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SAG-aftra Election Ending Bitterly With 2000 Strike Still in Dispute

22 August 2017 5:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Voting is ending for a particularly acrimonious SAG-aftra presidential election with results due to be announced as early as Thursday afternoon.

The counting of the ballots, with about a quarter of the 144,000 dues-current members expected to vote, will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The contest has featured accusations of election fraud and bungling the recent contract negotiations (made by Esai Morales and Membership First); negligence on safety issues and allowing massive staff salaries (made by independent stuntman Pete Antico); and Membership First’s alleged incompetence in the 2008 negotiations and its long opposition to the SAG-aftra merger (made by the Unite for Strength faction headed by current president Gabrielle Carteris).

The divisions within SAG-aftra run deep and have existed for the past two decades. Remarkably, the two main factions — the moderate-leaning Unite for Strength and the self-styled progressives of Membership First — have managed to revive the debate over the six-month commercials strike in 2000. Supporters of the »

- Dave McNary

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The Inside Story of Jerry Lewis' Final Interview

20 August 2017 12:27 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Turns out I did Jerry Lewis’ last interview. I wish I had a do-over.

Last year, The Hollywood Reporter decided to do a special package in our end-of-the-year issue on 10 stars who were still working in their 90s called “Creative Until You Die.” The idea was not only to celebrate their longevity but to try get a sense of what made them creative and vital long past a time when most of their contemporaries had retired.

The group included Don Rickles, Norman Lear, Betty White and Jerry Lewis. Each person would be photographed and videotaped »

- Andy Lewis

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What Were Angelina Jolie and Nicolas Cage Like as Freshmen? See the Photos as Beverly Hills High School Alumni Dish on Their A-List Classmates

18 August 2017 3:23 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

From Angelina Jolie to Nicolas Cage, Beverly Hills High School has educated a who’s who of A-list celebrities for generations.

The high school, which turns 90 this year, is even a bit famous in its own right. The memorable pool sequence from It’s a Wonderful Life was filmed in the gym, and it was also the inspiration for the high school in Beverly Hills, 90210. 

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with a handful of notable past graduates, like Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick and actress Joely Fiser, who dished on what their famous classmates were like before they became stars. »

- Mike Miller

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SAG-AFTRA Presidential Election Heats Up in the Home Stretch

14 August 2017 6:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With 10 days left for members to vote, SAG-aftra’s national election is seeing plenty of attacks as the union’s two major factions denounce each other in a bid to sway the 144,000 performer members.

The minority Membership First group, headed by Esai Morales, has accused the dominant Unite for Strength of bungling the recent negotiations for a new contract, which was ratified by membership on Aug. 7 by a 76-24 margin. The union’s negotiating committee was led by president Gabrielle Carteris, who’s seeking re-election.

“There are over 450 scripted television programs — yet it’s harder than ever for working actors to make a living or get pension and health credits … Because the contracts haven’t kept up with the marketplace,” Membership First said. “We do not support the new travel provisions. It’s a huge give-away that obliterates decades long negotiated travel provisions that benefited performers.”

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SAG-aftra Members Ratify New Film-tv Contract

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- Dave McNary

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The Golden Girls: Special Versions of Board Games Released

19 July 2017 9:36 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Golden Girls fans are in for a treat. New versions of Monopoly and Clue themed around the classic TV show are set to be released next week, Nerdist reports.The '80s sitcom starred Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty as four older women who share a home in Florida. The comedy ran for seven seasons before ending in 1992.Read More… »

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Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. Are the Stars of a Super Chill New In-Flight Safety Video

12 July 2017 1:07 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In case of a change in cabin pressure, let Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. show you how to put on your oxygen mask.

Air New Zealand may have found the one thing that will keep you from zoning out during their preflight safety instructions: two of your favorite celebs as the stars. In the airline’s latest video, titled “A Fantastical Journey,” Gooding Jr. and Katie Holmes, with the help of two actual flight attendants, demonstrate some safety features of your aircraft and prance around a weird and wonderful version of New Zealand’s surreal landscape.

