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Legendary broadcaster Marge Thrasher dies

Longtime popular television and radio personality Marge Thrasher died Friday after a long illness. She was 78.

"I would see Marge on T.V. and I would think, oh, you know, I'd like to do that and then when people would find out that I was studying television, I remember more than one person asked me. Oh, you want to be the next Marge Thrasher? I really didn't know quite how to answer that," says Memphis Film Commissioner Linn Sitler.

Read more in this Fox13 News story by Les Smith. 

Here's The Commercial Appeal's obituary. 



'What Not to Wear' Memphis episode tonight

TLC Network's What Not to Wear came to Memphis earlier this year to do an episode on Deborah Patton, co-owner of Backbeat Tours.

The show, which airs tonight at 9, was assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. Footage was filmed at the Stax Museum and the Pink Palace Museum.

The promo for the episode from WNTW reads:

"After dressing in business suits for years, Deborah has taken the freedom of dressing however she wants a bit too far. Will Stacy & Clinton be able to help her rein in the ruffles to find a more appropriate version of her Southern Belle fantasy wardrobe?"

Tonight's episode is one of three shot here and the Commission has worked with the production over the course of several months. In between the Memphis shoots, the person the show had selected was taken to New York each time for a new wardrobe and full makeover before coming back here to show off their new looks to friends and family.

Info: TLC’s “What Not to Wear” episode on Deborah airs Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 9 p.m.



Commission assists Animal Planet in project

Hard work paid off today as The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and The City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods welcomed the Animal Planet network TV show Pit Bulls & Parolees to the new Memphis Animal Services Shelter. And there's now a new future for one lucky pit bull!

It's not just any pit bull -- this famous dog got lots of media coverage when he was recently rescued after being stuck in a drain pipe along Memphis' Greenline. Today, Memphis Grizzly Zach 'Z-Bo' Randolph escorted the dog — now known as "Little Z-Bo" -- to the van that will take it to its new home in New Orleans. Look for the episode to air this winter on The Animal Planet Network!

For more info, see media coverage of the story on WMC-TV Channel 5 here, WREG-TV Channel 3 here and WHBQ Fox13 News here.



Memphis' own Craig Brewer rocks with Katy Perry music doc

Congratulations to Craig Brewer, the Memphis filmmaker who has done several projects here (with assistance from the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission) and is getting an increasingly higher profile in Hollywood.

His latest gig is as executive producer of Katy Perry: Part of Me, a 3-D behind-the-scenes documentary from Paramount on the dance-pop star as she did her global tour last year.

A special screening was held earlier this month at the Malco Paradiso with Craig in attendance and the film getting an enthusiastic reception.

Here's a review from the Movie Lady on Fox13 — also known as Linn Sitler, Commissioner of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

And for more info, read John Beifuss' story in The Commercial Appeal here



'Romance of Loneliness' premieres Sept. 12

Here's a press release from the makers of The Romance of Loneliness, filmed in Memphis with assistance from the Memphis & Shelby County Film & Television Commission:

We are thrilled to announce the Memphis-made feature film The Romance of Loneliness by Sarah Ledbetter & Matteo Servente will premiere on Wednesday Sept 12th at Malco Paradiso with a special concert by Memphis favorites Deering & Down.

What: Film Premiere & Concert: The Romance of Loneliness with Deering & Down

When: Wednesday September 12th – 6:30pm

Where: Malco Paradiso

Admission: $15 – Tickets Online & Door (if available)

Tickets available August 12th, only at

Synopsis: Amanda, a confused young woman, abandons her plan to find herself out west to accompany her grandmother to the same-sex wedding of her cousin Cristina at a west Tennessee farmhouse.

The film made its world premiere at the Nashville Film Festival in April to a warm reception and garnered praise from The Nashville Scene which “highly recommended” the film describing it as “subtle yet strangely enthralling ... the way it’s communicated is riveting.”

Smells Like Screen Spirit says "The Romance of Loneliness plays sort of like a fairy tale ... but it maintains its strong grip on reality, remaining ever-faithful to the subtlety of its storytelling."

The Romance of Loneliness is the feature-debut for co-directors Sarah Ledbetter & Matteo Servente, the lead debut for musician/actress Amy LaVere, and the third feature film by Memphis production company Paper Moon Films.

Lynn Cohen, known for her collaborations with Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg, as well as playing Magda in Sex & The City, is featured in a lead role as the scene-stealing grandmother Mina.

The ensemble cast is comprised of other notable rising actresses Anna Margaret Hollyman (Small Beautifully Moving Parts) and Rebekah Brandes (Bellflower) joining Memphis talents Caroline White, Kentucker Audley, Bart Shannon, Jerre Dye, Luke White, Kim Justis, John Still and Ann Wallace among others.

In addition to Deering & Down, music by Memphians Star & Micey and Luke White are featured along with a beautiful score by Italian composer Andrea Dalla Fontana.

Sarah and Matteo met in Paris at the NY Film Academy and attended the following year of school in Sydney. They collaborated on Dammi Il La shot in Italy and Spain. Matteo moved to Memphis in 2007 to join Sarah developing The Romance of Loneliness.


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