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B’ville shines through in ‘˜Sharp Objects’ debut

By Walter Geiger ’˜Sharp Objects’ made its debut on HBO Sunday night and Barnesville, where its eight episodes were largely filmed last summer, was a bright light that shown through the darkness of the plot. When the opening montage of local scenes hit the air, a huge crowd of viewers at a watch party at Deraney’s Two City Tavern erupted into spontaneous applause. Owner Christopher Deraney announced the name change and unveiled the new logo with help from his mother Ginger Deraney. The tavern, named for Barnesville and the fictional Wind Gap, sits two doors down from where his grandparents operated Deraney’s department store for generations. Deraney also welcomed Dodd and Taylor Vickers who were the location managers for the shoot here. They are confident more filmmakers will now find their way to Barnesville. Judging from overnight reviews published Monday morning, entertainment writers loved the debut. Several have already predicted star Amy Adams and director Jean-Marc Vallée will win Emmys for the series. Here at home, many saw the Barnesville location as the star of the show. ’Our town was glowing. They did a very good job of editing so that the viewer did not know the interior and exterior shots weren’t in the same place. The story is dark for my taste and definitely not for those under age 18,’ noted Gay Robinson. ’I think it was a great start to the story and introduced the challenges of Camille right away. I liked her wit when we saw it. I hope they develop that more,’ added Kathy Oxford. ’I loved seeing our beautiful town on the screen and am looking forward to seeing the remaining episodes,’ Pam Bell said. Jack Doss was intrigued by the crew’s set dressing. ‘I enjoyed the way they made things seem different. The old Magic Market on Atlanta Street; I never knew it was a bar,’ he said. ‘I kept thinking about Polly’s Pantry and those jo-jo fries,’ Kathy Anthony agreed. ’I was so excited to see our town. They did an amazing job showing it, especially in the opening scene. I was disappointed, however, to find out Camille’s home was filmed in California. I was sure it would be one of the homes on Thomaston Street,’ Lora Watson opined. ’I loved it and will continue to watch. I loved seeing our town in the movie,’ Cindy Smith said. ‘I like it and think it is in keeping with the book so far,’ added Amber Smith. ‘I am very proud of the film and very proud of what is happening in Barnesville,’ Debbie Miller reported. Donna Tomlin of Nashville was here visiting her hometown and family on the premiere weekend. ‘I played the tourist and went around taking pictures of all the murals and stuff. I even snapped one of Aldora and the village. It was exciting to see beautiful Barnesville on the screen. I am so proud,’ Tomlin concluded. Episode two of ‘Sharp Objects’ airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO.

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