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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 7, 1999
Gene Hackman, in Maryland for the third time in five years to film a movie, lamented that he didn't buy a house in town. Keanu Reeves smiled at the suggestion that he have dinner with 20,000 extras. And producer Dylan Sellers, in keeping with the state's water conservation measures, joked that his on-screen football players wouldn't be allowed to drink water during practice.Yesterday at PSINet Stadium, the creative team behind the latest movie to be filmed in Maryland assembled to meet the press, officially announce that filming would start Monday and say how happy they were to be here.
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By Lester Picker and Lester Picker,Special to the Sun | October 21, 2007
Dave Jaffe won my friends' annual guys-only vacation competition this year. The five of us each pitch a destination, cajoling, using brochures -- and rarely common sense -- to persuade the others to vote our way. Frankly, the rest of us would have preferred to sail in the Virgin Islands, feet up, sipping Sam Adams and cracking open lobsters. But Jaffe was persuasive. And, how bad could it be, we figured, hiking for three days in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico? And with a string of llamas carrying our loads, no less.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | August 11, 2000
There's a howling improbability at the core of "The Replacements," the genial if uneven comedy that filmed at Baltimore's PSINet stadium last year. Keanu Reeves plays a quarterback who leads a rag-tag team of ne'er-do-wells to victory by dint of his magnetic personality and irresistible leadership skills. Reeves may be able to play excellent adventurers and affectless cyber-noir heroes convincingly, but the Gipper he ain't. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, "The Replacements" isn't all that bad, buoyed by a colorful group of comic character actors and the presence of Gene Hackman, who has enough personality and leadership skill to make up for Reeves' blank slate of a performance.
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By Susan King and Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 21, 2005
Clint Eastwood has yet to do a commentary track for a DVD of one his movies, a tradition he doesn't break on the three-disc set of his Academy Award-winning best picture, Million Dollar Baby (Warner Home Video, $30). Still, the extras are as low-key and unfussy as Eastwood's haunting pugilist drama. "Born to Fight" offers a compelling look at parallels between the movie and real-life boxer Lucia Rijker, who appears in the film. The documentary also features intelligent interviews with Eastwood, who picked up his second Oscar for best director, and actress and supporting actor winners Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | March 24, 1992
Talk about bad "Company"!"Company Business," a comedy-thriller in the old East-West tradition, probably wouldn't have been any good even if the Cold War hadn't dried up and blown away, but if it had stuck around a year or so, this turkey would still gobble.It's one of those espionage things, full of intricate plot complications about double agents and controls and penetrations, in which, as per usual, the old order of butt-kicking cowboy is celebrated over the new order of computer whiz. But the movie is so dense and charmless, it just lies there.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | September 21, 1990
NARROW Margin'' takes us over a very familiar roadbed, but the trip is nonetheless enjoyable.Its familiarity, in fact, may be added reason to see the film, which, to be fully enjoyed, should be attended in a group. Pooling your predictions on which way the plot will go, labeling all the new characters and predicting the surprises is the pleasure this film offers us.The thriller, which takes place on a train bound for Vancouver, carries us along. It's a very fast ride. The scenery may be the same, but it doesn't take from the trip.
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April 3, 1999
Sheldon E. Kopp, 70, a psychologist and author best known for his 1972 book "If You Meet a Buddha on the Road, Kill Him," died of cardiac arrhythmia and pneumonia Monday in Washington.Robert Flint Chandler Jr., 91, a retired agronomist with the Rockefeller Foundation and a leader in the fight against hunger in Asia, died March 23 in Eustis, Fla. He joined the foundation staff in 1954 and soon afterward received worldwide recognition as a field commander in the "Green Revolution" that helped to feed poor countries.
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By Susan King and Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 21, 2005
Clint Eastwood has yet to do a commentary track for a DVD of one his movies, a tradition he doesn't break on the three-disc set of his Academy Award-winning best picture, Million Dollar Baby (Warner Home Video, $30). Still, the extras are as low-key and unfussy as Eastwood's haunting pugilist drama. "Born to Fight" offers a compelling look at parallels between the movie and real-life boxer Lucia Rijker, who appears in the film. The documentary also features intelligent interviews with Eastwood, who picked up his second Oscar for best director, and actress and supporting actor winners Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman.
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By Lou Cedrone | March 15, 1991
''Class Action'' is a classy movie, a facile mixture of domestic and courtroom drama. It should take its place on the same shelf that holds films like ''The Verdict.''Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio star as father and daughter. He is getting up there in years, which may be why he has been wenching a little less than he did in his earlier years.His wife has forgiven him. She knew about the philandering, but she chose to stay, see the marriage through, and she isn't sorry she has done so.Their daughter, however, has been less forgiving.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 15, 1991
"Class Action" is like a play for two characters set in a mannequin warehouse. Everybody in this film besides its stars Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is a stiff.There's a handsome, venal lawyer (Colin Friels), an ardent black attorney (Larry Fishburne), a sanctimonious but pompous WASP corporate partner (Donald Moffat), an earthy earth mother (Joanna Merlin), a stuttering victim of corporate indifference (David Byron). . .and so on.The gimmick is clever, but only intermittently effective.
