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Model and Actor Plitt, Killed in Train Accident, Was Original 'Body' of Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan

21 January 2015 5:38 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Fitness model Greg Plitt killed in train accident: Plitt was the 'body' of Dr. Manhattan in 'Watchmen' movie Fitness model Greg Plitt, best known for adorning countless fitness magazine covers and for his participation on the reality TV show Work Out, was killed by a passenger train while being videotaped last Saturday afternoon, January 17, 2015, in Burbank, about 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities are now trying to figure out how Plitt and his two-person crew were able to access a restricted area – without a filming permit – and what exactly they were doing there. Online tabloids claim to have the answer, asserting that Greg Plitt's death was the result of a failed thrill-seeking stunt. The athletic Plitt, who had previously shot at least one workout video on a train track, was purportedly trying to outrun the passenger train, but tripped and fell on the tracks. Police have »

- Zac Gille

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‘Midnight Rider’ Judge Denies Csx Motion; Train Video To Remain Unsealed

6 January 2015 3:30 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

A judge in Chatham County, Georgia today denied rail company Csx’s request to prohibit photographs and video evidence from further public dissemination in the wrongful death case of Midnight Rider crew member Sarah Jones. The November 12 motion was filed after an October 31 episode of ABC News’ 20/20 aired partial train footage filmed the afternoon of February 20, 2014 when Jones was struck and killed by a Csx train on the Doctortown trestle in rural Georgia.

That footage had been submitted to the court as evidence in the ongoing civil case brought by Jones’ parents against a number of defendants including Csx, director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin, and others, most of whom have since been dismissed after reaching settlements with the Jones family.

Related: ‘Midnight Rider’ Crew Kept In Dark Over Safety, Federal Investigation Reveals

Those settlements left Csx as the biggest remaining defendant in an increasingly contentious legal skirmish with the Jones camp. »

- Jen Yamato

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‘Midnight Rider': Judge Refuses to Ban Release of Accident Video

6 January 2015 2:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A judge in Chatham County, Ga., has denied Csx Transportation’s effort to restrict the further dissemination of a Feb. 20 video of the accident on the set of “Midnight Rider.”

Judge Gregory Sapp issued his order on Tuesday, according to the Chatham Court website.

The video — taken from a Csx train that came unexpectedly as filmmakers were shooting on the tracks near Jesup, Ga. — already has been shown on ABC News’ “20/20.”

Csx contended that it released the video to attorneys for the family of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who was killed in the accident, but did not agree to its wider dissemination. They claim that the attorneys violated a license agreement required by the video software provider.

But attorneys for the Jones family at the firm of Harris Penn Lowry argued that the video was entered into the public record and that they did not violate the terms of the license agreement. »

- Ted Johnson

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