Richard L. Eldredge
The former Atlanta mayor’s connection to Stephen Colbert goes back a generation.
Despite a busy schedule, former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young says he didn’t hesitate for a moment about participating in the Colbert Report finale. “Being there last night was part of what I call the Colbert phenomenon,” Young said Friday morning as he flew back from New York.Read more
On the film’s fine details, visits from Andrew Young and John Lewis, and the events in Ferguson
Selma director Ava DuVernay shot her new film about the civil rights movement’s 1965 bloody march to voting equality in just six weeks this summer in Atlanta and Alabama. Scheduled to open in limited release on Christmas Day, Selma stars David Oyelowo as MLK, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, and Stephan James as a young John Lewis. We talked with DuVernay in the fall, when she took a break from the editing room to discuss the film.Read more
The long-delayed film focuses on a pivotal period in 1965
This June, Ava DuVernay, director of Selma—the long-delayed movie about a pivotal period in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.—stood at the front of historic Wheat Street Baptist Church. She was preparing for a scene featuring Stephan James, the Canadian actor who plays civil rights legend John Lewis. “My back was turned to the door when suddenly Stephan’s eyes got big,” DuVernay said.Read more
The lauded primate behaviorist will receive the Exemplar Award at this year’s Captain Planet Foundation Gala
Jane Goodall, 80, the lauded primate behaviorist, comes to Atlanta to receive the Exemplar Award at this year’s Captain Planet Foundation Gala. While in town, she also joins Captain Planet chair Laura Turner Seydel (and her ex-stepmom Jane Fonda) to host a private event for schoolchildren at Zoo Atlanta.Read more
Thunderous applause greeted the six-minute snippet screened at the BronzeLens Film Festival.
Even by eager-to-please Atlanta standards, a new standing ovation record may have been set at Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema during October’s BronzeLens Film Festival. After seeing just six minutes of Selma, Paramount Pictures’ upcoming drama chronicling MLK and the 1965 Alabama voting rights campaign, the crowd rose and applauded wildly for director Ava DuVernay.Read more
Beard: I knew my mom would like it. That’s basically why I’m here.
Along with recording artists Lady Antebellum, Wet Willie, Jeff Foxworthy, Francine Reed, and Collective Soul’s Ed Roland, Wax ‘n’ Facts and DB Records owner Danny Beard was inducted at the 36th annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame ceremonies.Read more
Director Michael Cuesta: We just had to find something green and overgrown.
Atlanta sites in the film include the old Georgia Archives building, an abandoned prison, and an overgrown housing development just outside of the city.Read more
Jane Fonda hosted her annual benefit fundraiser for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential at Woodruff Arts Center with a screening of her new movie.Read more
The two-time Oscar winner hosted an Atlanta benefit premiere of This is Where I Leave You
Jane Fonda returned to Atlanta last week, hosting the North American premiere of her new ensemble comedy-drama This is Where I Leave You as a benefit for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, the nonprofit she founded in 1995.Read more
Bachelorette Andi Dorfman modeled a ring that fetched $6,500
As she greeted guests in the platinum VIP reception at the 22nd annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares benefit inside the American Cancer Society building downtown, the event’s long-time co-chair Lila Hertz mused for a moment Monday night about sustainability.Read more