Rob Zombie's "Halloweeen 2" Filming in Decatur Next Week

Cheryl over at The Decatur Minute announces that Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 (aka “H2”) will be filming in Decatur next week!  However, she doesn’t provide specific locations, so we might need to figure that out on our own.

The movie stars Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Scout Taylor-Compton, and Danielle Harris.  However to me, Howard Hesseman has the best character name of the bunch. “Uncle Meat”

Looks like 2009 is shaping up to be “The Year of the Zombie” for Decatur!

In other “Decatur is becoming Hollywood’s choice locale for B-Movies & TV pilots” news, Cheryl also reports that ABC is planning on filming a pilot at the Old Courthouse next week!

When did we become so darn popular?  Anyone want to go in on a double-decker tour bus with me?

Calfware Baby!

My wife and Carl forward today’s Daily Candy email, which features Squash Blossom’s selection of “Peacock Tights”.

Peacock Tights
What: Get a leg up on plumed calfwear while this weather decides what to do.
Why: It ain’t even April yet.
When: Mon., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Squash Blossom, 113 E. Court Sq., Decatur (404-373-1864).

My wife wonders whether Catherine and Lauren are daring enough to sport these around town.  Sounds like the gauntlet has been thrown!

Decatur Has Motorcycle Cops?

Rus reports he saw a City of Decatur policeman on a motorcycle ticketing someone on Commerce this morning.

So, I join Rus’ refrain:  Sweet!  When did Decatur get motorcycle cops?!

Guess the city figured that a Scooter Cop wasn’t all that imposing. 😉

UPDATE: Rus points out this isn’t the first time Decatur has had a lawman on two wheels.  The Police Dept’s time line notes motorcycle cops in both 1916 and 1933.

Another Round of AJC Layoffs?

Creative Loafing reports a substantial blood-letting at the AJC may be imminent.

When and how does this ever stop?

Does an online news”paper” model require such a reduction in staff?  With these layoffs, will we finally have a sustainable business model?  Right now local news is written like its a recap for the rest of the metro area and not to keep potential affected citizens informed (see: Hey Atlanta, Decatur’s reconfiguring its school system and parents are concerned!“)  At what point does the news get so watered down that people just stop reading?

Why not take a gamble and just make it a pay site?  Or at least make local news pay-only.  Keep all that AP, NY Times and WaPo stuff free.  Lord knows “The Buzz” is a right and not a privilege. Who else out there can report local news on the same scale?  In a choice between pay or nothing, which would you choose?

And what’s the worst that happens?  More layoffs?

Nothing like a post full of questions to solve the world’s problems.

Disclaimer: Be aware that I know little to nothing about newspaper business models, except that online ad revenue is a joke (funny: scared, not funny: haha) and that Craigslist is Satan reborn as free, online classifieds.