Filmed in Georgia: Hall Pass

‘Hall Pass’ is a comedy film directed by the Farrelly brothers (‘There’s Something About Mary’ and ‘Dumb and Dumber’) and stars Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis. The movie is about two married men, Rick and Fred, who are suffering from marriage problems. After their wives speak with a friend who is a doctor, they give their husbands a “hall pass”. This pass allows them to take a break from their marriage for one week, allowing them to do what they want, even sleep with other women. When things don’t go the way they’d hoped and they find out their wives think they should get a “hall pass” too, the idea doesn’t seem quite as great. The film also stars Stephen Merchant, Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate. The film is set in Rhode Island, but was mainly filmed in various locations in Georgia.

On Rick and Fred’s first night out with their hall pass, they visit a local Applebees restaurant. The scene at the Applebees took place at an actual Applebees restaurant located in Johns Creek, Georgia. In the movie, this Applebees is set during the summer in Rhode Island. Filming was done in March, so to make it look like summer, fake branches were attached to trees located in the parking lot and flowers were planted outside the building. Changes also had to be made to the inside of the restaurant. The merchandise that Applebees had on their walls was mostly licensed material, therefore to avoid fees being paid by the film company, the merchandise was removed and more generic material was placed on the walls. Many of the local citizens showed up to be extras during the filming at the restaurant, as well as several of the employees. Filming of the three minute scene took about a day.

At Lake Lanier in Mary Alice Park, which is located in Cumming, Georgia, the cast and crew of ‘Hall Pass’ set up shop. They transformed the beach area around parts of the lake to look like Cape Cod. A beach house and tiki bar were built specifically for the movie and white sand was brought in by trucks. The area was enjoyed by the production crew as it allowed for easy access for them, but still isolated enough from the public. Several extras from the area were used during filming.

In Gainesville, the Days Inn hotel was the location for some of the movie’s scenes. The hotel was picked out of 85 other locations that the film company was looking at, according to the hotel manager. Christina Applegate was one of the film’s stars who was reported to be seen at the Days Inn for filming. They filmed a scene by the pool as well as in one of the rooms.

Filming for ‘Hall Pass’ also took place in Atlanta. A hospital scene was shot at the Gwinnett Medical Center, though in the film it was called Falmouth Hospital. A club scene occurred at the Gold Room on Piedmont Avenue. Johnny’s Hideaway at 3771 Roswell Road, was used for a bar scene where Stan and Fred test out their pick-up lines. A park scene was shot at Peachtree Hills Park in the Buckhead area. A scene was also filmed at The Pool Hall, located at 30 Irby Avenue.

‘Hall Pass’ was released in 2011 and is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Movie Night: A Fundraiser That Both Students And Parents Enjoy

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Jul 23, 2014 Under Event Productions

Fund-raising movie night at schoolThe best events are ones that both the parents and students will find fun to go to, as well as help out with. One school came up with an extremely successful way of accomplishing this.

Rather than holding yet another bake sale, craft fair, or the likes, this school came up with the idea of a movie night at the school. Although it may at first sound like a huge undertaking, these types of events are actually fun for the whole family and easy to organize. Best of all the school earned quite a bit of much needed money.

To pull it all together, the PTA got busy planning. They contacted several local people and businesses to be sponsors. In return, their message or ad was shown on the inflatable screen before the main feature began. Their organizing paid off with enough funds to cover the movie production and licensing fees. There was even some left over to show for their fund raising efforts. This was added to money brought in from activities, food sales, and silent auctions that made the movie night a huge success.

To get the school ready for the event, teachers and parents worked together to recreate a theater setting inside of the school. The gymnasium was used as the area for the actual movie viewing. It worked out perfectly. An inflatable screen was set up, and plenty of mats and chairs were made available for seating.

Before the family friendly movie was played, guests could take part in numerous games such as the ring toss and cake walk. Classrooms were utilized as designated spots for each activity. One room was set up as a game room with foosball and air hockey that the younger students really enjoyed playing. Another was used for karaoke that both the kids and adults had a great time participating in.

The teachers were able to help out even more so by offering their services for a silent auction. Many offered themselves for picnic or pizza lunches that the winner and a friend could enjoy with them. A paper was hung up with their picture, name, and offering. Underneath was a clip board where guests could “bid.” It was an excellent way to earn additional funds while getting to know their students families better.

The PTA knew that food is a big part of the movie night experience. Concession stands were set up that mimicked ones found in the movie theaters. They sold all sorts of movie time snacks such as bags of popcorn and candy. Beverages such as Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and bottled water were also available. Each item was sold for a dollar with proceeds benefiting the fund raiser. Outside there was a food truck selling pizza and a shaved ice cart located near plenty of benches for customers to sit on while enjoying their treats.

