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  1. It's interesting, since I posted in this thread three(!) years ago, Georgia has become a hot bed of filming for both TV and film. The little signs directing cast and crew to shooting locations have popped up all over the city. Just this month, there are 20+ filming across the state (mostly in the Atlanta area).


    Of course the quality varies from the high-end (Rectify, Walking Dead, Hunger Games trilogy) to the bottom of the barrel (Ride Along 2, Real Housewives)

  2. Piping in from the deep south Bible belt (Metro Atlanta).


    Interestingly, our church is having a movie night Wednesday, and members can choose either God's Not Dead or Heaven is For Real. I'd be interested to see what the split is (though I know several have already seen God's Not Dead). And I received about four of those text messages before I found out from here that it was directly tied to the movie. I assumed it was just enthusiasm about the film or general "lift you up" texts that we sometimes send out to friends or our small group.


    To our pastor's credit, we did the same with Noah, though the overwhelming response I heard from the people who went was they didn't like it. Only a small handful appreciated it for what it was, even if they didn't love it (thankfully including our pastor).


    Myself? I missed Noah and will miss this week's events due to obligations at my daughter's school. I'll eventually get to see Noah. I doubt I make time GND.

  3. What's interesting to me is seeing this process here in Atlanta while watching a (heavily) fictionalized version of the development process in regional theater on "Smash." It's not a great TV show by any stretch, but it is interesting how a play slowly comes together through workshops, regional runs, rewrites, etc.

  4. The show is ending its premiere run in Atlanta, but I unfortunately have not been able to make it.

    Fittingly, the local Atlanta critic raves, while the NY Times critic thinks the show needs the heavy hand of an editor to streamline it. Both reviews praise the musical direction of T Bone Burnett.

    Atlanta: "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" a musical horror story that twists and turns

    Their poignant ballad “Home Again” is just one of some 20 songs in Mellencamp’s rousing score, a fusion of blues, country and rock that’s superbly performed by Booth’s 19-member cast. Under Burnett’s musical direction, the sensational four-piece band never misses a beat.

    Notwithstanding the memorable solos by La Botz that open each act (“That’s Me,” “Lounging Around in Heaven”), the highlight among the production numbers (choreographed by Daniel Pelzig) is the pulsating Act I finale, “Tear This Cabin Down,” which essentially burns down the house in more ways than one (with another nod to Larsen’s innovative work).

    The show spirals wildly out of control in its final 10 or 15 minutes, as King relishes the opportunity to find new theatrical methods for demonstrating his penchant for bloody mayhem. Nevertheless, watching how the bodies mount will leave you with chills.

    NY: "These Ghosts Are Singing With a Southern Twang"

    One benefit of this fleet of apparitions is that they provide an impressive chorus of voices to support Mr. Mellencamp’s score of blues, gospel and roots. The music director, T Bone Burnett, the Grammy-winning producer of the “O Brother, Where Art thou” soundtrack, handles a diverse range of styles without ever sounding a slick note.

    Hard-driving songs like “Brotherly Love,” sung between punches by Drake and Frank, and the Shape’s impish numbers are catchy, backed by gravelly voices and modest choreography. The ensemble number “Tear This Cabin Down” closes the first act with a lift, but its warning of terrible things from the past returning has already been established, so there’s no satisfying twist to create buzz during intermission....

    The intricate story of “Ghost Brothers” might work wonderfully on the page, and the show does resist cliché. Far from cheaply horrifying ghouls, Mr. King’s ghosts appear as haunted by the living as the reverse.

    But the mood too often wavers. The ghosts fade into the background, sometimes on purpose, other times not.

    One can understand the temptation to let Mr. King’s imagination roam, but for a delicate, collaborative form like the musical, a simpler, streamlined narrative might have made more sense.

    No word yet on if the producers will try to push this on to NY, continue to refine it or drop it.

  5. I'm amazed at what my 3-year old daughter likes. She LOVES Sound of Music, especially "Do Re Mi" and "Favorite Things." Both of which she can nearly sing better than me. She's also a big fan of marching bands (thanks to both her parents having been band geeks all the way through college).

    She also likes the typical kids CDs - Bible songs, nursery rhymes, traditional kids songs (wheels on the bus, etc.).

  6. Addison (age 3 tomorrow) on a walk this morning:

    "I like lady bugs, but I don't like real bugs"

    "Mommy says I can do (insert a long list of things she wants to do) when I'm a big girl. I'll be a big girl when I'm 6"

    "I have rocks in my nose" (they were boogers)

  7. I like games...

    1. Rubblebucket Orchestra: " Ba Donso, We Did This" (Rubblebucket)

    2. Bob Dylan: "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Live)" (Biograph)

    3. Breakestra: "Recognize" (Hit the Floor)

    4. Marrisa Nadler: "Baby, I Will Leave You in the Morning" (Marrisa Nadler)

    5. Mastodon: "Blasteroid" (The Hunter)

    6. The Doors: "Love Her Madly" (L.A. Woman)

    7. Thao & Mirah: "Spaced Out Orbit" (Thao & Mirah)

    8. Chuck Prophet: "Homemade Blood" (Homemade Blood)

    9. Pink Floyd: "Young Lust" (The Wall)

    10. Tom Petty: "Free Fallin'" (Full Moon Fever)

    11. Okkervil River: "Last Love Song for Now" (Black Sheep Boy Appendix)

    12. Leonard Cohen: "Stories of the Street" (Songs of Leonard Cohen)

    13. Childish Gambino: "You See Me" (Camp)

    14. Nirvana: "Dumb (Live)" (Unplugged)

    15. R.E.M.: "Exhuming McCarthy" (Document)

    Wow. Unedited shuffle sure causes some whiplash in tone and mood (looking at you, Mastodon, wedged between Marrisa Nadler and The Doors).

