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Atlanta stealing L.A.’s thunder?

Here’s an interesting blog post from the L.A. Times, detailing how filming projects “continue to fall” in Los Angeles:

“The holiday season is bringing little cheer to the local production economy: location shoots on the streets of Los Angeles fell across all categories last week, reflecting a continued slowdown in film activity during the fourth quarter.”

Why? Simple. Taxes. California does offer tax credits but other locales appear to be offering sweeter deals.

Here in Georgia, of course, you can scarcely traverse a city block without running into a television or movie project underway. Feature films including “Parental Guidance” and “Neighborhood Watch” are wrapping up after months of shooting; television projects including “Local Talent,” starring Nathan Lane and “Coma,” with Geena Davis, have gotten cranked up recently and a slew of made-in-Atlanta films are due for 2012 release.

Generous tax incentives passed by the state legislature in 2008 explain the booming film industry, putting scads of people to work. Here is an article from today’s AJC about local real estate professionals who are doing quite a bit of business helping production companies locate places to film, warehouse or office space, or temporary housing for their stars.

Explained commercial real estate veteran John Raulet: “The real estate market has been battered and all of a sudden these movie people roll into town. It’s helping a lot of people.”

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December 15th, 2011
8:10 am

This country ass town could never steal L A’s thunder. So what a few films have been cast here thanks to Tyler Perry who put filming on the map here. Atlanta is a joke, every time they get just a little attention their heads blow up. Face it this place is just a big country town trying to be a city. For goodness sake, they just started selling alcohol on sunday, and thats only in a few places. Grow up Atlanta, you will never be an L A, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. Philly, Dallas, Houston. hell in my opinion, Atlanta can’t even compete with Charolette North Carolina.


December 15th, 2011
8:15 am

its Charlotte, NC.


December 15th, 2011
8:18 am

If the “A” is such a country ass town, why don’t you move. You are probably from Forsyth GA anyhow and just faking the funk.

Jennifer Brett

December 15th, 2011
8:33 am

Steve: Here is the list of movies made in Atlanta and Georgia this year that are are being released in 2012, with some of their stars in parentheses. Only “Good Deeds” is a Tyler Perry project.

* “Joyful Noise” – January 13, 2012 (Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah)
* “Good Deeds” – February 24, 2012 (Tyler Perry)
* “Wanderlust” – February 24, 2012 (Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd)
* “The Three Stooges” – April 4, 2012 (Will Sasso, Sean Hayes, Jane Lynch et al)
* “American Reunion – April 6, 2012 (Eugene Levy, Tara Reid et al)
* “The Wettest County” – April 20, 2012 (Shia LaBeouf)
* “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” – May 11, 2012 (J-Lo, Cam Diaz)
* “Neighborhood Watch” – July 27, 2012 (Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn)
* “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” – August 15, 2012 (Jennifer Garner)
* “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” will be released in 2013 (Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Bacon, Robert Duvall et al)

- Jennifer

Midtown Diva

December 15th, 2011
8:38 am

Thanks Jen…..


December 15th, 2011
8:43 am


Having grown up in New York City (Jackson Heights, Queens to be exact) and having lived in L.A. for two years, I understand that Atlanta is not either of these cities. But there is no reason for you to rail on Atlanta like that. Do you actually live here? If so, why do you live here if you think it’s such a country place? It’s not as flashy and there are stiil lots of issues to be worked out, but the weather is nice and there are plenty of nice places to shoot films. As an entertainment lawyer with clients in all of the cities except DC that you mentioned, I can tell you that almost all of my clients enjoy visiting or doing projects in metro Atlanta. You’re probably some poser from Bakersfield who ended up moving to the Atlanta suburbs. You can leave your negativity outside 285. Thanks.


December 15th, 2011
8:44 am

People are just haters and I’m from the North but you have to give respect when respect is due .. Jenn, continue to keep us informed ..


December 15th, 2011
8:45 am

Hey Steve, It is impossible for me to take someone serious who has no ability to grasp grammar, spelling, or punctuation in the English language. Assuming that is your primary language. But then maybe it’s me, I’m not fluent in Moron.


December 15th, 2011
8:47 am

@steve – beyond the fact that your statements are factually incorrect, you should absolutely feel free to run, flee, fly, take off to those other major cities you feel are so superior to our little red neck town. Please leave – we don’t need people like you here in Atlanta. You would be much happier – so leave.

The fact is the film business is doing fine here. Actors are actually able to live at home and act rather than drive to New Orleans, Willmington, etc. At the wrap party for Parental Guidance (yes @steve – a movie that hired a ton of local talent) a producer asked the director, “Where did you get all these great actors?!” and the director replied, “They’re all local!” Atlanta has an international airport that is a hub for a couple of airlines, the supplies needed for film work have been here since the 70s and there is a very good base of acting and production talent. Expect 2012 to be the busiest year yet! Despite the doubts of @Steve.


