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Get Low Scenes Filmed in Covington

go here Get Lowis a film released in 2009 starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black and Gerald McRaney.  Directed by Aaron Schneider, http://liberationiraq.com/news-articles/?share=facebook Get Low is equal parts folk-tale, fable and real-life legend set in Tennessee in the 1930s.  The story follows hermit Felix Bush, who famously throws his own funeral party while he is still alive!

Like many productions, follow link Get Lowutilized Covington’s older southern aesthetic.  Places like Gaither Plantation offer unique architecture that is integral to the filming industry.

As many in the film community are aware, there is always time to have a good time in Covington so plan your trip today!

My Cousin Vinny Scenes Filmed in Newton County

There are so many film productions that have called Newton County home, it’s hard to mention all of them but we can try. One movie that filmed scenes here in the Hollywood of the South is “ My Cousin Vinny”. This movie was the 1992 Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress.

“My Cousin Vinny” is the story of two New York University students, Bill Gambini (Ralph Macchio) and Stanley Rothenstein (Mitchell Whitfield), who win scholarships to UCLA. However, the duo gets into trouble after they decided to take a drive through the heart of Dixie. Once they are in Alabama, they stop at a local convenience store to pick up a few snacks, but are suddenly arrested! The two men have been accused of murder and robbery and have found that they are facing execution for the crimes. Bill and Stan don’t have enough money for a lawyer, so they are forced to call Bill’s cousin Vinny (played by Joe Pesci). Unfortunately for the pair, Vinny is an inexperienced lawyer who has never been to trial.

The three New Yorkers begin to face a number of challenges thrown their way from local Alabama residents and the judge of the trial, who proved to be uncompromising. One scene in particular shows Vinny and his girlfriend, Mona Lisa (played by Marisa Tomei) walking into the Pool and Chicken to collect a $200 winning on a previous pool game, left unpaid by the character named T.J. This is the hilarious “counteroffer” scene, in which Vinny negotiates a bet with T.J. on getting their money. The setting for this “pool hall” scene is a long, historic brick building right off Hwy 11 on the main strip in Mansfield, Georgia.

Across Highway 11 on the other side of the street is an old abandoned warehouse. This building was also used during filming to represent the Wahzoo City Hotel, where Vinny and Mona Lisa stayed for part of the movie. Remember the scene where they ask the hotel clerk about the train that comes through so early every morning? That was shot at the old warehouse. The crew also used the top floor corner room as the space to build the “hotel room” set. Many scenes that take place within their hotel room were actually shot on that top floor set!

 

Who remembers the quaint, rural cabin where Vinny gets stuck in the mud and Mona Lisa expresses concerns about her ticking “biological clock”? This little cabin is also tucked away on the backroads of Newton County.

If you haven’t seen this 90’s classic, then it’s a must-see movie. This dramatic comedy is a great date night flick, as well! Watch to see if cousin Vinny can get Bill and Stanley out of trouble and back to UCLA. And, join in our sense of hometown pride as we spot all of the local sites used on location.

#ForeverMysticFalls: Favorite Fan Photo Sites

The Vampire Diaries lives on in many hearts as one of the most captivating, dramatic, fun, and dynamic TV shows ever made. For the fans who remain invested even after the end of this series’ long run, Covington, Georgia, provides a multitude of opportunities to revisit their fondest memories of the series. From the atmosphere of the small, southern town that brings you back to the universe you fell in love with, to the shop to buy merch, and even a Mystic Falls Tour that allows you to step into specific locations you will remember from all those years of viewing the show, visitors love returning to Mystic Falls, here are a few of the best places to take fan photos during your trip to The Original Hollywood of the South.

  1. The Clock Tower

The Clock Tower, commonly known also as the Newton County Courthouse is the perfect place to take pictures. If you take the Mystic Falls Tour, this is one of the main stops, and is sure to bring back memories of several iconic scenes.

  1. The Gate of Worthington Manor

Also known as the Lockwood Mansion, this home served as a primary filming location in the Vampire Diaries. It is an original antebellum home and surrounded by a beautiful iron fence. Fans will recognize the lake in the back that served as the Gemini’s twins gateway for their coven, and was also a pivotal place for many intense scenes.

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  1. The Gilbert House

Pose for a pic in front of the Gilbert House, easily recognizable for even the most casual watchers of the show. It remained Elena’s home for most of the series.

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4. Mystic Grill

Mystic Grill on the Covington Square, is the perfect place to grab a bite after a long day of touring and taking pictures. Instagram your order and share your meal with the world!

 

 

5. The Square

Just outside Mystic Grill is the charming Covington Square, with multiple places to sit and relax and a wonderful place to people watch. You’ll recognize many scenes from the show since the square was such a integral filming location.

