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“GWTW” author’s evolution on race provides a fascinating focal point for new GPB “Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel” doc premiering tonight

Perhaps like many "Gone With the Wind" weary Atlantans, GPB executive director Teya Ryan openly admits to being "lukewarm" to producing an in-house original documentary on the life and career of the novel's Atlanta author Margaret Mitchell. "I thought the idea was kind of old, kind of passe," Ryan said during a recent advance media screening of the beautifully produced film directed and written by Pamela Roberts. The documentary premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on GPB followed at 9 p.m. with an encore presentation and a simultaneous online chat with Roberts on GPB.org.

Exclusive: Atlanta author Lisa Baron discusses her wild “Life of the Party” political memoir

Atlanta author Lisa Baron had many responsibilities as spokesperson for Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed and GOP political operative. However, it is the job she performed for future George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer on her knees in a Greenville hotel room during the 2000 Republican presidential primary that is liable to cause some exploding heads at Fox News this week.

After Twitter controversy, Cee Lo says “Forget You” to summer tour with Rihanna

One of the summer's hottest concert tours just got brought down to a simmer. In an emailed statement to Intel Sunday night, Live Nation reps announced that pop star Cee Lo Green has cancelled the remainder of his summer tour with Rihanna, including his scheduled July 12 appearance at Chastain Park amphitheatre.

TNT’s “Leverage” slides back into action Sunday with the chill “Long Way Down Job” season four premiere

For an Oscar winner, "Leverage" actor Timothy Hutton is incredibly amenable to freezing his butt off. TNT's favorite dysfunctional family of cons starring Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge is back Sunday at 9 p.m. with an epic adventure set atop an Alaskan mountain. Portland's Mount Hood doubled as the 49th state during the three-day shoot.

First “Footloose” trailer released as lactose intolerant flee in terror

Sometimes, Intel watches things so you don't have to. "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," for example. Today, we train our bloodshot, battle weary peepers on the brand-new Paramount/MTV Films trailer for the remake of the locally filmed "Footloose," starring "Dancing With the Stars" hoofer/country singer Julianne Hough (in a less than flattering brown 'do) and newcomer Kenny Wormald. The film was shot in Covington, Acworth and Atlanta last year.

Thanks to funding from fans, Uncle Green’s “Rycopa” to become a reality 14 years (!) after it was recorded

The irony is not lost on former Uncle Green drummer Peter McDade. "Leave it to us to have an album saved by technology that didn't exist when we recorded it," says McDade. Last week in just 36 hours, the long-disbanded Atlanta rock quartet's fans came together via the fundraising website kickstarter.com to raise the necessary $4,000 to finance the mixing, mastering and distribution of the act's last recording "Rycopa." The band originally sent out word via the Uncle Green Facebook fan page. Thanks to those efforts, "Rycopa" will finally be released this fall to fans a full 14 years after its creation. An Uncle Green reunion gig/"Rycopa" album release party is also being planned in Atlanta.

Spielberg-produced “Falling Skies” alien invasion starts Sunday on TNT

It doesn't take long for "Falling Skies" actor Noah Wyle to get cornered by some scary looking space creatures in Sunday night's premiere of TNT's much anticipated sci-fi drama. But the "ER" vet admits there was a lot of imagination used on the set of the two-hour pilot when it was shot nearly two years ago. In the premiere, all of the aliens are CGI and were edited into the show long after the actors wrapped their scenes.

“Beginners” director Mike Mills on the real-life story behind his acclaimed new film and how you talk Captain Von Trapp into playing gay

As he welcomes an interviewer to his table at The Mansion on Peachtree, "Beginners" director-writer Mike Mills has a request: "May I film your handwriting? It's very nice. I'd like to do an entire documentary just on how people write."

Grammy winner Colbie Caillat added to Concerts in the Garden line-up

Given the current heat index in the city, lengthening the Wells Fargo Advisors Concerts in the Garden series at the Atlanta Botanical Garden into the middle of September sounds positively refreshing. The organizers of the popular live concert series have added singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat to their 2011 Summer line-up with a date scheduled for Friday, September 16 on the Great Lawn stage.

Seven years after final gig, Atlanta’s Metroscene gives fans “a proper farewell”

Between 1999 and 2004, Atlanta rock quartet Metroscene played non-stop at the city's best rock venues, including Music Midtown and notably, opening for Interpol at the Cotton Club. At the band's last gig, bassist B.J. Alden proposed on stage to his girlfriend. And then, after five years, one successful EP "Weekenders" and one full-length album "First Light at Last Orders," the quartet of Alden, singer/guitarist John Phillips, guitarist Allen King and drummer Kevin Redd simply vanished from the city's music scene.

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