Dustin Hoffman Sissy Spacek to star in ‘Rust’ producer’s Indie film

Dustin Hoffman Sissy Spacek to star in 'Rust' producer's Indie film
Dustin Hoffman Sissy Spacek to star in 'Rust' producer's Indie film

Los Angeles, Nov 26 | Dustin Hoffman, Sissy Spacek to star in ‘Rust’ producer’s Indie film. A producer on ‘Rust’ is backing another independent film, ‘Sam & Kate, starring actors Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek, which is set to begin production early next year.

Ryan Smith is helping to finance the film, which is set to shoot in Thomasville, Georgia, starting in mid-February.

A source close to the project said that Smith is putting in a portion of the financing and will get an executive producer credit, but that he and his company will not be involved in physical production, reports variety.com.

Smith, his business partner Allen Cheney, and their company, Thomasville Pictures, have been named in two lawsuits stemming from the fatal shooting on the set of ‘Rust’ last month in New Mexico.

Actor Alec Baldwin was preparing for a scene when he shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded the film’s director. The film has shut down indefinitely.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into how one or more live bullets made their way onto set. The investigation has focused on Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the 24-year-old armorer, and Dave Halls, the film’s first assistant director, who has admitted that he did not properly check the Colt .45 revolver before handing it to Baldwin.

The lawsuits allege that the production cut corners and hired inexperienced crew members, leading to dangerous conditions on set, and Sheriff Adan Mendoza has cited “complacency on set” as a factor.

Thomasville Pictures was one of several production companies on the project.

Some crew members on Thomasville’s previous projects have also come forward with allegations of unsafe practices, and also have alleged that the productions failed to pay people on time.

Cheney is a native of Thomasville, a city in southwest Georgia with a population of about 19,000 people.

His company has brought several low-budget productions to the city in the past few years, including ‘Supercell’, which also starred Baldwin; ‘Bandit’, starring Mel Gibson; ‘The Tiger Rising’, with Dennis Quaid and Queen Latifah; and ‘One Way’, with Travis Fimmel and Machine Gun Kelly.

None of these films has yet been released.

‘Sam & Kate’ was announced in June, ahead of the Cannes Film Festival. Hoffman and his son, Jake Hoffman, are slated to appear as a father and son, while Spacek and her daughter, Schuyler Fisk, will portray a mother and daughter.

Darren Le Gallo wrote the script and is set to direct. His wife, Amy Adams, is among the executive producers. Representatives for Le Gallo and Adams did not respond to requests for comment.

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Thomasville Pictures’ representative also did not provide a comment.

Volition Media Partners is producing, with Bankside Films handling foreign sales and Endeavor Content handling domestic financing. Volition Media Partners was also credited on ‘Supercell’, and one of that film’s co-executive producers, Ford Corbett, is also credited as a producer on ‘Sam & Kate’.

Bonnie Hayes, the tourism and film manager at the city of Thomasville, said the producers have had initial conversations about filming ‘Sam & Kate’ in the city, but they have yet to fill out a permit application.

“We haven’t had a problem with them,” she said.

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
  •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal


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