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Manuel here catching up on a female-helmed, female-centered film coming our way in 2015 (one hopes!).
Have you guys heard about Miss You Already? The pic starting shooting in London just this past month and it stars none other than Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette. The film is directed by Catherine Hardwicke, whose filmography seems endlessly baffling to me: Thirteen (2003), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Nativity Story (2006), Twilight (2008), Red Riding Hood (2011), and something called Plush (2013; anyone seen it? IMDb tells me it stars Cam “Amos cookies” Gigandet). I mean, I know female directors have a hard time getting passion (or any other kind of) projects made, but can someone explain to me this set of films? I guess one could make a thorough-line about Hardwicke’s interest in young women’s lives, which makes Miss You Already an interesting departure.
The film centers on Milly and Jess “who have been best friends since childhood. »
- Manuel Betancourt
• Another big name has been launched into consideration for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film The Martian. Emmy winner Jeff Daniels is the latest actor in talks to join Matt Damon in the movie about a stranded astronaut struggling to survive. Daniels would play the Nasa director dealing with the crisis back on Earth. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Kate Mara may also star in the film written by Drew Goddard (World War Z) and adapted from the self-published book of the same name by Andy Weir. [THR] • Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Ron Livingston, and Clea DuVall have signed on for Fresno, »
- Jake Perlman
Angry Birds, Zombieland 2, The Jesuit, and other films have all made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. Miss You Already Tyson Ritter is cozying up [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Prior to watching the latest season of Parenthood, I had no idea who Tyson Ritter was. It turns out that I’m likely in the minority. He’s forged a successful career during his time as frontman for All-American Rejects, which has now led to him landing a few small acting gigs. On Parenthood, he played the singer of a band, which was not exactly a huge stretch. Now he’s set to work his acting muscle further, as he’s signed on to appear in British romcom Miss You Already.
Ritter will be heading out to London where the film has already begun its shoot, before production ventures up to the northern part of England. He’ll be joining as the love interest to either Drew Barrymore or Toni Collette, and is said to be “thrilled and humbled to be a part of this compelling project. To work with »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Musician and up-and-coming thesp Tyson Ritter is cozying up to Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette for friendship comedy/drama Miss You Already. The All-American Rejects frontman and Parenthood actor is joining the shoot this weekend in London and will play the young love interest to one of the ladies.
Barrymore and Collette star as Milly and Jess, best friends who have shared everything since they were kids. Now, Milly has a high-flying job and lives in a beautiful townhouse with husband Kit (Dominic Cooper) and their two kids. Jess is a town planner and she and her boyfriend Jago (Paddy Considine) live on a bohemian houseboat on a London canal. Their friendship is tested when Jess struggles to have a baby and Milly finds out she has breast cancer. Jacqueline Bisset also stars as Milly’s mother.
Ritter says he’s “thrilled and humbled to be a part of this compelling project. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Episodes: 11 (half-hour)
TV show dates: April 19, 2014 -- January 17, 2014
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This comedy series follows four Silicon Valley friends -- Trey (Joe Dinicol), Nash (Karan Soni), Hobbes (Jon Daly), and Mitchell (Charlie Saxton), -- as they try to find investors for their dating app.
Episode #11 -- This Is It
Armed with insider information from Jordan, Trey must decide whether or not to sell Brb. He mends fences with Murch and seeks his advice after the rest of the team votes to take Casper's deal.
First released: January 17, 2014.
What do you »
The Veronica Mars cast is taking this whole “reunion” thing to the next level.
Related Veronica Mars Boss, Cast Tackle Burning Qs About Logan’s Career, ‘LoVe’s’ Future and More
Premiering in mid-September on CW Seed, Play It Again, Dick will star Ryan Hansen (as himself) as he attempts to get a show made about his Mars character, Dick Casablancas. Filming on the eight-episode series has wrapped, and thanks to BuzzFeed, we now know which of our favorite Marshmallows we’ll be seeing again very soon.
Slated to appear, both as themselves and their Mars characters, are: Kristen Bell »
After a lengthy investigation, Midnight Rider director Randall Miller, writer-producer Jody Savin and unit production manager/executive producer Jay Sedrish have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones by Georgia's Wayne Superior Court. If the trio are convicted, Georgia law states that the manslaughter conviction could result in a 10-year prison sentence, although the criminal trespass charge carries a 12-month maximum sentence.
On February 20, Sarah Jones was helping to set up a shot on a Doctortown, Georgia train trestle when she was struck by a train. According to Deadline's investigation, the crew waited for two previous trains to pass, before setting up a shot that required actor William Hurt, who has since left this biopic of music legend Gregg Allman, to lay on a heavy hospital bed situated on the train tracks. Unexpectedly, a third train came through, as the »
VH1 has announced the 24 bands that will compete in its first “Make a Band Famous” competition, an ambitious 24-hour special that will stream continuously and uncensored starting June 11 at 8 p.m. Et from Brooklyn, New York, which will be hosted by All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter. In order to get into the contest, unsigned bands submitted 15 second clips of an original, unpublished song to Instagram. Fans then voted on their favorite bands and the competitors were chosen after nearly a half-million votes were cast. Also read: VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Sara Bareilles Name Winners of ‘Keys + »
- Jethro Nededog
VH1 is undertaking an ambitious around-the-clock battle of the bands titled “Make a Band Famous” that will take place on its digital platforms. Along with partner Republic Records, the cable channel will live stream 24 Bands competing over 24 Hours with the last band standing winning a contract with Republic Records, a live showcase at Brooklyn's Northside Festival, as well as being the recipient of VH1's “You Oughta Know” campaign. Hosted by All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter, “Make a Band Famous” will live-stream from Brooklyn, NY starting June 11 at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt on VH1.com and the VH1 App. »
- Jethro Nededog
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, »
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 »
Production on Midnight Rider, a biopic about rock guitarist Gregg Allman, has been suspended following a tragic train accident last Thursday which left one crew member dead and several others injured, multiple outlets are reporting.
