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Actor Owen Wilson and his nose were among those checking out Whiskey Park's latest Saturday night party concept, Vintage inside the W Midtown at 14th and Peachtree last weekend. Our spies tell us Wilson was hanging with local act and party hosts The Whiskey Gentry. The actor and bandmates enjoyed bottle service inside the club's exclusive Crystal Lounge. Vintage rolls out week two of the fun this weekend.
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.
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.
For jaded downtown urbanites, one emotion will likely dominate Wednesday at 8 p.m. as filmmaker Ben Loeterman’s visually dazzling documentary “John Portman: A Life of Building” has its Georgia broadcast premiere on GPB — Guilt.
In an email sent to press this week announcing the 2012 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival series, Fox Theatre general manager Allan C. Vella promises a "mix of classic and contemporary movies which gives everyone the opportunity not just to see a great film but to have a true movie going experience in the luxurious setting of the Fox Theatre."
When Atlanta filmmakers Jon and Brantly Watts finally screened "AKA Blondie, their 52-minute documentary for Atlanta's most famous stripper this spring, Jon will cop to being a little nervous. The doc, the first in-depth examination of 55-year-old Clermont Lounge legend Anita Mae Strange's life and times, screens this week at 9:30 p.m. at The Plaza Theatre.
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.
For classic movie aficionados, it may be the most crucial 4 minutes and fifty seven seconds of programming Turner Classic Movies airs all year. Each December, the Atlanta-based basic cable celluloid wonderland debuts its annual TCM Remembers in memoriam tribute to the Hollywood stars both big and small who have died over the past 12 months. The remembrance airs between films on the channel through Jan. 1. The artfully created clip reels are so beloved, film fans routinely upload them to share with each other on YouTube. Then they search online to determine the music used as the soundtrack to the piece, wait breathlessly to see which fallen star is assigned the solitary piece of dialogue in each tribute and who has been given the coveted final fade out position in the piece. The tribute is so highly regarded by film fans that many gripe on message boards that the producers of the annual Academy Awards’ often-botched In Memoriam piece could learn from the TCM Remembers production team.
Fans of TCM Underground, the Atlanta-based classic film network's weekly late-night Friday foray into cult film, can thank/blame iconic director Stanley Kubrick for jolting Millie DeChirico into her current job. For the past six years, the Georgia State film major graduate has hand-selected each film broadcast on TCM Underground. Her life-long interest in cult classics can be traced to an accidental early exposure to one of Kubrick's most disturbing films.