When the independent film Snow On Tha Bluff premiered in Atlanta a couple of years ago (and later on DVD), Curtis Snow's day-in-the-life depiction of a street-hard D-boy was so realistic that viewers couldn't tell if his on-screen portrayal was exaggerated role play or a crime-ridden close-up on his everyday struggle.
In his newly released autobiography, "My Name is Curtis Snow and I'm a G," readers will find out where the man and the movie delineate, if at all. Just as the film was set in the notorious neighborhood known as "the Bluff" on Atlanta's Westside (just blocks from the Georgia Dome), Snow's book finds him navigating those same streets.
In what could be the most menacing video trailer for a book spawned from a movie ever, Snow narrates his plain-spoken intro over an eerie track titled "Letters" (with production credited to VFresh). (See trailer above.)
Snow On Tha Bluff's hood-film-meets-Blair Witch aesthetic - which also endured pointed criticism over whether it was exposing the harsh reality of life in the hood or further exploiting it - gets some necessary contextualization in the book, according to the press release:
"The book shows the progression of Curtis Snow as a man and how he dealt with life including the death of his brother, mother and cousin all in one week. It's a true reality check of the shocking events he lived through that most people will never experience in their lifetime," explains Snow's manager David Kwon Kim.
- Discovery Channel's Moonshiners filmed at Stillhouse, in Buckhead, this week.
- The Originals and The Vampire Diaries filmed in the metro area (Conyers, Decatur, whatnot), as usual.
- Sundance's The Red Road shot in Marietta. Here's a photo of star Jason Momoa (formerly Game of Thrones' doomed barbarian king) in a hat, with a beard, and without a shirt.
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- Adam Sandler's The Familymoon wrapped a few weeks ago and Kill the Messenger is on its way out, too, with a recent wrap party at Ormsby's.
- The Red Road has been filming in the metro area since last week, in East Cobb and elsewhere. The series (about a morally-complicated and possibly - compromised cop, natch) comes as part of the Sundance Channel's continued push into scripted, after the success of Top of the Lake and Rectify earlier this year.
- Good news: Fast & Furious 7 is here! Almost. The fast-tracked (sorry) project, starts production mere months after F&F 6 broke box office records for the franchise. The newest installment reteams Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Ludacris, among several others, alongside new baddie (spoiler) Jason Statham, playing someone who evidently likes to blow up people's cars. Better news: The movie needs extras.
- The Vampire Diaries is in full-on production mode around the metro area. Its spin-off still resides in Conyers and still needs extras (see below).
- The Walking Dead, whose next season premieres in October, filmed in Senoia this week.
- Kill the Messenger filmed at the Marriott, the State Archives building, and elsewhere this week.
- Drew Scott, one half of the eponymous Property Brothers, landed in town this week to start filming for the next nine months.
The Internet eats its young. Just ask Terio, the kid who saved Vine.
Like the rest of the world, I stumbled upon him by way of Twitter. Forget what The Washington Post wrote about that song "Versace" by Gwinnett County trio Migos, Terio is the real runaway hit of the summer. The Riverdale resident's dancing snippets became such the rage that he was instantly credited with saving Vine at the time that web pundits were declaring its early death due to Instagram's new video service.
With each new video, his legend grew. Complex interviewed him and his "cousin" Maleek; New York rapper A$AP Ferg promised to come to his birthday party (though he was a no-show); DJ Drama had him at his Atlanta studio and posted a Vine. The adlib "oooooh kill em" was inducted into the pop lexicon. Here was an overweight black first-grader dancing his ass off as if the whole world wasn't watching. There was something innocent about a 6-year-old kid dancing so mannish while dribbling basketballs in the driveway. But something happened in the cyber distance between that driveway and our hard drives.
He became an overnight meme, proving yet again how short the haul is from Internet fame to infamy.
On Monday, Tracy Clayton of the Root reported that a Free Terio campaign had started on Twitter in response to recent Vine videos that showed a reluctant Terio being prodded to dance for the camera despite looking too pooped to pop. When the videos were quickly removed it only seemed to confirm the worst. Terio was being exploited. But by whom? His cousin Maleek, his invisible parents, the Internet?
