‘Rust’ shooting: assistant director previously sacked over gun safety

by Huw GRIFFITH LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin the loaded weapon that killed a cinematographer had been sacked from a previous production for gun safety violations, the company said Monday. The news came as it was reported that crew members had used that same weapon for live-ammunition target practice on the day Halyna Hutchins died. Hutchins was killed Thursday on the set of low-budget Western “Rust” when […]

‘Friends’ actor James Michael Tyler dies

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Actor James Michael Tyler who played coffee shop manager Gunther on the hit sitcom “Friends” died Sunday at age 59, US media reported. Tyler died at his home in Los Angeles after battling prostate cancer that he was first diagnosed with in 2018, according to a representative. “The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh ‘Friend’), from the hit series Friends, but Michael’s loved ones knew him as an […]

Grief, anger over death on Alec Baldwin movie

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Actors and movie makers in Hollywood were mourning the death of a rising star of their business Friday, but there was also anger over how Halyna Hutchins could have been killed when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun. “I am gutted and just so mad right now,” tweeted filmmaker Rachel Morrison. “No shot, no scene and no movie is worth the loss of life. #RIPHalynaHutchins” Hutchins was cinematographer […]

Guns on film: How are they used safely?

by Laurent BANGUET Agence France Presse The fatal shooting of a crew member by actor Alec Baldwin during the making of a movie in the western United States has raised questions over the use of guns on film sets. Hollywood armorer Guillaume Delouche — who has been supplying weapons to filmmakers for three decades, with 75 titles to his name — says there are usually multiple safeguards against tragedy. Here are some of his insights […]

Alec Baldwin says ‘heart is broken’ after fatally shooting cinematographer

  by Anne Lebreton with Andrew Marszal in Los Angeles Agence France Presse SANTA FE, United States (AFP) — Hollywood star Alec Baldwin said his “heart is broken” Friday after he fatally shot a cinematographer with a prop gun on the set of a Western he was filming about an accidental killing. The US actor and producer said he was “fully cooperating” with a police investigation into the incident, which also left the film’s director […]

Killed on set: Famous Hollywood tragedies

  PARIS, France (AFP) — With a cinematographer killed and a movie director wounded after US actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun during filming, we look at other deadly movie accidents. – ‘The Captive’ – Gun related deaths go back to the dawn of cinema with extra Charles Chandler shot in the head in 1915 while filming the Cecil B. DeMille movie “The Captive”. He died after a bullet was left in a rifle […]

‘Squid Game’ becomes Netflix’s biggest-ever launch hit

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Dystopian South Korean drama “Squid Game” has become Netflix’s most popular series launch ever, drawing 111 million fans since its debut less than four weeks ago, the streaming service said Tuesday. The unprecedented global viral hit imagines a macabre world in which marginalized people are pitted against one another in traditional children’s games. While the victor can earn millions in cash, losing players are killed. Spreading around the world […]

Squid Game: South Korea’s latest cultural phenomenon

by Claire LEE SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — A dystopian vision of a polarised society, Netflix smash hit “Squid Game” blends a tight plot, social allegory and uncompromising violence to create the latest South Korean cultural phenomenon to go global. It features South Korea’s most marginalised, including the deeply in debt, a migrant worker and a North Korean defector, competing in traditional children’s games for the chance to win 45.6 billion won ($38 million) in […]

PMPC Star Awards recognizes Guerrero Dos’ Paolo Marcoleta as “new movie actor of the year”

(Eagle News) — The Philippine Movie Press Club awarded the “new movie actor of the year” to Paolo Marcoleta of EBC Films’ “Guerrero Dos, Tuloy ang Laban”. The awarding of the 36th PMPC awards was held on Sept. 26. This is the first acting award for Paolo Marcoleta, son of House Deputy Speaker and Sagip Partylist Rep. Rodante Marcoleta. The young Marcoleta said he was sort of a “late bloomer” in acting, although he did […]

Japan manga artist Takao Saito, ‘Golgo 13’ creator, dies aged 84

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Manga artist Takao Saito, who created the most prolific Japanese comic-book series of all time “Golgo 13”, has died aged 84, his publisher said Wednesday. “Golgo 13”, the tale of a legendary professional hitman, was first printed in 1968 and has been adapted into anime series, video games and two live-action films. The assassin Golgo, also known Duke Togo, is of unknown nationality and carries out his hits around the world, […]

‘We’ve been expecting you, Mr Bond…’: 007 back after virus delay

by Joe JACKSON LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — The latest James Bond movie gets its world premiere next week, nearly six years after the last film in the storied franchise and an 18-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. British royalty and pandemic heroes have been invited to London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday to watch “No Time To Die”, the 25th instalment of the popular spy saga. The film is expected to be Daniel […]

BTS dance through UN to promote youth solutions for planet

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — It wasn’t exactly the screaming audience BTS is accustomed to but the Korean pop sensations had another sort of world stage Monday as they addressed the United Nations. The seven-member boy band, clad in subdued dark suits, said they hoped to rally young people to look at how to work toward the Sustainable Development Goals — UN benchmarks on which the world has fallen increasingly behind. With Covid restrictions […]