Natalie Portman’s Apple TV+ series forced to suspend production due to shooting threat

Natalie Portman’s upcoming limited series for Apple TV+, “Lady in the Lake,” was forced to halt production due to a group in Baltimore threatening the production.

“Lady in the Lake” will star Academy Award winners Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o
“Lady in the Lake” will star Academy Award winners Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o

James Hibberd for The Hollywood Reporter:

“The leaders of the production decided to err on the side of caution and reschedule the shoot after they found another location,” a department spokesperson said.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the production’s studio, Endeavor Content, wrote, “Friday afternoon, on the Baltimore set of our production Lady in the Lake, prior to the arrival of the cast and crew … a driver on our production crew was confronted by two men, one of whom brandished a gun directed at our driver, and then they fled the location. We are working with the Baltimore Police Department as the investigation is ongoing. The safety and security of our crew, cast and all who work across our productions is our highest priority, and we are thankful no one was injured. Production will resume with increased security measures going forward…”

The move follows FX’s Justified: City Primeval having to shut down its filming in Chicago in July after two cars whose occupants were firing weapons at each other crashed through the production’s barricades.

Alex Oliveira for The Daily Mail:

A pair of Baltimore drug dealers threatened to shoot up the set of a new Natalie Portman show if they didn’t stop filming on their block, but told production they could stay if they coughed up $50,000.

The incident went down around 4pm on Friday afternoon on the 200 block of Park Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, when two men pointed a gun at a crewmember of the Apple TV+ show Lady in the Lake and made their demands.

According to the Baltimore Police Department, the ‘locals’ said they would ‘come back later this evening [and] shoot someone’ if they didn’t stop filming, but would ‘allow the production to continue’ if they met their $50,000 demand.

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  1. “Be smart Baltimore! You have been ripped off for years by the Democrats, & gotten nothing but poverty & crime.”

    — The Last Duly-Elected U.S. President, Donald J. Trump, September 6, 2020

    “No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!”

    “Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA.”

    — The Last Duly-Elected U.S. President, Donald J. Trump, July 27, 2019

    1. I sure would love to understand why it’s so hard for you people to imagine why a guy who lost the popular vote in 2016 and was polling in the low 30s before the election might have lost.

      I swear it’s an emotional thing — you just can’t accept something that upsets you emotionally might actually have happened, so instead of facing reality you go into denial.

      It’s incredible any of you call other people snowflakes. You reality-deniers are the most snow-flakey bunch around.

        1. ‘MurQAons carry guns because they were lied to: their Constitution has NEVER sanctioned the so-called right for unregulated citizens to own and carry guns. And I quote: “Second Amendment
          A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” Please note the first phrase requiring a “well regulated Militia”, NOT, a posse of ammosexuals armed beyond reason. And the usual argument about not requiring regulation is also shot down if you actually read your Constitution: Article 1, Section 8, clauses 15 and 16. Why is it that people who don’t even live in “land of the free” and the home of the gun massacre know more about the Second Amendment than the citizens themselves?

          1. The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not “a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.”

            We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amend­ment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.

            New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc., et al. v. Bruen, Superintendent Of New York State Police, et al.

      1. I’d sure like to know why the democrat party voted for the man their party rejected TWICE- As a liar, a plagiarist and the racist who said “I don’t want MY kids to grow up in a JUNGLE. A RACIAL jungle” when VOTING to keep blacks segregated from whites-

        I swear it’s an emotional thing for you, defending the man who defended, on TV, a white supremacist group for flying the CONFEDERATE Flag.

        It’s incredible ANY of you call ANYONE a racist when YOU support man who said President Obama was the FIRST “sort of African American who was “articulate, bright and CLEAN” and said that a KKK Exalted Cyclops was his “friend, mentor and guide”, but WE all THANK YOU for dragging Biden through the mud again.

        Keep it up- Biden’s been spewing this for his entire HALF CENTURY in office and I’ve got all day.

