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Nine-year-old actress Kyla-Drew Simmons talks Hugh Jackman, Jason Segel

She may be but a wee thing, but she has big ambitions. Simmons grew up in Atlanta but moved to L.A. with her mom last summer to pursue her acting career—and it sounds like it was her idea (see “quadruple threat” aspirations below).

Dumb and Dumber To transforms Cabbagetown into … Rhode Island?

At some point, I suppose, it will stop being a surprise that movie folks ask Atlanta to stand in for so many other places. Odd enough that Woodruff Park was a facsimile of seventies-era NYC complete with overflowing garbage cans and yellow cabs for Anchorman 2. But today, while strolling around our neighborhood, my husband and I came across a crew hard at work constructing a faux Rhode Island streetscape on a long-vacant lot at the corner of Kirkwood Avenue and Pearl Street in Cabbagetown, about the most quintessentially Southern pocket of Atlanta you could hope for.

The Atlanta location missing in Anchorman 2

Like any obsessed Atlantan, I scanned the latest Anchorman 2 trailer to spot scenes of our fair city, which doubled as both San Diego and New York City during the movie’s filming here. But what really struck me is a notable Atlanta absence.

How do you turn downtown ATL into 1970s NYC? Overflowing trash cans

If you work in downtown Atlanta you know (a) it's impossible to just walk out and hail a taxi and (b) there's no such thing as a sidewalk newsstand around here.

Next Cool Event provides gateway to film industry

For Barbara English, it’s all about making connections.

The Walking Dead gets the Bad Lip Reading treatment

The faux dialog replacing actual TWD scripts is funny—in a juvenile way. Rick loses his banjo; Glenn breaks wind; Rick attempts to tell a knock-knock joke, etc.

Talking with Jasha Balcom, former UGA star and baseball stuntman for ’42’ movie

The filmed-in-Georgia Jackie Robinson biopic 42, which opens tomorrow, has another local tie-in: Duluth resident Jasha Balcom. A former UGA baseball star, Balcom served as the stunt double for star Chadwick Boseman in the film's action scenes.

Rock Center on Peachtree Street?

Atlanta is doubling for a number of other places in movies being shot here, ranging from Colorado and Florida (Identity Thief) to Panem (the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire). But trying to pass downtown Atlanta off as a certain city with a big ice-rink?
The Walking Dead Locations fan site put together a helpful Google Walking Dead map.

Totally awesome Walking Dead map

I don't know about you; but I spend half of each Walking Dead episode squinting at the scenery trying to figure out exactly where in metro Atlanta—aka zombie capital of the USA—that particular zombie gut spill occurred. The good folks at the Walking Dead Locations fan site have put together a helpful Google map that you can use to track the location of every kill, splat, and melodramatic Glenn-Maggie spat. Enjoy

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