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Friday, July 19, 2013

ATLwood: 'Dumb and Dumber To' comes to town

Filming Updates:
- Dumb and Dumber To (let's not dwell on the title) began prep work in the city this Monday. The film, a projected summer 2014 release, was developed for several years at Warner Bros. before being hot-potatoed over to Universal. It will reteam Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. There will also be a new, "significant" female role, still uncast, though producers are hopeful they'll find someone in Georgia. (What's Lauren Holly doing? I hope she's happy.)
- The Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore-starrer Blended, their first project together since 50 First Dates, has been filming in Buford this week. The film has also put out several casting notices (more info below). Here's a photo of Sandler smiling - and waving!

- Kill the Messenger has been filming in Cobb County and the Downtown area, including the Thumbs Up Diner on Ponce. (It also needs extras; these extras do not need to be human - more below.) The film follows Gary Webb, a reporter who committed suicide after being persecuted by the CIA, to-be-played by Jeremy Renner.
- Endless Love, a remake of the Brooke Shields film, starring Alex Pettyfer, wrapped its filming this week at the Botanical Garden. The Buzz's "garden spies" have a photo, if you're feeling voyeuristic.
- ICYMI, RHOA has started filming its sixth season, as per the professionally serious-faced Peter Thomas.

Sighting:
- Jon Hamm, in town for the last several weeks filming Million Dollar Arm, has been spotted at more and more Atlanta locales, including the St. Regis Hotel bar last week (for work), The Spence (for dinner), and elsewhere. Look sharp, readers! Just don't look too closely.

Payoff:
- Douglas county caterer Lorie Bomar was featured in the series premiere of Catering Wars: Atlanta this week after Bomar's group, Atlanta's Finest, beat out more than 800 others more than a year ago. Watch this clip and admire her intensity (and taste in red).

Castings:
- Blended is looking for child actors, cricket players (who are described in the casting notice, in part, as, "REAL CAUCASIAN"), and men (any kind) for a Hooters scene. The first two are for scenes filming next week; the third is for a Lawrenceville scene today.
- Kill the Messenger has put the call out for Central American- and journalist-seeming actors, as well as "secretary types," African Americans, and cars.

Miscellany:
- One extra in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (which continues filming around the metro area through the summer, including - one tipster tells me - scenes featuring citizens from the Capitol) opened up about the shoot, including what kind of food was served (lamb), how much it paid, and deets about the "fucking gigantic" Liam Hemsworth.
- Former Top Chef-testant Kevin Gillespie is stirring up another kind of dish, saying that his newest Atlanta restaurant, Gunshow, owes none of its service style to the similar (and award-winning) State Bird Provisions in San Francisco, which also serves food dim sum- and family-style.
- The Georgia film industry is dead. Long live the Georgia entertainment industry. (You should read last week's cover story.)

Have any tips? Sightings? Encounters? Pictures? Filming news? We need 'em! Drop me a line: ATLwood@cln.com or send me a tweet @acarlson91 (don't forget to use the hashtag #ATLwood).

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