'Homicide' at the Senator Yakety-yak: Wallace Shawn to star in an episode of the TV drama that revolves around the movie house and a talkative patron


October 16, 1998|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

Those were the "Homicide" folks at the Senator Theatre yesterday, filming a secondary story line involving a murder at a venerable historic revival house called, oddly enough, the Senator Theatre.

The plot hinges around a well known "spoiler" who continually shouts out lines during movies and ruins the endings. Wallace Shawn ("My Dinner With Andre," "Vanya on 42nd Street") plays the theater manager and projectionist, who offers valuable clues to the man's death. As if anyone would be killed for talking in the movies!

8, Look for the episode to air in December.

New screens by spring

Orpheum owner George Figgs thinks the Grand Film Center in Highlandtown should be up and running by next spring. Figgs currently has an architect looking at the former Grand movie theater, which he wants to turn into a three- or four-screen theater and post-production facilities. "We're crunching our numbers right now and getting our ducks in a row," says Figgs, who estimates the entire renovation will cost between $2 million and $3 million. "I'm contacting film distributors and letting them know I'm going to be booking three or four more screens."

Figgs says he will book "first-run art" film on the theater's main screen, and a combination of art-house, international, repertory and underground cinema on the others. Stay tuned.

screens this week

The wildly popular 3-D X-rated epic "Disco Dolls in Hot Skin," starring John Holmes (the Dirk Diggler of his day) arrives at the Charles Theatre today for a midnight movie run.

Loews Cineplex Theatres Free Kids Film Series continues at the Rotunda today with "Madeline," the live-action adaptation of the classic book series starring Frances McDormand. Through Oct. 22, admission to "Madeline" for kids under 12 is free and $1 for their adult companions. Check the movie directory for show times.

The St. John's College Film Club will screen Vittorio De Sica's "The Bicycle Thief" tomorrow and Sunday at the FSK Auditorium on the St. John's campus at 8: 15 p.m. The screening is open to the public; admission is $3. For more information, call 410-626-2539.

"From Rosie to Roosevelt," the Enoch Pratt Free Library's six-week series on the American people during World War II, will feature a screening of "Watch on the Rhine" (1943) tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the library's Wheeler Auditorium. The filmed adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play stars Bette Davis and Paul Lukas as a pair of anti-Nazi activists who escape Germany only to be pursued by their enemies. Sunday's video discussion will address the treatment of Japanese-Americans during the war with "The Color of Honor" and "Days of Waiting." Videos are screened at 2 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium.

'Cannibal' and 'Parking'

MicroCineFest program director Skizz Cyzyk has finalized this year's program. Among the 100 films that will be screened during the five-day festival are "Cannibal: The Musical," by "South Park" co-creator Trey Parker; "Neil Diamond Parking Lot," John Heyn and Jeff Krulik's masterful follow-up to "Heavy Metal Parking Lot"; a retrospective of the works of animator Corky Quackenbush; and animated works by Martha Colburn. (You can also see Colburn's films this weekend at the Orpheum before the Jon Moritsugu double feature.)

MicroCineFest will unspool Nov. 4 through Nov. 8 at the Orpheum and other locations in Fells Point. For more information, call 410-243-5307.

Videos at the Hippo

Baltimore's Queer Film and Video Festival announces a monthly video series sponsored by the Hippo, TLA Video (Philadelphia) and PopcornlanetOut. The series of short subject comedies will take place the first Sunday and second Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at the Hippo, 1 W. Eager St. Admission is free, but donations are accepted and encouraged. For information about the series and how to submit videos, call 410-433-1395.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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