- Paul Walker's sudden, shocking death has postponed production of Fast & Furious 7 indefinitely (it was originally slated to resume filming Tuesday). But the cast and crew did memorialize him. Director Justin Lin remembers him here. This photo has made all the rounds, once the news broke, because we are a morbid and mourning group. If anyone knows yet what the franchise will look like without him, they aren't saying. (PSA: Proceeds from the DVD/Blu-Ray sales of Fast 6 will go to Walker's charity.)
- USA's new pilot Neil, Inc. filmed at Crabappple Crossroads. USA's other pilot, Complications, started shooting this month as well.
- Bravo's Married to Medicine (still a thing) filmed at d'Vine Wine in Dunwoody.
- AMC's Halt and Catch Fire filmed on Brady Avenue between Howell Mill and Marietta and then the Cobb Galleria.
- Josh Hutcherson is back for Mockingjay! Everyone thinks he's back filming that scene where he is ********, which is giving everyone "FEELS." They've been filming at the World Congress Center, still.
- Now that their assault on downtown is complete, the Fast & Furious 7 base camp has reportedly moved to DeFoor Avenue and Howell Mill Road. (Random rubble break.) It filmed at Spring and Garnett Streets.
- What is Mockingjay building in Griffin?
- The Game filmed at 10th and Spring.
- Dumb and Dumber To has basically wrapped. The Walking Dead's Laurie Holden was back in Senoia,
fighting for her life seeing friends.
- Reportedly, Real Housewives of Atlanta filmed at a Menchie's, for which I can offer no explanation.
- Meanwhile, The Vampire Diaries took a field trip up to midtown, near Atlantic Station.
- According to unnamed sources, Edgar Wright's Ant-Man, a key piece in Marvel's various upcoming "Phases," will film at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, since London's Pinewood was all booked up. Collider's EIC basically backed this up in a recent tweet, so I wouldn't call it crazy.
- Fast & Furious 7, which apparently goes by the name "Rogue Unit" also, brought a helicopter along with all of its recent night shooting. (Random explosion break.) Hey! That night shooting is set to continue. Look! I got a hold of the filming locations:
- Fast & Furious 7 is finally mostly outside the perimeter at Gwinett, but it'll be back in the city starting Nov. 18. (Shirtless Vin Diesel break.)
- The Hunger Games went to Meriwether County this week.
- Samuel L. Jackson's Barely Legal, costarring Jessica Alba and (bizarrely?) Hailee Steinfeld, still shot at Marietta High School and then Decatur and Covington.
- Dumb and Dumber To is reportedly down to its last two weeks of production. (Bill Murray break.)
- Actually, a lot of city streets are going to be or have closed. Like, a lot and like, a while.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman was at the Atlanta Fish Market (what is it with this cast and caps?); while his Hunger Games co-star Elizabeth Banks saw Gravity at Atlantic Station.
- Jim Carrey is an author. We have proof.
Ladies and gents, Jim Carrey! pic.twitter.com/26cm7ZPHu9
- Jennifer Brett (@AJCBuzz) October 19, 2013
Characteristically, the multi-part series set Browne's sociopop prose (like a fly on the wall that tweets) against the nation's confounding cast of characters. Perhaps uncharacteristically, it did a lot more, exploring race in America and video games in America and old white women in America who live in towns all by themselves.
I recently spoke with Browne, who's been back in NYC for about a month, about the trip. More importantly: Did it change his opinion of the city that raised him? Most importantly: Have we gotten over the Braves' season yet? (We have not.)
- Dumb & Dumber To shot downtown (as did Fast & Furious 7, of course; here's a separate update from La Walker himself), and then shot in Grant Park and Monroe. Jim Carrey is a Falcons fan? (Is anyone else after this week?)
@Peachyscoop @AJCBuzz Jim Carrey is at the Falcons game! My friend just sent me this, so jealous! pic.twitter.com/aIni4cCK08
- Emily Sugg (@Emily_Sugg) September 29, 2013
The long-delayed biopic on Shakur is set to begin filming in Atlanta next year. Reports confirmed last week that Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla Films will team up to make Tupac. After a series of suits and countersuits between Morgan Creek and Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, over creative control, the two parties settled in 2011. Afeni will serve as executive producer on the film.
No word yet on the who will be cast in the lead role, but the Internet is already tossing around options - including Anthony Mackie (who portrayed Shakur in the 2009 Biggie biopic Notorious) and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station).
On the theater side, Former Alliance Theatre Artistic Director and current True Colors Theatre honcho Kenny Leon will helm the forthcoming Broadway musical Holler If You Hear Me. Rather than a biographical look at Shakur's life, the stage play will use Pac's music to tell "an unconditional love story" and "anti-violence story," Leon recently told The Wall Street Journal blog Speakeasy.
"[Tupac] was just trying to talk about life and say something about the country and being an American and raising a family here," Leon said. Afeni Shakur will produce the show with Eric Gold, Speakeasy reports. Todd Kreidler wrote the book and Wayne Cilento choreographed. The funding has already been raised and the musical has been workshopped three times. The production is currently looking for a home on Broadway.
Of course, Shakur's Atlanta connections were solidified in life and death. He lived here for a time, where he owned a home and infamously shot two off-duty Atlanta cops in 1993. The year before, he gave a keynote address at a banquet for the former Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in Atlanta. (The YouTube footage from that speech is classic.)
- Is it possible for me to talk too much about Fast & Furious 7? Trick question: The film had a full week of filming and sightings and general fervor. I'll be talking about it regardless! Cast/crew were at Oakland Cemetery and have already filmed at an elementary school and a Sylvan Road correctional facility; also Castleberry Hill. They'll next move outside the perimeter (Gwinnett). Also: Kurt Russell! Paul Walker!
- Dumb and Dumber To is set up in Cabbagetown, very near the home of Atlanta editor Rebecca Burns. The Atlanta neighborhood will reportedly double as Rhode Island, while Grantville, farther south, will become Kansas.
- The Red Road filmed in Acworth, very near where I grew up, and then Cartersville.
- Line of Sight reportedly filmed at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, my actual hometown.
- Single Ladies filmed at The Biltmore.
- HGTV's Drew Scott filmed at Flor last weekend.
- Lifetime's HR, starring Alicia Silverstone and produced by Darren Star, is en route. This will make three projects for the network in Atlanta, following Drop Dead Diva and Devious Maids.
- Jim Carrey has a message for you, America, about the filming of Dumb and Dumber To, which is setting up in Grantville. (Jennifer Brett was on/near set.)
- NBC's Million Second Quiz, which has so - too - many rules, now has a new contestant: Atlanta's CJ Hilliard, who qualified as a "line jumper" to make it to primetime for this past Wednesday's episode. "Does Ryan Seacrest host this one, too?" Well, he does.
- Production on The Walking Dead shut down early after an extra was hit by a vehicle last Friday, a source told Rodney Ho, though the person will recover.
- Wondering what the set of The Originals looks like? Wonder no longer.
- Sundance's The Red Road filmed on Keene Street in Kennesaw and in Acworth.
- Single Ladies filmed on Spring Street.
- Fast & Furious 7 filmed at Oakland Cemetery, which sounds awful, actually. It will reportedly move to Luckie Street on Monday. (Separately, there's a Brazilian Facebook page floating around that has a bunch of on-set photos that are also kind of janky.) (Also, Tyrese Gibson would like to speak with you.)
- HBO's new project from Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle shot downtown, including near CNN, and in Virginia-Highland.
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