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Tyler Perry defends casting Kim Kardashian in The Marriage Counselor

As the world slept overnight, Atlanta director and studio mogul Tyler Perry placed his fingers on the home row keys to address one of the greatest maladies currently plaguing the Earth: Kim Kardashian. In an email to fans, Perry has at last responded to the outrage over his casting of the 72-day bride/E! reality show fame whore who is currently divorcing NBA forward Kris Humphries after an exhausting 10-week marriage. All month Perry's fans have taken to his Facebook and Twitter accounts to express their displeasure after he announced the casting of the rich white lady who assists the global economy by purchasing $10,000 designer shoes on camera in his new ironically titled comedy "The Marriage Counselor."
Hunger Games movie tour in Atlanta

Tour of Atlanta Hunger Games locations offers more than just sites and photo ops

Cold, gray, and rainy—you couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to step into the dystopian world of The Hunger Games. Atlanta Movie Tours is preparing to launch its newest offering, the Girl on Fire tour based on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part I, on February 8. We previewed the adventure recently and learned a little about Atlanta along the way.

In Tune: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ didn’t set out to take a twelve-year hiatus. For the decade and a half following its formation in 1985, the Atlanta band was tireless, putting out eight albums and touring with bands such as the Who, the Allman Brothers, and R.E.M. The success of 1991’s “Fly Me Courageous” and R

ATLast, Outkast to perform for home crowd

Outkast’s beats and lyrics embodied everything associated with the South. It felt good, and like your grandmama, it could charm you one minute and cuss you out the next. And unlike East Coast or West Coast hip-hop, it seldom picked a fight, but instead welcomed everybody to sit on the porch and listen.

Q&A with “Rock of Ages” star and “Idol” alum Constantine Maroulis in town at the Fox through Sunday

He was the fourth season “American Idol” contestant who oozed so much cheese into the cameras, lactose-intolerant viewers were forced to avert their eyes. But then in 2009, rocker Constantine Maroulis was cast in the hit Broadway musical “Rock of Ages" and ended up with a Tony Award nomination as Best Leading Actor for his role as wannabe rocker Drew Bowie. He’s reprising the role in the national tour of the musical that runs through Sunday at the Fox Theatre.

Incoming APS superintendent Meria Carstarphen makes her first public appearance

As incoming Atlanta Public School superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen made her first public appearance in Atlanta on Tuesday, top corporate and city leaders gathered Downtown with all the ease of a newly divorced bachelor on a blind date. It’s no secret that the local business community got burned embracing Carstaphen’s predecessor, the embattled Dr. Beverly Hall. So you can understand a note of caution. Fool me once…
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What makes The Mighty Mo, The Fox Theatre’s organ, so special

The Mighty Mo, the second-largest theater organ in the world, is still in pristine, wall-shuddering condition.

The Walking Dead Awards: “Welcome to the human race”

Each week, we comb through the guts of The Walking Dead, much like a horde of hungry walkers, to bring you the episode’s best moments, surprises, and other post-apocalyptic curiosities. This week: the new Planeteers, Tennessee top hats, and maybe don’t let the younglings watch this one.

Ben and Frank Mankiewicz team up for TCM’s Father’s Day gift to viewers

Q: For movie fans, debate still rages over the screenwriting credit for Citizen Kane. Your father ended up sharing the credit with director Orson Welles. Is this still an internal debate within the family too?

Scene change: The Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s new venue

Back in 2007, the Atlanta Lyric Theatre left its Georgia Tech home for Marietta’s Strand Theatre, and then the Cobb Civic Center. In its latest move, the Lyric has purchased Theatre on the Square’s black-box performance space in a onetime alley.

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