Zombieland Filmed In Georgia

The 2009 zombie-flick, ‘Zombieland’ stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. The movie is about an introverted college student who is trying to get to his family in Ohio. Sounds simple enough, however, the country has been infested with troublesome, man-eating zombies. He joins forces with a gun-toting, twinkie-obsessed man and two sisters who, together, fight their way across America. ‘Zombieland’ was primarily filmed in several locations throughout Georgia.

In Atlanta, the cast and crew of ‘Zombieland’ set up shop at a few different locations. Towards the beginning of the film, there is a scene that shows the importance of Rule #2: Double Tap, that was filmed at One Park Place.(Throughout the movie, various rules are demonstrated that should be followed in the event of a zombie-apocalypse). Standing in as Bill Murray’s fictional Hollywood mansion in the film, is the very real mansion located at 490 W Paces Ferry Road in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The home was built in 1912 and has 9 bedrooms and a staggering 15 bathrooms. Both the interior and exterior mansion scenes in the movie are of this Buckhead home. Also shot in Atlanta, was the elaborate highway rest-stop scene. In the movie, two of the characters find themselves on a highway littered with abandoned and wrecked cars. To film this scene, a set was put together at the Atlanta Motor Speedway at 1500 Tara Place right outside the city, in Hampton. Many of the cars that are seen in the movie are from extras or other citizens of the area who volunteered their vehicles for this scene.

The small town of Newnan also got to participate in the zombie film. For the movie, Newnan actually represents a small Texas town. Newnan Court Square, on Greenville Street around East Broad Street, is where one of the scenes was shot. The square was transformed to look like a deserted, zombie-ravaged town. Cars were flipped and set up to look like they had been crashed. Trash was spewed about and an unmanned tank occupied the middle of a street. (The tank was real and not digitally added). During filming, traffic did have to be detoured.

‘Zombieland’ filmed in a few other Georgia locations as well. An empty building in Powder Springs was constructed to look like an abandoned grocery store where the film’s characters run into zombie’s. A warehouse in Rutledge was made into “Kemosabe”, an Indian trading post, where the characters have a therapeutic smashing session, breaking the merchandise. Also, the movie’s climactic scene towards the end that takes place at the fictional Pacific Paradise theme park, was actually filmed at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta.

The horror-comedy, ‘Zombieland’ is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Super Bowl 2014: 5 Best Football Movies

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Jan 27, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Super Bowl 2014: 5 Best Football Movies

Looking back at movies involving the wonderful sport of football and just how it has affected our outlook on the sport takes us back over two decades. There have been quite a few greats each of which presents a view of its own. The one commonality is that football has been around for longer than most realize and that it is much more than just a sport. Here is a list of our top 5 best football movies of all times.

Facing the Giants
Filmed in 2006, this Christian drama was filmed with a group of supporting cast members right out of the Sherwood Baptist Church. Each of the cast members volunteered their services and did a fantastic job in the process. The story involves a Christian High School and their fight to achieve victory in a sport which doesn’t typically recognize private schools to begin with. Throughout the story, their belief in God and their faith in His ability to take them to places they might never have been on their own keeps the fire burning. It is this faith and fire that takes them all the way to the top, right into a game that leaves them facing the giants, the top football team in the league.

Rudy
“Rudy” is the story of the life of Daniel Ruettiger otherwise known as “Rudy”. He was a student at the University of Notre Dame whose only desire was to play for the college football team. The only problem is that Rudy was 5 ft. nothing and nowhere near big enough or fast enough to make the team. The one thing that Rudy did possess was a huge heart and that is what kept Rudy going. He would help the team in any way he could and fought each and every year to get onto the team until by some amazing miracle, he finally did. Watch as Rudy fights to get off of the bench and onto the field in this epic football adventure of all time.

Remember the Titans
Remember the Titans was filmed in 2000 and was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The 1970’s were a racially rough time and introducing a group of black football players into an all white football team was bad enough. Now throw in the fact that a black football coach is joining the coaching staff and you have the makings for a pretty big mess. This amazing football flick shows just how strong determination, a belief in something bigger than any one person, and the phenomenal game of football can change the way that people look at the color of skin.

