Celebs in Atlanta: Whether you want to see one or be one, we can help.
First, if you're wondering where to look for a famous face, try showing up wherever jazz artist Joe Gransden does. His buddy Clint Eastwood stopped by Cafe 290 in March while he was in town filming "Trouble With the Curve." This week actress-turned-author Vanessa Williams came in to hear Gransden and his big band. The jazzman's next gigs are May 25 at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth and May 26 at Eddie's Attic in Decatur. You never know who might be in the audience.
In other star-spotting news, Jason Bateman dined at The Palm this week while his "ID Theft" co-star Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone took in a Braves game. The comedy, also starring Amanda Peet, was filming south of Atlanta on Friday, in the Hampton-Griffin area. ... Boris Kodjoe was filming a Ford commercial downtown on Wednesday. Our source for this little newsflash was Kodjoe, who tweeted a photo of himself in between takes. ... "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" star Paula Patton was spotted during cocktail hour at the Midtown W the other day. She is in town working on "No Good Deed," a thriller from producer Will Packer, the guy behind box office champ "Think Like a Man."
Cast away! The aforementioned "ID Theft" needs guys ages 21 to 55 to play painters or construction workers Monday through Wednesday. Email your photo, age, height, weight, sizes and phone number to IDTheftExtras@gmail.com, with "Blue Collar" in the subject line. It'll film in Midtown. ... "Necessary Roughness" needs men or women who know how to handle and sell jewelry for a scene involving jewelers. It films Monday. Email photos and your information to rough2ATL@Gmail.com. ... Do you have a pulse? Some unnamed show just needs "spectators" for scenes being filmed Monday, Tuesday and Friday. If you can fog a knife, email CLCAvailCheck@gmail.com. Another unnamed project needs a teenager with acne and "big guys who could pass as demons." (We're assuming this is a documentary about high school?) Email email@example.com to find out more.
If you want to see and be seen, and possibly finagle your way into a scene in a future "Real Housewives of Atlanta" episode, listen up. Word is Bravo cameras will be rolling at this year's "Doggies on the Catwalk" fashion show and fundraiser, planned for 7 p.m. May 18 at Room & Board home furnishings store, 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. Cast member and model Cynthia Bailey will be among the local notables strutting their stuff along with fashionable four-legged friends. Bailey will appear with husband Peter Thomas and Simone the poodle, who belongs to event founder Vincent Martinez. Other models will include Monica Pearson, Jenn Hobby, Stephanie Davis Smith, John Stupka and Bill Hallman, while B98.5 FM Morning Show host Vikki Locke will serve as emcee. The two-legged models will sport designer outfits from Tootsie's and Hallman, and the pooches will parade in original designs from Dixie Dog. The event benefits Pets Are Loving Support, which provides food and basic veterinary care to the companion pets of critically ill and disabled Atlantans. Tickets are $75, or $125 for VIP tickets. For information, go to www.palsatlanta.org.
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