Come tour these locations and take a bite out of our town!

Top 8 Popular Film and Show Productions Filmed in Covington

Top 8 Popular Film and Show Productions Filmed in Covington

It’s no secret that Covington, Georgia has long been the “Original Hollywood of the South”. The average frequent TV viewer would be surprised to see the long and continually growing list of productions that have been filmed in our probably southern town. From teen-heartthrob vampire shows to dad-drawing action thrillers, there is no limit to the genre of programs that have called Covington home. We decided to compile a list of the top films and television shows that have drawn on our locales to build the world on screen.

  1. The Vampire Diaries

If you are a fan of the show, you’ll have a field day going through the Covington Square, pointing out the iconic statues, architecture, and shops that have showed up throughout the many episodes. TVD itself takes place in a small, gothic southern town so when looking for a place to shoot the episodes; they couldn’t go wrong with Covington! Every episode since the pilot has been filmed here. Places like the Mystic Grill we see in the show are also actual places that any fan can come and visit! If you want to feel like you are stepping into the world of Elena, Stefan, and Damon all you have to do is plan a visit

  1. The Originals

As an extension of the Vampire Diaries’ universe, there are many scenes that were filmed here when relating to the characters who call Mystic Falls their home. This series follows the original vampires, the Mikaelson siblings, in the city of New Orleans.

 

 

  1. Dukes of Hazzard

The first five episodes of this iconic series were filmed in Covington, Georgia, setting and cementing the tone for the show before the filming location was moved to California. For those that aren’t familiar with the show, the Dukes of Hazzard is an action-comedy that follows characters in the rural community of Hazzard, airing a whopping total of 147 episodes.

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  1. In the Heat of the Night

Based on the book of the same name, In the Heat of the Night is about a black police detective who passes through a small town during the time of the civil rights movement. There is a movie and a show, but it was the show’s second season that was filmed in Covington and began filming and stayed for the duration of the series.

  1. The Walking Dead

Chances are you’ve either watched this series or have family and friends that are wholly invested into its characters and plot. Who doesn’t love an alternate reality where a cop wakes up to find zombies running all over after all? The show itself majorly takes place in Georgia, so it’s fitting that many of the scenes were shot here. Driving through Covington’s roads, you can easily picture a few undead limping about so watch out! The first episode was shot here before it made Senoia its home.

  1. Selma

This powerful film documenting Martin Luther King Jr.’s Selma march is another of the many productions that have been filmed in Covington. Although much of the movie was filmed in Alabama, key scenes were also filmed in the Courthouse in Covington which became Hotel Albert

 

  1. Miracles from Heaven

This Christian drama revolves around the true story of a girl who after a near death experience is cured from an incurable disease, starring Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson and Queen Latifah. The filming was done in a beautiful country house here in Covington.

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  1. Flight

This movie follows a pilot (played by Denzel Washington) whose addiction plagues his life, eventually leading to a crash. He manages to save everyone except for six lives, launching an investigation into his addiction. The actual crash scene was filmed right here at Green Valley Farms.

This is just a sample of the long and rich relationship between Hollywood and Covington. Covington is recognized as one of the top film friendly locations and the number of productions continues to grow.  We invite you to make the Newton County Visitor Center ( 2101 Clark Street Covington, GA 30014) the first stop to learn more about what makes us the “Original Hollywood of the South.”

 

 

 

 

Sleepy Hollow Scenes Filmed In Covington, Ga

Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural drama television series that debuted on FOX September 16th, 2013. The series is based on the 1820 Halloween short story, ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. In May of 2016 FOX renewed the show for its fourth season which premiered in January 2017 and includes includes scenes filmed in Covington, Ga.

Sleepy Hollow is about a man, Ichabod Crane, who devotes his life and knowledge of the supernatural to defend the demonic forces that plagued Sleepy Hollow. Following the climactic events of season 3, Ichabon Crane’s world was turned upside down after the death of his partner and fellow ‘Witness’, Abbie Mills. Crane was then led out of town by a mysterious group promising to put him in charge of an evil-fighting organization created hundreds of years ago by none other than George Washington. Finding himself in a new city working with all-new allies, Crane embarks on his most important mission yet: To save our nation’s capital from otherworldly threats that promise harm, not only to our country and our people, but to the soul of democracy itself.

Being the Hollywood of The South, we are pleased to say several of the scenes from this supernatural action packed film was filmed right here in Covington, Ga. In season 4, Ep. 5, there is a scene where Ichabod were recounts how soccer was created. He speaks to several kids of a soccer team called Team Bumble Bee. This scene was filmed on the soccer field in the Clarke’s Grove neighborhood off of Clarke Street in Covington.  The soccer field is located in the back of the neighborhood next to a private pool. The Clarke’s Grove neighborhood is also home to the Montessori School of Covington. This scene is also when Ichabod explains what a “Witness” is to Diana.

