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April 28, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

'Black List' screening, talk on MICA campus

Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell will be in Baltimore tonight for a screening of Greenfield-Sanders' new documentary, The Black List: Volume Two.

The film features interviews, conducted offscreen by Mitchell, with more than a dozen prominent African-Americans, including activist Angela Davis, Pastor T.D. Jakes, comedian Maya Rudolph, medical researcher Valerie Montgomery-Rice and filmmaker Tyler Perry.

The free screening, sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, is set for 7 p.m. in Falvey Hall of MICA's Brown Auditorium, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. For more information, go to

Chris Kaltenbach

Right from the source

Two-time Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey met with Jack Abramoff on Friday at a federal prison near Cumberland to prepare for his leading role in a film about the disgraced Washington lobbyist, Richard Rionda Del Castro, chairman of Hannibal Pictures, said Monday in a phone interview.

Spacey and director George Hickenlooper "wanted to get some personal information to be close to this character, and I believe that Abramoff was giving some ideas on the story and the information to make it as precise as possible," Rionda Del Castro said.

Spacey publicist Staci Wolfe confirmed that the meeting occurred.

Abramoff, 50, is serving time at the prison's minimum-security camp for offenses stemming partly from a federal probe of influence-peddling in the nation's capital.

On Broadway

9 to 5, the musical based on the Dolly Parton-Jane Fonda-Lily Tomlin movie, earned 15 Drama Desk nominations Monday, including best musical and best actress for its leads: Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and Allison Janney.

Winners will be announced at a gala May 17 with Harvey Fierstein as the host. The Drama Desk is composed of theater critics, writers and editors.

Among big names on Broadway this season, Fonda was nominated for best actress in a play for 33 Variations, and Angela Lansbury, TV star of the long-running Murder, She Wrote, was nominated as a feature actress in the play Blithe Spirit.

The real deal

If it seems like you're watching real police officers on NBC's new Southland, it's because sometimes you are.

Regina King, who plays a detective on the drama, says, "Most of our extras on set are off-duty officers or retired officers."

Similarly, ER, also produced by John Wells, had real doctors and nurses on the set in at least some of its emergency room scenes.

From Sun staff and news services

today's birthdays

Author Harper Lee, 83

Actress-Singer Ann-Margret, 68

Tonight Show host Jay Leno, 59.

Actor Jorge Garcia, 36

Actress Penelope Cruz, 35

Actress Jessica Alba, 28

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