  8. But that's why you play these guys ahead of the rest of the league. You ask me, Toledo helped work some of the cobwebs out for a new coach who was sort of thrust into the job, Three more weeks and you get four good guys back.

    I really wish that rankings would start in October. You get a better picture then which is not clouded by earlier assumptions not yet disproven.

    I sure hope that's the case for my Georgia Dawgs. Two games against top 15 (preseason) teams. Two losses (one substantial, one a tight heartbreaker).

    Now, there should be no more cobwebs. Let's go 10-2 (tongue firmly in cheek).

  9. Got dragged to The Change Up last weekend. The movie was in Jason Bateman's terms, "crap," but I did have fun playing sightseeing across Atlanta:

    Georgia Aquarium

    Turner Field,

    Ecco (restaurant)

    Abattoir (restaurant)

    Lenox Mall

    Various shots of downtown skyline.

    Still not worth sitting through, though.

  10. As the parent of a toddler, I can second the notion that Blue's Clues is the more popular show in our house. Our daughter doesn't pay as much attention to Sesame Street, but she will sit and watch Blues Clues all the way through (talking to it the whole time).

    I personally have fond memories of SS, though. I loved it then and still enjoy it when it's on.

  11. Album's out today, and their website has five songs from the album streaming as a preview: B2C Music Player.

    On a quick listen, they don't seem to have dropped a beat from the late 90's. Good mix of upbeat, Mediterranean influenced songs with folk-tinged ballads. Will need to take time to see of the lyrics have matured, though. As much as I loved "Anybody Out There" as a teen, I listened to it recently and cringed at some of the obvious CCM-type lyrics.

  12. Fun topic.

    There's a scene in We Are Marshall that was filmed at a gas station up the street from my house. It's the gas station when the assistant coaches were driving home, pull into a gas station and first hear about the accident. We actually saw the filming while driving to visit my parents that day.

    And one of the opening scenes in AMC's The Walking Dead struck home. I used to work in the building which served as the hospital Rick wakes up from in the opening scenes (and it used to be a hospital, so it worked well).

    And my hometown (as well as several of the small town squares around the area) were used in Smokey and the Bandit and The Heat of the Night.

  13. I'm with you Persona. I had a blast at the film, but was also a little let down by the abruptness of the ending.

    And I'm surprised there's been little mention of the kids' completed zombie film during the credits. What a fun piece (and it looked like they stayed faithful to the scenes we had seen filmed, too).

  14. Atlanta's Alliance Theater is premiering a very unusual - and in my mind very interesting - new production next year. From the Alliance's website:

    In keeping with the Alliance’s tradition of producing new American musicals, the company will produce the world premiere of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a chilling new musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp and book by Stephen King. ... Based on a true story, one of the world's most popular authors and one of America’s most honored musicians have created a riveting Southern gothic musical fraught with mystery, tragedy, and ghosts of the past, along with a roots and blues-tinged score that is sure to leave audiences asking for more. Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth directs, with musical direction provided by legendary producer T Bone Burnett.

    In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi in 1957, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl. During the next forty years, the events of that night became the stuff of local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all. The question is whether or not he can bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own troubled sons, and whether the ghosts left behind by an act of violence will help him – or tear the McCandless family apart forever.

    The Alliance was the premiere for Broadway's The Color Purple, so I would imagine the producers are hoping for another musical that can move up to the Great White Way.

  15. Still a couple of weeks behind, so I'll have to wait on my killer prediction (since whatever I think has probably already been ruled out by new developments).

    I'm with Baal, though, that I have to remind myself each time that only a few days have passed in the story's world. It has helped to watch a couple of episodes in a row with DVR, though. But the bleakness makes it hard to watch more than a couple at one time anyway. Need a break after two hours of good, but downbeat material.

  16. My sports fandom is going to ruin my daughter's education. I've gone on before that I'm a huge college football fan, specifically of my alma mater, the University of Georgia (which is usually represented by a black version of the Green Bay G).

    Addison is two, and we're working on letters. So far, she has a few down pat - A (for Addie), M (for mommy) and D (for Daddy). However, she may be the only child in her preschool next year that tries to tell the teacher that the G is for touchdown (and she is very enthusiastic when telling us that, too).


  17. I'm think Zev and Justin can pull it off, though Kisha and Jen are flying under the radar. They have yet to win a leg, but They've only finished in the bottom half of the pack once. All they really need is a strong couple of legs, and they could win it all.

    The Globetrotters are my pick to miss out on the final 3, because they do struggle with puzzles.

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