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Look for Atlanta landmarks in “Stooges” movie, now playing

The_Three_Stooges_Movie_freecomputerdesktopwallpaper_p-300x225Although the “Three Stooges” movie isn’t officially set here (or anywhere), it’ll be clear to the audience that the movie was filmed in Atlanta.

The Farrelly Brothers comedy opens today and stars Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos as Larry, Curly and Moe; along with Jennifer Hudson, Jane Lynch and Larry David as nuns and Sofía Vergara as the evil beauty who crosses paths with the Stooges.

Scenes at the orphanage where Larry, Curly and Moe grew up were filmed at a private estate in the Cartersville area, but many of the interior orphanage scenes actually were filmed on sets that were built at the Atlanta Civic Center. You’ll be able to spot the Equitable Building and the 191 Peachtree Building.

Some outdoor scenes were filmed at Piedmont Park, street scenes are obviously downtown Atlanta (with some super product placement for local beverage company Whynatte) and scenes set at a zoo were filmed at Stone Mountain Park. Party scenes were filmed at the Buckhead home of the developer known in reality-show circles as “Big Poppa.”

“It’s quite a house,” filmmaker Peter Farrelly told us during a recent interview. He and the homeowner never met, though.

Making a movie about the vintage classic trio was a challenge, Farrelly said.

“It’s the most pressure I’ve had since my honeymoon,” he joked. “We love the Stooges. We wanted to do them right. There’s a lot of people saying, it’s sacrilege to do a movie about the Three Stooges. Our take was it’s sacrilege that so many kids don’t know the Three Stooges. We didn’t want to let down their legacy.”

While les frères Farrelly are known for the gross-out gags in their movies (”Hall Pass,” which they filmed here in 2010, made me want to pour sand in my eyes), “The Three Stooges” is quite charming. The eye-poking, hammer-bonking violence is cartoonishly over-the-top and even though Vergara plays a saucy temptress with malicious intent, there’s nothing salacious in the movie. It’s perfectly fine for kids, although parents may have to explain who the Stooges were.

“It’s about three guys who love each other,” Farrelly said. “Despite how much they beat each other up there’s kind of a sweet story.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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78 comments Add your comment

Lindy

April 13th, 2012
9:51 am

WHAT? A Three Stooges movie being shot in Atlanta? Where is Atlanta’s image police?

kitty

April 13th, 2012
9:54 am

I saw the trailer and I plan to see it. I don’t usually like slap stick, but I thought the bit on the iPhone was absolutely hilarious as well as giving Heimlich to the dolphin. I will just have a margarita first to loosen me up a bit. :)

FM Fats

April 13th, 2012
10:00 am

Sigh. I remember the good old days when this newspaper had its own living and breathing film critic. The NY Times review of The Three Stooges was very positive, and I’ll likely see it when it hits the Redbox in my ‘hood.

Nina

April 13th, 2012
10:00 am

Sid

April 13th, 2012
10:18 am

It will be hilarious. I agree kitty, not a big slapstick fan but it feels so close to the original Stooges and for all the stupidity they were funny!

cj

April 13th, 2012
10:19 am

hehehe…my favorites are the three stooges…glad it’s filmed in my hometown

Brian

April 13th, 2012
10:23 am

#1 Foxy Lady

April 13th, 2012
10:26 am

“Big Poppa.” what fake player is stealing a diluting from biggie? why wasn’t there a black stooge?

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@ foxy

April 13th, 2012
11:00 am

Really?!?!?! IDIOT!!!

Andy Young

April 13th, 2012
11:01 am

Somebody call me?

kimmer

April 13th, 2012
11:15 am

Rrrruff!……rrruff! Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

FM Fats

April 13th, 2012
11:37 am

Sigh. I remember when this paper had a real live breathing film critic.

Greg

April 13th, 2012
11:41 am

Ha! You think people are going to see this movie?

Face it, producers make their cheap bombs here for the tax breaks the state hands out to make Georgia feel relevant.

PAL

April 13th, 2012
11:58 am

Who are these stooges you speak of?

Roekest

April 13th, 2012
12:07 pm

@ Greg,

There’s actually a lot of good stuff filmed here. But your head is too far up your a$$ to probably see that. Good luck!

KimZ'sPackage

April 13th, 2012
12:16 pm

3 Stooges?
Ima Darnell
Cynthia McKinney
Cynthia Tucker

Should have made an all female cast since it was shot in Atlanta.

Sun Tzu 7

April 13th, 2012
12:26 pm

Niagara Falls! Slowly I turned … step by step … inch by inch …

JJ

April 13th, 2012
12:28 pm

@Kitty – I’ll go with you…….and we can have SEVERAL margaritas…..

Greg

April 13th, 2012
12:31 pm

@Roek You are right, there is a lot being filmed here (not good stuff) and taxpayers are subsidizing it so they can worship celebrities they see in the bathroom and pretend that famous people want to live here. It makes sense considering the biggest cultural contribution this city has made in the last ten years was some show about trashy wives.

KimZ'sPackage

April 13th, 2012
12:35 pm

Greg….look at the Caterpillar Plant and get back to me on the Film Industry. The Ga taxpayers are goint to pay $60,000.00/each + for 1400 jobs.

KimZ'sPackage

April 13th, 2012
12:37 pm

Greg HOW MANY GOOD movies are made each year anyway? We Are Marshall was a good movie. The Blindside was a good movie.

