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Friday, March 14, 2014

ATLwood: The city is about to be 'Taken'

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Filming Updates:
- Sorry for the headline: The third installment in Liam Neeson's action franchise will start filming here on April 24. Forest Whitaker joins the cast.
- Term Life filmed on Trinity Street S.W., Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, and Northside Drive. Random Jon Favreau break!
- "Rectify," which usually films in Griffin, shot in the city this week.
- The Octavia Spencer-starrer "Red Band Society," a TV movie for Fox, also filmed around midtown. Fun fact! The project is being directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who you should remember from every crazy angle on "American Horror Story."
- "Halt and Catch Fire" filmed on Conyers' North Main Street.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

'The Bachelor' FINALE: Hugo your way, I'll go mine

Posted By on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Dear diary, America hates me.
  • ABC
  • Dear diary, America hates me.
How are you feeling today? I ask because there's a good chance you were up all night staring at the ceiling or, alternately, biting a pillow and/or banging your forehead against a wall until blood trickled into your eyes. You've spent the previous two months inviting this ungrateful, beady-eyed, filthy-mouthed Venezuelan into your home for two hours every Monday evening - taking this JOURNEY with him - and the motherfucking least he could do is assure you that he is deeply, disgustingly, hurtfully, stickily in love with Nikki, the one he definitely didn't like enough to marry but definitely didn't hate enough to never want to see again.

He owed this to you. HE OWED IT TO US ALL.

Love (LOVE),
Chris "Hardball" Harrison

Hi, but seriously, it's just me, Gwynedd. Wowee, whatta finale! What an "After the Final Rose!" I give Chris Harrison a hard time for a lot of things, like a.) resembling a bird, b.) being the proud owner of a storage shed filled with the dirty panties he harvests from the show's contestants, and 3.) being the devil incarnate, but I was worried the guy was gonna have an aneurysm during his "After the Final Rose" interview with Juan Pablo, although "worried" is probably the wrong word. It must've been superfun and comfortable for Nikki to sit there while her dumpy baby boyfriend refused to say "I love you" aloud and the orchestrator of everything that's awful in her life tried to pry the words from his cold dead hands. Ugh, and then you have Sean and fucking Catherine sitting atop their holy high horse and telling you how life and love work. (Des and Chris were also there, I think?)

But here's the thing - I ended up on Juan Pablo's side! Don't get me wrong, Juan Pablo is a total dicksneeze. Even his family thinks so. Even Rodolfo, the most loyal friend and cousin in the world, thinks so! But the people who make this show really went out of their way turn the guy into a fucking villain.

It's like Juan Pablo is like Hugo Chavez and The Bachelor's producers are the U.S. military people who supposedly participated in the '02 coup that overthrew his government! Juan's own people have turned against him, no thanks to them!

So Juan's been deposed (even the yellow M&M doesn't want to do commercials with him anymore) and then Chris is like, "Hey, keep opening up to us and exposing yourself to us," and Juan is like, "Hey, how about fuck you."

But WAIT we have a whole finale's worth of him being awful before I start sympathizing with a heavy-handed Venezuelan socialist president.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

ATLwood: The Return of Vince Vaughn

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

ATLwood: 'Fast & Furious 7' revving back up

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Filming Updates:
- Fast & Furious 7 will resume filming in April, after months of delay following the sudden death of franchise star Paul Walker, whose character will now be retired. The film's release date has been pushed back a year, to April of 2015.
- "Survivor's Remorse," a half-hour comedy on Starz produced by LeBron James and staffed by at least one Gawker-er, will shoot in Atlanta. It'll premiere in the fall.
- Mockingjay filmed near John Portman on Peachtree and at Bellwood Quarry, off Marietta Boulevard.

