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Friday, March 7, 2014

ATLwood: The Return of Vince Vaughn

Filming Updates:
- Last weekend, Term Life filmed off Luckie Street - reportedly involving one armored truck and one explosion - and then the Georgia Aquarium. (Base camp appears to be right next to the Tabernacle.) Production continues through the start of April. (More on its star, Vince Vaughn, below. More on him wearing a sport coat here.)
- Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" is filming its last season down in Peachtree City - the sixth and final premiere is March 23. Random Rick Springfield break!
- "The Vampire Diaries" filmed around 200 Peachtree and Cone Street this week, according to OLV.
- Production has wrapped on Lila & Eve, starring Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis. The film will be released in 2015.

Sightings:
- Vaughn watched the Oscars on Sunday at Cucina Asellina with his cast and crew, including Bill Paxton and Peter Billingsley. The group of 20 had the place to themselves (the restaurant is usually closed on Sundays), except for food and drinks from next door's STK. Sources tell me, "Dressed casually in jeans, a T-shirt and leather jacket, Vaughn and his guests spotted enjoying Heitz Cellar wines, vodka and grapefruit cocktails, signature steaks and the pecan pie off STK's new dessert menu."

Castings:
- Fox 5 actually has a super solid round-up of open casting calls so just click over here.
- Remember the open part of Dwayne, the "naturally funny" high school student big as a football star? From Goosebumps? Starring Jack Black? Someone please audition.
- Mockingjay news: CL Casting needs athletic men and thin-framed men and women for background roles as extras; they also need a lot of kids (in sibling groups of three or more) - all for work the end of this month. More here.
- "Devious Maids," in the middle of production on season 2, needs background actors to people its Beverly Hills world. That means attorney- and doctor- and other professional-types. Send photos + info to admin@cynthiastillwellcasting.com with the subject line "NEW FACES DM2."

Deals & Payoffs:
- There's momentum on the Martin Luther King Jr. miniseries front: HBO's years-long development of Taylor Branch's America: In the King Years as a six-hour series will be written, at least partially, by David Simon - the man famous both for writing the best TV series of all time ("The Wire") and for not liking those people who discovered "The Wire" too late. Simon joins Oprah, who is producing, behind the camera.
- USA's pilot "Neil, Inc." (which filmed here last fall) is a pilot no longer - the network has ordered it to series, to debut this summer. "Neil" stars Matt Passmore as Neil. It follows him, his wife, and the cellphone owned by the male escort his wife has secretly been seeing.
- BET's "Being Mary Jane" will return for a second season this year, with production starting back in the spring. (What is "Being Mary Jane"?)

Miscellany:
- "A Train, a Narrow Trestle and 60 Seconds to Escape: How 'Midnight Rider' Victim Sarah Jones Lost Her Life"
- More Atlantans dive into the "Shark Tank." (Sorry.)
- Pinewood Studios is ready for businesses (to come to Pinewood Studios): "Gough said there is also potential interest from an animal wrangler company."

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

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