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| Brigham City PG-13 Rating Stirs Controversy
|With the premiere tonight of Richard Dutcher's
second movie about Mormons for a Mormon audience, the online discussion
board on the film's website is brimming with controversy of the PG-13 rating
given the movie. Zion Films announced earlier this week that "Brigham City"
had received the rating from the Motion Picture Association of America's
ratings board. But filmmaker Dutcher says he is not concerned over the
controversy and in fact welcomes the debate, "It's a conversation that our
people really need to have. If we're always holding ourselves to a G or a PG
standard, it's going to limit the kind of films that we can make."
| Book Claims LDS Church Money Financed Growth of Las Vegas
|In their new book, "The Money and the Power, The
Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America, 1947-2000," Sally Denton
and Roger Morris deem Las Vegas the "the American city of the 21st
century." Crediting the last census with the information of 6,000
new residents a month and a casino- service oriented city that has
put Las Vegas in the front ranking of a national economy, husband and
wife team Denton and Morris have put together exhaustive research to
support their premise of political, economic and criminal corruption.
| New York's Mormon Artist Group Plans Benefit for Handcart Ensemble
|Mormon Artists Group, a cooperative of fifty
creative artists from a wide range of disciplines who live in New
York City will host a gala benefit on behalf of Handcart Ensemble,
Saturday May 5 in New York City. Handcart Ensemble is an LDS theater
company now in it's third year producing works Off-Broadway.
| The One-eyed Mormon Democrat
|Morris Udall was the Congressman from eastern Arizona for 30 years, until 1991 when he retired from politics. He died in 1998 and a new biography,
written by Donald W. Carson and James W. Johnson, has recently been
completed: "Mo: The Life and Times of Morris K. Udall." The book is published
by University of Arizona Press, which also published and has reissued the
book "Too Funny to be President," written by Congressman Udall after his loss
in the 1976 Primaries to Jimmy Carter.
| Brigham City World Premiere Nearly Sold Out
|In a gala celebration complete with red
carpet, limos and celebrities like Richard Dutcher and Karl Malone,
the new film from the director of GOD'S ARMY will premiere on
Wednesday, April 4 at Jordan Commons.
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