Related: Celebrity Vacations: Reese Witherspoon Braves a Whole-Family Getaway, »

- Mackenzie Schmidt

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Watch Donald Trump’s Music Video Cameo for Emin, Russian Pop Star at Heart of Donald Jr’s Legal Trouble

12 July 2017 6:09 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

President Donald Trump has long denied links the Russia government – but a 2013 music video shows he has ties to at least one wealthy Russian, one whose family features prominently in Donald Trump, Jr.‘s controversial meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

The president appeared in a music video for Emin Agalarov, an Azerbaijani-Russian pop star whose publicist, Rob Goldstone, arranged the June 2016 meeting. Goldstone’s PR firm, Oui 2 PR, says on its website that it has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Betty White, U2 and Poison.

Goldstone told The Washington Post in a story published Sunday »

- Stephanie Petit and Alex Heigl

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How Betty White, Michael Jackson and Kathy Griffin Tie into Donald Trump Jr.’s Russian Lawyer Meeting

11 July 2017 8:02 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A little-known British publicist with ties to numerous celebrities has risen to prominence in recent days after claiming he arranged the eyebrow-raising meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer with alleged connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government.

Rob Goldstone is a former British tabloid journalist whose PR firm, Oui 2 PR, says on its website that it has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Betty White, U2 and Poison.

He told The Washington Post in a story published Sunday that he arranged the meeting between President Donald Trump‘s eldest son and lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya »

- Stephanie Petit

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Kathy Griffin Reveals Photo of Her Meeting Man at the Center of Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia Controversy

10 July 2017 8:04 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Before Donald Trump Jr. met with Russian intermediary Rob Goldstone, comedian Kathy Griffin met him first.

In a now-deleted tweet, Griffin, 56, posted a photo of herself and Goldstone, writing, “Don’t recall taking this photo with Russian intermediary Rob Goldstone, but I am in my Dynasty hat waiting for my interview with Mr. Mueller.”

Griffin initially tweeted that the photo was taken in 2010, but deleted that tweet and posted another without a date.

Don't recall taking this photo with Russian intermediary Rob Goldstone, but I am in my Dynasty hat waiting for my interview with Mr. Mueller pic.twitter.com »

- Alexia Fernandez

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The 25 Best Romances of the 21st Century, From ‘Carol’ to ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

7 July 2017 11:39 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Eat your heart out, moviegoers. Everyone loves a good love story whether they admit it or not, and the 21st century has brought us more than a few couples worth rooting for: Clementine and Joel, Ennis and Jack, Joaquin and his computer. Often these unions are unconventional or hidden in the guise of something more high-concept — straightforward romances are so 20th century — but at the end of the day, we all want to see a happy ending for our smitten lovers.

Our list goes all over the map, from the mainstream maestro Nancy Meyers to international masters like Wong Kar-Wai. Some were blockbuster hits (“Twilight,” “The Proposal”); others have hardly been seen stateside at all (Lee Chang-dong’s 2002 “Oasis”). However, all of them illustrate some essential element of love, from falling to longing and all the sticky bits in between.

While the zeitgeist has skewed toward the melancholy, that’s »

- Michael Nordine and Anne Thompson

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The 25 Best Romances of the 21st Century, From ‘Carol’ to ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

7 July 2017 11:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Eat your heart out, moviegoers. Everyone loves a good love story whether they admit it or not, and the 21st century has brought us more than a few couples worth rooting for: Clementine and Joel, Ennis and Jack, Joaquin and his computer. Often these unions are unconventional or hidden in the guise of something more high-concept — straightforward romances are so 20th century — but at the end of the day, we all want to see a happy ending for our smitten lovers.

Our list goes all over the map, from the mainstream maestro Nancy Meyers to international masters like Wong Kar-Wai. Some were blockbuster hits (“Twilight,” “The Proposal”); others have hardly been seen stateside at all (Lee Chang-dong’s 2002 “Oasis”). However, all of them illustrate some essential element of love, from falling to longing and all the sticky bits in between.

