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William Hurt to Play Gregg Allman in Biopic 'Midnight Rider'

William Hurt to Play Gregg Allman in Biopic 'Midnight Rider'
William Hurt will play Gregg Allman in Midnight Rider, the biopic being made by Unclaimed Freight ProductionsRandall Miller and Jody Savin. The project, an adaptation of the Gregg Allman memoir My Cross to Bear, already has Tyson Ritter, the lead singer-songwriter of pop-rock band The All-American Rejects, playing a young Allman, with Wyatt Russell portraying Duane Allman. Photos: Todd McCarthy's 10 Best Films of 2013 Miller will direct Rider, which he wrote with Savin. The two are producing via their banner, Unclaimed Freight, along with their music-biz partner Brad Rosenberger. Open Road Films will be handling the

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Gregg Allman Biopic Casts Tyson Ritter as Lead Role

Gregg Allman Biopic Casts Tyson Ritter as Lead Role
Tyson Ritter, the lead singer of The All American Rejects, will star as the young Gregg Allman in indie drama “Midnight Rider.”

Wyatt Russell has been cast as Duane Allman, who died in 1971 in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24. Ritter and Russell will perform vocals, guitar, piano and organ in the film.

“The world knows Tyson as a extraordinary musician and performer; now the world will know what an amazing actor he is as well,” said producer Randall Miller.

Miller and Jody Savin are producing through their Unclaimed Freight Productions banner with Brad Rosenberger. Savin said Russell is a lifelong fan of Duane Allman, adding, “He blew us away with his total embodiment of the rock icon and his uncanny slide guitar chops.”

Miller will direct from a screenplay he wrote with Savin. The film is based on Gregg Allman’s biography “My Cross To Bear,” written with Alan Light.
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Beach Boys Biopic "The Drummer" Cancelled

If you were or were not keen on a Beach Boys biopic, you can either blame or thank the upcoming "I, Frankenstein" for its implosion.

Filming on "The Drummer," the biopic about the final years of late Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, was originally slated to begin in June 2012. Then the already cast Aaron Eckhart had to pull out at the last minute citing exhaustion from filming on "I, Frankenstein", despite having spent six months learning to sing and play the piano and drums.

A year and a half on and the film hasn't made any further progress. Indefinitely delayed following Eckhart's departure, producers now say the film's fate is looking grim. Music supervisor Brad Rosenberger says: "It was a huge blow for us when Eckhart pulled out. There are no plans to make this Dennis Wilson movie now, but I don’t think it would be accurate to say
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Cbgb Lands at XLrator Media

Cbgb Lands at XLrator Media
XLrator Media has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the film Cbgb, a rock 'n roll true story of the legendary New York City club that launched dozens of top bands and is known globally as the home of American Punk Rock music. Cbgb tells the tale of the famed venue and its iconoclastic founder Hilly Kristal, portrayed by Alan Rickman (Harry Potter series) and directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock). The release of the much-buzzed-about film is timed to take advantage of the huge Cbgb Music Festival event this Fall and the current mainstream popularity of "Punk" in the media, art and fashion. The announcement was made today by XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

The film will be released theatrically to coincide with the fast-growing Cbgb Music Festival, which takes New York City by storm October 9-13, 2013 with over 500 bands performing on 175 stages across the city including Times Square and Brooklyn's Barkley Center.
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Alan Rickman’s ‘Cbgb’ Picked Up By XLrator

Alan Rickman’s ‘Cbgb’ Picked Up By XLrator
XLrator Media has bought U.S. distribution rights to “Cbgb,” starring Alan Rickman as nightclub owner Hilly Kristal, the story of the influential New York music venue and its impact on the punk rock scene.

The film, directed by Randall Miller, will be released theatrically to coincide with the Cbgb Music Festival in New York City on Oct. 9-13, with over 500 bands performing on 175 stages.

Cast includes Malin Akerman, Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Rupert Grint and Justin Bartha. The film includes over 60 songs, including titles by the Talking Heads, The Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, The Police and The Dead Boys.

Cbgb” looks at New York’s punk rock scene through the lens of the Lower East Side club opened by Kristal in 1973 as a home for “country, bluegrass and blues,” from which the club’s name was derived.

