Bosses of the Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider fear the project may have to be abandoned unless insurance company officials agree to honour their policy. Shooting on the film, based on veteran rocker Gregg Allman's autobiography, halted after production assistant Sarah Jones was struck and killed by a train while working on location in February (14).
The biopic is still on hold while movie bosses battle legal issues and help with police investigations relating to director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish, who were all indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass last month (Jul14).
Officials at production company Film Allman are hoping to restart the project, but bosses at insurance firm New York Marine, who covered the original shoot, will no longer honour their policy when filming resumes so movie chiefs have filed a legal complaint.
The papers, lodged at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (12Aug14), state, "This action arises from New York Marine's bad faith refusal to honour its obligations to pay for losses incurred by Film Allman, its insured... Even worse, New York Marine unjustifiably has taken the position that the policy no longer will insure Midnight Rider on a forward-going basis and has threatened to cancel the policy altogether, thereby leaving Film Allman without any insurance coverage for the restarted production. As a result, Film Allman is now saddled with over $1.6 million in losses and the prospect of having to abandon Midnight Rider entirely in light of New York Marine's stated intention of cancelling the film's insurance policy."
Bosses at Film Allman want at least $1.6 million (£941,200) in damages and ongoing insurance coverage.
British actor Craig Fairbrass has filed suit against his Hollywood movie managers over allegations they cost him money for his 2014 action film The Outsider. The Cliffhanger star accepted a $25,000 (£14,726) advance to play a military contractor in the movie, but agreed to defer his $40,000 (£23,529) fee from ZG Entertainment managers Mark and Christine Holder until after the film's March (14) release.
His filmmaking partner, The Outsider writer/director Brian Miller, also opted to defer his $15,000 (£8,824) purchase price for the script and instead allowed ZG Entertainment bosses to option his screenplay for just $1 (£0.59).
Miller also postponed collecting his $50,000 (£29,412) payment for directing the movie, which also starred James Caan, and was promised a cut of the film's proceeds, according to Los Angeles court papers, obtained by editors at Entlawdigest.com.
The director and his star claim they have yet to receive the full funds from the Holders and they're demanding an accounting of ZG Entertainment's funds and all profits from The Outsider. Fairbrass and Miller are also seeking damages for breach of contract, fraud and copyright infringement.
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Sundance is long gone, Cannes sailed away months ago, and both Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festivals have cleared away until next year. But when one major film festival ends, another starts putting its lineup together, and this time, it's Canada's time to shine. The Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from September 4 until the 14, has unveiled the list of titles they'll be premiering this year, and it's packed with under-the-radar indies, highly anticipated returns from accliamed directors, and of course, several likely awards contenders. But with nearly 60 films all making their debut in Toronto this fall, it can be hard to pick out the good from the bad and the exciting from the ones you've probably seen before. In an attempt to simplify the decision-making process for you, we've highlighted some of the most exciting films to hit north of the border this fall.
The Imitation Game Who’s Involved: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance star What It’s About: The British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking German codes, and was then prosecuted by the government for being homosexual. Thoughts: Finally, a cast good enough to convince you that math is interesting for two hours.
The Last Five Years Who’s Involved: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan What It’s About: A musical that tells the story of a married couple’s five-year relationship – his perspective runs from the day they met to when it all fell apart, and hers from the end back to the beginning. Thoughts: The perfect example as to why you should pay attention when your theater nerd friend tries plays you cast recordings.
Foxcatcher Who’s Involved: Bennett Miller directs; Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo starWhat It’s About: Based on a true story, it follows two championship wrestler brothers and the tragic consequences that they face after getting involved with an eccentric millionaire coach. Thoughts: We really are going to have to come up with the Tatum equivalent of “McConaissance” sometime soon.
A Little ChaosWho’s Involved: Alan Rickman directs; Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Rickman star What It’s About: A landscape gardener finds herself struggling with the politics of Louis XIV’s court and her own demons after she’s hired to work at the Garden of Versailles. Thoughts: You had us at “Rickman.”
The Riot Club Who’s Involved: Lone Scherfig directs; Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay star What It’s About: A privileged young man is inducted into the “Riot’s Club,” an exclusive, wild group of young men full of debauchery and bad behavior, during his first year at Oxford. Thoughts: Look! It’s that guy from that thing! And that girl, from that other thing! I like them. They should be in more things.