Jessica

April 13th, 2012
12:45 pm

Does anyone have any info on what’s being filmed today and all of next week in Druid Hills? I know a section of Clifton Rd is closed off for a movie filming, but can’t figure out who’s there…

Dave

April 13th, 2012
12:56 pm

@Lindy – A Three Stooges movie being shot here is the least of Atlanta’s image concerns.

ExBuckhead

April 13th, 2012
12:59 pm

Curly, what do you want for breakfast? “Burnt toast and cold coffee.” Why? “I have a tapeworm and that’s good enough for him.”

Jennifer Brett

April 13th, 2012
1:02 pm

Jessica
April 13th, 2012
12:45 pm

Does anyone have any info on what’s being filmed today and all of next week in Druid Hills? I know a section of Clifton Rd is closed off for a movie filming, but can’t figure out who’s there…

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That’s the remake of “Steel Magnolias” in action. Atlanta = Home of the Remake and Sequels. Along with “Stooges,” the “Footloose” remake was shot here a couple of years ago too. “Fast and Furious V” and “American Reunion,” part of the “American Pie” series all were shot here and “Dumb and Dumber 2″ (not to be confused with “Dumb and Dumberer” may head here this fall.

Jennifer

That Dude Devin

April 13th, 2012
1:04 pm

They shot Remember the Titans at my HS…Druid Hills…and that wasnt crap.

Jennifer Brett

April 13th, 2012
1:04 pm

FM Fats
April 13th, 2012
11:37 am

Sigh. I remember when this paper had a real live breathing film critic.

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Me too. I miss them.

Jennifer

dan C

April 13th, 2012
1:10 pm

The Movie may do well. Can’t compare the Original Three stooges. They were the masters at what they did. I will see the movie. Just to to rekindle the memories of Howard, Fine and Howard.

KimZ'sPackage

April 13th, 2012
1:11 pm

Sorry but MOST movie critics are like food and wine critics. They are Way too pompous and snobs.

Nina

April 13th, 2012
1:19 pm

I’m going to see it tonight, and there better be a pie fight!

tp

April 13th, 2012
1:27 pm

You forgot one in your locations list: All of the hospital scenes were filmed at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

KimZ'sPackage

April 13th, 2012
1:27 pm

nina….take your own Whip Cream Pie and hit somebody in the face. LOL If they are a Fan i think they will not mind.

KimZ'sPackage

April 13th, 2012
1:29 pm

Nina make your own Whip Cream Pie and hit somebody in the face with it. If they are a Real Stooges fan i don’t think they will mind.

WhiteRabbit

April 13th, 2012
1:35 pm

The stupidest act in modern American entertainment next to Jerry Lewis. Absolutely grating.

gordonguy1969

April 13th, 2012
1:36 pm

@Greg – “Deliverance,” “Roots,” “The Big Chill,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Not Without My Daughter,” “Remember the Titans,” “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” “A Simple Twist of Fate,” “My Cousin Vinny”…nope, no quality movies there I guess. Greg, get a life.

Who Cares?

April 13th, 2012
1:37 pm

Who Cares, Only people who will notice are locals, nobody else will really care, and assume its Hollywood….

Gary

April 13th, 2012
1:44 pm

@Sun Tzu 7. Looks like you have confused the Three Stooges with Abbot and Costello. Nice try with the obscure reference, but falls flat when you are talking about the wrong movie.

cpsman_atlanta

April 13th, 2012
1:44 pm

The Three Stooges are Larry, Curly, and Moe. The Seven Stooges are known as the owners of the Atlanta Spirit Group, LLC. BOYCOTT ATLANTA SPIRIT GROUP!!!! BOYCOTT THE ATLANTA HAWKS AND PHILIPS ARENA UNTIL THEY ARE GONE!!!

KimZ'sPackage

April 13th, 2012
1:47 pm

who cares….MOST people don’t know or recognize the locations in movies unless they are known world wide.

KimZ'sPackage

April 13th, 2012
1:49 pm

GARY you are a total IDIOT. The Sun Tzu 7 reference is totally correct.

carlosgvv

April 13th, 2012
1:51 pm

Gov. Deal should have been cast as their lost lost father.

Greg

April 13th, 2012
1:54 pm

@gordonguy1969 Again, where are the good movies in your list?

KimZ'sPackage

April 13th, 2012
1:57 pm

Wait! The 3 Stooges should be, Roy Barnes, Sonny Perdue, and Nathan Deal. The WHOLE movie could be shot on the UGa campus. What a bunch of stupid MUTTS and the voters of both parties put the Moron UGa grads in office.

Don't think so

April 13th, 2012
2:14 pm

Will
April 13th, 2012
9:47 am

They’re estimating it will make 10 million this weekend. I think it will do better than that.
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This movie will be lucky if it makes $50 Million in total.

lee

April 13th, 2012
2:15 pm

lee najjar doesnt own that house jennifer… the bank does. he is broke. probably all the women he met off sugardaddy.com

KimZ'sPackage

April 13th, 2012
2:22 pm

The Stooges are on TV everyday. I think parents will go with the kids to see it. I did the same a few years ago for the Curious George movie.

Dave

April 13th, 2012
2:25 pm

@Gary (1:44 pm) The stooges did the “Niagara Falls” skit, too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yJBhzMWJCc

darb

April 13th, 2012
2:36 pm

if this movie makes it to hbo, I might waste my time to watch. Paying a movie house to see this is not gonna happen

linda

April 13th, 2012
2:42 pm

whoop whoop whoop whoop! yuck yuck yuck! (head noogies)