        1. The Trump Kleptocracy in a nutshell: “On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned with a downright moron.”
          ~H. L. Mencken

  2. A society that allows firearms to be freely available is arguably the dumbest community around. A constitution that protects the easy availability of a dedicated means of violence is not worth the paper it is written on. The solution is actually simple, but no one has the guts to even suggest it – all guns should be illegal as the default position, and then you carve out deserving but stringent exceptions for law-enforcement, national security and for individuals at high-risk of personal danger due to their particular circumstances. Obviously it’s not going to happen in a society obsessed with their shallow left-right bulls**t.

        1. An armed populace serves as check on government overreach.

          Governments that disarm their citizenry have a very troubling history.

          “Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.” – James Madison

          “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Thomas Jefferson

          1. Give me a break. Most of the rest of the world is doing OK without an armed populace. Must be something in American water that creates governments that have to be held at bay with assault weapons. Such laughable nonsense.

            1. Oh, really? How’re the 12 million Uyghurs doing in China?

              Dying, unarmed, that’s how.

              You are not getting us to disarm. We’re not stupid, like you, you sheep and/or pawn.

              “The constitution shall never be construed…to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” ― Alexander Hamilton

        2. The answer is explicit in the post/link…which likely pains you to acknowledge. It’s apparent you wanted to be the focus, but in-spite of your feelings, history is the pertinent message.

          I guess you would have willingly turned them over to the authorities at the time, but in retrospect, I’d guess there might have been some regret, or perhaps self-preservation isn’t that important?

          Funny, you point out the responder as “attacking the messenger,” but then what do you do! Reply to historical example, please.

          1. I have no clue what you are talking about, other than the typically aggressive personal, finger-wagging attacks on me and my motivations. Simple logic and common sense says guns should not be freely available in a society. I really don’t care for your links and thousand-word articles justifying your point of view. Such articles with their “research” and statistics are a dime a dozen these days.

            1. “Gun bans don’t disarm criminals, gun bans attract them.”
              — Walter F. Mondale

              “The key fallacy of so called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.” — Thomas Sowell

              The God-given right to keep and bear arms in public, enumerated in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution shall not be infringed:

              New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc., et al. v. Bruen, Superintendent Of New York State Police, et al.

    1. “A society that allows firearms to be freely available” would be the greatest country on Earth empowering the citizenry according to the U.S. Constitution, the most remarkable governing document ever written in world history. There, I fixed it for you.

      Last time I checked ILLEGAL Fentanyl is “freely available” and hundreds of thousand have died and deaths continue to occur daily.

      Last time I checked MURDER with a firearm, regardless of ultimate sentence death penalty in place, 1.5 million have died from 1968 – 2007 and deaths continue to occur daily.

      What say you, messenger?…

      1. In fact, why blame fentanyl? Millions die every day from causes totally unrelated to any malevolent causes. We are all going to die anyway – guns just make it more exciting, don’t you think? Sheesh.

        1. “In fact, why blame fentanyl?” Why not? Unless you want me to blame Biden for open borders and doing NOTHING practical to stop it.

          Parallel construction: you are blaming in your own words. “A society that allows firearms to be freely available is arguably the dumbest community around.” But fentanyl deaths are perfectly FINE with you, just not the evil gun rights opinion, correct? BTW, I could not care less about restrictive laws in other countries, we’re talking USA!

          Actually, your comments are pretty dumb and incapable of direct answer to several posts, @Benny Friedland prime example.

          The same old, tired DEFLECTION TACTIC kicks in when you cannot defeat an argument saying things like, “Attack the messenger,” “I have no clue,” “We are all going to die anyway – guns just make it more exciting,” etc.

          Sheesh, indeed!…

      2. “Greatest country on earth”?
        Not according to virtually any statistical measure.

        “the most remarkable governing document ever written in world history”?
        Sure, as long as you were a white, male landowner. For everyone else, it was a good start, but needed substantial changes along the way. And it still does.

        Finally, no one is talking about taking away all the guns. But reasonable regulations, like those routinely involving cars — training and licensing, liability insurance, fines for misuse — seem like a pretty solid idea.

