‘Footloose’ Starring Julianne Hough, Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Feb 13, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Footloose Filmed In Georgia

‘Footloose’ starring Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald and Dennis Quaid is a remake of the 1984 film by the same title that starred Kevin Bacon. The movie is about Ren (played by Womrald), a Boston born and raised teen who moves to a small town where rock and roll music and dancing is banned. Ren and his rebellious nature eventually shake things up in the town. ‘Footloose’ was originally set in a fictional Tennessee town as the movie was going to be filmed in Tennesse. However, Georgia ended up winning in a battle over filming locations and the fictional town in ‘Footloose’ became Bormont, Georgia.

In Acworth, the Acworth Presbyterian Church was used as the church of Bormont where Dennis Quaid’s character, Reverend Moore, is the minister. Several pivotal scenes of the movie were filmed at the church, including when Reverend Moore pushes for the ban on dancing and where Ren and Julianne Hough’s character, Ariel first meet. The Acworth Presbyterian Church was built shortly after the Civil War and in 2011, they celebrated their 140th anniversary. A home on Northside Drive near the church was used for the home of Reverend Moore and Ariel, who is the minister’s daughter. The home belongs to Acworth’s Mayor and his wife. The home owners had to vacate their home during the 18-day shoot and the Mayor’s wife was featured as an extra during one of the church scenes.

The Newton County Historic Courthouse in Covington can be seen in the film as the courthouse used for a court room scene. The courthouse was used during a three-day shoot, which did cause traffic issues and detours for city commuters. Filming at the courthouse brought in thousands of dollars for Covington. The rental fee for using the courthouse was $13,500. Many locals were got to play extras during the filming. Downtown Covington is also used as the town of Mystic Falls in the CW’s ‘Vampire Diaries’.

Other Georgia locations used for filming ‘Footloose’ include the Cowboys nightclub at 1750 N Roberts Road in Kennesaw, which was used for a scene where some of the characters in the movie go to let loose at a dance club, and the New Senoia Raceway at 171 Brown Road in Senoia. The Starlight Six Drive-In on Mooreland Ave SE Atlanta can also be seen in the film as a local drive-in where the teens in the town sometimes go to dance at night . Also, the Bostwick Cotton Gin in the small town of Bostwick was used as the grain mill that Ren gets a part time job at and later is the setting of the prom finale.

‘Footloose’ was released in theaters in October 2011 and is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Valentine’s Day: 4 Movies About Love

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Feb 10, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Valentine's Day: 4 Movies About Love

There are holidays and then there is Valentine’s Day, the most amazing holiday of them all. It is the one day out of the year when the unseen love between two individuals can suddenly become a reality. It is the one day out of the year that has the potential to completely change the direction that two individual lives might be taking, sending them on a collision course leading directly towards a lifelong love together. There have been a number of romantic movies written that relate directly to Valentine’s Day and here are four favorites, along with a brief description of each.

1. Beauty and the Beast

This Walt Disney classic came out in 1991 and is one of the most romantic animated masterpieces that Walt Disney has come out with to this day. The story surrounds a beautiful woman named Belle and a horrifying looking beast who has taken Belle captive in his castle. While in captivity, Belle becomes friends with several of the castles enchanted staff members. It is her friendship with these very unusual characters (a mantel clock, a candelabra, and a teapot) that helps to keep Belle upbeat and cheery. It is this very same friendship that begins to open Belle’s eyes to see the real heart of a prince in the once hideous beast that turns from captor to friend and possibly more.

2. Tangled

“Tangled” is the story of Rapunzel, a beautiful young woman and a bandit named Flynn. Rapunzel was a beautiful teen who had a head of hair that was both golden and magical. It grew at an amazing rate and at last measurement was at least 70 ft long. But Rapunzel had a problem. She was locked away in a tower forever with no hope of escape…that is until Flynn decided to use her tower as his own personal hideout. Flynn gets taken captive by Rapunzel and remains that way until a deal is made between the unlikely pair. Flynn helps Rapunzel to escape and the two embark on an adventure that comes complete with a chameleon that is wound way too tight, a police horse with a super-hero complex, and an unsightly gang of thugs straight out of the town pub.

3. The Notebook

Romance can come from the most unexpected situations and “The Notebook” is a prime example of the reality of this statement. Noah Calhoun is an unusual individual or so it seems. He visits a woman, who is a resident of a local nursing home, for the purpose of reading her a story from a faded old book. It would seem as though the two don’t even really know each other which doesn’t stop Noah from visiting her on a regular basis. The story that he reads to her each day is a story of a young couple in love. Unfortunately, their love is cut short as a result of something that happens during World War II. The couple is unexpectedly reunited seven years later despite seemingly unbeatable odds. With a second chance at love, the two hold on to each other never to let love go again…or so the story goes.

