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SAG-aftra Selects Mike Hodge for Inaugural President’s Award

SAG-aftra Selects Mike Hodge for Inaugural President’s Award
SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris has unveiled the union’s first President’s Award for meritorious service and selected the late Mike Hodge as the recipient.

Hodge, who had been president of the New York branch, died on Sept. 9 at the age of 70. Carteris announced the award on Monday, a day after the concluion of the union’s biennial convention at the Sheraton Universal. The event is closed to the news media.

“Today I’m going to start a new SAG-aftra tradition: the presentation of the first President’s Award, which recognizes exceptional service to the union,” said Carteris.

“I am honored to present this award to Mike Hodge for his extraordinary service, dedication and commitment to the membership of SAG-aftra, and unionism in America,” she added. “It only feels right that it should go to someone who worked so hard for the union. He will be sorely missed but we continue to feel his presence in the
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SAG-AFTRA Re-Elects Clyde Kusatsu as National VP for Los Angeles

SAG-AFTRA Re-Elects Clyde Kusatsu as National VP for Los Angeles
SAG-aftra delegates have re-elected veteran actor Clyde Kusatsu to a two-year term as national VP for the Los Angeles branch — the largest of the performers union.

Kusatsu, who lost the presidency of the Los Angeles local chapter to Jane Austin in August, won re-election Friday at the SAG-aftra biennial convention at the Sheraton Universal. The four -day event is closed to the news media.

Kusatsu has dozens of credits including a recurring role on “The Young and the Restless,” and is part of the ruling Unite For Strength faction, led by President Gabrielle Carteris.

Rebecca Damon won re-election to a two-year term as executive vice president of the performers union over Matthew Modine. The exec VP slot is the second-highest elected post in SAG-aftra and acts in the place of the president if the president is absent.

Six other national VPs were elected — Liz Zazzi, New York; Ilyssa Fradin, Mid-Sized Locals; Suzanne Burkhead, Small
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Rebecca Damon Re-Elected SAG-AFTRA Exec VP Over Matthew Modine

Rebecca Damon Re-Elected SAG-AFTRA Exec VP Over Matthew Modine
SAG-aftra convention delegates have re-elected Rebecca Damon to a two-year term as executive vice president of the performers union over Matthew Modine.

The vote took place Friday on the opening day of the biennial SAG-aftra National Convention in Los Angeles at the Universal Sheraton. The four-day event is closed to the news media.

The exec VP slot is the second-highest elected post in SAG-aftra and shall act in the place of the president if the president is absent.

Damon has been in the exec VP post since April, 2016, succeeding Gabrielle Carteris in the slot. Carteris became president after Ken Howard died, serving the final 16 months of his term and was re-elected in August over Esai Morales and three other candidates. Damon has also been serving as acting president of the New York local since Mike Hodge passed away last month.

“It is my honor to continue to serve the members of SAG-aftra as executive vice president and
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Martin Sheen Receives Most Votes for SAG-aftra National Board

Martin Sheen Receives Most Votes for SAG-aftra National Board
Martin Sheen has received the most votes of the 40 Los Angeles candidates seeking election to the SAG-aftra national board, winning a four-year term with 5,803 votes.

Sheen, whose most famous role was as the U.S. President on “The West Wing,” was one of 15 winners announced Thursday night as union members opted for high-profile names. They also re-elected presidential candidates Esai Morales with 5,705 votes and Gabrielle Carteris with 4,567 to four-year terms.

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A quartet of new high-profile candidates — Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Modine, Abigail Spencer, and Regina King — were also among the winners. King, who has won two Emmys for “American Crime,” received the third-highest vote total with 5,153.

Most of the attention has been on the presidential race with current president Carteris being re-elected as head of the Unite for Strength ticket over a challenge from Membership First’s Morales. King and Spencer are part of Unite for Strength while Modine and Thomas
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Regina King, Abigail Spencer Seek SAG-aftra Board Seats

Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Regina King, Abigail Spencer Seek SAG-aftra Board Seats
SAG-aftra’s upcoming national board election has drawn a quartet of new high-profile candidates — Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Modine, Abigail Spencer and Regina King.

With ballots going out July 25, the names were revealed as the self-styled progressives of Membership First and the ruling Unite For Strength Factions have unveiled their candidate slates representing the Los Angeles branch, which has the largest representation and the most competitive races. The winners will be announced on Aug. 24.

