Atlanta people and places

Andrew Young’s star-studded 85th birthday bash

8:45 pm Jun. 3, 2017

Former Atlanta Mayor and UN Ambassador Andrew Young celebrated his 85th birthday Saturday night with several thousands of his closest friends, famous and otherwise.

The Andrew Young International Leadership Awards event – saluting former Vice President Joe

Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis took George Clooney’s advice on Atlanta BBQ

6:52 am May. 30, 2017

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are in Atlanta while she films “A Bad Moms Christmas” and he prepares to speak at a convention.

MORE: Where “Bad Moms Christmas” has been filming

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are back in Atlanta

They spent Memorial Day enjoying some barbecue. Atlanta has no shortage of great BBQ joints and visiting celebs have been known to blaze a trail to our city’s pork palaces. The

Learn this one tip and master fine-dining etiquette

2:26 pm May. 24, 2017

Erika Preval is proprietor of Charm Etiquette, where those of us who could stand a little refresher course in proper etiquette (note: that’s pretty much everyone) can turn to for guidance. Her events quickly sell out – there was waiting list for the May 21 “Time Out: Southern Charm,” held at Bar Margot at the Four Seasons.

Until the next opportunity arises, here are some of her top tips for

Pucker up! A movie filming in Atlanta needs kissing couples

8:39 am May. 23, 2017

Teen romance-comedy “The Pact,” directed by Kay Cannon of “Pitch Perfect” renown, is filming in Atlanta and needs some extras ready to smooch.

The movie, starring Leslie Mann, John Cena and local Clark Gable look-alike Chad Sanborn, is about dads determined to shepherd their daughters through Prom Night with their virtues intact.

The folks casting extras need real couples in the mood to make out. They’re looking for people age 18 to

“Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” is long on bathroom jokes and mayhem

6:41 am May. 18, 2017

In between the first two Atlanta-filmed box-office blockbusters of the year (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “The Fate of the Furious”) and our first big Georgia-produced popcorn flick of the summer (“Baywatch,” due out May 25) comes “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” coming out Friday.

It’s the fourth movie to be adapted from author Jeff Kinney’s best-selling series, but the first to film here.

“This one was really different,

Young love, loss explored in “Everything, Everything”

6:35 am May. 18, 2017

“Everything, Everything,” due for a Friday release, wasn’t filmed in Atlanta but did have a well-attended advance screening, luncheon and panel discussion here recently. Its star Amandla Stenberg has been in Atlanta lately filming a different movie, “The Darkest Minds.” So we’re claiming it.

“This is kind of like my first leading role, ” she said during the screening event, held at SCADShow in Midtown and the W hotel across the

Dwight Howard is taking his mom to Australia for Mother’s Day!

4:45 pm May. 14, 2017

Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard has a serious Mother’s Day gift up his sleeve: he and Mom are headed to Australia. (Scroll down for video).

“My mom is a hard working, strong woman. I watched her grind every single day to make ends meet. She would give her last for myself and my brother and my sister and for that we’re forever grateful.”

Howard was at the Sunday afternoon premiere of Atlanta-filmed