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Fox Fired Bryan Singer, but It Won’t Be Able to Remove Him as the Director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Fox Fired Bryan Singer, but It Won’t Be Able to Remove Him as the Director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
A series of stories about the chaotic set of “Bohemian Rhapsody” culminated with the announcement that 20th Century Fox has fired director Bryan Singer. Reports of Singer’s “erratic” behavior include fighting with lead actor Rami Malek, the director not showing up on set (veteran cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel reportedly stepping into the role), and after the Thanksgiving holiday, Singer disappearing completely, leaving a representative to cite a “personal health matter” concerning the director and a family member as the reason for his absence.

Read More:Bryan Singer Fired From Directing Queen Biopic After Repeatedly Disappearing From Set

All of this is set against a backdrop in which many of Hollywood’s most powerful men have been brought down by allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Hollywood is a different place than it was over a year ago, when Fox started working with Singer to develop the long-simmering biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
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Sarah Jones’ Parents After Trial: “She Was One Person, And Now Is Many People On Many Different Sets”

Sarah Jones’ Parents After Trial: “She Was One Person, And Now Is Many People On Many Different Sets”
Exclusive: It has been a long 4 1/2 years for Elizabeth and Richard Jones since the death of their 27-year-old daughter Sarah Jones on the set of Midnight Rider. The shock of the loss was followed by a criminal investigation, an Osha investigation, a criminal trial, director Randall Miller’s surprising release from jail after only a year (and the news coming around the holidays), the civil proceedings, the filmmaker’s obstinate nature and public outcry, the death of Gregg…
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Newswire: Family of crew member killed on Midnight Rider set awarded $11.2 million

According to Variety, a jury in Georgia has ruled in favor of the family of Sarah Jones in their civil suit against transportation company Csx and production company Film Allman, with a judge awarding the family $11.2 million. Jones was the camera assistant who was killed on the set of Midnight Rider when a Csx train drove through the film’s set and crashed into a prop bed that had been set up on the tracks, with the lawsuit alleging the production company and Csx both could’ve done a lot more to prevent Jones’ death—particularly since the filmmakers didn’t have permission to be working on the train tracks at the time of the incident. In March of 2015, Midnight Rider director Randall Miller was sentenced to two years in prison (a sentence he has already completed), forced to pay a $20,000 fine, and was essentially ...
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Sarah Jones’ Family Awarded $11.2 Million in ‘Midnight Rider’ Suit

Sarah Jones’ Family Awarded $11.2 Million in ‘Midnight Rider’ Suit
The family of the Sarah Jones, a camera assistant killed while working on the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider,” was awarded $11.2 million Monday in a civil suit over her death. Jurors determined that railways company Csx Transportation bore the largest part of the responsibility. Jones, 27, was killed in 2014 during the filming of a dream sequence in which William Hurt, playing Allman, occupied a hospital bed on a live railroad trestle above the Altamaha River near Doctortown, Georgia. Director Randall Miller served a year in jail after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. The case led to the Safety for Sarah movement,
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Sarah Jones’ Family Awarded $11.2 Million in ‘Midnight Rider’ Suit

Sarah Jones’ Family Awarded $11.2 Million in ‘Midnight Rider’ Suit
A Georgia jury has ruled in favor of Sarah Jones’ family in its civil suit against Csx Transportation in connection with the camera assistant’s 2014 death and awarded them $11.2 million.

The state court jury in Savannah, Ga., decided unanimously to award the family nearly $2 million for pain and suffering and $9.2 million for the economic loss from Sarah Jones’ life, according a spokeswoman for the attorneys for the family. The jury also assigned Csx 35% of the fault.

Other defendants are production company Film Allman and Rayonier.

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Judge Rejects ‘Midnight Rider’ Director’s Suit Against Insurance Company

Jones was killed and six others were injured on the set of “Midnight Rider” outside Doctortown, Ga., on a railroad trestle above the Altamaha River after a train came down the tracks at 58 mph during production. The crew had less than one minute to evacuate the location and the train ran into a metal bed being used by the crew for
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Sarah Jones Trial: Jury Finds Railroad Company Liable for Death of 27-Year-Old Camera Assistant

Sarah Jones Trial: Jury Finds Railroad Company Liable for Death of 27-Year-Old Camera Assistant
The trial between Sarah Jones’ family and railroad company Csx has come to an end. The jury has found Csx liable in the death of the 27-year-old camera assistant. Jones’ family has won $11.2 million, including $2M for pain and suffering and over $9M for economic losses. Jones was killed and six others were injured after a 2014 accident on the set of “Midnight Rider” outside Doctortown, Georgia.

