5 items from 2016
Bar None: Van Groeningen Returns to Musical Inclinations for Vibrant Sibling Portrait
Belgian auteur Felix Van Groeningen, the front runner of the Belgian New Wave, returns with his fifth feature, Belgica, a portrait of two estranged brothers reuniting to open a successful night club, an experience forcing them to reexamine both their shortcomings and sometimes toxic enabling of each other’s worst tendencies. The film follows a career high for Van Groeningen, who scored an international breakout with 2013’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, another musically inclined drama which netted him an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film. Though his latest still includes unpredictable emotional highs and lows within a familiar set of family and friends, his latest is more sobering by comparison. With a killer soundtrack this is a well-proportioned character piece for its two leads, requiring a bit of patience for the film’s rather lofty running time »
- Nicholas Bell
A judge in Wayne County, Ga., has denied “Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller’s effort to modify his sentence and get released from jail early.
Miller was sentenced in March to two years in Wayne County Jail after pleading guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass stemming from the Feb. 20, 2014, train accident on the set of “Midnight Rider.” Camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed and eight others were injured.
Through his attorneys, Miller had sought early release, citing declining health and good behavior while serving his sentence. His motion was opposed by prosecutors and Jones’ family.
Miller may still be eligible for release after serving one year of his sentence. His attorneys have said that all parties reached a plea agreement with the understanding that the sheriff of Wayne County could apply a “good time credit.”
Deadline first reported the news of Judge Anthony Harrison’s decision.
- Ted Johnson
Exclusive: Midnight Rider filmmaker Randall Miller today was denied early release by a judge in Wayne County, Ga, putting to rest the notion he will get out of jail before March. Superior Court Judge Anthony Harrison’s ruling said that the intent was for Miller to stay in jail for the full two years, and that it’s up to his jailers whether he might get time served for good behavior. Miller is the first filmmaker in Hollywood history to go to jail for an on-set… »
Exclusive: Midnight Rider filmmaker Randall Miller has picked up the camera again, this time from inside jail. Details are emerging on what duties Miller actually performed on the film, a project for the Drug Court in Glynn County, Ga, which was deemed part of his community service. Miller, who is serving time in the Wayne County, Ga jail for criminal trespass and felony involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of young camera assistant Sarah Jones has been asking for… »
Attaching letters of support from the head of the Wayne County Jail, the lead detective from the Sheriff’s Department as well as one from the director of a regional drug rehabilitation center, attorneys for convicted filmmaker Randall Miller have submitted a response to the state to refute the state’s claims of the filmmaker “arrogance” in filing of a motion to modify their client’s sentence for an early release. Miller’s motion, the lawyers argued in a filing made with… »
5 items from 2016
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