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Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film "The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening.

Carmike operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters over 41 states, including nine theaters in metro Atlanta -- Athens, Cartersville, Canton, Conyers, Newnan, Snellville, Cumming, Hiram and southwest Atlanta.

Sony said earlier in the day Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans to distribute the controversial comedy on Christmas Day, despite messages from hackers that appeared to threaten violence at theaters showing the film. The threats evoked the memory of 9/11, and suggested that violence of that sort would come to theaters and theater goers as a result of the film's going into wide release on Christmas weekend.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

Stage combat pro to teach class at Shorter

Stage combat pro to teach class at Shorter

ROME, Ga. -- A stage and screen fighting expert will host three master classes at Shorter University this week.

Richard Ryan is the assistant stunt coordinator for "Vikings," a History Channel drama series. He has worked on fight scenes and stunts for a number of major movies, including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Golden Compass and The Dark Knight.

Ryan will offer stage combat classes to Shorter theatre and musical theatre majors on Jan. 17 and 18. Students from high schools in Bartow, Gordon, Murray and Paulding counties will also participate in the classes.

"Mr. Ryan is at the top of his field, and our students will learn much from his experience and his knowledge of film and the stage business," Shorter assistant theatre professor Kevin Anderton said. "It is a unique experience for our students to work with a theatre professional of his caliber."

Music legend Ricky Skaggs coming to Woodstock

Music legend Ricky Skaggs coming to Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Music legend Ricky Skaggs is coming to FoxTale Book Shoppe on his Kentucky Traveler book tour on Tuesday, August 27 at 7 p.m.

In Kentucky Traveler, Ricky Skaggs, the music legend who revived modern bluegrass music, gives a warm, honest, one-of-a-kind memoir of forty years in music—along with the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass, as handed down by Ricky’s mentor Bill Monroe; the Essential Guide to Bedrock Country Songs, a lovingly compiled walk through the songs that have moved Skaggs the most throughout his life; Songs the Lord Taught Us, a primer on Skaggs’s most essential gospel songs; and a bevy of personal snapshots of his musical heroes.

'Charlotte's Web' auditions at Dallas Theater

'Charlotte's Web' auditions at Dallas Theater

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Dallas Theater will host a production of Charlotte's Web next year and is preparing to audition children for the musical.

Kids' auditions will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 beginning at 9 a.m.

To audition, a child must be between the ages of 7 and 17, and should prepare a one or two minute monologue. Auditioners must be ready to sing the first 16 bars of one of two songs from the show: "Who Says We Can't Be Friends" or "You're You."

Learn the songs here.

They must also bring a résumé and headshot.

Learn more about the auditions at dallastheater-civiccenter.com.

The Dallas Theater is located at 208 Main Street.