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Alec Baldwin Describes What Happened on ‘Rust’ Set: “I Let Go of the Hammer and Bang, the Gun Goes Off”

In his first sit-down interview since the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico set of his film Rust, an emotional Alec Baldwin gave a detailed timeline of exactly what happened that day, and broke down in tears while remembering Hutchins. Baldwin told the interviewer, Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos, that he […]

‘Rust’ Armorer Says She Had No Knowledge of Live Rounds on Set

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the tragedy-stricken production Rust, released a statement through her lawyers saying she had “no idea where the live rounds came from” that were recovered by the Santa Fe County sheriff in their investigation into the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, and that the whole production was “unsafe.” In a […]

‘Rust’ Investigation: Sheriff Says Three Guns, 500 Rounds of Ammunition Recovered

As the Alec Baldwin Rust shooting investigation continues, the Santa Fe County sheriff on Wednesday said that three guns and 500 rounds of ammunition had been recovered from the New Mexico film set where the ​​cinematographer was killed and the director wounded. The investigation, however, could take several more months, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan […]

‘Rust’ Tragedy: Was an Inexperienced Producing Team to Blame?

In May 2020, Alec Baldwin and writer-director Joel Souza unveiled an upcoming collaboration, the period Western Rust, a month before sellers would get a crack at the film at the first-ever virtual Cannes Film Market. Powerhouse agency CAA was handling domestic rights, while Cannes regular Highland Film Group was on board to spearhead international sales. […]

Hilaria Baldwin Addresses Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ Shooting: “My Heart is With Halyna”

Hilaria Baldwin, the wife of actor Alec Baldwin, has publicly addressed the fatal shooting incident on the set of Rust for the first time. Posting to her verified Instagram account on Monday evening, Hilaria Baldwin wrote, “My heart is with Halyna,” referring to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed after Alec Baldwin discharged a prop […]

Producer: ‘Rust’ Assistant Director Fired From Previous Film Following Prop Gun Discharge

An assistant director who is cited in a search warrant as having unknowingly given actor Alec Baldwin a loaded prop gun before a fatal shooting on the set of Rust was previously fired from another film following an accident involving a weapon, a producer confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The producer on the film, Freedom’s […]

‘Rust’ Shooting: Production on Alec Baldwin Movie to Wrap Until “Investigations Are Complete”

The team behind Rust is wrapping production on the movie until police investigations are completed into the fatal on-set shooting incident involving star and producer Alec Baldwin, which killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, and has not ruled out restarting production at a later date. “As we go through this crisis, we […]

“Grief and Disbelief”: Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins Remembered as Unique Talent, Loving Mother at L.A. Memorial

A relentless talent, a creative visionary, a loving wife and mother devoted to husband Matthew and son Andros, and a life cut short by a “senseless” tragedy not seen in Hollywood in decades. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died Oct. 21 following an on-set tragedy while filming the indie Rust in New Mexico, was memorialized Sunday […]

‘Rust’ Director Joel Souza “Gutted” by Tragic Loss of “Kind, Vibrant” Halyna Hutchins

Joel Souza, the director of Rust who was injured during an on-set shooting, is speaking publicly for the first time since the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. “I am gutted by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna. She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch and always pushed me to be […]

Guns, Ammo, Accountability: Hollywood Munitions Experts Grapple With ‘Rust’ Tragedy

Firearms safety guidelines are clear and longstanding in Hollywood, where guns have been employed on the big screen since the silent film era: Live ammunition is never to be used nor brought onto any studio lot or stage. Blanks can kill. Treat all firearms as though they are loaded. But following the tragedy on the […]

Sheriff: Alec Baldwin Discharged Prop Firearm That Left Cinematographer Dead and Director Wounded

A prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin on the New Mexico movie set of Rust, killing a cinematographer and wounding the director, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department. Director of photography Halyna Hutchins, 42, died Thursday after being injured when the prop gun was “discharged” by Baldwin, the Western’s producer and star. […]