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April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
"Midnight Rider" star William Hurt has pulled out of the Gregg Allman biopic, which suspended production in February after a train accident killed a camera assistant. "I can confirm he's out of the movie," said a spokeswoman for ICM Partners, the talent agency that represents Hurt. The Oscar-winning actor was cast as the legendary rocker. Hurt's withdrawal from "Midnight Rider" raises doubts about whether producers Randall Miller and his wife Jody Savin can revive the controversial project.
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December 5, 2008 | Robert Abele, Abele is a freelance writer.
"Nobel Son" loosely straps a story of family disappointment and academic jealousy to a juiced-up caper flick and then speeds off on its way. What comes next is a movie with moments of vengeance-filled enjoyment but also a sense of tonal haphazardness. You can't blame co-writer-director Randall Miller ("Bottle Shock") for wanting to have flashy criminal fun with his setup.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2006 | Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
The quaintly titled "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School" is a movie of sentiment, sweetness and nostalgia, a story hovering somewhere between realism and bittersweet fantasy. Occurrences, coincidences and resolutions take on an adult fairy-tale quality, much of it genteel and preposterous. Director Randall Miller, who first hit upon the crux of the tale for a shorter film about 15 years ago, would no doubt argue that truth, not reality, is the intent here.
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April 16, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The union representing Hollywood crew members has expressed dismay over plans by the producers of "Midnight Rider" to resume production of the film in Los Angeles, a few months after a train accident in Georgia killed a camera assistant. Michael Miller, international vice president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, told colleagues in an email this week that Unclaimed Freight Productions, the Pasadena-based producer of "Midnight Rider," informed the union that it would resume production of the movie in L.A. in June.
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August 6, 2008 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Restaurant Critic
"BOTTLE Shock," a new independent film based, very loosely, on the famous 1976 blind tasting in Paris in which two California wines came out on top, much to the chagrin of the expert -- and very French -- wine tasters, opens today at theaters across the Southland.
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March 30, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
FOR his thesis at the American Film Institute, writer-director Randall Miller returned to his childhood in Pasadena, when his mother sent him kicking and screaming to cotillion. His award-winning 1990 short, "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School," continues to be screened to this day. "No matter what I did in my career, people would always hire me off of the short," said Miller. "It was a touchstone for people.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2008 | Kim Christensen and Andrea Chang, Times Staff Writers
After Axium International Inc. imploded this week, a company vice president said its Hollywood clients would make a "seamless transition" to other payroll services providers. But that's not how many of them described it Wednesday after learning that money they had deposited with Axium was tied up by the company's bankruptcy liquidation action filed the day before.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2008 | Matthew DeBord, Special to The Times
Alan Rickman practices a stealth approach to comedy -- laughs for him are the product of a dry, reserved and withholding theatrical temperament. All veddy, veddy English, of course (appropriate for an actor who spent time in Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company). But Rickman also delights in flouting expectations. He's funny. But he's funny in a way that audiences can connect with.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2004 | Times staff and wire service reports
Unveiling its usual lineup of eclectic independent American films, the Sundance Film Festival also is emphasizing its strategic position as the first major festival on the calendar with an increased focus on international films. Don Roos' "Happy Endings" will be the opening-night film Jan. 20 in Park City, Utah. The latest effort from the director of "The Opposite of Sex" stars Lisa Kudrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tom Arnold.
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January 15, 2008 | Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writer
For many of the sleep-deprived, debt-saddled filmmakers trekking to the Sundance Film Festival this week, gaining acceptance to the world's most competitive indie market was the easy part. It's finishing their films in time that will take nothing short of a miracle. More than 45,000 people are expected to crowd snowy Park City, Utah, for 10 days starting Thursday.
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