Augusta Business Daily

Fri, September 22, 2023

Sports / Entertainment

B2B Stories

Movies are back and making big bucks. Thanks, Barbie!

Despite the ongoing strikes and fewer releases than in the past year, “the movies” in America have done well. Like, REALLY, well. Box Office Numbers continue to break records and make headlines even as the industry has grinded to a halt. Of course, the main players still are Warner’s Barbie and Universal’s Oppenheimer, which take the number 1 and number 5 spots (respectively) on the top 5 Domestic Grosses. Barbie has earned 1.4 Billion dollars globally, with $626 Million in domestic grosses, since opening eight weeks ago. There has yet

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Through the strikes, Hollywood reflects corporate realities

Dylan James graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design with a BFA in Dramatic Writing. He has studied both the ‘show’ and ‘business’ aspects of show business since childhood, and writes through sociological analysis, seeking relevance in the art and commerce for the moment. In today’s column, he offers his opinion on the Hollywood labor strikes and the facts on their economic impact for Georgia. It’s been nearly seventeen weeks since the Writers Guild of America (WGA) reached their negotiation deadline with the Alliance of Motion Picture &

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Georgia takes bite out of the Big Apple, Augusta in Top 3 film locations

Georgia is celebrating 50 years of the Georgia Film Office. Yesterday, Governor Brian Kemp announced another blockbuster year for the film and television industry as the Peach State surpasses New York in the number of film studios and sound stages. The state hosted 390 productions, represented by 31 feature films, 55 independent films, 241 television and episodic productions, 40 commercials, and 23 music videos between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023, amounting to more than $4 billion pumped into Georgia’s economy. Augusta is a big part of the industry’s

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Consumer Stories

Review: ‘Bottoms’ is Tops

Those of us who grew up watching the golden age of teen comedies, from Sixteen Candles to Weird Science, usually have one prevailing thought when revisiting them as grown-ups: How did we watch this and think it was okay? The era of John Hughes’ suburban-set hormone odysseys typically centered on one idea: dorky boys want to get with the bombshell cheerleaders and will stop at nothing to do so. Fast forward to the early 2000’s, when gross-out comedies took the hyperbolic sentiments of teen comedies to the extreme cringe value.

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Now playing: “The Hill” filmed in Augusta

Editor’s note: The Hill generated about $5 million locally to the CSRA economy during the filming in 2021, employed an estimated 50 local crew members, and employed over 500 background actor days. “In addition to hiring local crew, The Hill generated an economic impact in Augusta by paying local location fees, housed crew in local hotels, hired several local background extras and utilized additional local services. Film Augusta was influential in the decision to land this production in Augusta by assisting the production team in navigating the production through the use of local

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Bumpers, bells, and buzzes coming soon to the CSRA

If you are a pinball wizard or grew up with Pac-Man or Donkey Kong video games, get ready for social gaming paradise. Radioactive Pinball Arcade will celebrate its Grand Opening on August 26th at 113 Laurens St., Ste 103, in Aiken. Owners, Eric and Erin Edwards are in the midst of working hard to make the arcade a special place to socialize and reconnect with some of the pinball machines and gameplay of your past. Let’s start with the heavy lifting and where 42 pinball machines and 30 arcade games

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Local sports training facility to host open house

Tedrick Hudson offers the CSRA’s only group volleyball skills training program for kids as young as 7, but people often stop by his business to find out what he does. Hudson, owner of Next Level Training Academy located at 3839 Martinez Blvd., Suite 1 in Martinez, will host an open house on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. He said the event will be an opportunity to show the community his sports training facility, which specializes in not only volleyball, but also basketball and athletic performance training

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Consumer Stories

Physical Therapist specializes in golf fitness

If you are a golfer, you may have more in common with some of the top PGA players than you know. Since the beginning of the year, Will Zalatoris, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama have all experienced injuries that either sidelined them or caused them to miss the cut at tournaments. As a licensed physical therapist and owner of PerformanceAbove, Hetal Acharekar has seen and treated plenty of injuries over the years. Many of her patients are athletes, golfers to be exact. They come in suffering with lower back, shoulder,

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Greater Augusta Arts Council receives Bridge grant

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is getting a financial shot in the arm from the Georgia Council for the Arts, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. GAAC received a Bridge grant, one specifically for non-profit arts organizations that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The local organization is one of 162 such groups to receive the funds. “These vital funds bring life into communities all across the state. Music, theatre, dance, and visual art attract tourists, bring community members together, teach children self-confidence, revitalize downtowns, and more,”

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Local business owners offer fun alternative to traditional painting

For many people, painting is a way to relax, hone their craft or express their creativity, but a new business opening today in North Augusta will allow both children and adults to create fun, unique paintings that require no artistic talent. Chris and Brandy Gunsolus own The Splatter Place located at 614 East Martintown Road, Suite C, across the street from Krystal and next door to Aishi Steak & Wings. The business gives customers the chance to throw ultraviolet blacklight reactive paint at a variety of canvases, including hats, T-shirts,

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