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‘Rust’ Producers Escape Main Claims in Suit from Script Supervisor

The principal production company behind Rust will not have to face the central claims in a lawsuit from script supervisor Mamie Mitchell. A Los Angeles judge on Friday dismissed claims of assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress against Rust Movie Productions, Thomasville Pictures, Ryan Smith and Lengley Cheney, because they didn’t know Alec Baldwin […]

‘Rust’ Producer Denies Liability Over Shooting, Says It Wasn’t an Employer

The production company behind Rust is trying to distance itself from key individuals who it says bear responsibility for the deadly shooting that resulted in the death and injury of two crewmembers. Contesting findings from a New Mexico safety agency, Rust Movie Productions argued on Tuesday that it’s not at fault for the on-set shooting […]

‘Rust’ Script Supervisor Drops Some Claims Against Producer

Rust script supervisor Mamie Mitchell is dropping some claims in her lawsuit against the producers of the movie over the on-set shooting that resulted in the death and injury of two crew members. Mitchell said she will withdraw causes of action for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, leaving a sole claim for […]

Alec Baldwin Reiterates He Doesn’t Believe He’ll Be Charged in ‘Rust’ Shooting Investigation Based on Private Investigator’s Findings

Alec Baldwin says a private investigator he hired to probe what happened on the Rust set has led him to believe that neither he nor anyone else will be charged in the fatal shooting on the set. Baldwin believes authorities will determine that the death of Halyna Hutchins was an accident, he said in new interview […]

FBI Forensic Results, Medical Investigator Report Complete in Deadly ‘Rust’ Shooting

The FBI’s forensic analysis and the New Mexico medical investigator’s report into the Oct. 21 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Alec Baldwin-starring movie Rust have been completed and turned over to the sheriff’s office. As part of its investigation, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said detectives will review […]

14 Notorious Movies and TV Shows That Have Never Been Released

When Warner Bros. Discovery canceled the release of Batgirl, it was a shocking move to many. But there are other movies and TV shows that have likewise gained infamy due to never seeing the light of day. The vast majority of axed Hollywood projects are run-of-the-mill concepts that simply didn’t work out or eventually find their way online. […]

One ‘Rust’ Producer Dodges Some Claims in Suit From Script Supervisor

A Rust producer escaped some claims in a lawsuit from the movie’s script supervisor who argued that the producer was at fault over the on-set shooting in October that resulted in the death and injury of two crew members. A Los Angeles judge on Thursday dismissed claims of assault and infliction of emotional distress against […]

‘Rust’ Rallied Hollywood, But Has Spurred Limited Action So Far

More than eight months after the Rust tragedy put a spotlight on gun safety on set — especially at the lower-budget level — there’s increased awareness, but real change has been limited and halting. What modest shifts are detectable appear to be propelled by the newfound liability concerns of business affairs departments at the studio level. And […]

Woody Allen Talks Making Movies in Streaming Era: “A Lot of the Thrill Is Gone”

Woody Allen says he’s no longer much interested in making movies in the streaming era. “I will probably make one more movie, but a lot of the thrill is gone because it doesn’t have the whole cinema effect. When I started, you would do a film and it would go to movie houses all over […]

Cannes: ‘Rust’ Producer Says “We’ll Be Able to Complete the Movie”

The Rust producers Alec Baldwin and Anjul Nigam are bringing a film to the Cannes market in an effort to launch a new production banner, Persona Entertainment, seven months after Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of their low-budget Western. Nigam says they have financed the film, writer-director Ben Tomson’s […]

Reckoning With ‘Rust’: Dueling California Bills Tackle Set Safety

On Jan. 3, two Democratic state senators in California introduced separate bills that would come to represent distinct approaches to tackling safety on film and TV sets in the wake of the Rust tragedy. Sens. Anthony Portantino and Dave Cortese introduced Senate Bills 829 and 831, respectively, which both propose further regulating the use of firearms and […]

‘Rust’ Producers Appeal New Mexico Safety Agency’s Penalty

The producers of Rust are appealing a New Mexico safety agency’s finding that they knew that firearm safety procedures weren’t being followed on set and demonstrated a “plain indifference” to the welfare of cast and crew. According to a notice of contest filed on Tuesday, Rust Movie Productions argued that the New Mexico Environment Department’s […]