At 'Home' opening, Jodie Foster is welcomed with rubber turkey


Jodie Foster brought "Home" to Baltimore last night and more than 1,000 people showed up at the Senator Theatre on York Road to give her a rousing Charm City welcome.

"Home for the Holidays," Ms. Foster's second film as a director, opened last night in the city where it was set, and where much of it was filmed earlier this year.

"They are having three premieres of 'Home for the Holidays' -- one in L.A., one in New York and one in Baltimore," said Tom Kiefaber, owner of the Senator. "I think we're well on the way to making this the best premiere of all of them." Some 900 movie lovers paid $60 each to see the film, feast on everything from oysters to ham-and-cheese sandwiches and have the chance to rub shoulders with Ms. Foster, who wore a black pantsuit with a lavender and gold silk scarf.

With her slight build and unassuming presence, Ms. Foster was easy to overlook in the crowd milling about the Senator's lobby.

Pointing out the prominent role turkeys play in her film, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke presented Ms. Foster with a rubber turkey on behalf of the citizens of Baltimore.

Rick and Sue Russell of Harford County were just standing by the theater's office door when Ms. Foster approached to say hello. "She was very approachable, very nice," said Mr. Russell.

Although none of the film's stars -- Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr. and Anne Bancroft -- made it last night, Ms. Foster took the train yesterday after attending Wednesday's New York premiere.

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