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Hollywood strike, Part II

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 22 November 2008

In a move that likely shocks few, the Screen Actors Guild has said today (Saturday) that it will ask its members to authorise a strike after talks with the AMPTP failed (surprise, surprise) despite federal mediation attempts.

Talks ended shortly before 1 am (no time zone desgination given) and no new talks are scheduled.

Talks started to fail after studios “sought the right to create productions for new media, such as the Internet, using nonunion actors and without paying residuals, said Doug Allen, SAG national executive director and chief negotiator.”

Residuals, payment made to actors every time a production airs (such as TV reruns or a feature film running on HBO) are the life bread for most actors, making up more than half their income, according to Allen.  Despite popular thought, the majority of actors earn nominal pay, and rely on those recurring payments to see them through lean times.

Not surprisingly, the AMPTP is criticising SAG’s call-to-strike.  “‘Now, SAG is bizarrely asking its members to bail out the failed negotiating strategy with a strike vote — at a time of historic economic crisis,’ a producers’ statement said. ‘The tone-deafness of SAG is stunning.'”  They claim that it is untenable that actors should seek a better deal than writers, directors, and others accepted, especially with the worsening economy.

I might counter that the tone-deafness of the producers at LEAST matches that of SAG, seeing as they were unwilling to yield to writers and now to actors. And perhaps if the actors now secure a better deal than writers and directors were able, when it comes time for those two to once again re-negotiate, they’ll finally get what they ought to’ve last time around.  Once again, this isn’t about greed (the producers have that nailed, honestly), it’s about fairness.

And, as I once supported the writers, so shall I now support actors should they have to throw down the gauntlet.  Hopefully the AMPTP will finally come to the realisation that they cannot keep lording over the people who make the films that support them.

SAG represents more than 120,000 actors in TV, film, and other media (including commercia advertisements).

Source: News


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Matt Lauer and Tom Cruise, Booster Seats and Spaceships galore

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 31 October 2008

Matt Lauer was the one to get roasted last week, but he managed a few good cracks at everyone’s (not-so) favorite Scientologist, Tom Cruise.  After Cruise’s less-than-surprising surprise appearance (it was leaked on the net before the event), he closed by saying he couldn’t believe he flew all the way there for someone who’s neither the most interesting nor the smartest person on TV. “Lose my number, you glib putz. Cruise out.”

To which Lauer retorted, ‘Can you stay?  We’ll get you a booster seat!’  Cruise is supposedly more than a little sensitive about his height–or, ahem, lack thereof.

Roastmaster Al Roker concluded the impromptu Cruise mini-roast with a comment that Cruise couldn’t stay as his spaceship was waiting.

At the event Matt was gifted with a box of Gurkha Black Dragon Tubos Cigars ( He can now say he has something in common with Matt McConaughey and Tyson Beckford, who also enjoy Gurkhas!

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Sorry guys, I’m with the studio on this one

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 27 November 2007

From IMDb:

Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe’s hit new movie American Gangster is at the center of a new legal fight, after upsetting a retired Drug Enforcement agent in New York. The narcotics detectives are far from happy with the way they are depicted in the gritty new movie, which follows the fortunes of 1970s heroin kingpin Frank Lucas and the cops trying to bring him to justice. And one of the police officers, who worked the Lucas case, is now threatening to sue movie studio bosses at Universal for what he claims are “false and defamatory statements.” Gregory Korniloff’s attorney Dominic Amorosa has sent a cease and desist letter to the studio heads demanding a retraction of statements made in the film, according to The letter alleges that several key facts in the movie are misleading. Korniloff was the case agent for the DEA and “personally participated in the search of Lucas’ house… and the arrest of Lucas.”

I suspect that the DEA will lose this suit because the movie isn’t presented as a documentary but rather based on/inspired by actual events.  That gives the writers/directors/producers quite a bit of leeway and poetic license to add/remove facts as they wish (or as I call it, to Hollywood-ise the story).

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Bad news: TV Shows Shutting Down as Strike Continues

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 7 November 2007


Sitcom and drama sets are going dark – and in many cases, much quicker than the nets and studios had anticipated.

Laffer “The New Adventures of Old Christine” could conceivably produce a seg this week – but exec producer Kari Lizer shut the show down, as star Julia Louis-Dreyfus hit the picket lines in support of the scribes. Fox’s “Back to You” was set to return from hiatus on Wednesday, but that table read was scrapped, and it now appears the show won’t return until the writers do.

Also already dark: Fox’s “Til Death” and CBS’ “Rules of Engagement.” And it doesn’t appear like much is getting done over on NBC’s “The Office” either.

Even shows still in production will likely go dark in the next week or two, as those remaining scripts are shot, with nothing left in the pipeline.

