Actor getting his share of exposure


November 16, 2001|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

If the linebacker yelling at Drew Barrymore in Riding In Cars With Boys looks familiar, he just may be.

Local boy Vincent dePaul Zannino, who's already had bit parts in several films, including Random Hearts and John Waters' Hair- spray, gets a few minutes of screen time in the Penny Marshall film about an aspiring writer whose lack of luck in love threatens her dreams of independence and a literary career.

Zannino says he was on the film set, helping out with some '60s-era dance scenes (using skills left over from Hairspray) when Marshall asked him to spend a day playing a high-school linebacker. "That one day of work turned into two weeks on the set in Scarsdale, N.Y.," he says.

Zannino, who had a major role in Baltimore director Francis Xavier's Barry's Gift (a working print of which played at last year's Maryland Film Festival), also is slated for a small part in Ali. That movie stars Will Smith as the three-time heavyweight champion, and is set for a Christmas Day release.

`Sidewalks' at the Charles

Edward Burns' Sidewalks of New York is this weekend's Cinema Sundays feature at the Charles Theatre. (Its originally scheduled opening date in September was canceled after the terrorist attacks.) Burns stars in and directs the film, and the cast also includes Heather Graham, Dennis Farina, Stanley Tucci and Rosario Dawson.

Richard Gorelick, a film teacher and head of publicity for Center Stage, will introduce the film and lead a post-show discussion. Admission to the 10:30 a.m. showing is $15. Doors open at 9:45, and coffee and bagels will be served.

Three dates remain for the current Cinema Sundays season: Dec. 2, 9 and 16. For information:

D.C. documentary screening

Filmmaker George Butler will be in Washington tomorrow to serve as host for a screening of his documentary film, The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition.

Narrated by actor Liam Neeson and based on the book by Caroline Alexander, the film is about the 1914-1916 Antarctic expedition of The Endurance, captained by Shackleton. Trapped by an ice flow off the Antarctic coast, their ship destroyed, Shackleton and a crew of four set off in a lifeboat on a rescue mission. They made their way across 800 miles of ocean to a whaling station on South Georgia Island, where they arranged for the rescue of the remaining crew.

The screening is at 7 p.m. at the National Geographic Society headquarters, 1600 M St. N.W. Tickets are $15, or $12 in advance for NGS members. Information: 202-857-7700, or

Pratt film series continues

Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, one of the first Japanese films to be released in the West (and still one of the greatest), will be shown Sunday at the central Enoch Pratt Free Library as part of the continuing "Films from Post-War Japan" film series. The 1950 film tells the story of a savage attack from four points of view, allowing viewers to decide the truth.

Admission is free to the 2 p.m. showing in the Pratt's Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Information:

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