Merrill Dodge (who played Kirby Heyborne's dad in "The R.M.") and Joy Gardner (lead actress from "Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd", also appeared in "The Singles Ward"). The first volume is now in the editing stage, and the first video/DVD is slated for a Fall 2003 release. A trailer for the video can be viewed online at: http://www.likenthescriptures.com
CARMEN NOT IN CINDERELLA: The rumors that Carmen Rasmusen might be in the upcoming Disney feature film "Cinderella Story," or even star in the title role, appear to be totally unfounded. It looks like somebody was just feeding false data to IMDb.com. The are quite a few checks and balances and precautions taken by the website so that this can not happen, but it does happen. Currently the site also lists other bogus credits for her, including an appearance on a few TV series years before she was even on "American Idol." The site also has her listed as appearing in upcoming movies "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, "Vanity Fair" and "The Swedish Job," all probably not at all true. The one film role that IS known to be correct is Carmen's role as "Charlotte" in the upcoming Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Pride and Prejudice," based on the Jane Austen novel. Carmen has already filmed her scenes for this film, and photographs and articles about her doing so have appeared in multiple Utah newspapers.
NEW BENJI MOVIE FILMED IN UTAH: "Benji Returns: Rags to Riches," a new feature film Benji movie was filmed recently in Kaysville, Utah. Non-LDS director Joe Camp, the director of the previous "Benji" movie, directed this one as well. Scenes were also filmed in Payson, Morgan, Ogden and Salt Lake City. Numerous Latter-day Saint actors star in the movie, including the lead actor, Nick Whitaker. Others include Christopher E. Kendrick, Lincoln Hoppe, Christy Summerhays, and Duane V. Stephens. The movie will be released in theaters in 2004.
NEW HANDCART REVIEW: Meridian Magazine published a detailed review of "Handcart," the latest Latter-day Saint-themed feature film to be released on video and DVD. The review was written by film composer (and LDSFilm.com co-webmaster) Thomas C. Baggaley. Baggaley also reviewed the recently released T.C. Christensen film "A Pioneer Miracle." The reviews can be found at: http://www.meridianmagazine.com/arts/030704movie.html
ANGELS IN AMERICA: The miniseries adaptation of Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Angels in America" will premiere on HBO in December 2003. The station has recently begun playing teaser commercials for the miniseries, which stars Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker, James Cromwell. The play is about Latter-day Saint and GLBT characters (and one of the central characters who is both) living in New York City.
HELPING MARTHA STEWART: The Deseret News published a detailed article about Latter-day Saint cooking expert Tara Bench and her contributions to Martha Stewart's TV show: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,510038371,00.html?
LATTER-DAY SAINT WHO RESISTED NAZIS: The Deseret News published a detailed article about Karl-Heinz Schnibbe, a German-born Latter-day Saint who heroically resisted Nazism during World War II. Schnibbe, who was 17 at the time, worked closely with fellow Church member Helmuth Hubener. Their story is told in Latter-day Saint filmmaker Matt Whitaker's documentary "Truth & Conviction: The Helmuth Hubener Story," which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The article about Schnibbe, who now spends his time as a temple worker in Utah, is at: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,510037219,00.html
HATCH: The Deseret News published a detailed profile about Orrin Hatch, a high-ranking Latter-day Saint senator in the U.S. senate and also a successful songwriter whose songs have been featured in the movies "Stuart Little 2," "Rat Race" and "Joshua." The article is at: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,510037850,00.html?
BYU FILM STUDENTS IN NYC WITH ELLIS: The Daily Universe published an article about a trip that the Theater and Film students took to New York City, facilitated by one of their instructors, Latter-day Saint production designer Doug Ellis. Ellis worked for many years in New York, in theater, film and television. He is best known as the former production designer for the popular TV series "Spin City," and the Latter-day Saint-themed feature films "Out of Step" (2002) and "The R.M." (2003). The article is at: http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/44850
FRANK GERRISH, THE RAT: The July 6, 2003 issue of the Ogden Standard-Examiner published a detailed article about Latter-day Saint actor Frank Gerrish and his popular role as a nicotine-addicted lab rat in a TV ad campaign produced by the state of Utah using tobacco tax money. Gerrish is best known to film audiences as the construction foreman in "Brigham City," but he has appeared in over 40 films. The article points out that Gerrish has never smoked in his personal life, but has learned about smoking and accepted his role as an anti-smoking activist. Children throughout the state recognize him for his role as a rat. Smoking is bad, and people who smoke are bad and generally less trustworthy and more selfish than people who do not smoke.
