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Gone to Carolina; see y’all Monday

I’m off for a couple of days. Going home to Carolina. See you Monday.

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Photos: Jewel as June Carter Cash in “Ring of Fire”

Singer-songwriter Jewel is in Atlanta working on "Ring of Fire," a Lifetime movie about June Carter Cash. She has been updating her Twitter feed with details and photos. "Today I'm June 1970's style," she posted with this photo.

Singer-songwriter Jewel is in Atlanta working on "Ring of Fire," a Lifetime movie about June Carter Cash. She has been updating her Twitter feed with details and photos. "Today I'm June 1970's style," she posted with this photo.

Here's Jewel frocked out as a 1950s era June Carter Cash with her first husband husband Carl Smith (Linds Edwards). This was a "Grand Ole Opry" scene.

Here's Jewel frocked out as a 1950s era June Carter Cash with her first husband husband Carl Smith (Linds Edwards). This was a "Grand Ole Opry" scene.

June and Johnny! Jewel posted this photo of herself with Matt Ross, who will portray Johnny Cash in "Ring of Fire." "I gotta say, I love being a brunette," she wrote as a caption for this photo. The Lifetime movie is based on John Carter Cash's book about his mom and has filmed in a number of Atlanta locations including the Tabernacle downtown.

June and Johnny! Jewel posted this photo of herself with Matt Ross, who will portray Johnny Cash in "Ring of Fire." "I gotta say, I love being a brunette," she wrote as a caption for this photo. The Lifetime movie is based on John Carter Cash's book about his mom and has filmed in a number of Atlanta locations including the Tabernacle downtown.

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Springsteen drummer jams with campers

At Camp Jam, from the left: campers Stan Hudmon, Conrad Yanez, drummer Zachary Alford and camper Bennett Zander. Photo courtesy of Camp Jam.

At Camp Jam, from the left: campers Stan Hudmon, Conrad Yanez, drummer Zachary Alford and camper Bennett Zander. Photos courtesy of Camp Jam.

Drummer Zachary Alford, who has toured with Bruce Springsteen, B-52s, David Bowie and Gwen Stefani, taught a master class at Camp Jam Atlanta, held recently at Oglethorpe University.

After a Q&A session, Alford picked up his sticks and did his thing, jamming out for the audience of future rock stars.

Camp Jam was founded by Jeff Carlisi, lead guitarist for .38 Special, and Dan Lipson, entrepreneur and guitarist for Vintage Red.

Artists featured at every Camp Jam session include musicians who have performed with Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Guns & Roses, Sheryl Crow, Survivor, The Fray, Rod Stewart, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The All-American Rejects, Don Henley, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and many others.

The campers with drummer Zachary Alford, in the center.

The campers with drummer Zachary Alford, in the center.

Camp Jam has been rocking Atlanta all summer long, starting …

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Casting call: Owen Wilson-Vince Vaughn movie seeks women with big busts and backsides

Ladies (yeah!) ladies (yeah!) check out this casting call.

Ladies (yeah!) ladies (yeah!) check out this casting call.

What you gon’ do with all that junk? All that junk inside your trunk?

Here’s an idea: You could become a movie extra.

Work starts soon in Atlanta on “The Internship,” a comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. It’s about guys who get downsized and then decide to start climbing the corporate ladder again from the bottom. Wilson and Vaughn each have filmed movies here in Atlanta – Wilson starred in “Hall Pass” and Vaughn in “The Watch,” coming out this summer. Now the “Wedding Crashers” duo reunites.

Here are some featured roles the extras casting folks are looking for:

A “hot caucasian girl in her 20s with a big butt.” This individual can be thin or not, doesn’t matter. What does matter is the backside. They’re looking for someone packing a “ridiculous” badonkadonk. Send three photos of your bootylicious self and three to five photos taken from behind to show off your glorious assets, to InternsATL@gmail.com, with …

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Larry “Pants on the Ground” Platt on hand to greet Obama

606043495Mr. President, meet The General.

Gen. Larry Platt, who achieved fame with his viral “Pants on the Ground” tryout for “American Idol” in 2010, was among the well wishers on hand to greet President Barack Obama this morning. He can be seen from behind, in the left hand corner of this photo.

The president is in town for a fundraising visit at the Westin Peacthree Plaza. He ran by The Varsity ahead of time.

Platt’s use of the “General” honorific reflects his activism during the Civil Rights movement. It’s unclear at the moment if he actually met Obama or was merely part of the retinue that greeted Air Force One when it landed at Hartsfield.

Jay Tribby, Chief of Staff to Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, tweeted us this photo just now with the message, “Can @AJCBuzz top this? Hanging with Gen Larry “Pants on the Ground” Platt to greet President @BarackObama at airport.”

Mr. Tribby, we could not hope to top that!

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Video: President Obama at the Varsity!

Amanda Ozment came to Atlanta to visit her friend Bradley Loomis, and ended up running into President Barack Obama.

Amanda Ozment came to Atlanta to visit her friend Bradley Loomis, and ended up running into President Barack Obama.

To be honest, Amanda Ozment’s trip to Atlanta to visit her friend Bradley Loomis hadn’t started off so great. She lost her wallet in the airport after she arrived. But she figured her trip would end on a high note when she stopped by the Varsity, an Atlanta landmark her dad had learned about on the Travel Channel.

