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CTU: Provo--Is Jack Bauer a Mormon? (If not, could he be converted?)

If you are a BYU or UVSC student interested in film, you've probably already heard about the spoof film "CTU: Provo" currently in production and based on the hit show "24" starring Jack Bauer. It's a feature-length film being produced by a production company called Telekinesis made up of BYU and UVSC students. The "head cheese," Charan Prabhakar, is a recent BYU graduate.

I just read an article on it put out by BYU Newsnet and authored by Sarah Tomoser. I am excited to see what the finished product will be. The article reports that its premiere is slated for December of this year at BYU, and will be available on DVD after that. (Mental Note: Do not waste money on theatrical releases for locally-produced films. People wait for DVDs anyway.)

Go check out the article. I think there's a link to BYU Newsnet somewhere on Provo Pulse, right? From what I read, Charan seems like a very positive person. I really like what he said about pursuing your dreams.

Good luck, Telekinesis!

"Dollar" Theatres--What Gives?

Why are they so popular in Utah Valley? Is it because they are so inexpensive? Is it because other entertainment is so limited? Is it because the male population is that un-creative when coming up with ideas for dates?

One thing is certain--in Utah Valley, "dollar" theatres have a marketable niche. Now, I realize my questions are playing into the stereotype of the poor college student population and the idea that the Provo area has boring entertainment, but I'm surprised at the turn-out these "dollar" theatres have. (Obviously, I'm guilty of going to them myself or I wouldn't be able to make such keen observations about them.)

Going to a "dollar" theatre for a movie is an instant date, almost. What better way to get to know and impress a potential courting partner than to sit in a dark theatre saying nothing after shelling out $1 to $3 at the ticket counter and bypassing the popcorn counter because A) the prices are 7 times higher than average retail OR b) because you are wearing an over-stuffed overcoat in the middle of summer and promise the manager-turned-bouncer eye you knowing full well that you are sneaking in a bunch of candy from Macey's bulk bins?

Kieth Merrill's Outburst and Apology

In the past few days, there have likely been many tragedies. At the forefront is the tragic loss of lives at Virginia Tech.

We all get upset. We all lose our cool. Some of us just act it out in more concrete ways.

Also, in the past week, as many of you know, a local story has unfolded.

Richard Dutcher authored an article in the Daily Herald (ironically "herald" is associated with angelic messengers) essentially declaring his departure from Mormon Cinema.

Because of some biting remarks in Dutcher's article, Kieth Merrill replied with coarse words and subsequently apologized for his outburst.

These kinds of personal attacks are tragic. I think of the story in the most recent LDS General Conference Pres. James E. Faust shared regarding the tragedy in the Amish community several months ago and that community's immediate forgiveness. What a needed and moving sermon.

There is so much of selfishness, hatred, war, and general unkindness in the world and as we have seen in our local culture.

State of LDS-themed Movies

The state of LDS-themed movies was recently (read: “the past 6-12 months” here) cycling through a lull. Last year, Richard Dutcher broke away from his faith-centered films (at least temporarily) to begin shooting his supernatural thriller “Evil Angel” tentatively slated for release in October 2007.

There’s a saying that goes something like: “A true captain will never abandon his ship.” Perhaps Dutcher did. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like the work Dutcher does. He’s excellent at his craft. What he can do as far as quality for just under a million dollar budget puts his contemporary LDS filmmakers to shame.

But contrary to the saying about the captain and his ship, Richard didn’t go down with the “LDS-themed film” love boat. He jumped to a life boat from the safety net of such distributors as Excel Entertainment (a Salt Lake City-based distribution company which recently merged with Deseret Book with Sheri Dew and Jeff Simpson as its presiding officers) to his own distribution company Main Street Movie Co. and has paddled quickly in another direction.

Pixar stumbles with cars

We've devoted the vast majority of our posts to politics and sports. The most recent debate on same-sex marriage spawned a 67 comment long (at last count) debate on the pages of this website. Our most recent post--this one authored by Morgan--treats the recent Pixar-released movie "Cars."

Check it out and tell your friends. We're actively attempting to grow our readership.



He is some good ol' entertainment... check out this video made by my buddy Jason. It's pretty sweet!!

Deseret News twists Richard Dutcher's words

The Deseret News published an article by Sharon Haddock which either outright invented or seriously twisted words by Richard Dutcher, then proceeded to use them in a screed against LDS film comedies, expressly against Dutcher's own discouragement that anyone do so.

For reference, here is the article.

I attended Dutcher's presentation at the Scera during the LDS film festival, which this article references to build its screed. I do not recall Dutcher ever saying, as this article asserts, that many of the films that have come out since God's Army " for Mormons to laugh at the Latter-day Saint religion and its culture."

On the contrary, at this event Dutcher listed some LDS films that he likes, among them The Singles Ward, and he has said elsewhere that Halestorm's Mobsters and Mormons is by far the best LDS comedy to date.

Moreover, Desert News contradicts itself:

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