While the zeitgeist has skewed toward the melancholy, that’s »

- Michael Nordine and Anne Thompson

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The Academy Continues to Diversify with 774 New Members

29 June 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Leslie Jones, seen here in “Ghostbusters,” has been invited to join the Academy: Hopper Stone/Columbia Pictures

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, best known as the body behind the Academy Awards, has invited 774 new members to join its ranks — topping last year’s record-setting 683 invitations. This new high reflects the Academy’s commitment to diversifying its organization as well as the films it honors every year at the Oscars.

The new roster continued last year’s large inclusion of international members. The new members represent 57 different countries, comparable to 2016’s 59 nations. As the La Times observes, the new class shows that the Academy “is figuring out what it means to have standards in the first place: namely, by fostering a membership that can genuinely be described as world class.”

While the Academy’s attempt to think globally is admirable, this year’s raw numbers are something of a let down after the 2016 class. Women represent 39 percent of the new class, as compared to last year’s 46 percent. Thirty percent of the new members this year are people of color, while 2016’s class was 41 percent non-white.

In addition, there hasn’t been a significant change in the macro sense. The number of all female Academy members has shifted from 25 percent in 2015 — before the greater push for gender equality and diversity — to 28 percent this year. Similarly, non-white members have only slightly increased from 2015’s eight percent to 2017’s 11 percent. It’s progress, but there’s obviously still a long way to go.

In the directing branch, 18 of the 64 new members are women — about 28 percent. That’s makes for total of 109 female filmmakers in the Academy’s directing branch, so women represent approximately 19 percent of its directors overall. Among the new class are Sharon Maguire (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”), Jocelyn Moorhouse (“The Dressmaker”), Emmanuelle Bercot (“Standing Tall”), Patricia Cardoso (“Real Women Have Curves”), Jessica Hausner (“Amour Fou”), Joanna Hogg (“Archipelago”), Ann Hui (“A Simple Life”), and Cate Shortland (“Berlin Syndrome”).

Kristen Stewart (“Personal Shopper”), Elle Fanning (“The Beguiled”), Leslie Jones (“Ghostbusters”), Janelle Monaé (“Hidden Figures”), Betty White (“The Proposal”), Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”), and Sanaa Lathan (“Love & Basketball”) are among the new U.S. members of the Academy’s acting branch. International performers like Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”), Fan Bingbing (“I Am Not Madame Bovary”), Golshifteh Farahani (“Paterson”), Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Melancholia”), Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel”), and Paz Vega (“Sex and Lucía”) are also on the 2017 roster.

While it looks like the Academy is sincere in its attempt to increase the number of non old, white men, it still has a lot of work to do.

Go to The Hollywood Reporter to check out the full list of new Academy members.

The Academy Continues to Diversify with 774 New Members was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Aussie actors, directors and technicians invited to join Oscars body

29 June 2017 12:34 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

'Lion' director Garth Davis is among the Aussie invited to join AMPAS.

Joel Edgerton, Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Rebel Wilson, Garth Davis, Cate Shortland, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Eva Orner are among more than two dozen Australians who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Tanna.s Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, writers John Collee (Tanna, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) and Luke Davies (Lion), film editors Alexandre de Franceschi (Lion) and Tania Michel Nehme (Tanna), make-up artists and hairstylists Shane Thomas (The Dressmaker, Hacksaw Ridge), Rick Findlater (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), and Kerry Warn (The Great Gatsby) are also admitted into the Oscars body.

Other Aussie invitees include designer Beverley Dunn (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), sound designers Peter Grace (Hacksaw Ridge), Robert Mackenzie (Hacksaw Ridge) Guntis Sics (Kong: Skull Island) and »

- Don Groves

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Welcome to the Academy (2017 Invitee List)

28 June 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Academy continues its diversity push this year with a record 774 new invitations for membership including people from all over the world. The youngest this year is Elle Fanning and the oldest is Betty White. The list is 39% female this year and 30% people of color.

Chinese superstar screen partners Maggie Cheung & Tony Leung Chiu Wai are finally invited!We must also note that AMPAS's diversity push is also doubling as a major expansion. They're not just inviting differently (i.e. less white men and more women and people of color) but More in general. If all of the invitees accepted the invites from this year and last that's 1400ish new members in two years for an institution that previously kept its ranks steady around the 6,000 member mark. 