Justin Bieber:
- May need to find a new bodyguard.
- Isn't being protested by Buckheadians (Buckheaders?), like we all kind of figured.
- Is actually totally welcome in Buckhead.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

ATLwood: 'Insurgent' shooting here this summer

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Filming Updates:
- Insurgent, the slated sequel to the as-yet-unopened YA adaptation Divergent starring Shailene Woodley, reportedly will film in Atlanta and Chicago (where the story is set) starting in May.
- NBC's "Constantine" pilot, which will probably not be anything like the Keanu Reeves vehicle from 2005, will film in Atlanta. (Can you work a camera? Do you love Hellblazer? Skip down for some casting news.)
- Lila and Eve filmed at Emory, off Briarcliff Road.
- Here's what "Devious Maids" may look like.
- Cell filmed off Abernathy Road.
- AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire" filmed on Chamblee Tucker Road.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

ATLwood: Did Justin Bieber sit next to you in 'Ride Along'?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Filming Updates:
- Cell moved to east Cobb this week. (More about its star, Samuel L. Jackson, and the need for extras below.)
- The spate of snow and ice slowed most local productions down: "Devious Maids," "Drop Dead Diva," "Halt and Catch Fire," "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta," "The Originals," "Rectify," and "The Vampire Diaries" all took at least one day off in the middle of the week.
- Permits permitting, Mockingjay was supposed to have been filming at 200 Peachtree through Monday.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

ATLwood: Jonah Hill is playing Richard Jewell

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Filming Updates:
- Philip Seymour Hoffman died suddenly last weekend and many questions are left in his absence. Least important of these is probably what will happen to his work on The Hunger Games. But still: Filmmakers have said he had only days left on his part in both halves of Mockingjay; CGI and other sleight-of-production will be used to fill the gap. (Also, in case you missed it, read these two pieces about Hoffman if you read any of them at all.)
- Mockingjay filmed at Peachtree and Ellis earlier this week - specifically, the basement of 200 Peachtree. Random aerial photo break!
- Cell, starring Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack, filmed close to Sweet Auburn Curb Market.
- AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire" reportedly filmed at a Sandy Springs church.
- As of last week, 25 different film and TV projects are filming in the state.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

ATLwood: Snow! Celebrities! Maids!

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Filming Updates:
- Mockingjay, which shot at Pullman Yards last fall, was scheduled to shoot there Monday-Wednesday of this week winter storms notwithstanding.
- The Last Punch moved to the Rhodes Center earlier this week.
- "Devious Maids" is shooting in Stone Mountain. No word on the approximate altitude.
- The reportedly Atlanta-based Ant-Man may also be shooting in San Francisco.
- Cell filmed at Sandy Springs' North River Tavern for a few days earlier this week.
- Erik Estrada is in a new movie; it is call Virtuous and it is "faith-based." It's also reportedly been filming at Jackson-area hospitals and prisons.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

ATLwood: Would you like to be a zombie in 'Goosebumps'?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Filming Updates:
- Cell, an adaptation of Stephen King's novel, has finally begun filming - specifically "at the Norfolk Southern tunnel under the I-85 bridge at the end of Mayson Street." The film stars John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson and has been in some variation of production since the novel was released. Eli Roth was at one time attached, in between the surprise success of Hostel and the surprise failure of Hostel II.
- Lila and Eve, starring Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis, continued filming - now in downtown Decatur. Photo break!
- "Devious Maids" shot on/around Valley Road in Buckhead (more below).
- Mockingjay moved to Norcross and is reportedly finished with its downtown shooting.
- The Last Punch, about Muhammad Ali's final fight, filmed Tuesday and Wednesday at the Yaarab Shrine on Ponce de Leon Avenue.
- Vince Vaughn's Term Life, which has been stalled and then un-stalled (etc.) throughout 2013, will reportedly film in Atlanta. Eventually. That'll make the second Atlanta project for Vaughn's co-star Hailee Steinfeld this year (and Jackson, too) after Barely Lethal.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

ATLwood: Hello, Michael Douglas!

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Filming Updates:
- Devious Maids is juuust about to start shooting its second season. Fun fact: Eva Longoria will make her directorial debut with the premiere.
- One of the CW's vampire dramas was filming at Northside Drive and 17th Street, behind Atlantic Station.
- Kurt Russell on filming Fast & Furious 7: "They're working hard on doing what they have to do to try to make that thing work. I think they're going to gear up again in February or March."
- Ant-Man filming is rumored/slated/scheduled to begin in May at Pinewood Atlanta. (Hello, Michael Douglas!)
- AMC's Halt and Catch Fire reportedly filmed in Doraville.

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