Levinson seeks local talent to appear in 'Homicide' TV series

SYLVIA BADGER

September 09, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

The ticket price for a Defenders' Day celebration on Saturday at Fort Howard Park was listed incorrectly in yesterday's Today section. The cost is $3 for ages 16 and over and free for those under 16. Also, the wrong phone number was given for the same event in Sunday's Travel section. The correct number is (410) 282-9100.

The Sun regrets the errors.

When "Homicide," a new NBC television series based on the Baltimore Police Department's homicide squad, hits the airwaves, it will be all Bawlmer, Hon.

I'm not talking about the fact that the book, "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets," was written by Sun police reporter David Simon or that the series will be directed by Baltimorean Barry Levinson, who purchased the rights to the book while he was here filming "Avalon." Nope, Levinson wants real Baltimoreans as actors and extras in the series.

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Here are the requirements: If you are between the ages of 16 and 100, of any size, shape, gender or race, send a snapshot of yourself to Pat Moran, the casting director, along with your name, age, phone number, weight and height. (No phone calls, please.) The filming is scheduled to begin at the end of September, so send the requested information as soon as possible to 805 Park Ave., Baltimore 21201.

NBC has purchased six episodes, but if the shows are successful, the next order will be for 22 episodes. This would mean big bucks for Baltimore's economy. Each episode costs $700,000 to make, according to Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, director the Maryland Film Commission.

This is our first commercial, national network series, and a lot of people in our city and state have worked hard to make this filming a reality. Also, since most series are shot in Los Angeles or Toronto, we owe Barry Levinson a big vote of thanks for taking another chance on Bawlmer.

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More good news. Several Maryland locations are being scouted for scenes in the new Clint Eastwood movie, "In the Line of Fire," which is being filmed in Washington. Among those places are the Baltimore Arena and the Baltimore Convention Center.

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The GBMC Golf Tennis Classic has become so popular that there was a waiting list for those wanting to play this year. Thanks to the efforts of its chairman, Dr. Bernard McGibbon, and his co-chairs Jim Donahue, Industrial Shows of America; Keith Neff, president of Neff & Associates; Dr. Robert Stoltz; and Dr. Robert Medalie, more than $17,000 was raised. One of Baltimore's most popular citizens, coach Kenny Cooper, was the celebrity host again this year and was full of tidbits about the new indoor soccer team, the Baltimore Spirit.

It was a good day on the links at Chestnut Ridge Country Club for longest drive winners Molly French, Mary McGibbon, Bill Butler and Gary Dorsch. Golfers with good rounds included Bill Stealey of Microprose Software; Mike Gill, president of Americom, who provided the portable phones; Harry Ratrie, chairman of the GBMC Foundation, and his wife, Dal; and Jim and Carroll Knott.

The tennis courts were filled with Dr. Reginald Davis, Dr. Bill Crawley, Larry Jetter from Pacesetter Systems, and his wife, Barbara; and GBMC President Bob Kowal and his daughter Rachel. All of the fun and games benefited the GBMC Medical Staff Nursing Education Fund, and two of its nurses of the year for 1991-'92 -- Elaine Nale and Barbara Kinsella -- stopped by to thank everyone.

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History will come to life at a Defenders' Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Fort Howard Park near Edgemere. The Battle of North Point will be re-enacted at three different times with Bruce Miller as Gen. John Stricker, who led the Maryland Militia at North Point, and Alan Gephardt as Francis Scott Key, who penned "The Star-Spangled Banner." WBAL-radio's Alan Walden will be the narrator.

There will be plenty of food, events for children and period fashion shows. Ed Hale, chairman of the board of Baltimore Bancorp, is the honorary chair of this year's celebration, which is expected to draw a large crowd. Tickets are $16 for ages 16 and over, and there's plenty of parking.

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More than 260 Maryland restaurants have begun to "Serve Up Democracy." The new addition to their menus is actually a voter registration program cooked up by John Schulze and the other powers that be in the Restaurant Association of Maryland.

Gene Raynor, the state's election chief, held forth at a kickoff party at the Omni Hotel and told restaurateurs how best to handle the program, which runs through the end of September.

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