UTAH SCHOOL FROM ‘HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL’ MAY GET TOURIST BOOST
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Fans of the movie “High School Musical” have been coming to see the Utah school where the movie was filmed more than a decade ago. The trend could grow with the premiere of Disney’s new streaming service series based on the story.
The Deseret News reports that much the popular 2006 movie and new show were filmed at East High School in Salt Lake City. To draw in fans, the state office of tourism has compiled a four-day, four-night “High School Musical Itinerary” for visitors to follow.
The campus is open to visitors for a self-guided walking tour on weekdays from 2:30 until 7 p.m.
East High School assistant principal Ken DeVries says tourists occasionally get a little overexcited, but fans are respectfully “thrilled to see where their favorite show is made.”
‘FORD V FERRARI’ SPEEDS TO NO. 1; ‘CHARLIE’S ANGELS’ FIZZLES
NEW YORK (AP) – “Ford v Ferrari” put its competition in the rearview, racing to a $31 million debut at the box office in a No. 1 finish that counted as a win for big-budget originality.
James Mangold’s racing drama rode into the weekend with strong reviews and Oscar buzz for it’s for leads, Christian Bale and Matt Damon. And audiences enthusiastically greeted it, giving the $98 million movie an A-plus CinemaScore.
“Ford v Ferrari,” which dramatizes the Ford Motor Co.’s push to unseat the perennial power Ferrari at France’s 24-hour Les Mans race in 1966, has been considered a kind of throwback film, built largely on story, practical effects and star power.
Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” reboot couldn’t keep up. The Kristen Stewart-led film opened below expectations with $8.6 million.
A FRESH BATCH OF PRODUCERS SELECTED FOR THE 92ND OSCARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The 92nd Oscars is getting some fresh faces behind the production.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Friday that Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain will produce the February show.
While newcomers to the Academy Awards, both are veteran producers in the industry. Howell Taylor is an Oscar-nominated producer of “A Star Is Born.” Allain, who runs the company Homegrown Pictures, has been behind films like “Hustle & Flow” and “Dear White People.”
Film academy president David Rubin says they’ll bring dynamism and excitement to the show, but it remains unclear whether there will be a host.
Last year’s host-less Oscars saw an uptick in viewership after a record-low year.
The 2020 Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on Feb. 9.
CZECH FILMMAKER VOJTECH JASNY DIES AT AGE 93
PRAGUE (AP) – Vojtech Jasny (VOY’-tek yas-NEE’), a filmmaker who belonged to the new wave of Czechoslovak cinema in the 1960s, has died. He was 93.
A family representative confirmed his death to the CTK news agency.
From the 1950s, Jasny made some 50 movies in Czechoslovakia and later in the West when he emigrated after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
His most famous film, “All My Good Countrymen,” from 1968, about the brutal changes in the country under communism, was banned in his homeland. It won the best director award at the Cannes (CAN) Film Festival in 1969.
He also won a Cannes special jury prize for his 1963 film, “The Cassandra Cat.”