Before We Go Who’s Involved: Chris Evans directs; Evans and Alice Eve star What It’s About: Two strangers bond over the course of one night in Manhattan, and the conflicts in their lives allow them to explore more about each other and themselves. Thoughts: Captain America is directing movies now!
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This Is Where I Leave You Who’s Involved: Shawn Levy directs; Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda star What It’s About: Four adult siblings return to their childhood home after their father dies. Dysfunction and hijinks ensue. Thoughts: Does Driver say “outer space” in this? Can we re-write the script so that he does?
Men, Women and Children Who’s Involved: Jason Reitman directs; Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer star What It’s About: A group of parents and children navigate the way the Internet has changed their relationships and lives. Thoughts: Well, it’s got be better than Labor Day, right?
Miss Julie Who’s Involved: Liv Ullman directs; Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star What It’s About: Set over the course of one night in the 1880s, an aristocratic woman and her father’s valet struggle for power. Thoughts: Should we also be thinking about the “Farrellissance?”
Nightcrawler Who’s Involved: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton star What It’s About: An ambitious journalist becomes involved with the world of LA nighttime journalism, and the line between spectator and perpetrator becomes blurred. Thoughts: Oh, so this isn’t an X-Men solo film? That’s slightly disappointing.
Rosewater Who’s Involved: Jon Stewart directs; Gael Garcia Bernal stars What It’s About: The true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who appeared on The Daily Show before being imprisoned for five months by the Iranian government. Thoughts: This is the movie that gave us Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and for that we shall always be grateful.
The Theory of Everything Who’s Involved: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis star What It’s About: The life and relationship of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from their first meeting at Cambridge through Hawking’s diagnosis through their numerous accomplishments. Thoughts: Oscar Season 2014: Alan Turing vs. Stephen Hawking in The Battle of the British Genius Biopics.
Whiplash Who’s Involved: Damien Chazelle directs; Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star What It’s About: An ambitious jazz drummer who enrolls at a prestigious music conservatory, but must endure the brutal, intense tutelage of a brilliant, drill sergeant-like teacher in order to achieve greatness. Thoughts: Look, we’ll stop talking about this one once it finally comes out, and not a moment sooner, okay?
Rapper Master P has questioned a judge's decision to grant his estranged wife full custody of their minor children due to his court absence on Monday (09Jun14), insisting he was unaware there was even a hearing scheduled. The Make 'Em Say Uhh! hitmaker has been embroiled in a bitter custody battle with his ex Sonya Miller since she filed for divorce in October (13) after 24 years of marriage, and on Monday (09Jun14), a judge awarded her sole custody of their four young kids after he failed to respond to her legal documents.
He was also ordered to pay Sonya's $75,000 (£46,875) legal fees, which includes sanctions for failing to attend the hearing.
However, the hip-hop veteran is not happy with the ruling and has now opened up about his no-show, claiming he worries his ex's alleged addiction troubles will seriously affect her ability to properly look after their children.
He tells AllHipHop.com, "This is disappointing and embarrassing to me. I just got back into town from holding basketball camps in Kentucky, helping at-risk youth and have to come back home to deal with negativity in my own family. How can a judge grant custody to an unfit mother whose only motive for gaining custody is to get more money? Sonya's only concern is herself, partying and hanging out with her friends..."
Master P, real name Percy Miller, also claims he will take legal action against her attorneys if anything happens to the children while under their mother's care.
He continues, "I didn't need the court or judge to tell me to do what's right for my kids, that's what I want to do and that's my lifelong commitment to all of my kids.
"Sonya knows that she has a drug and alcohol addiction, everyone else will see that there is a real problem because that's something you can only hide for so long. If anything happens to my kids while they're in her custody, I will be suing her attorneys as well as the court system for not properly investigating this case."
Rapper Master P has lost custody of his four children after failing to show up to court. The Make 'Em Say Uhh! hitmaker has been embroiled in a bitter custody battle with his estranged wife Sonya Miller since she filed for divorce in October (13) after 24 years of marriage.
Master P, real name Percy Miller, has four minor children with Sonya and three of them have been living with the hip-hop veteran in recent weeks.
However, on Monday (09Jun14), a judge awarded Sonya sole custody of their children after he failed to respond to her legal documents, according to TMZ.com.
He was also ordered to pay Sonya's $75,000 (£46,875) legal fees, which include sanctions for failing to attend the hearing.
Musician Melissa Etheridge wed her partner Linda Wallem in an intimate ceremony in California on Saturday (31May14). The singer serenaded the Nurse Jackie creator as she walked down the aisle in front of their celebrity friends, including Rosie O'Donnell and Chelsea Handler at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito.
