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Posts Tagged ‘AFTRA’

No SAG Deal Until January? Hear For Yourself.

105dd47.jpgJonathan Handel does “the math” — which is good, because math is hard — and determines that Hollywood won’t see a contract until 2009.

A sample:

1. If Membership First wins the election overwhelmingly, and if SAG members overwhelmingly vote in the SAG survey (a push-poll, designed to influence people’s votes) to have the Guild continue pushing hard for a better deal (i.e., 85% or more affirmative, and a good turnout), then MF will be emboldened to call for a strike authorization vote. If that vote achieves the requisite 75% approval level (a high level, which is why it might take as much as 85% affirmative on the poll, particularly given SAG’s embarrassing failure to defeat the AFTRA deal), then SAG will have gained significant leverage against the studios. All of these conditions have to apply.

QED

In the wake of his online video interviews with reps from Membership First and United for Strength, Jonathan tells us he’ll be interviewing independent candidates this week:

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LAT In 90 Seconds

40807591.jpgSharif Won’t Be Shaken Down: Omar Sharif refuses to pay the $445,000 judgment against him for punching a valet in the face.

christinahellskitchen.jpgInteractive Media: Rene Lynch concludes her post about Hell’s Kitchen by asking readers if they have any questions for winner, Christina: “Any lingering questions out there you’d like me to ask? And what do you think? Did the best chef win?” We suggest you do your own reporting, Rene. Too many cooks, and all.

aftra_dlogo.jpgActor v. Actor: AFTRA approves the contract. But then, you knew that, didn’t you, smarty pants?

SAG Roundup

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Deadline Hollywood Daily says the SAG talks are on hold until the results of the AFTRA ratification comes in tomorrow.

The Hollywood Reporter says is trying to get dual members to vote the AFTRA contract down.

Robert DeNiro thinks a strike is a bad idea.

LAT In 90 Seconds

37359462-31093107.jpgMore Juno Music: A second Juno soundtrack is due April 8. The songs, all ultimately deleted from the film, make up an album called Juno B-Sides: Almost Adopted Songs. Cute, no?

37360087-31095556.jpgCasanova Singer Dies: Singer Sean Levert died after an “emergency” in jail, though no one is saying what happened yet. He was 39.

aftralogoss.jpgAFTRA Talks Could Begin This Week: Breaking with SAG after 27 years of collective bargaining, AFTRA says it could begin talks as early as this week with the studios. Actors backstabbing each other? Who wudda thunk it?

Deadline Hollywood Daily: AFTRA Ratifies Network News Contract

AFTRA ratified contracts with ABC and CBS that include pay increases for network staff newspersons and fee increases for network freelance correspondents.

The new two-year deal takes effect on May 16. More here.

LAT In 90 Seconds

36645117-11144532.jpgDefending Spitzer: Evolutionary biologist David P. Barash writes that all animals, we monkeys included, simply lack the ability to be faithful. We’re sure Mrs. Barash is thrilled to hear that.

36650310-11174327.jpgHorton Hears An Opportunity: Pixar has so few director slots that animator Jimmy Hayward had to leave the company to realize his childhood dream of directing. Now he’s got Horton Hears a Who! under his belt. We’re guessing he’s happy with his decision.

fae.jpegMaking Nice: SAG and AFTRA are trying to air kiss and make up before their upcoming contract negotiations with the studios. Actors agree to stop backstabbing each other? Good luck.

LAT In 90 Seconds

33786854-14191202.jpgNot So Funny: Comedian Ellen Degeneres is taking heat from WGA East for breaking ranks and pushing ahead with her show. Ellen is a member of both WGA and AFTRA and is one of the few daytime talk-shows to employ guild members. The WGA said: “We find it sad that Ellen spent an entire week crying and fighting for a dog that she gave away, yet she couldn’t even stand by writers for more than one day — writers who have helped make her extremely successful.” Ellen, who risks facing breach of contract issues if her syndicated show goes dark, is between a rock and a hard place — but the guild does have a point about that dog…

33784563-14210754.jpgDone In By Grendel? It seems Crispin Glover lured reporter Chris Lee to his “gargoyle-laden Silver Lake home” under the false pretense that he was going to talk about Beowulf. Instead, Glover shut Lee in his bedroom and screened It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine, the film he co-directed, produced and edited that is about a cerebral palsy-afflicted serial killer who is irresistible to women. We’re guessing Lee made it out of there alive.

33787144-14175916.jpgEveryone’s Talking About: Lowriders. (Well, everyone who isn’t talking about the strike.) The Petersen Automotive Museum is featuring an exhibit about lowriders, and it’s got Dan Neil all happy and waxing poetic: “The Petersen drops a splendid argument in favor of openness and acceptance right in the middle of America’s immigration debate.” We don’t see political statements on Buicks, but take Dan at his word.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Media Matters

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Tim Rutten is at the peak of his form today, castigating Dan Rather for being a buck passing whiner. Okay, Rutten put it more eloquently, but that’s the gist. LAT.

Mary McNamara critiques Rather’s performance on Larry King. It’s sad when King is the coherent one, isn’t it? McNamara has really hit her stride as a TV critic–maybe she had to let it out after years of writing suck-up celebrity interviews. LAT.

AFTRA is going after TMZ TV. Seems the tabloidy show didn’t want to pay union money, which explains the utter nobodies hired to host. TabloidBaby.

James Woods says Nicole Brown Simpson wanted to get cozy with him. Even if this is true, shut up! Do her kids need to know this? Page Six.

Katha Pollitt and Deborah Solomon have a hen-fest, during which Pollitt displays her ignorance about the rise of neighborhood nail salons. Don’t forget–when learning to drive, she admitted to not knowing anyone Asian. NYT.