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Barry Jenkins spent many years shoveling popcorn, curating and introducing films at the Telluride Film Festival.

And his own film, "Moonlight," premiered there earlier this year. It's his first feature film in eight years, a long interlude for most film directors, but the wait has clearly been worth it.

The New York Times, The New Yorker and just about every other major publication has heralded the film as the best film of the year.

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Some words are simply untranslatable, but the meaning remains universal. Take, for example, “Gigil.” It’s Filipino for that irresistible urge to pinch something cute. Or “Waldeinsamkeit” – that’s German for the feeling of being alone in the woods. “Bazodee” is Trinidadian slang for a feeling of confusion, often because of love or lust.

It’s also the title of a new film set in Trinidad and Tobago, a Caribbean island nation where the two dominant groups in the country are those of South Asian (sometimes referred to as East Indian) and African descent.

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The movie "Cell" recently came out in theaters. It’s also available to stream on Amazon Prime and iTunes.

Adapted from a Stephen King novel, it stars Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack in an apocalyptic world where cells phones have turned people into zombies.

“Cell” also stars Erin Elizabeth Burns in a supporting role. After participating in a two year acting program in New York, she moved to Atlanta in late 2012. She joined the drove of actors from Los Angeles and New York who are moving down south to get work.

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Georgia has been a hub of filmmaking, especially in recent years, thanks to an attractive tax credit that brings crew and filmmakers into the state. Financial benefits in addition to a variety of beautiful landscapes and scenery make Georgia the perfect place for many projects to take form.

“We have a diverse state as far as locations go, so we can stand in for just about any location in the world,” Craig Dominey, senior film location specialist at the Georgia Film Board said, “which is important with all this production we have going on here.”

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"The Love Factory" is how actor Benjamin Walker characterizes novelist Nicholas Sparks. Sparks is responsible for "The Notebook," "Message in a Bottle" and "A Walk To Remember," to name just a few of his books that have been adapted for the screen.

"The Choice," which opens in theaters this week, is the latest of those. It follows a decade of romantic ups-and-downs in the life of a pair of neighbors who fall in love after meeting for the first time.

Videodrome Staff Picks Top Movie Releases Of 2015

Jan 12, 2016
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As Blockbusters and other video stores across the country went out of business, Videodrome stood its ground.

Sixteen years ago, the Atlanta video rental shop started out with shelves of cult classics. Today, it still collects movies on the fringes of film culture, but the store has also ventured into the mainstream with more popular films adorning the new release section.

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The French New Wave is coming to Atlanta.

This Wednesday, Emory University’s cinematheque is kicking off a four-month-long series of films from the 1960s movement that included filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Melville.

Emory's program features classics, such as Godard’s famous work “Breathless," as well as some less-recognized films from the trailblazing era, like Alain Resnais’ “Je t’aime, Je t’aime.”

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Michael Lewis has a talent for making numbers and statistics compelling storytelling.

He is the best-selling author of non-fiction books like “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,” “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” and “Liar's Poker: Rising through the Wreckage on Wall Street.”

Many of the titles listed above have made it to the silver screen, and most recently, filmmaker Adam McKay adapted Lewis’ “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.”

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Just this past weekend, networks were again showing "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" for Halloween. The 1966 special was the third to feature Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" characters.

And now the gang is back. "The Peanuts Movie" opens in theaters this week. The film updates the look of Snoopy and Linus and Lucy van Pelt with modern computer animation, but there is still a Schultz at the helm.

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Georgia is known these days as the Hollywood of the South. It’s no understatement to call the state a major movie mecca and a hotbed of arts production. Dozens of movies and television shows are filmed in the state every year. State officials have estimated the impact of movie and television production in Georgia as high as $6 billion.

Here’s a look at some of the top movies filmed wholly or in part in Georgia over the past 40-plus years.

“Deliverance” (1972) 

Scoring The Scores For The Latest Summer Flicks

Aug 25, 2015
Miles Teller (left) as Reed Richards and Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm prepare for an epic battle with a former friend turned enemy.
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Summer may be winding down, but the season’s blockbuster movies continue their hot pace at the box office.

Some of the soundtracks that come with them are also doing well, both in terms of critical acclaim and in sales.

“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes and contributor Scott Stewart delve into selections from “Ant-Man,” “Pixels,” “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” and “Southpaw.”

The score for the latter was composed by James Horner before his death in a plane crash earlier this summer.

Soumitra Chatterjee as Apu and Sharmila Tagore as Aparna (Apu's wife) in the film, "Apur Sansar," part of the Apu film trilogy by Bengali director Satyajit Ray.
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One of the most lauded film trilogies of all time is coming to Atlanta, but only for a brief time.

For one week only starting on Friday, the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema will show “Pather Panchali,” “Aparajito” and “Apur Sansar,” which together make up the late Bengali director Satyajit Ray’s “Apu Trilogy.”

Atlanta Weekend Events: BBQ, Blues, Bluegrass And More

Aug 12, 2015
Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival

There’s a lot going on around Atlanta this weekend including the Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival and Chris Stapleton at the Variety Playhouse.  

To learn more, Amy Kiley spoke with Kimberly Harbrecht of PBA's arts and entertainment web site, Atlanta PlanIt.  They began by talking about Coca Cola’s silent film series with "Mighty Mo," the Fox Theater's organ.

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In 2003, an independent film titled "The Room" premiered at a Los Angeles theater. The film's budget was $6 million – all in personal cash – and the movie made a grand total of $1,800 at the box office.

By those numbers alone, the movie should have faded into obscurity, and the reviews should have solidified that fate. "The Room," with a plot revolving around a contrived love triangle, has been called "The 'Citizen Kane' of bad movies."


You might see them near freeway exits, at the corner of intersections or on the side of streets: little yellow signs with black lettering and an arrow.

These signs are put up by production companies filming all around Atlanta.

But if you’ve paid attention to what’s written on these signs, you’ll know that they don’t just say the name of the movie or TV show being filmed. Instead, they’ll have some seemingly unrelated word or collection of letters and numbers.