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William Hurt has dropped out of "Midnight Rider," the troubled biopic of musician Gregg Allman, following the on-set death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, the actor's representatives told EW. A social media campaign had recently gotten underway to urge crew to boycott work on the film after news that the production company, Unclaimed Freight, was going to resume production on the film this June. "This group is for people who Refuse to work for those that shot illegally, directly causing the death of Sarah Jones. Midnight Rider is coming to La to shoot. Let's continue to stand up for Sarah and for Sarah's parents. Refuse to work on this show. Lets shut it down," reads the description of the Facebook group created to boycott production of the film. More than 5,000 people have joined so far to support the cause. Jones, 27, was killed and six other crew members were injured on »
- Paula Bernstein
William Hurt has withdrawn from a bio-pic of southern rocker Gregg Allman that has been targeted with a boycott by Hollywood crew workers following the death of a camera assistant in February, his representatives tell EW.
“The show must go on” is a maxim that has been around for as long as there have been shows – a rallying call for casts and crews who lose someone in the midst of a production. But the opposite call to action – “The show must stop” — is being directed at Midnight Rider.
Camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, was killed and six others were injured on Feb. »
- Anthony Breznican
Hurt had come on board the project in December.
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- Dave McNary
William Hurt is dropping out of Midnight Rider, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The actor was starring as Gregg Allman in the movie, which had been looking to gear up again after the on-set death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on Feb. 20 due to a train accident. Director Randall Miller had been trying to re-start the production in Los Angeles, with a goal to resume shooting the film in June. The movie had previously been shooting in Georgia. Insiders say that if the film
- Borys Kit
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
A group of reunited college friends hear it through the grapevine in The Big Chill.
The 1983 comedy-drama The Big Chill focuses on a group of thirty-somethings who reunite for the funeral of one of their friends and end up spending a weekend together, reminiscing about their shared pasts as children of the sixties and confronting the uncertainty of their lives as adults of the eighties.
Poignant and warmly humorous in equal measure, this baby boomer milestone made a star of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat) and is perhaps the decade’s defining ensemble film, featuring memorable performances by Tom Berenger (Inception), Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), William Hurt (Broadcast News), Kevin Kline (Queen to Play), Mary Kay Place (Being John Malkovich), Meg Tilly (Agnes of God), and JoBeth Williams (Timer).
Co-opted a zillion times over the »
In a Gold Derby exclusive, cable network Lifetime has provided their Emmy Awards campaign for 2014 with category placements. -Break- As in recent years, Lifetime movies have been one of the top TV destinations for award-winning actors and actresses. This year alone, you'll find Oscar winners Ellen Burstyn ("Flowers in the Attic"), Whoopi Goldberg ("A Day Late and a Dollar Short"), Holly Hunter and William Hurt ("Bonnie and Clyde"), and Martin Landau ("Anna Nicole"). Also in the mix are previous Emmy champs Kathy Baker ("Return to Zero"), S. Epatha Merkerson ("Gabby Douglas Story"), and Cicely Tyson ("The Trip to Bountiful"). Cicely Tyson among Tony winners for 'The Trip to Bountiful' The network has two new shows in contention this time around. "Devious Maids" is a comedy about five Latina maids working in Beverly Hills from "Desperate Housewive..."' »
Production on Midnight Rider will resume in June but will relocate from Georgia to Los Angeles in the aftermath of a deadly on-set train track accident which killed assistant camera operator Sarah Jones in February.
A message posted on the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees website notes that a Midnight Rider producer from Unclaimed Freight Productions called Iatse with the news that production on the film – which had been suspended following a Feb. 20 collision – would resume in June with “pre-production starting in a couple weeks.”
