"Movie Hearing Tomorrow Night"

Sonoma Index Tribune, 10 October 2000

A film company's plan to close part of Sonoma Plaza's perimeter later this month will be considered at tomorrow's special session of the City Council, beginning at 8 p.m., at the City Council chambers, 177 First St. W., Sonoma.

At the Oct. 4 council meeting, Elle Pictures representatives described their plan to create a street fair for its new movie, "The Animal," starring Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler.

The film stars Schneider as a well-meaning but bumbling police officer who receives various animal-organ transplants enabling him to "run like a cheetah and swim like a dolphin," according to Elle spokeswoman Molly Allen.

Sonoma's part in the shoot features an Earth Day fair which Schneider runs over in order to apprehend a suspected purse-snatcher. But merchants worried about how the filming — which could shut down parts of First Street East and East Napa Street for a total of three days between Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 — would affect their business.

Last week, councilmembers told film company representatives that they wouldn't approve the idea without first being clear about exactly what they were approving. They requested that filmmakers provide detailed schedules and street-closure maps before making a final decision.

The meeting, notice for which must be posted 24 hours in advance, was announced Tuesday morning. For more information, or to pick up an agenda, stop by City Hall or call 938-3743.

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