— The Georgia-filmed "What to Expect When You're Expecting" (starring ... basically half of Hollywood) comes out today - are you planning to go see it? The film prominently features (and actually appears to take place in) our fair city.
— Director Jeff Reyes is set to direct Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame's next music video in Dunwoody and Alpharetta, news that ties in to how music producers and studio owners hope to capitalize on the expanded Georgia filming tax credit.
— Apparently it was a poorly kept secret that "Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta" filmed Tuesday at ATL Live, which featured Case, Tank, J. Holiday, R.L., Benzino, and fellow “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” cast member and super producer Stevie J. Also in attendance were Peter Thomas (RHOA), Mishon, Chanita foster, Daron Jones (112), Keri Hilson, Floyd Mayweather, Chilli (TLC), Dondria, DJ Trauma, Erica Dixon (Lil Scrappy’s Baby Mother/Love & Hip Hop Atlanta) and Kenny Burns (who hosted the event).
— Check out the trailer for NBC's new J.J. Abrams series "The Revolution," filmed in Atlanta.
— The AJC reports that "Atlanta official say movie filming at Civic Center has brought in more than $1 million over last year and a half" [via @ajcatlantanews].
— "I.D. Theft," starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, filmed at the View Point Condos on Peachtree Street Wednesday.
— Also on Wednesday, "Drop Dead Diva" filmed at Emory University (there was a casting call for "professor types" a few weeks ago. I'm intrigued …)
The Atlanta Business Chronicle's Maria Saporta reports that the annual outdoor film festival has again been canceled due to lack of sponsorship: "Yvette Bowden, president and CEO of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, wrote in an email that the park will not be hosting the film series in 2012. ... Asked why the 2012 Screen on the Green was being canceled, Bowdin replied: 'primarily sponsorships.' But then she added that the Piedmont Park Conservancy has decided instead "to focus on fundraising for the expansion" of the park. She also said 'the park is already VERY busy.'"
I'm busy too, you know. We all have lives, Piedmont Park, but that's why we need this - to keep the fire going. Seriously though, it's too bad. I attended an outdoor theater performance in Piedmont Park just last week, and it's such a wonderful experience to picnic and see a show outside in that space.
But last year's shenanigans did have people worried about the future of the festival, which began in 2000. First the Piedmont Park Conservancy announced the lineup. Then it canceled the series due to lack of sponsorship, then the mayor announced it was back on and then people just started shooting at each other.
So unless Arthur Blank and the Atlanta Falcons decide to swoop in and sponsor a summer of fun/get on ATLiens' good side about that whole stadium thing, it sounds like SotG is a no-go.
In other news of movie events that rhyme, AID Atlanta's Evolution Project, a "community center for young black gay/bisexual men and transgender individuals" is hosting Queens on the Green at its Juniper Street location. The Devil Wears Prada will screen May 20.
— The made-in-Atlanta movie once known as Neighborhood Watch is now being released in theaters as “The Watch." What's with the name change? Is it because of the Trayvon Martin case?
— Apparently, Chris Klein (who recently filmed American Reunion here) really loves Atlanta. No I mean really loves Atlanta! "I really love working here,” he said. “The film and TV infrastructure is second to none. I had a fantastic time here last summer. I just hope I have a job that brings me back to Atlanta.”
— Bored? Then settle in and read the crazy as a second male masseur files $2M sexual battery lawsuit against John Travolta (from his time in Atlanta).
— Vanessa Williams was at the Living Room at the W Midtown this week catching up with friends and promoting her new book “You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other).” Or its acronym: YHNIAFADHNNMAHTSPHLLAEO. Which, actually, is an insult in the Baltic region.
— Hamish Linklater, a.k.a. Matthew from CBS sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine" told staff at the Publik Draft House in Midtown Tuesday night that he was in town for a project (as he enjoyed some beer). What project I do not know, stay tuned!
— Our own Debbie Michaud confirmed on Twitter this week: "Stephen Baldwin is ordering dressing on the side at a cafe below my office. Will the wonders of Atlantic Station never cease? Looks grumpy, old, but seems to be eating right." And there you have it!
