Norton is back to settle 'Score'
by Carolyn Kelemen
Howard County Times, 07/05/01
Howard County native son and movie star Edward Norton is keeping the faith with his favorite "hometown" movie theater. The same night that his new film, "The Score," makes its premiere in Hollywood, Norton will be in Baltimore attending its exclusive unveiling at the historic Senator Theatre.
The event, slated for Monday, July 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will benefit The Enterprise Foundation, which funds educational and after-school programs for more than 1,000 underserved children and families in Baltimore. It will be hosted by the Enterprise Women's Network of Baltimore and, like the West Coast gala, is sure to attract fans who are dressed "to the nines" to cheer on this former Wilde Lake student.
In Paramount Pictures' "The Score," Norton stars opposite Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando as a young man who thwarts the retirement plans of a master thief by blackmailing him into pulling off one last heist. The film, directed by Frank Oz, opens nationwide July 13.
Since 1998, all but one of Norton's movies ("American History X") have had their benefit premieres at the Senator. Once again, the 31-year-old actor will be on hand to dedicate the fund-raiser to his late mother, Robin Norton, a popular Howard County high school teacher who succumbed to cancer in 1998.
Many local parents still recall Norton's first live performance at age 8, flying across a Columbia high school stage in a community production of "Peter Pan." His father was holding the ropes attached to his son's slight body while his mom cheered in the audience.
A few years later, Norton was interviewing his maternal grandfather, the late urban developer Jim Rouse, for a teen talk show on local cable when the elder Rouse suggested with a chuckle that some day he might be known more as "the grandfather of Edward Norton." After the young man was hailed for his film debut in "Primal Fear," Rouse's prophecy didn't appear quite so fanciful.
Tickets to the 8:30 p.m. premiere of "The Score" at the Senator Theatre are $100. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the unveiling of a sidewalk marker and other celebrity festivities. Call 410-772-2488 for more information.
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