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Ed Harris, Martin Sheen Endorse Patricia Richardson for SAG-aftra Presidency

Ed Harris, Martin Sheen Endorse Patricia Richardson for SAG-aftra Presidency
Patricia Richardson’s challenge to SAG-aftra president Ken Howard has attracted endorsements from Elliot Gould, Valerie Harper, Ed Harris, Robert Hays, Amy Madigan, Ken McCord, Nick Nolte, Martin Sheen and Nancy Sinatra.

About 140,000 ballots went out this week to the SAG-aftra membership, with results due to be tabulated on Aug. 20. Richardson, best known as Tim Allen’s co-star on “Home Improvement,” announced her candidacy on June 25 as head of the self-styled progressive Membership First slate.

Howard won elections in 2009 and 2011 for the SAG presidency and then won the post in 2013 against Esai Morales in the first election for the merged SAG-aftra, running each time as the head of the moderate Unite for Strength slate. He announced June 1 that he would seek re-election with Jenny O’Hara as his running mate for secretary-treasurer.

Howard’s current endorsement list includes Alec Baldwin, Lewis Black, Bryan Cranston, Sally Field, Tom Hanks, William H. Macy,
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SAG-aftra Fills Board Seat Vacated by Stephen Collins

SAG-aftra Fills Board Seat Vacated by Stephen Collins
SAG-aftra has appointed stuntman Conrad Palmisano to fill the national board seat vacated by Stephen Collins.

Collins resigned from the union board in October after reports that he had molested underage girls emerged on TMZ. He was elected to the slot last year for a four-year term.

The “7th Heaven” star recently admitted to inappropriate contact with three underage girls between 1973 and 1994. The surfacing of the allegations led Collins to lose roles in “Ted 2″ and ABC’s “Scandal.” Legal experts have said it was unlikely Collins would be prosecuted for the decades-old encounters.

Palmisano was appointed Nov. 17 by the Los Angeles local board to serve the rest of Collins’ term. Jeff Austin was appointed to fill the late Sumi Haru’s national board seat, and Ron Ostrow was appointed to fill her local board seat.

The news was first reported by
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Stuntman Conrad Palmisano Replaces Stephen Collins On SAG-aftra Board

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Stuntman Conrad Palmisano Replaces Stephen Collins On SAG-aftra Board
Exclusive: Veteran stuntman Conrad Palmisano has been named to replace Stephen Collins on the SAG-aftra national board of directors. Collins resigned from the board in October after an audio tape surfaced that purports to be his voice confessing to having had sexual contact with children.

The union’s board replacement committee recommended Palmisano for the post, and the national board voted unanimously for him to finish out the rest of Collins’ term, which expires in 2017.

Palmisano is a familiar face at the guild’s offices, having served on the SAG board, on and off, since the 1970s. He co-chaired the SAG stunt and safety committee for many years. A former president of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures, he has more than 200 film and credits as a stuntman and stunt coordinator dating to the early 1970s. He also has dozens of credits as a second-unit director.

Meanwhile, Jeff Austin
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It’s Official: BioWare’s New IP Is An RPG Called Shadow Realms

After releasing a string of nebulous teasers in the past couple of weeks, BioWare Austin has finally unveiled its latest action-oriented RPG, Shadow Realms.

During EA’s Gamescom conference, Jeff Austin, the studio’s general manager, went on to outline the core concept behind the mysterious PC-only game.

“We want to bring back some of the creativity of a human game master who authors an ever-changing adventure right before you eyes. The Shadowlord controls every aspect of the game, possessing, entrapping and destroying. A continuously updated story, embedded in the online adventure, along with an ever-changing world, will ensure that no two trips will play out the same way.”