“We have expressed our obvious concerns regarding this production starting again,” Michael F. Miller, »
- Nina Terrero
Criterion has announced their July 2014 titles and among them is one fans have been waiting a long time to see introduced, David Cronenberg's head-exploding sci-fi Scanners, set for a July 15 release. The set will include a newly restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by Cronenberg, "The Scanners Way" visual effects documentary, a new interview with Michael Ironside, a 2012 interview with actor and artist Stephen Lack, an excerpt from a 1981 interview with Cronenberg on the CBC's "The Bob McLean Show" and Cronenberg's first feature film, Stereo (1969). Also on July 15 comes Robert Bresson's 1959 classic Pickpocket, telling the story of Michel (Martin Lasalle), a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. Features include: New, 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary by film scholar James Quandt Introduction by writer-director Paul Schrader The Models of "Pickpocket," a »
- Brad Brevet
Randall Miller is reportedly hoping to restart production of his film in June, following the death of a camera assistant in February
Filming of Midnight Rider was suspended when camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed after being hit by flying debris on 20 February during a shoot in Jesup, Georgia. According to reports, the train hit a bed that had been placed on the track as part of a dream sequence featuring the film's star, William Hurt, as Allman. Hurt was among those who escaped from the set unharmed, but Jones was subsequently knocked beneath the vehicle as the crew scrambled clear.
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- Ben Child
An 18-year Discovery veteran, Rita Mullin is moving up from her role as Evp Programming and Development at Own to General Manager of Science Channel. The announcement was made today by Eileen O’Neill, Group President, Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity, to whom Mullin will report. Her new position is effective June 2. “I am excited to call myself the newest member of the Science Channel team,” Mullin said. “I want to ignite people’s passions with the stories we have to share. Science is now. We want to capitalize on people’s curiosity for the unknown with thought-provoking programming, bold talent and out-of-this-world entertainment.” “Rita has a passion for storytelling that is the core to the Science Channel audience,” says O’Neill. “With nearly 20 years of non-fiction television experience, she has an innate curiosity that will drive the Science Channel to the next level.” Mullin takes over for Debbie Adler Myers, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Oscar winner Javier Bardem will star opposite Charlize Theron in Sean Penn's African drama “The Last Face,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. Penn will direct from a script by Erin Dingam, an actress appeared in Penn's “The Crossing Guard” and recently wrote the William Hurt movie “The Yellow Handkerchief.” Also read: Charlize Theron in Talks to Star in Sean Penn's ‘The Last Face’ (Exclusive) Penn will co-star in the indie movie, which is awaiting a green light from River Road's Bill Pohlad, who is producing with Bill Gerber and Matt Palmieri. Described as a love story, »
- Jeff Sneider
This was a subtle contrast to last year when the company also highlighted scripted fare and trotted out a parade of celebrities including Mariel Hemingway, Morgan Freeman, William Hurt, Latoya Jackson, and Nascar’s Jeff Gordon. Filmmaker Ron Howard was perhaps the biggest new name showing up this year: He told Discovery advertisers that New Form — the online content production venture he and Brian Grazer are launching with the pay TV company — expects to “generate great scripted programming for today’s digital viewers.” They’re already weighing “several series” as they delve into “shortform content and all its possibilities.” Howard also intends to encourage other creative types to “bring their talent to New Form.” Oprah Winfrey returned, of course, to promote Own. With its recent ratings success, “no one is happier than we are right now about what is happening to Own.” She says the network is heading toward its »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor
More than a month after the fatal accident on the set of “Midnight Rider,” a key question for the homicide investigation is whether the production had been granted permission to film on the Georgia railroad tracks and trestle where camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed.
Csx, the owner of the railroad, has told investigators that producers of the indie film were denied permission to work on the tracks. The search for answers is likely to hinge on the statement of location manager Charley Baxter and the information he gave to director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin and unit production/manager Jay Sedrish.