The incident occurred on February 20, 2014. Producers on the movie assured cast and crew that filming a scene on a railroad trestle above the Altamaha River was safe, but a train came speeding down the tracks at 58 mph during production, giving the crew less than one minute to evacuate the location. The train ran into a metal bed being used by the crew and Jones was struck by shrapnel that propelled her toward the moving train.

Jones’ family sued Csx, claiming they did not follow
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Sarah Jones Family V. Csx Trial: Day 3 Of Trial Draws Parents To Stand

Richard and Elizabeth Jones took the stand today in the third day of their civil trial against railroad company Csx, which they have sued for negligence for the 2014 death of their daughter Sarah Jones. Jones, a 27 year-old camera assistant, who was killed on the set of the Greg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. Richard Jones acknowledged on the stand today that Midnight Rider director Randall Miller and the supervising crew did trespass to set up a scene on a Georgia train…
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Casting a Feature Film Biopic about The Allman Brothers

We’re all saddened by the recent passing of Gregg Allman of the famed Allman Brothers band. Their southern rock style always seemed to make us feel alright The influence they had on music that would come after them is immeasurable and their live stories were full of drama, intrigue, you name it. A featured film biopic about the Allman Brothers was in the works in 2014 but sadly never happened. William Hurt was cast in the role of Gregg with Tyson Ritter and the younger brother with Wyatt Russell in the role of Duane in Randall Miller’s “Midnight Rider.”

Casting a Feature Film Biopic about The Allman Brothers
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Film Allman Loses Case Against New York Marine Insurer: “No New Info From FBI”

Film Allman Loses Case Against New York Marine Insurer: “No New Info From FBI”
Film Allman has lost big in a ruling concerning insurer New York Marine who had settled with the family of Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistant killed on the set after Randall Miller put his crew on live train tracks. Film Allman, last month, filed a motion saying that the FBI was investigating whether Miller’s civil rights had been violated and whether he had been properly incarcerated — a move that was seen as a desperate attempt to positively affect the…
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'Midnight Rider' Producer Loses Lawsuit Against Insurer

'Midnight Rider' Producer Loses Lawsuit Against Insurer
A California federal judge has dealt a blow to the producer of the abandoned Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, handing a summary judgment victory to New York Marine and General Insurance Company and shrugging off news of an FBI investigation.

Due to a tragic accident on a railway trestle bridge in Georgia on Feb. 20, 2014, killing camera assistant Sarah Jones, production of the film was suspended with director Randall Miller prosecuted amid a flurry of lawsuits. Film Allman, LLC, then sued the insurer and claimed that "New York Marine sabotaged the Film, the very thing that it agreed to insure and protect...
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‘Midnight Rider’ Case: Key Players In Criminal Trial Never Contacted By FBI

‘Midnight Rider’ Case: Key Players In Criminal Trial Never Contacted By FBI
Although two attorneys for Midnight Rider director Randall Miller have submitted affidavits that there is an open FBI investigation into “probable civil rights violations” and “the possible wrongful prosecution and incarceration of Mr. Miller,” many of the key players involved in the criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter trial that put Miller behind bars have, to date, not been contacted by anyone from the FBI. The introduction of the FBI into the mix come…
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'Midnight Rider' Director's Incarceration Being Probed by FBI

'Midnight Rider' Director's Incarceration Being Probed by FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is actively investigating whether Randall Miller, director of the ill-fated Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, was wrongfully prosecuted and incarcerated for his alleged role in the death of 27-year-old camera operator Sarah Jones. That's according to new court documents filed by Film Allman, still battling its insurance company for millions of dollars over a production that was suspended when the film crew set up on a railway trestle bridge train in Georgia only to flee upon the arrival of a train barreling forward at an estimated 57 miles per hour.

After the fatal accident on Feb. 20, 2014, prosecutors in Georgia charged Miller, who...
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Judge Rules ‘Midnight Rider’ Insurer Not Liable For Losses

Judge Rules ‘Midnight Rider’ Insurer Not Liable For Losses
A Los Angeles federal judge has denied a motion by Film Allman and the producers of the ill-fated Midnight Rider movie that would have forced their insurance carrier to cover losses associated with the project despite their criminal negligence. Camera assistant Sarah Jones was struck and killed by a speeding freight train on the film in 2014 while the cast and crew were shooting a scene on a Georgia railroad trestle. Director Randall Miller spent a year in jail for…
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Judge Sides With Insurer for Denial of Coverage to ‘Midnight Rider’ Filmmakers

Judge Sides With Insurer for Denial of Coverage to ‘Midnight Rider’ Filmmakers
A federal judge is rejecting efforts by the production company behind “Midnight Rider” to collect an insurance claim stemming from the Feb. 20, 2014 train accident on the set that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured eight others.