Meanwhile, latenight TV remained dark Tuesday as word leaked out that “Late Show with David Letterman” had told its support staff that it would keep cutting paychecks for two more weeks. It’s unclear if the checks will keep coming after that, or if Letterman will decide to return to work. It’s believed other latenight shows have given staff members similar notices.

The big issue dogging the nets on the primetime side is the high volume of exec producers refusing to cross the picketlines even to perform non-writing chores on scripts that have already been completed. That’s forcing shows to shutdown sooner than the webs expected, even under the strike scenario.

In the past two days, Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) and Shawn Ryan (“The Shield,” “The Unit”) have come out publicly with statements declaring they won’t help wrap up episodes in the works. It’s a change from the pre-strike conventional wisdom that such showrunners would stay on the job.

“I absolutely believed that I would edit our episodes,” Rhimes wrote in an e-mail widely circulated late Monday night. “Until a thought hit me: how can I walk a picket line and then continue to essentially work? How am I supposed to look at myself in the mirror or look at my child years from now and know that I did not have the courage of my convictions to stand up and put myself more at risk than anyone else?”

To be sure, many showrunners are still clearly offering help to their shows. Even if they’re not crossing picket lines, the fact that so many skeins remain in production indicates showrunners are working from home.

Still, the greater-than-expected showrunner solidarity is the result of a concerted effort by the WGA to shore up support among its most high-profile members. Nearly 100 showrunners attended a pre-strike powwow Saturday. And on Wednesday, plans are underway for a picketing session featuring only showrunners.

From Wild Sound (second article on page)

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Hope their god has deep pockets

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 2 November 2007

Westboro Baptist Church–that disgusting group of people who picket service-members’ funeral and spread venom like ‘God hates fags’ and ‘Thank God for dead soldiers’ and blame the Iraq War on America’s tolerance of homosexuality–were on the wrong end of a $10+ million judgment Thursday.

The church was sued by Albert Snyder, after they picketed his son Matthew’s funeral.  Lance Cpl Matthew Snyder was killed in Iraq.  A Maryland jury found them guilty of invasion of privacy and intent to cause distress.

The group’s lawyer argued the group’s actions are protected under the First Amendment’s freedoms of speech and religion; they are confident that the verdict will be overturned.

‘Oh, it will take about five minutes to get that thing reversed,’ boasts Westboro’s Pastor Fred Phelps.

I’m not so sure.  The Supreme Court has been less tolerant and recognises that speech comes with responsibilities and limitations (the oft-cited shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre for example).   With one of the grounds for liability being intent to cause distress, I think that this verdict will hold, although I also think it will make it to the Supreme Court.

A precedent has now been set however.  People are taking a stand against this vile organisation and collectively saying that this hatred is not welcome.

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Sore Loser?

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Or just loser?  50 Cent is crying.  Foul that is.  He’s accusing Kanye West’s label, Def Jam, of rigging record sales.  His basis for this claim?

“He’s never had a fraction of the sales 50 Cent has.”

Maybe people just want you to go the eff away dude.  Oh, and Fiddiot?  Talking about yourself in 3rd person is SOOO passé.

Source: NY Daily News

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Judge orders Britney to undergo random drug testing

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Judge Scott Gordon has ordered hard-partying trainwreck Britney Spears to undergo twice weekly random drug tests, saying that she has a

‘habitual, frequent, and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol.’

He refused to make any changes to the current 50-50 agreement the ex-couple had.  He also ordered them to engage in a joint co-parenting couselling programme.

Both are forbidden from drinking while or in the 12 hours preceding such time as they are

‘responsible for the health and safety of the minor children.’

Neither is permitted to use corporal punishment (slapping, spanking, etc) on the children and may not permit anyone else to.

And finally, neither KFed nor Britney can say derogatory things about the other person, the other person’s family, and the other person’s significant other.

Source: TMZ

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50 Cent ‘temporarily postpones’ tour

Posted by gnn1 on Monday, 17 September 2007

The BBC is reporting that 50 Cent has ‘temporarily postponed’ his European tour.  This comes as he is losing the sales race against Kanye West.  Fidd-iot has said that, should Kanye’s record outsell his own, he would retire.

“I’ll write music and work with my other artists, but I won’t put out any more solo albums.”

A spokesperson for 50 Cent merely blames ‘unforeseen circumstances’ for the tour cancellation postponement.  Sorry honey, but his losing the sales race was foreseen by all but him.

The official sales results will be known Wednesday, the 19th.

Source:  BBC

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Bodyguard tells court what we already knew

Posted by gnn1 on Monday, 17 September 2007

Tony Barretto, Britney’s former bodyguard, attending a hearing today with his attorney, Gloria Allred.  He was there to testify against Britney in the ongoing custody dispute war with K-Fed.

