The word is out -- Maryland is a film-friendly state. And if anyone knows that, it's Marylander Jim Robinson, owner of Morgan Creek Productions, who has decided to shoot "Major League II" here.
The production crew is already in town, and I'm told once things start rolling, it takes 10 to 12 weeks to shoot a major film. That certainly gives us plenty of time to spot the stars Charlie Sheen, ++ Tom Berenger and Corbin Bernsen.
If you're a fan of the movie game, perhaps you'd like to be an extra. They are going to need a cast of thousands to fill Memorial Stadium. I'll have the when and where of the casting call in a later column.
Feature film making had a $52 million impact on Maryland's economy last year and will probably surpass that figure this year if we continue to attract major films like "Major League II." Even though the Maryland Film Commission won't say who's looking, I know the Easton area is being scouted as a possible movie site.
I checked with the commission to gather a few more tids about the movie, only to be told they're in a "no comment" mode until after a coming press conference, starring Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Mr. Robinson. They did tell me Charles Fox, former deputy director of the film commission, has been promoted to director.
One would think when Nick Brown, executive director of the National Aquarium at Baltimore, goes on vacation, it would be somewhere high and dry. Not so with this noted sailor. Brown didn't attend the Splash!93 kick-off breakfast, because he was sailing.
Deputy executive director David Pittenger greeted dozens of Aquarium advocates who are working on Splash, the coming gala that will, it's hoped, shower proceeds on the rain forest exhibit. Rain forest curator Jack Cover is so thrilled with the prospect that, like a proud parent, he showed up at breakfast to show us his little snakes and frogs.
Some of Baltimore's finest restaurants have agreed to staff food stations throughout the aquarium for the Oct. 23, definitely not-black-tie, event.
Bill Aydlette, Sissons; Robb Young, Polo Grill; Tom McDonald, Brass Elephant; James Mikula and Merritt Dworkin, Weber's on Boston; Anthony Pels and John Kamosa, Citronelle; Billy Himmelrich, Stone Mill Bakery & Ecole; Irina Barsha, Arena's Cafe; and Mike Hart, ARA-Tom Matte Ribs, were among those who came for breakfast.
Also heavily involved in the gala are Jim Fox, Connie Parr, Bob Beaver, Edie Brown, Abby Lazarus, Cindy Ireland, Mike March, Shirley Polikoff and many others. Tickets are $75 a person, and the attire is whatever you might wear in a rain forest -- oh my!
The "eyes" will have it at the sixth annual Maryland's Most Beautiful Eyes Contest, sponsored by the Maryland Society to Prevent Blindness. Tomorrow, from noon till 2 p.m., Channel 2's Mary Beth Marsden will emcee the contest which will be held on the first level of the White Marsh Mall. She'll be joined by Baltimore Oriole Howard Baines, an honorary judge, who will bring some Oriole goodies to give away.
Nineteen adults and 10 children are vying for wonderful prizes, so judges Teresa Holleman, Ciba-Vision Corp; Tom Shaner, Maryland Optometric Association; Terry Trouyet, WVRT-Varity 104 FM; optometrist Dr. Barry Weiner; Lourdes Morales, World Travel Assoc.; Larry Checchetti, Ritz Camera, and Connie Unseld, had better take a close look.
Isn't it wonderful that the Orioles are now owned by Baltimore attorney Peter Angelos, et al.? I think one of the investors, Jim McKay, expressed the pride so many of us feel when he was asked if he could make any changes, what would they be? He replied, "I'd put Baltimore back on the Orioles travel jerseys."
Jonathan Witty, Baltimore magazine editor, who seems to be into acquiring titles these days . . . Susan Souders Obrecht, CEO for ESS Ventures, which owns Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic magazines, has appointed Witty publisher of Baltimore. He'll remain the editor and is already vice president of ESS Ventures . . . Radio station WJHU-88.1 FM, which received $10,613 from the Maryland Arts Council in recognition of the station's commitment to promoting the arts community.