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Small town to host big stars
By Jill O’Brien
Rumors have been flying around
town for months about a movie
being filmed in the small town of
Loma, and according to Mary Ethel
Emanuel, a Nebraska Film officer,
the rumors are nothing but the truth.
The movie, “To Wung Foo,
Thanks for EVERYTHING, Julie
Newmar,” stars Wesley Snipes,
Patrick Swayze and John
Leguizamo in lead roles. A sub
stantial supporting cast includes
StockardChanning, Emanuel said.
How did Loma residents get so
“The script called for a very
small rural town with a great view
—a town that had a timeless look,”
The Nebraska Film Office, a
division of Travel and Tourism
Department, along with the Oma
ha Douglas County Film Office
helped scout out the location by
sending photographs, Emanuel said.
“First, a production company
contacts a film office and if they’re
looking for a town with a brick
street and a church at the end of it,
we’ll find it for them and send them
photographs,” she said. “They liked
the towns we sent pictures of, so they
thought a scouting trip to Nebraska
would be advantageous.”
Loma was chosen after a search
encompassing over 500 small towns
in more than a dozen states, she said.
“To Wung Foo, Thanks for EV
ERYTHING, Jul ie Newmar” is a con
temporary comedy produced by
Amblin Entertainment and Universal
Pictures, a division of Universal City
Studios, Inc., Emanuel said.
“The director, Beeban Kidron, is a
young British filmmaker, who made
“Used People” and “Antonia and
Jane,” she said.
Filming starts in New York in July
and moves to Nebraska a month later.
With the cast and crew based in Lin
coln for six to eight weeks, it is antic
ipated they will spend between 4.5
and 5 million dollars in the area,
“They have been hiring locally—
everything from carpenters to produc
tion assistants to painters, seamstress
es, hairdressers and extras,” she said?
“It’sbeen fun,” Emanuel said.“Ev
crybody is very nice. 1 ne director
has been here several times and
wanted to see the town before they
made a final decision, and she
Besides Loma, Grand Island is
currently hosting movie crews and
“My Antonia” a made-for-tele
vision movie is being filmed in
Grand Island beginning June 25,
“The last major movie was in
1992, “O’Pioneers,” a madc-for
TV movie, filmed in Johnstown
and in a farmhouse near Murdock,”
In 1991, two movies were filmed
on-location in Nebraska.
The Hallmark Hall of Fame Pro
ductions took over the Stuhr Muse
um in Grand Island for “Sarah
Plain & Tall,” which starred ac
tress,Glenn Close. That same year,
Plattsmouth and Omaha became
the location for a Mount Produc
tion movie, “Indian Runner,” di
rected by Scan Penn.
It appears business is booming.
“That’s very good for Nebras
ka,” Emanuel said.
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labus, class schedule and electronic
submission of papers,” Gale said.
The center has been working with the
library to organize information and
find a way to electronically store it,
Along with research, Internet has
an E-Mail service. This allows mail to
be sent through the computer net
work. This program is offered to stu
dents for a fee of $10 per semester.
Students can obtain an account and
password at the Telecommunications
Center in Nebraska Hall,
The CRC is trying to make E-Mail
available to all students free of charge,
Jones said. But the biggest restraint on
that is the funding, he said.
Until recently. Gale said, comput
ing has not made a fundamental de
velopment in undergraduate educa
tion. Now it is making a qualitative
development, he said.
UNL has started implementing a
Hypermedia Institutional Tcchnolo
gy Educational Center.
The new media center, located in
Mabel Lee Hall, combines a fully
equipped multimedia development
area and an adjacent multimedia class
room. The workstations are capable of
running Windows, Macintosh and
RISC applications. The machines
contain high quality video digitizing
boards, resolution monitors and ex
tensive RAM and storage capabilities.
One of the goals of the new media
center is to incorporate computing
into fundamental education. Gale said.
“Everything we need for higher
education is out there in the system, it
just takes someone to get it and try to
mold it into the class structureGale
“We are focusing on putting a lot of
effort in upgrading students labs and
integrating it into the education cur
riculum,” Gale said. “This will re
quire training for students, faculty
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