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By BALTIMORESUN.COM STAFF | July 18, 2005
Absolute Power (1997) Clint Eastwood stars as the sensitive thief who can save the entire American political system from complete corruption. Too bad he wasn't around during the Reagan administration. Eastwood discovers presidential corruption during his final heist before being arrested, but not before he and Gene Hackman appear in several sites around Baltimore. The Towson Court House doubles as the site of a presidential press conference, Brooklandville's Maryvale Prep is the mansion, and Eastwood shows the thief's artsy side while sketching at the Walters' Art Gallery.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 28, 2001
The Tenenbaums are not among the happiest of families. Papa Royal and Mama Etheline, though not divorced, are long-separated and haven't spoken in years. And their three kids, Chas, Margot and Richie, brilliant child prodigies all, have long-since flamed out, their lives now in various holding patterns. Dysfunctional would be one of the milder words to describe this bunch. But then Royal has a particularly lousy day, and he decides it's time to summon the clan back together. The results of this sudden attack of paterfamilias are chronicled in The Royal Tenenbaums, the latest film from director Wes Anderson (Rushmore)
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Sun Staff | August 13, 2000
Years from now, when the lifetime-achievement Oscar is announced, this summer may be remembered as the turning point in the acting career of PSINet Stadium. Its evocative performance in the new Warner Bros. film "The Replacements," which opened Friday, is nothing short of a breakthrough. We see PSINet grow from an awkwardly named oval where the Jacksonville Jaguars come to humiliate Baltimore each year to a mythical structure that can nurture dreams and fulfill hopes. Through the magic of special effects, the stadium appears, by the end of the movie, to be a place where exciting football is played.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | August 11, 2000
There's a howling improbability at the core of "The Replacements," the genial if uneven comedy that filmed at Baltimore's PSINet stadium last year. Keanu Reeves plays a quarterback who leads a rag-tag team of ne'er-do-wells to victory by dint of his magnetic personality and irresistible leadership skills. Reeves may be able to play excellent adventurers and affectless cyber-noir heroes convincingly, but the Gipper he ain't. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, "The Replacements" isn't all that bad, buoyed by a colorful group of comic character actors and the presence of Gene Hackman, who has enough personality and leadership skill to make up for Reeves' blank slate of a performance.
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By DAN RODRICKS | October 6, 1999
Gene Hackman, the Academy Award-winning actor -- and one of our faves, darling -- has been in Baltimore since late summer for the filming of "The Replacements," marking the third time in five years he's made a movie in Maryland. Scenes for "Absolute Power" and the heavy-grossing "Enemy of the State" were filmed in and around the city. Hackman has been very positive about Baltimore. "I should have bought a house here three years ago," he said in August.He hasn't bought a house, as far as we know.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 7, 1999
Gene Hackman, in Maryland for the third time in five years to film a movie, lamented that he didn't buy a house in town. Keanu Reeves smiled at the suggestion that he have dinner with 20,000 extras. And producer Dylan Sellers, in keeping with the state's water conservation measures, joked that his on-screen football players wouldn't be allowed to drink water during practice.Yesterday at PSINet Stadium, the creative team behind the latest movie to be filmed in Maryland assembled to meet the press, officially announce that filming would start Monday and say how happy they were to be here.
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By Robin Givhan and Robin Givhan,Knight-Ridder News Service | September 20, 1990
Aspiring ballerinas dream of dancing a pas de deux with him. Theater critics praised his Broadway performance in "Metamorphosis," saying he made an engaging bug. Educated noses have said that his fragrance, Misha, is one of the most refreshing in a glut of celebrity perfumes.Mikhail Baryshnikov was in Detroit recently to talk about Misha, to promote it and to sell it. But, no matter what the topic of conversation, Mr. Baryshnikov always speaks of grace and elegance in the way he sits relaxed on a sofa or reaches for a cup of coffee -- cream and one sugar.
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By Kenneth Turan and Kenneth Turan,Los Angeles Times | March 30, 1993
HOLLYWOOD -- Call it a coronation of the common man. Clint Eastwood, an underappreciated foot soldier for much of his career, was king of all he surveyed last night as his "Unforgiven" won Oscars for best direction and best picture at the 65th Academy Awards.Though the success of "Unforgiven" was expected, especially after it walked off with two of the evening's first three Oscars, the evening's climax was no less emotional for that. The audience at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion erupted into roars when his name was announced for the evening's last two awards.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | July 1, 1999
"The Replacements," a comedy about the 1987 NFL strike starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman that will begin filming in Baltimore Aug. 9, needs warm bodies.The Warner Bros. production will hold an open casting call on July 10 and 17 for extras, who will work -- for pay -- during the entire three-month production."We're looking for every type," said Lisa S. Beasley, crowd promotion producer for "The Replacements." "We're not looking for children at this point, but we are looking for men and women, from ages 18 to 80, of all races.
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