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By Chris Kaltenbach | September 1, 1997
Shirley MacLaine, as a former first lady, and Nicolas Cage, as her hangdog Secret Service protector, make a nice team in "Guarding Tess" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11), but the real reason to watch -- for folks around here -- is the star turn by Baltimore and Maryland.Standing in for "Summersville, Ohio," metropolitan Baltimore pops up several times during the 1994 film. There's Laboreore, a 125-year-old Mount Washington mansion that plays Tess' home; there's Kernan Hospital, playing a hospital; there's a spot alongside Loch Raven, playing host to a picnic; there's well, we wouldn't want to give them all away.
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January 5, 2006
The agent assigned to an ex-first lady (Shirley MacLaine) wants out, but she won't let him go in Guarding Tess (8 p.m., TMC).
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January 5, 2006
The agent assigned to an ex-first lady (Shirley MacLaine) wants out, but she won't let him go in Guarding Tess (8 p.m., TMC).
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | February 26, 2000
Four full blocks of long, white tractor-trailer trucks. Police standing guard on each corner. Cameras, lighting rigs, high-powered generators, racks of clothing, and an army of people in baseball caps, khakis, cutoffs and blue jeans. That was the scene yesterday along Charles Street between Overhill and Whitfield in Guilford, and it could mean only one thing: Hollywood is back in town, and Baltimore is a contender again in the world of prime-time network television. Talk about timing.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | March 12, 1994
Even Sherlock Holmes would have a tough time uncovering the local flavor in "Guarding Tess" -- although the lion's share of it was filmed in Maryland.In addition to metropolitan Baltimore, which handles the role of "Summersville, Ohio" with considerable aplomb, the movie stars Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage. And while the filmmakers used their best Hollywood magic to give Charm City a makeover, a few traces of Baltimore poke through.The film opened here yesterday. Among the locale stars and when to look for them:* The crown jewel of Hagerstown, the 2,500-seat Maryland Theater, plays a Columbus, Ohio, opera house at the movie's 26-minute mark.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 11, 1994
Supple, poignant and frequently hilarious, "Guarding Tess" checks in as the year's first big movie surprise.Of course any movie with Shirley MacLaine begins its existence with a key question: Which MacLaine will show up? The restrained, wickedly vivid MacLaine of "Terms of Endearment" or the big, sloppy love-me-or-I'll-shoot-this-dog MacLaine of "Madam Sousatzka"?So it is that "Guarding Tess" gets off on exactly the right note when it becomes clear that MacLaine's former first lady Tess Carlisle is about as sentimental and self-indulgent as rubbing alcohol, and that MacLaine's performance is equally astringent.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | January 29, 1993
Would-be movie stars may find themselves sharing a set with Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage as a result of tomorrow's open casting call in Towson for a film that is to begin production next month.The filmmakers of "Guarding Tess" could need as many as 1,500 non-union bit players over the course of an eight-week filming period, according to a spokeswoman for the local Central Casting agency.Oldies radio station WQSR-FM (105.7) is sponsoring tomorrow's open call, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Towson Commons.
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April 20, 1994
"Serial Mom," the John Waters film that opened last week, brings to three the number of made-in-Baltimore films showing here simultaneously. The other two, "Guarding Tess" and "Major League II," however, aren't quite the genuine article. Indeed, "Major League II" features Oriole Park at Camden Yards disguised as a stadium in Cleveland, for heaven's sake! By contrast, "Serial Mom" was filmed in Towson, which appears as Towson in the movie. And with the exception of a few actors, it is a thoroughly Baltimore production.
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By SYLVIA BADGER | March 21, 1993
The Orioles are not the only ones warming up for an all-star baseball season. Members of the Orioles Designated Hitters and the Babe Ruth Museum board of directors are busy putting the finishing touches on this year's BaseBall Gala to be held April 3 at Camden Station.Guests will don black tie or baseball attire for an evening of fun and games "under the big top" with former Orioles all-stars Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson. Also, some of the Baby Birds, or current Orioles, will make an appearance.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | May 24, 1995
Two more season finales, a nostalgic "Brady Bunch" hour and a study of a 14-year-old violin virtuoso highlight a diverse evening.* "Houdini: Unlocking His Secrets" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The great escape artist worked some of his magic in Baltimore, such as on an April day in 1916 when he escaped from a straitjacket while dangling from the old Sun building. Robert Urich is host of a special that presents modern magicians who re-create some of Harry Houdini's famous illusions.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1998
WITH LESS than two months to go before Baltimore's Planet && Hollywood opens at Harborplace, representatives for the theme restaurant chain have come up with a new batch of Maryland-related film memorabilia to display there.They also are finalizing the design for the exterior of the Pratt Street Pavilion, which will feature larger-than-life images of the four celebrity investors who founded Planet Hollywood and other personalities.Known for its elaborate displays of movie costumes, props and other artifacts, Planet Hollywood typically tries to localize its restaurants by showcasing memorabilia used in films shot on nearby locations.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | September 1, 1997
Shirley MacLaine, as a former first lady, and Nicolas Cage, as her hangdog Secret Service protector, make a nice team in "Guarding Tess" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11), but the real reason to watch -- for folks around here -- is the star turn by Baltimore and Maryland.Standing in for "Summersville, Ohio," metropolitan Baltimore pops up several times during the 1994 film. There's Laboreore, a 125-year-old Mount Washington mansion that plays Tess' home; there's Kernan Hospital, playing a hospital; there's a spot alongside Loch Raven, playing host to a picnic; there's well, we wouldn't want to give them all away.
