Prosecutors dismiss Alec Baldwin charge, citing new evidence
Prosecutors have formally dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge against Alec Baldwin in the fatal 2021 shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the Western film “Rust,” citing new evidence and the need for more time to investigate.
New Mexico fines film company over Alec Baldwin shooting
New Mexico workplace safety regulators say they have issued the maximum possible fine against a film production company for firearms safety failures on the set where a cinematographer was fatally shot in October by actor and producer Alec Baldwin.
Film armorer blames ammo supplier in deadly 'Rust' shooting
A new lawsuit accuses an ammunition supplier of creating dangerous conditions on a movie set where a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer, by including live ammunition in a box that was supposed to include only dummy rounds.
'Rust' armorer attorneys blame producers for 'unsafe' set
Attorneys for Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of weapons on the movie set where Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, say she doesn’t know where the live rounds found there came from, and blamed producers for unsafe working conditions.
Film crew voiced complaints before fatal on-set shooting
Hours before actor Alec Baldwin fired a fatal gunshot from a prop gun that he had been told was safe, seven camera crew members for the movie he was filming walked off the job to protest conditions and production issues that included safety concerns.
Patti Smith returns to singing live with Brooklyn concert
CORRECTS DAY OF CONCERT - FILE - Patti Smith attends a special screening of "Pavarotti" at the iPic Theater in New York on May 28, 2019. Smith performed six songs as well as read poetry and excerpts from her book “Just Kids” in the Beaux-Arts Court at the museum, her voice bouncing off the skylight 60 feet above. It was a concert to also honor museum workers and drew just under 50 people, all socially distanced in widely spaced chairs. The Smith concert came on the same day in 1989 that Mapplethorpe died at age 42. It also marked the one-year anniversary of when Smith last performed live, at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
Khashoggi doc, too explosive for streaming, debuts on-demand
(Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Even before “The Dissident” made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, director Bryan Fogel had a sense that his explosive Jamal Khashoggi documentary was going to be a tough sell. The film, available on-demand this week, was one of the most anticipated of last January's Sundance. The audience at Sundance included Hillary Clinton, Alec Baldwin and Reed Hastings, the Netflix chief executive. Mohammed denied Saudi Arabia was behind the murder, then eventually granted it was carried out by agents of the Saudi government. “Ultimately, those risk assessments took the place of whether or not their couple hundred million subscribers would like to see this film,” Fogel says.
Pop Culture in (ugh) 2020, from the bizarre to the sublime
on Aug. 31, 2020, actor Chadwick Boseman in character as T'Challa in "Black Panther" and 10-year old twins Lenny, left, and Bobby Homes paying tribute to Boseman at their home in in Mesa, Ariz. on Aug. 31, 2020. (Takiyah Dupas, Marvel Studios, Annalie Homes via AP)And now, for our annual look at the year in pop culture…. Truth is, people turned to culture of all kinds in 2020 — highbrow and lowbrow — to satisfy varied and sometimes conflicting needs: Distraction, inspiration, consolation, escapism, hope. A Broadway star serenaded health workers from his apartment window, and ballet dancers performed “Swan Lake” from their bathtubs. The world mourns an actor of immense talent who, like many of his characters, radiated a regal sense of dignity.
Jim Carrey, as Biden, mocks Trump loss on 'SNL'
Jim Carrey played President-elect Joe Biden, taking the stage and poking fun at the five-day wait for results. He even offered a throwback to one of his infamous '90s-era lines, calling President Donald Trump a “Looooosseer!” to laughs and applause. Chappelle hosted “SNL” in November 2016 in its first episode after Trump’s election, pointedly critiquing the surprise over the result. “You know, I didn't know Donald Trump was going to win the election,” Chapelle said four years ago. “SNL” has regularly lampooned Trump and his presidency in recent years, enlisting Baldwin to play the commander in chief.
'Saturday Night Live' has best season opener since 2016
“Saturday Night Live” scored its biggest season premiere audience in four years and second best in 12 years, emphasizing the importance of presidential election time for the NBC comedy show. During a busy week for news and sports, “Saturday Night Live” was the most-watched entertainment show, despite starting at 11:35 p.m. on the East Coast, the Nielsen company said. With 8.24 million viewers, it was the second most-watched “SNL” episode since May 2017, with the exception being last December's triumphant return of Eddie Murphy. “We needed ‘Saturday Night Live’ to rise to the occasion for this moment, and it didn't,” agreed Eric Deggans, critic for National Public Radio. “Debate Analysis,” NBC, 6.94 million.
