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The Shelf: Man Martin

Man Martin Man Martin’s second novel proves his first was no fluke. Martin won the 2008 Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel with Days of the Endless Corvette. That debut was so solid, a sophomore slump seemed almost inevitable. But

Zombie stomping grounds, other Atlanta locales abound in TNT’s new buddy comedy-drama “Franklin & Bash”

TNT "Franklin & Bash" actors Breckin Meyer (he's Franklin) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (he's Bash) look right at home crashed on couches in a corner of the Four Seasons bar in Midtown. Between banging out text messages on their phones, Meyer tosses Gosselaar a piece of gum from his pack of Orbit Bubblemint.

Six Flags Over Georgia opens

It took $12 million to transform a 276-acre dairy farm west of Downtown into the Southeast’s first theme park; that Magic Kingdom down in Orlando wouldn’t open for four years. But all the clearing and construction didn’t eradicate the red clay and scrubby pines of the Cobb County surroundings when Six Flags Over Georgia opened for business on June 16, 1967. That rustic flavor added to the verisimilitude of Six Flags Over Georgia’s prime attractions: the Dahlonega Mine Train roller coaster, which hurtled from a thirty-seven-foot peak, and the Tales of the Okefenokee boat ride, which took passengers past slightly creepy scenes based on Joel Chandler Harris fables.

Kupcakes Unite! Eryn Woods “Holl. E. Woods” album release party hits the Drunken Unicorn tonight

It's not all that difficult to locate budding Atlanta pop princess Eryn Woods in the lunch hour crowd at Panera Bread in Buckhead. For starters, she's the only customer in the joint with a crimson mohawk, nose ring and a purple bow resting atop her head with matching fingernail polish.

Exclusive: Monica Pearson on the end of “Oprah,” the debut of Action News at 4 p.m. and her “positively” final year on-air

On Thursday at 4 p.m. as the nation begins to come to grips with its Oprah Winfrey withdrawal, WSB-TV will debut a brand-new Action News broadcast with Monica Pearson and John Bachman. Given how Winfrey and Pearson's careers have fatefully intersected over the past 35 years, it's only fitting that the Queen of Daytime Talk's time slot be filled by the Queen of Atlanta TV News.

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Video of the Day: Monica Kaufman interviews Oprah

  As the countdown continues leading up to this week's Oprah series finale, Chann

Video of the Day: John Lithgow reads Newt Gingrich’s press release

The Emmy and Tony award-winning actor gave a dramatic reading of our former congressman's recent press release on The Colbert Report last night. Just listen to how he says "Gingrich." Score one for the literati.

Song of the Day: Black Lips’ “New Direction”

For those who can't wait until June 7 for the Atlanta-based group's new album, Arabia Mountain, to drop, Rolling Stone is offering a free download of this Mark Ronson–produced track.

Yuletide family drama arrives early via the sold-out “A Madea Christmas”

For the curtain call of Friday night's sold-out opening night performance of "A Madea Christmas" at the Cobb Energy Centre, writer-director-star Tyler Perry traded in his wig for his CEO hat. Bringing the house lights up, The Atlanta film and television studio owner asked the crowd how much they paid to see the show being recorded for DVD release this holiday season.

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