Bite Me...News Bites & Rumors 092216

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If you think the size of your soundstage doesn’t matter, don’t tell Valhalla Studios that.  One of theirs will be 40,000 square feet when it opens, the largest in all of Jawja.  first phase is 7 20,000-square-foot stages, one 30,000-square-foot stage.  But listen to what else is going in the old electronics recycling facility: seven 20,000 square foot stages, one 30,000 square footer, a 100,000-square-foot building for offices and mill space, another office building, a helipad, and naturally, a half mile of private train track for use in productions like “Stand By Me – The Revenge.”  The dudes responsible for all this, Ryan Millsap and James Schulz, hope it’ll be ready for you by the first of 2017.
Going on right now, even as we speak, 2016’s Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Cineposium is meeting here thanks to us being such an interesting production place.  They’ll look around our studios and cool places like Senoia, talk amongst themselves about getting movies in their states and countries, and they might even have finger sandwiches.  Speakers include MPAA Chair Christopher Dodd, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Raleigh Studios’ Scott Tigchelaar, Tyler Perry’s Steve Mensch, GPP’s government relations guy Randall Franks, Mark Henderson of Get-A-Grip Atlanta, and IATSE Local 479 union man Kevin Amick.
Congrats to The People’s Network.  They’re going to produce and direct 5 film movies for Doug Schwab’s Maverick Entertainment next year.  Peoples was started in 2008 by Bobby and Renee Peoples, and their first Maverick project will be a thriller Kenya Henricks and Bobby Peoples wrote called "Fixation", starring Tobie Famusipe, Needamya Chambers & Tina Bridges.  Maverick fixates on niche genre films and has over 400 indy titles they distribute.
Want to pretend you’re Chief Bill Gillespie from "In the Heat of the Night”?  Well now you can!  All you have to do is buy the house in Covington that was his in the show for a half million dollars.  C’mon, it’ll be a conversation piece.  Built in 1886, it’s got a claw foot tub, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, and the original depression glass windows in the front parlors and upgraded kitchen.  6 pecan trees in the backyard and porch so nice you’ll swear you were sippin’ iced tea on it with Bubba.
Music Midtown is all about music.  Thus the name.  But a little movie thing happened during this year’s festival.  The big headliner, along with Twenty One Pilots, Beck and deadmau5, was The Killers.  And they were introduced by none other than the guy who’s sick of being James Bond, Daniel Craig.  Bond is always showing up in exotic locations like Midtown Atlanta.
It only premiered at the beginning of this month on FX, but “Atlanta” has already been renewed and will get 10 more episodes.  Donald Glover’s show is doing really well; best premiere numbers for any basic cable primetime scripted comedy in over 3 years in the 18-49 demo.  I know that’s very specific, but it’s a record nonetheless.  Variety, which we like to call the “Content South” of California, says the show is helping redefine the half-hour sitcom.
Are you L?  Or G?  Or B or T?  Or are you an S who appreciates all those other letters?  Then you can check out the 29th annual Atlanta LGBT Film Festival Sept. 29-Oct. 6 at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.  There’s all kind of great stuff in between, but the show starts with “Strike a Pose,” the where are they now documentary about the dancers from Madonna’s “Truth or Dare” movie.  The closer is “Other People” where Jesse Plemons is a struggling comedy writer who goes home to take care for his dying mother, played by Molly Shannon.  Sally O’Malley!  50 years old!  Gregory Harrison will also be here to help give “It’s My Party” director Randal Kleiser the Icon Award.
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