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Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

I have been down on my back for eight weeks, with more to come. I never thought I would say this, but take me to "General Hospital."

For weeks, I have been in "No Mercy Hospital." There is no perky Liz. My nurse went to the "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" Nurse Ratched hospital.

"I know it is time for your pain medication, but I am going on ...Read more

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ABC bans live weapons from 'The Rookie' after Alec Baldwin accident

LOS ANGELES — ABC’s popular procedural “The Rookie” has banned the firing of real guns on the show after a fatal accident Thursday on a movie set in New Mexico.

Shaken up by the events, Alexi Hawley, the showrunner on the cop drama starring Nathan Fillion as a Los Angeles Police Department newcomer, wrote to crew members Friday with the...Read more

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Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria need to stay off social media, except to honor victim Halyna Hutchins, crisis experts say

Alec Baldwin and his influencer wife, Hilaria Baldwin, have bolstered their careers by being extremely active on Instagram, with the highly opinionated actor regularly sharing his reflections on culture and politics and the couple constantly disseminating images of their happy life with their six young children.

But crisis management and public...Read more

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Alec Baldwin 'Rust' camera crew walked off the set in protest before the fatal shooting

Hours before actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of “Rust” with a prop gun, a half-dozen camera crew workers walked off the set to protest working conditions.

The camera operators and their assistants were frustrated by the conditions surrounding the low-budget film, including complaints of long hours, ...Read more

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'Rust' crew describes on-set gun safety issues and misfires days before fatal shooting

Hours before actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of “Rust” with a prop gun, a half-dozen camera crew workers walked off the set to protest working conditions.

The camera operators and their assistants were frustrated by the conditions surrounding the low-budget film, including complaints about long hours,...Read more

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Lack of gun safety killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of Alec Baldwin's 'Rust.' How did this happen?

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed by an incident involving a prop gun fired by actor and producer Alec Baldwin on the set of the movie “Rust.” It begs the question: How could this happen?

While it is unclear what type of gun was used in the accident, a deeper look into how firearms used onscreen by characters are handled safely by ...Read more

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'Rust' explained: What we know about the film production that resulted in tragedy and death

"Rust," the Western at the center of tragic events that claimed the life of its cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, is directed by Joel Souza and stars Alec Baldwin as an outlaw named Harland Rust. In the film, the title character goes on the run with his estranged 13-year-old grandson after the child is sentenced to hang for the accidental killing...Read more

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The ranch where the fatal 'Rust' shooting happened has been a go-to location for Hollywood

The set of the Western film "Rust" was the site of a real-life shooting Thursday when actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed rising cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.

The film's location, Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has been a Hollywood go-to for more than 130 films and TV shows shot ...Read more

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Dave Chappelle is open to talking with Netflix employees amid controversy

Comedian Dave Chappelle is standing by his jokes but is open to dialogue with those who were offended by the controversial remarks he made in his new Netflix standup special, “The Closer.”

The Emmy-winning comic has been at the center of a public-relations firestorm since the special premiered earlier this month and was immediately ...Read more

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Director Joel Souza discharged from hospital after being wounded on Alec Baldwin film 'Rust'

Writer-director Joel Souza, who was wounded in a tragic incident Thursday on the New Mexico set of his film "Rust" that took the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, was released from the hospital after being treated for his injuries.

The 48-year-old Souza was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center after being wounded by a ...Read more

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Actor Peter Scolari, 'Bosom Buddies' and 'Newhart' star, dies at 66

Peter Scolari, the prolific actor who rose to fame on the TV show “Bosom Buddies” with longtime friend Tom Hanks and was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his role on “Newhart,” died Friday. He was 66.

Scolari, who also starred in Hanks’ films “That Thing You Do!” (1996) and “The Polar Express” (2004), died after battling ...Read more

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What is a prop gun and how does a blank cartridge work? An explainer

A prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin on the set of the Western film “Rust” killed the film’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and injured director Joel Souza. But just what exactly is a “prop gun,” what is a blank cartridge and how can they be so deadly?

The term “prop gun” includes a variety of weapons, including nonfunctioning guns...Read more

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Rolling Stones production manager started his career with Minneapolis bands

MINNEAPOLIS — It's just a few hours before Mick Jagger and company take the stage in Los Angeles, and Rolling Stones problem-fixer Dale Skjerseth is as relaxed as Jimmy Buffett.

"Today I just have to check a few things," said the Stones' longtime production manager, who got his start in the Twin Cities with such performers as Daisy Dillman ...Read more

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Stephen Baldwin speaks out after brother Alec's accidental fatal shooting of cinematographer

Stephen Baldwin is speaking out in the wake of brother Alec inadvertently killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in a prop gun tragedy.

“Asking for your prayers tonight friends,” the younger Baldwin, 55, said in an Instagram post early Friday. “Not much can be said other than please pray for all involved in the wake of this tragic ...Read more

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Alec Baldwin says he's cooperating with investigation of fatal shooting on 'Rust' set

“Rust” star and producer Alec Baldwin, who discharged the prop gun that killed the film’s director of photography and injured its director, says he’s “fully cooperating with the police investigation” into the incident.

The “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” star tweeted his response Friday after the death of rising ...Read more

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The long, tragic history of prop gun accidents on movie and TV sets: A timeline

The tragic news Thursday that Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the “Rust” movie set, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza, has amplified long-simmering concerns about the continued use of the kinds of prop guns and blank cartridges that have led to so many deaths.

Special effects are so advanced that many...Read more

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Alec Baldwin breaks silence after fatal shooting of crew member Halyna Hutchins

Actor Alec Baldwin publicly addressed the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins for the first time Friday, calling it a “tragedy” and saying he is cooperating with the investigation.

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply...Read more

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How can prop guns be deadly? What to know after fatal shooting on Alec Baldwin movie set

The Alec Baldwin-involved fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins on a New Mexico movie set has reignited talk of prop gun safety, while the film world mourns the death of the 42-year-old cinematographer.

Hutchins, who was killed Thursday when Baldwin discharged a prop gun on the set of “Rust,” is not the first person to die from a stand-in ...Read more

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What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week

'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

HBO didn't provide screeners for Season 11, but it's safe to assume that creator Larry David won't let us down. Even at his weakest, David's discomfort has given us comfort. And if we ever needed our Curmudgeon-in-Chief, it's now. While the story line remains a mystery, we do know that Albert Brooks, Kaley Cuoco, Jon Hamm...Read more

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Why 'Dune' made these 5 key changes from Frank Herbert's book

Denis Villeneuve first read Frank Herbert's classic 1965 sci-fi novel "Dune" when he was around 13, and for an impressionable future filmmaker growing up in Quebec, Canada, the book was like an oasis in the desert.

"I became obsessed with it," Villeneuve says. "'Dune' merged with the birth of my love of cinema. It became a book that stayed with...Read more