After lots of socializing, game playing, and eating, everyone gathered in front of the inflatable screen in the gymnasium for their main attraction. A family friendly movie that was appropriate for all ages was shown.

Once the movie night came to a conclusion, all agreed that it truly was a successful PTA fundraiser in every way. The community had fun organizing it and attending it, and best of all, they were able to raise a nice amount of money for their school.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Parent Movie Review

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 Under Parent Movie Reviews

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While sitting and chatting with Gandalf the Grey, at the Inn of the Prancing Pony, Thorin Oakenshield (hopeful King of the dwarves) is given information that could change the outcome of events that will not take place for another year. These events involve 13 dwarves, Bilbo Baggins (the hobbit) and the wizard on a perilous journey to take back the city of Erebor. What makes things even worse is that the very same dragon who drove every single dwarf alive out of the city is more than likely the very same foe that they will face on this journey.

It seems as though Smaug may be working for an even greater enemy than he himself made for the dwarves in the first film. It is made quite clear to Thorin that his ultimate quest will be to defeat the dragon and to reclaim the mountain. What isn’t made clear, at that time, is all of the dangerous situations that they will have to face in order to reach their destination.

The group barely escapes a band of orcs by hiding out in the home of a shape-shifter named Beorn, they avoid becoming a nest of spiders’ next meal but only after being captured by Mirkwood’s army of wild wood elves, and they manage to escape from the elves by floating down a river in giant empty barrels while still being hunted by the very same orcs who have been chasing them since their journey first began. Their escape route out of Thranduil’s forest kingdom leads them into a rundown trading center named Lake Town where life is based on prophecies that speak of dwarves arriving to bring the town new life. Even more importantly is the piece of the prophecy that speaks of the town’s wealth being restored as a result.

The question is, can this group of dwarves be the same dwarves mentioned in the prophecy? And if they are, how will they ever defeat the bloodthirsty orcs while dealing with Smaug (the dragon) who sits waiting for them at their final destination?

Positive Elements

There is a steady theme of courage throughout the entire film that seems to begin with the most unlikely of characters, Bilbo. Bilbo rescues the group from ultimate peril on more than one occasion, but others follow suit as the movie progresses. This courage doesn’t end with Bilbo and the dwarves. In fact, a man in Lake Town named Bard risks not only his life, but the life of his family to sneak the dwarves in and help them with their mission.

Even two of the elves (Legolas and Tauriel) find themselves getting involved in more ways than they could have ever imagined. It is Tauriel, however, who takes the first step and offers their expertise to the much appreciative elves. She ends up using her healing powers to help save a dying dwarf before the movie comes to an end. Together, the two elves take on a good portion of the pursuing band of evil orcs.

While Gandalf might seem to be distracted throughout much of the movie, it is only because he is involved in the fight in ways that the group could never comprehend. You see, it seems as though the Necromancer is back and Gandalf feels that he must fight this battle alone. He does receive help from another wizard named Radagast who Gandalf forces to turn around just before he enters the castle Dol Guldur where he faces the evil within. Unfortunately, this may be a bite too big for Gandalf to chew.

Sexual Content

It is Tauriel who seems to be the center of attraction throughout the movie. While she is in love with Legolas (against the wishes of his father, Thranduil), Kili seems to have a major crush on her as well. He flirts with Tauriel after being captured by asking her if she is going to search him. He states that he could be carrying anything down his trousers at which Tauriel replies, “or nothing”. Tauriel does begin to show signs of having a crush of Kili towards the end of the movie.

Violent Content

An encounter with the giant spiders of Mirkwood proves to be quite extreme. We are even provided a detailed description of their thoughts just as they are about to eat the entire group. Their thoughts included two things in particular, fat and juicy. It is Bilbo who comes to the rescue by slicing and dicing several spiders with his trusty blade. The dwarves tare the legs off of one spider before killing it.

Even before their encounter with the spiders is their encounter with Beorn, the shapeshifter. It is the troop of orcs who suffers dearly as we see several decapitations and even more death shots by arrow. There is definitely no shortage of sword fights either.

There is one scene in particular where Thranduil, the elfen King, takes the head off of a captured orc. Even more orcs are cut open and shot with arrows during the dwarf’s escape down the river. The band of orcs don’t give up easily and follow the dwarves all the way to Lake Town where even more of them fall prey to the lethal elfen duo.

Drug and Alcohol Content

The movie begins at the Prancing Pony where nearly everyone is found drinking ale. Many are found smoking on pipes as well. The dwarves are able to escape from the elves simply because they drank too much of their home made wine and passed out. Brandy seems to be a favorite of the master of Lake Town.