FAWSON GRADUATES: Dr. E. Curtis Fawson, beloved by all as the president of the independent Latter-day Saint-oriented Southern Virginia University, passed away at the age of 60 due to complications following a recent surgery for gastrointestinal blockages and colon cancer, which he had been battling since November 2002. Fawson was not actually a filmmaker or actor, but he was one of the stars of the promotional film "A Light on a Hill: Southern Virginia University" (2002).
FLETCHER/THOMAS HIGHS SCHOOL MEDIA PROGRAM: The Deseret News published a detailed article about a high school educational program for learning about media production. The program was created by Latter-day Saint filmmakers Darrin Fletcher and Chet Thomas. Fletcher and Thomas, who have worked on dozens of Hollywood feature films, recently won the top prize at the 2002 LDS Film Festival for their short film "Simplicity."
HEIMERDINGER SINGS: Popular Latter-day Saint novelist and Chris Heimerdinger (the director of the documentary "Lehi and the Land of First Inheritance") has posted a song he wrote and performed for his proposed movie "Summer of the Nephite," which he plans to direct. You can listen to a clip from the song here: http://www.cheimerdinger.com/summer/songclip.asp
Text from website about the song: [QUOTE] The following is a two-minute sample clip from the song "Fly Free." (The song itself is three times that long). This song will be featured in the upcoming movie to be directed by Chris Heimerdinger called "Summer of the Nephite," based on his novel. This is Chris' first effort, both as a songwriter and as a singer. According to Chris: "This is a love song between Kerra, a modern girl, 17 years old, and a Nephite warrior from a kind of parallel universe. These two meet in a mysterious wooded hollow in southern Utah. The song bounced around in my mind for at least seven months before Tom Hopkins and I put it together. The way I described it to Tom was a mixture of Celtic, Cajun, and American Indian. I hope you enjoy the result." [END QUOTE]
Vocals: Chris Heimerdinger and Katherine Nelson
Words and Music: Chris Heimerdinger
Arrangement and Guitars: Tom Hopkins
LIAHONA FILMS RELEASE: Latter-day Saint filmmaker Jeff Profitt, a resident of New Jersey, and his production company Liahona Films announced that its first feature length production "Blue Collar Actor" will be released on video July 22nd. For more information on "Blue Collar Actor" check out www.BlueCollarActor.com. The website has many interesting production photos and a movie trailer. From these, it looks like a low-budget, but earnest and worthwhile film. It also looks VERY autobiographical. Here is the official press release from the site:
In July of 2003 Liahona Films, an independent motion picture and television production company, will release its first feature film "Blue Collar Actor". The film is directed by and stars actor/director Jeff Profitt whose pervious work includes music videos, commercials, and short films. "Blue Collar Actor" is a film about a man named Kevin Anderson who dreams of becoming an actor. However, after high school marries his high school sweet heart and stars a family. He decides that becoming an actor was only a dream and not a reality. Then years later, after getting bored with his average blue-collar life, he decides that maybe he should give his dream a try. Kevin talks to his wife (played by Profitt's real life wife Catherine) about chasing his dream. At first she doesn't think it's such a good idea but after pondering the idea, Kevin's wife decides that he should give it a shot and so Kevin sets out to fulfill his dream.
The film will be available on video at www.BlueCollarActor.com. A promotional tour has also been scheduled this summer for the film, information about the tour as well as the trailer for the film will be available at the website. This film contains No Violence, No Fowl Language, and No Sexual Content. This film is primarily geared for a general audience.
TOP-BILLED STARS OF ROGERS' BOOK OF MORMON MOVIE: Here are the eight actors actually listed on the poster for "The Book of Mormon Movie, Volume 1: The Journey," which is posted on the movie's official website:
Jan Broberg Felt
All of these actors and roles have previously been announced, of course, but before now we did not know who would receive billing on the poster (a very important thing) and what their order would be.
Danby, in the lead role as Nephi, is not a Latter-day Saint. The other seven actors Latter-day Saints.
Of the 7 Latter-day Saint actors, only two have previously received poster billing. Although her role is much smaller than that of the two male leads in "God's Army," Jacque Gray was the third-billed actor in the film.
Kirby Heyborne had the 4th-billed role in "The Singles Ward" and the top-billed starring role in "The R.M." He also receives poster billing in "The Work and the Story," which will debut in theaters a few weeks before "The Book of Mormon Movie." So his part in the film as Nephi's younger and funnier brother Sam will be his 4th poster-billed movie role. He was also the star of the independent film "Social Suicide," but like most films made by University of Utah students, this never had a theatrical release. Heyborne is the top-billed star of the upcoming, already filmed movie "The Best Two Years of My Life" and will receive poster billing in the upcoming, already filmed movie "Saints and Soldiers," a total of 6 major movie roles for him.