'Saturday Night Live' recreates debate in 46th season opener
(Will Heath/NBC via AP)LOS ANGELES – “Saturday Night Live” went political with a parody of this week’s presidential debate, Chris Rock's jab at President Donald Trump and Megan Thee Stallion's message supporting Black people during her performance. The NBC late-night sketch series on Saturday night jumped into the reenactment of the recent debate between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The series opened its 46th season, returning to the studio this week after the coronavirus pandemic halted production. Alec Baldwin returned to play Trump before the president’s COVID diagnosis, while Jim Carrey made his feature debut as Biden. “President Trump is in the hospital from COVID, and I just want to say that my heart goes out to COVID,” he joked.
Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria welcome fifth child together
LOS ANGELES – It's a party of five for Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin. The couple on Wednesday announced the arrival of a baby boy, their fifth child together. “We had a baby last night,” Hilaria Baldwin said on Instagram with a photo of parents and child. Alec Baldwin, former star of “30 Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October" and current host of ABC's “The Match Game,” and Hilaria Baldwin, a podcast host and fitness guru, married in 2012. They now have a daughter and four sons.
Alec Baldwin and wife Hiliaria welcome fifth child together
LOS ANGELES It's a party of five for Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin. The couple on Wednesday announced the arrival of a baby boy, their fifth child together. We had a baby last night, Hilaria Baldwin said on Instagram with a photo of parents and child. Alec Baldwin, former star of 30 Rock and The Hunt for Red October" and current host of ABC's The Match Game, and Hilaria Baldwin, a podcast host and fitness guru, married in 2012. They now have a daughter and four sons.
DeGeneres vows candor as clouded talk show charts its return
LOS ANGELES – Ellen DeGeneres says she'll be ready to talk when her daytime show returns this month after a staff shake-up prompted by allegations of a toxic workplace. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it,” DeGeneres said in a statement announcing the show's Sept. 21 start of its 18th season. Tiffany Haddish will join DeGeneres for the kick-off episode, with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to be taped at Warner Bros. minus an in-studio audience, which is commonplace during the pandemic. Stephen “tWitch” Boss, a longtime guest DJ on the show and among those who have publicly supported DeGeneres, will guest host some fall episodes. Last month, three of the show's producers exited amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace that harbored misbehavior including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks.
Will Ferrell to host 'SNL' for the fifth time
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(CNN) - Will Ferrell is joining the Five-Timers Club. The "Saturday Night Live" alum will return to Studio 8H to host the November 23 episode, the NBC show announced on Tuesday. The gig will put Ferrell, who was a cast member from 1995 to 2002, among an elite group of performers who've hosted the show five or more times. Ferrell previously hosted in 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2018. Other members of the Five-Timers Club include Dwayne Johnson, Melissa McCarthy and Scarlett Johansson.
Scammers Steal Hundreds of Thousands From Fans of Bluegrass Star Rhonda Vincent
Award-winning bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent says she was devastated to learn that scam artists are targeting her fans. Vincent says con artists are convincing fans to send money based on claims Vincent is in bad financial straits and needs cash, she said. One fan was convinced he and Vincent were in a relationship and he left his wife and sent about $500,000, she said. Another scammer asked super fans to prove their loyalty by sending money to pay Vincent's band, she said. "It's so sad and disheartening that people have lost their life fortune, or they've left their wife, it's very distressing," she said.
'Saturday Night Live': Alec Baldwin Joins Darrell Hammond & Fred Armisen to Skewer
Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live over the weekend to once again help the show lampoon President Donald Trump and his increasingly unhinged political rallies over the recent weeks. Meanwhile, a few former SNL stars made splashy comebacks. First, Darrell Hammond busted out his iconic Bill Clinton impression, who dropped in on Trump's rally, much to the president's surprise. When Clinton heard about how Trump was being impeached, Clinton gave him a knowing wink, calling him a "dirty dog." Eddie Murphy on Returning to Movies and 'Saturday Night Live' | Full Interview Embed Code RestartRELATED CONTENT:David Harbour Shows Off His Massive Arms on 'Saturday Night Live' and Fans Can't Keep it TogetherPete Davidson Returns to 'SNL' & Reveals Why He Really Missed Last Two EpisodesJennifer Aniston Reveals Why She Turned Down a Spot on 'SNL'
Alec Baldwin Doesn't Think Anyone Involved in College Admissions Scandal Should Go to Jail
Alec Baldwin is feeling for his friends Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy. "I dont think anyone involved in the college fraud cases should go to prison," Baldwin wrote. I dont think anyone involved in the college fraud cases should go to prison. I look forward to doing my community service hours and making a positive impact on my community. RELATED CONTENT:Why Felicity Huffman Won't Serve All of Her 14-Day Prison SentenceWhat Felicity Huffman Can Expect in Prison: Bad Food, Kitchen Duty and a Roommate (Exclusive)A Guide to the College Admissions Scandal Involving Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin