10/28/21 Entertainment News

— The “Rust” assistant director in charge of maintaining the gun involved in a fatal shooting on the set says he didn’t fully check the ammo loaded in the weapon before handing it to Alec Baldwin. That’s according to a warrant affidavit made public Wednesday. It said David Halls could “only remember seeing three rounds.” He also told police “he should have checked all of them but didn’t, and he couldn’t recall if he spun the drum.” Prior police documents show Halls had shouted “cold gun,” meaning the gun had no live rounds or blanks in it, before handing it to Baldwin before the fatal shooting that killed photography director Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.

— “All options are on the table.” That’s what Santa Fe DA Mary Carmack-Altwies said when asked whether actor Alec Baldwin would be charged in the deadly New Mexico movie set shooting. Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said officers have interviewed Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez Reed — who was the person in charge of weapons on the set, and the assistant director. The three are reportedly the main individuals connected to the shooting that killed the cinematographer and injured the director. Baldwin was rehearsing a scene for the film “Rust” when he fired a prop gun that apparently had five live rounds. Mendoza said they have collected firearms and ammunition from the set and sent them to the FBI for analysis. The set is on a ranch outside Santa Fe and has been shut down for now.

— Joe Exotic and the remaining characters from Netflix’s Tiger King phenomenon are back. On Wednesday the streaming giant unleashed the trailer for Season Two of the zoo saga and it appears to have just as much drama as the first installment. During the pandemic, viewers spent time with Exotic and Carole Baskin as they dueled it out over the ownership of his zoo. Now, the story marches forward in the second season of the show with appearances from faces like Jeff Lowe, Tim Stark, Allen Glover and James Garretson. Tiger King 2, which spans five episodes, will premiere on November 17 on Netflix.

— Lori Loughlin  is planning to pay for two students to go to college following her college admission scandal. US Weekly reports the Full House alum agreed to pay more than half a million dollars for two different students’ tuition. This is the same amount of money she paid to get her daughters into the University of Southern California. Loughlin and her husband were both found guilty on fraud charges. She spent two months in jail, was fined 150-grand, and was ordered to 150 hours of community service.

— The California Supreme Court is refusing to hear Brad Pitt’s appeal in his custody case with Angelina Jolie. Pitt’s attorneys were trying to get the high court to hear his case after Judge John Ouderkirk was disqualified and his previous ruling, which was favorable to Pitt, was overturned. California’s Supreme Court said: “Petition and stay denied.” This means, their custody battle will now start over with a new judge. Jolie welcomed the decision, with one of her representatives telling ABC News she is pleased that her children’s well-being will be not be guided by unethical behavior. Meanwhile, Pitt’s representative said the ruling goes not change the evidence which lead Ouderkirk to make his previous decision about what is in the children’s best interest.

— The pandemic is playing a bigger role in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster is adding “ghost kitchen,” “curbside delivery,” “vaccine passport” and “super spreader.” Those are among 455 new words and phrases this year. Others include “airfryer,” “wiener roast,” “dad bod,” “fourth trimester,” and “doorbell camera.” One of the most talked about foodie terms is “fluffernutter.” For those who don’t know, that’s a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow crème.

— Get ready to go to infinity and beyond. Pixar has released the first official teaser for its upcoming film “Lightyear,” starring Chris Evans as a young Buzz Lightyear. The movie’s trailer shows a realistic-looking version of the popular Toy Story character. Evans is best known for his portrayal of Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Lightyear” is set to hit theaters next summer.