Fatal prop gun shooting shows why Hollywood crews are fighting for better working conditions

Security guards and a compliance officer at New Mexico’s Bonanza Creek Ranch on Oct. 22, 2021, the film set where actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded a director when he discharged a prop gun. Adria Malcolm | Reuters While injuries or death from prop firearms are extremely rare, the accidental killing …

Movie ticket sales have topped 2020’s paltry box office, but still trail 2019’s haul by 70%

With just two months before the end of the year, the coronavirus pandemic continues to loom large over the film industry. Ticket sales in 2021 have already outpaced 2020’s paltry box office. But sales still lag nearly 70% behind 2019’s $11.4 billion haul. As of Sunday, the domestic box office has tallied $2.84 billion in ticket …

Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on set of movie, killing a crew member and injuring director

Alec Baldwin on Oct 7, 2021 at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Mark Sagliocco | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop firearm on set Thursday, killing the director of photography working on his film and injuring its director, police said. Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed and Joel Souza, 48, …

‘Dune’ is ‘both dazzling and frustrating,’ critics say

Timothee Chalamet stars in Warner Bros.’ “Dune.” Warner Bros. “Dune” has long been considered unfilmable, but director Denis Villeneuve seems to have cracked the code on how to bring this sweeping narrative to the big screen. Previous versions of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction novel have struggled to capture the scope and nuance of the source …

‘Halloween Kills’ nabs $50 million in domestic box office debut

Still from Universal and Blumhouse’s “Halloween Kills.” Universal Audiences flocked to theaters over the weekend to see Universal and Blumhouse’s latest horror flick “Halloween Kills.” The sequel to 2018’s “Halloween” generated an estimated $50.35 million in ticket sales during its domestic debut despite also being made available on Universal’s streaming platform Peacock over the weekend. …

Hollywood crews will strike on Monday if new contract deal is not reached with producers

Donna Young of IATSE Local 700 Motion Picture Editors Guild, writes a message of fair wages for all on a union members car during a rally at the Motion Picture Editors Guild IATSE Local 700 on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. Myung J. Chun | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images After …

‘No Time to Die’ snares $56 million in domestic box office debut, tops $300 million globally

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in “No Time To Die.” Source: MGM “No Time to Die” tallied an estimated $56 million during its domestic opening weekend, the fourth-best debut of any James Bond film in the franchise’s nearly 60-year history. The film hauled in $23.3 million on Friday, $18.1 million on Saturday and is …

‘No Time to Die’ outpacing advanced tickets sales of ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in “No Time To Die.” Source: MGM Advanced ticket sales for the latest James Bond flick “No Time to Die” are giving box office analysts hope that the film could have the best opening of the pandemic era. On Wednesday, ticket seller Fandango reported that the film is outpacing …

An ocean full of containers: How toy companies are grappling with shipping delays this holiday season

A shopper wearing a face mask due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic browses toys at a Target store in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, November 20, 2020. Mark Makela | Reuters Even from the porch of his home in Malibu, toy executive Isaac Larian can’t escape this holiday season’s biggest business challenge. He can see a …

Off-screen Hollywood workers authorize a strike with 98% of voting IATSE members

Donna Young of IATSE Local 700 Motion Picture Editors Guild, writes a message of fair wages for all on a union members car during a rally at the Motion Picture Editors Guild IATSE Local 700 on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. Myung J. Chun | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images Hollywood’s …