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Who will be held accountable for the fatal shooting on set?



The head electrician on the film set of Alec Baldwin’s movie rust is suing the actor and other crew members 


The head of lighting is a friend of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. She was accidentally shot dead on the movie set last month.

The electrician has filed a lawsuit against Alec Baldwin and others, alleging negligence that resulted in “severe emotional distress”.

He says the bullet narrowly missed him.

“I still cannot believe that she is no longer with us,” the head of lighting, Serge Svetnoy said Wednesday during a news conference.

“What a tragedy and injustice when a person loses her life on film set while making art.”

Svetnoy’s general-negligence lawsuit was filed earlier Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

“This incident was caused by the negligent acts and omissions of the defendants,” the lawsuit states according to the Los Angeles Times.

“Simply put, there was no reason for a live bullet to be placed in that Colt .45 revolver or to be present anywhere on the ‘Rust’ set.”

Who will be held accountable?

Mitra Ahouraian is an LA-based entertainment attorney and founder of her namesake firm, Ahouraian Law and she says this all signs point to Baldwin did not know that the gun was loaded.

“As an actor who’s production companies attached typically, they’re not very involved in the day to day production, it’s more like a credit and a fee and affiliation. So it’s really going to be the production company for the film. But if it does come down to the point of any individual’s being charged criminally, if there’s bound to be some criminal fault there, then that could potentially come into play in the civil lawsuit,” she told ticker news.

I mean, we’re seeing labour shortages and people were complaining about being overworked on this particular movie set. Could this be the reason why here?

How did the live rounds get put into a prop gun?

The prosecutor was on Good Morning America recently, and Ahouraian says she was saying one of the things that they’re most concerned with is figuring out how the live rounds got there to begin with.

“So I think that’s the most important question, and really not what happened at the moment of the shooting, but everything that happened leading up to that,” Ahouraian says.

“I don’t think it had anything to do with, you know, hours and the things that sort of were coming up in the ISC strike because it all kind of coincided at that time.”

But surely a gunshot can be performed without the real bullets?

Ahouraian says it comes down to cost.

“Doing things in post production isn’t always cheap. Sometimes it’s a lot easier to get the shots you need by having the real prop there. But if I was watching and it didn’t look as real and people weren’t, you know, we’re at less risk of dying. I think I’d be okay with that.”

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Streaming service shift and the award season snubs



Netflix Introduces Changes to Subscription Model, Academy Award Nominations Spark Cinematic Buzz, and the Doomsday Clock Continues its Ominous Ticking.

Netflix is set to discontinue its ad-free Basic subscription in select countries, commencing with Canada and the UK in Q2 2024.

This strategic shift introduces a significant price increase for the baseline entry, signalling potential adjustments to Netflix’s global pricing structure.

Simultaneously, the 96th edition of the Academy Award nominations has stirred cinematic debates, with the prevailing question being whether the upcoming season will be dominated by “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer.” These contrasting narratives set the stage for a fierce competition, highlighting the diverse and compelling offerings in this year’s film industry.

Beyond the realm of entertainment, the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic representation of the likelihood of a human-made global catastrophe, continues its ominous countdown.

Maintained since 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the clock serves as a metaphor for threats arising from unchecked scientific and technological advances. As global tensions, environmental challenges, and technological risks persist, the ticking of the Doomsday Clock serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to address multifaceted threats to humanity.

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Adidas faces potential $320M Yeezy shoe write-off post-Kanye split



Adidas is contemplating a significant financial blow as it considers writing off $320 million worth of Yeezy shoes following its separation from music and fashion icon Kanye West.

The sportswear giant’s decision to sever ties with West’s Yeezy brand has left a mountain of unsold merchandise, threatening to dent the company’s balance sheet.

The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West, which began in 2013, had been immensely successful, with Yeezy shoes becoming a highly sought-after fashion statement.

However, recent controversies and disagreements between West and Adidas prompted the sportswear company to distance itself from the celebrity designer.

The massive inventory of Yeezy shoes now presents a dilemma for Adidas, as it grapples with finding a solution to deal with the surplus stock. A $320 million write-off could significantly impact the company’s financial performance in the short term.

Adidas is currently exploring various options, including discounting, donating, or repurposing the unsold inventory to mitigate the financial hit.

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Warner Bros discovery warns of Hollywood’s ‘real risk’ post-strikes’



Warner Bros Discovery, has issued a stark warning regarding the ‘real risk’ that Hollywood faces in the aftermath of the recent strikes that have taken a considerable toll on the industry’s financial health.

The strikes, which disrupted film and television production for several weeks, resulted in substantial financial losses for studios, production companies, and countless industry professionals.

Warner Bros Discovery emphasised the necessity for a resilient and adaptable approach to navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the film and television sector.

The conglomerate stressed the importance of implementing measures to mitigate such risks in the future, which include fostering better labour relations and contingency planning to safeguard against potential disruptions.

The message underlined the need for the industry to adapt to the evolving landscape of content creation and distribution, particularly in the digital era.

This warning from Warner Bros Discovery highlights the need for the entertainment industry to recognise the ever-changing dynamics and economic challenges, and the importance of preparedness to maintain its prominent position in the global market.

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