Invincible
Invincible is based on the story of a South Philadelphia bartender who everyone said was too old to make it in the big leagues yet gets the break of all breaks. At 30 years of age, Vince Papale beats all odds and is invited to play for the 1976 Philadelphia Eagles by winning a chance spot in more of a fluke than anything else. Throughout the movie, no one takes the fact that Vince is actually making ground with the team and just when the team is about to make it to the final game, the big dogs try to get rid of him. Determination and teamwork prevail and Vince plays the game of his life in the end.

Friday Night Lights
Filmed in 2004, Friday Night Lights is one of the best sports drama films of all time. It tells a story of the town of Odessa Texas and their obsession for the high school football team that is all that they have ever had to cheer on. There are many ups and downs as players get injured, coaches risk their jobs, and games become much more than just a simple football game. It just goes to show how important high school football can be to a small country town.

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Filming in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Jan 23, 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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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 3 Movies To Watch

Posted by Paul Murray on Sunday Jan 19, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Martin Luther King Jr Day: 3 Movies To Watch

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an amazing man who lived an incredible life. His achievements were many and while he literally became a Civil Rights icon over night, it came with sacrifices that continue to affect lives today. His life changing work will never be forgotten and this is a fact that will never change. There have been a number of movies written that celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by emphasizing just how tough racism was before the Civil Rights Movement came to be, but these three in particular are definitely worth watching.

Blood Done Sign My Name

“Blood Done Sign My Name” is a movie that is based on a true story which takes place in 1970, just as the Civil Rights Movement was reaching its peak. It tells two distinctly different stories involving two distinctly different groups of people and while these stories never intersect, they both seem to play an important role in the unexpected direction that the Civil Rights Movement takes. In a time when racism and hatred are celebrated like a family reunion, the persistence and dedication of the few brings life changing victory, albeit a victory that comes with many sacrifices, to the world as we know it today.

4 Little Girls

It was just another Sunday morning for four African-American girls who had decided to arrive early for Sunday school on this one particular day on September 15, 1963. They were probably doing what most other girls their age do while sitting around enjoying their time together. However, the day is very short lived as a bomb explodes in the church killing these four innocent, young African-American girls, ultimately stealing the one thing that cannot be returned…their lives. “4 Little Girls” is the true to life story of the bombing of the church in 1963, the loss of the lives of 4 innocent little girls, and the difference that this single defining moment has on the Civil-Rights Movement today.

Hairspray

“Hairspray” is a musical film based on a time when racial tension would play an important role in the direction that one life would take. This life is the life of an overweight high school student whose one wish is to become a part of a Baltimore dance program that she has dreamed of becoming a part of since she was just a little girl. They say that it only takes one person to plant the seed of change and change is exactly what Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) brings as she sets out to integrate the races on her favorite program. Her father supports her in all of her endeavors while her mother leans closely towards a racist belief system. And through it all, Tracy stands firm in her belief that we are all created equal as she uses dance to make her point and replace diversity with unity in the end.

While these three films are definitely worth the time it will take to watch them, there are many other amazing films that celebrate the life of the amazing man who was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema's Parent Movie Review of The Nut Job

THE NUT JOB – Parent Movie Review by Southern Outdoor Cinema

MPAA RATING: PG
GENRE: Animated / Childerns

I had an opportunity to take my 7 and 11 year old daughters to see a VIP pre-screening of the movie “The Nut Job” this past Saturday, but I must say that I have mixed feelings about it. Let me start by saying that I understand completely that this isn’t one of those top animated films created by Pixar or Dreamworks studios. I also realize that this 3D CGI film is a South Korean/Canadian co-production between Toonbox Entertainment, Redrover, Ltd and Gulfstream Pictures. That is why I kept my expectations at a very realistic level. The only problem is that my mixed feelings don’t stem from the quality of the animation, but rather from the fact that the storyline wasn’t as cute and innocent as all of the previews made them out to be.

Well “The Nut Job” is a movie based on the 2005 short animated film “Surly Squirrel” that was written by Lepeniotis, and is now the most expensive animated film co-produced in South Korea. The movie is set for release on January 17 in both Regal and AMC theaters. Now if the success or failure of “The Nut Job” were solely based on my daughters’ opinion, the movie would be a hit and that would be the end of this review, but from a parent’s point of view I might have simply skipped the entire pre-screening had I been given a more honest overview of the movie in the previews.