Set within a “modern fantasy world,” the new IP also features four player co-op where players will go up against the malevolent Shadow Lord. As Austin alluded to, Shadow Realms will also incorporate an episodic storyline that the studio plan to
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‘Dr. Mordrid’ DVD Review

Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Yvette Nipar, Jay Acovone, Keith Coulouris, Brian Thompson, Jeff Austin | Written by C. Courtney Joyner | Directed by Charles & Albert Band

88 Films are a company that release some real oddities when it comes to movies, and most of them come from Charles Band’s Full Moon company. Doctor Mordrid is one of these, and hiding away in the nineties section of direct to video releases is very reminiscent to a certain Marvel character known as Dr. Strange. With a little research it comes as no surprise that Albert Band (who directed this along with Charles) once held the option to make a live action Dr. Strange movie, but when this ran out…the characters and movie were altered and yes, you guessed it we were left with Doctor Mordrid.

The fact that this could have been a Marvel live action movie from the nineties in many ways raises alarm bells,
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Membership First Fields SAG Election Slate

Membership First has issued its 2010 SAG election slate of 29 candidates for the September vote. The group is "dedicated to protecting the members of the Screen Actors Guild by preserving the existing contracts as well as providing viable contracts for the future". In numbered ballot order: #1 Clancy Brown, #2 Esai Morales, #9 Valerie Harper, #11 David Clennon, #15 Pete Antico, #16 Bob Carlson, #18 Angela Watson, #19 Jane Austin, #20 Jeff Austin, #21 Scott Pierce, #22 Jenny Worman, #23 Joe Bologna, #26 David Joliffe, #29 Amy Madigan, #30 Sumi Haru, #34 Renee Taylor, #35 Paul Napier, #40 Alan Rosenberg, #42 Larry Joshua, #43 William Mapother, #44 Bernie Casey, #50 Hector Herrera, #56 Joe D'Angerio, #59 Alan Ruck, #61 Clint Howard, #65 Peter Kwong, #69 Nancy Sinatra, #73 Frances Fisher, #74 Carole Elliott.
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SAG National Board Candidates Announced

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SAG yesterday released the official list of candidates for its upcoming national board elections. Notably, all of the open seats in La (the Hollywood Division) are held by MembershipFirst members, which means that, as was the case last year, Mf can at best maintain its level of representation on the national board. More likely, it will lose some of its board seats.

On the Hollywood divisional board, Mf could gain or lose, as all division seats are up every year. This contrasts with the national board, where approximately 1/3 of the 69 seats are up in any given year. The president and secretary-treasurer, who are ex officio members of the board, have two-year terms, and are not up for election this year.

Ballots in Hollywood and New York will be mailed on August 24 with a return deadline and tabulation on September 23. Election results are expected to be announced that evening.

The Hollywood
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MembershipFirst Fills Cassel's Seat

Jeff Austin was appointed to the Screen Actors Guild's national board of directors by the guild's Hollywood division board at a meeting Dec. 14. Variety originally reported the news. A call to SAG confirmed the appointment.Austin, a member of the hardline MembershipFirst faction, takes the seat left vacant by ousted national board member Seymour Cassel, who was removed from the board in October and suspended from the guild for two years. Cassel had been found guilty by an internal SAG trial board of "conduct unbecoming a member" in relation to the sexual harassment of guild staffers.The appointment gives MembershipFirst, which controls the Hollywood board, another vote on the national board, where the moderate faction led by president Ken Howard holds the majority.
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Catching Up With... Yonder Mountain String Band

In Yonder Mountain String Band, where improvisational jams are the axis around which the group's entire live show turns, a comfortable, all-contributing dynamic is essential. With Adam Aijala’s guitar work, Dave Johnston’s banjo picking, Ben Kaufmann on bass and Jeff Austin on mandolin, the Yonder Mountain boys have found a formula that works: Take rootsy bluegrass influences, add in some rock ‘n’ roll, and seek out an adventurous audience. Following yesterday's (Sept. 1) release of his band's fifth studio album, The Show, Austin found some time in between entertaining house guests and a busy tour schedule to catch up with Paste and discuss the recording studio as a playground, the "jam band" label, and how much Yonder Mountain isn’t like Wilco.
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Three Membership First Candidates Elected to AFTRA Boards

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The AFTRA Los Angeles results are in. Many candidates were reelected, but new winners include two Membership First leaders—SAG 1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson (AFTRA national board) and former SAG Hollywood Board member David Jolliffe (AFTRA Los Angeles local board)—as well as Membership First member Alan Ruck (AFTRA national board). They join several Mf stalwarts already on the national board (not sure about the La local board).

