Hotel claims film crew walked out on $37K bill

PONTIAC (AP) -- The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham says it was stiffed by a film company that left town without paying nearly $37,000 in food, lodging and services.

A lawsuit filed in Oakland County Circuit Court by the Townsend claims it provided Little Murder Productions and Arizona-based Mind in Motion Entertainment with an open account last year when the independent film production crew was filming "Little Murder," a thriller set in New Orleans, post-Hurricane Katrina.

Those named in the suit include Peter "Gaga" Antonjevic; actress Lake Bell; actors Carey Elwes and Josh Lucas; Ryan Ansell, an investor; and Tim Gendreau, Mind in Motion president.

The Detroit News says company officials could not immediately be reached for comment and a telephone listing in Detroit was disconnected.

Published: Thu, Jul 22, 2010