accessAtlanta

City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Archive for January, 2011

Matt Damon, Jude Law movie “Contagion” filming at CDC

The CDC: Ready for its close-up

The CDC: Ready for its close-up

The CDC is starring in a new film with Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurence Fishburne.

The movie, “Contagion,” is filming some scenes today over at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you work or live over that way, expect more traffic than usual, given all the crew and gear.

The movie has been allowed onto the campus of the CDC, to film some exterior shots, but isn’t shooting inside the building.

The production did a good bit of filming in Chicago before heading to Atlanta, and it’ll be here for a while. We hear that in addition to the CDC/Emory area the film will be shooting some in Decatur as well as downtown Atlanta. Based on what we’re hearing, it sounds like the downtown W hotel might be a good spot to keep your eyes peeled for a star encounter.

The movie is billed as a bio-med drama, where a team of doctors must race to find a cure for a deadly epidemic. It’s the second project here recently to …

Continue reading Matt Damon, Jude Law movie “Contagion” filming at CDC »

T.I.’s jailhouse visit with Tiny leads to trouble, but Tiny’s drug case dismissed

Troubled rapper T.I. is in more trouble. This time the charge is something like Romance in the First Degree.

Imprisoned in Arkansas after being busted with drugs in Hollywood while on parole for a weapons charge, the artist known in legal circles as Clifford Harris received a visit from his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle.

That wasn’t the problem. The visit went well. Maybe a little too well.

T.I. and Tiny apparently got carried away -“frisky” is the word TMZ used while All Hip Hop reports it was a “sexual act” that got the two busted – and now T.I. is in a more secure holding area, with less freedom.

Meanwhile on Thursday afternoon, TMZ reported that the drug case against Tiny has been dismissed.

“The L.A. County District Attorney’s office tells TMZ the case was dropped because Tiny completed 24 sessions of a certified drug diversion program in Georgia,” the site said.

Continue reading T.I.’s jailhouse visit with Tiny leads to trouble, but Tiny’s drug case dismissed »

The Falcons’ pre-game (fashion) show

Grady High School UrbanCouture students Maiya Daniels, left, and Asha Haki-Tyler measure Falcon Brian Finneran, who will model in their fashion show.

Grady High School UrbanCouture students Maiya Daniels, left, and Asha Haki-Tyler measure Falcon Brian Finneran, who will model in their fashion show.

Atlanta Falcons players Brian Finneran and Coy Wire, charity-minded fellas that they are, agreed some time ago to participate in the fourth annual “Doggies on the Catwalk” benefit fashion show, planned for Jan. 14 at Grady High School.

Then came the playoffs schedule.

With the team keen on having their guys in bed at an early hour the night before the big game, all the Falcons must report to their hotel rooms by 7:30 p.m. The curfew threatened to sack the guys’ struts down the runway, until fashion show founder Vincent Martinez devised a little end run.

The event’s start time has been moved up and will start at 7 p.m. – sharp. Wire and Finneran will be the first to take the stage, and Martinez has promised to hustle them out of there in time to make the team’s curfew.

The event benefits Pets Are Loving Support (PALS), an Atlanta …

Continue reading The Falcons’ pre-game (fashion) show »

New Toni Braxton reality show in the works

Reuters/Ints Kalnins

Reuters/Ints Kalnins

We’ve run across a couple of news items that suggest a new reality show starring Toni Braxton might be about to film here.

That’s assuming she doesn’t lose her home.

Exhibit A is this Associated Press article that says Braxton is about to star in a new reality show:

“Toni Braxton is the latest celebrity to open her home to reality television cameras. Braxton, the Grammy-winning singer of ‘Un-Break My Heart,’  will appear in ‘Braxton Family Values’ on the WE network starting in April. Braxton’s sisters — Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar — are all aspiring singers.”

(Please, oh please, let them change the name to “The Braxton Five.” That. Would.  Be. Awesome!)

Exhibit B is a Wall Street Journal report that cited bankruptcy court documents indicating Braxton was hoping to hold onto her Sugarloaf Country Club home.

“It is debtor’s hope to renegotiate a modified loan to remain in the property,” Braxton said in court papers filed in November.

Of course, she …

Continue reading New Toni Braxton reality show in the works »

Attention Gleeks! Cast member sighting

imagesAny Gleeks in the house?

Cast member Amber Riley is in town. She was spotted last night having dinner at Two Urban Licks.

The actress who portrays Mercedes Jones on the populuar show dined on spring rolls, tuna and scallops.

We think Riley’s personal story of perseverance is a great one to reflect on here at the start of the new year.

“I auditioned for ‘American Idol’ at 17, they told me, ‘No.’” Amber once told talk show host Wendy Williams. She never met any of the judges – didn’t get past the producers.

But it worked out.

“I still work on FOX and I get paid!” Riley said during the appearance on Williams’ show. “Thank you, ‘American Idol!’”

Continue reading Attention Gleeks! Cast member sighting »

“Housewife” Sheree hits the slopes

Go, Sheree, go! Photo by Jeanine Jones of Stone Mountain Park

Go, Sheree, go! Photo by Jeanine Jones of Stone Mountain Park

Here’s a cute photo to start your new year off right.

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Sheree Whitfield enjoyed a white Christmas over at Stone Mountain Park.

Whitfield brought her family and a few friends to check out the “snow tubing experience” available now at Stone Mountain, where created white stuff (augmented this season by Atlanta’s first white Christmas in forever) offers frosty fun for the whole family. (Full details here).

We hear Whitfield and her entourage enjoyed several slides down the mountain, then checked out “Avalanche Alley,” at the foot of the tubing lanes.

It’s unclear whether Bravo was there filming, although it sounds dangerously fun and wholesome to actually be included in an episode of the show.

Continue reading “Housewife” Sheree hits the slopes »

The first star sightings of 2011!

Here's a still shot from Cee-Lo's new video. You know the one we're talking about.

Here's a still shot from Cee-Lo's new video. You know the one we're talking about.

Happy New Year everyone. Hope your holiday season was merry and bright.

We’re back in the saddle here today so here is the first star-sighting report of 2011. Actually, it’s more like the final star-sighting report of 2010. Bear with us. It’s the first Monday following holiday vacation.

Guests  at the W Atlanta Midtown got to mingle with Cee-Lo Green over the holiday week. He was just hanging out and wearing a comfy outfit of sweatpants, white shirt and beanie. We hear the guy who turned an epithet into a catchy pop tune was in a good mood and chatting with other hotel patrons.

Spotted at the W hotel in Buckhead: Bobby Brown. His ex, Whitney Houston, had been spotted there a few weeks prior to his visit but it seems that’s just a coincidence.

Alright that’s it for now. Hope the first day of the new year is great for you!

By Jennifer Brett, The Buzz, jbrett@ajc.com

Continue reading The first star sightings of 2011! »