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A SCAR IS BORN
Cinematographer Matthew Libatique was on his way to becoming one of the most sought-after names in Hollywood, thanks to his work on Black Swan and this year’s endlessly buzzed A Star Is Born. Now, his professional future could be jeopardized thanks to one wild night in Poland. Libatique attended the Camerimage film festival in Bydgoszcz as an honorary guest, and reports suggest things took quite a turn. According to the Associated Press, Libatique was seen drunk and staggering around at a party, at which point festival organizers contacted medical officials to assist. Libatique went on to allegedly attack the rescuers, reportedly breaking a paramedic’s tooth in the process. Further, he was also accused of attacking the police. If he’s found guilty, Libatique could face up to three years in Polish prison. The whole thing is a plot point worthy of A Star Is Born.
BOSS BABY BRAWL
Alec Baldwin also reportedly got into a scuffle in New York — over a parking stall, of all things. The actor was accused of punching a man who swooped in on his spot, and was later arrested for assault and harassment. The charges were lowered to misdemeanour assault and violation-level harassment, and he was released after a hearing that took less than a minute. Baldwin has since insisted he did not hit the other man, and his lawyer claims there is “incontrovertible video evidence” that will prove his innocence.
BREAKING: BAD MOVIE IN THE WORKS
Rather than move on to something else, Vince Gilligan can’t help but return to the Breaking Bad well. He’s had success doing so with his prequel series Better Call Saul, but that has only encouraged him to dig deeper into his own mythos. He’s reportedly working on a Breaking Bad movie with the show’s original stars, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston. The stories are mixed — Cranston told The Dan Patrick Show that he hadn’t even read the script, while others reported that the movie had been filming under the secret title Greenbrier. If it ever does come out, however, they better call it Let’s Cook, Bitch.
A VILLAINOUS NAME
It’s bad enough that they’re continuing the Suicide Squad series with a bunch of sequels and spinoffs, but Margot Robbie’s entry has also adorned itself with a truly terrible name. Her standalone movie has been handed the title Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). While it reads like a poem a Hot Topic shift manager would write, the title also serves one positive function — it will help movie reviewers pad their word counts.