Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on film set, killing crew member

Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun at a film set on Thursday, killing the film’s cameraman and injuring its director, police said

Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed on the set of Rust, a western filmed at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Sante Fe, New Mexico, and Joel Souza, 48, was injured, including the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office communicated.

Hutchins was helicoptered to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Souza was taken to the Christ St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for treatment for his injuries.

The circumstances of the shooting are being investigated. No charges were brought.

“Tonight we received the devastating news that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, director of photography for a production called ‘Rust’ in New Mexico, died of injuries sustained on set,” said John Lindley, president of International Cinematographers Guild and Rebecca Rhine, the managing director, in a statement on diversity.

“The details are currently unclear, but we are working to find out more and we support a full investigation into this tragic event,” the statement said. “This is a terrible loss and we mourn a member of our guild family.”

Hutchins graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015. She was involved in several short films before working on Archenemy, a 2020 feature film starring Joe Manganiello.

Born in Ukraine, she has a degree in international journalism from Kyiv National University and previously worked as an investigative journalist for British documentary productions in Europe.

In 2019 she was selected as one of the American Cinematographer’s Emerging Stars.

Hutchin’s death commemorates actor Brandon Lee, son of martial arts film legend Bruce Lee. Brandon Lee died after being shot by a prop gun while filming The Crow in 1993.

“There was an accident on the New Mexico set of Rust today that involved the misfiring of a prop gun with blanks,” a Baldwin spokesman said in a statement to NBC News. “Production has been suspended for the time being. The safety of our actors and crew remains our top priority.”

Baldwin, 63, co-produces Rust and plays the infamous outlaw Harland Rust, whose 13-year-old grandson was convicted of accidental murder. Rust travels to Kansas to free his grandson from prison, and the two fugitives must escape US Marshal Wood Helm and bounty hunter Fenton “Preacher” Lang.

Baldwin posted a photo of himself in costume for the film on Instagram early Thursday, complete with fake blood on his shirt.

Most recently known as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live and starring in the NBC comedy 30 Rock, Baldwin has won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards and was nominated for an Oscar and a Tony Award.

Baldwin has hosted “SNL” 17 times, more than any other person, and has starred in such films as “The Departed”, “Glengarry Glen Ross” and the Mission Impossible franchise. He was also the producer of director Souza’s film “Crown Vic”.

Baldwin has lost his temper in the past, including incidents that led to his arrest. In 2019, he pleaded guilty to molesting another person in connection with a parking lot dispute in Manhattan in November 2018.

He was previously arrested by the police for ridden his bike incorrectly and for misconduct after allegedly quarreling with the police who stopped him.

Baldwin was also acquitted of battery crimes charges after he was accused of beating a freelance photographer and breaking the lens man’s nose in 1995 in California.

The actor is married to Hilaria Baldwin and has six children together. He also has a daughter named Ireland from his previous marriage to actress Kim Basinger.

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC.

Las Cruces police obtain stories of film prop cash getting used as forex

LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces police received two reports over the weekend of movie props that were approved as legal tender over the weekend, a press release said Monday.

In the press release, police stated that movie props may look like real currency, but in most cases they don’t have the same texture.

According to the police, movie prop bills are usually slightly smaller in size than the actual currency. It usually also has wording identifying it as a fake currency. For example, movie prop money typically reads:

  • “For use in films only” at the top of the bill.
  • The word “copy” is usually printed on both sides of the invoice.
  • “This notice is not legal tender” or “For film use only” is usually printed on one or more sides of the invoice.
  • Often the name of the president is left out or changed.
  • The serial numbers are often the same for all movie props.

It is not illegal to have money for movie props. However, passing on movie props or an illegal currency could be classified as a criminal offense or federal crime depending on its use, police said.

Anyone who receives suspected prop money or illegally made invoices in actual currency should call the police immediately at 575-526-0795.

New Prop. 19 property tax measure can prevent cash – Orange County Register

Most California homeowners have likely heard of Proposition 19, the new property tax law that allows senior citizens and disabled homeowners to keep their current property tax rate when they sell their home and buy a new one. But they may not know how to apply this new law when moving to a new home.

