Hugh Jackman’s ‘Prisoners’ movie filmed in Atlanta

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Jan 9, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Hugh Jackman's Prisoners filmed in Atlanta

“Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, and Paul Dano, is another of many movies filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. This American thriller focuses on the kidnapping of two young girls, and the resulting search to find them. The investigation is lead by Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal,) but when the case becomes more complex and evidence begins to leak out, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman,) father of one of the 6-year old girls, decides to take matters into his own hands.

One of the many filming locations taking place in Atlanta was the South Campus of the Atlanta Medical Center. Atlanta Medical Center is an academic medical center, as well as a Level 1 Trauma Center, and is located in downtown Atlanta. The South Campus is a teaching hospital that houses 210 beds, and 190 registered and working nurses. Exterior scenes were shot at this location, and it took approximately 4 days to shoot in May 2013.
Many residents nearby took note of the orange cones being placed outside of the medical center for set, extras holding, and caterers around the time of shooting.

Conyers, located in Rockdale County and 30 miles outside of Atlanta, was also used for the filming of “Prisoners.” A total of 3 months was spent in Conyers for scenes in “Prisoners,” and shooting began in February 2013. One of the shoots took place on Flat Shoals Road between Ga. Highway 138 and Parker Road.

Rockdale County has been used as a shooting location for many other films, including scenes from “American Reunion,” “Teen Wolf,” and “Zombieland.” Notable residents of Conyers in Rockdale County include Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Holly Hunter, and DeForest Kelley.

Monroe in Walton County has also been used for shooting scenes in “Prisoners.” Filming reportedly took place on Highway 78, just outside of Monroe, as well as beneath the Bella Derma billboard on Highway 78, near to Troy Smith Road. Bella Derma is a spa treatment center in Loganville that specializes in many things, including laser hair removal, wrinkle and skin rejuvenation treatment, and scar camouflaging. The owner of Bella Derma released information that they were contacted by Warner Bros. by both phone and letter for signature to shoot beneath the billboard. Filming in Monroe took place in February 2013.

Rockdale and Walton County are both part of the “Camera Ready Community Program.” The “Camera Ready Community Program” was initiated to engage and heighten Georgia’s film and television industry.

The story of “Prisoners,” actually takes place in Pennsylvania, but all filming locations in Georgia will be used in place of Pennsylvania.

Georgia continues to grow as a giant in the film and television shooting industry. Georgia shows that it provides some of the best locations in America, and it will only progress from here. The film industry in Georgia is truly burgeoning.

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Last Vegas with Robert De Niro Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Jan 2, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Last Vegas Filmed in Georgia

Atlanta natives are craning their necks and pointing fingers as they view the film “Last Vegas,” which premiered in early November 2013.

Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, the film is, as you might have guessed from its title, set in the city of Las Vegas. So why are Atlantans so eager to see it? Though the film’s exterior shots were done in the universally recognizable city in Nevada, many of the interior shots were done in Atlanta, which is becoming a greater center for the American film industry due to a large state-tax credit available for production expenditures in Georgia.

For the bar scenes the film utilized both the lavish bar Vanquish, which is quickly becoming the place for discriminating young “it guys” and “it girls” to party the night away, and The Velvet Room, famous for its packed Saturday night.

Bars are ubiquitous in Atlanta making it no problem to find one of those for shooting, but what’s a Vegas movie without a pool scene? No problems on that front; the scenes at the pool were shot in the Bethesda Aquatic Center in Lawrenceville.

What about sets requiring not-so-public shots? Do we need to pack up and shoot those on a soundstage in Hollywood? Thanks to the work of the team at Mailing Avenue Stageworks, the answer is now a resounding “no.” Stageworks is a the creation of real estate investors John and Paul Raulet and Tyler Edgarton. It is a 85,000 square foot facility designated for use in the production of film and television. Located in the Grant Park area of downtown Atlanta, this facility has become a key player in bringing the film industry out to the east. “Last Vegas” is its biggest film to date, but you can expect to see the facility increase the shift of production companies utilizing Atlanta over Hollywood as a site to shoot their projects.

If you haven’t hit this film up yet, now is the time to do it. With four wildly popular stars of the American screen portraying characters coming to grips with the fact that they are no longer young but don’t have to think of themselves as old, the film is a great way to spend a Saturday night.

…Well, that and The Velvet Room. Seriously, check it out.

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2014 Family Movies: 17 Anticipated Kids Films Coming To Theaters

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Jan 1, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Kids movies coming to theaters is 2014 that the whole family can enjoy

2014 is upon us and with the New Year is coming opportunities to hit the theaters. While finding a good wholesome family movie can be a daunting task at times, 2014 has come with quite a number of wonderful possibilities. Some may find them spectacular while others may find them mediocre but the fact remains, the possibilities are there. Here is our list of 16 possibilities and a brief description on each of them.

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box

This is a movie that is full of magic, mystery and monsters. The only problem with that is that the magic is a powerful evil, the mystery is very ancient, and the monsters are out to steal the children of the world. But there is hope in a hero named Mariah Mundi who must save his family from the very evil he must destroy.

