Fox Theatre summer film festival gets retooled for 2013
Thanks to a pair of Facebook fan surveys and a few long overdue arm wrestling bouts with Midtown parking purveyors, the Fox Theatre’s 2013 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival could be the Atlanta landmark’s most ambitious movie series in years. When discounted advance tickets go on sale Friday morning at 10 via the Fox’s website, movie fans will see a more stream-lined line up: Friday nights will be devoted to action flicks, Saturday offerings will be date night and family friendly with Sundays reserved for revered classic films.
Uncle Ruckus The Movie?
If the financing comes through on his next acting project, former Agatha's: A Taste of Mystery actor and writer Gary Anthony Williams might just be flexing his improv skills again later this year. For three seasons now, the former "Malcolm in the Middle" actor has given voice to comic strip creator Aaron McGruder's outrageous Uncle Ruckus character on "The Boondocks," the popular Cartoon Network Adult Swim animated series.
TCM sets April 10 for day-long tribute to two-time Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor
Within hours of veteran actress Elizabeth Taylor's death at age 79 Wednesday, Atlanta-based Turner Classic Movies had finalized plans for a on-air tribute. On Sunday, April 10, TCM has rearranged its schedule to air 24 hours of Taylor's finest films, beginning at 6 a.m. with her first film, the 1943 family flick "Lassie Come Home." The tribute will end with an April 11 4 a.m. airing of "Ivanhoe" from 1952.
TCM’s 10th annual Summer Under the Stars festival offers reality TV respite
Weary of watching grown folks run their reproductive organs into large rubber spheres on TV this summer? Beginning today, Atlanta's own Turner Classic Movies begins it's month-long Summer Under the Stars film festival with 24 hours of programming dedicated each day to a separate star. On August 4, TCM will air a day of Marilyn Monroe's films to mark the 50th anniversary of her death and a day of Elvis Presley's flicks on August 16 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of his passing.
TCM to honor Andy Griffith, Sarah McLachlan spotted!
Most of us will forever remember actor Andy Griffith as the kindly TV sheriff in the sleepy Southern town of Mayberry on "The Andy Griffith Show." Or your grandma's favorite TV attorney, "Matlock." Or perhaps the really creepy way that he was buried within seconds of drawing his last breath this week at age 86.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers set to soar to the big screen
Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Ted Turner’s favorite cartoon series is about to soar to life as a live action flick on the big screen, thanks to Sony Pictures. The Hollywood studio is in final talks to acquire the rights to the 1990s environmental 'toon series starring the eco superhero (whose powers apparently include recycling an algae-hued “business in the front, party in the back” hairdo). The series, created by Turner and his then in house environmental team at Turner, (including Captain Planet’s mom Barbara Pyle) was an attempt to work environmental themes into an action-packed cartoon series to bring awareness to the earth’s eco challenges to the Nirvana generation.
Seth Rogen, Will Reiser discuss their new autobiographical cancer comedy “50/50”
"50/50" screenwriter Will Reiser didn't have to look far for the inspiration for the new big screen comedy/drama co-produced by his pal Seth Rogen. The film, now in theaters, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Adam, a Seattle public radio producer who is diagnosed with a "neurofibroma-sarcoma-schwannoma." Roughly translated, Adam has a cancerous tumor the size of a small Buick nestled against his spinal column. It's a scenario that Rogen, who plays Adam's best pal Kyle in the film, and Reiser dealt with in real life while working on HBO's "Da Ali G Show" when Reiser was handed a very similar diagnosis.
5 places to catch films under the stars
Revisit cinematic classics and enjoy family favorites with these summer films. It’s not quite the same as going to a drive-in, but it beats sitting on the couch, glued to Netflix.
“The Help’s” Viola Davis: “Forgetting is not a part of healing. Remembering is.”
Two-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee Viola Davis does not mince words when asked if she had any trepidation about accepting the lead role of a maid in director Tate Taylor's upcoming film "The Help" despite his paltry directing resume. The director and stars of the film ( based on Taylor's Jackson, Mississippi childhood friend and Atlanta author Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel) were in town Tuesday to do media interviews. The film opens August 11.
Archery Rivals: Katniss vs. Daryl vs. Chipper
If you don’t get the Sportsman Channel (and even if your cable carries it, you still may not get it), you probably don’t know that onetime Braves star Chipper Jones has traded his bat and uniform for a compound bow and camo as star of outdoors show Major League Bowhunter. We immediately wondered how No. 10 would fare against two famous, if fictional, archers who shoot (arrows and film) in Georgia.