Plot

The Nut Job is set in 1959 Oakton and features a mischievous purple squirrel named Surly and his rat friend Buddy. Surly is a really selfish squirrel who will do almost anything as long as he knows there is something in it for him. His favorite activities are getting his little paws on food no matter what it takes, eating all of the food he can find, and never sharing a crumb of it with anyone. He has even been known to plan a heist or two just to steal as much food as he can. Everything seems to be going great for Surly until something goes terribly wrong during a hot dog stand heist that he planned in the park, and Surly and Buddy find themselves banished from the park forever.

Surly quickly finds out how great he had it in the park as searching the city for food is much more difficult. After searching the streets for what seemed like days, and failing at every attempt, Surly finds what he can only describe as heaven and it is The Nut Store. He decides to do what he does best and with the help of his best friend Buddy begins planning his next heist. There is no question in Surly’s mind when it comes to the location of the next heist because he knows for a fact that the Nut Store is loaded with enough nuts to feed every squirrel in the park for the entire winter.

Surly and Buddy don’t seem to have a problem pulling together a few willing individuals to assist with the heist, and what started out as a problem with a guard dog pug named “Precious” turns out to be no problem at all thanks to a dog whistle Surly happens to find. The only problem with the plans for the Nut Store heist is that they don’t account for the fact that the Nut Store is really just a front for a group of thugs planning on robbing the bank that sits right next door. And to top it all off, they are planning on trading off the bags of nuts in the Nut Store for the bags of money in the bank.

So while the Nut Store thugs are digging a tunnel to the bank next door, surly and his gang are digging a tunnel to the Nut Store. The only question is, “will Surly and his gang get to the bags of nuts in the Nut Store before the gang of thugs uses them for their bank heist?” The only way to find out the answer to that question is going to be to watch “The Nut Job” for yourself.

Positive Elements

There were a number of elements that could have turned out to be very positive but the reasons for doing them or how they were achieved were very negative in nature so the negative canceled out the positive altogether in my opinion.

Negative Elements

There was a lot of time spent condescending each other and name calling was quite popular. “Idiot” and “Moron” seemed to be favorites when it came to name calling.

Spiritual Elements

There were no references that qualified to be called “Spiritual Content” during this film therefore there is none to report.

Sexual Elements

There were no references to anything of a sexual nature during this film therefore there is none to report.

Violent Elements

Numerous characters advocated violence throughout much of the film. Improper expressions of anger led to ill-tempered behavior. There were numerous scenes that involved characters raising their hands to strike another character. Bullying seemed to be quite popular. Surly kicked a pigeon just because it was in his way. There are numerous references to guns, by the gangsters who are planning on robbing the bank.

Crude or Profane Language

There were no references to either crude or profane language during this film therefore there is none to report.

Drug and Alcohol Elements

There were no references to either alcohol or drugs during this film therefore there is none to report.

Conclusion

I had expected a much different film being that this was the first family film of the year, so in that context I must say that I am not very impressed. The animal characters spent way too much time being extremely negative towards one another and this really isn’t something that I want my son to learn from a family movie much less a cartoon. I realize that the majority of the cartoons on the television these day are much worse, but I don’t let my children watch them therefore I wouldn’t have brought them with me to see this movie had I known what to expect.

The story was lacking and in my opinion quite crude. The bullying that we see going on in schools these days is to the point where it can cause teenagers in the prime of their lives to commit suicide. So why would a parent want to take their child to a supposedly family film that is loaded with bullying? I don’t quite understand the thinking behind this storyline.

That being said, the animation was actually pretty good and the characters were cute. My kids enjoyed the film but they enjoys cartoons simply because they are cartoons. As a parent, I feel that these types of films should be made to include the type of content that will teach children to be responsible, thoughtful, and caring individuals. This one definitely fell short however, being that it is the only family film that will be out when it does come out, it will probably attract a lot of families. I just hope that they consider doing what I do with my children and explain that we shouldn’t act in the same ways that the cartoon characters in this movie act.

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About Paul B. Murray
Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, an outdoor cinema event production company 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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