In a statement obtained by Variety, production company Film Allman, LLC confirmed the suspension: “In light of the tragic loss, we have decided to put the production of Midnight Rider on hold.”
- Nina Terrero
Even as the investigations into the cause of the accident continue, crew members in Atlanta, Savannah and Los Angeles are launching new campaigns to improve safety procedures.
“I am still not 100% on that facts that have unfolded, but I can tell you this: Nobody should have been on those tracks,” Chris “Cc” Clark told a gathering of members of Iatse Local 479 in Atlanta on Monday, in a speech that was posted on YouTube. “The hectic ‘hurry up and go’ on a film set is a hazardous way of thinking. We are not doctors saving lives. I understand we have a job to do, and we all want to secure the next job. But when safety is thrown out the window, »
- Ted Johnson
In a painful reminder of the dangers crew members can encounter during production, Sarah Elizabeth Jones lost her life last week when she was struck and killed by a train while working as a second camera assistant on the new Greg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider." Her death is now serving as a lightning rod for the industry, which is using the tragedy to draw attention to the occasionally dangerous role of the crew -- and the risks filmmakers are often willing to go to in order to get the shot. The investigation into the accident is underway, but whatever the eventual findings, the tragedy is a reminder of the risks that crew members take every day. Jones, 27, was killed after trying to remove a bed from the tracks. She was working as part of a 20-person crew from Savannah, Ga-based Meddin Studios. Directed by Randall Miller, “Midnight Rider” stars William Hurt, »
- Paula Bernstein
A Savannah-based film crew working on Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” has denied any wrong doing in the train crash that killed a 27-year-old camera assistant and injured seven others, insisting “no corners were cut.”
In an email to Variety, Nick Gant, creative director and principal of Meddin Studios, said: “This is not guerrilla filmmaking or a group of indie film makers trying to grab a shot. It was weeks of communications and scouting multiple places. You had to have access to get onto the site. We have 20- to 30-year veterans in all the departments, crew is extremely qualified, cast trailers were transporter, location was almost 90 minutes away.” Meddin Studios is based in Savannah and has been working with the production.
Thursday’s deadly collision took place at a railroad trestle that crosses the Altamaha River in the rural county about 60 miles southwest of Savannah.
Wayne County sheriff »
- Ted Johnson
The crew of Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” was working on train tracks without permission from the railroad in Wayne County, Ga. when a train crashed into the production team, killing one and injuring seven others, an investigator said Friday.
The tracks, owned by Csx Railroad, cross private land owned by forest-products company Rayonier, which has a nearby paper mill. Joe Gardner, the lead detective on the case, said the crew had Rayonier’s permission to film on its property next to the train tracks.
“Csx has told me they were aware they were out there, but they did not have permission to be on the train tracks,” Gardner told reporters.
An eyewitness told Variety the Open Road Films drama was in its first day of shooting Thursday afternoon and the crew was filming a dream sequence on a railroad trestle when a train unexpectedly crossed the bridge.
The victim, »
- Ted Johnson
Investigators in Georgia are trying to determine the circumstances that led to a fatal train accident that killed a crew member on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” near Savannah, Ga., on Thursday.
The victim was identified as Sarah Jones, 27, of Atlanta, according to Ed Mathis of the Wayne County Coroner’s Office. Her parents live in West Columbia, S.C.
Sources said that she was a second camera assistant who was killed when a freight train operated by Csx Corp. struck her as crew members scrambled to get out of the way. Seven other crew members were injured, according to Wayne County Sheriff’s detective Joe Gardner, who appeared at a news conference with reporters late Thursday. He said they were treating the case as a homicide “until we have more information.”
Gardner said that the production, which came from Meddin Studios in Savannah, had permission from Csx and Rayonier, »
- Ted Johnson
A second camera assistant was killed and multiple others injured during the shooting of Midnight Rider, the upcoming biopic based on the life of Allman Brothers Band founding member Gregg Allman, according to The Wrap.
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The accident happened Thursday afternoon in Wayne County, Ga. during the filming of a dream sequence involving two trains. The crew had placed a mattress on a railroad bridge when a third train unexpectedly appeared, forcing crewmembers, including director Randall Miller, to remove the »
The details of the incident remain unclear at this time, but Variety cites local sources as reporting that three others were injured.
Another woman was reportedly airlifted to receive medical attention, while the two others were taken to a local hospital.
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