Atlanta people and places

Tyler Perry dines with Janet Jackson and leaves a $500 tip

2:15 pm Sep. 13, 2017

Tyler Perry and his friend Janet Jackson had dinner in San Antonio and left a Texas-sized tip: $500.

Their meal at a vegetarian restaurant only cost $27. Check out this photo of the very happy dinner party.

Perry is ready for the start of the fall holiday season with a new teaser trailer for “Boo! A Madea Halloween 2.”

MORE: Tyler Perry’s surprise visit to the “Boo” red carpet screening in Atlanta

The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead to be rebranded

11:50 am Sep. 7, 2017

The Ritz-Carlton’s Buckhead location, site of countless prominent charity balls, high-profile weddings, exclusive ladies’ luncheons and elegant afternoon teas, will soon have a new name.

According to a release sent Thursday morning: “Marriott International and Host Hotels & Resorts have reached an agreement for The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead to become rebranded under independent operation as part of The Luxury Collection effective Dec. 1. Host Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International are delighted

Hurricane Irma has atheists praying for a stranger

7:26 am Sep. 7, 2017

With Hurricane Irma pounding its way across St. Martin on Wednesday morning, a vacationer named Alex Woolfall kept a steady stream of harrowing tweets coming. Within hours, people describing themselves as atheists were offering prayers.

MORE: Atlanta Air BnB inventory filling up fast ahead of Irma

Live Hurricane Irma updates

“Hope it passes quickly,” he posted as the rain and wind picked up very early on Wednesday.

“Still feels relatively subdued,”

People are hoping Hurricane Irma hits Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

7:35 am Sep. 6, 2017

Hurricanes usually have a way of pulling people together despite political or other differences. Usually.

As Irma approaches south Florida, though, we’re seeing a contingent of Twitter users actually hoping for a direct hit on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.

MORE: $4 evacuee housing for those fleeing Irma .. but there’s a catch

People criticized and defended Joel Osteen after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston 

This three-legged dog rescued from Houston needs a

Casting call: Can you act in a scene with Kevin Hart without laughing?

7:54 am Aug. 30, 2017

Kevin Hart and Will Packer are teaming up again for another hilarious comedy, and a new casting call offers a very big challenge: they need folks able to work a scene with Hart without laughing.

The movie is “Night School,” filming now in Atlanta. Packer and Hart have worked together on numerous projects including the two Atlanta-filmed “Ride Along” movies (No. 3 reportedly is on the horizon). Packer’s latest movie, “Girls

What Joel Osteen told us during a recent interview

10:45 am Aug. 29, 2017

By Jennifer Brett and Shelia M. Poole

Megachurch leader and author Joel Osteen, currently trending on Twitter amid a social media firestorm over whether his enormous Houston church should be housing storm refugees, spoke to the Atlanta Journal Constitution in June, ahead of a planned appearance at SunTrust Park in Cobb County.

“My prayer, my encouragement, is let’s each be a peacemaker, “ Osteen told AJC reporter Shelia Poole at

The Plaza Theatre to be sold to Atlanta Film Society chief

9:06 am Aug. 26, 2017

The historic Plaza Theatre has been a favorite location for Atlanta Film Festival screenings, so news of the venue’s impending sale should delight cinema buffs. Theater owner Michael Furlinger announced in a statement that the theater will be sold next month to Atlanta Film Society executive director Christopher Escobar.

“It’s time to pass the torch so that Christopher can take the theatre to the next level,” Furlinger said. (His entire statement

Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling films in Atlanta this fall

1:20 pm Aug. 22, 2017

“First Man,” a biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong with Ryan Gosling in the lead role, films in Atlanta soon. It’s based on the book “First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong” by James Hansen. Oscar winner Damien Chazelle directs.

PAST COVERAGE: That time Ryan Gosling stopped by the Buckhead Diner

When Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe partied at Dallas Austin’s groovy Atlanta estate

Filming starts in October and casting folks “will be doing