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Archive for October, 2011

Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei film at the Perimeter Bloomingdales

AcXLvoKCEAAx5XbBette Midler and Marisa Tomei spent most of Friday at the Perimeter Mall Bloomingdales. They were there to work, not to shop!

(Although we hear Bette was eyeing a pair of J brand dark denim skinny jeans. We also hear Marisa likes Uggs and wore them while running through a rehearsal of the scene.)

The ladies and hundreds of crew members were at Perimeter filming a movie known by several different names. We think it’s “Parental Guidance” now although it’s been called “Us and Them” and “Call Me Artie” in the past. Maybe they’re still working out the title with test audiences? The signs in the mall parking lot directing crew members where to go all said “Artie.”

AcXLdQqCQAE2ra9The movie also stars Billy Crystal, and has been filming in Alpharetta. We hear the project moves in town next week.

As you might expect no one was able to get near the talent with a camera. Our sources on the inside say employees were banned from bringing their phones to work and were prohibited from approaching the …

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Kim Kardashian coming to Atlanta for Tyler Perry movie

AP Photo/Matt Sayles

AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Kim Kardashian will be in Atlanta soon to star in a new Tyler Perry movie.

The reality show personality revealed the joyous news on her blog and Facebook page:

“Big news dolls!! I’ve signed up to co-star in Tyler Perry’s new movie The Marriage Counselor, based on his stage play!! This is such an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to start filming!”

Shooting starts Oct. 26 according to Deadline, which sums up the plot thusly:

“The film tells the story of Judith, an Ivy League-educated relationship expert who makes her living dispensing marital advice, but is so bored with her own marriage that she breaks her professional code and cheats with a smooth talking client only to realize she has made a huge mistake.

Jurnee Smollett plays the marriage counselor and Kardashian will play Ava, a co-worker who gives Judith a big city makeover and new confidence as she struggles with her personal issues.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/

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Ludacris to perform college campus concert

ludacrisThis just in from West Georgia:

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will perform live at The Coliseum at the University of West Georgia at 8 p.m. Nov. 3. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are  $30 in advance, $35 on day of show, plus tax. See, call 678-839-4722, or visit the box office at UWG’s Townsend Center or the UWG Coliseum from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

The school notes: “Show may contain adult content and lyrics.”

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Star sightings, filming updates

I took this very exciting photo on the Marietta Square last night.

I took this very exciting photo on the Marietta Square last night.

Happy Friday. Here’s what I know.

Actor Val Kilmer was spotted Thursday evening heading into the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

Actors Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill and director Akiva Schaffer, who are here working on “Neighborhood Watch,” dined at the Virginia-Highland Atkins Park very late Wednesday night (actually, very early Thursday morning) with several members of the production crew.

The large crowd went through three bottles of Herradura Tequila along with a spread of pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes and fries. That project was setting up for an overnight shoot on the Marietta Square Friday night, but they were planning to clear out by about 6 a.m. Saturday. They better. I have it on good authority there’s a fabulous private party happening at the Strand Theatre on the Square Saturday night.

Marisa Tomei has taken a shine to Parish since she’d been in town filming a movie …

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Whitney Houston returns to the big screen

AP photo

AP photo

How about some positive Whitney Houston news?

After grabbing headlines for all the wrong reasons, like her alleged hissy fit on a Delta flight the other day, Team Whitney has sent a missive touting her role in an upcoming film.

She will star along with American Idol alum Jordin Sparks, actors Derek Luke, Mike Epps, recording artist Cee-Lo Green and a slew of other entertainers in “Sparkle.”

The project, filming in Detroit, is directed by Salim Akil (”Jumping The Broom”) from a screenplay written by Mara Brock Akil (“The Game”, “Girlfriends). The movie is a remake of a 1976 film by the same name, about a talented young lady (Sparkle, who will be played by Sparks) who struggles to achieve her dream of becoming a performing artist.

