A slew of movies have filmed in Atlanta this summer and it’s usually not so hard to suss out what they’re about.
“Million Dollar Arm,” with Jon Hamm, is about a baseball scout who looks abroad for new talent. “Solace,” with Anthony Hopkins and Collin Farrell, is a thriller about a psychic doctor who helps authorities track a serial killer. “Endless Love,” with Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, is a remake of the 1980s teen romance. “Blended,” with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, is a romantic comedy. “Kill the Messenger,” with Jeremy Renner and Rosemarie DeWitt, is based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb and his reporting on the CIA.
Our favorite, in terms of straightforward branding, is “Let’s Be Cops.” Featuring “Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev, it’s about friends who pretend to be cops.
Then there’s “Almanac,” with young stars Jonny Weston (“Chasing Mavericks”) and Sofia Black-D’Elia (“Gossip Girl”)
Google the movie and you pull up phrases like “top secret.” Its imdb.com page is no help, either. We thought we’d be able to pry some intel out of cast member Ginny Gardner, known for her role as Katie Fitzgerald in “Glee,” when we landed an interview with her.
“I can’t say a lot about it,” she said. “All the details are under wraps.”
We were able to glean the storyline in broad strokes, though.
“It’s about five kids who discover a time machine and we figure out how to use it,” Gardner said. “I play the main character’s little sister. I’m a little bit cooler than he is. I’m always poking fun at him. It’s set in Georgia.”
And that’s it.
“It’s really going to be fun, I think,” Gardner said.
She was able to reveal that “Almanac,” whose producer, Michael Bay, is known for work on movies such as the sleeper hit “The Purge,” was bedeviled by this summer’s infernal rain.
“The weather messed us up a little bit,” she said. “Waiting on the sun pushed us back a little bit.”
The project filmed in private homes in Midtown. In their downtime the stars enjoyed local sites including the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola, said Gardner. She might be back before long.
“I think three of the things I’m going out for next all shoot here,” she said. “I might as well move to Atlanta.”
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