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Posted 18 Dec 2001   For week ended December 14, 2001
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Review: The Other Side of Heaven
"The Other Side of Heaven" is the film adaptation of Elder John H. Groberg's book "Eye of the Storm." Taking place in the 1950's, "The Other Side of Heaven" starts out as a nostalgic period piece and becomes a coming-of-age epic. John Groberg (Christopher Gorham-- "A Life Less Ordinary) leaves his family and girlfriend (Anne Hathaway-- "The Princess Diaries") to serve a mission for the LDS church in the Kingdom of Tonga.

MoTab To Appear on 'Touched by an Angel' Sunday
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is featured on Sunday's episode of the TV series 'Touched by an Angel,' adding a musical tribute in an episode that supports a family in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The episode, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" will be broadcast on Sunday, instead of in 'Touched by an Angel's' normal Saturday night timeslot.

LDS Author Releases Special Winter Games Edition of 'A World of Faith'
Just off the press, a commemorative Winter Games 2002 book celebrates the diversity of faiths in Utah and around the world. "A WORLD OF FAITH: World Celebration Special Edition", from Signature Books, is published in partnership with the Interfaith Roundtable of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC).

Film: 'Oceans Eleven' and 'Behind Enemy Lines' Lead at Box Office
The big news in film this week was the not unexpected first place box office performance of "Ocean's Eleven," directed by Steven Soderbergh (who received two Best Director Academy Award nominations last year for "Erin Brockovich" and "Traffic"). Although the "Ocean's Eleven" filmmakers are not Latter-day Saints, two of the eponymous "Eleven" are Mormons.

New Products: Missionary Stories, Tools, and Personal Testimonies
Among the new titles released by the major LDS publishers this season are a number that look at missionary work, provide tools for missionaries and inspiring materials for missionaries. Most interesting is a book from Cedar Fort by Frank Leach that shows how consistent efforts of many missionaries over years made a difference for his family and for a Wyoming town. Other books provide tools for missionaries, inspiring essays on belief, and the soundtrack for the new movie about Elder Groberg's missionary experiences.

UVSC Students Release Their First Animated Video
Armed with only an idea, four students from the Utah Valley State College Multimedia department gathered in a basement and began to visualize the story of a seven-year-old boy presented with a conflict about what to do on Sunday.

The Other Side of Heaven -- Opens This Week!
We are excited to announce that the film "The Other Side of Heaven" will be distributed theatrically by Excel Entertainment Group. "The Other Side of Heaven" begins its nationwide release Friday, December 14 in selected Utah theaters.

Angela Lansbury Celebrates Christmas with Tabernacle Choir
Vocalist Angela Lansbury, renowned star of film, television and stage, joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in its annual public Christmas concerts beginning tonight in the Conference Center near Temple Square. The program features 20 numbers including traditional Christmas hymns and classical compositions by Handel and Bach, plus contemporary songs written by John Rutter and Victor Herbert.

Powerful Impressions From The Life of Jesus
It is a powerful medium that allows the Spirit to "enter ev'ry timid heart." Just as a hymn can pierce the soul with sound convictions, and poetry can awaken the mind and quicken the spirit, so too can artwork invite quiet contemplation, even immersion, into the events depicted. Among the world's most renowned religious artists such as Greg Olsen and Morgan Weistling is Simon Dewey. Now, Deseret Book Company presents Dewey's newet works, "Beloved Savior" (Eagle Gate, $19.95), a sampling of the art that accomplishes all of these feats.

Paul Cardall Special Christmas Broadcast
Paul Cardall elegantly and poignantly interprets Richard Paul Evans' best selling holiday classic. Cardall captures the essence of the book and season with heartfelt piano and small ensemble arrangements of traditional carols and exquisite original compositions.

Nathan Madsen Special Christmas Broadcast
Salt Lake Welcomes the World: Winter Glory is Nathan Madsen's newest album. It is a collection of beautiful piano arrangements of familiar Christmas favorites.

BYU professors teach morals of 'Lord of the Rings'
class will feature discussions on all the elements found in "Lord of the Rings" - wizards, elves, fairies, heroes, supernatural creatures - and remain true to the good versus evil theme, said Don Chapman, assistant professor of English. "Fantasy literature is undergirded by an understanding of medieval literature informed by a Christian belief, or a notion of providence - this is why people can relate so well to it."

New plays featured in staged readings Dec. 11-13 at BYU
Brigham Young University's Department of Theatre and Media Arts presents the annual Writers/Directors/Actors (WDA)Workshop Tuesday through Thursday (Dec. 11-13) from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Nelke Experimental Theatre. The staged-reading workshop is free and the public is welcome to attend.


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