After a 62-day shooting schedule that took them from Baltimore to Berlin on the Eastern Shore, "Runaway Bride" wrapped up location shooting Tuesday inside a West Baltimore sound stage.
"As a director, I'm always very nervous the last couple days," director Garry Marshall was saying as he shot take after take of the final scene.
"I'm sure when I get back [to L.A.], I'll be sitting down in May with not enough of the right shots, not enough voice-over lines. So I'm always saying, 'Just one more.' And they're always saying, 'Let's go home.' So it's a tug-of-war," he says.
As the director, of course, it's what Marshall says that counts. So if he wants to shoot one more take of Richard Gere, as a reporter writing about a woman (Julia Roberts) who specializes in abandoning her wedding plans at the last possible moment, it's time to shoot one more take. The scene, in which Gere's character is interviewing one of the woman's high school classmates, is played before a painted backdrop of Berlin's main street.
Finally, at 8: 16 p.m., Marshall decrees that the crew's work is done.
The champagne starts flowing, the crew starts posing with each other for snapshots (most involving Gere; Roberts finished her work earlier in the day), and everyone starts making plans for heading back home.
"I love Baltimore," says Marshall. "I had a good time here. The people were terrific. They made the weather nice. But I'm a little homesick."
A veteran of movies -- this is his 11th -- and TV, as a writer or producer for "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Odd Couple," "Happy Days" and plenty of others, the 64-year-old Marshall says his directing career is winding down.
'I'm in for 13," he says. "Then, I retire."
But he has high hopes for "Runaway Bride," which re-teams him with his "Pretty Woman" stars. It's penciled in for a summer release, but he's not ready to predict when it will actually hit theater screens.
He thinks the public will be receptive.
"I think they'll come see it," he says in his most Brooklyn of accents.
"I never know how a picture's going to turn out, but you know that some people can light up the screen. Richard and Julia, when they're together, they light it up."
-- Chris Kaltenbach
Canadian film series
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County department of Modern Languages and Linguistics kicks off a series of Canadian films on Monday with a screening of "Mon Oncle Antoine" (1971), Claude Jutra's film about the coming-of-age of a boy living in a small Canadian town.
All screenings are free and begin at 4: 30 p.m. in Lecture Hall IV in the Academic IV Building, UMBC.
Public parking is available, and the building is wheelchair-accessible. For more information and directions, call 410-455-2109
-- Ann Hornaday
'Metropolis' on Monday
Towson University's Film & Video Society presents its 1999 spring film series, "Robots, Androids, Cyborgs and Replicants: Artificial Life in Science Fiction Cinema."
The series kicks off Monday with a showing of Fritz Lang's visionary glimpse of the future, "Metropolis" (1926). Series screenings will be held Monday evenings at 7: 30 p.m. and will be introduced by a Towson University faculty member.
Admission is free. For more information, call 410-830-2787.
-- Ann Hornaday
Baltimorean a finalist
Baltimore native Adam Penn has been selected as one of 10 finalists to compete in the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Award program, started last year by Coca-Cola in order to showcase work by emerging filmmakers.
If chosen as the winning entry, Penn's 50-second short film, "World's Greatest Dad," will be shown on up to 10,000 movie screens nationwide.
Penn, currently a senior at New York University's film school, was chosen from a field of 250 student filmmakers from seven schools, each of whom submitted a script for a 50-second movie having to do with the movie-going experience.
"World's Greatest Dad" concerns a new father whose efforts to still a crying baby are for naught, at least until he spies a movie theater.
Asked if his film is taken from his real life, Penn said: "No. At least not that I can remember."
Fellow Baltimorean Barry Levinson is one of 16 judges who will select the winner. Other judges include actors Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, talent manager Michael Ovitz and filmmaker John Singleton.
Besides having his or her film screened throughout the country, the winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000.
The winner will be announced March 9. -- AH
Pub Date: 1/29/99