The patients of Milledgeville's Central State Hospital, where for decades, the New York Times says, "invalids here have sipped life through feeding tubes, grown men with the minds of children have hummed tuneless melodies and patients tormented by delusions have banged their bodies against the walls with wordless screams," are moving into group homes. It's part of the state's strategy to end the segregation of the developmentally disabled, an initiative sparked by a 2010 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Dedicating a portion of Georgia's motor-fuel tax to fund transportation projects rather than the state's general fund — a move which could generate $150 million for roads and, with additional legislation, transit — is not on Gov. Nathan Deal's to-do list. His "vision": "toll roads, reversible lanes, and public-private partnerships."
Another Georgia Tech student fell from the stands at Bobby Dodd Stadium during a football game. (Note: Turn down the speakers — the video immediately starts.)
Georgia Senate Republicans, the same group that's gonna host a conspiracy theorists' dream chat session about Agenda 21, are a disorderly bunch.
1. Animal Collective and Micachu and the Shapes at the Tabernacle
2. Field of Greens Festival at Whippoorwill Hollow Farm in Walnut Grove
3. Inman Park Restaurant Week wraps up
4. 53rd Annual AAUW Book Fair at Perimeter Mall
5. Final chance to see War Horse at the Fox Theatre
1. Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off at Stone Mountain Memorial Park
2. Little Five Fest in L5P
3. CounterPoint Music Festival wraps up at Bouckaert Park
4. War Horse continues at the Fox Theatre
5. Netherworld Haunted House opening weekend at the Georgia Antique Design Center
Earlier in the week, CL reported that private attorney Glenn Delk had requested an emergency meeting from the state Board of Education — claiming that Barge, Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa, and Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis had improperly used taxpayer resources to lobby against the charter school amendment.
USA Today released a study last night that examines the residential water rates of 100 municipalities across the country. According to their findings, Atlanta ranked atop those cities, claiming the largest spike in rates over the past 12 years.
While more than a quarter of those municipalities have seen their water bills double since 2001, Atlanta's rates grew by approximately 233 percent. That echoes what the City of Atlanta's audit — released earlier this week — stated regarding ratepayer costs, which have increased 81 percent since 2008.
Rian Johson's Looper is one of the most intriguing time travel films in recent memory. Rather than rely on timeworn clichés the film mashes-up a number of movie, television and pop-culture influences and delivers a satisfying experience that—despite opening one-too-many worm-filled plot holes—remains full of surprises, and brims with emotional truth.
With the film opening today, let's first take a look at the best time travel films of all time, then tip our hats to some of Looper's unlikely influences.
...and the Hollywood remake (also featuring Bruce Willis)
Few films come close to this in popularity, entertainment value and popular impact:
Best known for directing the Gremlins movies, Dante built a career as cheerful, deliberately underachieving kid brother to Stephen Spielberg, sharing similar obsessions with popcorn movies and the American suburbs. Where Spielberg put aside childish things and at times strained for grown-up respectability, Dante never released his inner fanboy and delivered a string of such likable B-movies as Piranha, The Howling, Innerspace and Matinee.
Not since the underrated Looney Tunes: Back in Action has Dante delivered a theatrical feature, but The Hole’s low budget and unimaginative script make it seem stuck in a time warp. An early scene of a wood-paneled station wagon pulling up a suburban driveway literally seems like a flashback to a Reagan-era adventure comedy.
— Paul Wesley, who stars in The CW series "The Vampire Diaries" (which films in Atlanta!) was recently on Jay Leno's show talking about the heat and crazy weather in our fair city, as well as how he was almost robbed after filming one day (welcome to ATL... ): Part 1 and Part 2 of the interview.
— Midtown Patch had an article this week that asked whether being "Hollywood South" is a gain ... or a pain? "Atlanta is home to more and more film and TV crews on our city's streets, and Patch wants to know if all this glamor is worth the trouble." What do you think?