It is the largest expansion of the state’s property tax breaks in decades that basically allows qualified homeowners to take their Prop. 13 tax base with them anywhere in the state, regardless of the price of their new home.

According to sentence 13, tax increases are limited to 2% per year, ie the longer you own your own home, the lower your property taxes are in relation to the market value of your residence. But for most homeowners, if they sell their old home and see their new tax rise to the full market value of their new home, they lose their Prop. 13 tax break.

Voters approved Prop. 19 in November, and the law came into effect on April 1st.

If you are 55 years of age or older, someone with a severe disability, or a victim of a forest fire or natural disaster, you can move to any home in the state regardless of the price of the home. Your tax will remain unchanged until the value of your old home. If your new home costs more than your old one, you will pay an additional amount based on the market value of your old home.

With this big seller, a smaller home doesn’t necessarily mean it’s less expensive.

As a real estate agent, I have worked with clients who were concerned about property tax increases if they downsize their family home, sold it to size, moved to another part of the state, or moved closer to family or healthcare facilities.

If you’re used to low property taxes, it can be a shock to your monthly expenses if buying a replacement home includes a huge hike in property tax – especially if you’ve lived in your current home for many years.

Some older homeowners feel trapped because they cannot leave their current home even if it no longer meets their needs, because they have a steady income and cannot afford to move.

Taking advantage of Prop. 19 can be daunting. But over time, more and more tax auditors are providing links to forms and resources online to help homeowners understand how this new law can benefit them.

Here are some of them:

Also, seek help from a qualified tax professional or attorney.

Not all counties are created equal, and with each new law many questions arise about how the law applies to each person’s situation.

Moving into a home after your children move out shouldn’t mean a huge new property tax bill. Do your research so that you can use your money for your future instead of paying more property taxes.

Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is a RealtyOne Group West real estate agent and a board member of the California Association of Realtors. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or

Circulation of ‘film cash or ‘prop cash’

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Acadiana has prop money circulating. A local business wants to warn businesses and consumers about the “movie money” or “prop money” in circulation. This money will go to the film and advertising industries for use in films, music videos, and production advertising.

Chris Babin of Acadiana’s Better Business Bureau said, “A local accredited company contacted us, wanted us to be aware, wanted us to share the information with businesses and consumers, that someone was actually checking out and using counterfeit money or it says ‘Prop Money’ on it in one of their local facilities and they are not sure if this is an isolated incident or if that type of money is something that is being tried to be spent in the local Acadiana area. “

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The company wanted to remain anonymous, but said payment for products purchased was made in twenty-dollar bills. At first glance, they seem real.

“It’s actually designed to look like real money to be used in movies and in scenes where real currency isn’t used but it has to look like it. So scammers are unethical people who buy it online and have spent it. “Explained Babin.

The counterfeit twenty-dollar bill reads “Copy money,” but it may be difficult to see. The company that accepted the bills said they only use counterfeit detector pens for one hundred and fifty dollar bills.

“The company said it was a busy day. At the end of the day when they checked the cash register, they weren’t sure who actually spent that, so there’s really nothing they can do. They only took out the funds for which they collected the fake bills, ”added Babin.

Here’s how you can avoid falling victim to prop money:

  • Check out the currency when you get it from a consumer.
  • Check all currencies with a counterfeit detector pen.
  • Look for Chinese or foreign characters on the front and back of the invoice.
  • Look for the words “replica” or “copy money”.

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Rapper ‘Cash Luggage’ arrested in Fresno with counterfeit cash and prop weapons utilized in music movies, police say

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE / KGPE) – Fresno police arrested a man they called a “would-be rapper” with counterfeit money and props for music videos Thursday morning.

Officials said they were checking the welfare of a child around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening when they were talking to a woman who may have been a victim.

Police passed “money bags” Thursday morning, the real name of which is Devon Watson.

During the traffic obstruction, Fresno police said they found the wrong money and guns for rap videos.

Watson was arrested on a Los Angeles warrant. No other charges were filed.