FEATURES
By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | May 24, 1995
Two more season finales, a nostalgic "Brady Bunch" hour and a study of a 14-year-old violin virtuoso highlight a diverse evening.* "Houdini: Unlocking His Secrets" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The great escape artist worked some of his magic in Baltimore, such as on an April day in 1916 when he escaped from a straitjacket while dangling from the old Sun building. Robert Urich is host of a special that presents modern magicians who re-create some of Harry Houdini's famous illusions.
NEWS
April 20, 1994
"Serial Mom," the John Waters film that opened last week, brings to three the number of made-in-Baltimore films showing here simultaneously. The other two, "Guarding Tess" and "Major League II," however, aren't quite the genuine article. Indeed, "Major League II" features Oriole Park at Camden Yards disguised as a stadium in Cleveland, for heaven's sake! By contrast, "Serial Mom" was filmed in Towson, which appears as Towson in the movie. And with the exception of a few actors, it is a thoroughly Baltimore production.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach | March 12, 1994
Even Sherlock Holmes would have a tough time uncovering the local flavor in "Guarding Tess" -- although the lion's share of it was filmed in Maryland.In addition to metropolitan Baltimore, which handles the role of "Summersville, Ohio" with considerable aplomb, the movie stars Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage. And while the filmmakers used their best Hollywood magic to give Charm City a makeover, a few traces of Baltimore poke through.The film opened here yesterday. Among the locale stars and when to look for them:* The crown jewel of Hagerstown, the 2,500-seat Maryland Theater, plays a Columbus, Ohio, opera house at the movie's 26-minute mark.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 11, 1994
Supple, poignant and frequently hilarious, "Guarding Tess" checks in as the year's first big movie surprise.Of course any movie with Shirley MacLaine begins its existence with a key question: Which MacLaine will show up? The restrained, wickedly vivid MacLaine of "Terms of Endearment" or the big, sloppy love-me-or-I'll-shoot-this-dog MacLaine of "Madam Sousatzka"?So it is that "Guarding Tess" gets off on exactly the right note when it becomes clear that MacLaine's former first lady Tess Carlisle is about as sentimental and self-indulgent as rubbing alcohol, and that MacLaine's performance is equally astringent.
NEWS
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1998
WITH LESS than two months to go before Baltimore's Planet && Hollywood opens at Harborplace, representatives for the theme restaurant chain have come up with a new batch of Maryland-related film memorabilia to display there.They also are finalizing the design for the exterior of the Pratt Street Pavilion, which will feature larger-than-life images of the four celebrity investors who founded Planet Hollywood and other personalities.Known for its elaborate displays of movie costumes, props and other artifacts, Planet Hollywood typically tries to localize its restaurants by showcasing memorabilia used in films shot on nearby locations.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | February 26, 2000
Four full blocks of long, white tractor-trailer trucks. Police standing guard on each corner. Cameras, lighting rigs, high-powered generators, racks of clothing, and an army of people in baseball caps, khakis, cutoffs and blue jeans. That was the scene yesterday along Charles Street between Overhill and Whitfield in Guilford, and it could mean only one thing: Hollywood is back in town, and Baltimore is a contender again in the world of prime-time network television. Talk about timing.
FEATURES
By SYLVIA BADGER | March 21, 1993
The Orioles are not the only ones warming up for an all-star baseball season. Members of the Orioles Designated Hitters and the Babe Ruth Museum board of directors are busy putting the finishing touches on this year's BaseBall Gala to be held April 3 at Camden Station.Guests will don black tie or baseball attire for an evening of fun and games "under the big top" with former Orioles all-stars Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson. Also, some of the Baby Birds, or current Orioles, will make an appearance.
FEATURES
By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | January 29, 1993
Would-be movie stars may find themselves sharing a set with Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage as a result of tomorrow's open casting call in Towson for a film that is to begin production next month.The filmmakers of "Guarding Tess" could need as many as 1,500 non-union bit players over the course of an eight-week filming period, according to a spokeswoman for the local Central Casting agency.Oldies radio station WQSR-FM (105.7) is sponsoring tomorrow's open call, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Towson Commons.
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