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Potential 'Punisher' extras can apply by mail

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published July 22, 2003

Casting scouts for The Punisher still are accepting mail applications for extras, in case you weren't among the nearly 6,000 people at the open call Saturday in Tampa.

The Punisher is a $30-million adaptation of a Marvel Comics hero due in theaters next summer. The film stars Thomas Jane (Dreamcatchers) as the hero and John Travolta as the villain. Principal photography is scheduled to begin Aug. 2 at locations around the Tampa Bay area. Extras will be paid $75 per day.

Each applicant should send a recent photograph along with vital statistics (name, address, phone numbers, Social Security number, age, height, weight, hair color, eye color and clothing sizes from head to toe). Include your availability to work days, nights and/or weekends; the make, model and color of your car; and any special skills that might earn extra pay.

The deadline for applying is Friday. Mail your information to Extras Casting, Punisher Productions, Knights Point Office Complex, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 106, Tampa, FL 33602.

Walk-ins and telephone calls will not be accepted, and appointments are not available.

Thousands in New York pay tribute to Cruz

NEW YORK - Thousands of mourners waited patiently for hours in the hot and humid streets of Manhattan on Monday to view the body of Salsa legend Celia Cruz.

As they wound through police barricades to the funeral home, many chanted "Celia, Celia" and sang snippets of her songs.

Some wept, while others clutched flowers and carried photos of Cruz, who died Wednesday at age 78 of a brain tumor at her home in Fort Lee, N.J.

Cruz's body was flown over the weekend to Miami, where she was immensely popular.

She was returned to New York on Sunday to the Campbell funeral home, where celebrities from Judy Garland to John Lennon to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have rested.

Today, a horse-drawn carriage carrying Cruz's coffin will leave the Upper East Side funeral home and head a mile south to St. Patrick's Cathedral for a public funeral Mass. Burial at a Bronx cemetery will be private.

Russell Crowe is going to be a father

SYDNEY, Australia - Gladiator star Russell Crowe has a new empire to conquer: fatherhood.

The actor announced Monday that his wife, Danielle Spencer, is pregnant with their first child, which is due in January.

The 39-year-old actor married Spencer, 32, on April 7 at his sprawling rural property of Nana Glen near the east Australian beach resort town of Coffs Harbour.

Crowe won a best-actor Oscar for 2000's Gladiator, that year's best-picture winner.

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