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When the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity recently ranked Georgia last in the U.S. for anti-corruption laws, I felt a weird sense of relief. It was the same sense of relief I feel when, after being sick for a few days, I get a clear diagnosis from a doctor. Being sick is miserable. Being sick, but not knowing why, adds anxiety to the original injury.
After failing to win, um, any primary or caucus of consequence since South Carolina, Newt's campaign is winding down. In fairness to Newt, I've been incorrectly predicting the eminent end of his campaign since before it began, so duty requires me to offer some hard evidence this time.
This is a guest post by Mark Ziemer, a graphic designer with Atlanta magazine and avid screen junkie who enjoys writing about his favorite films and TV shows in his spare time.While we all enjoy an unplanned celeb sighting at a Midtown restaurant or Virginia-Highland pub, it's nice when a movie star sets a date with his fans. This past weekend, astute Twitter followers and Friday night moviegoers were treated to a visit from actor Adam Scott—most famous for his TV roles in "Party Down" and "Parks and Recreation"—at the Midtown Art Cinema after a screening of his new movie "Friends with Kids."While we all enjoy an unplanned celeb sighting at a Midtown restaurant or Virginia-Highland pub, it's nice when a movie star sets a date with his fans. This past weekend, astute Twitter followers and Friday night moviegoers were treated to a visit from actor Adam Scott—most famous for his TV roles in "Party Down" and "Parks and Recreation"—at the Midtown Art Cinema after a screening of his new movie "Friends with Kids."In a half-hour Q&A session, Scott talked about the challenge of shooting the comedy in only a few weeks and dished briefly on his forthcoming film, "A.C.O.D.," which stars Amy Poehler, Jane Lynch, and Richard Jenkins and is now filming in Atlanta. Though Scott has only been here a week, he’s enjoyed his stay so far and gave a shoutout to Athens for its great music venues. A dare from a questioner to visit the Clermont got a "maybe" from the star, and we can only await the Twitter photos that might emerge. (DeNiro, watch your back.)Scott fielded questions about making out with Jon Hamm’s wife ("Friends with Kids" director/star Jennifer Westfeldt), being a father, and his acting methodology (there isn’t one) and gushed about a table read with Richard Jenkins in "Step Brothers" as a standout career moment. He also proved a good sport when one questioner launched into a five-minute question that bordered on monologue. Scott ribbed that they must be from the New York Times before answering with a simple "yes."As the session came to a close, the actor obliged the "Party Down" followers in the audience by reciting his big line from that show—"Are we having fun yet?"– and stuck around for a photo session with fans."Friends with Kids" is playing now at select theaters in the Atlanta area. Leading man not included. —Mark Ziemer
The city's top journalists will gather Wednesday at Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 for the premiere of "Deadline," an investigative news thriller starring Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts. Part of the indie film's multi-city tour, the event benefits VOX Teen Communications and is open to the public starting at $25 a ticket. Pulitzer Prize winners Cynthia Tucker, Hank Klibanoff, Mike Luckovich; former CNN head Tom Johnson; and our own Rebecca Burns are on the host committee.
Remember back during the GOP debate season when Newt Gingrich would describe Barack Obama as the "food stamp President" as often as possible? Critics accurately described the phrase as a so-called dog whistle designed to appeal to bigoted. A new polls suggests the bigots were listening.