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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 Deadline.com.
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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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New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Dark Skies' Gets Freaky, 'Cleopatra' Is Gorgeous on Blu-ray, and More

Dark Skies - Weinstein Company - Blu-ray and DVD Director: Scott Stewart Cast: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota GoyoJ.K. SimmonsRon Ostrow. Full cast + crew Dark Skies got kind of a bum deal here in the States. It was basically sold as a haunted house movie, but with something that wasn't your average ghost. It also wasn't screened for press, which tends to be a sign that the studio isn't confident in its movie. As I wrote when it hit theaters, it deserved more than that. Scott Stewart's latest film is the best of his career, and while that still may not make it the finest horror movie of the year, it's still an above average family-in-peril movie with some cool, memorable ideas and more than enough freaky...

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‘Dark Skies’ Review

Stars: Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett, J.K. Simmons, L.J. Benet, Myndy Crist, Annie Thurman, Ron Ostrow | Written and Directed by Scott Stewart

Modern horror is a little light on big names but one who should certainly be bigger is Jason Blum. He’s not exactly a household name but a man who almost single-handed seems to be responsible for virtually all the theatrically released horror content of the last few years, a man who can count the Paranormal Activity films, the Insidious (soon to be) franchise, last year’s well received Sinister and even Barry Levinson’s eco-horror The Bay among his successes. While not all of his films hit (the forthcoming Lords of Salem appears to have attained anti-buzz for instance), he still seems to be a man who takes horror seriously and seems to see it as much as a legitimate genre as
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Sports Night The Complete Second Season DVD Review

Television shows based around sports have always been a bit of an enigma to me. While I appreciate the need to represent the theme of athleticism on TV it seemed the audience for such a show would be tuning into other programming. That would be actual sporting events, specifically.

This obviously put a series like Sports Night in a difficult predicament. The perceived core demographic is either out playing sports, or watching it on TV (instead of this show) and the remaining viewing audience thinks they need to be sports fans to understand the content. Even with a tagline of, “It’s about Sports. The same way Charlie’s Angels was about law enforcement.” the inherent misperception of who Sports Night was trying to capture as an audience is the most likely reason the series lasted only two seasons.

Trust me when I say, this may have been one of
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Video of public panel discussion re Hollywood Labor

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Last night, there was a panel in La entitled How Will Labor Discord Change Hollywood? A story about the panel and video of the event are available here.

The panel focused on Hollywood labor issues related to new media. Sponsored by Zocalo and moderated by La Times Editorial Board Member Jon Healey, panelists included AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgepeth, actress Kathryn Joosten, actor Ron Ostrow, UCLA Law professor David Ginsburg, Veoh Founder and Chief Innovation Officer Dmitry Shapiro, and TroyGould entertainment attorney Jonathan Handel.
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Public panel discussion re Hollywood Labor

  • Digital Media Law
Tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 23, there will be a panel in La entitled How Will Labor Discord Change Hollywood? The panel will focus on Hollywood labor issues related to new media.

Sponsored by Zocalo and moderated by La Times Editorial Board Member Jon Healey, panelists include AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgepeth, actress Kathryn Joosten, actor Ron Ostrow, UCLA Law professor David Ginsburg, Veoh Founder and Chief Innovation Officer Dmitry Shapiro, and TroyGould entertainment attorney Jonathan Handel.

The panel starts at 7:30 at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. For info and reservations, visit http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/lectureseries.php?event_id=168.
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