Archive | August, 2012

ATLwood: Peeta shops at Target


— The first signs (literally) of the Hunger Gamessequel Catching Fire have been spotted around town. Basically, most films will put up small yellow signs with arrows to help cast and crew figure out where exactly the shooting location is, and typically the signs use an acronym or code word instead of the full title. “GGX” is thought to be the code for Catching Fire, which seems to be filming under the faux title The Idiom.

— Olympic swimming champion Missy Franklin, who won 4 gold medals in London, is making acameo in Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn‘s Atlanta-filmed movie The Internship. Cash in on that fame, girl! … READ MORE

Your TV Guide for a drama-filled fall

Though many of the old bastions of TV have fallen by the wayside (never premiere new shows in the summer, etc), the overwhelming waterfall of new and returning shows that have Autumn airdates remains. Additionally, now that HBO set the bar for Sunday nights as “the” night for marquee series, everyone else has joined in. Just a reminder to networks and cable channels: there are other days of the week. Perhaps at least it dissapates some of the Sunday night dread of school or work the next day, though.

Regardless, there’s a lot happening on TV starting in September, so hit the jump for a guide to what’s worth tuning in for, both new and returning series, every night of the week (complete with full premiere date info!) … READ MORE

BREAKING BAD Recap: “Say My Name”

One of the occasional perks of this gig is getting to see episodes in advance, but this week no such luck as, clearly, the spontaneous head combustion of critics across the country would have tipped somebody off.  One of the things that makes Breaking Bad such a phenomenal show (and the list is long) is its ability to elicit strong, visceral reactions from viewers.  There aren’t many shows I shout at, talk to, coax, cover my face and have to pick my jaw up from the floor and remember to take deep breaths because of … READ MORE

TRUE BLOOD Season 5 Finale Recap: “Save Yourself”

A year?  We have to wait a year to find out the result of that-thing-that-happened?  What am I supposed to do until then?  If you have been following these reviews this season you’ll know my stance on the show, particularly last year’s unfortunate offerings.  I wanted to give True Blood up for dead, but then it drew me – and all of us – back into its sticky sweet gooey web of vamp mush and here we all are, once again at the end of another season … READ MORE

Weekend Links: Visualizing the Invisible

A very long but essential read by the fantastic Atul Gawande for the New YorkerCan Hospital Chains Improve the Medical Industry? (You’ll actually learn a lot about the Cheesecake Factory, too. Bonus!)
From the Annals of Too Much Time: This isn’t just for “Game of Thrones” fans, but it may make slightly more sense if you are — a cat performs the “Game of Thrones” theme, and it is glorious.
Necessity is the mother of invention: How one journalist invented the ballpoint pen, a design that persists to this day (and his name may look familiar …) … READ MORE

Weekend Links: Alan Rickman Brews The Most Dramatic Tea In History


Well this is just so many different kinds of fantastic I don’t know where to begin: Alan Rickman makes tea in EXTREME slow motion. ‪
From Tiny to Tinier: One GIF Zooms in on Bacterial Life.
I guess this is old but I had never seen it, so hopefully it’s a newly terrifying idea to some of you as well: a tornado made of fire … READ MORE

ATLwood: Jennifer Lawrence has landed

Bit of a slow week in ATLwood, though things are about to Catch Fire … (oh yes I did)


— “Necessary Roughness” has recruited Super Bowl winner and two-time Pro Bowler Joe Theismann for its upcoming season.

— Bailee Madison talked to the AJC about filming Parental Guidance, starring Billy Crystaland Bette Midler, in Atlanta last year.

— Check out the redband trailer for Lawless, starring Shia LaBeoufTom Hardy and Jessica Chastain. … READ MORE

Check Out Floor Plans of TV Homes from BATMAN, THE FLINTSTONES, FRIENDS, SEX AND THE CITY and More

It’s become a meta joke on TV how young, struggling professionals always seem to manage to live in exceptionally large apartments in some of the most expensive cities.  You could call it, in fact, a Fantasy Floorplan, which is exactly what Brandi Roberts does.  The interior designer and artist blends a love of drawing, pop-culture and television — and she covers seven decades of TV homes, from I Love Lucy to Seinfeld and from Bedrock to Batman READ MORE

David Cross Thinks New Season of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Will Have 13 Episodes; Ron Howard Shares Images From The Set

All news regarding Arrested Development‘s fourth season is good news, but some is just great.  Though the initial plan was for the new season to run for ten episodes (each of which would focus on a major character), series star David Cross has recently revealed that it’s looking more like thirteen.

The series has never lost momentum or its cult following – in fact, if anything, it’s become even more popular post-cancellation than during its initial run on Fox.  It’s hard to believe that nearly a decade has past since the series first aired, but that doesn’t seem to have any bearing on the quality of the production nor on the excitement of the cast involved … READ MORE

New DOWNTON ABBEY Season 3 Clips Reveal Snappy Dialogue Between Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine

Edwardian soap opera Downton Abbey, which will air first on Britain’s ITV next month and then later this year in America on PBS, has added a new character to its third season sure to shake things up — Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovernmother Martha Levinson, played by Shirley MacLaine.

For those not up on Downton history, Cora married the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) for position while he married her for money.  Though it turned out to be a good match in the end (as they are actually affectionate with one another), there are clearly mixed feelings by the Earl’s mother, Violet, Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) about an American having rescued their estate. … READ MORE