In Theaters: January 10

The Nut Job

A nut store in and of itself is simply a nut store that is until it becomes the saving grace for a banished squirrel named Surly. Surly is chased from his home in the park and is forced to make it in the big city. Will he survive, and save the park community he was forced to leave in the first place? The Nut Job is a story of how change, while unexpected yet unavoidable, is in many cases for reasons we would never expect yet for reasons that are far bigger than we would ever understand had we not gone through them to begin with. Look forward to the voice support of famous actors such as Channing Tatum, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman.

Int Theaters: January 17

The Lego Movie

LEGO land is a wonderful place where changes can be accomplished with the replacement of a single LEGO piece that is until an evil LEGO tyrant threatens to glue the LEGO universe together. A single ordinary miniature LEGO figure is mistaken for the amazing master builder of the LEGO universe and is recruited to join the ultimate quest, a quest that could mean the difference between life in the LEGO universe or the destruction of all LEGO figures alive.

In Theaters: February 7

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

A boy and his dog are a team that cannot be separated but who really runs things. In this fun and adventurous movie, it is Mr. Peabody who runs the show and builds the WABAC machine; a time machine he and his adopted boy Sherman use to travel back in time. Together they witness world changing events first-hand, and have the opportunity of a lifetime in that they are given a chance to change history. Their success, or failure, will make all the difference in the world.

In Theaters: March 7

Spy Kids 5
Scheduled to be released in 2014, Spy Kids 5 is director Robert Rodriguez’s newest in the fun series of Spy Kids movies. There isn’t much info out on this one but it is expected to be as fun and adventurous as each of the other 4 installments that starred famous parents Antonio Banderas and Jessica Alba. We’ll have to see you at the movies for this one but look forward to a fun time.

Release date: To Be Announced

Muppets Most Wanted

Is the loveable Kermie the real Kermit the frog or is he an imposter? In “Muppets Most Wanted” the Muppets, while on a grand world tour, find themselves smack dab in the middle of a European jewelry caper that could very well be lead by the mastermind Kermit the frog and a not-so-nice sidekick. Can the Muppets foil the crime and stop Kermie and is it really Kermie at all?

In Theaters: March 21

Rio 2

Going from the magical city to the wilds is a shock to the system for Blu, Jewel, and their three kids but they learn to survive in Rio 2. However, fitting in doesn’t come easy for Blu when he is not only faced with vengeful Nigel but even worse with his father-in-law. The fun is never ending in Rio 2.

In Theaters: April 11

The 39 Clues
Based on multiple books, collectible cards, and an online game, “The 39 Clues” surrounds the Cahill family, the most powerful family in the world. The mystery of their super-power will only be revealed when the 39 clues that are hidden around the world are finally found. This one is a new concept that could easily become a hit among readers and gamers everywhere.


This is a twist on the tale of the “Sleeping Beauty” and looks at the tale through the eyes of the villainous Maleficent. Looking at the heart hardening events that ultimately lead to the curse of the Princess in this light might just have you looking at the “Sleeping Beauty” tale differently; or will it?

In Theaters: May 30

How to Train Your Dragon 2

This sequel to the spectacular tale of Hiccup and Toothless takes place 5 years later during a time of peace between dragons and Vikings. But peace is cut short when the inseparable pair stumbles onto a secret ice cave where hundreds of new wild dragons and a mysterious dragon rider dwell. The only chance of victory during the ensuing battle is in total unity between Hiccup, Toothless, and the Vikings of the once peaceful land.

In Theaters: June 13

Planes: Fire & Rescue

Protecting the historic Piston Peak National Park from a wildfire is the job of the crew of elite firefighting aircraft who have devoted their lives to the job. “Planes: Fire & Rescue” features air racer Dusty who has been side swiped by a damaged engine and comes to realize that racing may not be in his future. However, fighting wildfires just might be. Dusty joins the firefighting team and begins a journey that changes his life forever. Included are the voices of actors Dane Cook and Julie Bowen.

In Theaters: July 18

Dolphin Tale 2
This sequel to the original “Dolphin Tale” is a heartwarming story of yet another rescued bottle nose dolphin named Hope. Hope is a new baby dolphin rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010. Expect to see Winter in this sequel as well.

In Theaters: Sept 19

The Boxtrolls

This movie is about a group of underground trolls who raised a boy from childhood. This boy is faced with the task of attempting to save his friends from destruction and the task is not going to be easy.

In Theaters: Sept 26

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studio pulls out all of the stops in this spectacular movie starring the genius robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and a robot named Baymax. The two must join forces with a team of first-time crime fighters to save the city of Fransokyo from total destruction. Success will depend on whether or not the group can get past their differences and work together as the team who can change the direction that the city is headed in.

In Theaters: Nov 7

Dreamworks Animation is working bringing Adam Rex’s children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday to the big screen. A story about a group of aliens who try to take over the earth, but one teenage girl proves to be a problem.

In Theaters: November 26

This is a contemporary remake of the original musical “Annie” and stars Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx. It is based upon the 1924 comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray.

In Theaters: December 19

Night at the Museum 3
“Night at the Museum 3” will take place in London, England and will see Ben Stiller return as security guard Larry Daley. Robin Williams will also return as Teddy Roosevelt and the action will definitely not be lacking.

In Theaters: Christmas

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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 extraordinary movie events for communities, cities and schools, he is spending time playing board games, reading books and of course watching movies with his girls.

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