Most of the attention is on the presidential race with current president Gabrielle Carteris heading the Unite For Strength ticket, facing a challenge from Membership First’s Esai Morales along with independents Peter Antico and Robert B. Martin, Jr. SAG-aftra’s 80-member national board is the key ruling body for the union.

Taylor Thomas is best known for voicing the young Simba in “The Lion King” and starring in “Home Improvement,” where he was a cast-mate of current national board member Patricia Richardson.

“Since
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Top Ten Facts About Doctor Strange

Face front, true believers! Class is in session! Let’s call this “Doctor Strange 101”, an introduction to the newest member of the “Marvel movie-verse”, although, as you’ll soon learn, the sorcerer supreme is one of the oldest heroes. So, to get you up to speed before heading to the multiplex, we’re giving you a top ten list of facts about the “master of mystic arts”. First, a look at his lineage….

1. Doctor Strange Has Lots Of “Magic Hero” Predecessors Let’s go back over a 100 years, when magicians where a popular part of live entertainment. Many real-life stage performers like Houdini and Blackstone branched out into the printed page, starring in fictional exploits via booklets called “penny dreadfuls” which became the lurid pulp novels. In 1931 a radio show presented the adventures of the mysterious “Chandu the Magician” (one big fan was young Stan Lee). Edmund Lowe battled master
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The wonderful weirdness of the 1978 Doctor Strange TV movie

Mike Cecchini Nov 4, 2016

Despite what you may have heard, the 1978 Doctor Strange TV movie is one of Marvel's better early TV efforts...

Marvel's 1978 Doctor Strange TV movie (officially known as Dr. Strange) is admittedly, something of an acquired taste, but there's an undeniable charm and air of mystery about it.

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It's a deliberately paced origin story set in New York City that's light on action and long on exposition and sometimes questionable special effects. The eastern elements of Strange's origin are scrubbed in favour of Arthurian overtones with Morgan le Fay (Jessica Walter playing not necessarily the Marvel Comics version) as the villain and The Ancient One replaced by "Lindmer" a mentor who is, essentially, Merlin (wonderfully played by Sir John Mills). Clyde Kusatsu's Wong isn't a robed manservant, but an ally and student of the Ancient One,
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DVD Review – Dr. Strange (1978)

Dr. Strange, 1978.

Directed by Philip DeGuere

Starring Peter Hooten, Jessica Walter, Clyde Kusatsu and John Mills.

Synopsis:

When evil being The Ancient One sends sinister sorceress Morgan LeFay to Earth to destroy the Sorcerer Supreme, the long held sorcerer must train brilliant surgeon Stephen Strange as his successor to fight the darkness…

Almost as if they planned it this way, by some cosmic fate from the astral plane, the first Dr. Strange movie has at long last arrived on DVD, after being released briefly on VHS in the 80’s and 90’s. What’s that? You didn’t even know there *was* an original adaptation of Marvel’s strangest comic? Honestly, that’s not a surprise; it’s only really thanks to the recent Benedict Cumberbatch-starring McU movie, much like many of Marvel’s less famous heroes, that the Sorcerer Supreme is being put on the map, but remember – Marvel
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Doctor Strange: the first attempt to bring him to the screen

Ryan Lambie Nov 4, 2016

Nearly 40 years ago, Doctor Strange got his first shot at screen glory. We take a look back at the Dr Strange TV pilot...

Even the biggest superheroes had to start somewhere. Batman made his screen debut in a 15-part serial for Columbia, where he spent the entire time tussling with a ‘Japanese’ criminal called Dr Daka (actually Irish-American character actor J Carrol Naish). Superman also made his first live-action appearance in a 40s serial, with Kirk Alyn wearing some very large underpants as the Man of Steel.

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Marvel’s roster of characters started to get their own shows in the 1970s, with Spider-Man leading the way and The Incredible Hulk following him with a successful, five-year run on CBS.
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SAG-aftra Re-Elects Clyde Kusatsu as National VP

SAG-aftra delegates have re-elected veteran actor Clyde Kusatsu to a two-year term as National VP for the Los Angeles branch — the largest of the performers union.

Kusatsu, who narrowly lost the presidency of the Los Angeles local to Jane Austin in August, won re-election Friday at the SAG-aftra biennial convention along with seven other national VPs —

Mike Hodge, New York; Ilyssa Fradin, Mid-Sized Locals; David Hartley-Margolin, Small Locals;

Samantha Mathis, Actors/Performers; Catherine Brown, Broadcasters; and Dan Navarro, Recording Artists.