- Adam Sandler has been seriously on the loose. (He stopped at Waffle House - and Mellow Mushroom.)
- Justin Bieber, in town for a concert, also reportedly made a stop at Children's Healthcare last weekend. He also sang to Ludacris' daughter. He also doesn't like to wear pants.
"My life, your entertainment," goes the chorus. "You watch it while I live it (live it). "You waitin' for me to lose it. I guess I'm just here for your amusement." In a surreal episode of life imitating art imitating life, those lyrics are currently playing out as Usher's renewed child custody battle with ex-wife Tameka Foster streams live on TMZ, WSB-TV, and the like.
Their prolonged battle for custody following their 2009 divorce ended last year with the R&B artist gaining primary custody of his sons Nayvid and Usher V. But after five-year-old Usher V almost drowned Monday in a pool at Usher's home, Foster filed an emergency petition for custody.
The trial is currently underway at Fulton County Superior Court. The case hinges on whether or not the children have adequate supervision while in Raymond's care. During opening statements, Raymond's lawyer said the entertainer "has canceled over 87 concert and live appearances since being awarded custody" in order to stay home with his children. At the time of the accident, Raymond's Aunt Rena Oden was caring for the children.
"I don't know where my children are. i don't know who my children are with.... I don't know a lot." Foster said just from the witness stand where she is currently testifying. Foster lost her oldest son, Kile Glover, in a lake boating accident last year while he was under the supervision of his father, Ryan Glover.
Last week, entertainment rags speculated that Foster might be a cast member on an Atlanta version of VH1's "Hollywood Exes." If she does go through with it, that'll be one reality show story line that won't need to be faked.
Update 3:30 p.m.: While Foster was on the stand, her lawyer played the 911 tape of Raymond's Aunt Rena Oden calling for help during the near tragedy. Foster bowed her head while listening and wept. "This is chaos, this is chaos, this is chaos...." Foster repeats through tears before the court concludes her emotional testimony before her lawyer gets to ask her last question. Aunt Rena is currently on the stand.
- The Dumb and Dumber sequel, which got underway in town a few weeks ago, will begin filming in September. Stay tuned for cast and crew announcements.
- Meanwhile, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (whew) will also begin filming here next month.
- Kill the Messenger continues shooting in the city. Jeremy Renner's facial hair: explained.
- We can now predict, given recent copious photographic evidence, that the Atlanta Housewives are in Savannah, presumably for this season's vacation.
The rapper has denied rumors that he was scheduled to star in the next season of the UK version of "Celebrity Big Brother." Despite reports from NME and numerous entertainment blogs that he would earn $450,000 for the season, Big tells Wall Street Journal blog Speakeasy that he will not be taking the reality TV plunge on the other side of the pond in the show. Instead, he's been focusing on his new line of colorful socks, Left Foot, a collaboration with Crooks and Castles set to launch in a few weeks.
Although he admits there were talks between his team and "Celebrity Big Brother," Big says he never signed off on such a deal. "They were talking to my team but I don't know what happened after that," Big tells Speakeasy. "I never said yes or no, ever."
Speaking of Outkast-related rumors, Andre 3000 has been teasing fans with the possibility of a solo album. Michelle Brown of StraightfromtheA.com posted a video clip of 3 Stacks in the studio with Atlanta hip-hop producer Mike Will Made It. And BET executive Stephen Hill recently tweeted about a convo in passing with Andre in which he dropped a bomb:
The half-hour comedy is "set against the backdrop of the Atlanta music scene," Deadline reports.
Though Glover's hip-hop alter-ego Childish Gambino isn't considered an Atlanta rapper - except when we counted him No. 16 in our Hater Music Issue last year - he grew up here and graduated from Stone Mountain High School before taking his comedy/writing career on the road. According to Deadline, the FX network has agreed to work around his tour schedule while he films the show. And juggling his side gig on NBC's "Community" won't be a problem because he's only scheduled to appear in five of 13 episodes next season.
As for the show "Atlanta," it'll be interesting to see Glover's take is on the local music scene. If anything, it should provide more fodder for our neverending identity crisis.
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lol looks like broch recently renewed his library card