Everyone's gagging over Gal Gadot being invited but that's obvious. She's in a phenomenon sized hit at the moment and timing is everything »

- NATHANIEL R

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Betty White Invited To Join Motion Picture Academy At Age 95

28 June 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | GossipCop | See recent GossipCop news »

You’re never too old to earn an invitation to the Motion Picture Academy, as long as you’re still a working entertainer. On Wednesday, go-getter Betty White was invited to join the elite ranks at age 95. As Gossip Cop has reported, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which oversees the Oscars, invites new […] »

- Shari Weiss

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Betty White Invited To Join Motion Picture Academy At Age 95

28 June 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | GossipCop | See recent GossipCop news »

You’re never too old to earn an invitation to the Motion Picture Academy, as long as you’re still a working entertainer. On Wednesday, go-getter Betty White was invited to join the elite ranks at age 95. As Gossip Cop has reported, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which oversees the Oscars, invites new […] »

- Shari Weiss

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Academy Invites Massive 774 Member Class Including Gal Gadot, Jordan Peele, Chris Pratt, Betty White

28 June 2017 12:40 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its 2017 member class and it’s a big addition. 774 candidates have been invited from 57 countries, and they include some names with little film experience as the Academy continues on its mission to diversify its overall membership. This year’s class arguably includes more comedy actors, writers and directors than ever before.

Some of the notable invitations to the actors branch include Gal Gadot, Donald Glover, Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, Amy Poehler, Leslie Jones, John Cho, Monica Bellucci (who appears to have been invited in previous years), Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dwayne Johnson, Anna Farris, and Sarah Paulson.

Continue reading Academy Invites Massive 774 Member Class Including Gal Gadot, Jordan Peele, Chris Pratt, Betty White at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Academy adds record number of new members in diversity push

27 June 2017 8:35 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Invitees will boost overall membership to around 8,500.

A record 774 people from 57 countries have been invited to join the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, an influx that will swell membership to around 8,500.

Among the new faces are veterans of the independent film world that include Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford, Lionsgate UK and Europe CEO Zygi Kamasa, FilmNation founder and CEO Glen Basner, Good Universe partner and head of international Helen Lee Kim, and Cornerstone Films co-founder Alison Thompson.

The list beat last year’s intake of 683 and according to the Academy comprises 39% females and 30% people of colour, two areas where the Academy has been vocal in its efforts to boost representation in light of the ongoing diversity drive across the industry.

The intake includes Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, acquisitions executives Dori Begley from Magnolia Pictures, Eda Kowan from Lionsgate, Hussain Amarshi from Mongrel Media and Peter Goldwyn from Samuel Goldwyn Films, and publicity »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Independent stalwarts among record 774 Academy influx

27 June 2017 8:35 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Invitees will boost overall membership to around 8,500.

A record 774 people from 57 countries have been invited to join the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, an influx that will swell membership to around 8,500.

Among the new faces are veterans of the independent film world that include Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford, Lionsgate UK and Europe CEO Zygi Kamasa, FilmNation founder and CEO Glen Basner, Good Universe partner and head of international Helen Lee Kim, and Cornerstone Pictures co-founder Alison Thompson.

The list beat last year’s intake of 683 and according to the Academy comprises 39% females and 30% people of colour, two areas where the Academy has been vocal in its efforts to boost representation in light of the ongoing diversity drive across the industry.

The intake includes Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, acquisitions executives Dori Begley from Magnolia Pictures, Eda Kowan from Lionsgate, Hussain Amarshi from Mongrel Media and Peter Goldwyn from Samuel Goldwyn Films, and publicity »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The History of Comedy: Season Two Renewal; CNN Sets July Premiere Date

22 June 2017 8:42 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

CNN isn't done laughing. This week, the network announced they've renewed The History of Comedy for a second season.The docuseries "examines what makes people laugh and how comedy has affected the social and political landscape throughout history." The new season will feature interviews with comedians and stars like Norman Lear, Carol Burnett, Larry David, Betty White, Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Senator Al Franken, Margaret Cho, Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel, Kathy Griffin, George Lopez, Keegan-Michael Key, Conan O'Brien, Patton Oswalt, and Dick Cavett.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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