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HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Film Crew Plays Hardball

These Hollywood types — they come to town and think they run the place.

And well, it seems like they sort of do.

[IMGCAP(1)]The film crew from the new Reese Witherspoon-Owen Wilson-Paul Rudd softball-themed movie we’ve been hearing so much about lately summoned the U.S. Park Police to shut down Roll Call’s Softball Game of the Week on Tuesday night.

The DCI Magic and the Green Monsters had only played one inning when Officer Kim Bransom told the teams that they had to disperse from their spot on the National Mall, since Sony Pictures held a permit for the area between Fourth and Seventh streets from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bransom told Roll Call softball reporter Merlisa Corbett that the teams didn’t have a permit to play, and permit holders have dibs.

The worst part? The actual set was at least a football field away from the game, but the crew worried that the players would be like extras. Under Screen Actors Guild rules, if the players made it into the film, they would have to be paid.

Bransom recommended that in the future, softball teams call the Park Police before they head out to play to see what areas are claimed by permit holders. “There are going to be films being shot all summer,— Bransom said.

As for the fate of the game, the teams thought about moving to a field out in Southwest (where the Magic had a permit) but decided the sun would set before they could even arrive to play.

Denver Redux. Put this on your to-do list for tonight (especially if the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game gets rained out): relive last summer’s Democratic National Convention in Denver.

To help with the flashbacks, Rep. Chris Van Hollen will be on hand for a panel discussion following the screening of “Convention,— the documentary chronicling the 2008 event in the Mile-High city. The flick, directed by A.J. Schnack, is screening as part of the Silverdocs film festival at the AFI Silver Theater.

Van Hollen will be joined by convention officials and Denver journalists who covered the story.

And as if you could forget this part of that crazy week, the Silverdocs’ synopsis notes that “the film introduces an abundance of articulate, dramatic, stressed-out subjects.—

Ah, yes. We remember it well.

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