December 15th, 2011
8:47 am

Well Steve,
Hop your butt in your big city car and drive it on that country a$$ “road” called I-75/85 and get on one of those “crop dusters”, go live in L.A.,DC,Chicago, or even “Charolette”(lol @ your spelling). With you gone it will be one less person I have to curse out while sitting in traffic.


December 15th, 2011
8:49 am

Just moved to miami after living in atlanta for 14 years. So glad to be out of boring downtown.


December 15th, 2011
8:52 am

Face it this place is just a big country town trying to be a city.
Funny, Bostonians said this when New York was founded. New Yorkers said the same thing about the fledgling city of Chicago. Chicago scoffed at the western barbarians in L.A.

Big C

December 15th, 2011
8:53 am

Indeed, Ron. Let’s ignore the idiot! I’m from up north, and an Atlantan suburbanite, and I don’t go into town as I once used to. But, I’m so glad to see my adopted city grow the way it has.


December 15th, 2011
8:54 am

@ Steve….You sound upset.

I do agree that Atlanta is no L.A. and I’m glad it’s not,I actually like Northern California better.You need to move back to L.A. since you seem to think it’s paradise.

There are nice cities of ALL sizes and Atlanta is definitely one of those cities and the movie industry seem to also agree…..

Eddie Long's HairPiece

December 15th, 2011
8:58 am

I love Atlanta – Beautiful women, great living, nice places to hangout. A single man’s dream, plus the women are real, not plastic.

Steve, sounds like you have no game. I been to LA, New York, Miami….I’m from Chicago, I choose Atlanta 7 out of 8 times, nobody can beat Miami in the Summer time………..


December 15th, 2011
9:01 am

Does the AJC web system have an automatic thing that posts “Steve”-ish posts and the race baiting posts? Where would AJC.COM be without the Steve posts and the race bait posts?


December 15th, 2011
9:02 am

ATL–the new hollywood! Stars will flock to be in the ATL!! Who needs beverly hills when you have midtown!! Lakers? Forget it–the hawks are better! It’s showtime!


December 15th, 2011
9:02 am

Soooooo, decreasing taxes helped bring in something that improves our economy? Huh?


December 15th, 2011
9:03 am

Funny – I thought low taxes didn’t help economies………. A lesson for all OWS and progressives.


December 15th, 2011
9:06 am

Steve your comments are on the money my man, eXcept for the Charlotte comment. LOL………. but you are right Atlanta is just beginning to grow up…WE JUST BECAME LEGAL ON SUNDAY’S………DAG

Nola Boy Atl

December 15th, 2011
9:08 am

Louisiana is Hollywood South, LA was the first to give Hollywood the tax incentives to film in LA instead of L.A. Georgia followed suit and has been successful as well. LA has movies and television shows filming in ever corner of the state 24/7 365, Hollywood is buying up warehouses around LA and turning them into sound studios.

Jennifer Brett

December 15th, 2011
9:11 am


No, they seem to find us on their own.


Nola is The Armpit of The US

December 15th, 2011
9:17 am

Anything in NO is 2nd rate to ATL, execpt food.


December 15th, 2011
9:20 am

Steve….obviously, your failure to land a part in any of these movies has affected your mood. I suggest acting lessons, and writing lessons…and a really good breakfast – you’ll feel better.


December 15th, 2011
9:21 am

I am soooo sick and tired of eveyone complaining about Atlanta. Take your ass back where you came from if its so horrible. All these damn implants are the problem anyway!The Yankees couldn’t afford to live up north so they run down here to the south and drive us crazy with all there bitchin. Ugh, how annoying! I love my city, I am born and raised here. Have lived some other places but for me there is no place like home! Atlanta is affordable, everyone isn’t living on top of each other, we have great weather, and there is always something going on around town. So to all you A-town haters, kiss my peachy behind!!


December 15th, 2011
9:22 am

Steve, if you hate the ATL so much, Delta is ready when you are….


December 15th, 2011
9:29 am

I think Lewis Grizzard said it best, if you don’t like it here, “Delta is ready when you are!”

To Steve

December 15th, 2011
9:29 am

Hey Steve,
20 years ago, people like you said that about the music business. Atlanta and parts of the south took that thunder away from New York and LA.


December 15th, 2011
9:35 am

Not just films have been going to Atlanta, There have been several TV shows as well. I was lucky to be a part of The Change Up, Drop Dead Diva, and Necessary Roughness. Atlanta should be proud of the projects that it is getting and the casting Companies that are here, as well as the LA casting companies moving here.

What to Expect When You are Expecting and Flight also filmed in Atlanta this year. Oh and Parental Guideance. (Not sure if these were on the list before) This is something that should make Atlanta and Georgia very proud. There are other projects that filmed in Georgia too and I hope this trend continues. Georgia has a lot to offer with locations, and talented artists.


December 15th, 2011
9:36 am


Delta is ready when you are …. Moron


December 15th, 2011
9:37 am

Wow, Steve, angry much. Then move away from Atlanta if you don’t like it. It’s simple.


