High-profile Celebs Filled the Streets of Midtown in 2010
Atlanta is quickly becoming a leading location for films and television shows, with a lot of that action going down right here in Midtown.
Atlanta is quickly becoming a leading location for films and television shows, with a lot of that action going down right here in Midtown. The production shoots are bringing so many stars that Peachtree Street is looking more and more like the Sunset Strip, with celebrity sightings occurring daily.
Pop culture icon Betty White spent time here in September shooting the Hallmark channel film, "The Lost Valentine." Jennifer Love Hewitt, her lovely co-star, made an appearance at Environment Furniture Atlanta in the Westside Provisions District for the Atlanta Eco-Fashion & Accessories Trunk Show. Denise Boutte of the TBS comedy "Meet the Browns" and Lisa Wu Hartwell of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" also showed up.
A Lifetime mini-series starring Lucy Liu also had Midtown locales buzzing during the fall. Rhodes Hall, the High Museum and scenic Piedmont Park were all filming locations for the show. Speaking of the High, Luke Wilson enjoyed the exhibits while in town filming the dramedy, "Yellow." Wilson's older brother Owen hung out on Peachtree last spring while shooting scenes for the Farley Brothers feature film, "Hall Pass."
Atlanta was buzzing with sightings of Jennifer Anniston while filming the comedy, "Wanderlust." Anniston joined co-stars Paul Rudd and Alan Alda for a wrap party at Midtown favorite, Ecco.
Atlanta's own Ludacris played host to his "Fast Five" co-stars at Primal Atlanta during his annual LudaDay Weekend celebration. Hunky Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson were just a few of the big names here in September filming the latest installment of the "Fast and Furious" franchise. While Paul Walker and Jordanna Brewster also reprised their roles in the action-packed drama, the cars were the real stars in the production.
Ryan Seacrest, another hometown boy who made good, was recently in town to support his new boo, Julianne Hough. The former Dancing with the Stars pro is in town filming the "Footloose" remake with co-stars Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell. Seacrest and Hough were spotted dining at Midtown staple, Bacchanalia and picking up peaches at Publix in Midtown.
The pilot for the new TNT dramedy, "Franklin and Bash," was shot along West Peachtree and Linden, near Emory University Hospital Midtown (still known to most as Crawford Long). "Saved by the Bell" alum, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, stars alongside Breckin Meyer. Scenes were also shot at the Bank of America Plaza near the corner of West Peachtree and North Avenue.
VH1's first scripted series began production in Atlanta last May, using beautiful Piedmont Park as a primary location. "Single Ladies" stars Lisa Rae McCoy and Stacey Dash of "Clueless." Atlanta's own Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas also makes an appearance.
The most exciting celebrity sighting of 2010 was undoubtedly the presence of 2010's Sexiest Man Alive-Ryan Reynolds! His arrival to Midtown brought out the stalker in us all. Reynolds, Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde were in town filming "The Change Up." A wedding scene at the dock and a rollerblading scene were shot in Piedmont Park. Reynolds also filmed scenes in the Georgian Terrace ballroom. The guys couldn't get enough of Antico Pizza Napoletana on Hemphill.
With so many high-profile projects shooting locally in 2010, it's hard to imagine 2011 can top it. Stay tuned for even more big names and films in the coming year and you'll hear about them first on Celebrity Beat, Midtown edition.