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Covington is no stranger to supernatural beings and popular TV shows. When it comes to vampires, witches, and werewolves, our town is a major site for in the film industry. We are excited that production companies are able to turn to our community for a variety of location types. Being, the Original Hollywood of the South, we will continue to be a backlot for filming and to help grow the film industry I Georgia. Click here to view a short clip of the scenes filmed in Covington, Ga.

Dukes of Hazzard: Third Episode Filmed in Covington, Georgia

Dukes of Hazzard: Third Episode Filmed in Covington, Georgia

In the third episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, that originally aired on February 9, 1979 Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane is in “full pursuit” of Bo and Luke (who have no idea why). After the boys elude Roscoe, Enos is hot on the trail, and their tail. The Duke Boys borrowed a car from Cooter and when they looked in the back seat, they realize that it is full of Moonshine (which was Boss Hogg’s). How do they get rid of the offending liquid? By throwing out the bottles during the car chase with Enos. In true Duke style, they outrun him.

After thinking the coast is clear, Bo and Luke happen to see an old friend, Mary Kaye Porter, walking on the road. They ask how she has been, since they have not seen her in a while. Mary Kaye moves her suitcase to reveal that she is pregnant and on her way to Florida. The Dukes, being the Southern gentleman they are, offer to give her a ride. Now the adventure REALLY begins because the Dukes do not realize that the trunk is FILLED with Moonshine.

Meanwhile back at the Boar’s Nest, Boss Hogg worries that his delivery is over two hours late when he gets a visit from Atlanta Crime Boss, Mr McQuaid. He tells Boss Hogg that he is looking for Mary Kaye who has a lot of HIS money ($118,254.37 to be exact). After an apparent “Gentlemens Agreement” we soon realize that there is no honor among thieves. We hear the memorable words of Boss Hogg saying, “I decide who steals what, from who, here is Hazzard County” and sends Sherriff Roscoe to find the Dukes and the MONEY.


Back in the car ride, Mary Kaye tells the Dukes about her former boyfriend, the baby’s father. She explains that he was in prison and worked for Mr. McQuaid, and the money (hidden in her suitcase) was going to be a trust fund for her baby. In quick order, they meet Mr. McQuaid, who tries to take Mary Kaye and the money. The Dukes help her escape but, to amp up the drama, Mary Kaye goes in to labor. The Duke boys quickly whisk her to the safety of Uncle Jesse’s Farm.
At Uncle Jesse’s, Roscoe is now waiting for the Duke Boys and spills the beans about the Moonshine in the trunk. Uncle Jesse and Daisy fool Roscoe…which is not that hard to do. Once the Boys and Mary Kaye arrive, the fun really starts. With Mary Kaye in labor, Uncle Jesse will have to deliver the baby (just as he delivered Bo, Luke and Daisy).

As this is going on, Mr. McQuaid, and his friend have found the Dukes farm and the chase is on. After a brief fist fight at the farm, Enos arrives to help the Dukes take care of Mr.McQuaid, and the Moonshine that is in the trunk (courtesy of a Duke Boys arrow with TNT).

While all this fuss is going on all around them, Mary Kaye gives birth. Unfortunately, the Dukes realize the suitcase with the money was in the car that was blown up.

But good ole Daisy pulls the suitcase, which had been removed from the car before the explosion, from under the bed. The good guys win again and Mary Kaye, her baby, and the Duke family celebrate.

We are so excited that the Dukes of Hazzard called Covington home, filming the first 5 (five) episodes here. We invite you to make your plans to visit us here and see some of the sights from Hazzard, and all the great Film and Television sites here in the ORIGINAL “Hollywood Of The South.”

We are the REAL (REEL) “Hollywood of The South”

It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Our heartbeat is to offer the best public access to previous filming locations of your favorite films and series, while using trusted and vetted partners for tours so that you and your family can have a memorable Hollywood of the South experience. The Newton County Visitor Bureau is the most trusted resource for all of your questions, self-guided historical home and filming location tour maps in addition to recommendations and referrals to our local tour company partners. We take pride in being able to share our hometown and residents with you because they are the ones who can provide fun facts and stories that only a local resident can share. Did I mention that we offer all of that information for FREE!! That’s right; you never have to pay for any of the expertise, referrals, maps or materials designed for the self-guided visitor. A simple phone call, social media message, email or download from our website is all it takes to get those items.

