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Arrow Video digs its sharp talons into Wes Craven's dirt 'n' Bowie Knife slaughter-fest horror picture, yet another strange travel advisory not to go anywhere, 'cause strangers might be cannibals. But hey, the movie works, and like much of Craven's filmography, it sticks its neck way out into dangerous territory. The Hills Have Eyes Blu-ray Arrow Video (Us) 1977 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 89 min. / Street Date October 11, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace, Russ Grieve, John Steadman, Michael Berryman, Virginia Vincent, James Whitworth Cinematography Eric Saarinen Art Direction Robert Burns Film Editor Wes Craven Original Music Don Peake Special Effects Greg Auer, John Frazier Produced by Peter Locke Written and Directed by Wes Craven

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

With Wes Craven now passed on, we're left with the situation of a modern American horror director with an extremely successful body of work for analysis. Both an educator and a sometime adult filmmaker,
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Death Takes Toll On Negotiations For New SAG-aftra Commercials Pact

Contract negotiations are always tough, but these were downright tragic. And when they were over in the wee hours of Sunday morning, both sides raised a glass to toast their fallen comrades – one from each side who'd died suddenly and unexpectedly during negotiations for a new SAG-aftra commercials contract. The death of SAG-aftra president Ken Howard on March 23 had cast a pall over the negotiations. Doug Wood, the ad industry's chief negotiator, remembers getting the…
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SAG-aftra Sets Commercial Negotiations for February

With no fanfare, SAG-aftra and the ad industry have set a February start for negotiations for a successor deal to the union’s master contract.

The current three-year deal — which covers about $1 billion in annual earnings — expires on March 31. It was the first major successor agreement to go into effect under the 2012 merger of SAG and AFTRA and received 96% support in the ratification vote, with increases totaling $238 million during its three-year life.

Douglas Wood, the lead negotiator for the ad industry, told Variety that starting in February is “nothing unusual” since the 2013 negotiations started around the same time. No specific date has been set.

SAG-aftra did not respond to a request for comment. Its rules require that the union leadership appoint a negotiating committee that will conduct “wages and working conditions” meetings with the membership to hammer out proposals, then meet with the national board for approval of that package before negotiations begin.
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SAG-aftra Heats Up Campaign Against Non-Union Commercials

SAG-aftra has amped up its 3-month-old campaign against performing work in the fast-growing non-union commercial sector.

Dubbed the Commercials Organizing and Recapture Initiative, the campaign aims to expand the jurisdiction of the performers’ union over commercials work, which currently generates $1 billion annually in performer earnings covered by the union’s contract with the ad industry.

The union has held five town-hall meetings with members, including a pair this week in Los Angeles. Thanks to information sent in by members, SAG-aftra caught 40 non-union commercials being produced by advertisers already signed to the commercials contracts — and turned all of those into union commercials, according to chief contracts officer Ray Rodriguez.

Rodriguez told Variety that the campaign has clearly raised awareness among members. “We’ve improved our information-gathering system,” he added.

Lori Hunt, the union’s national director of commercial contracts, added, “Many of them are national advertisers who have farmed out the spots to non-union producers.
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SAG-aftra Launches Campaign Against Work on Non-Union Commercials

The leadership of SAG-AFTRA has launched an extensive campaign against performing work on the fast-growing non-union commercial sector.

Dubbed the Commercials Organizing and Recapture Initiative, the campaign aims to expand the jurisdiction of the performers’ union over commercials work, which currently generates $1 billion annually in performer earnings covered by the union’s contract with the ad industry.

“There have been concerns raised by members about non-union work under on the Commercials Contract, particularly in areas such as commercials for the Internet, radio and local TV,” SAG-AFTRA Chief Contracts Officer Ray Rodriguez told Variety. “We can see that there is pressure on ad agencies from advertisers to cut costs.”

The initiative is taking place less than a year before SAG-AFTRA’s current contract with the ad industry expires on March 31. Rodriguez is quick to stress that the campaign is not linked to those talks.

“This initiative is not tied to coincide with negotiations,
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Valerie Wood-Harber Got Justice for Her Brother - and Other Disabled Kids

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Valerie Wood-Harber remembers the phone call like it was yesterday. "Quinten isn't breathing," her 14-year-old brother Cameron told her, referring to their 15-year-old brother, who suffered from Chromosome Ring 9, a rare disorder that made it difficult for him to walk, talk and eat on his own. "I can't wake him up," Cameron told her on Jan. 4, 2013. "Come here now." By the time she got there - making the four-hour drive from Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she lived, to Oklahoma City, where they lived, in just under two hours - Quinten was dead. Wood-Harber, who had filed a complaint with the state
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Valerie Wood-Harber Got Justice for Her Brother - and Other Disabled Kids

