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Cinematographer dead, director injured on film set after prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin misfires

Authorities confirmed on Thursday that a cinematographer working on the film “Rust” has died, and the director has been hospitalized, after an accident during filming involving actor Alec Baldwin misfiring a prop gun. The Western, starring Baldwin and Jensen Ackles of “Supernatural,” began filming this month at Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch, a film location in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that deputies with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office responded to the film set around 2 p.m. local time after a 911 caller “reported a shooting on the set.” Two people were shot after a prop firearm was discharged during filming, authorities said. Baldwin fired the prop gun, striking the film’s director, Joel Souza, and director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, the sheriff’s office said in a follow-up statement Thursday night. Detectives are still determining “how and what type of projectile was discharged,” the sheriff’s office said earlier.

Hutchins, 42, was transported via helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital, the state’s only Level 1 trauma center, “in critical condition,” according to sheriff’s deputies and the hospital. She later succumbed to her injuries, the sheriff’s office said. Souza, 48, was brought in an ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and is receiving emergency care, authorities said.

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Watch the new teaser trailer for Season 4 of ‘Ozark’ set to premiere January 2022

Netflix has revealed that “Ozark” will return on January 21, 2022 for the drama’s fourth and final season. Season 4 will be released in two parts consisting of 7 episodes each. The streaming giant also released a teaser (which you can view here) for the upcoming season, which picks up following the aftermath of Ozark’s season 3 finale.

“Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices,” Jason Bateman’s character Marty Byrde says in the opening narration. As the clip continues, things take a darker turn when Marty’s wife, Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney), says: “Sometimes, if you don’t move forward, you die.”  Along with Bateman and Linney, the series stars Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Charlie Tahan, Jessica Frances Dukes, Lisa Emery, Felix Solis, Damian Young, Alfonso Herrera, Adam Rothenberg, John Bedford Lloyd, Joseph Sikora, Bruno Bichir, CC Castillo, Katrina Lenk, Bruce Davison, Ali Stroker and Veronica Falcón.

Ozark premiered on Netflix in 2017. The series follows financial advisor Marty Byrde as he moves his family from Chicago to the Ozarks of Missouri after a money-laundering scheme doesn’t go as planned. Consequently, he is forced to appease a Mexican drug lord to ensure his family’s safety.

Season 4 of Ozark premieres on Jan. 21 on Netflix. A premiere date for season 4, part 2, has not yet been released.

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Take a look at Will Smith in the new trailer for ‘King Richard’ featuring a song preview from Beyoncé

A new trailer dropped on Thursday for the upcoming film ‘King Richard,’ starring Will Smith as the father of Venus and Serena Williams.  The latest trailer for the film, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, also features a new song from Beyoncé titled “Be Alive.” Venus and Serena both appear alongside Will to introduce the clip.

‘King Richard’ is set to arrive Nov. 19 in theaters and on HBO Max. Check out the trailer – here.

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Netflix employees walk out in protest over controversial Dave Chappelle special

A group of Netflix employees staged a walkout Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle’s controversial stand-up special ‘The Closer.’ The walkout was organized by a trans employee resource group which has reportedly demanded that Netflix adopt new measures to address transphobic content and invest in trans and non-binary creators.

Since Chappelle’s special aired, it has received major backlash and many have criticized the show as transphobic and harmful to transgender people; the comedian makes numerous mocking remarks about the LGBTQ community, and transgender people in particular. Anger over the special then intensified after Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended the special in two separate memos to staff. Sarandos wrote in part: “We don’t allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe ‘The Closer’ crosses that line,” adding that “content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.” However this week, Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter that he “screwed up” on the Chappelle memos, but added that his “stance hasn’t changed” on the issue.

A Netflix spokesperson said in a statement, “We value our trans colleagues and allies, and understand the deep hurt that’s been caused. We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to walk out, and recognize we have much more work to do both within Netflix and in our content.”

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Alyssa Milano arrested at voting rights demonstration outside White House

48-year-old actress Alyssa Milano revealed that she was arrested on Tuesday during a protest with People For the American Way — an organization which she serves as a board member. The actress shared on Twitter that she was protesting with the group in front of the White House, calling on the Biden Administration for change.

In one clip posted on Twitter by League of Women Voters of the U.S., Milano is seen standing in a crowd with a microphone shouting, “Show me what democracy looks like!” as other attendees respond, “This is what democracy looks like!”  Nearly two hours later, Milano shared an update on her social media platforms that she had been arrested during the event, writing: “I was just arrested for demanding the Biden Administration and the Senate to use their mandate to protect voting rights. Stand with me and @peoplefor and tell the Senate and White House that voting rights shouldn’t depend on where you live. #DontMuteOurVote”

According to People for the American Way, 24 other participants were also arrested. The protest took place ahead of the Senate vote on the Freedom to Vote Act. If passed, the bill would make voter registration easier, require states to enforce a 15-day minimum early voting window, and make Election Day a federal holiday.

