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Re: “Kenya Barris gets 'Black-ish'

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Posted by Mrrowen John on 07/23/2015 at 4:59 PM

Re: “‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ takes a final bow

mooninites for life.

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Posted by mayanrelic on 07/09/2015 at 1:29 PM

Re: “'Dope' moves: Shameik Moore blasts off from Atlanta

I recently saw this movie, really good, almost great, and loved the performance by the lead, Shameik Moore. Its nice to find out that this is a case of local boy, excuse me PC police, young man, makes good. Hope he becomes a big star and has a long career.

Posted by Carl White on 07/04/2015 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Curt Holman's Oscar predictions

Curt went 16-7 if anyone one....oh well...

Posted by Carl White on 06/22/2015 at 7:53 AM

Re: “'Dope' moves: Shameik Moore blasts off from Atlanta

It was a very good movie.

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Posted by dmbernard on 06/19/2015 at 1:23 PM

Re: “'Dope' moves: Shameik Moore blasts off from Atlanta

DOPE looks interesting.

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Posted by wesleywhatwhat on 06/11/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Georgia's blank check to Hollywood

Since the tax credit is transferable it is a little more complicated that 70% of nothing. The 30% tax credit is sold to any third party having a Georgia tax liabilty. Some amount of the tax lost is recovered in taxing the money that is spent. The owning entity gets a tax credit but not the recipients. By the way the tax credits sell at 90% of face value the 10% goes to local legal and financial brokers who sell these contracts who are in turn taxed. If you leave it at that then the state is losing money and this where the 18 cents in the dollar studies come in to play. This ignores all the economic effects that flow from that simplistic starting point.

What is the economic benefit of building 8 production studios? These are long term real estate and employment investments who pay real estate, payroll and other taxes to their local governments. None of these businesses benefit directly from the tax credit which is given exclusively to production companies.

What is the impact of catering, equipment rental, and other support businesses who are entirely local and pay taxes which have no direct benefit of the tax subsidy?

What is the benefit to thousands of production crew members from carpenters and lighting technitians to script supervisors. IATSE (the local stage hands union) employment is up by some astounding amount.

What if this tax credit, not unlike the "subsidies" that state of Georgia bestows on Gergia Tech results in a native, local and permanent film industry not unlike the high tech innovative comapnies forming around the Tech campus in Midtown? Is this a misuse of tax money? I am not an economist, I don't acknowledge that that the tax credit is a net money loser.

Even if I am wrong on the picayune debate of net tax revenue, what is the brand value or goodwill generated by having this interesting industry a vital part of our state and city?

If one local aspiring actor, director, cinematographer gets an opportunity that would have not just passed him by, but never occurred to him or her, would this not qualify as good use of tax money. If this was a discussion of subsidizing the Arts would you be so bent out of shape?

Finally, the tax credit is a great success, an overwhelming succes. If nothing else we don't have to watch movies set in the eastern US filmed in the brown desert environs of LA.

Posted by Robert Green on 05/22/2015 at 3:23 AM

Re: “Georgia's blank check to Hollywood

Debbie Michaud proceeds to deem ALL Canadian Gov Accountants and Gov people that balance tax budgets IDIOTS.

"What's harder to determine, though, is whether the tax credit is worth the tens of millions of dollars sacrificed annually in state revenue as a result."

If this short sighted understanding of econ were true then the Canadians have had it wrong for over WELL OVER 20+ years.

Once again the 'press' gets it wrong by ignoring WHY we are here in the film tax incentive world. 4th paragraph by the time she questions tax incentives. MOST IMPORTANTLY she makes NO mention why we have tax incentives in the first place.

Did we dream it up needing tax incentives Debby? Do you really think we want all that extra political work just to work????


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Posted by Bill Gray on 03/08/2015 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Curt Holman's Oscar predictions

Boyhood, Richard Linklater, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, JK Simmons, Patricia Arquette.

Posted by wesleywhatwhat on 02/22/2015 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Curt Holman's Oscar predictions

Well as best picture I agree it will not win but Grand Budapest had it all. Acting. Direction. Plot. But most of all it was an enjoyable experience. I looked Birdman for acting and message of what it is like which is my next favorite. The rest actually ho hum. Tired of "I want and Oscar" pictures. When the average person can spot them a mile away it is time to get back to making film because they are a good idea not just a stars whim.

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Posted by Rita McConnell on 02/20/2015 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Arlen Escarpeta talks playing Bobby Brown

"...Escarpeta [is] saddened that their relationship didn't work."

On the contrary ! The two of them were so much alike; they both carried on in a profane/foul-mouthed-like manner. Their relationship worked a well as they needed it to. They needed each other; they needed to be together.

They just couldnt live together.

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Posted by lwc_30326 on 02/03/2015 at 3:02 PM

Re: “From pastrami to politics: Best Bets for the 2015 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

For future reference:
Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Skylar Astin, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal.

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable.

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

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Posted by Jennifer Salk on 01/29/2015 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Retired CNN director looks back on 34 years of history

Nice job Gavin. Relevant questions.

This is CNN! Ted Turner did a lot for southern business. He found the right guys to make it being Roger. Good job Roger. Live TV News is a tough work.

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Posted by The Best Mayne on 12/19/2014 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Retired CNN director looks back on 34 years of history

I think that this interview should be shared with J-school students.

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Posted by Robert J. Nebel on 12/18/2014 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Kenya Barris gets 'Black-ish'

Great show! Relevant themes. Appeals to everyone. Looking forward to seeing upcoming episodes.

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Posted by Darcia R. Brundidge on 10/30/2014 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Sarah Jones remembered

There are regulations up the ying-yang governing productions and they were ignored by people in charge of this production and this camera unit. It was negligence and human error,pure and simple, and we don't need a flurry of politicians posturing and wanking their way through idiot responses to non-problems.

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Posted by oydave on 10/30/2014 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Kenya Barris gets 'Black-ish'


Posted by FireBrand (360383) on 10/29/2014 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Kenya Barris gets 'Black-ish'

This show is funny to me. I don't know where all of the "controversy" came from. Black folks complain about not being represented or represented poorly on TV but then a show with a two-parent household and well-behaved kids comes on and now it's a problem too? Also found it ironic that most if not all of the people who had something bad to say about the show either didn't watch it or only watched a preview. Hope this show sticks around, it can only get better. Shoutout to Ronda.

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Posted by Maurice Garland on 10/29/2014 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Sarah Jones remembered

georgia needs to start enacting regulations around the film industry here... they were attracted by the fact that georgia is relatively free of regulations and a tax haven, but for the safety of all involved i think the state legislature needs to tackle this issue.

Posted by kiteless on 10/29/2014 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Sarah Jones remembered

"Rayonier Performance Fibers, which owns the land around the tracks and trestle, reportedly says it had granted permission to the production."

Rayonier granted access through their property to the CSX right of way, but had no control of access into the CSX right of way. The right of way is private property and access is controlled and enforced by the CSX police department.

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Posted by Burroughston Broch on 10/28/2014 at 11:35 PM

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