4. Valentine’s Day

Now this is a Valentine’s Day “must see”! “Valentine’s Day” is a film covering the lives of somewhere near two dozen individuals, and the ups and downs that each of them go through on the most wonderful day of the year. The cast is loaded with actor favorites like Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Dempsey, Bradley cooper, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Anne Hathaway and many more. This film portrays the individual life situations being dealt with in a more realistic way making “Valentine’s Day one of the more believable depictions of a day that can throw love your way when you least expect it.

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President’s Day: 4 Movies About Presidents

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Feb 10, 2014 Under Movie Articles

4 Movies About Presidents

Although President’s Day no longer falls on the birthday of an actual president past or present, it was originally celebrated on George Washington’s birthday which was February 22nd. The holiday originated in 1885 and continued to be celebrated as Washington’s birthday up until it was finally changed to President’s Day, and began to be celebrated on the 3rd Monday of February as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act. There are a number of different movies relating to President’s Day and each highlights a different important area of this all too important holiday.

Here is a list of a few of the favorites:

Lincoln

The movie “Lincoln” highlights the 16th president and his last few months spent leading a nation that was not only divided by war, but a nation that was right on the verge of much needed change. The president knows that he has several choices to make, and that one choice will bring the necessary changes to pass while the other will keep the nation in bondage. It is only through sheer courage and utter determination that President Lincoln is able to make the choices that bring an end to the war, unite a country once separated, and end slavery thus changing life as we know it forever.

The Ides of March

The movie “The Ides of March” brings us an up close and personal look into the final days before a presidential primary, and at just how desperate we as humans get especially when placed in positions of such power. It shows us how the battle between “good” and “evil”, and between right and wrong exist in the political world, and at just how real the threats of political scandal can be. The only question left is which will prevail in the end, and who will become the next president?

Air Force One

Harrison Ford plays James Marshall, the current president of the United States who is in the former Soviet Union showing his support for the fight against terror, and more specifically for the fight against a war criminal general who is currently sitting in a soviet prison. Everything goes as planned during the visit, and President Marshall and his team leave as scheduled. The only problem is that a few unwanted guests have gotten onboard Air Force One, and their intentions are to use the President to assist them with their plan to get the general released from prison. Tensions rise and the president, who just so happens to be a former war veteran, is forced to take matters into his own hands, but will those hands be enough to make a difference? That is a question that can only be answered by watching the movie “Air Force One”.

Olympus has Fallen

When the most secure building in the country is taken over by terrorists, it is the task of a single man (Mike Banning) to bring them down, and save the president and everyone else in the White House. But what do you do when the threat is coming from both terrorists and one of the people giving the orders that are supposed to be helping save the president? The situation seems to go from bad to worse as Banning (a former Presidential guard) is thrown from one fight into another, but it is his perseverance, and the fact that his daughter is one of the hostages inside the White House, that forces Banning to take the fight to the next level.

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Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2 - Parent movie review by Southern Outdoor Cinema

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 – Parent Movie Review by Southern Outdoor Cinema

MPAA RATING: PG
GENRE: Animated / Children

Flint Lockwood is just your average everyday genius who creates unusual gadgets as he continues to chase that one invention that will change his life forever. In the process, Flint creates several gadgets that get him close to his goal but always leave him just short of his dreams. After a long stream of what seemed to be failed inventions, Flint creates his Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, and life as he knows it changes forever.

World hunger becomes a thing of the past as Flint’s new invention seems to do exactly what its name says it can do. Simply place tap water into the machines opening at the top and tasty food comes out of the opening at the bottom. It’s as easy as that and Flint couldn’t be happier with his most valuable of inventions.

Just as Flint begins to get used to his new life as a successful inventor, things go completely wrong and his new food replicator goes crazy. Instead of ordinary rain falling from the sky, the town gets covered with gravy with mountains of hamburgers and mashed potatoes on the side. Flint’s success quickly turns to failure and in embarrassment, Flint begins cleaning up the mess that his new invention has made of the town.

Just when things seem to be at their worst, along comes Chester V, scientist and hero to Flint. In a shocking gesture of goodwill, Chester V offers to help Flint clean up his mess while providing the town’s residents with a new place to live until the job is complete. He also offers Flint a position in his company, LifeCorp, which couldn’t make Flint happier. You see, LifeCorp is a company where only the smartest of the smart are employed and for Flint, this is just another step in his journey to success.

Flint has a couple of additional reasons for his incredible desire to succeed in that he wants to make his girlfriend Sam proud, and give his dad a reason to hold his head up high when walking through town. Keeping his friends around wouldn’t be a bad thing either but the embarrassment caused by his most recent invention didn’t help much in that area.

Meanwhile, the food machine that went from incredible invention to catastrophic event creator overnight was thought to be out of order for good. The problem is that it wasn’t and Flint’s nightmare of a creation is now creating food shaped animal monsters and worse still is the fact that they have come to life. Flint isn’t left with much time to come up with a plan as the food monsters are on their way to the new location of the town’s residents and at a pretty good pace.