Baxter’s attorney, Kirk Schroder of Richmond, Va., said that Baxter is ”heartbroken” over the tragic accident but could not speak publicly about the circumstances because he signed a standard confidentiality agreement when he joined the production. “He is absolutely honoring his contractual obligations, and he is fully cooperating with investigators, »
- Ted Johnson and David S. Cohen
“The Next Spielberg” was the kind of light M. Night Shyamalan was once seen in. His first big break, The Sixth Sense, was a global phenomenon, so you can see where that too-easy comparison came from. All of his films that followed were sold as “the next film from M. Night Shyamalan.” He quickly became a brand, and once he realized it, it killed his creativity. That’s the impression you get from reading Michael Bamberger’s “The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale” — the book which detailed the making of The Lady in the Water, Shyamalan’s first real stinker. I say it’s his first serious bust because The Village wasn’t an out-and-out failure. With William Hurt’s performance, Roger Deakins’ bold cinematography and James Newton Howard’s score, it had a lot going for it, including foreshadowing for Shyamalan’s fall. It »
- Jack Giroux
Midnight Rider star William Hurt – who will play musician Gregg Allman in the upcoming biopic – had reservations about shooting on a railway trestle, the site of an accident that killed a crew member in February as the movie was filming in Georgia.
Hurt said he had concerns about shooting on the historic Doctortown Railroad Trestle in Wayne County, Ga., telling a friend in an email obtained by the Los Angeles Times, that he had been “twice assured” that the area was deemed safe for production. According to the email, he then asked, “how long the crew had to get off »
- Nina Terrero
William Hurt, who is set to play Gregg Allman in the upcoming biopic Midnight Rider, provided new details on the accident that killed a crew member as the film was shooting in Georgia last month. In an e-mail to a friend obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Hurt said that he had raised concerns about the danger of shooting on the railway trestle.
Hurt said in the e-mail that he had been assured twice that it was safe to film on the historic Doctortown Railroad Trestle in Wayne County, Georgia. »
Pierce Brosnan heads the cast as King Louis Xiv, who is determined to protect the future of France by reigning for all eternity. His search for immortality leads him to capture and steal the life force from a mermaid, but soon his 18-year-old illegitimate daughter discovers the mystical creature and strikes up a friendship with her.
Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing portrays the mermaid, a Gollum-type digital creation. Kaya Scodelario (TV.s Skins) plays the daughter, Marie-Josephe. Hurt is Pere La Chaise, spiritual adviser to the king. The producers said Nighy dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. »
- Don Groves
In his first remarks regarding the on-set death of a Midnight Rider crewmember, the film's star, William Hurt, is quoted stating that he brought up the danger of shooting on a train trestle. Hurt and the crew were told they would have 60 seconds to get clear of the trestle if a train came, the actor wrote in an email to a friend according to a copy obtained by the Los Angeles Times. "I said, 'Sixty seconds is not enough time to get us off this bridge.' There was a communal pause. No one backed me up,"
- Erik Hayden
Director: Dylan Mohan Gray
Starring: William Hurt
Running Time: 84 Minutes
Dylan Mohan Gray’s Fire In The Blood has caused a huge stir since its release. When we first reviewed the film back in 2013, we called it “one of the most important documentaries of the last 10 years” and our opinion has not changed one bit.
Fire In The Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low cost treatment for AIDS drug treatment, causing over ten million deaths. The film documents the fight of how the world, from the poor to the upper class, joined forces to try and bring down these companies.
“People are dying, and the medicines are in my suitcase!” is one of the first quotes you hear in the opening scenes of the documentary, indicating just how brutally truthful this documentary is going to be. Narrated by Academy Award winner William Hurt, »
- Lucy Cave
Brief Encounter: Bonnell’s Latest a Breezy, Gallic Affair
With his fifth feature, Just a Sigh, (a butchered translation from what really should be The Time of Adventure), director Jerome Bonnell revisits themes he seems inspired by, as he reunites with the lovely Emmanuelle Devos for a tale that sounds like a distant cousin to his 2002 debut, Le Chignon d’Olga. While there’s certainly a whiff of Lean’s Brief Encounter that might glance through your mind like a musty phantom, this is a mostly lighthearted carefree romp through a day in the life of a woman who does something that most people seem to fantasize about—making love to a proper stranger.
Alix Aubane (Devos), a perpetually broke actress in the midst of performing Ibsen’s “The Lady and the Sea,” absconds to Paris for a film audition. Forgetting her cell phone charger, she leaves fraught messages »
- Nicholas Bell
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