Instead of being questioned by the court or challenged by Britney’s lawyers, a previous declaration Barretto signed was entered as evidence.  The declaration alleges that ‘Britney engaged in

nudity, drug-use, and safety issues post-rehab.’

According to Allred, Britney’s lawyers did not challenge the veracity of the claims.

Childrens’ Services representatives were present in court, to the surprise of Britney’s legal counsel.

At a hearing just two weeks ago, Spears attorney Laura Wasser told the court, “I spoke to [DCFS attorneys] Paul Harris and Doug Hunter, who both said they are not going to pursue anything on this.” She later told, “I don’t think they [the DCFS] had anything to appear about.”

Perez Hilton
Us Weekly

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Hope he enjoys retirement

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 16 September 2007

Kanye has been crowned the winner in the record sales feud.  Since Fidd-iot Cent vowed to quit making (solo) records if that happened, it looks like he better find a duet partner or hit the road.

Here’s a fork and some hot sauce for that crow you gotta eat, bro.

Source: Perez Hilton

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It IS possible to be too confident, moron…

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 31 August 2007

Gods, he won’t shut up!  I’m talking about Fiddy-iot.  He had this to say during an interview:

“Its not possible for Kanye to beat me, I don’t know why I said that. Its like the teddy bear vs. the gorilla. Def Jam [West’s label] is going to buy about 200,000 of Kanye’s records. Kanye sucks, I’m going to be honest, he sounds like a robot, he has a robot record.”

Please, let the 11th get here, and fast!  Please people, buy Kanye’s album.

Source: Perez Hilton

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You can run but you can’t hi-i-i-de!!

Posted by gnn1 on Thursday, 30 August 2007

Kfed’s lawyer’s process server, a former Israeli military trained commando tracked down and served Larry Rudolph, who had gone into hiding to avoid being served.  Larry hadn’t wanted to talk-seems he felt it could be detrimental to Brit Brit’s case.

Source: Perez Hilton

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Oh, Britney woke up finally…

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Brit brit has finally taken a shot at ex hubby KFed by hiring a PI to dig up skeletons in his closet.  Now, yeah, he’s got some skeletons, but Brit’s got a whole graveyard of them!

Source: Perez Hilton

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Soap Opera writers really ought to be following this case

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Of course I mean Britney and Kevin. Where to start? Oh my it was an interesting (unplanned) day off I had… My, my, my, my, my, my, my… Mmm-mmm

Well, I suppose I’ll start with someone Kfed’s lawyer attempted to have served assaulting Aaron Cohen—the man responsible for sending Larry Rudolph into hiding, and making Alli Sims cry (whine ass)—with a deadly weapon. At least, that’s what police have said the charge could be. There’s also a hit and run on the table.

Sam Osama Lufti was arriving home when he apparently recognised Cohen. He then gunned his Mercedes, rammed Cohen’s Buick, smashed into a Range Rover, and sped off, ignoring a stop sign!

Perez sez things smell fishy. I want to say I think it smells like a damned tuna-canning factory! If Brit Brit is such a wonderful mother, why don’t her friends, associates, etc, take the subpoenas, go to court, and stick up for her!

Now–the DCFS report.

We don’t know yet who called DCFS, but there is apparently an interesting little clue…

See, DCFS keeps its allegations hush-hush. But in court papers, KFed’s team filed today, the complaints are listed as poor dental hygiene, poor eating habits, and poor sleeping habits. Physical abuse is not alleged.

Perez Hilton
“What are They Hiding?”
“New Criminal Investigation in Britney Fight”
“Who’s Behind the Britney Investigation?–Plot Thickens”

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I wonder how crow tastes…

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 28 August 2007

So this whole damned 50 Cent/Kanye West thing is back on the front burner.  Fiddy-iot was told (mistakenly) by radio host Booker that West’s album was pushed back a week.  So the loser-to be gloated:

‘That just makes sense. He’s scared of me! I told him, “You gotta expect to lose by a landslide. I just looked at him really serious and said – Kanye you’re gonna lose, man. You’re gonna lose bad.’ I said ‘Just check it out, if you come out the same day I come out, then everybody’s gonna know that you’re coming out because of me, cuz they’re going to the stores to buy mine and they’ll see yours on the side”‘.

I’m thinking it’s more, at this point, if he’s lucky, people will buy a copy of his album when they go in to pick up Kanye’s.  I haven’t looked forward to Sept 11 in 6 years, but I’m waiting for this one!

Btw, on the iTunes chart, based on pre-orders, Kanye is sitting at #17 and 50 Cent is at a miserable #64.

Someone may wanna get the loudmouth soon-to-be-ex rapper (remember he swore to quit if Kanye outsells him) some hot sauce, cos I’ve heard it’s tough to choke down that much crow.

Source: Perez Hilton

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