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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."

Brigham City Draws Positive Variety Review; Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News Split
Richard Dutcher's new Mormon-themed film "Brigham City" drew a strong positive review from the movie industry trade magazine Variety today, but drew differing reviews from the two Salt Lake City newspapers. What may be surprising to some is that the more negative review came from the Deseret News.

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.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye -- Utah Judge Writes Best-selling LDS Mystery
Being a judge and an author has proven to be a compelling combination as Clair Poulson uses his unique insight into the criminal mind to create I'll Find You, the #1 best-selling LDS novel.

KZION will broadcast Maren Ord's debut CD 'Waiting'
KZION will broadcast Maren Ord's debut CD "Waiting" in it's entirety on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 and Thursday, April 12, 2001.

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