‘Getaway’ is an action thriller starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight. The film was originally thought to be a remake of the 1972 Steve McQuenn film ‘The Getaway’ but it was later discovered that ‘Getaway’ is, in fact, an original story. The film follows a washed up race-car driver who finds himself pitted against the clock by a villain who has kidnapped his wife. Together with a young woman and her car, they are in a race against time. The film was released in theaters in August of 2013. ‘Getaway’ was filmed in Bulgaria for a few weeks, but the majority of the film was shot in Atlanta, Georgia.
The film’s stars seemed to cause the most buzz around Atlanta while the filming of ‘Getaway’ was going on. Both Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez were photographed frequently on-set. Actress Ashley Tisdale, who was in Atlanta shooting her film, Scary Movie 5, stopped by the set of ‘Getaway’ at one time and tweeted about stopping by the set to see her friend, Selena Gomez. All of the celebrity buzz helped to make ‘Getaway’ a popular and much talked about Atlanta activity.
The cars of the film were also heavily photographed, especially the main ‘star’ of the film, a Shelby Super Snake Mustang. Astonishingly, only two of these cars were used in the film. The rest of the vehicle body count is a lot higher. Director Courtney Solomon stated that 130 cars were used and crashed in the film. The film did not use any CGI or Green Screen effects. Everything was done with stunt drivers. So, many a car could be seen racing and crashing on the streets for the filming of the ‘Getaway’ movie.
Atlanta has become a prime location for some of Hollywood’s biggest studios to film. While ‘Getaway’ brought high-speed action and thrills to the city, there have been a variety of others who have filmed in Atlanta or that are currently filming. Some films that have already been released are ‘The Internship’, ‘Anchorman 2′ and ’42′. Upcoming films ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ and The Fast & Furious 7′ are currently filming and have both shot scenes in Atlanta. One of 2013′s biggest films, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ brought a lot of attention to Atlanta with their scenes that they shot in the city. With the sequel, ‘Mockingjay’ returning to Atlanta, it is guaranteed that many more films will be venturing to ATL.
‘Getaway’ is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray.
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The musical drama-comedy, ‘Joyful Noise’ starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, is a film about two strong-minded women who find themselves having to work together in order to save their small-town choir from getting shutdown after budget cuts. The movie’s filmmakers took to several Georgia locations to create the fictional town of Pacashau, GA where the film is set in.
In Newnan, Georgia, one of the homes in the Cole Town historic district on East Broad street was used in the film. It was the Landrum-Blackburn home that was used in one of the scenes, and it was built around 1905 for R.D. Cole Jr, who was the President of Cole Manufacturing. Many of the homes in the Cole Town historic district were built for the members of the R.C. Cole family or for the officials at the nearby manufacturing facility. During the filming on East Broad Street, the area did have to be blocked off. A portion of Thompson Street and Wall Street also had to be shut down for a short time during a scene being filmed that featured one of the characters hitchhiking down the street.
At the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre on McIntosh Trail in Peachtree City in 2011, the crew of ‘Joyful Noise’ prepared the area for one of the film’s scenes. The Amphitheatre, known as The Fred, is one of the leading outdoor entertainment venues in metro Atlanta. For the film, The Fred was transformed with an addition to the stage area, driving trailers and tents for the cast and crew, and new decorations. The scene involved around 1,600 extras, many of whom were brought in through newspaper advertisements and by reaching out to area churches. Most of the extras were on set to play the audience members during a choir competition scene of the film.
Many places in and around Atlanta were also featured in the film, though not all of them by their original name. The Bethany United Methodist Church on 607 Rivers Road in Fayetteville was used as the fictional Pacashau Divinty Church in the film. Howard’s Deli restaurant at 652 Concord Road in SE Smyrna was featured during a heated scene between the two main characters. A quarry that is seen towards the beginning of the film is actually Bellwood Quarry that is on the west side of Atlanta. Also, the film’s big finale takes place at the Atlanta Civic Center at 395 Piedmont Avenue on the northeast side of downtown.
Hundreds of films have been filmed in Georgia over the past few years. It is estimated that since 2007, a billion dollars has been added to the state’s economy from movie making alone.
‘Joyful Noise’ was released in theaters in January 2012 and is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.