Hodge, Hartley-Margolin, Brown and Navarro ran unopposed.

Kusatsu has dozens of credits including a recurring role on “The Young and the Restless.” He’s part of the ruling Unite For Strength faction, led by President Ken Howard.

About 400 delegates are attending the four-day convention at the Sheraton Universal. Howard, who has eschewed public confrontation with employers during his six years as a union leader, said to the delegates that
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Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected As Evp Of SAG-aftra, National VP/La Is Clyde Kusatsu – Update

Update, 8:35Pm (adds national VPs): Clyde Kusatsu has been elected SAG-aftra’s national VP, Los Angeles, the guild announced this evening at its ongoing biennial convention at which delegates nominated and elected eight national vice presidents, including the Evp Gabrielle Carteris, whose victory was announced earlier today. Ilyssa Fradin was elected national vice president, mid-sized locals and Samantha Mathis was chosen national VP, actors/performers. National VPs who…
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Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected As Evp Of SAG-aftra, National VP/La Is Clyde Kusatsu – Update

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Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected As Evp Of SAG-aftra, National VP/La Is Clyde Kusatsu – Update
Update, 8:35Pm (adds national VPs): Clyde Kusatsu has been elected SAG-aftra’s national VP, Los Angeles, the guild announced this evening at its ongoing biennial convention at which delegates nominated and elected eight national vice presidents, including the Evp Gabrielle Carteris, whose victory was announced earlier today. Ilyssa Fradin was elected national vice president, mid-sized locals and Samantha Mathis was chosen national VP, actors/performers. National VPs who…
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Patricia Richardson on SAG-aftra Election: ‘Ken Howard Does Not Get a Mandate’

SAG-aftra’s political battles are going to intensify in the wake of an improved showing in Thursday’s election by the opposition Membership First faction.

Ken Howard was re-elected to a two-year term to the presidency over “Home Improvement” star Patricia Richardson with 53.7% of the vote with 16,233 votes to Richardson’s 13,976 — a margin far closer than in the 2013 race when Howard handily defeated Esai Morales.

And Howard’s running mate Jenny O’Hara lost to Membership First’s Jane Austin for the secretary-treasurer slot. Austin also defeated Howard’s ally Clyde Kusatsu for the presidency of the Los Angeles local.

Ken Howard does not get a mandate from this election,” Richardson told Variety. “This puts a lot more pressure on him to push harder in negotiations.”

Howard’s Unite For Strength slate has dominated SAG-aftra since it was created in 2012 and in the last three years of SAG. The actor,
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Ed Asner, Diane Ladd Win SAG-AFTRA Board Seats

Ed Asner, Diane Ladd Win SAG-AFTRA Board Seats
Three decades after serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, Ed Asner has won a SAG-AFTRA national board seat as part of the Membership First slate.

The 85-year-old Asner received the third-highest number of votes of 44 candidates for the national board from Los Angeles region members after SAG-aftra President Ken Howard and Patricia Richardson. Howard headed the moderate Unite For Strength slate and was re-elected president with 53% of the vote over Richardson, who headed the self-styled progressive Membership First slate.

Three other Membership First candidates — three-time Oscar nominee Diane Ladd, Frances Fisher and strategist David Jolliffe — won national board seats while Howard’s allies took the remaining 13 open seats for the 70-member board.

Asner served as SAG president from 1981 to 1985; Fisher is best known for starring in “Titanic” and Ladd received Oscar nominations for “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Rambling Rose” and “Wild at Heart.”

Ladd received the fourth-highest number of votes,
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Stuntwoman Jane Austin Leaps To Surprise Victory In SAG-aftra’s La Local Vote

Stuntwoman Jane Austin made it 2-f0r-2 in upset victories, winning the presidency of SAG-aftra’s La local.In a squeaker, the Membership First candidate beat Unite for Strength incumbent Clyde Kusatsu by 105 votes. Austin’s victory, coupled with her surprise election Thursday as the new national Secretary-Treasurer – SAG-aftra's third-highest elected officer – makes her the union's overnight sensation, one that's been 12 years in the making. In the La race, Austin received…
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Stuntwoman Jane Austin Leaps To Surprise Victory In SAG-aftra’s La Local Vote

