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SAG-aftra Seeks Senate Approval of Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances

11 February 2016 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

SAG-aftra has backed President Barack Obama’s move to seek U.S. Senate ratification of the 4-year-old Beijing treaty protecting the intellectual property rights of audiovisual performers.

SAG-aftra’s elected leadership and staff, as well as representatives from our industry partners and delegates from around the world, have worked tirelessly for more than a decade to reach this point,” said SAG-aftra national executive director David White. “The Senate should move quickly to ratify this treaty, bringing us closer to equal rights for performers regardless of media and across national boundaries.”

The performers union gave a strong endorsement in 2012 of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. The accord is touted as extending rights to actors over the reuse of their work, images and likenesses outside the U.S., but has not yet taken effect because it has been ratified by only eight of the 30 countries needed. »

- Dave McNary

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19 unforgettable soundtrack moments from The X-Files

9 February 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sean Wilson looks back at composer Mark Snow’s extraordinary contribution to one of the greatest TV shows of all time…

It was the pop culture sensation of the 1990s – and now it’s back to storm TV screens in the UK (well, Channel 5 anyway). The X-Files initially ran for 10 series’ (in addition to spawning two movies) and introduced us to two of television’s greatest heroes in the form of FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), both dedicated to exposing extraterrestrial and paranormal phenomena lurking amidst the fabric of everyday life.

However, the series wouldn’t have had half its impact without the input of composer Mark Snow, whose haunting music constantly had viewers anticipating what was around the next corner. Here are 19 memorable tracks exploring the rich yet underrated soundtrack history of this landmark show, ones confirming Snow as perhaps the unsung hero of The X-Files. »

- Sean Wilson

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Veteran Actor Edward Asner on His Career with Directors, His Trademark Grumpiness and His Howling Ability

5 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Edward Asner enjoys playing the curmudgeon. He was memorably acerbic as Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and as the elderly balloon adventurer in “Up.” In TV movie “Love Finds You in Valentine,” bowing Feb. 14 on Up TV, he plays a crotchety grandfather. But for his first mention in Variety, in an Off Broadway play, it was his howling that gained notice.

What drew you to “Venice Preserv’d”?

They made me one of the conspirators. As a kid, I’d developed a good wolf howl, so I suggested I use it as a means of gathering conspirators. That’s about the extent of my performance.

How did you develop the howl?

I’m slightly autistic, and I had a long walk to school. I had to fill the aloneness, and I practiced howling like a wolf. I still do it. I’m probably not as good as I was in my childhood, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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SAG-aftra Hit With Costs Over ‘Leave It to Beaver’ Actor’s Lawsuit

26 January 2016 6:09 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A federal appeals court panel has ruled SAG-aftra is on the hook for the $330,000 it paid to Ken Osmond and his attorneys five years ago to settle his class-action suit over foreign tax revenues.

In a Jan. 15 ruling, the three-judge panel denied the union’s appeal of a 2013 ruling siding with the Federal Insurance Co., which refused to reimburse the funds paid to the “Leave It to Beaver” actor.

It’s the latest development in a long-running dispute over “foreign levies,” which are collected for performers from countries through mechanisms such as taxes on video sales and rentals to compensate copyright holders for reuse.

SAG, the WGA and the DGA began collecting the funds in the early 1990s on behalf of members and nonmembers. Starting in 2005, several legal actions have been filed over alleged mishandling of the funds with SAG-aftra brushing off the allegations and insisting it’s done nothing wrong. »

- Dave McNary

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From Ryan Reynolds to Kathy Griffin, 15 of Our Favorite X-Files Guest Stars

24 January 2016 10:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sunday is the day X-Files diehards have been waiting for: For the first time since 2002, we get to watch new episodes of one of the biggest cult favorite series in TV history. And not only are David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising the roles of Agents Mulder and Scully, but they're bringing with them Mitch Pileggi (Assistant FBI Director Walter Skinner), William B. Davis (the Cigarette Smoking Man), The Lone Gunmen (overcoming the notable handicap of having died in the show's final season) and even Annabeth Gish (Agent Monica Reyes). (No word about Robert Patrick's Agent John Doggett making a surprise cameo, »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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From Ryan Reynolds to Kathy Griffin, 15 of Our Favorite X-Files Guest Stars

24 January 2016 10:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sunday is the day X-Files diehards have been waiting for: For the first time since 2002, we get to watch new episodes of one of the biggest cult favorite series in TV history. And not only are David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising the roles of Agents Mulder and Scully, but they're bringing with them Mitch Pileggi (Assistant FBI Director Walter Skinner), William B. Davis (the Cigarette Smoking Man), The Lone Gunmen (overcoming the notable handicap of having died in the show's final season) and even Annabeth Gish (Agent Monica Reyes). (No word about Robert Patrick's Agent John Doggett making a surprise cameo, »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 3: #50-26

20 January 2016 5:11 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 3 #50 through 26.

Click here for Part 1 (#100 - 76)!

Click here for Part 2 (#75-51)!

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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30 Stars You Forgot Appeared On The X-Files

9 January 2016 9:12 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The list of guest stars appearing across nine seasons and two movies of The X-Files is long and distinguished: Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, and Bryan Cranston all appeared on the show, and would later work together under Vince Gilligan (who wrote and produced for The X-Files) on his hit AMC series Breaking Bad. Jane Lynch would appear, and later hit it big on Glee. Lucy Liu, Ryan Reynolds, Shia LeBeouf, Jack Black, and Seth Green all made appearances on the show early in their careers.

Plenty of established actors showed up as well: Peter Boyle won an Emmy for his role in Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose, while Cch Pounder was nominated for one for her appearance in Duane Barry from the show’s second season. Ed Asner, Lily Tomlin, and Gary Shandling all appeared on the series, and even Billy Connolly turned up in the show’s second feature film, »

- Jay Anderson

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