From witness protection to ESPN layoffs, here's what's happening in entertainment.
'Rust' Shooting Update
Prosecutors are trying to protect a witness who says Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed handed off cocaine after a police interview that followed the 2021 shootings of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died, and director Joel Souza.
Last week armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was charged with additional drug-related counts. Prosecutors say the cocaine would have been critical evidence in the investigation.
Thursday's filing asks that the witness who cooperated with investigators be allowed to remain anonymous over fears for the person's safety and the possibility of being "blackballed" in Hollywood. Lawyers for Gutierrez-Reed argue it is not common practice to allow anonymity in these kinds of cases, according to Variety.
Jason Biggs, star of the American Pie franchise, has no regrets about the classic scene where he got more cozy with a pie than one might like. Still, he said that type of comedy from the 1999 film would not fly in today's society.
Biggs is currently promoting a limited edition Edwards Desserts pie and told Yahoo that while he would be up for another saga in the franchise, things that were done on-screen in the past should stay there.
"The movie stands as its own little time capsule – it's a reflection of the times that we lived in," he said.
He also admitted that meeting fans can get a bit awkward, particularly when he is with his young children that are not familiar with the movies.
ESPN Fires Longtime Talent
A few of our favorite on-air sports analysts have met the unfortunate layoff ax brought down by the House of Mouse.
ESPN cut ties with about two dozen commentators and reporters in an effort to save on their bottom line. But they didn't get rid of just anyone. NBA staples Jeff Van Gundy and Jalen Rose, who both joined the network in 2007 were let go along with Suzy Kolber who hosted several shows during her 27 years with the network.
"This is an extremely challenging process, involving individuals who have had tremendous impact on our company," ESPN said in a statement. "These difficult decisions, based more on overall efficiency than merit, will help us meet our financial targets and ensure future growth.
Other notable layoffs include Max Kellerman and Keyshawn Johnson, hosts of the morning radio show.