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Well, this should be interesting. Not “Saturday Night Live” itself, which I imagine will rebound quite nicely from last week’s fairly disastrous show. Rather, I mean reaction to Lena Dunham, who inspires more conversation than almost anyone else on television, all of which can be accurately described as “passionate.” Dunham, and her HBO “Girls,” seems to touch a nerve unlike anything else in current popular culture, to the point where any rationale online discussion of either seems as likely as my mother waking up tomorrow and suddenly understanding the concept of cloud computing. We’ll see how much “SNL” leans into this whirlwind surrounding Dunham, and how much both the show and the actress try to move away from Hannah Horvath and into other comedic avenues. Jim Parsons declared he was “Not That Guy” in last week’s monologue, but then deployed a bunch of Sheldon Cooper-lite characters throughout the show. »
- Ryan McGee
A former deputy manager in Nasa's shuttle project office is claiming that the Science Channel's Challenger Disaster doesn't have its facts straight in advancing knowledge of the famous 1986 mission that resulted in the loss of seven crew members. Challenger Disaster premiered last November in the U.S. and starred William Hurt as Nobel Laureate physicist Richard Feynman, who became part of a Ronald Reagan-commissioned investigation of what went wrong. The telefilm became one of the most highly-rated programs in Science Channel's history. TV Review: The Challenger Disaster But in a defamation lawsuit filed last week in an
- Eriq Gardner
The tragic death of Sarah Jones, a second assistant camerawoman who was struck by a train while shooting the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider last Thursday, has sparked a necessary conversation over the issue of on-set safety. On the first day of production in Jessup, Georgia, the company was shooting a dream sequence with a hospital bed placed over the active train tracks. According to Variety, star William Hurt and director Randall Miller tried but were unable to remove the bed from the tracks as a train approached. Jones was then struck by a piece of flying debris and knocked into the […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Midnight Rider director Randall Miller has hired a high-profile New York-based PR strategist in the wake of the death of camera operator Sarah Jones. Miller retained the services of Matthew Hiltzik earlier this week in response to the mounting media attention surrounding the fatal accident on the film's Georgia set on Feb. 20. Jones, 27, was killed after being hit by an oncoming freight train while shooting on the tracks. Story: Oscars: Petition Launched to Add 'Midnight Rider' Crewmember to 'In Memoriam' Segment Production of the Gregg Allman biopic, which stars William Hurt and is produced by Unclaimed Freight Productions, was
- Debbie Emery
The homicide investigation into the death of Sarah Jones on the set of “Midnight Rider” is focusing on who decided to put the crew on the railroad bridge where the accident occurred and how the crew got access to the property, a source familiar with the investigation told Variety on Thursday.
The answer to the second question appears to be easier to answer. A spokesman for Rayonier, the paper company that owns the land surrounding the rail line at the site of the accident, confirmed to Variety that Rayonier had given permission for the film shoot to be on its property, but it cannot give permission for the crew to be on the tracks, which are owned by Csx. A gate in a fence on the property bears a sign saying access is controlled by Rayonier guards.
But did the Csx railroad give permission for the film crew to be on the tracks? »
- Ted Johnson
Midnight Rider, based on famed musician's memoirs, suspended after accident on railroad track last week
According to Variety, the cast and crew have been told work is over for now, but they may be called back, and producers released a statement saying the film is "on hold".
Tragedy struck the set last Thursday when camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed after being hit by flying debris. A scene was being filmed on a railway track in Jesup, Georgia, when the unexpected passage of a train interrupted proceedings. According to Variety, the train hit a bed that had been placed on the track, and Jones was subsequently knocked under the train as the crew scrambled clear.
Confusion exists as to whether the film was given »
- Andrew Pulver
Production on Midnight Rider, a biopic about rock guitarist Gregg Allman, has been suspended following a tragic train accident last Thursday which left one crew member dead and several others injured, multiple outlets are reporting.
In a statement obtained by Variety, production company Film Allman, LLC confirmed the suspension: “In light of the tragic loss, we have decided to put the production of Midnight Rider on hold.”
- Nina Terrero
The film's second camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed on the first day of production last Thursday (February 20) when shooting a scene on a railroad trestle.