        1. GoeB: “the most remarkable governing document ever written in world history”

          WriterGuy: “Sure, as long as you were a white, male landowner.”

          Ladies and gentlemen of the jury – Exhibit A of a RACIST using Democrat stereotypes to spread extreme left lies and intolerance. The prosecution rests…

    2. Dear kopola:

      You wrote “I have no clue what you are talking about” and you could have stopped right there because that is the bottom line applicable to your absurd advice as to how we Americans should run our country. The country wouldn’t exist if you brayed that nonsense back in 1776. Oh, but then you would have been “across the pond” as a member of the mightiest military on the planet that tried to kill off their colonialists that wanted freedom. Thanks for nothing you fool. Hitler would have loved having you there in 1939 assisting Goebbels.

    3. This is a message that is not at all difficult to counter.

      Guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are not the threat; guns in the hands of criminals are the threat. Citizens asserting their right to keep and bear arms is not the danger; criminals who have guns and have no one to oppose them but the police, who are small in number and are less effective every day due to the growing arrogance of criminals, are the danger.

      A constitution that asserts, and preserves by every means possible, the sovereignty of the people, is the most valuable document a country can have. Those who denigrate it as “not worth the paper it’s written on” have simply been conditioned from birth to be subjects, not citizens. They are welcome to their form of government, as long as they don’t attempt to impose it by any means, including shaming, on us.

    1. Yeah, Baltimore is poor, its leadership corrupt, and there’s lots of crime there. And it’s been that way for a long time — but New Orleans murder rate is much higher. But guess what STATES have the highest homicide rates? If you’re thinking Blue states, think again:

      The five states with the highest murder rate are:
      5. Arkansas
      4. Missouri
      3. Alabama
      2. Louisiana
      1. Mississippi

      In fact, Mississippi’s murder rate is about twice that of “shithole” Maryland.
      By the way, on this scale California is #31; New York is #34.

      1. CDC [link] used an UNRELIABLE measurement equation.

        CDC Equation: “The number of deaths per 100,000 total population.”

        CDC Disclaimer: “Although adjusted for differences in age-distribution and population size, rankings by state DO NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT other state specific population characteristics that may affect the level of mortality. When the number of deaths is small, rankings by state may be UNRELIABLE due to instability in death rates” Right!

        Now let’s look at REALITY:

        2020 CDC homicide numbers, 2020 Census population numbers.

        1: California – 2,368 homicides – 39.6 million
        2: Texas – 2,212 homicides – 29.1 million
        3: Florida – 1,530 homicides – 21.6 million
        4: Illinois – 1,353 homicides – 12.9 million
        5: Georgia – 1,093 homicides – 10.8 million

        ~ Three out of the five states are blue voted for Biden in 2020, certainly not ALL red cherry picking.
        ~ Blue states in Top Five accounted for 4,814 homicides.
        ~ Red states in Top Five accounted for 3,742 homicides (1,072 less)
        ~ 3,277 TOTAL homicides for Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Missouri, and Arkansas COMBINED. That’s 909 more homicides than California alone.

        The CDC over a week ago publicly admitted repeat EPIC screw ups regarding Covid prevention the past two years. No surprise homicide population RATES are unreliable, as well.

        Also, not a surprise Democrats, Academia, Big Media, Big Government and WriterGuy (moving on from retired Republican prosecutor in Texas to Graphic Artist working from home) use similar techniques to further their narrow narrative.

        “There are three kinds of LIES: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
        — Mark Twain & others

        Apologies to Paul Harvey. “And now you know, the rest of the story” …

  3. This website is batshit crazy.
    Equating gun-toting drug dealers with government is simply bigoted and illogical.

    Since when did the orange Criminal-in-Chief solve this kind of issue?

    1. It’s not difficult, if you can read and comprehend what you’ve read:

      “The government you elect is the government you deserve.”

      The real batshit crazy one stares blankly back at you in any mirror, veritas.

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