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Tuesday, September 9, 1997

Thanksgiving a moving feast for Moore

By BOB THOMPSON
Toronto Sun

Thanksgiving means more to Julianne Moore and husband Bart Freundlich than it did before they met on The Myth Of The Fingerprints.
 
 The U.S. holiday is the backdrop for Freundlich's movie debut. The November date is also when Moore is expecting their baby.
 
 They good-naturedly appreciated the coincidence during a mini-press conference at the Sheraton Hotel yesterday, promoting the film festival's World Cinema feature, which screened yesterday.
 
 The 27-year-old dad director was especially relieved.
 
 Since his semi-autobiogrpahical movie is about a dysfunctional family that talks but doesn't say much during a harrowing Thanksgiving, it was obvious he was happy about having the baby's birth as the alternative.
 
 "You're supposed to go home and have a very relaxing great time and watch the Detroit Lions on TV," he said mocking the U.S. event. "I'm glad we're going to be busy. Instead everybody will have to come to us."
 
 The 30-something Moore was okay with that, just as she was with her performance in Fingerprints as the screwed-up daughter, a role she ranks as one of her favorites.
 
 Typical of Moore's varied career, she plays a '70s porn queen in another festival movie, Boogie Nights, which previews as a special festival presentation later in the week.
 
 Whatever, "I am proud of my career," she said. "There have been some stinkers like Body Of Evidence." But she's going to tell her baby: "I was starting out and had to pay my rent."
 
 Actually, Moore paid the rent with some to spare on her high profile job in The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
 
 In fact, recalling the Lost World-Fingerprints contrasting scale made her chuckle. "There was a set where the helicopter landed that cost $800,000, which was the very significant part of The Myth Of Fingerprints budget."
 
 Anyway, it's on to more important productions -- like one in particular that has a start date sometime around Nov. 27.
 
 Too bad it has to be around the time of the emotional and ambivalent U.S. celebration as depicted in the film.
 
 Freundlich agreed. He'd much prefer that the American turkey time be moved back to the more reasonable, seasonable Canadian October when we have more pressure-free shopping days until Christmas and minutes more depression-fighting daylight hours to fend off the foul moods.
 
 "We should lobby for October," Freudlich told Moore.
 
 Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon have their cause.
 
 "That could be our cause."


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