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The Big Screen: The Spectacular Now

The Big Screen: The Spectacular Now

(WXIA) -- This week's review is for a movie you may not have heard of -- but you'll know about it come awards season.

The Spectacular Now is home grown; it was shot in and around Athens.

It's the love story of a popular high school senior, Miles Teller, who's a little more troubled than he lets on. He doesn't care about the future -- just living in the now and the quiet girl he dates on the rebound.

The Spectacular Now is not one of those summer thrill ride movies. It feels more natural. You want to tell the guy (Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights") to make good decisions and the girl (Shailene Woodley, The Descendants) to protect herself.

Both actors should be nominated for major awards, especially Woodley, who wears almost no makeup for the entire movie. Nothing amazing happens in the film -- it's just real.

Theater camp presents 'Super Duck'

Theater camp presents 'Super Duck'

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Athens Creative Theatre Performance Camp will present a production of Brian D. Taylor's "Super Duck" later this month.

The play will be Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at the Morton Theatre. Tickets are $6.

"Super Duck" tells the story of an ugly duckling with a secret -- he's really a superhero. Joined by sidekick Squishy the Worm, Super Duck battles the evil Dr. Tabby Clawslice and proves himself (or is it herself?) to everyone in the pond.

Learn more and buy tickets at mortontheatre.com.

The Morton Theatre is located at 195 West Washington Street.

Stars of Tomorrow finalists wow the crowd at Fox Theatre

Stars of Tomorrow finalists wow the crowd at Fox Theatre

ATLANTA -- The incredible voices of the 10 teen finalists in Variety of Georgia’s Stars of Tomorrow competition echoed through the halls of the Fox Theatre Sunday evening, but one voice in particular carried above the rest. Meagan Sharp, a sophomore at the University of Georgia, dazzled the crowd with her outstanding performance and was crowned the winner of Variety’s second annual vocal competition.

“The level of talent was off the charts,” said Variety of Georgia Executive Director Chase Evangeline Andrews. “Each of the finalists gave stunning performances, and I’m sure the judges had a difficult time determining the winner of the evening.”

Technical colleges expanding global reach

Technical colleges expanding global reach

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Technical College of Georgia is expanding its global reach with new international contracts.

Officials expect to sign a $3 million contract with the African nation of Kenya soon.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson said recently that Athens Technical College and two other system colleges already are working with Saudi Arabia's King Faisal University under an $8 million contract.

He said other Saudi Arabian universities also are interested in contracting with the Georgia technical college system.

Under the existing contract with King Faisal University, administrators and teachers at Athens Tech and two other system colleges are setting up a new school, King Faisal University Community College, in Saudi Arabia.

Jackson said Kenyan officials aren't asking for a new school, but help in setting up a curriculum for technical colleges.

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

ATLANTA -- Twenty-three years ago, this month, Atlanta was the focus of the Academy Awards when "Driving Miss Daisy" won "Best Picture.

The film was written by Pulitzer prize winning Atlanta playwright Alfred Uhry who grew up in the Druid Hills area.

The story deals with the relationship between an elderly Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur after World War II.

And as of today, the home from the movie, which forever linked Atlanta to Hollywood is, now, up for sale and it's going to the highest bidder.

To some, the home is as defining as Jessica Tandy & Morgan Freeman and as unforgettable as Alfred Uhry's words.

It's located at 922 Lullwater Road in the Druid Hills neighborhood.

Jeff Hullinger asked, the listing agent for Coldwell Banker Doris Robinson, "How did this home get selected for the movie?"

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

ROME, Ga. -- Eight talented musicians at Berry College have been selected for this year's Georgia All College Band.

The band is made up of some of the best college musicians in the state. It will perform at this week's Georgia Music Educators Association conferece in Savannah.

Berry's All College Band members include the school's principal chair clarinet, Jarod Holland of Oxford, Ga., as well as two other clarinet players -- Katie Stuck of Acworth, and Kathy Stuvick of Nolensville, Tenn.

Four Berry trumpeters made the cut -- John Heidbreder (who lives in Atlanta), Everett Reiff (Buford), Matthew Soares (Rossville) and Joe Vidalez (Dalton).

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Berry's final All College Band member is trombone player Ahmad Pruitt of Decatur.

Josh Groban concert to be screened in metro Atlanta

Josh Groban concert to be screened in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Josh Groban is giving a live preview concert of his new album in New York City, but local fans won't have to travel far to watch the performance.

Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes will be screened at several theaters across metro Atlanta.

The concert will be broadcast live on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Groban will perform some of the biggest hits from his 12-year career, as well as songs from his sixth studio album, All That Echoes, which hits shelves Feb. 5. He will also answer fans' questions submitted via Twitter and text message.

"To have the chance to perform songs new and old and interact with Q&A with fans across the country is truly awesome," Groban said in a statement. "Fathom (Events) gives me that reach using state-of-the-art visual and sound at your local movie theater to experience a concert experience unique to any other. What a great way to kick off the album release!"