Houston is serving as executive producer along with Gaylyn Fraiche (”Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2″), and Howard Rosenman (”The Family Man”). R. Kelly is doing the soundtrack.

“‘Sparkle’ is a movie I have wanted to remake for a long time …

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Casting call: Neighborhood Watch

“Neighborhood Watch,” the movie starring Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler, needs extras.

Want in?

The casting folks need basically anyone with a pulse this week. (”Classic American Neighbor Types, all ethnicities and genders in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s to be friendly faces,” is how the casting call was worded).

Is that you? Send your information – age, race, gender, height, weight, etc. – and attach three photos. Then email

Break a leg!

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/

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It’s all over: Friday is the new “Rapture” day

four-horsemen-of-the-apocalypseDon’t make any weekend plans.

Harold Camping, the end-of-times preacher who incorrectly calculated that the world would end on May 21, has a new prediction. The apocalypse is actually going to be this Friday, he now says.

(Here’s a Christian Post article that links to a slew of other coverage.)

After the first Rapture date came and went, Camping came in for a bit of static. Especially from people who’d depleted their savings figuring they’d be whisked to heaven.

Not to fear, Camping explained. May 21 was merely the spiritual Rapture. This Friday is the real deal.

Unlike this spring, we’re not seeing massive coverage of people camped out awaiting the end of the world. (Unless some of the “Occupy” protesters have worked that into their list of demands).

So, are you getting your affairs in order?

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/

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Where did Paula Deen dine in Atlanta?

Ab9oHNuCMAAJMuFCookbook author, magazine mogul and Food Network personality Paula Deen was in town over the weekend. She had an appearance Saturday at the BJ’s wholesale club in Woodstock.

Sunday night, she showed up at the Dantanna’s in Buckhead.

She ordered the “Buffalo Trace Bourbon BBQ Giant Beef Rib” menu item, along with potato salad and chicken wings. She apparently raved about the potato salad, saying only her own recipe is better!

For dessert she had the Krispy Kreme bread pudding.

She must have enjoyed her meal – look at this nice photo of her posing with Chef Tim Mastalski!

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/

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Denzel Washington parties with Frank Ski!

310823_2302988126765_1011078506_2618351_1747748673_nActor Denzel Washington is in town filming a movie called “Flight,” an action-adventure thriller in which he plays a heroic pilot with a mysterious past.

Home to the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s the perfect spot for such a project!

Friday night Denzel checked out V103 host Frank Ski’s new restaurant on Peachtree and posed for this photo. Along with Denzel, from left, and Ski, are Dan Meachum and Tavon “Tayrok” Johnson.

We’ve gotten a few other Denzel sightings since he’s been here, all pretty low key. Someone spotted him buying apples at a Whole Foods store near Emory, and he was also seen at The Container Store (he’s healthy and organized). He also put in an appearance at a recent business event at the 200 Peachtree events facility.

Ski’s folks sent us the photo on the right and Ski tweeted this other photo, below, of Denzel and his mom.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/


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Ne-Yo gets an assist from Jay-Z

Johnny Love NYC Preview of Spring/Summer 2012 at Hotel on RivingRapper Jay-Z spelled Atlanta R&B star Ne-Yo recently when Ne-Yo had to cancel a planned performance in New York due to the birth of his second child, a son named Mason.

Jay-Z, an expectant dad himself, came to the rescue.

Ne-Yo was supposed to perform for about 100 people at a private party, the Johnny Love Fashion Presentation at CO-OP Food & Drink at The Hotel on Rivington in New York. But just a few hours before he was supposed to take the stage, his fiancee Monyetta Shaw went into labor. She and Ne-Yo also have a daughter, Madilyn, together.

Guests were bummed that their planned entertainment had to bail, but their disappointment didn’t last long. Jay-Z, expecting a child with his wife Beyonce, showed up as a surprise. His security team escorted him straight up to the CO-OP Penthouse, where he posed for this photos with designer and model Kelly Bensimon.

We love happy endings.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/

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