Nothing like a good, old-fashioned Maryland crab feast to get the cast and crew of "Homicide" back into their Baltimore mode.
Ned Beatty, Richard Belzer, Yaphet Kotto, Andre Braugher, Daniel (of the well-known acting family) Baldwin and Clark Johnson were among the stars of the series who came to the rooftop party on the Fells Point Recreation Pier. If chemistry has anything to do with a success, this NBC series should go great guns. I noticed a lot of affectionate greetings among the returning cast and crew.
The crab feast was sponsored by members of the Producers Club, a group that was formed to raise money to assist the Maryland Film Commission in promoting the state to the film and television industry.
According to Michael Styer, executive director of the Maryland Film Commission, the Producers Club is probably the only one of its kind in the country. At this time, they have 55 members, who pay yearly dues of $500. In the near future Dr. Andrew and Anne London plan to have a party to woo new members. Of course membership does have some perks -- like rubbing elbows with VIPs in showbiz.
Among those seen enjoying Bo Brooks crabs were Peg and Herb Levinson, Barry's aunt and uncle who drove over from Bethesda to the party, and who were served only large crabs because they're Bo Brooks regulars; Jed Dietz, president of the Producers Club; Stuart Cooper, who owns a production company; Jim Dale, W.B. Doner; David Cordish, real estate developer; Tom Fontana, "Homicide's" executive producer, who was the producer of "St. Elsewhere"; Harlee McBride, Belzer's wife; Jim Finnerty, supervising producer of the show; Sharon and Scott Cohen -- she owns Premier Marketing, and he owns a string of movie theaters; Janice Levitt, a psychotherapist; Richard Konigsberg, a CPA; and Blair Barton, publisher of the Maryland Production Guide.
Since the film commission is a branch of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, representatives included its secretary, Mark Wasserman, assistant secretary division of tourism and promotion Dean Kenderdine, deputy director of the Maryland Film Commission Jack Gerbes, and Andrea Thomas, public information officer at DEED. Producers Club members Lois and Mike Hodes stopped by the feast after a "Miss Saigon" matinee in Washington. Lois was telling me that she's going to California in September for a party on board the Pride of Baltimore for Hollywood decision makers.
FYI: I chatted with Pat Moran, best known for casting John Waters' films. She is casting for "Homicide" and needs all types to be extras in the next 13 episodes, which are being filmed here now. If you're over 16 years of age, send a photo and information about your age, height, weight and a telephone number where you can be reached during the day to Pat Moran, 1701 Thames St., Baltimore, Md. 21231.
Mick Fleetwood, the Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, is having quite a summer. First, he's opening his new restaurant and blues club, "Fleetwood's," on July 21. It's located on the waterfront in Alexandria, Va., and can accommodate 600 people. Lunch, dinner and live blues and jazz will be served seven days a week, plus there is outside dining.
The 47-year-old Fleetwood has also joined John McVie, Billy Burnette, Dave Mason and Bekka Bramlett for the revamped Fleetwood Mac summer tour.
Did you know that during all those years when Gov. Schaefer and Mayor Schmoke were not speaking, there was always a line of communication? Seems Lainy LeBow-Sachs, the guv's top aide, and Lynnette Young, the mayor's chief of staff, met frequently to maintain communication between the two administrations.