Flint is left with but one option and that is to find his nightmarish invention and destroy it before it can do any more harm. But can Flint accomplish the task before the monstrous food creations get to him? That is the question and that is the quest that Flint finds himself on in the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Positive Elements

There is a strong emphasis on friendship as the friendship between Flint and Brent is tested by Chester V. While one Chinese proverb is used in an attempt to break up their friendship, another is used to show that friendships are more precious and valuable than anything else in life.

Flint and his dad continue to work on their relationship as they focus on encouraging one another. They find that this is most important in those times when things seem to be at their worst and as they continue to encourage each other, their relationship grows stronger.

The relationship between Sam and Flint grows stronger throughout the movie. The importance of their commitment to one another becomes evident as they progress from personal relationship to business partnership.

Negative Elements

The movie has several moments that seem to produce a more negative outlook on the overall storyline. One dad finds himself getting hit by a softball in the crotch which brings about more of an uncomfortable moment than anything else. Someone passes gas (or so it seems) while cutting a piece of cheese. There is a scene where a live strawberry is left shooting out jam while in the middle of a frightening situation.

Spiritual Elements

The Hindi Salutation “namaste” is used in a number of scenes not only by Chester V, but by several of his staff members in the company.

After Flint’s invention goes crazy for the second time and creates living ferocious food animals, several statements are made referring to the fact that they need their creator in order to survive (in reference to the food machine). All of the food animals seem to die once the machine is turned off.

Violent Elements

There are quite a few scenes that involve the foodimals chasing and attacking people basically resulting in lots of lettuce, sprayed cheese and special sauce being spilled. In the end however, it is the foodimals that help fight off the robot like creatures. Flint’s dad is forced to deal with abuse from many of Flint’s inventions. Flint and many of his friends slap each other in an attempt to kill bothersome insects.

Sexual Elements

Flint and his girlfriend kiss in several scenes during the movie.

Drug & Alcohol Elements

While literal drugs are not evident in the film, caffeine seems to be a popular item as a number of LifeCorp employees are encouraged to stay high and awake on it.

Conclusion

Friendships seem to be the underlying tone throughout this cute little movie and it places a strong emphasis on how even past enemies can make wonderful friends. In fact, it shows that it is more likely for a past “enemy turned friend” to stick around through those tough moments in life. This is how Flint finds the strength to make it through the toughest moment in his life.

While there might be a few crude and seemingly improper moments spread out through the film, they are laid out in a way that presents them as cute and funny which can be both a good and a not so good thing. The main thing to keep in mind is that the overall message is one of the benefits of committing to those we love and care for. Even with the mixed in raw and quirky moments, we see the story behind the story.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a fun flick for the entire family to watch.

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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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‘Need For Speed’ Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Feb 6, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Filmed in Georgia: Need for Speed

“Need For Speed” is an upcoming film starring Michael Keaton and “Breaking Bad” actor, Aaron Paul. The film is an adaption of Electronic Arts’ video game franchise of the same name. The film follows a street racer who is fresh from prison due to being framed by an ex-business associate. The street racer joins a cross-country race seeking revenge on the ex-associate, who has just put a bounty on his head. “Need For Speed” went on location to Georgia for shooting many of the film’s scenes. There were a few different locations in Georgia used for shooting the film, including Atlanta, Georgia. Though Atlanta was largely used for casting extras in the film, a few scenes were shot there, including one at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel. Most of the other scenes shot in Georgia were outside of the city.

Macon, Georgia is one of those other places used during the filming of “Need For Speed”. While in Macon, several roads were closed at various times for use during filming, including the off-ramp at Hardeman Ave, where a chase scene was shot. The Fountain Car Wash on Hardeman Ave was also used for a scene in the film. When the film’s set went to Blue Ridge, Georgia, they shot a scene at the Swan Drive-In located at 651 Summit Street. The Swan Drive-In theater has been established in Blue Ridge since 1955.

Over in Rome, Georgia, Cave Spring Road was heavily used for a few scenes. A helicopter was used on this road to take aerial shots. The helicopter could be seen as close as 500 feet from the ground. Cave Spring Road will represent traveling through middle America in the film. Another Rome location for the film was the Myrtle Hill Cemetery, which in the film, will represent rural New York. The cemetery was used for a funeral scene.

The “Need For Speed” set also went to Columbus, Georgia. In Columbus, the 13th Street bridge that goes over the Chattahoochee River was closed for most of a week while an elaborate scene that included a car crash took place. For the crash scene, a crane was used to lift a fiery car over the side of the bridge to avoid damage to the structure before tossing it over onto the rocks below. Emergency vehicles and a low-flying helicopter were also part of the climactic scene. Other areas in Columbus that were utilized for filming were parts of the Manchester Expressway, as well as Interstate 185 south towards Victory Drive.

Even though the film is not set in Georgia, there will be plenty of Georgia to be seen in the film. Georgia continues to be a “go to” place for big studios to film, so don’t expect to be seeing less of Georgia at the theaters any time soon.

“Need For Speed” will get motors revving in March of this year.

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