Elsewhere: T&S poets, Larry Miller’s reputation, M’s letters

Guest blogger danithew has invited Times & Seasons participants to post poems they have written. As usual I have contributed no actual creative work, choosing instead to play the critic. But seriously, it’s a fun thread. Thanks for veering into arts and culture territory, dani.

In other news: “Reputations ride on the success of this film,” claims KSL-TV in a story on the upcoming release of the screen version of Gerald N. Lund’s best-selling historical novel series “The Work and the Glory.” Financed by LDS film sugar daddy and Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller, the film cost $7.4 million — making it the most expensive moive ever made for the Mormon market (I’m kidding about the sugar daddy comment — I wish more successful LDS would support Mormon art).

Considering that the most successful LDS film to date “The Other Side of Heaven” only took in $4,720,112 at the Box Office (source: LDS Film) and that the movie is opening the day after Thanksgiving (i.e. serious competition from the major studios, including a lot of family-friendly movies such as The Polar Express), Miller may have a tough time recouping his investment. DVD sales will help, but he’s not going to be making much profit on the venture — unless the film seriously outperforms. Which it might. Lund’s status as a general authority helps as does the popularity of the novels. Either way it’ll be a very interesting test of the LDS film market.

And: I don’t think that anybody’s reputation (especially Larry Miller’s) is going to suffer if the movie tanks — except perhaps that of director Russ Holt. Although even Holt’s reputation may be untouchable. He directed the LDS favorite “How Rare a Possession.”

Sidenote: KSL says that “Millions of readers of the book series know a movie, featuring their favorite ficticious characters set in history, is about to be released.” Ummm. The Work and the Glory is a blockbuster — the blockbuster — by Mormon publishing standards, but I’m not sure that it has millions of readers out there.

Finally: Deseret Book has published the letters of Marjorie Pay Hinckley and has posted three of the letters on their Mormon Life Web site. The posted letters aren’t super revealing, but they are well-written, and it’s interesting to view church events, such as a 1976 national broadcast about families and a 1977 trip to Asia, through her eyes.

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