A source tells People.com, "It was such a magical moment."
Etheridge's four kids, Bailey, Beckett, Miller and Johnnie, all participated in the ceremony.
Before exchanging vows, Etheridge uploaded a snap of the sandals she was wearing on her big day, writing, "A gorgeous, perfect, beautiful day to get married. #shoesonlylove."
The rocker announced plans to wed her partner, who she has dated since 2010, after U.S. High Court officials overturned California's Proposition 8 bill, which outlawed gay marriage, last year (13).
She said, "It is about family and I love my four kids. I called my now-fiancee. I'm looking forward to marrying my partner of three years... I'm going to get married in the state of California... Love is love and America is beautiful... I'm proud to be an American."
Etheridge split from her former partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, in 2010.
Gregg Allman has dropped his lawsuit against producers of the Allman Brothers biopic after reaching an out-of-court agreement. The veteran rocker filed legal documents in April (14) to stop production on Midnight Rider, a film based on his autobiography My Cross To Bear, after production assistant Sarah Jones was hit by a train and killed in February (14).
In the lawsuit, Allman claimed the company's rights to his memoir had expired because bosses had failed to meet production deadlines.
The singer's lawyer, David Long-Daniels, told a judge at a court in Savannah, Georgia on Tuesday (13May14) that a settlement has since been reached with Unclaimed Freight Productions.
He adds, "We have come together and reasoned with one another."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the lawyers refused to discuss details of the deal, including whether the film's director Randall Miller can continue making the movie.
Veteran rocker Gregg Allman is taking legal action in a bid to block production of the Allman Brothers biopic. Last month (Apr14), Allman wrote to director Randall Miller urging him to not resume work on Midnight Rider, based on Allman's autobiography My Cross To Bear, after production assistant Sarah Jones was struck and killed by a train while working on the film in February (14).
Miller is yet to respond to the plea, but Allman has now filled legal documents to stop the project moving forward, claiming the option on his life story has expired.
In the lawsuit, filed against production companies Unclaimed Freight Prods. and Allman LLC, the rocker alleges principle photography needed to have begun by 28 February (14). Reports suggest Randall plans to resume filming in June (14) in California.
The legal documents also accuse production company bosses of failing to pay Allman the money owed to him for the film option, and concludes, "Therefore, Allman requests that the Court enter an Order declaring that the Defendants' Option has expired and directing the Defendants to cease all efforts to make a motion picture based upon the life of Gregg Allman and/or his autobiography."
The legal action is the latest setback for the project after actor William Hurt, who was set to star as the older incarnation of Allman, backed out in April (14).
Olympic skier Bode Miller has agreed to share custody of his son with his ex-girlfriend in the latest development of their long-running legal battle. The athlete has been locked in a bitter fight with his former partner Sara McKenna ever since their tot was born in February, 2013, after she relocated from California to New York while pregnant so she could go back to school.
Miller demanded she move back to America's West Coast, where he is based with his new wife, Morgan Beck, so he could be close to his son, and he was awarded temporary custody last year (13).
He was dealt a blow in November (13), when a New York judge overturned the ruling and ordered him to hand over the infant to the kid's mother, and they were due to face off in Manhattan Family Court on Monday (21Apr14).
However, shortly before they were due in court, the two parties managed to strike a deal to spend equal time with the 14-month-old toddler over the next four months, when another hearing will be held to determine their next step.
The little boy is called Sam by his mother, but his father has named him Nate.
Master P's estranged wife has reportedly been denied an emergency custody order after demanding the rapper return their three minor children to her care. The former couple has been embroiled in a nasty battle since Sonya Miller filed for divorce from the Make Em Say Uhh hitmaker in October (13) after 24 years of marriage.
Sonya accuses the 43 year old, real name Percy Miller, of failing to provide for their four minor children, forcing her to rely on welfare payments from the U.S. government.
They currently have no court order in place pertaining to custody or visitation, but Sonya asked a judge to award her temporary physical custody, according to TMZ.com.
However, the motion has been denied until a court hearing in July (14).
She alleges Percy picked up their 13-year-old son Hercy from school in February (14) and never returned him to her home.
Sonya claims he did the same thing with their nine-year-old son Mercy in March (14), while their 17-year-old daughter Tytyana went to live with her father around the same time.
Their 14-year-old daughter, Italy, still lives with Sonya and their other son, rapper/actor Romeo, is an adult.