A train came across the bridge during the shoot, while a hospital bed was on the tracks. Actor William Hurt, director Randall Miller and the still photographer attempted to remove the bed from the track but failed to do so in time, leading to some crew being hit by debris.
Jones was fatally struck and knocked into the path of the train.
In a statement to Variety, representatives for the production company said: "In light of the tragic loss, we have decided to put the production of Midnight Rider on hold."
Following the tragedy, a dispute has emerged as to whether crew had permission to shoot on »
Even as the investigations into the cause of the accident continue, crew members in Atlanta, Savannah and Los Angeles are launching new campaigns to improve safety procedures.
“I am still not 100% on that facts that have unfolded, but I can tell you this: Nobody should have been on those tracks,” Chris “Cc” Clark told a gathering of members of Iatse Local 479 in Atlanta on Monday, in a speech that was posted on YouTube. “The hectic ‘hurry up and go’ on a film set is a hazardous way of thinking. We are not doctors saving lives. I understand we have a job to do, and we all want to secure the next job. But when safety is thrown out the window, »
- Ted Johnson
Updated 12:58 p.m. Pst:
Crew members are being released, though they’ve been told that they will be recalled at some future date.
After Variety posted this news, representatives for the production company released a statement reading, in its entirety: “In light of the tragic loss, we have decided to put the production of ‘Midnight Rider’ on hold.”
Sarah Jones, the second camera assistant, was killed Thursday on the production’s first day of shooting near Jessup, Ga. The company was shooting a dream sequence on a railroad trestle, with a hospital bed on the tracks, when a train came across the bridge. Star William Hurt, director Randall Miller and the production’s still photographer tried to get the bed off the tracks but did not have time. Hurt and some »
- Variety Staff
Petition to include Sarah Jones, who was tragically killed on a film set last week, in the 'In Memorium' segment at the Oscars gains close to 30,000 signatures in less than two days.
Sarah Jones Hit By A Train During Filming
Sarah Jones, 27, was killed on Thursday, Feb. 20 when she was hit by a train on the set of Midnight Rider, a Gregg Allman biopic. The film, which was in pre-production and is set to star Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford and William Hurt, has now been postponed. Director Randall Miller released a statement through a rep announcing the news, saying, “In light of the tragic loss, we have decided to put the production of Midnight Rider on hold.”
Jones died instantly when a train arrived unexpectedly while the crew was setting up a shot involving a mattress on the bridge tracks. According to initial reports, the crew had been warned about »
In a painful reminder of the dangers crew members can encounter during production, Sarah Elizabeth Jones lost her life last week when she was struck and killed by a train while working as a second camera assistant on the new Greg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider." Her death is now serving as a lightning rod for the industry, which is using the tragedy to draw attention to the occasionally dangerous role of the crew -- and the risks filmmakers are often willing to go to in order to get the shot. The investigation into the accident is underway, but whatever the eventual findings, the tragedy is a reminder of the risks that crew members take every day. Jones, 27, was killed after trying to remove a bed from the tracks. She was working as part of a 20-person crew from Savannah, Ga-based Meddin Studios. Directed by Randall Miller, “Midnight Rider” stars William Hurt, »
- Paula Bernstein
A petition campaign has been launched to include Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistant killed in last week’s train accident on the set of “Midnight Rider,” in the In Memoriam segment on Sunday’s Oscarcast.
“Only 27 years old, her promising life was cut short when she was struck by a train working on a dangerous set,” the petition reads. “Crew members are the unsung heroes of film and television production who work long hours and sometimes very dangerous conditions for the love of filmmaking. Sarah Elizabeth Jones was one of us.”
“We ask for Sarah Elizabeth Jones’ love and passion for filmmaking be acknowledged on the grandest stage of all, The Academy Awards.”
The site had more than 17,000 signatures by late Tuesday.
A memorial service for Jones is scheduled for Wednesday at Ashland United Methodist Church in Columbia, S.C. Other memorials are scheduled for Wednesday in Lexington, S. »
- Ted Johnson
Tonight, as the plush velvet curtain draws to a close on the latest season of Downton Abbey, it’s worth taking a look ahead to what comes next for the Crawley clan. I’m not talking about whether Lady Mary will finally give the green light to one of her tweedy, stammering suitors. Or if Edith will be able to keep her secret, scarlet-letter shame under wraps in Switzerland amongst all the chocolate shops and cuckoo clocks. Or if the increasingly dim and blowhard-y Earl of Grantham will gamble away his wife’s fortune at the card table. I mean »
- Chris Nashawaty
A Savannah-based film crew working on Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” has denied any wrong doing in the train crash that killed a 27-year-old camera assistant and injured seven others, insisting “no corners were cut.”
