Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star Total Gross Theaters Days --- ----------------------------- ----------- ----- ---- 9 Minority Report 3,124,360 1,365 38 Gerald Molen (producer) 123,375,096 21 The Divine Secrets of the 445,261 411 52 Ya-Ya Sisterhood 67,653,127 42 ESPN's Ultimate X 78,844 40 80 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 3,450,995 52 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 49,100 18 535 Scott Swofford (producer) 12,924,262 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) Sam Cardon (composer) Stephen L. Johnson (film editor) 62 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 20,382 8 815 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 13,616,464 65 The Singles Ward 17,085 11 178 Kurt Hale (writer/director) 862,185 John E. Moyer (writer) Dave Hunter (producer) Cody Hale (composer) Ryan Little (cinematographer) Wynn Hougaard (film editor) Actors: Will Swenson, Connie Young, Daryn Tufts, Kirby Heyborne, Michael Birkeland, Robert Swenson, Wally Joyner, Lincoln Hoppe, Sedra Santos, etc. 73 China: The Panda Adventure 13,527 6 367 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 2,661,888 83 Galapagos 7,706 4 1004 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 13,551,853 93 The Other Side of Heaven 4,525 5 227 Mitch Davis (writer/director) 4,659,787 John H. Groberg (author/character) Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers) Steven Ramirez (film editor) 105 Mark Twain's America 3D 2,936 2 1487 Alan Williams (composer) 2,257,656 106 The Believer 2,885 4 73 Ryan Gosling (lead actor) 251,622 112 Ziggy Stardust & Spiders from Mars 1,263 1 19 Mick Ronson (2nd billed actor) 35,208
MOLEN/MINORITY REPORT: Once films drop from the Top 10 in weekend grossing totals, they rarely return. With new films being released weekly, and a reduction in the number of theaters where the film is playing, it is unlikely that a film can climb back up the rankings. However, this weekend, "Minority Report" (Producer - Gerald Molen) beat the odds and came in at the number 9 spot after finishing number 11 the previous week, although it played in over 300 fewer theaters this weekend.
SMOOT: Another impressive number is the number 1000 now attached with "Galapagos" (Cinematographer - Reed Smoot). As of this week, "Galapagos" has been playing in theaters for over 1000 days - equal to just under 2 3/4 years. Granted, IMAX films do tend to play longer than typical theatrical releases. Still, this is a very impressive milestone. Another film with Reed Smoot as cinematographer, "China: The Panda Adventure" passed the one year mark this week.
HALE, DANSIE, DeVILLIERS, KIRN: "The RM", the next LDS-themed comedy from HaleStorm Entertainment has begun production. The film, which stars Kirby Heyborne, as a young man who returns from his mission with big plans for the future, only to have his life fall apart around him, is scheduled to be released in January. In other production news, Tucker T Dansie's latest short film "Quarters & Rocks" is set to film tomorrow (Wednesday July 31, 2002) and Rocco DeVilliers' children's film "Up in the Air" is scheduled to film beginning in September.
Funny thing to note: "Up in the Air" is ALSO the title of a novel by lapsed Latter-day Saint novelist Walter Kirn, which has been optioned to be made into a feature film directed by Jay Roach, the director of the "Austin Powers" movies. Meanwhile, shooting is reportedly under way on the movie version of Kirn's novel THUMBSUCKER. The movie stars Elijah Wood (star of "Lord of the Rings") in the central role. In the novel, Elijah Wood's character meets missionaries, joins the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and serves part of a mission. "Thumbsucker", which will be released in 2003, is the feature film directorial debut of Mike Mills, who should NOT be confused with Latter-day Saint director Michael Mills, the director of "He Took My Licking", which was written by Elizabeth Hansen and photographed by "Handcart" director Kels Goodman.
BIOS: The first stage of the "Brief Biographies of Latter-day Saint and/or Utah Film Personalities" section of the ldsfilm.com website is complete. The completed versions of all of the pages are finished and online.
Well over 1,000 capsule biographies are provided, covering the majority of film personalities listed on the ldsfilm.com filmography pages (primarily actors, directors, producers, writers, and cinematographers, with some miscellaneous crew such as production designers, costume designers, etc.) There are no biographies for film composers. The LDSFilm.com composers links directly to composers' websites.
The capsule biographies are listed alphabetically, one page for each letter of the alphabet. The bio section is located at: http://www.ldsfilm.com/bio/
GOODMAN/HANDCART: Kels Goodman's long-awaited "Handcart" was given a "preview" showing at the Scera Theater in Orem on July 23rd. It was a video projection, rather than film, and some of the sound work is still not done. But those invited were able to see the film essentially in its final form. Kels and company still have some time before the scheduled October 11th official release, scheduled for 20 theaters in Utah, Arizona, Idaho and Nevada to polish the final product. LDSFilm.com co-webmaster Thomas C. Baggaley was there. For Thomas, highlights of the film were the relationships between the characters, and the acting, especially a strong performance by male lead Jaelan Petrie. Although the video projection was not as clear as film would have been, it is clear that this will be a very good looking film as well as a nice tribute to the handcart pioneers.
At the preview, Kels announced that he is going to begin working on his next film immediately. It will be an action/adventure film about Boy Scouts.
SWAN: The long-awaited premiere of "The Princess and the Pea" will be on August 16th. Although the film does not have Latter-day Saint characters, most of the key filmmakers are Latter-day Saints, including director Mark Swan, producers Forrest S. Baker III and Don Judd, and composer Alan Williams. Local voice actors include Frank Gerrish and Chrystine Potter Hyatt.
PERRY/MASTER OF DISGUISE: Next week sees the nationwide release of "The Master of Disguise" (2002), a family-friendly film that marks the directorial debut of production designer Perry Andelin Blake. Blake (a Latter-day Saint) is best known for his acclaimed production design work on all of the Adam Sandler feature films. "Master of Disguise" stars Saturday Night Live alum Dana Carvey. Look for it EVERYWHERE.