U.S. District Judge Otis Wright, in a decision issued on Thursday, ruled in favor of New York Marine and its contention that the insurance policy was voided because of an exclusion covering criminal acts. The director of the movie, Randall Miller, served a year in jail in Jesup, Ga., after he plead guilty to charges of criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter. His wife, producer Jody Savin, was also charged, but those charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Wright wrote that there was “no genuine dispute or ambiguity concerning the policy’s criminal act exclusion.”

He wrote that the court “determines that Film Allman’s employees entered onto the land in question.
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'Midnight Rider' Director Randall Miller Looks to Sue Upon New Revelations About Fatal Crash

'Midnight Rider' Director Randall Miller Looks to Sue Upon New Revelations About Fatal Crash
The oft-told story about what happened during production of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider on Feb. 20, 2014 is that the film crew, having been denied permission to shoot on Wayne County, Ga. train tracks, entered private property anyway and a subsequent train collision killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and left other crewmembers injured. But what if the filmmakers weren't denied permission? It obviously wouldn't change the tragic fact that Jones couldn't get away from a train barreling forward at an estimated 57 miles per hour, but does it cast a different light on Midnight Rider director Randall Miller and others involved in the film

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'Midnight Rider' Insurer Tells Judge It Doesn't Have to Cover Criminal Acts

'Midnight Rider' Insurer Tells Judge It Doesn't Have to Cover Criminal Acts
New York Marine and General Insurance Company is looking to disclaim any payment responsibility for what happened on Feb. 20, 2014, when during the shooting of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider in Georgia, a train collision killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and left other crewmembers injured. On Wednesday, the insurer filed a summary judgment motion that argues that it doesn't have to cover losses resulting from criminal acts. Film Allman LLC, the Midnight Rider production company, has brought a lawsuit against New York Marine for allegedly breaching contract and good faith. Although Midnight Rider director Randall Miller pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter, the

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Werner Herzog’s “Rogue” Filmmaking Lessons Questioned By Father Of ‘Midnight Rider’ Assistant Killed On Set

Werner Herzog’s “Rogue” Filmmaking Lessons Questioned By Father Of ‘Midnight Rider’ Assistant Killed On Set
Update, 4:03 Pm: Richard Jones, father of Sarah Jones – the 27-year-old camera assistant killed two years ago on the Georgia set of Randall Miller’s Midnight Rider – tells Deadline he would like a face-to-face meeting with German filmmaker Werner Herzog in response to the director’s comments that he teaches students “rogue” filmmaking techniques. Jones will be in Los Angeles next month for a September 25 Safety For Sarah walkathon, kicking off at the Santa Monica Pier, to…
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Midnight Rider Director Randall Miller Released From Jail After Serving Half of His Sentence

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Midnight Rider Director Randall Miller Released From Jail After Serving Half of His Sentence
After two failed attempts at early release, Midnight Rider director Randall Miller has been released from jail after serving just half of his original sentence, according to reports. Miller was granted early release on Wednesday following just over a year behind bars in Wayne County, Georgia, Variety reports. The director reportedly took a plea deal last year, which required he plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in connection with the on-set death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, and injury of eight others. Although the deal originally mandated Miller spend two years in custody, a judge adjusted the sentence
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Midnight Rider Director Randall Miller Released From Jail After Serving Half of His Sentence

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Midnight Rider Director Randall Miller Released From Jail After Serving Half of His Sentence
After two failed attempts at early release, Midnight Rider director Randall Miller has been released from jail after serving just half of his original sentence, according to reports. Miller was granted early release on Wednesday following just over a year behind bars in Wayne County, Georgia, Variety reports. The director reportedly took a plea deal last year, which required he plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in connection with the on-set death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, and injury of eight others. Although the deal originally mandated Miller spend two years in custody, a judge adjusted the sentence
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‘Midnight Rider’ Director Randall Miller to Be Released From Prison

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‘Midnight Rider’ Director Randall Miller to Be Released From Prison
“Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller will be released from prison after serving just one year behind bars, his attorney told TheWrap. “We’re glad that the matter has come to a conclusion and should be on a plane heading back to California pretty soon,” Don Samuel told TheWrap’s Pamela Chelin. Sarah Jones, 27, was killed while filming a scene for “Midnight Rider” on railroad tracks in Georgia, while trying to escape an oncoming freight train that injured eight others on Feb. 20, 2014. Also Read: 'Midnight Rider' Fines Upheld by Osha: Sarah Jones' Death Was 'Entirely Preventable' The filmmakers of the Greg Allman biopic.
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