Sunday, October 31, 2021

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from October 24th to 31st, 2021 - Update #25

by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro:  The winner of the 10/29 to 10/31/2021 weekend box office is "Dune" with an estimated take of 15.53 million dollars.

MOVIES - From io9Daisy Ridley of Star Wars fame ("Rey Skywalker") returns to science fiction with the upcoming film, "Mind Fall."

TELEVISION - From THR:  Former First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on an episode of the ABC sitcom, "black-ish," on this its eighth and final season.

CELEBRITY - From TheBigIssue:  The veteran actor, Brian Cox, has a biography, "Putting the Rabbit in the Hat," and he has a lot to say about major stars with whom he has worked.

MOVIES - From Variety:  The sequel or second part of the recently released "Dune" has been greenlit by its production company, Legendary Entertainment.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro:   The winner of the 10/22 to 10/24/2021 weekend box office is "Dune" with an estimated take of 40.1 million dollars?

From Negromancer:  Here is my review of "Dune" 2021.

From THR:  Wes Anderson’s "The French Dispatch" posted the top opening theater average of the pandemic era.  The Searchlight Pictures movie grossed $1.3 million from 52 cinemas in 14 U.S. markets, or $25,000 per location. 

MUSIC/POLITICS - From Jacobin:  In an interview with "Jacobin," Michael Stipe, the former lead singer of the band, R.E.M., and film producer, explains why he supported Bernie Sanders.

MOVIES - From THR:   In March 1993, Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, was fatally wounded by a prop gun while filming "The Crow."  He was 28.  In the wake of an accidental shooting death on the set of the Western, "Rust," Brandon's sister, Shannon, and members of her family support banning real guns from Hollywood sets.



From Deadline:  This link will take you to Deadline's Halyna Hutchins page, which articles related to everything about her shooting death on the set of the Western film, "Rust."

From THR:   Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the film, "Rust," released a statement through her lawyers.  She says she had “no idea where the live rounds came from” that were recovered by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's during the investigation of the accidental on-set shooting death of Halyna Hutchins.

From Jacobin:  An opinion piece says that cinematographer Halyna Hutchins' death on the set of the film, "Rust," was not a freak accident, but was about Alec Baldwin and his fellow producers' cost-cutting decisions.  Baldwin accidentally fired the gun that killed Hutchins.

From Deadline:   Two of executive producers on "Rust," Allen Cheney and Emily Salveson, disavow responsibility for the film's troubled production.

From THR:   Iconic "Ghostbusters" actor Ernie Hudson is reeling from the news of the death of Halyna Hutchins, like the rest of Hollywood. Hudson also appeared in the film, "The Crow," the film in which its star, Brandon Lee, was killed because of an on-set accidental shooting.  He also agrees with the call to ban real guns from movie sets.

From THR:  The Sheriff of Sante Fe County says that his office has recovered three guns and 500 rounds of ammunition from the set of the movie "Rust" where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed.

From Deadline:  Regarding criminal charges in the death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film "Rust," District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altweis, "all options are on the table - no one has been ruled out."

From THR:  Does Hollywood Need Guns? Will new regulations lead to an overreactions to a tragedy.

From Deadline:   "Rust" producers have opened an internal investigation into the fatal shooting on the set of the Western film.  They have hired outside lawyers to conduct interviews with the film's production crew.

From Deadline:  "Rust's" AD (assistant director), Dave Halls, has come under scrutiny in the wake of the on-set shooting death of the film's cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins.

From Deadline:  The affidavit of Sante Fe Sheriff's Department Detective Joel Cano has been made public. It can be read at "Deadline."  The affidavit was for a search warrant from the property were the Western, "Rust," was being filmed.

From THR:  The production company behind "Rust" has shut the film down until the police investigation into the fatal, on-set shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins is through.  The Sante Fe County Sheriff's Office has also revealed a timeline of the shooting.

From Deadline:  The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department confirmed Thursday night that Alec Baldwin “discharged” a prop gun on the New Mexico set of the movie, "Rust."  As a result, one crew member, director of photography Halyna Hutchins, was killed and director Joel Souza was injured and remains in a local hospital - his condition unknown.

From THR:  "Rust" director, Joel Souza, who was wounded in the accidental on-set shooting, says that he is "gutted" by the death of his cinematographer on the film, Halyna Hutchins.

From Deadline:  The fatal shooting on the set of "Rust" may have been "recorded" according to detective for Santa Fe Sheriff's Department.

From Deadline:  The production company behind the film, "Rust," will launch an internal safety review after the fatal accident that killed Halyna Hutchins; possible prior gun incidents; and a camera crew walkout.

From CNN:   Crew member yelled "cold gun" as he handed Alec Baldwin prop weapon, court document shows.

From Variety:  Actor Alec Baldwin releases statement on the death of Halyna Hutchins: "There are no words to convey my shock and sadness."

From Variety:  The prop gun that killed “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on during an on-set accident on Thursday contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.



From Deadline:  The Canadian-born American comedian, actor, and satirist, Mort Sahl, has died at the age of 84, Tuesday, October 26, 2021.  Sahl's acerbic comedy and social commentary paved the way for comedians like Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and George Carlin.  Sahl hosted the first Grammy Awards ceremony in 1959 and also co-hosted the 1959 Academy Awards.  His 1958 album, "Mort Sahl at Sunset" is considered the first stand-up comedy album.

From THR:   Actor James Michael Tyler has died at the age of 59, Sunday, October 24, 2021.  He was best known for his recurring role on NBC's "Friends," where he played "Gunther," the barista at the coffee shop, "Central Perk," a role he played for about 150 episodes.

From THR:  Hollywood storyboard artist, David Negron, Sr., has died at the age of 85, Tuesday, October 12, 2021.  Negron was also a film illustrator and conceptual painter.  Negron did conceptual work on "Raiders of the Lost Art" (1981), "Blade Runner" (1982), and "Jurassic Park" (1993).  He produced storyboards for such films as "Masters of the Universe" (1986), "Ghost" (1990), and "Evolution" (2001).

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