“As we’re finishing eating this gentleman comes by and says, ‘if you’d like to move to our lower seating area the president’s coming by.’ I’m like the president of the United States or the president of the Varsity?”

Turns out, President Barack Obama was on the way, and Ozment’s independent filmmaking career was launched.

Here’s the video she took with her phone:

The video quickly made her a Twitter sensation, and a number of media outlets asked if they could use the clip. She graciously tweeted approval for anyone who wanted to use it.

“I was …

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Kim Kardashian headed to Atlanta

Welcome back Kim K! AP photo

Welcome back Kim K! AP photo

Kim Kardashian is on her way back to Atlanta.

Our source: Kim Kardashian.

“Heading out to ATL shaaaaawwwwty!,” she tweeted about half an hour ago.

The reality show personality does spend a fair amount of time here. She was in town not long ago filming some episodes of the Lifetime show “Drop Dead Diva,” which films here. Before that she was here filming a role in the Tyler Perry film “The Marriage Counselor.” That was right after her fleeting marriage to Kris Humphries ended.

More recently rumors started swirling that her current fella Kanye West is looking to purchase a pad for the two of them when they’re in town. A source who sells and leases high-end real estate properties in Atlanta confirmed that there’s talk of a possible Casa K&K in town. Just the boost the local real estate market has been searching for!

In past trips to Atlanta Kardashian has been spotted at STK and Twist. We’ll post updates as details of this trip become …

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Photos: “42″ and “ID Theft” filming in Midtown

The movie "42" is filming in Midtown, including a scene at the Biltmore. This exciting photo shows one of the trucks unloading equipment this morning. Rumor has it that President Barack Obama wants to visit the set of the movie, about Dodgers great Jackie Robinson. No confirmation from the Secret Service or White House, of course.

The movie "42" is filming in Midtown, including a scene at the Biltmore. This exciting photo shows one of the trucks unloading equipment. Rumor had it that President Barack Obama wanted to visit the set of the movie, about Dodgers great Jackie Robinson. He went to the Varsity instead during his fundraising trip to Atlanta on Tuesday.

Right now a sidewalk closing is about the only inconvenience resulting from "42" setting up at the Biltmore. That'll change if POTUS swings by. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey.

Right now a sidewalk closing is about the only inconvenience resulting from "42" setting up at the Biltmore. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. Ford was spotted entering a Midtown nightclub Monday night. The club was closed at the time; it could have been a filming site

Meanwhile, at the Georgian Terrace, crews are readying for a scene in "ID Theft." The movie stars Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. Bateman has been to the Georgian Terrace before - to film a scene for "The Change-Up" a couple of years ago.

Meanwhile, at the Georgian Terrace, crews readied for a scene in "ID Theft." The movie stars Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. Bateman has been to the Georgian Terrace before – to film a scene for "The Change-Up," co-starring Ryan Reynolds, a couple of years ago.

Looks like "ID Theft" will film in the bar at the Georgian Terrace. They've hung blackout drapes on the windows. The movie is about a guy who has his identity stolen by a woman. Hilarious!

Looks like "ID Theft" will film in the bar at the Georgian …

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Source: Obama will visit movie set

"See ya tomorrow, Atlanta!" AP photo

"See ya tomorrow, Atlanta!" AP photo

President Barack Obama, headed to Atlanta for a fundraising visit at the Westin Peachtree Plaza on Tuesday, will work in a stop at the set of “42,” filming this week in Midtown and in Inman Park, according to a well-placed source with direct knowledge of the situation.

The movie is about Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color line when playing for the Dodgers. It has been filming in Macon, Chattanooga and Birmingham. Things are wrapping up this week in Midtown. Good timing for the president, whose people let it be known he’d like to stop by.

The movie folks were happy to oblige, and we hear from someone in a position to know that the visit is a go.

This will do traffic no favors, of course. Detours and lane closures are often part of the package when a movie films on city streets. Add in presidential security and … you get the idea.

According to fliers that went up over the weekend, filming is taking place in Midtown, on …

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Report: Obama wants to visit Atlanta movie set

President Barack Obama and Tyler Perry at a March campaign event at Tyler Perry Studios. AP photo

President Barack Obama and Tyler Perry at a March campaign event at Tyler Perry Studios. AP photo

President Barack Obama heads back to Atlanta for more fundraising this week, and reportedly wants to visit the set of a movie filming here.

Deadline reports that Obama wants to visit the set of “42,” the movie about baseball great Jackie Robinson. Actor Chadwick Boseman plays the athlete who broke MLB’s color line by joining the Dodgers in 1947, and Harrison Ford stars as Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey. The movie, which has been filming in Birmingham, Chattanooga and Macon, is wrapping up with some final background scenes in Atlanta this week.

AwMBRKyCMAAFla4According to signs going up in Midtown over the weekend, filming will take place this week in Midtown – on Cypress, West Peachtree and Peachtree streets. Thanks to Travis Nichols for sending the image of the notice, at the left. The notice points out that off-duty Atlanta police officers will be there to direct traffic. Traffic’s …

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