— I.D. Theft, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, filmed at the Bank of America Plaza Monday before moving down to Hampton, Georgia. The production will also be closing some roads … (because we know how well that works out).
WHO ARE NICK FURY’S SHADOWY BOSSES? That’s the World Security Council, which oversees SHIELD, but I can’t imagine why they look so shadowy and ominous. Theoretically, SHIELD’s government bosses should be aboveboard – apart from the whole trying-to-nuke-New-York thing – but these people look like Emperor Palpatine sending sinister holograms to Count Dooku.
— The celebs have been enjoying our local sports recently - Melissa McCarthy and her husband were spotted at a Braves game while T.I. and Chris Tucker supported the Hawks Tuesday night (good, we need all the support we can get).
— Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol star Paula Patton, recently named one of People Magazine's "Most Beautiful," was at the W Midtown this past week reportedly sippin' on some Grey Goose.
— Jason Bateman dined at Maggiano's in Buckhead Monday night - convenient, as his film Identity Theft was also setting up to film there! Which brings me to ...
— Identity Theft has been all over town, including shooting scenes around Ansley Mall (according to @HelloHayley, Starbucks was blocked off).
— The Steel Magnolias remake, starring Queen Latifah, has been filming at a house next to Fernbank Museum. Production has been set up there for awhile, you can also see the trailers parked on the other side of Olmstead Park off of Ponce most days!
— If you didn't hear about the fire at the Tyler Perry studios then I think you've been under a rock. The latest news still doesn't tell us much, except that filming will of course be affected ("for the next 23 Medea movies," as TMZ put it).
— "The Walking Dead" will begin filming its third season in Coweta County next week!
- Faint Alert: the Idris Elba and Taraji Henson film No Good Deeds has been filming in the Highlands this week near Elizabeth Street.
- Also filming in the Highlands, "Being Mary Jane," a television pilot for the BET network starring Gabrielle Union. (Pics here)
- A USA Network show set up production at Java Monkey in Decatur Friday night. "It's like living on a backlot over here." (too true! Thanks @francesk!)
- Vh1's "Single Ladies" did some shooting at Aqua Bistro and Istanblue Wednesday night.
- I.D. Theft starring Jason Bateman (a veteran of ATL filming!) and Melissa McCarthy filmed at Perimeter Mall on Tuesday.
- Your weekly "Walking Dead" update: The Citizen has an article about future filming locations, including in Coweta county.
— Ne-Yo was spotted on Saturday night on the Living Room Patio at W Atlanta – Midtown sipping Grey Goose and tonic and enjoying the weather (which sounds positively perfect to me!)
— Oprah was at the CNN Center last week [via @dorieturner]. The O is in town to interview Whitney Turner's daughter Bobbi Christina, and reportedly also hung out with her friend Tyler Perry.
— The Steel Magnolias remake, starring Queen Latifah, has been filming on Clifton Road next to the Fernbank Museum all week.
— Clint Eastwood's Trouble With The Curve was at the Mountain Lakes Medical Center in Clayton as well as the Ridges Resort on US 76 in Hiawassee.
— According to Jennifer Brett a.k.a. @AJCBuzz, "Lights! Camera! Action! Sofas! Chairs! A Haverty's commercial is filming at Atlanta's favorite celeb hangout, STK."
— "Teen Wolf" actually left the Westside and filmed on Ponce & N. Highland this week.
— Monday night @GoldRoomATL that Nelly & T.I. were shooting a video on Piedmont (if you were wondering what that extra traffic was about).
— Bit of a slow week in ATLwood following Easter (which, incidentally, is when Meg Ryan stopped by the Atlanta Botanical Garden to take in the spring blooms). She also stopped by the High Museum and had to be shown where to find the restrooms (to be fair, I was there last night and it's really not that intuitive). Ah, the lives of the stars.
— According to Jennifer Brett (@AJCBuzz), "John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan spotted at STK tonite. #ROCKintheUSA" As I've said countless times, STK is the place to go if you want to see famous people!
