Keith Sims's Movie Guide
The Redskins' No. 63, offensive guard Keith Sims, is 309 pounds and 6 feet 3 inches of pure movie buff. Sims--who'll be starting against Dallas this Sunday--has a hankering for celluloid, a collection of films on disc and an 80-inch screen plus life-size statues of Darth Vader and Han Solo at his Fort Lauderdale home. So when we caught up with the 32-year-old Washington newcomer yesterday, he was primed to give us his film faves. "My only problem," he said on the phone, "is that because of training camp, I haven't seen too many movies recently."
Still, Sims came to play--and we assigned footballs to his seat-of-the-pants reviews: "My number-one summer movie pick is 'Tarzan,' because it's the first movie my 3-year-old daughter, Cairo, and 2-year-old son, Storm, ever saw. I just saw it again for the fourth time two nights ago. Good story, good music, and the effects are incredible. My favorite sci-fi movie of the summer is 'The Matrix.' "
Dipping into his home collection, Sims continued: "I always watch 'The Usual Suspects.' It has a plot inside of a plot inside of a plot and really keeps you on your toes. . . . I didn't see 'The Shawshank Redemption' in a theater because the title put me off, but it's a wonderful story, very insightful. And the realism! Makes me never want to go to prison."
"The Usual Suspects" ***
"The Matrix" **
"The Shawshank Redemption ***
THIS JUST IN . . .
* That courageous genius of the cinema, Kevin Costner, is once again taking a stand against the money-grubbing studios, complaining that Universal maimed his upcoming baseball movie, "For Love of the Game," by excising scenes of his butt. "They took it out. They took out the shower scene, too. There's some things that have come out of this movie that I didn't agree with at all. Trying to make a movie conform to the largest audience," Costner tells Pat O'Brien in an interview for tonight's "Access Hollywood."
* The Associated Press reports that a Los Angeles federal judge has ordered Steven Howard Sanberg, who's been stalking Rep. Mary Bono, to keep at least 100 yards away from the California Republican for a year.
* Bantam Books is paying $600,000 to former Justice Department lawyer Gerald Shur and former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley for "The Mask," an anecdotal history of the Federal Witness Protection Program, which Shur created in the late 1960s. And our pal "60 Minutes" producer Leslie Cockburn has won a documentary Emmy for a 1998 report on Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.
Quincy's Law: No 'Tinkle Dong-Dong'
* When it comes to colossal extravaganzas in the service of the planet, the go-to guy is Quincy Jones. This year he's producing two: the Oct. 9 Netaid concerts in New York, London and Geneva, aimed at raising billions to combat world poverty; and the Dec. 31 spectacle on the Mall for the White House Millennium Council.
"When people think about the millennium, obviously everybody thinks about fireworks and the 'tinkle dong-dong' stuff," Jones told us. "But I think we really need to put some serious spirituality into it, man. We really need good themes, strong themes."
As for the Netaid shows--tickets for which go on sale today (www.netaid.org)--Jones will be choreographing, among other performers, Bono, Jon Bon Jovi and Puff Daddy at Giants Stadium, the Eurythmics and David Bowie at Wembley Stadium, and Bryan Ferry and Des'ree in Switzerland. "This is big-time--very big-time--believe me," Jones said.
Saving 'Return With Honor'
* What's in a name? If the name's Tom Hanks, it's the star power to shine a light on "Return With Honor," a gripping documentary about Vietnam prisoners of war that opens today. The 102-minute film is "presented by" Hanks. Having fallen in love with it after screening a video, he's using his clout to promote it.
"Ultimately, my name adds almost nothing," Hanks told us yesterday with undue modesty. "These things don't go out into a broad base of exhibition. I remember years ago Marty Scorsese 'presented' the remastered version of 'El Cid' and I saw it at a small art house on the East Side of Manhattan. The audience actively pursues a film like that, but not because of the cachet of some brand name attached to it."
Filmmakers Freida Lee Mock and Terry Sanders might disagree. Their movie features the excruciating yet inspiring experiences of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and a host of other pilots. The 43-year-old Hanks--who missed the draft by a year, never mind his war-hero roles in "Forrest Gump" and "Saving Private Ryan"--couldn't resist. "When I was growing up in the Bay Area, the war was very polarizing but I was more confused than opinionated," he said. "I had no idea of being in the military, though I can see now how it would have been good for me personally."
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CAPTION: Jones, producing huge events for Netaid and the millennium.
CAPTION: Emmy winner Cockburn.
CAPTION: Offensive guard Sims, a big fan of "Tarzan."
CAPTION: The oh-so-modest Hanks.