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Lily Salvatore returning to Mystic Falls

In the wake of Nina Dobrev’s departure from ”The Vampire Diaries,” last season, producers are bringing Lily Salvatore (Annie Wersching), mother of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley), back in all her mischief making glory for Season 7. Details are vague, but it’s anticipated that Mama Salvatore will shake things up in Mystic Falls.

Crew calls have gone out for the local filming of HBO’s upcoming mini-series, “Undaunhted Courage,” starring Casey Affleck as Meriwether Lewis and Matthias Schoenaerts as William Clark. The mini-series, scheduled for a 2016 release, is based on the book by Stephen Ambrose and tells the story of the Corps of Discovery and its captains as they traveled through uncharted territory in search of a fabled water route to the Pacific. Some of the scenes will be shot in Conyers and the Rockdale area. Crew resumes should be sent to

Everyday heroes needed. A new television series seeks nominations to spotlight someone who has sacrificed for the good of their friends, family and community in some way. The show will reunite the nominee with an item from their past that was gotten rid of, or has been lost. For more information and to speak with a casting producer, email itemsforheroes@gmail.comwith your name, location, a brief description of the person you are nominating and a description of an item. The show is being produced by the same folks who produce “Pawn Starts,” “American Restoration” and “Counting Cars.”

A documentary film, The Founders, about the 13 female golfers who founded the LPGA, was filmed at the Candler Park Golf Course on July 7. Produced by the Atlanta-based Eleven 11 Films, the documentary, made in partnership with the nonprofit Women Make Movies, is seeking donations and support. For more information, visit

Stand-ins are being sought for “Miracles from Heaven,” a Christian family movie based on the true story of Christy Mean’s daughter, who miraculously overcame a rare medical disorder. Filming starts in Atlanta on July 13 through Aug. 28.

Adam Sandler will be coming to Savannah to film the second of four films he’s making with Netflix. Called “The Do-Over,” the film is about two down-on-their-luck guys who decided to fake their own death, only to find out the people they’re now pretending to be are even more down-on-their-luck.

According to the nonprofit FilmL.A., Georgia now ranks third in U.S. film production, coming in behind only California and New York in 2014. For the last few years, prior to the upset, Louisiana had been listed as the number one filming location in the world; it now ranks number seven. Georgia was only two movies away from coming in above California.

The 2014 study looked at movies produced by 11 studios—Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, Paramount, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Co., Summit Entertainment and Relativity—and 106 movies.

The 2015 Summer Film Intensive, a hands-on filmmaking program in the 100 year old Eyedrum facility in downtown Atlanta, begins Monday, July 6 and runs through Friday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Artizen Company, in partnership with Eyedrum Art and Music, are sponsoring the program for the second year in a row, giving participants an opportunity to develop and produce original short films with industry professionals. The program is open to youth, 12 through 18 interested in a focused and collaborative filmmaking experience in front of and/or behind the camera. The fee for the full session is $1,100; $350 per week, two weeks minimum. For more information, visit The Artizen Company’s web site (, or email

Filming in metro Atlanta continues on “Sleepless Night,” starring Jamie Foxx, “Mena,” starring Tom Cruise, and “The Founder,” starring Michael Keaton. Extras are being sought for both. Those interested should check out Project Backstage or Free Audition web sites.

Sandra Brands keeps up to date on all the latest filming in and around “Hollywood of the South,” Covington, and Georgia. She can be reached at SBrands@covnews