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Slideshow: Why Cosplayers Love Dragon Con

Sep 5, 2016
Jakey Philips came to Dragon Con as Immortan Joe from the film ''Mad Max: Fury Road.'' He said his favorite part of Dragon Con is its welcoming, family-like culture.
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Streets and sidewalks around Dragon Con venues were packed with cosplayers, enthusiasts and convention goers Saturday during the 2016 annual Dragon Con parade.

The parade featured characters from comic books, television, video games, movies and more. During and after the parade, as spectators high-fived performers and cosplayers, people posed for pictures with their favorite fantasy heroes. As the parade ended at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, spectators cheered and ran up to characters they recognized.

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There’s a game that best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson likes to play with her readers. When she releases a book, she asks her fans to decide which actors would play which characters if that book were turned into a movie.

As Jackson explains on “Writer to Reader,” creativity is a must when it comes to casting. “If you have a white female from 20 to 30 [years old], of course Jennifer Lawrence can play it,” she says. But casting the greatest actors of the day is just too easy.

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In September 2015, WABE sent our reporters out to find out one thing: "What defines Atlanta, exactly? Do we have a unique identity?" You can read the rest of the stories here.


Lucrative state tax incentives have made movie sets a common sight around Atlanta over the past few years, but the city is still trying to find its on-screen persona.

You have to start with "Gone With the Wind," said Eddy von Mueller, a film and media professor at Emory University.

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Georgia is known these days as the Hollywood of the South. It’s no understatement to call the state a major movie mecca and a hotbed of arts production. Dozens of movies and television shows are filmed in the state every year. State officials have estimated the impact of movie and television production in Georgia as high as $6 billion.

Here’s a look at some of the top movies filmed wholly or in part in Georgia over the past 40-plus years.

“Deliverance” (1972) 

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In 2003, an independent film titled "The Room" premiered at a Los Angeles theater. The film's budget was $6 million – all in personal cash – and the movie made a grand total of $1,800 at the box office.

By those numbers alone, the movie should have faded into obscurity, and the reviews should have solidified that fate. "The Room," with a plot revolving around a contrived love triangle, has been called "The 'Citizen Kane' of bad movies."