ATLwood: Lionsgate chairman wants to buy the Atlanta Hawks

Plus, George Costanza’s rocking with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and other news

According to ESPN, Lionsgate Entertainment’s Mark Rachesky put in a bid to buy the Atlanta Hawks. Apparently Machesky has been encouraged by Atlanta Braves controlling owner John Malone to throw his hat into the mix, one that includes everyone from Dominique Wilkins and Hank Aaron to owners of Major League Soccer and Italian Serie A.
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? Filming Updates
>> WABE discusses Georgia’s “Hollywood of the South” title, in Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer’s conversation with AJC reporter Jennifer Brett. 
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? >> Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” will be filming today in the Druid Hills/Emory area. H/T OLV
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? >> SundanceTV’s “Rectify” is currently filming in Griffin. Here’s a look at the script for season 3, episode 301. 
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? >> According to Twitter user @bradkATL, HBO’s “Brothers in Atlanta” filmed on Cascade Road earlier this week.
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? Sightings
? >> Fans of CW’s locally shot, “The Vampire Diaries,” welcome to heaven. 
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? >> George Costanza Jason Alexander is in town to perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. “Who knew? Jason Alexander sings for symphonies.”
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? >> Bobbi Kristina’s boo Nick Gordon is going to talk about all his emotional baggage with Dr. Phil (but why?!), because naturally, you should hash your issues out in front of a national audience. In other news, Bobbi Kristina’s family celebrated her 22nd birthday this week.
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Deals and Payoffs
? >> Pinewood Studios is big, but it’s going to get A LOT BIGGER
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? >> Republic Records and IM Global have http://companyhttp://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/republic-records-teams-im-global-778806http://http//www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/republic-records-teams-im-global-778806teamed up to produce music-driven films, which will be “supported by soundtracks, music videos, and fan-driven social media.” The first flick, Rollin’ Thunder, will be a comedy set in Atlanta. 
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? >> Downtown Grantville, Ga., was featured in season 3 of “The Walking Dead,” and now the whole town can be yours for all of $680,000
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? Castings
? >> CW’s forthcoming, ATL-shot, “Cordon,” just announced that “The Originals” cast-member Claudia Black will join the cast.
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? >> Folks, it’s pilot season, and here’s one local production needing extras (and recurring roles) of all shapes and sizes.
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? Miscellany
? >> Going to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel this weekend? You might want to check in with CL film critic Curt Holman first
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? >> The Black Women Film Summit is happening this weekend. Check out Rodney Carmichael’s interview with V. Bozeman of “Empire” fame. Bozeman is in town to perform at the event. 
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? >> Winter “Game of Thrones” season 5 is coming to the Fox Theatre, thanks to the Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF). In other ATLFF news, the opening and closing night features and talent were announced earlier this week. What up, James Franco?
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? >> Speaking of “TWD,” here’s our recap. 
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? Have any tips? Sightings? Encounters? Pictures? Filming news? We need ‘em! Drop me a line: gavin.godfrey at creativeloafing.com; or send me a tweet at @WriteGavinWrite. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ATLwood.