4 items from 2015
Frances Fisher and Patricia Richardson are objecting to the Trustees’ recent decision over the plan — which is overseen by reps of the performers union and management — to eliminate the self-pay option for health insurance premiums for members who have taken early retirement. That decision will go into effect at the end of the year.
The plan, which covers about 40,000 members and dependents, disclosed the decision in its Take 2 fall newsletter, saying that the self-pay option was no longer necessary because of the availability of “high-quality, affordable coverage” through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace.
“Protection is in place for those with pre-existing conditions and this extended coverage safety net is no longer necessary,” the newsletter said.
Currently, self-pay coverage ranges from $492 to $584 monthly for an individual and »
- Dave McNary
John Stamos stopped by Jimmy Kimmel’s show on Wednesday night to plug new series “Grandfathered” and “Fuller House,” but the actor also took some time to let his host realize a lifelong dream: filming a sitcom opening with one of the best. The two went over to a side stage set full of wigs for Kimmel, and had three chances to nail it. They did not. First up was “Fun Guys!” with Stamos as Cody Arabia and Kimmel playing the scholarly Roger Nantucket. Stamos killed it with the smooth entrance, point and smile; Kimmel did it all wrong. Take 2. »
- Tony Maglio
There are plenty of interesting directions a return to the Babylon 5 universe could take. Here are a few suggestions...
I read somewhere that J.M. Straczynski writes every day. That’s not surprising given his extensive body of work for television, motion pictures, novels and comics. He is best known for Babylon 5, of course. I remember what a lot of people used to say about Babylon 5, “How much can happen on a space station?” Well, a lot actually! And after five seasons of the original series, a bunch of made-for-tv movies and a couple of spin-offs, there are still plenty of stories left to tell.
That is why I was excited recently to read that Joe (apparently, he thinks you’re cool if you just call him Joe) was going back to work on Babylon 5. My excitement soon turned to dread when I found out that »
Every Generation Needs a Voice. Universal has debuted the first full trailer for Jem and the Holograms, a big live-action spectacle based on the super cheesy 80's animated TV show of the same name (if you've never heard of it before, give it a look, it's 80s-tastic). The plot is simple: music executive, Jerrica Benton, lives a secret, adventurous life as a glamorous rock star named Jem. Newcomer Aubrey Peeples plays Jerrica, along with Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko as her three sisters. This trailer is cut mainly for the Pitch Perfect crowd, as that's what this trailer is attached to, but it looks like it might have some potential. Not sure if this is your thing? Take 2 minutes to find out, just don't forget to have fun. Here's the first trailer for Jon M. Chu's Jem and the Holograms movie, originally from BuzzFeed: As a small-town »
- Alex Billington
4 items from 2015
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