Unclaimed Freight ProductionsRandall Miller and Jody Savin produced the
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Cannes: Open Road to Distribute Gregg Allman Biopic

Open Road Films and Unclaimed Freight ProductionsRandall Miller and Jody Savin are partnering to bring My Cross to Bear, Gregg Allman’s autobiography to the screen. Miller and Savin produced Cbgb, about the famous New York City rock ‘n’ roll club, which is being repped in the Cannes Film Market by The Exchange. They will produce Cross, about the legendary blues singer, along with their music business partner, Brad Rosenberger. Savin and Miller also will write the screenplay, with Miller directing. Open Road will handle U.S. distribution. Photos: Note Perfect: The 15 Best Portrayals of Musicians in Movies The project will

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Gregg Allman Music Biopic in the Works From 'CBGB' Filmmakers (Exclusive)

Gregg Allman Music Biopic in the Works From 'CBGB' Filmmakers (Exclusive)
The filmmakers behind the upcoming music-themed feature CBGB are aiming to keep the rock flame alive with a biopic on Gregg Allman. Randall Miller and Jody Savin have picked up the rights to My Cross to Bear, Allman’s New York Times best-selling memoir co-written with Alan Light. Savin and Miller will write the screenplay for the movie and Miller will direct. The duo will produce via their Unclaimed Freight banner along their music biz partner, Brad Rosenberger. Book Review: 'My Cross to Bear' by Gregg Allman With Alan Light Allman was part of the

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'Cbgb' Filmmakers to Tell Story of Famed Caribou Records (Exclusive)

'Cbgb' Filmmakers to Tell Story of Famed Caribou Records (Exclusive)
After wrapping their rock feature Cbgb, Randall Miller and Jody Savin are hoping to keep the music going with a new music-themed project, this one on famed recording studio Caribou Records. Miller and Savin will write the script with Miller directing the project. It will produce via their Unclaimed Freight banner along with Brad Rosenberger, their music business partner. Titled Caribou Records, the movie will aim to tell the story of the music studio run by James William Guercio in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Photos: 20 Best and Worst Music to Movie Crossovers Guercio was a record producer who also

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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Randall Miller’s Cbgb

With previous splashes at the fest consisting of award-winning Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (Sundance ’05) and Bottle Shock (Sundance ’08), I wouldn’t be surprised if Randall Miller nabs a Premieres slot for Cbgb – after all, music-driven films have been a mainstay at the fest for years now and this if these walls could speak biopic on the infamous location includes a huge cast of faces playing epic names in the underground scene: Ashley Greene as Lisa Kristal (see set pic above), Malin Åkerman (Debbie Harry), Johnny Galecki (Terry Ork) down to Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal , Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome, Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone and Kyle Gallner as Lou Reed.

Gist: Cbgb follows the story of Hilly Kristal’s New York club from its origins as Country, Bluegrass and Blues (Cbgb) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock ‘n roll and punk. Kristal,
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Tracking Shot September

Cbgb

Director: Randall Miller

Writer: Miller and Jody Savin

Cast: Malin Akerman, Alan Rickman, Stana Katic, Rupert Grint, Joel David Moore, Ryan Hurst, Josh Zuckerman, Estelle Harris, Julian Acosta, Richard de Klerk, Mickey Sumner, Arthur Bridgers and John Holmstrom

Crew: Dp: Mike Ozier. Editor: Dan O’Brien. Production Designer: Craig Stearns

Producers: Miller, Savin and Brad Rosenberger

Filming in Los Angeles
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Harry Potter’s Ron Weasley Signs Up for Beach Boy Biopic, The Drummer

Rupert Grint readies his rock star-look for the Beach Boys-themed bipoic, The Drummer.

Harry Potter’s Ron Weasley, a.k.a. Rupert Grint, has signed on to feature in The Drummer, a biopic of the Beach BoysDennis Wilson that is due to go before the cameras in June, according to an official press release. Grint will play mailroom intern Stan Shapiro who became a close friend and confidante to Wilson.

According to the official synopsis, The Drummer charts the last six years of Wilson’s life in which he created some of the finest music of his career.

“Rupert’s character is the window into Dennis’ world,” said Randall Miller, who is directing and co-producing with Jody Savin. “He is the everyman who witnesses the train wreck. Rupert is going to nail it.”

“We are thrilled to have Rupert on board,” added Savin, who wrote the screenplay. “He
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Chloe Moretz and Rupert Grint Join The Drummer

Chloe Moretz and Rupert Grint Join The Drummer
Actors Chloe Moretz and Rupert Grint have signed on to star in The Drummer for director Randall Miller.