Milano also announced on Twitter that she will be testifying in front of Congress on Thursday in support of the Equal Rights Amendment writing: “The lack of Constitutional protections for anyone who is not a cisgender man is a blemish on the very idea of Americanism.” 

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Take your first look at Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Being the Ricardos’

The first trailer for the highly anticipated “Being the Ricardos” was released, with Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem as Ball’s husband, Desi Arnaz. The film, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, is set to be released in theaters on Dec. 10, and will stream on Amazon Prime beginning Dec. 21.

The movie is set during a week of production of “I Love Lucy,” the popular 1950s sitcom that Ball and Arnaz starred in together for six seasons. The film delves into their personal and professional issues, and will feature four musical numbers.  In the trailer, Kidman’s face is mostly hidden, though there is a brief shot of her in a scene as Lucy from the classic “I Love Lucy” episode “Lucy’s Italian Vacation.” The show’s iconic theme music and title cards are also recreated in the trailer.

Take a look at the teaser trailer for “Being the Ricardos” – here.

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Disney delays the release of sequel films for ‘Thor,’ ‘Doctor Strange ’ ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Indiana Jones’

Disney has delayed release plans for several upcoming films, including “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” from March 25 to May 6, “Thor: Love and Thunder” from May 6 to July 8 and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” from July 8 to Nov. 11. With the “Black Panther” sequel jumping to November, “The Marvels” has been postponed to early 2023 and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” was bumped from Feb. 17 to July 28, 2023.

Disney has also moved the fifth “Indiana Jones” installment back nearly a year. The still-untitled film, starring Harrison Ford, will open on June 30, 2023 instead of July 29, 2022.

Unchanged for now is the remainder of the 2021 Marvel schedule, which currently includes ‘Eternals’ on November 5th, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ on December 17th, and the Disney+ series ‘Hawkeye’ on November 24th. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3’ is still set for a May 5th, 2023 release date.

Marvel Delays All 2022 Release Dates, Including Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Thor

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‘Halloween Kills’ tops U.S. box office with $50.4M opening weekend

Halloween Kills, which debuted in theaters and on-demand via Peacock, was No. 1 at the box office in it’s opening weekend.  Variety reports that the film earned $50.4 million this weekend, besting Godzilla vs. Kong, which made $31.6 million as a simultaneous theater and streaming platform release—and Space Jam: A New Legacy and The Suicide Squad, which also saw simultaneous releases.

Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution, said per Deadline,“The debut of Halloween Kills this weekend is a further reinforcement that audiences are eager to be in theaters to truly experience the energy created by what becomes a communal event, especially for this genre and this franchise. Our amazing director, David Gordon Green, and our lead, Jamie Lee Curtis, crafted an incredibly terrifying continuation of this franchise that our audience enthusiastically embraced this weekend.”

Halloween Kills has seen the best three-day opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada during the pandemic in the horror movie genre, surpassing the best opening for an R-rated film during the pandemic, A Quiet Place Part II, which earned $47.2 million.

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Take a look at the latest trailer for ‘The Batman’ starring Robert Pattinson

Warner Bros. unveiled the latest trailer for “The Batman” at DC FanDome over the weekend. In the clip, Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight crosses paths with Catwoman, played by Zoe Kravitz, in the latest footage. Batman also encounters the Riddler (Paul Dano) and Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell).

Directed by Matt Reeves, “The Batman” has Bruce saying as the Bat-Signal goes out over Gotham at the start of the trailer: “Fear is a tool. When that light hits the sky, it’s not just a call. It’s a warning.”

Filming got underway in January 2020 but was shut down in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After months of delays, The Batman started filming again in September 2020, but production was halted once again weeks later when Pattinson contracted COVID-19. Filming resumed after Pattinson made a full recovery.

The Batman is set to hit theaters on March 4, 2022. You can watch the latest trailer – here.

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Peacock announces premiere date for reboot of ‘Saved by the Bell’ Season 2

Peacock has announced that the second season of the reboot of “Saved by the Bell” will premiere exactly one year after the first season’s debut, on November 24, 2021. The cast includes Haskiri Velazquez, Josie Totah, Alycia Pascual-Peña, Mitchell Hoog, Belmont Cameli, Dexter Darden and John Michael Higgins. Original cast members Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Mario Lopez are also regulars, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar recurs.

A synopsis of the show reads: “In the new Saved by the Bell, Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), now governor of California, gets into political trouble for closing too many underfunded high schools and proposes sending affected students to some of the more affluent schools — including his alma mater, Bayside. An influx of new students gives the privileged kids of Bayside a needed dose of reality.”

Saved by the Bell Season 2 will premiere Wednesday, Nov. 24, with all 10 episodes .

They’re Back! ‘Saved by the Bell’ OG Cast Reunites in 1st Season 2 Photos

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