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Production on the movie has been halted in the aftermath of Sarah Jones dying after being struck by a train while preparing to shoot scenes in Georgia.
A criminal investigation is currently underway to determine if any charges will be brought over Jones's death.
Hurt had been cast as the older version of Allman in the film and was present at the time of Jones's death, but Deadline reports that he has now quit the project.
Producers apparently were working on recasting the role even before Hurt formally left the movie.
There has been talk of re-starting production in Los Angeles in the coming weeks, in spite of a recent social media campaign against the continuation of the film.
Tyson Ritter has been cast as a younger version of Allman, »
“If it had been shot here, there would not have been the same kind of risks that were taken,” said Richard Wright of Lakeshore Entertainment during a discussion Thursday at the California Film Commission’s annual breakfast at the W Hotel. About 300 entertainment industry execs and employees attended.
Wright, Lakeshore’s head of production, was discussing the Los Angeles shoot of Lakeshore’s Elizabeth Banks comedy “Walk of Shame.” Ralph Meyer, who served as location manger on “Walk of Shame,” told the audience that producers and assistant directors in California are usually highly attentive to safety concerns.
Meyer also noted it’s never a surprise, however, when there’s pressure to cut corners on safety. “Sometimes people are going to »
- Dave McNary
Actor drops out of Midnight Rider day after blog reports that producer boasted: 'We make movies by our own rules'
The move comes amid fresh revelations surrounding the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was killed after being hit by flying debris during a shoot for the film in Jesup, Georgia. Hurt had been cast in the role of singer-songwriter Gregg Allman, the biopic's subject. The 64-year-old Us actor narrowly escaped injury during the accident and was reported to have been very shaken.
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- Ben Child
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 64-year-old actor was cast as Allman in the Randall Miller-helmed movie which was being filmed on a trestle that crosses the Altamaha River in rural Georgia.
The Hollywood star had said earlier that a minute is not enough time to get the crew off the bridge.
Reports have also claimed that Jones' death could have been prevented if the filmmakers had paid heed to Hurt's warning. (Ani) »
- Arun Pandit
William Hurt is withdrawing from his starring role in the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, Deadline has confirmed. Director Randall Miller has been looking to re-start production after shooting was halted following the tragic death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on February 20. Jones died in a train crash that injured seven others while on set in Georgia. Friends and colleagues of Jones have called for a crew boycott of the film, and there are multiple state and federal investigations looking into possible negligence. Hurt’s exit adds further uncertainty to whether Miller will be able to revive the controversial project. »
- Anna Silman
The Allman Brothers Band biopic, Midnight Rider, is in a lot of trouble right now. Camera assistant Sarah Jones died during filming in February and since then, the project has been suffering setback after setback.
Currently, there’s an investigation going on to determine who is to blame for the accident and if criminal charges should be pressed. Despite this, director Randall Miller is looking to restart pre-production in a few weeks, even though he’ll likely face “union pressure, litigation and protests.” Now, he’ll have to face another obstacle as well, as star William Hurt, who was set to play Greg Allman, has backed out.
It’s not surprising that the actor has dropped. For one, the film is surrounded by a ton of negative press at the moment. Not only that, but Hurt was concerned about crew safety well before the tragic death of Jones. In an email to a friend, »
- Matt Joseph
William Hurt has dropped out of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, two months after production was suspended following the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones. Since William Hurt was playing Gregg Allman in this adaptation of the singer's biography, it remains unclear whether or not the production will start back up again, as investigations continue into the tragic on-set accident.
Production was taking place in Atlanta, Georgia when, on February 20, a train collided with film equipment in rural Doctortown, Ga, where the crew was setting up for shooting on a train trestle that overlooks the Altamaha River, resulting in Sarah Jones' death and seven other crew members getting injured. According to Deadline, the movie's producers were apparently still trying to rally the crew to continue production in the days following, but shooting was eventually suspended.
William Hurt was one of the actors on the bridge who were »
In case you hadn't heard, the film Midnight Rider, about musician Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers, encountered a tragic production halt when camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed on set in an accident involving a train during filming in Atlanta, Georgia. The accident has actually put the project and some of the filmmakers in hot water due to some uncertainty regarding the safety of crew members on set in what might have been a dangerous production decision. Courts and various unions are dealing with the issue, but director and producer Randall Miller has been trying to resume production in La. But that might be hard. Not only is there a campaign to get crew members to boycott the production, but lead actor William Hurt has just dropped out of the project. In addition, Deadline has a source that says they "were already looking to recast some roles." It doesn't »
- Ethan Anderton
Back in February, the production of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider was struck by tragedy. While filming a scene on a railroad, a few members of the film crew got stuck on the tracks and struck by a train. The incident resulted in many injuries and the death of Sarah Elizabeth Jones, the movie's 27-year-old second camera assistant. Shooting has been on hold ever since, and today it's being reported that the cast is starting to break off. According to Deadline, William Hurt - who was set to play an older version of Gregg Allman in the film - has been forced to walk away from the picture. While some may see this as a sign that Midnight Rider may never actually start back up again, one of the reporting site's sources says that the film was already considering recasting the part as well as some others. Hurt first »
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
Although filming on Midnight Rider was suspended following the tragic death of camera assistant Sarah Jones in February, director Randall Miller was hoping to restart pre-production soon on the planned Gregg Allman biopic. If (and it's a very big if at this point) Miller and production company Unclaimed Freight are going to move forward with their film, they will need to find someone else to play Allman. Deadline is reporting William Hurt has left the troubled project, but according »
- Jesse Giroux
Midnight Rider, the new biopic of musician Greg Allman, has already been reeling from the tragic death of camera assistant Sarah Jones during location shooting in Georgia. Now, as the filmmakers figure out how to continue work, star William Hurt, who was playing Allman, has decided to leave the film.The film is based on Allman’s biography and chronicles his career as a rock and blues singer-songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist and his founding of The Allman Brothers Band. Bottle Shock director Randall Miller has been attempting to relocate the shoot for the film to Los Angeles. But following the fatality when a train collided with film equipment on a bridge in February, he’s faced opposition from unions and actors to the idea. Jones’ death also spurred a series of tributes from other crews in both film and TV.Hurt, who was among the cast on the bridge when the accident happened, »
Scott Speedman is set to star opposite Patricia Clarkson in Ruba Nadda's "October Gale". Speedman plays a mysterious man who, during a violent October storm, washes up on a remote island cottage, unconscious and bleeding from a gunshot wound.
Clarkson plays a recently widowed doctor who takes him in, only to find that the shooter is coming back to finish the job, and that the storm has cut them off from the mainland. [Source: Deadline]
Goosebumps: The Movie
Dylan Minnette plays a young man who must team with a horror author (Jack Black) and his niece (Amy Rush) to stop the demons of the author's mind which have been set free by a demonic ventriloquist's dummy. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
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
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