Aaron Eckhart signed on back in October to play The Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson in this biopic, which will focus on the last six years of his life before he drowned to death in 1983. Chloe Moretz will play Brian Wilson's daughter, Jennifer, while Rupert Grint is playing Stan Shapiro, a mail room intern at William Morris who befriends Dennis Wilson. We reported in January that Vera Farmiga will star as Fleetwood Mac singer Christine McVie, who was romantically involved with the drummer throughout the last six years of his life.

Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) is directing The Drummer from a screenplay by Jody Savin. Randall Miller, Jody Savin, and Brad Rosenberger are producing. Production is scheduled to begin June 15.

The Drummer comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Aaron Eckhart, Vera Farmiga,
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The Drummer biopic casts Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga joins Aaron Eckhart in Randy Miller's The Drummer biopic of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson Farmiga will play Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie, reports Variety. Miller produces alongside screenwriter Jody Savin via their Unclaimed Freight Productions, reteaming after 2008's brilliant Bottle Shock starring Chris Pine, Bill Pullman and Alan Rickman. Also producing is Brad Rosenberger. The Drummer follows Wilson's in a six-year-long period, focusing on his relationship with McVie, prior to his death 1983. "She has a number of duets with Eckhart in the film. The combination of Aaron and Vera will be pure magic," said Miller...
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The Drummer biopic casts Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga joins Aaron Eckhart in Randy Miller's The Drummer biopic of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson Farmiga will play Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie, reports Variety. Miller produces alongside screenwriter Jody Savin via their Unclaimed Freight Productions, reteaming after 2008's brilliant Bottle Shock starring Chris Pine, Bill Pullman and Alan Rickman. Also producing is Brad Rosenberger. The Drummer follows Wilson's in a six-year-long period, focusing on his relationship with McVie, prior to his death 1983. "She has a number of duets with Eckhart in the film. The combination of Aaron and Vera will be pure magic," said Miller...

The Drummer biopic casts Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga joins Aaron Eckhart in Randy Miller's The Drummer biopic of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson Farmiga will play Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie, reports Variety. Miller produces alongside screenwriter Jody Savin via their Unclaimed Freight Productions, reteaming after 2008's brilliant Bottle Shock starring Chris Pine, Bill Pullman and Alan Rickman. Also producing is Brad Rosenberger. The Drummer follows Wilson's in a six-year-long period, focusing on his relationship with McVie, prior to his death 1983. "She has a number of duets with Eckhart in the film. The combination of Aaron and Vera will be pure magic," said Miller...
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Aaron Eckhart Is Beach Boys' Wilson

Aaron Eckhart has signed on to play Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson in the indie music biopic "The Drummer" at Unclaimed Freight Prods. says Variety.

The story chronicles the last six years of Wilson's life, before his death in 1983. Eckhart had been in negotiations to play Wilson for several months and will also serve as executive producer and record his own renditions of some of Wilson's songs.

Brad Rosenberger, Randy Miller and Jody Savin are producing while Savin penned the script. Shooting is slated to kick off late spring-early summer.
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Cbgb Film Looks At Birth Of American Punk

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Cbgb Film Looks At Birth Of American Punk
Hilly Kristal opened Cbgb's in 1973 thinking he'd book a lot of country, bluegrass, blues and other music for uplifting gormandizers there. The iconic letters on the awning, "Cbgb" and "Omfug," in fact stand for "Country, BlueGrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers." But something rather different happened at Kristal's little venue on 315 Bowery, which is now considered the birthplace of American punk.

Kristal passed in 2007, but his daughter Lisa Kristal Burgman is bringing his story to the bigscreen with a film, tentatively titled "Cbgb," according to Billboard, "that will cover the years 1974 to '76 when the Bowery club became a haven for the Ramones, Talking Heads, Television and Patti Smith."

Husband and wife team Randall Miller and Jody Savin ("Bottle Shock") are writing and directing respectively. "It was an old-fashioned salon in an awful part of New York where people could fail while they worked to find their voice,
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"Bottle Shock" Duo Look At 80's Club Scene

Randall Miller and Jody Savin ("Bottle Shock") are developing an untitled project about New York's famed Cbgb nightclub for their Unclaimed Freight Productions reports Variety.

The story centers on the real-life tale of Hilly Kristal's Cbgb club and its impact on the early 80's underground music scene, pushing forward artists like Talking Heads, the Ramones and Blondie.

Savin will direct and co-write with Miller while both will produce alongside Brad Rosenberger. Shooting kicks off next summer in New York.
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