10/25/21 Entertainment News
— The movie “Rust” is temporarily stopping production altogether after an onset incident killed one, and injured another. The Los Angeles Times reports the producers emailed crew members about the decision late Sunday night. Last week, Alec Baldwin’s prop gun killed Halyna Hutchins and injured another while in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Producers said they are wrapping production at least until investigations are complete. The email said while their hearts are broken, they are choosing to pause creation rather than ending the film altogether.
— There are reports a prop gun involved in the deadly shooting on the set of an Alec Baldwin film had been loaded with real bullets. Multiple sources linked to the “Rust” movie production told TMZ the gun Baldwin fired accidentally killing Halyna Hutchins was previously used by crew members for target practice. Baldwin had reportedly been told the gun was safe before the incident. No charges have been filed and police in Santa Fe, New Mexico are investigating the shooting.
— The ABC police drama “The Rookie” is banning live weapons on its set following last week’s fatal shooting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Series showrunner Alexi Hawley informed ABC executives that production will no longer use quarter or half-loads during filming. Hawley wrote in a memo that the “safety of our cast and crew is too important. Any risk is too much risk.” He added that there’s “zero reason to use live rounds.” It’s not known if other movie and TV productions will make similar changes in the wake of the New Mexico shooting.
— Actor James Micheal Tyler, best known for playing the beloved Gunther on “Friends,” has passed away at 59 following a battle with prostate cancer. Tyler announced in June his cancer had spread to his bones leaving him paralyzed below the waist, saying, “Eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me.” Tyler hoped by coming forward with his story, others would seek a prostate-specific antigen test when they go in for an exam and hopefully he could save at least one life. Loved ones of the actor-musician described him as a real friend in addition to a lover of live music and the Clemson Tigers.
— Jason Sudeikis is reprising his iconic role as President Joe Biden on “Saturday Night Live.” The “Ted Lasso” star returned to host the late-night comedy sketch show on Saturday. During the episode’s cold open, he played Biden — a role which he became known for when he was a cast member on the show eight years ago. Sudeikis’ “ghost of Biden past” showed up to try and cheer up this season’s current Biden, played by James Austin Johnson, who was sad about his low approval ratings. The sketch also featured Alex Moffat who briefly played the Commander-in-chief in March 2021.
— Vin Diesel is continuing to honor his late longtime friend, fellow actor Paul Walker, by walking his daughter down the aisle. Meadow Walker and Louis Thorton-Allen tied the knot earlier this month on a beach in the Dominican Republic. Meadow says they couldn’t have imagined the intimate celebration to be any more perfect. Her father died nearly a decade ago in 2013, in a car crash, at age 40.
— A remake of a 1984 Sci-Fi epic is the new top movie in North America. “Dune” earned 40-million-dollars in its first weekend in theaters in the U.S. and Canada. Last week’s top film — “Halloween Kills” — was second, taking in 14-and-a-half-million bucks. Coming in third is the James Bond picture “No Time to Die” with nearly 12-million-dollars. Rounding out the Top Five are “Venom — Let There Be Carnage” followed by the animated family movie “Ron’s Gone Wrong.” Coming in sixth place was “Addams Family 2.”
— Ryan Gosling isn’t a Barbie girl, but he could be a Ken. The actor is in the final negotiations to portray the counterpart of the iconic Mattel doll in the upcoming “Barbie”movie, according to a report from Deadline. The movie will star Margot Robbie as the title character of Barbie and be directed by indie filmmaker Greta Gerwig. Deadline reported Gosling initially passed on the role, but after Warner Bros’ persistence, the actor’s schedule opened up. The film’s production is anticipated to begin the start of next year.
— Pop star Ed Sheeran is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. The British singer posted on Instagram that he is “following government guidelines.” This comes a week before Sheeran’s new studio album “Equals” is set to hit streaming services. The pop star said he will do as many interviews and performances he can from home while he remains in quarantine. The news of Sheeran’s diagnosis is complicating things for producers at Saturday Night Live. Before Sheeran revealed he had COVID, the show announced he would be the musical guest on November 6th alongside host Kieran Culkin. Now, a source tells Page Six Sheeran’s positive test means he won’t be allowed to come to the U.S. That’s reportedly leading producers to look for somebody who can appeal to the same group of viewers Sheeran would.