Director James Gartner on Glory Road

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Director James Gartner talks about his transition from a commercial director to making his feature film debut with Glory Road, a story based on the 1966 Texas Western basketball team that broke through institutional racism and went on to win the NCAA national championship. Read More…  From Studio Daily 


Disney films such as "Glory Road" and the animated "Chicken Little" will soon be available to own via computer download from the Internet-based movie site CinemaNow, but the movies can't be played on a standalone DVD player. Read More…  From Yahoo News 


An LDS filmmaker whose latest work will portray the tragedy of the 1856 Willie and Martin handcart companies said historians, writers and filmmakers who recount the past have a shared and sacred trust to ensure that their work accurately reflects the events that occurred. Read More… From The Deseret Morning News


A year ago, The 5 Browns said their goal was to get classical music onto the public radar and show young people that it can be fun. It seems they've succeeded. Read More…  From The Salt Lake Tribune 

The death of memorable movie music

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Let's not even talk about Psycho or Gone With the Wind or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly or Star Wars — the epochal scores full of splendid thunder and daring musical choices that defined film music for widely varying generations. Composers like Max Steiner and Bernard Herrmann aren't coming back anytime soon. Read [...]

300 (and 8) colorful 'Plates'

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The new "300 plates" is a noisy, active, good-natured feeding frenzy. But don't confuse it with the local buffet. Read More…  From The Deseret Morning News 


Photographs and messages posted on Facebook.com have been getting university students in trouble with university administrators and police who can use their .edu addresses to browse the social network. Read More…  From BYU Newsnet 

Pearl Awards 'exciting, fun'

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Reach. Lift. Inspire. The Faith Centered Music Association was formed in 1997 by a group of local musicians with those objectives in mind. Read More…  From The Deseret Morning News 


Web users can once again see as well as hear the prophet speak live through video streams online. Beginning with the first major test at the April 2006 general conference, the Church partnered with BYU-TV to provide live video streams of general conference in English through a link on LDS.org. Read More…  From lds.org


It's probably farther away from Hollywood tends and culture than anyone could imagine, but BYU's media arts program has all it takes to produce successful film grads. Read More… From BYU Newsnet


As fewer young people hear the organ in their houses of worship, Bara says, fewer are inspired to learn to play it. "We are clearly in a downward spiral that threatens to extinguish both the organ as a viable instrument and the church's relevance as a haven for arts culture and education," he says on [...]


"Your Family: Got Time?" This is the slogan for a new campaign to increase family unity in a San Diego suburb, and it bears a striking resemblance to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's 1980's commercial tagline: "Family. Isn't it about time?" Read More…  From BYU Newsnet 

Who cares what the reviews say?

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The film of The Da Vinci Code was savaged by reviewers, but that hasn't stopped audiences flocking to see it. It's the latest example of a 'critic-proof product', writes Mark Lawson. Read More…  From The Guardian 


It may be called UTOPIA, but that doesn't make the Utah fiber optics network perfect.  They're working on it, though, says one provider. Read More…  From The Daily Herald 


Under director Brady R. Allred, the University of Utah Singers has grown immeasurably in terms of musicality, virtuosity and artistic expression. In a state rich in choral tradition, the U. Singers stand head and shoulders above most. Read More…  From The Deseret Morning News 


The Faith Centered Music Association (FCMA) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2006 Pearl Awards, recognizing artistic and professional excellence in the faith centered music industry. Read More…  From Meridian Magazine 


America is on the threshold of a significant transformation in cultural life. There have been many cultural shifts in recorded history: Gutenberg's invention of the printing press and the rise of the reading public; the growth of a mercantile class and the birth of private art markets independent of the church and the king; the [...]

Choreographing success

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The newly opened Baryshnikov Arts Center in Hell's Kitchen serves as a playground and magnet for artists across disciplines and generations. It hosts informal showings and donates its large studios overlooking the Hudson to young choreographers, who make pieces for even younger dancers. Mikhail Baryshnikov in turn takes them on tour and makes sure they [...]


For most Utahns, the Lion House is synonymous with fluffy, buttery dinner rolls. But those melt-in-your-mouth gems have no real connection to Mormon church president Brigham Young, who built the house 150 years ago for his plural wives and children. Read More…  From The Salt Lake Tribune 


Even though he has always wanted to make movies, Brett Shumway wants to stay away from Hollywood. The BYU film grad prefers to be a part of the independent film scene. Read More…  From BYU Newsnet 


Donny Osmond proved to be a potent box-office lure when he starred in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the durable Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical, on tour in the 1990s. Read More…  From The Deseret Morning News 

Y. grad to speak on music, war

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A BYU graduate will speak Monday on her experiences using music to teach children of war. Liz Shropshire's address will be from 2-4 p.m. in Room F-201 of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Read More…  From The Deseret Morning News 


Gwendolyn Prudom never planned to visit Temple Square, or Utah, for that matter. But when business brought her to Salt Lake City recently, she found irresistible curiosity was pulling her to the heart of the LDS Church. Read More…  From The Associated Press 

3 Utahns win 'Oprah' contest

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Work hard, write well, meet Oprah Winfrey, win $10,000. That's what's happened to three Utah teens, among 50 nationwide selected as winners of Oprah Winfrey's premiere National High School Essay Contest on Elie Wiesel's memoir, "Night," about surviving the Holocaust. Read More…  From The Deseret Morning News 

Ex-Utahns like life behind scenes

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Their contributions might not be as obvious as those of the actors who voice the characters, but there wouldn't even be animated films without the artists and animators. Read More…  From The Deseret Morning News 


Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate are preparing another attempt to win quick approval of legislation greatly increasing the fines broadcasters would pay for violating the nation's indecency laws. Read More…  From Yahoo News 

Arts get a boost in Nebo

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Julie Christofferson wanted to play the flute as a child but ended up with her brother's discarded trumpet. "This was back in the '60s," she said. "Girls didn't play the trumpet." Christofferson started to teach herself to play it, however, and during the summer between fourth and fifth grades attended a band camp. Read More…  [...]


Almost by accident, Larry H. Miller is becoming the Wasatch Front's movie mogul. Miller said the box office disappointment of "The Work and the Glory" has "extinguished" his desire to be a movie producer. "I have no interest in the movie [production] business any more," he said. Read More… From The Salt Lake Tribune 


Forget the lure of buttered popcorn, Friday's grand opening of the Megaplex 20 at the District, 11400 S. Bangerter, beckons moviegoers with state-of-the-art technology and innovations to enhance the cinema experience, said Megaplex 20 general manager Dick Cornell Read More… From The Deseret Morning News

The last picture show?

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The poor start to the summer blockbuster season hasn't reversed the decline in movie attendance of the past three years, a trend that culminated in an 8 percent drop in 2005. Read More…  From The Christian Science Monitor 

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