Movie extras needed

Wanted: Men between 21 and 55 to fill out scenes for `The Replacements.'

July 23, 1999|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

There will be another casting call for the movie "The Replacements," a comedy starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman that begins filming in Baltimore in August.

The production is in search of men between the ages of 21 and 55, with flexible schedules, to portray sideline football players, coaches, trainers, referees and other sideline extras, such as water boys and camera operators. The audition will be held on Wednesday from 5: 30 p.m. until 8: 30 p.m. at Bohager's at Parrot Island, 701 S. Eden St.

Bring a recent snapshot with you.

If you would like to try out and are unable to attend, send a snapshot with your name, phone number and address on the back to Extras Casting, "The Replacements," P.O. Box 13066, Baltimore, Md. 21203.

`Witch' casts box office spell

"The Blair Witch Project" broke several box office records when it opened in 26 cities last weekend.

The movie nearly tripled the record at the Charles Theatre, which recorded a weekend gross of more than $40,000. Charles co-owner John Standiford said that every screening was sold out, including unannounced 2 a.m. shows. Standiford will put "The Blair Witch Project" on an extra screen starting today.

"The Blair Witch Project," which was filmed in Maryland in 1997, grossed $1,557,729 last weekend, breaking records in 13 cities, including New York and Los Angeles.

Artisan Pictures will bring "The Blair Witch Project" to additional cities and additional screens on July 30.

Screenings about town

Baltimore's newest favorite cinema event, the Open-Air Italian Film Festival in Little Italy, continues tonight with a screening of "La Strada" (1954), Federico Fellini's heartbreaking story about a circus strongman (Anthony Quinn) who crosses paths with a sweet-natured waif (Giulietta Masina). The movie starts at 9 p.m. at the corner of High and Stiles streets. Admission is free; bring your own lawn chair for maximum comfort!

The Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival continues its family film series with a screening of Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (PG) tonight and the Disney animated film "Prince of Egypt" (PG) on Monday. The films will be presented by Tom Brzezinski ("Mr. B"), and will begin promptly at dusk on the lawn at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront (Lake Kittamaqundi), off Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission is free.

Alain Resnais' "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" (1959) will be featured Monday as part of the "West European Cinema" series sponsored by the department of modern languages and linguistics of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The program will begin at 6: 30 p.m. in Lecture Hall IV. Admission is free.

The film series "When Cultures Collide" will feature Fred Schepisi's haunting "Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith" (1978) on Wednesday. The film, which is based on the true story of a half-white aborigine brought up by a Methodist pastor, will be introduced and discussed by Rebecca Jessop and Karen Hinds of the "CineMaryland" television program. The film will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mountcastle Auditorium in the Preclinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe St. Admission is free. "When Cultures Collide" is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Cultural Affairs.

Another Video Americain

Good news for Lauraville: the northeast Baltimore neighborhood now has its very own Video Americain. Mike Bradley, co-owner of the beloved local video chain, says he opened the new store at 4321 Harford Road after "kind of being drafted" by community groups in the area.

Bradley says Video Americain will run its Internet sales business out of the Lauraville store, and he plans to open a 20-seat video screening room there in September.

He plans to screen "some video stuff from Europe that isn't available in this country" and will lease the space to movie clubs and other groups that want to watch videos en masse.

The Lauraville store currently has about 7,000 movies for rent -- about 3,000 fewer than the chain's flagship store on Coldspring Lane. "In this day and age, even if you had the money to buy all the movies, you can't find them all," Bradley says. "It takes a little while to root them out and add them to your collection."

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