— The Clint Eastwood flick Trouble With The Curve, starring Justin Timberlake, filmed in Talking Rock on Wednessday (is that like Hanging Rock?) before heading to Jasper on Thursday for a baseball scene.
— Senoia, GA will remain the main location for "The Walking Dead's" Third Season, which will start filming May 31st. Production in this location "is for the long term," and the crew will remain until November. This time, the production plans to incorporate and feature the city of Senoia more into the story itself. Also look for casting and crew calls coming up!
— The Atlanta PD engaged in some necessary roughness (see what I did there?) removing the tent city in Woodruff park as "Necessary Roughness" started filming this week (allegedly the two incidents are "unrelated").
— A.C.O.D. has been at more local eateries this week including Star Provisions (this isn't a foodie movie but it's starting to feel like it!)
— BET has renewed that ATL-filmed comedy series "The Game" and "Let's Stay Together."
— The headline of the week is surely that Kevin Bacon stopped by Baconfest. Just being a Bacon doesn't mean you know all the rules, though: "Never been to BaconFest in Alanta before," he tweeted on Saturday. "What does one wear?"
— According to the AJC Buzz, Justin Timberlake, Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams were at Fado in Buckhead Saturday night.
— Elsewhere, Jessica Alba was spotted at Nava, while several Brick Store employees in Decatur have had "the Amy Poehler experience" (and said that both she and Adam Scott are exceptionally nice).
— Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Steve Harvey, Regina Hall and Kevin Hart were all on hand at the Think Like A Man premiere and red carpet at Atlantic Station Wednesday.
— The J.J. Abrams pilot "Revolution" is filming at the Georgia Capitol.
— "Single Ladies" is filming in downtown Atlanta (including at the W).
— Trouble with the Curve starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake, filmed at Turner Field last Friday, and has moved to Dunwoody High School this week.
— Besides Baconfest, Kevin Bacon has truly been all over the state recently filming his new TV show. Most recently production occurred at Berry College.
— "The X Factor" held auditions earlier this week at the Hard Rock Downton. Anyone attend?
— The Atlanta-filmed Three Stooges, starring Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Lynch and some of the "Jersey Shore" crew opened this past Wednesday.
— Sheryl Crow had dinner on the patio at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse this past weekend with her son and friend after visiting the Legoland Discovery Center in Phipps Plaza (that will make you work up an appetite for sure).
— Singers Brandy and Monica were spotted at the W in Midtown last week at a private event where more than 500 VIP guests were serenaded by Brandy who sang a portion of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” prior to joining Monica to preform “The Boy is Mine.”
— According to the AJCBuzz, Clint Eastwood has been all over Midtown (dining at the Four Seasons, South City Kitchen Midtown and Veni Vidi Vici this week), Kevin Bacon took in “The Hunger Games” at Atlantic Station and dined at Spice Market, and T.I. stopped by Twist.
— Michael Jai White, who played Gambol in The Dark Knight, was spotted hanging out at Whiskey Park on Friday, posing for photos with fans and dancing with friends.
— Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake, filmed at Amicalola Lodge on Hwy. 53 West in Dawsonville at the start of the week before moving on to Turner Field for the rest of the week.
— The J.J. Abrams pilot for NBC, "Revolution" (an "intense action drama which looks at a group of people trying to find their loved ones and stay alive in a world where there are no longer any forms of energy") filmed at Stone Mountain Park on Tuesday. The crew has also recently been in East Atlanta as well as the quarry (yes, the one from "The Walking Dead") on the westside as well.
— Adult Children of Divorce starring Jane Lynch, Adam Scott and Jessica Alba has been in downtown Decatur (mostly at No. 246) and production isn't hard to find because yellow signs saying "A.C.O.D." with arrows are all around pointing the way!
— The "Vampire Diaries" is filming a high school scene (probably on Covington Hwy) in Decatur.
— The "Untitled Kevin Williamson Pilot" is filming in Lawrenceville.
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