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PROJECT: Zombieland
CL RATING: 4 stars
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 2, 2009
STAR POWER: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Murray
ON LOCATION: Atlanta, Valdosta, Decatur and Newnan
CELEB SIGHTING: Woody Harrelson reportedly partied with cast and crew at the Clermont Lounge.
A MUST-SEE? It's like the funny, slapstick cousin to "The Walking Dead's" more serious zombie story.

Next: What Atlanta schools did Sandra Bullock visit?

PROJECT: The Blind Side
CL RATING: 2 stars
RELEASE DATE: Nov. 20, 2009
STAR POWER: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates
ON LOCATION: Agnes Scott College, Atlanta International University, the Westminster School, Buckhead
A MUST-SEE? Sandra Bullock's peppery performance earned her a Best Actress Oscar, and the film even eked out a Best Picture nomination.

Next: What Bill Murray and Spike Lee like to do in Atlanta together

CL RATING: 3 stars
RELEASE DATE: Aug. 20, 2010
STAR POWER: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek
ON LOCATION: Crawfordville
CELEB SIGHTING: Bill Murray at a Atlanta Hawks game with director Spike Lee.
A MUST-SEE? This wry Depression-era fable feels more authentically Southern than any film this year.

Next: Where Fergie's man gets himself in trouble

PROJECT: Life As We Know It
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 8, 2010
STAR POWER: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel
ON LOCATION: Belly General Store in Virginia-Highland, Philips Area, Underground Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Brookhaven
SPEAKING OF TATTLETALES: A dancer at the Tattletales Lounge strip club claimed to have had sex with Duhamel (aka Mr. Fergie) while he was in town.
A MUST-SEE? Not unless you love terrible comedies

Next: Zombie's favorite Atlanta hotspots

PROJECT: AMC series "The Walking Dead"
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 31, 2010
STAR POWER: Oscar-nominated filmmaker Frank Darabont is the show's creator.
ON LOCATION: Downtown Atlanta's Walton and Forsyth streets, Fairlie-Poplar district, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
A MUST-SEE? The six-episode TV series features the smarts one expects from American Movie Classics shows, with occasional moments of disgusting violence.

Next: In which Georgia towns was Zach Galifianakis spotted?

RELEASE DATE: Nov. 5, 2010
STAR POWER: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis
ON LOCATION: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, scenes in and around Atlanta, Bremen, Lawrenceville, Gainesville and Hampton
A MUST-SEE? The trailer make Downey Jr. and Galifianakis look like a classic mismatched duo in a spiritual remake of Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Next: Which treats did Janet Jackson indulge while filming in Atlanta?

PROJECT: For Colored Girls
RELEASE DATE: Nov. 5, 2010
STAR POWER: Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg
ON LOCATION: EUE Screen Gems Studios at Lakewood, Midtown, Buckhead, Cobb Energy Centre
CELEB SIGHTING: Janet Jackson spotted eating ice cream with friends at Kilwin's ice cream and fudge shop in Atlantic Station
A MUST-SEE? Tyler Perry's latest film is positioned as 2010's equivalent to Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. But could anyone make a film of Ntozake Shange's poetic, plotless play?

Next: What alcoholic drink did Betty White order at Rathbun's?

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PROJECT: The Lost Valentine, a Hallmark Channel original movie
RELEASE DATE: February 2011
STAR POWER: Betty White, Jennifer Love Hewitt
ON LOCATION: Agnes Scott College, North Avenue, Oakdale Road, Borders bookstore on Ponce de Leon Avenue, Chattahoochee River
CELEB SIGHTING: Betty White ordered a vodka on the rocks at Rathbun's in Inman Park and Jennifer Love Hewitt was spotted at Everybody's Pizza.
A MUST-SEE? The film is based on the New York Times best-selling novel by James Michael Pratt. Oh, and it stars Betty White.

PROJECT: Hall Pass
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 25, 2011
STAR POWER: Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate
ON LOCATION: Gold Room and Cantina Taqueria & Tequila Bar in Atlanta, Lake Lanier and an Applebee's in Suwanee, Avondale High School, Days Inn in Gainesville, Marietta
CELEB SIGHTING: Owen Wilson hung out at Via on Pharr Road, and reportedly called Kyma restaurant in Buckhead to ask for the recipe for a cocktail.
A MUST-SEE? It sounds like a potential return to form for the Farrelly Brothers, the funsters behind There's Something About Mary.

PROJECT: The Conspirator
RELEASE DATE: March 2011
STAR POWER: James McAvoy, Kevin Kline, Robin Wright
ON LOCATION: Fort Pulaski, Bay Street in Savannah
A MUST-SEE? History buffs should dig Robert Redford's serious-sounding period piece about the only female co-conspirator of the Lincoln assassination.

PROJECT: Footloose
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2011
STAR POWER: Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell, Kenny Wormald
ON LOCATION: Stone Mountain Village, New Senoia Raceway, Newton County's historic courthouse in Covington, Cowboys Nightclub in Kennesaw
CELEB SIGHTING: Dennis Quaid chowing down at Fox Brothers BBQ
A MUST-SEE? Will Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer pimp out this remake of the beloved Kevin Bacon film?

Next: Which successful sequel is being filmed in Savannah?

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PROJECT: X-Men: First Class
RELEASE DATE: June 3, 2011
STAR POWER: January Jones, James McAvoy, Kevin Bacon, Michael Fassbender
ON LOCATION: Savannah beach area east of Beachview Drive and the Clam Creek fishing pier
A MUST-SEE? Young Professor X and Magneto team up in this prequel that's bound to be better than the last X-Films. (Please?)

PROJECT: Fast Five (aka Fast and Furious Five)
RELEASE DATE: June 10, 2011
STAR POWER: Ludacris, Vin Diesel
ON LOCATION: Body shop on the corner of Memorial Drive and Holtzclaw Street, down the street from WonderRoot and Homegrown Restaurant
A MUST-SEE? If you like watching guys drive fast, why not?

PROJECT: The Change-Up
RELEASE DATE: Aug. 5, 2011
STAR POWER: Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman
ON LOCATION: Inman Park, Peachtree Road, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc.
HYPE FACTOR: Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin is allegedly showcasing Atlanta's local color in this body-transfer comedy.

PROJECT: Wanderlust
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 7, 2011
STAR POWER: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd
ON LOCATION: Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Clarkesville
A MUST-SEE? This Judd Apatow production re-teams Rudd with director David Wain from the amusing Role Models.

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