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Stuntwoman Jane Austin Leaps To Surprise Victory In SAG-aftra’s La Local Vote
Stuntwoman Jane Austin made it 2-f0r-2 in upset victories, winning the presidency of SAG-aftra’s La local.In a squeaker, the Membership First candidate beat Unite for Strength incumbent Clyde Kusatsu by 105 votes. Austin’s victory, coupled with her surprise election Thursday as the new national Secretary-Treasurer – SAG-aftra's third-highest elected officer – makes her the union's overnight sensation, one that's been 12 years in the making. In the La race, Austin received…
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Ken Howard Seeks Re-Election as SAG-AFTRA President

Ken Howard Seeks Re-Election as SAG-AFTRA President
SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard will seek re-election with endorsements coming from George Clooney, Bryan Cranston, Betty White, Rita Moreno, Octavia Spencer, Ron Perlman, Clark Gregg and Josh Gad.

SAG-aftra Los Angeles VP Jenny O’Hara will join Howard as she runs for secretary-treasurer as part of the Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide slates. Election ballots will be mailed to members on July 21 and tabulated on August 20.

Current secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino is not part of the slates.

Rhea Perlman, S. Epatha Merkerson, Chris Messina, Stephen Wallem and Tom Bergeron also endorsed Howard and O’Hara, along with union officers executive vice president Gabrielle Carteris, Los Angeles president Clyde Kusatsu, New York president Mike Hodge and national vice president for recording artists Dan Navarro.

“I love my work — both as an actor and as SAG-aftra president,” said the Emmy and Tony Award-winning Howard. “But while entertainment and media have always been tough businesses,
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SAG-aftra Strongly Supporting Lgbt Actors Amid Lingering Bias

SAG-AFTRA leaders have unanimously issued a strongly worded pledge to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender actors in the wake of a study showing that discrimination persists on sets and casting rooms.

The survey, based on responses from over 5,600 union members, showed nearly half of lesbian and gay respondents and 27% of bisexual respondents “strongly agreed” that producers and studio execs believe that lesbian and gay performers are less marketable.

The report, issued at last week’s inaugural SAG-AFTRA convention, also found that over a third of Lgbt performers — as well as some non-lgbt performers — had witnessed “disrespectful” treatment toward these minorities. And 16% of Lgbt respondents reported they had experienced discrimination.

Delegates to the convention unanimously approved a resolution recognizing and supporting the union’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members and their rights to equal employment opportunity and discrimination-free workplaces.

SAG-AFTRA has both the responsibility and the opportunity to take short,
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’90210′ Actress Gabrielle Carteris Wins SAG-aftra Exec VP Slot

Veteran union activist Gabrielle Carteris has won the SAG-AFTRA Executive VP post at the union’s first convention.

The slot is the second-highest elected post in the union, which represents 165,000 performers.

Carteris was elected Thursday during the opening session of the convention, attended by more than 350 delegates at the Jw Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles. She received two-thirds of the votes.

Carteris defeated New York local president Mike Hodge, who had been endorsed by president Ken Howard. Jane Austin, who had been the running mate of Esai Morales in his challenge to Howard for the presidency, was also seeking the exec VP post.

Carteris, who played the role of Andrea Zuckerman on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” has been in the SAG and AFTRA unions for 26 years and served on five negotiating committees. She has been a leader of the moderate Unite For Strength faction that campaigned successfully for last year’s merger.
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SAG-aftra Elects ‘90210’ star Gabrielle Carteris Evp

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Former "Beverly Hills 90210" star Gabrielle Carteris captured SAG-AFTRA's executive vice presidency Thursday, besting rival Mike Hodge in a vote one delegate described as "not even close." Carteris, who played high school newspaper editor Andrea Zuckerman on the series, had the backing of SAG‑AFTRA Secretary‑Treasurer Amy Aquino and Roberta Reardon, the union’s former co-president. New York Local President Hodge, meanwhile, was backed by Ken Howard, the national president, and Clyde Kusatsu, the union’s newly installed L.A. Local president. Before a total of 303 ballots were cast, two other candidates joined the race, although neither drew enough votes to influence the outcome. Carteris received 66.5 percent of the vote to 23.22 percent for Hodge. Jane Austin, who ran unsuccessfully for secretary-treasurer on a ticket with Esai Morales, received 10.28 percent. Millie Wright was also a candidate. “I am so grateful to be elected executive vice president and I look forward
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