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    • ALEC BALDWIN SPEAKS OUT AFTER DEADLY INCIDENT, RUMBLES OF DISSENT OVER GUN SAFETY ON-SET

      Alec Baldwin misfired a prop gun on the set of the movie Rust, on a Bonanza Creek Ranch set in New Mexico, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. More information is coming out about the incident; according to an affidavit released over the weekend, Baldwin was told his prop gun did not have live rounds.

      The person responsible for handling weapons, Hannah Reed, recently shared her doubts about her ability to do the job well. Reed was previously quoted discussing her experience working on the set of The Old Way, starring Nicolas Cage: "You know, I was really nervous about it at first, and I almost didn't take the job because I wasn't sure if I was ready ... but, doing it, like, it went really smoothly."

      The production company is investigating.

      SHARING GRIEF

      Baldwin shared his grief over the tragedy on Twitter, writing: "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 admired colleague of ours. I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and," then adding, "I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna."

      According to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 44, a union for propmasters, the gun that the 68-year-old fired did contain "a live round." An email sent out to members by the union also said that the Rust propmaster was not a union member. The email stated: "A live single round was accidentally fired on set by the principal actor, hitting both the Director of Photography, Local 600 member Halnya Hutchins, and Director Joel Souza … Local 44 has confirmed that the Props, Set Decoration, Special Effects and Construction Departments were staffed by New Mexico crew members. There were no Local 44 members on the call sheet."

      Hutchins' husband Matthew Hutchins spoke out, saying: "I am not going to be able to comment about the facts or the process of what we're going through right now, but I appreciate that everyone has been very sympathetic. I think that we will need a little bit of time before we can really encapsulate her life in a way that is easy to communicate."

      He especially called out Baldwin's sympathy after the incident.

      Souza has been released from the hospital.

      The investigation is ongoing, and the no charges have yet been filed.

      DISSENT?

      Meanwhile, hours before the deadly incident, a half-dozen camera crew workers reportedly walked off the set to protest working conditions, according to multiple reports.

      There were complaints of low-pay, long hours and long commutes. Safety protocols, including gun checks, were not followed closely. Last week, at least one camera operator reportedly complained to production managers about gun safety specifically.

      Baldwin's stunt double reportedly fired two rounds last Saturday, after being told the gun wasn't loaded.

      "There should have been an investigation into what happened," said the crew member. "There were no safety meetings. There was no assurance that it wouldn't happen again. All they wanted to do was rush, rush, rush."

      Hutchins herself had been pushing for better conditions and was reportedly tearful when members of the crew left in protest.

      "She said, ‘I feel like I'm losing my best friends,'" recalled one of the workers.

      "Corners were being cut — and they brought in nonunion people so they could continue shooting," the knowledgeable person said.

    • WHY WAS MEGHAN MARKLE'S CALL FOR EQUAL PAY SO CONTROVERSIAL?

      Meghan Markle wrote an open letter to Democratic leaders urging them to support paid parental leave for all U.S. citizens. President Joe Biden's proposed tax credits are under threat of being cut from his social welfare package.

      She was stark in her plea: "I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler — it may have cost less back then (to be honest, I can't remember) — but what I do remember was the feeling: I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special, and I felt lucky."

      That honesty, and her roots, expose a stark class divide, and is part of the reason many in the U.K. can't welcome her, observers argue.

      The U.K. has an ingrained class system, and Meghan's status as a divorced actress joining the royal family never sat well with many, and is one of the reasons she and husband Prince Harry eventually moved to California and left their royal lives behind.

      The duchess went on to say the issue of parental leave was not about "Right or Left" but instead about "right or wrong," arguing paid leave "should be a national right."

      Since stepping down from the royal family, Meghan and Harry have supported several social causes, and have launched Archewell Inc in a bid to "unleash the power of compassion to drive systemic cultural change."

    • 'DUNE' OPENS AT $40.1M

      Dune posted the best opening day for a simultaneous Warner Bros. theatrical release and HBO Max opener at $40.1 million. Halloween Kills came in second with $14.5 million.

      In a win for arthouses, Searchlight's The French Dispatch, from Wes Anderson, snagged $1.3 million at 52 theaters.

    • THE SCOOP ON PARIS HILTON WEDDING AND REGISTRY DETAILS

      Paris Hilton has made a list and we've checked it (at least) twice. For her wedding to fiancé Carter Reum, Hilton has registered for more than $60,000 worth of merch.

      Among the items on her wishlist on Gearys Beverly Hills: a $500 Hermés platter, a $985 Christofle party tray, a $1,000 crystal caviar server with a spoon, and a $4,885 Baccarat vase, a $990 Baccarat lamp, a $1,845 caviar vodka set for 6, and a $355 crystal wine glass.

      For those on a budget, there's a $140 decanter, a $185 cake dome, and $250 ice tongs.

      WEDDING

      The pair are getting married in Bel Air, Page Six reports, on November 11th. The ceremony will be held at the estate of her grandfather, and she'll wear a Valentino dress.

      Hilton is currently undergoing IVF treatment in a bid to get pregnant.

    • VANESSA BRYANT REVEALS HOW SHE FOUND OUT ABOUT KOBE AND GIANNA'S DEATH

      Vanessa Bryant has revealed that she out about her husband Kobe and daughter Gianna's death on social media. As previously reported, Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for their role in passing around images of the crash site where Kobe, Gianna and seven others died in 2020.