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Dr. Seuss was an actual American writer, poet, and cartoonist named Theodor Seuss Geisel who lived from March 2, 1904 to September 24, 1991. Although he used his pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in his children’s book writing through his college years, his books were more popularly known as the “Dr. Seuss” books. There are a total of 46 “Dr. Seuss” books published today but a few of his more celebrated bestsellers would have to be books such as Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Fox in Socks, The King’s Stilts, and the following Dr. Seuss books turned movies listed and described below. Watching them would be a great way to celebrate Dr Seuss’ birthday.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Jim Carrey plays one of the best roles of his entire acting career in the Christmas Classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. If there is one thing that the Grinch doesn’t like, it’s anything and everything that has to do with the happiness and giving spirit behind the Christmas season in Whoville. He wasn’t always the mean, selfish, unhappy person who he has become. In fact, he was actually born in Whoville years ago but was treated like an outsider simply because he looked different and so he left whoville and moved to the top of Mt. Crumpet to live a lonely, bitter life with his dog Max. His days are typically spent looking down on the residents of Whoville, watching as they prepare for their joyous holiday. But the Grinch has finally had enough and his mission is simple. He will steal everything in Whoville that has anything to do with Christmas. Presents, decorations, the Christmas tree, and anything else that represents the joyous Christmas holiday must go, and the Grinch will be the one to steal them.
The Cat in the Hat
“The Cat in the Hat” is the second Dr. Seuss book turned movie to be made, and it was a wonderful story to use when following the amazing “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Mike Myers plays the mischievous Cat who visits Conrad and Sally Walden while their mother is away at work one day, but he doesn’t come alone. Along with his entourage of quirky characters, the Cat takes the brother/sister duo on an adventure they will not soon forget.
Horton Hears a Who
What would you do if there were a microscopic world so tiny that it fit on a spec k of dust, and you were the only one who could hear its residents cries for help? Well this is the life that Horton the elephant lives due to the fact that his hearing is so incredibly sensitive. This wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that Horton must make his friends believe that the Whos really exist, and that they really do need help. The Whos are finally able to figure out a way to be heard by Horton’s friends, and just in the nick of time.
“The Lorax” is the Dr. Seuss classic that brings a boy and his dreams of winning the heart of the girl he loves together with the one thing that can possibly keep his hope alive. “The Lorax” is a tale of a creature that lives deep in the forest whose job it is to fight for the safety of the world. This creature, although a grumpy character, is said to have the ability to bring hope to those situations that seem hopeless. But is this creature simply a story passed down from generation to generation, or is he really the one thing that can bring hope to a boy in desperate need of love. The boy’s only mission is to find out the truth and so his journey begins.
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‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ is a 2012 film starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. The film follows the story of a couple (played by Garner and Edgerton) who discover they cannot have children and decide to write down all of their wishes of what their child would have been like and put those notes in a box that they then bury in their backyard. After a thunderstorm occurs, a 10-year-old boy, Timothy, appears at their door claiming to be their child. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that Timothy is more than just a child, and he ends up changing the lives of many throughout the town. The movie’s story was developed by Ahmet Zappa who is the son of legendary guitarist, Frank Zappa, and was adapted into a screenplay by the director, Peter Hedges. ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ was filmed in several locations in Georgia. Georgia was picked for the majority of filming due to being able to get an autumnal feel, which the script called for, even when filming during the winter months as well as due to the tax incentives offered by the state.
The film spent several months filming in and around metro Atlanta. A film stage in Atlanta is where the set of the interior of the main characters’ home was built. In Rex, which is 15 miles south of Atlanta, two of the homes in Druid Hills were used for exterior and interior scenes that stood in for the home of the sister-in-law of Jennifer Garner’s character, played by Rosemarie DeWitt. In Canton, north of Atlanta, the Cherokee Arts Center was used to portray the Town Hall for the fictional town of Stanleyville in the film. In Newnan, southwest of Atlanta, in the Greenville-LaGrange Historical District, the Parrott Camp-Trammell house at 155 Greenville Street had several scenes shot there. Greenville Street had to be shut down intermittently during the filming, which did cause some traffic problems. Also, in Newborn, northeast of Atlanta, a house exterior set for the film was built on Broughton Street.
Other Georgia filming locations for ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ included downtown Dawson that was transformed to look like the film’s fictional Stanleyville, the tree-lined Society Street in Albany, and the Birmingham United Methodist Church in Alpharetta. The Stanleyville pencil factory that is part of one of the film’s central stories, was created inside an abandoned textile factory in Monroe. In Decatur, the well-known nursery owned by the internationally-known gardener, Ryan Gainey, was used for scenes that involved the main characters visiting their local botanist.
‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ wrapped up filming in January of 2011 and was released in theaters in August of 2012. It is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.
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The Lego Movie surrounds two distinctly different characters in particular, Emmet and Lucy (otherwise known as Wyldstyle throughout the movie). Emmet is your less than average nobody, living your less than average life. Other than his average job constructing average buildings around town, Emmet is simply not worth noticing. In fact, there isn’t a single co-worker, of Emmet’s, who would remember his name.
Then there is Lucy, your above average master builder with a talent for snapping together anything that she sets her mind on building. She is beautiful, is known by everyone she is around from day to day, and is even on a secret mission searching for someone called the Special (otherwise known as the most important person in the entire universe). There is absolutely nothing average about Lucy, and Emmet finds this out when he sees her digging through the debris at his job one day.
