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By Devin D. O'Leary

OCTOBER 6, 1997:  Movie lovers in Los Lunas will soon have a cineplex to call their own. No longer will our southern neighbors have to drive all the way back into midtown Albuquerque to catch Steven Seagal's latest flick. Last Tuesday, village officials announced plans for the 10-screen Camino Real Cinemas. The new theater will be built on an 8.5-acre tract of land at N.M. 6 and Emilio Lopez Road by the Reel Illusions Entertainment Group, which also owns and operates the Lobo Theater in Albuquerque. The proposed 45,000-square-foot building will house a 450-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, a brewpub, restaurant and coffee bar. Construction is set to begin next spring for a November '98 grand opening. ... After his star turn in this summer's hit My Best Friend's Wedding, British actor Rupert Everett seems poised for Hollywood fame. The surest sign that Everett has "arrived" in Hollywood: He's just signed to star in a lame-ass buddy comedy with Chris Rock. In Fox's High Boys and Low Boys, Rock will play "a street-smart guy hiding from the Mob in the stuffy New York world of antique shops." Everett will play an antique dealer. On a brighter note, Everett--an accomplished novelist as well as a fine actor--will be writing the comedy-romance Martha and Arthur, which will re-team him with Julia Roberts. They'll play famous Hollywood actors who are married to each other (the twist--he's secretly gay). Everett is also writing the action-thriller P.S. I Love You about a gay intelligence agent. If the future stays bright, Everett could become Hollywood's first outwardly gay superstar.

--Devin D. O'Leary


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