Alec Baldwin and the armorer on the set of Rust will face involuntary manslaughter charges in the 2021 shooting death of Halyna Hutchins; the 2023 Sundance Film Festival beings today; the Scream 6 trailer is out. All in today’s Movie News Rundown.
Hello From Sundance: I’m posted up here in Park City, Utah today, the opening day of Sundance 2023. This is the festival’s first year back in person since 2020. I can’t wait to see some amazing movies — stay tuned for both our in-person and virtual coverage this week.
Rust Developments: New Mexico prosecutors intend to charge actor Alec Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, with involuntary manslaughter regarding the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie Rust in 2021. “You should not point a gun at someone that you’re not willing to shoot,” the district attorney for Santa Fe County, Mary Carmack-Altwies, told The New York Times. “That goes to basic safety standards.” Baldwin handled the loaded gun that killed Hutchins and Gutierrez-Reed was responsible for the guns on set that day.
Baldwin’s Defense: Baldwin’s attorney Luke Nikas did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday, though Baldwin has previously denied being at fault for Hutchins’ death. “Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me,” Mr. Baldwin last year in an interview with ABC News.
Gutierrez-Reed’s Defense: Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys provided MovieMaker with the following statement: “Hannah is, and has always been, very emotional and sad about this tragic accident. But she did not commit involuntary manslaughter. These charges are the result of a very flawed investigation and an inaccurate understanding of the full facts. We intend to bring the full truth to light and believe Hannah will be exonerated of wrongdoing by a jury,” attorneys Jason Bowles and Todd J. Bullion said on Thursday.
Judd Apatow Returns: To host the DGA awards for the fourth year in a row, the Directors Guild of America Awards, the guild announced Thursday. The King of Staten Island director previously hosted in 2018, 2020, and 2022. The awards will take place on Feb. 18 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe: On Jan. 19, 1809, the man who would become a famous writer of the macabre from The Cask of the Amontillado to The Raven, and just an all-around American literary legend, was born. If you’re a fan of Poe, I highly recommend checking out The Pale Blue Eye on Netflix if you haven’t already. I spoke with star Christian Bale and director Scott Cooper about their creative friendship and how thrilled they were to cast Harry Melling as Poe.
Julian Sands Still Missing: The search continues for A Room With a View, Warlock, and The Killing Fields actor Julian Sands, who has gone missing while hiking near Mt. Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains of California, northeast of Los Angeles, according to KTLA. The 65-year-old British actor was reported missing by a friend on Friday and believed to have been hiking the Baldy Bowl Trail. “Due to the severe weather and alpine conditions, the search has been difficult and the use of air resources was limited over the weekend,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office said. “The search is continuing with air resources and further updates will be given when available.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Had to wear a cloak with a hood when she first arrived on set to play her Marvel character Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. She talked all about the “secrecy” of joining the Marvel family in a new Variety cover story, and also about her next Marvel movie, Thunderbolts. Read all about that here. Plus, Louis-Dreyfus’ other new movie You Hurt My Feelings is premiering this week at Sundance — I can’t wait to see it!
When You Finish Saving the World: Josh Encinias interviewed When You Finish Saving the World star Finn Wolfhard and first-time-director Jesse Eisenberg about the making of the lovely family drama. In the interview, Wolfhard talks about how he doesn’t believe there’s a real generation gap and explains what Everything Everywhere All At Once means to Gen-Z.
All Quiet on the Western Front: Edward Berger’s film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic 1928 novel All Quiet on the Western Front got 14 BAFTA nominations on Thursday morning including for best picture and director, making it the most nominated film at the BAFTAs this year. The film is now streaming on Netflix.
Scream 6 Trailer: The official full-length trailer for Scream 6 is out and it features the return of Hayden Panettiere’s character from Scream 4. This time, they’re fighting Ghostface in New York City, from a bodega to the subway. Cast includes Courteney Cox, and from last year’s Scream, Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Mason Gooding and Savoy Brown. New additions to the franchise include Samara Weaving and Dermot Mulroney. Watch the trailer below.
Main Image: Actor Alec Baldwin attends Closing Ceremony at Therese Desqueyroux Premiere at Palais des Festivals on May 27, 2012 in Cannes, France.