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Brace yourself for a return of 'The Birds'

The word from Hollywood is that moviemaker Michael Bay seriously wants to produce a remake of "The Birds," the Alfred Hitchcock thriller that put Bodega Bay on the map 40 years ago.

Already some folks on the coast are hoping that Bay, who directed "Pearl Harbor," "Armageddon" and "The Rock," will shoot the remake in and around Bodega Bay, too.

Evelyn Casini's attitude, on the other hand, is: ho-hum. Evelyn has run Bodega's Casino bar for 55 years and some of her favorite memories were born when Hitchcock was shooting murderous birds all around the area in 1962.

Ask Evelyn about Suzanne Pleshette coming into the Casino for lunch with fake blood and bird pecks all over her face. Ask her about the papier-mache bird props she's treasured ever since Hitchcock & Company left town.

"They can make all the remakes they want -- they'll never match the original," Evelyn scoffed. She's certain no new movie could do for the Bodega Bay area what the old one did.

To this day, visitors from around the nation and the world wander in and when Evelyn asks what brought them out that way they reply, "The Birds."

TIPPI HEDREN, who broke into pictures with her starring role in "The Birds," just so happens to be coming up this way this weekend.

She'll stay in Bodega Bay and on Sunday afternoon will be at the Tomales Town Hall for a benefit for her Southern California wildlife sanctuary.

If the remake happens, no matter where Michael Bay films it, he'll miss the boat if he doesn't offer a part to Tippi.

GALLO STEPS UP: As substantial donations began to trickle in to the Laguna de Santa Rosa restoration project, an unspoken question hung in the air like a fog:


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