If you are interested in going on a paid tour, we are happy to refer you to our local and trusted tour partners: Vampire Stalkers and Covington Ghost Tours. But if you are looking to enjoy all that Covington has to offer (Hauntings, History, and Hollywood) on your own, stop in and get all of the info you want for FREE from the Visitors Center. So add 2101 Clark Street, Covington, GA 30014, as the first stop of your visit and we look forward to hearing you say #ilovecovga.

An Inside Look into Duke’s of Hazzard’s Second Episode: “Daisy’s Song”

An Inside Look into Duke’s of Hazzard’s Second Episode: “Daisy’s Song”

Yee-haw! Boy, do we miss our Duke boys and their misadventures in Hazzard County, GA. Let’s reminisce about the first season’s second episode, “Daisy’s Song” from the Dukes of Hazzard.

 Daisy Duke has dreams of musical stardom, yet her dream is dimmed when the song she wrote is heard on the radio being sung by a sound a like of Jessi Colter. It turns out thing is a huge scam! Big mistake to wrong Daisy Duke, especially when she gets her cousins involved.

Bo and Luke head to the big city of Atlanta to get to the bottom of the situation, only to find out that Boss Hogg is involved in the con. In addition, the recording studio is a front for a music piracy operation, which Boss is trying to use to build some connections to the Syndicate.

Ahh…nothing like seeing the General Lee heading into Atlanta; what a sight!

The boys hatch a scheme to catch the record pirates red-handed by having Daisy pretend to be a potential client and trick the ringleader, Leslie Starr, into believing she can imitate a number of real-life artists.

Of course, Bo and Luke crush the operation and save Daisy’s song. It also turns out that the boys have arranged for Jessi Colter to actually record Daisy’ song.

Cool Fact: We learn why the boys climb through the windows of the General Lee. The doors are wielded shut.

Until next time Duke fans!

Why You Need to Watch Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love this Christmas Season

Why You Need to Watch Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love this Christmas Season

Did you watch Dolly Parton’s, Christmas of Many Colors last year? Don’t fret. NBC will be showing this highly popular movie again on December 27th. With its groundbreaking success last year, NBC decided to show this film again. Dolly Parton even confirmed the exciting news Wednesday afternoon. Grab your loved ones and the hot cocoa for this special screening of Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.

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This inspiring film centers on Dolly’s Christmas in 1955. Covington locals were delighted to have film crews come back for the sequel of Coat of Many Colors. This sequel displays the struggles and triumphs the Parton family went through during a cold, brutal winter in Sevier County, Tennessee.

Family patriarch, Lee Parton made sacrifices to have enough money to buy Avie Lee a wedding ring that he could never afford to give to her. Even the children sacrificed their own Christmas presents to help their father give this special gift.

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The family’s faith is tested during this Christmas season. Yet, little Dolly shines in this story. She performs with her guitar around the downtown square (the Covington square) to make money for her mother’s Christmas gift. Her spitfire attitude and sassy remarks create comedic relief, especially during the emotional scenes.

Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love will make you laugh and ball like a baby. The take away from this film is to never give up on the most treasured things in life such as, family, friends, and even your faith.

Tune in next Wednesday night to watch this Christmas classic!

 

Dixie Manor Used as Rebekah Mikaelson’s House in TVD

Dixie Manor Used as Rebekah Mikaelson’s House in TVD

It’s no secret that Covington, Ga is the real Mystic Falls. People travel from all over to visit Covington to see where The Vampire Diaries was filmed and take memorable pictures. I bet you didn’t realize that in several episodes Dixie Manor was used as Rebekah Mikaelson’s Mansion. If you did know that, then kudos to you!

If you’re not a die-hard TVD fan, it is okay! We will go over some background information to catch you up. Rebekah Mikaelson is one of the five Original Vampires who is featured in multiple seasons. She is also one of the main characters in the spin off series, The Originals. Her brother, Klaus, constantly influences her actions. She desires to live a normal human life, instead of being immortal.

Dixie Manor was first seen as Rebekah’s house in episode three, “The Rager”, of season four when Rebekah decided to move out of Klaus’s mansion after a very heated argument. She couldn’t stand to live with her brother any longer so she decided to get her own mansion. In this same episode, Rebekah throws a party for herself and other students, who attend Mystic Falls High School. Rebekah only throws this party to help her not feel alone anymore.

Dixie Manor is also seen in season four episode eleven “Catch Me if You Can.” Looking for a new ally, Rebekah reminds Stefan of how close they once were. One thing leads to another and they end up having a steamy love connection in one of the bedrooms of the mansion. I guess Stefan is over Elena, after all.

Despite all the fighting that has been going on between Elena and Rebekah during season four, Rebekah offers a truce to Elena because she feels bad that Jeremy died. Elena turns her humanity off due to her grief and ends up living with Rebekah in her home for a brief time in season four episode nineteen, “Pictures of You.”