December 15th, 2011
9:41 am

I’m pretty sure that Steve is just trolling here in a desperate attempt for attention. Doubtful that he is even from around here.
He’ll go crawl back under his rock, no doubt proud of the 15 minutes of fame he mustered.


December 15th, 2011
9:42 am

Hey Steve-I have lived in Atlanta since the ’70’s. It used to be a nice place to live and raise a family until you moved here. I don’t care if you hop a freight, take a bus, or fly Delta but move. I don’t care where, just somewhere other than here.


December 15th, 2011
9:51 am


As the great Lewis Grizzard used to say “Delta is ready when you are!”

If you don’t understand what I mean pick up one of his books and read it. Something I am sure that most people in Los Angeles or the other hell holes that you mention have never done.

Justin Case

December 15th, 2011
9:53 am

Steve sounds like somebody needs to go to potty! I happen to be in a business that benifits from the film industry & it has help tremendously since the crash. No Atlanta will never be the LA our big Apple but we will take everything we can get. I think you forget about a lot of the production you have here from all Tyler to Turner.


December 15th, 2011
9:57 am

well, there’s a tv show beign shot in my house, and there was another one shot across the street 6 mos ago. business is booming. not only because of the tax break, but there’s no unions, there’s fewer obstacles to employing people, etc etc. California is just a very expensive place to shoot – because the govt just saw it as a cash cow. the prod. companies go where they can keep the most, and that’s GA right now…many of the people working on this shoot are local, and some are flown in. either way, it’s great for GA…


December 15th, 2011
10:00 am

Steve, like many, is a waste of air.


December 15th, 2011
10:06 am

Steve…first it is spelled CHARLOTTE…so before you go on a rant about something I am sure you know nothing about, learn to spell! I grew up in NYC and now live just outside Atlanta, and true, they just started alcohol sales here, so??? What does that have to do with films and tv?? I have lived all over our country, and as far as ’southern’ cities go, Atlanta is the best one to live in! I am glad they are taking down LA, who needs a bunch of over blown egos running around and littering our streets, stay in LA and love your pollution, crime and drugs…most of the people who live there are so high all the time, they think it is wonderful…really??? Why do you think ‘grounded’ actors are leaving? The sunny disposition of the drug ravished population? LA needs to come down and face reality…it is going to end up being nothing but street walkers and out of work actors…We may be country, but we are proud Americans who stand up for our country and ways, not like the band-wagon people there who only back things that get them 15 mintues in the spot light and flop like dying fish on the shore on any issue…So kiss my NY and Atlanta butt!


December 15th, 2011
10:09 am

Aren’t a lot of people from the north moving down to Atlanta yea Atlanta not LA or NY but Hollywood film crews seem to be enjoying making movies here .


December 15th, 2011
10:13 am

Steve, there are plenty of flights out of Hartsfield. Pick one.


December 15th, 2011
10:17 am

Steve = cum dumpster!


December 15th, 2011
10:24 am

Steve – looks like you touched a nerve!

I am not at all surprised by the “Delta is waiting” responses. Atlantans have no backbone whatsoever, and of course running away from problems is what they have always done. The status quo seems to be just fine with any lazy Atlantan. Bad crime rates, ineffective city government, cheating and underperforming schools, some of the worst traffic in the county and all they can muster is an “I guess we shouldn’t expect any better” attitude.

Atlantans standards have dropped so low. By the way, much of the filming around the downtown Atlantan area is to capture urban scenes with old vacant buildings and dirty old streets. There’s something to be proud of!


December 15th, 2011
10:27 am

Hah! With so many reasoned, articulate responses to Steve’s tirade, I’d swear you people are new to the internet. Steve’s a barely-literate troll. You’re supposed to treat his assertions as symptoms of some pathology, and pretend he’s not there.


December 15th, 2011
10:32 am

LA has the same problems Atlanta does with gangs and traffic and high crime rates .


December 15th, 2011
10:37 am

HAHA…Steve (below) said it best.


December 15th, 2011
10:38 am


Why are you here?


December 15th, 2011
10:40 am

Just an FYI!!! My daughter is in a performing arts school here and they are constantly being told by famouse actors that come and visit to stay in ATLANTA it is the next big Hollywood! We even went to CA and an agent we met with stated that she was about to move her office to Atlanta because it is the future!!


December 15th, 2011
10:45 am

True, Ryan. But LA is not as much defined by those issues as Atlanta is. Sorry the truth hurts, y’all.


December 15th, 2011
10:47 am

I LOVE this!!! My husband starting working for the Motion Picture Union a few months ago– he builds sets. He’s already worked on a Tyler Perry movie and three television shows.. He is making GREAT money and I am hoping to be able to stay home with the kids soon because of it. Yay for TV and movies being shot here!!!


December 15th, 2011
10:52 am

It’s funny seeing the people who hate Atlanta so much reading the ATLANTA I hate North Dakota, you dont see me posting in their online paper lol