Johnson and Jolliffe bring a particularly interesting dynamic to the AFTRA boards. Johnson, for instance, in a recent video described running for the AFTRA board as “really distasteful for me” and accused AFTRA of leech[ing] off of [SAG].” Jolliffe, for his part, told me in an interview last summer that SAG was the “one union for actors.” These remarks certainly make one skeptical of their intentions as they join the AFTRA boards.

I'm told by a source that even with these new board members,
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MembershipFirst unveils candidates

MembershipFirst unveils candidates
The controversial MembershipFirst faction of SAG announced Friday a slate of 33 potential candidates who will vie for openings on the national and local boards and go head-to-head with the newly formed opposition group, Unite for Strength.

Among the actors looking to fill Hollywood's 11 national board seats and 22 local seats are 11 new MembershipFirst candidates, including Scott Bakula, Keith Carradine, Charles Shaughnessy and Joely Fisher. Also on the slate are 22 incumbents to the board, including JoBeth Williams, Joe Bologna, and Lainie Kazan.

The announcement of the candidates comes a day before a crucial SAG national board meeting Saturday and two days after Unite for Strength announced its intention to contest seats held by those in MembershipFirst. Unite's 31 candidates include Amy Brenneman, Kate Walsh and Doug Savant.

MembershipFirst came to power in 2005 and currently dominates the Hollywood board, holding the majority of seats as well as backing current president Alan Rosenberg. The group is the controlling voice in the SAG contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, which is currently at a stand still.

Unite for Strength blames MembershipFirst for its hardline approach to the negotiations as well as its anti-aftra sentiment, which led to the unsuccessful campaign to get members to vote down the sister union's primetime/TV deal with the AMPTP.

In its announcement, MembershipFirst said its goals for the coming year include uniting "all actors under the Screen Actors Guild banner, protect actors wages and working conditions in all areas, fight for residuals in all media platforms, protect the right of every dues paying member to vote on SAG issues and to secure complete jurisdiction in new media."

Unite for Strength's main goal is to merge SAG with AFTRA, something the MembershipFirst faction has bitterly opposed in the last two attempts in 1999 and 2003.

The potential MembershipFirst national board candidates are:

Scott Bakula

Joe Bologna (incumbent)

Clancy Brown

Keith Carradine,

Joely Fisher

Lainie Kazan (incumbent)

William Russ (incumbent)

Alan Ruck

Charles Shaughnessy

JoBeth Williams (incumbent).

Joe d'Angerio (incumbent)

Jane Austin (incumbent)

Jeff Austin (incumbent)

Renee Aubrey (incumbent)

Steve Barr (incumbent)

Michael Bell (incumbent)

Warren Berlinger (incumbent)

Eugene Bogs (incumbent)

Tom Bower

Anthony Desantis (incumbent)

Ron Harper (incumbent)

David Jolliffe (incumbent)

Russell McConnell (incumbent)

Peggy Miley (incumbent)

Paul Napier (incumbent)

Peter Van Norton

France Nuyen (incumbent)

F.J. O'Neil (incumbent)

Vic Polizos

Yale Summers (incumbent)

Charles Malik Whitfield

Christopher R. Wielh

Scott Wilson (incumbent)

Current MembershipFirst sitting members of the SAG National Board of

the Hollywood Division are:

1st Vice President Kent McCord

Angel Tompkins

Bonnie Bartlett

Justine Bateman

Joanna Cassidy

Seymour Cassel

George Coe

Anne DeSalvo

Frances Fisher

Leigh French

Elliott Gould

Valerie Harper

Sumi Haru

Robert Hays


Diane Ladd

Piper Laurie

William Mapother

Esai Morales

Barbara Niven

Harrison Page

Susan Savage

Nancy Sinatra

Renee Taylor

Angela Watson

Jenny Worman
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