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Alec Baldwin to be acquitted of film charges



SANTA FE, New Mexico — Prosecutors on Thursday said they would dismiss a manslaughter charge against Alec Baldwin in the fatal 2021 murder of a cameraman on the set of the Western ‘Rust’, but warned that their investigation was not yet complete and the actor was not yet complete.

Special prosecutors Kari Morrisey and Jason Lewis announced their decision to drop the felony charge after “new facts came to light that warranted further investigation and forensic analysis,” without giving details. The manslaughter charge against Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who is responsible for the guns in the film, remains unchanged, they said.

“We cannot act under the current time constraints and based on the facts and evidence provided by law enforcement,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. “This decision does not remove Mr. Baldwin’s criminal responsibility, and the charges may be re-indicted. Our follow-up investigation will continue.”

Baldwin’s lawyers were the first to announce that prosecutors were changing course, a dramatic turnaround for the Hollywood luminary, who just months ago faced a multi-year prison sentence.

“We are pleased with the decision to close the case against Alec Baldwin and call for a proper investigation into the facts and circumstances of this tragic incident,” defense attorneys Luc Nikas and Alex Spiro said in a statement.

When the news of his dismissal arrived, Baldwin was at the Yellowstone Movie Ranch filming the Rust reboot. Pre-production was underway Thursday at a new location in Montana, 18 months after filming halted cinematographer Halina Hutchins, Rust Movie Productions said.

Baldwin pointed a gun at Hutchins during a rehearsal when he fired, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Sousa.

Baldwin said the gun went off by accident and he didn’t pull the trigger. However, the FBI’s forensic report showed that the weapon could not have been fired if the trigger had not been pulled.

John Day, a Santa Fe criminal defense attorney who is not involved in the Rust case, highlighted the arrival of a new prosecution team in late March and suggested that this may have been a factor in the decision to drop the charges.

“This is very different from what the original prosecutor said,” he said. “It does raise the question that the Santa Fe District Attorney originally said, ‘We hold Alec Baldwin liable in part because of the role of the CEO of the production and (that) it was a very sloppy proceeding’ – does this mean that the new prosecutors different point of view?

Lawyers for Gutierrez-Rid said they fully expect her to be acquitted in court.

“The truth about what happened will come out, and we will get answers to questions that we have been looking for answers for a long time,” lawyers Jason Bowles and Todd Bullion said in a statement.

The case against Baldwin was already on the wane. The weapons charge, which meant a much longer sentence, was dropped and the first special prosecutor appointed in the case resigned.

The 40-year career as a top-notch actor includes early blockbuster The Hunt for Red October and a starring role in the sitcom Studio 30, as well as iconic appearances in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and the film adaptation of the novel. Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet. In recent years, he has been known for his impression of former President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

After the execution, the 65-year-old man did little work, but was hardly hiding. He remained active on social media, making videos on Instagram and posting interviews and photos of his wife and seven children on podcasts.

Rust security coordinator and assistant director David Halls dropped out of his appeal for unsafe firearms in March and was given a six-month suspended sentence.

Plans to resume filming were laid out last year by cinematographer Matthew Hutchins’ widower in a proposed wrongful death lawsuit settlement that would make him an executive producer. Souza said he would return to directing Rust to honor the legacy of Galina Hutchins.

Despite the settlement, lawyers for the Hutchins family said they welcomed the criminal charges against Baldwin when they were filed. They had no immediate comment on Thursday’s upcoming layoffs.

After a scathing safety review by New Mexico regulators detailing ignored complaints and misfires before Hutchins’ death in October 2021, the production company agreed to pay a $100,000 fine.

Baldwin did not travel to New Mexico to appear in court, which is not required of him by state law. Evidence hearings have been scheduled for the following month to determine whether to proceed to trial.

Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Oltwis has previously said her office is seeking justice for Hutchins’ death and wants to show that no one is above the law when it comes to firearms and public safety. She says the death of the Ukrainian filmmaker was tragic and could have been prevented.


