Morgan Freeman, who has been in Atlanta filming “Last Vegas,” has gone viral with a statement regarding the Connecticut shootings.
The statement, criticizing media coverage of mass shootings, closes with, “You can help by turning off the news.”
It’s been shared more than 1 million times on Facebook and had ranked up more than 600,000 “likes” as of this morning.
Just one problem: Freeman says the statement did not originate with him.
A spokesman for Freeman told On The Red Carpet that the actor did not pen this statement and added that he has not released any statement about the matter.
It’s of course not the first time a prominent person has been incorrectly linked to commentary. Bill Cosby’s supposed “I’m 76 and I’m tired” essay made the rounds during the political season but was also fiction.
We met a woman who had been Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife this week. She’s blonde, beautiful and lives right here in Atlanta. Although their union didn’t last, she had nothing but kind things to say.
“He was a doll,” said actress Catherine Dyer, who portrayed the wife of Schwarzenegger’s character in “Ten,” a gritty cop drama that filmed here this fall.
“He was lovely. He was chatty. He was very sweet,” Dyer said of her on-screen spouse. “There’s an endearing quality about him that I wasn’t expecting.”
Her film credits include roles in the made-in-Atlanta movies “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock, and “The Joneses,” starring Demi Moore and David Duchovny, but she had not met or worked with Schwarzenegger before “Ten.”
“I was in the makeup trailer getting my hair done and I heard the voice,” she said of the former California
T.I. teams up with the Atlanta Hawks again this month, performing during halftime during the Dec. 22 game against the Chicago Bulls. Tickets are available here.
The hip hop recording artist/actor/reality show star will give away free digital downloads of his new album, ”Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head,” to the first 7,000 fans to arrive at the game. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Last month T.I. joined SportSouth commentator Bob Rathbun and former Atlanta Hawk Duane Ferrell as contributing sports analyst during the game against the Miami Heat.
UPDATE: We have selected a winner by random drawing and the winner has been notified. Thanks all for entering! We’ll do another giveaway soon. Happy holidays everyone!
Mary Kay Andrews’ short story “Fatal Fruitcake” has been re-released this holiday season to raise money for relief efforts following Superstorm Sandy.
Andrews originally penned the piece in 1997, writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck, and decided to bring it out again after many of her publishing friends were affected by the storm.
We have a copy of the signed, limited edition item, complete with a jazzy cover and a dee-licious fruitcake recipe in the back.
Want it? Simply leave a comment below. We’ll draw one lucky winner at random. Good luck!
(By the way Mary Kay also is giving away a signed copy of “Blue Christmas” via her Facebook page. Click here for details.)
Madison Lintz’ stint on the AMC series “The Walking Dead” ended with a shuffle and a bang.
Her character, the newly zombified Sophia, lurches toward her former loved ones and gets shot in the head as those who cared for the pre-zombified Sophia sob in misery.
“The makeup was gross,” she told us during an interview this week. “The fake blood and the prosthetics were kind of disgusting.”
As soon as the hair and makeup folks glammed her back up, though, she headed for an audition for the Bette Midler-Billy Crystal comedy “Parental Guidance” and got the part.
“I just had to get out of the mindset of zombie apocalypse and into middle school,” she said.
Quipped her mom, Kelly Lintz: “Actually, they’re very similar.”
The two met the press and local bloggers this week at Dunwoody Bakery & Ice Cream Shoppe to talk up “Parental Guidance,” which hits theaters on Christmas Day. Madison’s character, Ashley, is BFFs
Atlanta’s reputation as a great place to make movies continues to flourish, but not all the movies made here are great. A number of made-in-Atlanta films have been named to various media outlets’ “Worst Movies of 2012″ lists.
Yes, lots of great filming projects happen here. “Flight” with Denzel Washington has been quite critically acclaimed, and “The Walking Dead,” which films here is extraordinarily popular and well done. And, this isn’t an indictment of Atlanta. Many of the projects here just happened to film here; they weren’t necessarily set here.
So, a look at those who made the lists:
Time Magazine named “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” to its worst list. We disagree, by the way. “Timothy,” a supernatural movie about a boy who sprouts from the garden starring Jennifer Garner, was sort of weird but sweet. ”Expecting,” an ensemble comedy about expectant parents from assorted
Can’t wait for the next season of “Downton Abbey” to begin? Don’t.
Georgia Public Broadcasting plans a special advance preview event from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at their studios, located at 260 14th Street in Midtown.
Period dress is encouraged! So do come in your finest frockery.
Tickets to just the screening are free, although seating is not guaranteed. Tickets to a super exclusive VIP reception, complete with a champagne toast and a post-premiere party featuring a jazz combo, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, high-end silent auction, signature drinks, photos with costumed characters and Downton Abbey cut-outs and an appearance by “The Queen” herself, along with guaranteed seating are $75. Investigate your options here.
I love classic Christmas music. My favorite thing to listen to this time of year now is the “Charlie Brown Christmas” station on Pandora. Lots of Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole along with the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Delightful!
But eventually you need to spike the eggnog, if you get me. When I’m about to overdose on sweet sentimentality I turn to Dwight Yoakam and this positively brilliant song, “Santa Can’t Stay.” I wish there was an official video for it. If there is I can’t find it.
What’s your favorite snarky Christmas song? (Besides that idiotic Grandma/reindeer song.) Post your entry below and I’ll draw one at random. The winner gets something deeelicous from my colleague, food writer John Kessler’s desk. Y’all should have seen the awesome spray frosting he got in the mail last year. Mmmm.
Atlanta Falcons player Roddy White is teaming up with Boost Mobile to serve lunch for free from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday out of the Sweet Auburn BBQ truck at Atlanta’s Food Truck Park, 1850 Howell Mill Road (Howell Mill at I-75).
For every resident who shows up for the event, Boost Mobile will donate a meal to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Boost Mobile also will make a donation in the amount of $8,400 to White’s Keep the Faith Foundation in his honor. (White’s jersey number is 84, get it?) The gift will aid the foundation’s Rockstar Program, which provides scholarships.
The event features giveaways of phones and autographed footballs, too. See you there!