Casting call for a major comedy


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April 15, 2004|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Calling all Marylanders still looking for their 15 minutes of fame. Another movie is coming to the state, and there's a casting call for extras Saturday. Here's the scoop:

Titled The Wedding Crashers, the New Line Cinema comedy stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as guys with a unique hobby. You got it -- crashing weddings and picking up women at the receptions. Filming will be going on in May on the Eastern Shore.

Naturally, there are going to be a lot of wedding scenes in the flick. And they're going to need guests. The official extras announcement calls for "upscale wedding guests, photographers, waiters and yacht crew."

The casting call is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tidewater Inn, 101 E. Dover St. in Easton. Bring a current snapshot. If you're chosen, you'll be needed sometime between May 11 and May 19. And you'll get 65 smackers a day.

Ad awards antics

Some of the city's best-known personalities took the stage at the Hippodrome Theatre last week to present the Addy Awards -- an annual event put on by the Advertising Association of Baltimore to recognize outstanding local advertising campaigns. WQSR's morning man Steve Rouse emceed the show -- with the help of "Desiree" and "Brynn" from Larry Flynt's Hustler Club.

"Who else would you have for an audience of 500 hustlers?" quipped show producer Jack Goldenberg.

And then there was the show backstage. Just imagine a group including Mark Rosenberg (better known as the "Lemonade Shaking Guy"), WBAL TV's Rob Roblin, Tom Tasselmyer and Domenica Davis, WJZ TV's Richard Sher, visual and performance artist Joyce Scott (who sang her presentation onstage that night), Metropolis Pictures President Francis Xavier, Romper Room's former "Miss Candy" Candace Claster and City Fair poster artist Don Schnably. All presided over by Baltimore's scenery-chewing champ -- Scott Donahoo.

Scott let his co-presenters in on what he's got planned for his next couple of Foreign Motor Kia commercials. First, there's his rendition of Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon." Then, Scott's thinking about coming back with his version of the godfather of soul, James Brown.

"I'm still trying to decide which song I'm gonna do," he confided. "Either `Say It Loud, I'm Scotty and Proud.' Or `Scotty's Got a Brand New Bag.' " Can't wait.

Throwing punches

It was a busy night last Thursday for the ladies of the Hustler Club. Not only were two of them helping hand out Addy Awards, but eight others played hostess and ring-card girls for Save-A-Heart Foundation's "An Evening at the Ring" that night. Foundation President Howard Snyder pronounced the night "awesome." More than 500 people -- mostly male -- gathered at the Wyndham Hotel Inner Harbor for cocktails and a big steak dinner before watching six bouts of professional boxing.

That included one women's title bout. Las Vegas' Vaia Zaganas battled 10 rounds against Oklahoma City's Stephanie Dobbs for the North American Boxing Association's women's junior flyweight title, And Howard says the two were tough, with Vaia winning by a unanimous decision. It looks like about $35,000 for Save-A-Heart.

A cool summer retreat

You know summer is around the corner if a new ice cream place is opening. North Pole Ice Cream Co. has just set up shop at 3713 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. Owner Troy Richardson says he modeled the store on the ice cream parlors of the 1950s. There are soda jerks, a counter and five stools, seating for another half-dozen up front, bright colors, mirrors and, of course, a jukebox.

You've got your choice of about two dozen flavors, all Moxley's Super Premium Ice Cream. There are standards like chocolate and vanilla to specialties like triple-shot espresso and death by chocolate -- chocolate ice cream with fudge swirl, chunks of brownie, and white and dark chocolate. There's even vanilla with fudge swirl -- fat-free and no-sugar-added frozen yogurt for low-carb and low-fat fans.

Single-scoop cones are $2.50. Double scoops are $3. There are sundaes with hot fudge, hot caramel or hot butterscotch ($3.25-$3.75). And banana splits with three scoops of ice cream, pineapple, strawberry, hot fudge, marshmallow, wet walnuts, whipped cream and cherries ($5.25).

"People seem to be surprised that we use a whole banana, instead of just half," Troy says.

The flavor list will change every few weeks. You can check what's being served at And if you crave a certain flavor, Troy can order it -- and even get it custom-made, if necessary. You'll also find a variety of baked goods, including pie a la mode, and soft-serve ice cream.

Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 410-534-2700.

An art gallery in the back is available for private parties.

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