After stumbling over his own two feet, as usual, Emmmet and Lucy meet. Emmet finds himself completely awe-struck, while Lucy believes that she has finally found the person that she has been looking for, the Special. That’s right! Lucy is under the impression that Emmet is not just your above average individual, but that Emmet is actually this “Special” person that she has been searching for all this time. This leaves Emmet completely confused, which he has actually gotten quite used to.
While Emmet’s first instinct is to inform Lucy that he is nothing like the Special person that she is looking for, he finds himself playing the part of the Special just so that he can talk to Lucy. Emmet finds himself traveling with Lucy to visit a man, with a white beard, who has wizard-like powers named Vitruvius. At first glance, Vitruvius believes that Emmet is the Special as well. Lucy and Vitruvius tell Emmet a story that involves President Business, and the soon coming destruction of the entire world in just three days. They also tell Emmet that President Business is somehow connected to something called the Kragle, that is actually a very ancient relic of some kind.
Emmet finds himself intrigued by the story, and although it, at first, seems a bit out of the ordinary, he feels drawn to believe it. If there are people who think that he is Special, and above average, than Emmet is going to do whatever it takes to live up to the name. This brings Emmet a new hope, as well as a new focus in life, that puts him on a journey that he will not soon forget.
There is an ongoing, and very distinct, theme throughout the movie that puts a strong emphasis on focusing on those things about a person that makes them special. It draws on the belief that we all have something about us that makes us extraordinary, and that if we just believe in, and work on, that ability, we are special. This is what changes Emmet’s life as the movie progresses.
Emmet acts on what Lucy and Vitruvius believe him to be, and it is that act of faith that brings out the Special in him. It takes him hearing someone tell him that he is Special, for Emmet to begin believing that he is Special, but if that’s what it takes to believe in yourelf, than that’s what it takes. Emmet takes his Special abilities one step further and decides that he is willing to sacrifice himself if it means that he can save everyone around him.
The master builders are typically a “behind the scenes” group of amazing block builders, who work alone rather than as a team. They eventually learn that it is their combined efforts that can save the world and they begin working together as a unified team. They even go as far as to stand up against the powerful evil, making sacrifices for one another that they would never have made in the past.
A Q-tip, a tube of crazy glue and even a Band-Aid are all mistaken for relics with special powers. These relics are revered by the people in Lego world simply because they don’t realize that these “so-called” relics are just items that have been thrown away by people in the real world. The cap off of the crazy glue bottle turns out to be the Kragle that Vitruvius prophesied about, and that Emmet received a vision, about the “Man Upstairs”, from after touching it. Vitruvius is eventually killed, but doesn’t stay dead as he returns in the form of a plastic ghost hanging from a string.
We come to understand that the entire Lego world, and all of its blocky parts, is actually the creation of a real boy and his Lego set. The additional references that are made about the “Man Upstairs” turn out to be the boy’s father who gave the boy several warnings about playing with the complicated Lego set in the first place.
The violent content is actually quite extensive, with the only difference being that it is all fantasized to look better than it actually is. There are constant scenes of violent content including several gunfights and fistfights, the destruction of an entire fantasy land, horsemen literally exploding as they ride off of cliffs, and several crazy traffic smash-ups. The only reason that it doesn’t look as bad as it really is, is because that the entire movie surrounds plastic block creations. There isn’t a single aspect of the violence that isn’t made to look like the Lego fantasy that it is, which easily minimizes the negative outlook on violence altogether.
The only implication, of anything of a sexual nature, is that of Emmet and Lucy holding hands after it becomes evident that they like each other quite a bit.
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Although they never do get to the bar after-all, several of Emmet’s co-workers discuss meeting at a sports bar when work is over one day.
There is nothing more enjoyable for kids than being able to use their imaginations while playing with toys like the Lego sets these days. The Lego Movie gives children a deeper look into the possibilities of what our imaginations can truly accomplish when we just set our minds to it. It also gives parents a birds-eye view at what children might really be thinking when they pull out that Lego set and lay the pieces out all over the carpet.
The on-going theme seems to be one of a belief in oneself, as well as the importance of allowing one’s imagination to raise our level of creativity, thus raising our overall possibilities in life. The presence of an enormous amount of mildly abrasive comments (such as “what the heck”, “darn” and “dang”) are easily overlooked due to the story-line and block-like figures that they are coming from.
The overall theme of the movie is what makes it very appealing to parents. Learning to use our imaginations is definitely a wonderful thing, and learning to work together to accomplish bigger, and more complicated things, is always better than working alone. The Lego Movie could easily be considered a “must see” for children, and the child at heart.
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Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, an outdoor cinema event production company based in Atlanta and a dad to 2 pre-teen girls. When he is is not traveling to create outdoor movie nights for communities, he is spending time playing board games, reading books and of course watching movies with his girls.