Conclusion

There is no stronger message throughout the movie than that of the message of how good will always prevail against evil. Yes, there is plenty of evil in this second of the Hobbit movies but as with the first, it only lasts for but a moment. Keep in mind, however, that this is also a very violent movie indeed.

That being said, there are numerous differences between the book version and the movie version with this particular story. Much of the violent scenes, as well as those of a sexual nature, are nowhere to be found in the book versions. This takes nothing from the overall excitement that is just waiting to be found in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

For those who enjoy action packed fantasy films, this one is sure to please any crowd. There is definitely no shortage whatsoever in that area. So the underlying question becomes how do parents come to a conclusion on whether or not to allow their children to sit through so much in the area of slaughtered orcs? Unfortunately, that is a question that will need to be answered by each parent individually.

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About Paul B. Murray
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.

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Movie Characters Come To Life At Drive-In Theater

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 Under Event Productions

Wizard of Oz Outdoor Movie Event

In Atlanta there is a Playhouse Theater that hosts popular plays in an outdoor setting rather than inside an arena or theater. The outdoor feel is more comfortable than sitting in a theater chair for hours and the setting unusual allowing for a unique experience. For one night the theater turned their establishment into a drive-In theater where people were allowed to watch the movie The Wizard of Oz from their cars, picnic placements and lawn chairs.

The One Night Event
The Playhouse company produced the outdoor movie event showed the classic film on a modern portable inflatable outdoor cinema system in an open field complete with FM transmitter. Actor look-a-likes playing the characters from the play / movie entertained the crowd before the feature film was presented.

New Technology Puts A Twist On A Classic
As times have changed the story of The Wizard of Oz has been kept the same if not altered just a little bit. The event and play had a more modern look of the character which allowed them to be easily compared to real life humans rather than big huge costumes from the old play settings. Instead of having to build a huge permanent drive-in setup they used a more modern approach with a portable inflatable movie screen. An event of this caliber recreated the nostalgia of the drive-in theater experience of the 50s and 60s.

One Of A Kind Experience
The Playhouse hosting the event truly created a one-of-a-kind experience. Mixing live action pre-movie entertainment straight out of the film with a high-end outdoor cinema drive-in experience. We’re sure the Oz under the stars movie experience will be talked about for a while.

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Filming in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Jul 17, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Filmed In Georgia: Hunger Games Mockingjay

The third installment of ‘The Hunger Games’ series, ‘Mockingjay’, is currently filming in Georgia. ‘The Hunger Games’ is a best-selling, science fiction book trilogy from author, Suzanne Collins. The trilogy’s first two books, ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Catching Fire’ have already been adapted into films and have dominated the box office world wide. The third book, ‘Mockingjay’ will be spilt into two films. Much of part one and two of the film are filming back to back in parts of Georgia.

One of the filming locations for ‘Mockingjay’ is in Newnan, Georgia. The film’s crew has set up shop at Caldwell Tanks in downtown Newnan. Caldwell Tanks is a manufacturer of water tanks, industrial-field erected tanks, and concrete storage structures. Inside one of Caldwell Tanks’ large industrial buildings, production crews spent weeks building a coliseum set. The cast and crew trailers have also gone up inside the facility. Security and police have been seen lined all around the property and the set has been closed to the public. Newnan has also recently been the filming grounds for AMC’s hit show, “The Walking Dead”.

Over in Atlanta, the Marriott Marquis Hotel is playing host to the set of ‘Mockingjay’ as well. The Marriott Marquis is located at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue in downtown Atlanta. Pictures of the set going up at the hotel began surfacing online back in December. Rumors around the internet say that the hotel is being used to represent parts of the totalitarian government, the Capital, that is portrayed in the books and in the films. The second film in the series, ‘Catching Fire’, also filmed scenes at the Marriott Marquis in 2012.

There have been a few other Georgia filming locations for ‘Mockingjay’ including, the Pullman Yard industrial facility in the Kirkwood area and Sweetwater Creek State Park outside of Atlanta, rural Dawsonville, and Carlton Farms in Rockmart, which is known for its seasonal corn mazes.

Due to its advantageous tax breaks, Georgia has become a choice location for filming both movies and television shows. With the blockbuster ‘Catching Fire’ and now its sequel, ‘Mockingjay’ (parts one and two) filming in Georgia, the attraction to filming in Georgia is only expected going to grow.

‘Mockingjay’ stars Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Part one of the film is set to be released on November 21, 2014 and part two is scheduled to be released on November 20, 2015.

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