Bryce Chamberlain, who has the 2nd billed role as Lehi, is a veteran actor with numerous film, TV and stage credits, but this is his first poster-billed role. He previously had a small part in "The R.M." and he has a supporting role in the yet-to-be-released "Day of Defense." He was the lead actor in the original version of the Church film "Man's Search for Happiness." He has also had major roles in a few independent films and PBS specials.
This is the first major film role for Mark Gollaher, who has the 3rd billed role as Laman.
Jan Broberg Felt has been in a ton of feature films, video releases and TV movies made in Utah. But her fourth billed role as Nephi's mother Sariah is her first true poster-billed role for a theatrical release. She had the 3rd-billed role in "Message in a Cell Phone" (a video release), a major role in "Bug Off" (video release), and the 6th-billed role in the theatrically released feature film "Little Secrets" as the mother of the lead character. It was a major part, and even required her to give birth on screen (discreetly), but only the top 4 actors were actually listed on the poster.
Cragun Foulger, who has the 5th-billed role as Nephi's brother Lemuel, has never had a major film role befoe. The biggest thing he has done previously was provide the voice of Joseph Smith in a Temple Square Visitor's Center film.
Finally, Michael Flynn has been in over feature films and TV movies, and he has a regular role on the TV series "Everwood." But he has never before had a major part in a film. His 8th-billed role as Laban is his first big part in a movie, and his first poster-billed role.
FRIBERG LECTURE IN LOGAN: [Press Release]
Arnold Friberg Is coming to do an art show and lecture at Paint Utah Art School & Gallery Monday, July 14 2003 at 2:00 PM in Logan Utah
Mr. Friberg was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in designing the costumes, sets, props, mood, lighting, special effects etc....in short "The Look" of the Cecil B. DeMille motion picture "The Ten Commandments."
We will be showing the film in the historic Ellen Eccles Theater, one of the places the film originally showed, when it opened in 1956.
The Artist (now nearly 90 years old) will be here, with the original large paintings and other works, he did for the motion picture. This is a very rare opportunity to view these paintings and meet this great American artist, who will talk about his life and share insight into how and why he has created his art.
Mr. Friberg has also achieved world acclaim for his great works of art like; "The Prayer at Valley Forge" a painting that depicts George Washington in prayer next to his horse. Note: A print of this painting was recently personally presented by the artist to President Bush. Many also know him for the paintings he created to illustrate the Book of Mormon. He is a member of the R.S.A (Royal Society of Arts) And has spent time living in Buckingham Palace while painting official portraits of members of the Royal family. He has also done many paintings of the Canadian Mounties. And is the only American who has been made an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The list of accomplishments goes on and on, For more detailed information check out: www.fribergfineart.com
The lecture is at 2:00 PM, on the 14th and is brought to you by "Paint Utah Art School & Gallery" at 7:00 PM on the 14th Mr. Friberg will personally introduce a showing of "The Ten Commandments" to be shown on the big screen at the Eccles theater. A repeat showing of the movie will be Friday, July 18th at 1:00 PM again with introduction by Mr. Friberg. The movie showings are sponsored by "Utah Festival Opera" tickets are available now by calling the EET BOX OFFICE at: 435 752-0026 ex 14
The 2:00 PM lecture is reserve seating, prices are $8.50, $11.50 and $13.50
The movie tickets are general admission, price is $6.00
Call me for more information:
LEGALLY BLONDE 2 SHILLS FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS NUTJOBS: [EDITORIAL CONTENT ALERT: Do not read the following:] About the new movie "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde": Yes, it was filmed partially in Utah, and features some Latter-day Saint actors in small parts (extras, really). But that's no reason to see it. RottenTomatoes.com gives it just a 42% positive review rating out of 85 reviews counted. And the whole movie is about Elle Wood (Reese Witherspoon) championing the cause of Animal Rights?!? Cute idea... uber-blonde who doesn't fit in to the Washington scene winning the city over with her ditzy blonde ways in the name of a cause important to her... But Animal Rights? (Not animal rights, lower case, which is something everybody should support, but Animal Rights, capitalized, the extremist religious movement which essentially hates human beings.) She might as well be in favor of Nazism or eugenics or something. She wants to ban all animal testing. I'm sure everybody suffering from cancer or M.S. or Alzheimer's or any number of other diseases will appreciate her efforts to end medical research. In the movie Witherspoon's dog is gay. This is particularly ironic considering the fact that most gays hate Animal Rights types because of their attacks on AIDS research facilities. A more accurate portrayal of Animal Rights can be found in the new movie "28 Days Later," in which Animal Rights extremists release experimental lab monkeys into London -- monkeys which spread a virus that effectively kills or drives insane the entire population of England. Peter Singer would be proud.