      As part of the proceedings, Bryant had to undergo a deposition, where she was asked various questions about the circumstances around Kobe's death. When asked how she found out about Kobe and Gianna's deaths, she said, she found out about the crash on social media but was confident that her family survived. She later realized Kobe passed when she saw "RIP Kobe" all over social media.

      She explained, "I was holding onto my phone, because obviously I was trying to call my husband back, and all these notifications started popping up on my phone, saying 'RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe.' My life will never be the same without my husband and daughter."

    • WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT QUEEN ELIZABETH'S HEALTH

      When the Queen doesn't show up for a gig, keen royal observers know something serious is happening. When Queen Elizabeth II canceled a trip to Northern Ireland at the last minute, many wondered what was happening.

      As it turns out, there was a cause for concern. The 95-year-old was taken to the hospital Wednesday for "preliminary investigations" and was then released Thursday, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

      "Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits," Buckingham Palace said in statement.

      But she appears to be on the mend, and is expected to lead a royal delegation to a global climate summit with world leaders in Glasgow in a few weeks. Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne since 1952, when she was 25, and is the longest-serving monarch in British history. Her son, Prince Charles, 72, is next in line.

      Some wonder if she's overdoing it with public duties, but she is reportedly devoted to her work. The Queen also raised brows after being spotted using a walking stick, the first time she was seen with a cane in decades. (The last time she'd recently had surgery). She also has no tolerance for jokes about her age. Recently, she declined an honor of being named "Oldie of the Year" by a British magazine, saying she didn't meet "the relevant criteria." She "politely but firmly" declined the award through her assistant private secretary with "warmest best wishes."

      "Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel, as such The Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept, and hopes you will find a more worthy recipient," Tom Laing-Baker said in a letter.

      In other Queen Elizabeth news, the island of Barbados has elected its first former female jurist—Sandra Mason—as head of state, a symbolic position held since the 1950s by the Queen.

    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      GIRLS STAR PETER SCOLARI DEAD AT 66: The Emmy Award winning actor Peter Scolari has died at age 66. He rose to fame in Newhart and Bosom Buddies, then appeared Girls as Lena Dunham's dad Tad Horvath. He died after a two-year battle with cancer.

      BACK IN THE GAME: Scott Disick was photographed partying with a 23-year-old model named Elizabeth Grace Lindley. He is reportedly smarting from his ex Kourtney Kardashian's recent engagement to Travis Barker.

      RYAN GOSLING IN TALKS FOR BARBIE: Ryan Gosling is in talks to play opposite Margot Robbie in Greta Gerwig's Barbie. This will be Mattel's first-ever live-action feature.

      VIN DIESEL WALKS MEADOW WALKER DOWN THE AISLE: Paul Walker's daughter, Meadow Walker, got serious support from her late dad's Fast and the Furious costars. Vin Diesel walked her down the aisle as she prepared to marry Louis Thornton-Allan, and Jordana Brewster attended.

      TOO FAST? Joe Giudice thinks his ex-wife Teresa Giudice and her fiancé Luis "Louie" Ruelas are moving "a bit quick into this romance." The Real Housewives of New Jersey star told Celebuzz: "I'm happy for Teresa and Louie, I give them my blessings. I think they moved a bit quick into this romance, but I'm glad she found her true love and wish them all the best." Theresa and Louie got engaged last week after a year of dating.

      SHANNA MOAKLER FIRES BACK: Shanna Moakler responded to a troll who said that her kids with Travis Barker would become reality TV royalty after he got engaged to Kourtney Kardashian. This came after she shared a glam IG captioned (in seeming reference to their engagement), "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." She responded to the troll: "I'm their mother, they were royalty long before…I love that people are now telling me how I feel! lol I can't with this world."

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      SELMA BLAIR TALKS INTRODUCING: Selma Blair is sharing her journey with MS in Introducing Selma Blair. One painful scene in the documentary involved her son Arthur, 10, shaving her head in front of stem cell treatment. She told ET of the moment: "It was to have him be a part of it, help him be in control of maybe like a first image of Mom looking different. That was pretty easy and a nice moment, and it makes me feel better knowing Arthur has a say -- not a say, really, but is included."

      BILLIE LOURD HONORS CARRIE FISCHER: Nearly five years after her death, Carrie Fisher is being honored by her daughter Billie Lourd, and also shining light on her mother's struggles. She hit up the gram on what would have been her 65th birthday, writing: "My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases." The American Horror Story actress continued, "She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases. I know my Mom, she'd want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you Momby."

      SPENCER TO OPEN MOMA'S 14th ANNUAL CONTENDERS FILM SERIES: The Museum of Modern Art has announced the lineup for the 14th annual edition of The Contenders. The series will run November 4th-January 22nd, in person but also with virtual screenings. The series will open with Spencer, the Princess Diana biopic directed by Pablo Larrain and starring Kristen Stewart.

      VENICE FILM SETS LONDON SHOWING: The Venice Film Festival is setting up a London screening series from Venice on November 18-22nd. The Lost Daughter, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, will be the opening night film, and The Hand of God, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, will be closing the series on 22 November. President of The Venice Biennale Roberto Cicutto said: "We are delighted to partner with the Italian Cultural Institute in promoting the Italian films that were presented at the Venice Film Festival. This year the selection has been praised for its exceptional artistic quality. We are sure the London audience will appreciate its high caliber."