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Newman Begins shooting New Film

February 5, 1998

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ Paul Newman was so taken with the scenery of the Chesapeake Bay area he visited on his vacation that it may lead to a film.

Newman, Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn will begin shooting their new movie ``Message in a Bottle″ in April, perhaps on Tangier Island off the Eastern Shore. The romantic drama from Costner’s production company is the story of a widowed shipbuilder and a single mother.

``I play the bottle,″ Newman joked Wednesday in The Virginian-Pilot.

While Newman wouldn’t confirm details about set location, he gushed about the area he and actress wife Joanne Woodward visited last year.

``It was one of the most beautiful areas of the country I’ve seen,″ Newman said. ``We recommended the area to Kevin.″

Helicopters have been spotted taking photos over Tangier Island, apparently scouting locations for the film. Massachusetts’ Cape Cod and North Carolina’s Outer Banks also have been mentioned as possible sites for the film.

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