Dalton reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press contributor Susan Montoya Bryan of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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21 spooky behind-the-scenes facts



I love good behind-the-scenes facts about movies, even when they’re dark, but fair warning, these from the BuzzFeed* community are more than bizarre. Read on if you want to see these films in a whole new light.

*There are also a few from r/MovieDetails and from yours truly!

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Alec Baldwin is cleared of fatal rust shooting charges, his lawyers say



charge were withdrawn against Alec Baldwin in the fatal shooting of filmmakers Galina Hutchins on the set of his western “Rust” after “new facts” surfaced in recent days, officials said on Thursday.

V ad arrived 2 ½ months after New Mexico prosecutors charged Baldwin with manslaughter.

A statement from special prosecutors appointed by New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Oltvis to handle the case said the new facts were revealed as authorities prepared for a May 3 preliminary hearing.

The statement by Kari Morrissey and Jason Lewis does not say what the facts are, but does say they require further investigation and forensics.

“Consequently, we cannot act in the current time frame and on the facts and evidence provided by law enforcement agencies in their current form,” the prosecutor’s office said. “Therefore, we will be dismissing the manslaughter charges against Mr Baldwin for further investigation.”

Prosecutors added that the decision “does not remove Mr. Baldwin’s criminal responsibility.” According to them, charges can be brought again.

Accusations against co-defendant Baldwin, Rust gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reidremain unchanged, prosecutors said.

Baldwin’s lawyers, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, welcomed the decision and said in a joint statement that they are “calling for a proper investigation into the facts and circumstances of this tragic incident.”

Lawyers for Gutierrez-Reid said that the special prosecutors approached the entire investigation diligently and thoroughly, which we applaud and always have applauded.”

“They are looking for the truth, and so are we,” lawyers Jason Bowles and Todd Bullion said in a statement. “The truth about what happened will come out, and answers will be given to questions that we have been looking for answers for a long time. We fully expect that at the end of this process, Hannah will also be exonerated.”

University of New Mexico law professor Joshua Kastenberg, a former lawyer and air force judge who questioned the strength of the district attorney’s case, said he was still surprised by Thursday’s sudden turn of events.

“Probably what shocked me the most is that I just feel sorry for the family of the deceased woman,” Kastenberg said.

“I’m sure they’re having a hard time coping with the decision not to prosecute Baldwin,” he said. “Nothing will ever bring their child back, so I’m sure there’s a lot of disappointment out there.”

Director of photography Galina Hutchins on the set of The Sworn Enemy, December 12. December 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Hutchins was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust in October 2021.Jack Caswell / via AP

Hutchins, 42, was shot dead in October. February 21, 2021 during filming at Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico.

Baldwin was rehearsing with a gun for a scene when the gun went off, killing Hutchins and injuring the director. Joel Souza.

The case was confusing from the start, when the special counsel Andrea Rib was forced to resign amid allegations by the defense that she had a conflict of interest.

According to Baldwin’s team, Reeb is also a New Mexico state representative, and her job as district attorney would mean she has two separate bands in government that should be separated.

The district attorney “is considered a member of either the judicial or executive branch of the government of New Mexico,” Baldwin’s legal team said in a statement.

another legal analysts have stated that the state it will always be difficult to prove that Hutchins’ death was anything more than a tragic accident.

Filming for Rust resumed on Thursday at the Yellowstone Ranch in Montana. The film is expected to need at least 20 more days of filming and Baldwin was on set on Thursday, sources close to the shoot said.

The plot of the film centers on a 13-year-old boy who is left alone with himself and his younger brother after the death of their parents in 1880s Kansas.

The youth goes on the run with their longtime father Grandpa Harland Rust, played by Baldwin, after he is sentenced to hang for accidentally killing a local rancher.

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Andrew Blankstein another Hayley Walker contributed.

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The 18 Best Stoner Movies Are Great Movies To Watch While High



This stupid movie about the future of the Earth in 2293 is difficult to explain even to a sober person, so he was completely swooning while watching it. Zardoz can actually help in understanding what the hell is going on. The bottom line: A giant floating stone head statue rules the planet and convinces us that war is good and reproduction is bad. Of course, everything is not as simple as it seems.

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