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Wednesday, September 10, 1997

Mother hen and her men

Toronto Sun

 LOVES, LABORS, LESSONS: It doesn't hurt to have the woman who nabbed Steven Spielberg give you advice on romance. So says actor Ryan Reynolds of Kate Capshaw, his movie mom in the fest flick Life During Wartime.
 "On set, we discussed who I'm dating, and she was always giving me advice on grooming, saying things like: 'Don't do THAT with your hair! Be a nice young man! Look respectable!'
 "She was like a second mom to me," says the lankily handsome Reynolds. "She wouldn't leave my side."
 The two actors, along with co-star David Arquette, noshed on shrimp and champagne at Showtime's fest party at Pangaea. But only after Capshaw, of course, fixed Reynolds' hair with her fingers out in the parking lot beforehand.
 It is surprising that Capshaw, mother of seven (but firm stomach of none such labors), has any maternal advice to spare.
 "I was just genetically born to bear lots of babies," she laughs, of her fertile productivity and overall maternal instincts.
 Keeping in shape to get poured into the tight, black leather skirt she was wearing at the party, Capshaw does a lot of running and horseback riding on the family farm, she says, when she's not in that other most rustic of positions -- "barefoot, pregnant, and you know where!"
 MORE BYRONIC THAN BOND-ISH: He may be known to most moviegoers as "Bond, James Bond."
 But tall, dark, handsome thespian Timothy Dalton, popping by the Pangaea do, seemed more the brooding Bronte anti-hero Heathcliff (whom he played onscreen in 1970) when talking about his serious, complex character in the fest film, The Informant.
 Playing a cop investigating IRA terrorism, Dalton -- with much shaking of head and furrowing of Brit brow -- finds himself still angst-ridden on the IRA subject.
 "Everyone is a victim, and everyone is guilty," he said, cloaked in black, sipping wine at the bar. "And everyone has to be indicted. Nothing will be solved by taking sides. It's just NOT a simple issue."
 THESE GUNS FOR HIRE: The Polygram party at the Rosewater Supper Club fed the likes of Molly Parker (Kissed) and songstress Nana Mouskouri.
 And in a delicious shoot-out of sorts, it finally united the two Men With Guns, John Sayles (director of the Spanish MWG at the fest), and Callum Keith Rennie (who stars in the Canadian MWG).
 Comparing their respective Guns, we find that it's not the name of the film that counts -- it's who is smart enough to choose the better 'Man.'
 "I hear our screenings are on the same day, too," Sayles chuckled to Rennie, as the two shook hands firmly.
 "Yeah," Rennie smiled.
 "We were gonna call ours Independence Day," Sayles joked. "I guess we should have ..."
 "We were gonna call ours Young Men With Guns," Rennie laughed.
 "Well, at least people won't get confused in the theatre," Sayles said.
 "Yours is in English, and mine has subtitles."