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William Hurt Midnight RiderWilliam Hurt Pulls Out Of ‘Midnight Rider’ Movie
By Anita Busch and Jen Yamato
William Hurt, who was set to play Gregg Allman in the feature film Midnight Rider, has pulled out of the movie. The exit of its star casts even more doubt over whether the Randall Miller-directed biopic will move forward following the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones during filming in February in Georgia.

‘Midnight Rider’ Producer Made Controversial Comments About Local Filming Days Before Sarah Jones Death
By Jen Yamato
The weekend before the February 20 train accident that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones, Midnight Rider producer Jody Savin made controversial public comments at a meeting of local production crew in which she touted her company’s methods and complained about the Savannah film commission for keeping a close watch on her previous film, CBGB.

Weekend B.O.: ‘The Other Woman’ Rules And Sets Up Nicely As Counterprogramming For ‘Spidey 2′ Onslaught
By Mike Fleming Jr
So now we have a good grasp of a weekend that resulted in nearly $100 million in box office, which is up around 19% from comparable weekend last year. It is still the calm before the storm, when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 takes the stage and better do three times what The Other Woman did, or else.

Unions Are Biggest Obstacle In Indie Film Production, Film Execs Say
By Anthony D’Alessandro
Foreign film sales execs took aim at Hollywood guilds and unions at the Independent Film & Television Alliance Production Conference today, citing them as the biggest roadblocks in getting indie films made. “I get it that stars like Bruce Willis are getting paid the big money, they are the driving force behind these films getting made, but I don’t get the guys who pull cables that make $100,000 a year,” said Voltage Pictures president and CEO Nicolas Chartier during the IFTA panel on indie finance and production.

Related: Indie Bigwig Cassian Elwes Slams Studios & Agencies Over “Rubbish” Tentpole System

benhurJesus Whisperers Mark Burnett And Roma Downey Board MGM/Paramount’s ‘Ben-Hur’
By Mike Fleming Jr.
After scoring huge ratings with the miniseries The Bible and carving out a second theatrical hit with the same footage in Son Of God, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur.

Union Rep: Laid Off ‘Frozen’ Animators Frozen Out Of Bonus
By David Robb
The leader of Hollywood’s animation union says some of his members have been frozen out of a generous bonus paid to workers at Disney Animation Studios as thanks for the success of the blockbuster animated film Frozen.

Bryan Singer X-es Himself Out Of ‘X-Men’ Publicity As He Defends Self Against Sexual Abuse Allegations
By David Robb
After pulling out of a scheduled appearance to promote X-Men: Days Of Future Past at last weekend’s WonderCon, director Bryan Singer has announced he’s not going to participate in the launch publicity for the Fox tentpole because of the allegations of sex abuse that are the subject of a civil lawsuit and allegedly occurred in 1999.

Peeps movieAdam Rifkin Eyes ‘Peeps’ Classic Candy Treats For Animated Film & TV Franchise
By Jen Yamato
EXCLUSIVE: The classic Peeps marshmallow candies could be making the leap from Easter baskets to the big screen via filmmaker Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City, Underdog), who has optioned film and TV rights to the sugary confections along with his producing partners Brent Tinter and Brian E. Rochlin.

Peter Jackson Retitles ‘Hobbit’ Finale To ‘The Battle Of The Five Armies’
By Mike Fleming Jr.
On his Facebook page, Peter Jackson revealed that he has retitled the final installment of The Hobbit, which he had originally titled There And Back Again.

Disney Taps Jon Turteltaub To Direct ‘It’s A Small World’ Feature Film
By Mike Fleming Jr.
EXCLUSIVE: Appropriate considering today is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the It’s A Small World attraction that has been such a staple of the Disney theme parks, the movie studio has hired Jon Turteltaub to direct a feature based on the venerable family film ride with the catchy tune.