“Mockingjay” coming back to Buckhead

The Swan House is preparing for the arrival of the mayor, the governor and the president.

The historic property on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center is readying for the 2014 Swan House Ball, honoring Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Gov. Nathan Deal. It's planned for 7 p.m. April 26 at the Atlanta History Center. Want to go? Contact Katherine Hoogerwerf at 404-814-4102 or KHoogerwerf@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.

The Swan House also is preparing for the return of filming crews from "The Hunger Games" series. Sequel "Catching Fire" filmed elaborate party scenes on the grounds, and key interior scenes were filmed in the dining room. An upstairs room served as the office for Donald Sutherland's character President Snow, and it's ready for hizzoner's return.

The series finale, "Mockingjay," which will be split into two movies, comes back in coming weeks. Security will be tight while filming occurs but the Swan House has established a new "Capitol Tour" to highlight parts of the house used for on-screen work. See atlantahistorycenter.com/swan-house-capitol-tours for information.

“The Soul Man” returns with live episode

Cedric the Entertainer is no stranger to live audiences. The stand-up comic and actor known for work in movies including "Barbershop" now stars with Niecy Nash in TV Land's "The Soul Man." Its next season premiere will air live at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. "The energy is bubbling around the set," Cedric said during an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Preparing for this live episode, we're working a little harder than we normally do." (You know who's really going to be working the night of the premiere? The guy on tape-delay duty.) "If I mess up I do have a proclivity to curse," Cedric said. "That is the one that thing that makes me nervous. The person in charge of the delay button has got to be on it and ready!"

Six degrees of filmmaking

Indie film "Shirin in Love," about a lovably daffy Iranian-American young woman's adventures in romance, had a small local opening this weekend. According to Fandango, it's playing only at the AMC North DeKalb theater. But it has a couple of ties to Atlanta's booming filming community. Both "Shirin" and speed-racing blockbuster "Need for Speed," which did a good bit of filming in Atlanta, shot key scenes at the Point Arena Lighthouse in Mendocino, Calif. "Shirin" also stars Riley Smith, who finished work on locally made indie "The Circle" last year. "Circle," meanwhile, filmed key scenes at the old Atlanta Prison Farm, which shows up in locally shot "Sabotage," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. That movie opens Friday.

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