— The independent documentary Troubled Waters (which was filmed across North Carolina, Georgia, and Argentina) will premiere at the Dixie Film Festival in Athens next week. The film centers on a water crisis in San Antonio de Los Cobres, Argentina and follows one man’s journey to provide clean drinking water for the entire Andean town of 6,000 people. It features the Georgia-based company, AdEdge Technologies, and was filmed partially in the Metro area. (When I first read the name I thought it was going to be about the Georgia-Alabama-Florida water wars, which WOULD be a good idea if it's not been done already).
— The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire filmed at 3130 Slaton Drive this week, wrapping up production there today. They also spent some time at the Swan House.
— "The Vampire Diaries" has been filming in the Old Town Center of Conyers, near Conyers Pavillion.
— Scary Movie 5, featuring Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan, is currently filming at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (or as "The Walking Dead" calls it, the CDC).
— TLC is casting for the second season of its reality series "Four Houses" — If interested, the homeowners should email lauren(at)pitmancasting(dot)com or call directly (818-666-3606) to discuss the show. Applicants should submit their name, contact info, along with 4 photos of their home, and a picture of them and/or their family. The deadline to submit is October 5th, but there are steps after this one so the sooner the better!
1. The man behind the controversial “Innocence of Muslims” YouTube trailer that inflamed parts of the Middle East and let to several deaths over the past few weeks is heading back to jail. Federal court officials in Los Angeles yesterday found the 55-year-old had violated terms of his probation stemming from a check fraud conviction in 2010.
2. It looks like Atlanta isn’t the only one with a booting issue. Sandy Spring’s city council is pondering an ordinance that would limit booting fines in the city to $40, down from more than $100, after complaints from a slew of residents and the police chief.
3. The charter school debate turns into an all-out brawl! Okay, not quite, but a Georgia Parent Teachers Association member is calling for the arrest of the Georgia Charter Schools Association’s executive vice president after he allegedly pushed her at a recent meeting.
4. Rick Crawford, D-Cedartown, will be R-Cedartown if elected again this November, even though he’s running as a Democrat. Crawford, who AtlantaUnfiltered reported had been pondering is party affiliation for a while, said the Democrat’s endorsement of same-sex marriage is one of the issues that drove over the edge.
5. The W Atlanta-Downtown hotel is aiming to improve guest experience by expanding their wi-fi network to cover most of downtown. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle (or at least the portion of the article not behind a paywall), the initiative could also improve connectivity for intown residents, help drive tourism, and boost local business.
Other than at one of the region's dozen or so film festivals or during the Landmark Cinema's annual Oscar Nominated shorts showcase, opportunities to watch short films in a theatrical setting on the big screen are few.
With the slogan "One World * One Week * One Festival," the folks at Manhattan Short Film Festival offer Atlantans another opportunity this weekend at CinéBistro in Brookhaven on Saturday September 28, Sunday September 30 and Thursday October 4. Atlanta is one of 250 cities across 6 continents participating in the self-proclaimed "World's First Global Film Festival."
Boilerplate text from the Manhattan Short Web site breaks it down, explaining what makes this show so unique: "NOTE: MANHATTAN SHORT is NOT an ONLINE Film Festival. Films are distributed to our individual partnering cinemas throughout the world. MANHATTAN SHORT is not a Touring or traveling Film Festival...it is the world's first Global Film Festival, taking place in over 250 cities across 6 continents during one week. For a filmmaker who wants to get their short film out there, there is no greater test then MANHATTAN SHORT.
Our partnering cinemas are situated in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and North America, including venues in all 50 States of the United States. MANHATTAN SHORT is the first film festival to ever take place in all 50 States of the USA."
Films include The Devil's Ballroom, by Norway's Henrik M Dahlsbrakken, Dutch film A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences by Joost Reijmers, Russia's Where Does the Sea Flow by Vitaly Soltykov, Two & Two by England's Babak Anvari, Irelnad's Cluck by Micheal Lavelle, France has two finalists: Behind the Mirrors from Julio O Ramos and The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb by Clement Bolla, FX Goby and Matthieu :andour, Romania's Superman, Spiderman, or Batman by Tudor Giurgiu, 92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card by Todd Sklar is the sole finalist from the USA, and Spain's Voice Over by Martin Rosete rounds out the line-up.
Here's the trailer:
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