HAVANA TO CRABTOWN?: Production crews have been scouting about town for a new movie starring none other than Robert Redford as the nation's chief exec in "The President Elopes."
Fred "The Russia House" Schepisi will direct, and it's being produced by Michael Houseman, who recently did David Mamet's "Homicide" here.
NAME DROPPING: Muscleman-turned-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was in town over the weekend to visit his mother-in law, Eunice Shriver, who's a patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital . . . The Los Angeles Times reports that Sylvester Stallone has purchased a 400-plus-acre horse form in suburban Maryland . . .
Robert Duvall will star in a TV miniseries called "Killer Angels" about the Civil War, part of which will be shot in the near future in Western Maryland . . .
Eye Spies report Walter Matthau is coming to the Big Crab in May to shoot a movie by Robert Halmi Jr., one of the producers of "Lonesome Dove" . . .
And, finally, local director Arthur Egeli, whose suspense thriller, "Maxim Xul," starred Adam "Batman" West, has reportedly finished the script for his new film project, "Prodigy," which we hear will be Annapolis-based.
PLACE DROPPING: The National Aquarium's Marine Mammal Pavilion and the Evergreen House, the restored manor house that is now an art museum, were named as two of the top 10 tourist attractions that opened in the United States in 1990. Weissmann Travel Reports of Austin, Texas, compiled the list.
CRY UNCLE: Former City Paper columnist and Hopkins magazine editor Franz Lidz will have his memoir, "Unstrung Heroes: My Improbable Life With Four Impossible Uncles," published next month by Random House.
Lidz dedicated it to Evening Sun reporter Carl Schoettler, who encouraged him to pursue journalism because "you get to wear a sweater all day."
It's been described as part Woody Allen, part Tobias Wolff. Paramount has already bought the film rights.
Lidz is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where, we hear, his collection of sweaters is the talk of the locker rooms.
AND FINALLY, some of the more notable folks who turned out for the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy's sesquicentennial anniversary last Sunday at the B&O Railroad Museum included former Baltimore Colt Artie Donovan and wife, Dorothy, a School of Pharmacy alumni; Dr. Don Elliott, Maryland delegate and his wife, Jeanne, both school alumni; and Dr. David Knapp, acting dean of the school and his wife, Dr. Deanna Knapp.