On Location: Behind the Scenes With Hollywood in Atlanta

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    On Location: Behind-the-Scenes With Hollywood in Atlanta

    Melissa McCarthy/Boss
    ••• Actor Melissa McCarthy in a scene from The Boss. IMDB

    Chances are, your favorite blockbuster movie was filmed in Atlanta this year. With enticing tax incentives, movie makers are cashing in on Georgia’s 20 percent tax credit and its extra 10 percent credit for Georgia logo placement on the film’s title or credits.

    But Y’allywood (the Hollywood of the South, as many are calling Atlanta) isn’t just enticing financially – the area also readily provides top-quality crew and equipment, a range of talent and casting companies, and accessibility to the world’s largest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International. It’s no wonder that in the 2015 fiscal year alone, Georgia’s film and television industry ranked in six billion dollars, according to GDEcD. Find out which 2016-2017 blockbuster films staked their claim on Atlanta territory.

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    Filmed in Atlanta: The Boss

    Filmed in Atlanta: The Boss
    ••• Georgia Department of Economic Development

    The Boss

    Release Date: April 8, 2016

    Rated: R

    Synopsis: Academy Award-nominated actress Melissa McCarthy stars as a rich industry mogul sent to federal prison for insider trading. After getting released, she sets her sites on rebuilding her wealth by way of a brownie empire. McCarthy is joined alongside a star-studded cast including Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, and Kathy Bates.

    On location: We were unable to reach the production company for confirmation, but ​IMDB reports that filming took place at Clayton State University in Morrow and Agnes Scott College in Decatur, along with surrounding Atlanta areas.

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  • 03 of 08

    Filmed in Atlanta: Mother’s Day

    Filmed in Atlanta: Mother’s Day
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    Mother’s Day

    Release Date: April 29, 2016

    Rated: PG-13

    Synopsis: Three generations of motherhood intertwine in this heartfelt comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts and Jason Sudeikis. The movie follows director Garry Marshall’s signature format (think multiple-stories that tie together, like “Valentine’s Day”) and celebrates mothers everywhere – from single and stepmoms, to widowed husbands fulfilling a mother’s role.

    On location: According to 11 Alive News, filming took place at Piedmont Park, The Crossing Restaurant, Lotta Frutta, Sprout’s Farmer’s Market, City of Decatur Cemetery, Ye Old Dunwoody Tavern, Burn Social Club, and more Atlanta hotspots.  

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    Filmed in Atlanta: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

    Filmed in Atlanta: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
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    Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

    Release Date: May 20, 2016

    Rating: R

    Synopsis: When Mac (Seth Rogen) and his pregnant wife Kelly (Rose Byrne) realize their new neighbors are a sorority and will hinder their chances at selling their house, they enlist ex-neighbor and former fraternity adversary Teddy (Zac Effron) to devise a plan to get rid of the sorority girls.

    On Location: According to 11 Alive News, filming took place on Valley View Road in Dunwoody, Georgia, where Effron was seen running barefoot. GDEcD also confirmed the movie shot in Fulton County, Clarkston, Dunwoody, Fayetteville, and Marietta. 

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    Filmed in Atlanta: The Accountant

    Filmed in Atlanta: The Accountant
    ••• Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    The Accountant

    Release Date: October 14, 2016

    Rating: R

    Synopsis: In this assassin thriller, Ben Affleck plays a forensic accountant who doubles as a killer for hire. The cast also includes Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal, and J.K. Simmons.

    On Location: We were unable to reach the production company, but according to On Location Vacations, filming took place throughout Georgia Tech, including Klaus Advanced Computing Building’s Cooley Bridge, outside of the Klaus Building along Ferst Drive and Plum Street, and more. 

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    Filmed in Atlanta: Rings

    Filmed in Atlanta: Rings
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    Rings

    Release Date: October 28, 2016

    Rating: Not yet rated

    Synopsis: In its third installment in the Ring series, a videotape resurfaces causing people to die after watching it. Johnny Galecki leads a fresh cast of actors including Aimee Teegarden and Alex Roe.

    On Location: We were unable to reach the production company, but IMDB reports the movie filmed at East Mountain Studios in Conyers, and surrounding areas in Atlanta and Decatur – GDEcD confirms locations included Fulton County, Fairburn, Grantville, Coweta, and Newnan. 

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    Filmed in Atlanta: Passengers

    Filmed in Atlanta: Passengers
    ••• Photo credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Passengers

    Release Date: December 21, 2016

    Rating: Not yet rated

    Synopsis: In this sci-fi adventure, two sleeping passengers (Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt) are aboard a spacecraft carrying thousands of passengers to a new home planet when both of their hibernation pods malfunction—they wake up 90 years prior to their designation.

    On Location: According to IMDB, filming took place at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville and surrounding locations in Atlanta. 

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    Filmed in Atlanta: Thank You for Your Service

    Filmed in Atlanta: Thank You for Your Service
    ••• Just Jared

    Thank You for Your Service

    Release Date: October 27, 2017

    Rating: Not yet rated

    Synopsis: Based on the non-fiction book by David Finkel, the drama tracks the lives of four soldiers returning home from Iraq and struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder. The film stars Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, and Amy Schumer.

    On Location: Sites could not be confirmed, but according to On Location Vacation, filming took place at Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, Georgia.