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4 items from 2009

AFTRA elects board members

3 June 2009 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

AFTRA announced the results late Wednesday of its Los Angeles Local elections. The seats in play included those on the national and local boards, and delegates to the AFTRA national convention this summer.

This election cycle carried extra weight because it arrived in the midst of voting on SAG's controversial TV-theatrical contract and because of the candidacy of several dual card-holders running for office despite their antagonism toward AFTRA.

As it happens, Membership First partisans did pick up some local and national board seats -- vocal AFTRA critics Anne-Marie Johnson and Alan Ruck were elected to the AFTRA national board, and David Jolliffe was elected to the L.A. Local board.

The complete results are as follows:

Actor Ron Morgan was re-elected president of AFTRA Los Angeles and will begin his new two-year term July 1; he ran unopposed. Morgan also was elected to the national board for a four-year term, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Violent First Trailer For ‘Give ‘em Hell, Malone’

7 May 2009 8:52 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Give ‘em Hell, Malone is a noir throwback film that is going to be premiering at Cannes in a couple of weeks, and we here at Screen Rant have the first trailer for the film [Warning: it's a red-band trailer, strictly for adults only!!!].

The film stars Thomas Jane and Ving Rhames, as a private dick and a gangster respectively, each on the hunt for a suitcase containing a mysterious secret which (if I’ve understood the trailer correctly) will instantly remind noir-lovers of the classic noir film, Kiss Me Deadly.

Star Wars fans pay special attention while you watch the trailer: there’s a little symphonic Easter-egg buried in there just for you guys.

Two things I instantly like about this movie: first, the fact that the guy locked in the trunk of the car says “Suck my Sinatra,” (1:55); second, the side-boob shot of actress Elsa Pataky (Snakes on a Plane) (1:38). Yum.

The lovely Elsa Pataky »

- Kofi Outlaw

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SAG Stalemate Update

17 April 2009 8:43 AM, PDT | Digital Media Law | See recent Digital Media Law news »

The Screen Actors Guild stalemate grinds on. Variety says there are back-channel talks with studio heads, but it’s hard to know whether talks are actually in progress or, if any, how substantive they are. These rumors have persisted off and on for almost two months at least.

Causing the stalemate is the issue of contract expiration date rather than new media; there’s talk of a trade-off between this issue and the (unrelated) SAG demand for force majeure payments per the previous SAG agreement. Meanwhile, the passage of time itself threatens to generate new roadblocks.

The SAG Board is meeting this weekend, and Variety suggests a proposed TV/theatrical deal might be presented to the Board then. I’m skeptical, but you never know. The SAG story has had a surprise around every corner, although for the last year, stalemate has unfortunately been the one constant.

What is known »

- (Jonathan Handel)

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Candidates unveiled for L.A. AFTRA election

16 April 2009 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Los Angeles Local of AFTRA announced Thursday the complete list of candidates for its 2009 election of officers and board members, Los Angeles-based national board members and 198 delegates to the AFTRA national convention.

Ballots will be mailed May 8 with a voting deadline of June 3. All elected Los Angeles officers and board members will begin their terms July 1. National board members begin their four-year terms at the end of this summer's national convention, scheduled for Aug. 6-8 in Chicago.

Candidates will have the opportunity to address the membership at the annual "Meet the Candidates" forum the night of April 29 at the union's headquarters. Most of the acting candidates are dual cardholders in AFTRA and SAG.

All seven incumbent L.A. officers were named candidates for re-election by the AFTRA L.A. nominating committee. They will run unopposed for additional two-year terms. They are:

L.A. president Ron Morgan

First vp Susan Boyd Joyce »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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