In an email to Variety, Nick Gant, creative director and principal of Meddin Studios, said: “This is not guerrilla filmmaking or a group of indie film makers trying to grab a shot. It was weeks of communications and scouting multiple places. You had to have access to get onto the site. We have 20- to 30-year veterans in all the departments, crew is extremely qualified, cast trailers were transporter, location was almost 90 minutes away.” Meddin Studios is based in Savannah and has been working with the production.
Thursday’s deadly collision took place at a railroad trestle that crosses the Altamaha River in the rural county about 60 miles southwest of Savannah.
Wayne County sheriff »
- Ted Johnson
The crew of Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” was working on train tracks without permission from the railroad in Wayne County, Ga. when a train crashed into the production team, killing one and injuring seven others, an investigator said Friday.
The tracks, owned by Csx Railroad, cross private land owned by forest-products company Rayonier, which has a nearby paper mill. Joe Gardner, the lead detective on the case, said the crew had Rayonier’s permission to film on its property next to the train tracks.
“Csx has told me they were aware they were out there, but they did not have permission to be on the train tracks,” Gardner told reporters.
An eyewitness told Variety the Open Road Films drama was in its first day of shooting Thursday afternoon and the crew was filming a dream sequence on a railroad trestle when a train unexpectedly crossed the bridge.
The victim, »
- Ted Johnson
Investigators in Georgia are trying to determine the circumstances that led to a fatal train accident that killed a crew member on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” near Savannah, Ga., on Thursday.
The victim was identified as Sarah Jones, 27, of Atlanta, according to Ed Mathis of the Wayne County Coroner’s Office. Her parents live in West Columbia, S.C.
Sources said that she was a second camera assistant who was killed when a freight train operated by Csx Corp. struck her as crew members scrambled to get out of the way. Seven other crew members were injured, according to Wayne County Sheriff’s detective Joe Gardner, who appeared at a news conference with reporters late Thursday. He said they were treating the case as a homicide “until we have more information.”
Gardner said that the production, which came from Meddin Studios in Savannah, had permission from Csx and Rayonier, »
- Ted Johnson
A second camera assistant was killed and multiple others injured during the shooting of Midnight Rider, the upcoming biopic based on the life of Allman Brothers Band founding member Gregg Allman, according to The Wrap.
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The accident happened Thursday afternoon in Wayne County, Ga. during the filming of a dream sequence involving two trains. The crew had placed a mattress on a railroad bridge when a third train unexpectedly appeared, forcing crewmembers, including director Randall Miller, to remove the »
Akiva Goldsman's magical realist romance A New York Winter's Tale stars Colin Farrell as an orphaned thief with a heart of gold, and Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay as an ailing young woman who turns out to be his soulmate.
Digital Spy sat down with Farrell and Findlay to discuss the challenge of portraying a life-altering romance with a comparatively short amount of screen time together.
"The sentimentality, the thing that I would naturally resist, was the thing that drew me in," Farrell said.
"The fact that the film was devoid of any cynicism. It was an unabashedly romantic look at the impermanence of life but the permanence of love."
Findlay discussed her approach to portraying Beverly's consumption, explaining that she wanted to strike a balance between realism and the film's fairy tale tone.
Director and writer Goldsman also discussed Farrell's "typecasting" as a roguish romantic.
Director: Akiva Goldsman.
Running Time: 118 minutes.
Synopsis: Set in a mythical New York City and spanning more than a century, Winter’S Tale is about miracles, crossed destinies and the age-old battle between good and evil.
‘This is not a true story, it’s a love story’ is the tagline for the directorial debut from Akiva Goldsman, screenwriter of A Beautiful Mind. Actually, it’s not a love story at all, it’s a pointless story masquerading as one. Initially we are led to believe that we should be rooting for ragamuffin Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) who meets and falls in love with Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay) after trying to rob her house. Their love story is, of course, doomed as Peter has a powerful enemy in the demonic Pearly Soames »
- Victoria Bull
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