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Valerie Wood-Harber remembers the phone call like it was yesterday. "Quinten isn't breathing," her 14-year-old brother Cameron told her, referring to their 15-year-old brother, who suffered from Chromosome Ring 9, a rare disorder that made it difficult for him to walk, talk and eat on his own. "I can't wake him up," Cameron told her on Jan. 4, 2013. "Come here now." By the time she got there - making the four-hour drive from Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she lived, to Oklahoma City, where they lived, in just under two hours - Quinten was dead. Wood-Harber, who had filed a complaint with the state
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Dianna Agron, Katie Couric & Petra Nemcova Attend the Somaly Mam Foundation's Life Is Love Gala

Last night at Gotham Hall in New York City, The Somaly Mam Foundation (Smf) honored four individuals with the inaugural Voices for Change Award for their outstanding support of the Foundation’s mission of ending sex slavery and empowering survivors as part of the solution. The Awards were presented at the Foundation’s annual Gala, Life Is Love, which was hosted by Katie Couric and feature a live fund-a-need auction with Seth Meyers as well as a performance by Cat Power. This year’s Voices for Change Award honorees are Douglas Wood; The Estèe Lauder Companies; acclaimed fashion photographer Norman Jean Roy & Joanna Jean Roy; and Smf volunteer, Samira Panah. Also in attendance were host committee members AnnaLynne McCord, Petra Nemcova and Ron Livingston as well as guests, Dianna...
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SAG-aftra Reaches Commercials Deal

After almost two months of negotiations, SAG-aftra has reached a tentative deal on its commercials contracts with the advertising industry. The union and the Joint Policy Committee have been negotiating since Feb. 14 and had to extend talks past the original March 31 deadline. Early on Saturday they announced a tentative deal had been struck. The deal, details of which haven’t been released, now goes to the National Board of Directors for approval at its April 20-21 meeting. After the board approves it, the package will be sent to the membership for ratification thereafter. For now, union leadership would only say they've made “essential gains.” “I couldn’t be more pleased," Roberta Reardon, SAG-aftra national co-president who chaired the negotiating committee. “These contracts provide our members with the solid foundation they need to sustain their careers and families.” David White, the SAG-aftra national executive director and chief negotiator, added: “We worked
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SAG-aftra Sets Date for Commecials Negotiations

SAG-aftra announced Tuesday that Feb. 14 will be the start of talks between it and the advertising industry. As anticipated, New York will play host to the deal making. The union will be hoping that Douglas Wood, a partner at Reed Smith LLC in New York and the ad industry's lead negotiator, brings more than chocolates to the table. Having had a labor dispute with the ad industry in 2000, performers go into next year's talks with the strength of a merged union. One of their main concerns: how to effectively monetize and track ad viewership that must be measured in an increasing number of ways. Wood has played down the possibility of an issue arising that could lead to a work stoppage. In 2000, he told Backstage in a recent interview, there was a disagreement over whether online advertising would be covered by union rules. After the strike, the parties agreed it would be.
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SAG-aftra commercials contract expires

Update: SAG, AFTRA reach commercials contract

Another deadline has come and gone, and SAG has another expired contract.

Although commercials contract negotiations have been ongoing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York since Feb. 23 (with a week off in March), SAG and AFTRA have not yet reached a tentative agreement with the ad industry repped by the Joint Policy Committee. The old contract expired Tuesday at midnight, and until a new agreement is reached union performers will operate under most of the parameters of the existing deal.

So, what now? Since SAG and AFTRA have not pitched their members on a strike authorization, what few leaks there have been have indicated that progress, however slow, is being made, meaning an extension of negotiations is the likeliest answer.

"Most likely the parties will agree to an extension while they continue their negotiations," says Ivy Kagan Bierman, an industry labor lawyer and partner at Loeb & Loeb.
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SAG focus back on TV-theatrical deal

Any sense of victory or relief stemming from a tentative deal for a new commercials contracts between performers' unions and the ad industry may be short-lived. The focus is already swinging back to the impasse facing SAG and the AMPTP over a new TV-theatrical agreement.

That contract has been expired since June 30, and no official actions have taken place since the SAG national board rejected the AMPTP's last, best, final offer on Feb. 21. Back-channel talks are ongoing.

In the meantime, the proposed commercials contracts, which would run from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2012, will take a month or more to ratify. The SAG-aftra joint negotiating committee announced in the early morning hours of Wednesday -- a mere seven hours after the old contracts officially expired -- that it was recommending the tentative deal unanimously. The joint national board will now vote on whether to pass it on to their memberships for a ratification vote.
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SAG-Aftra Ad Talks Near 11th Hour

Ad industry’s lead negotiator blogs that he's “cautiously optimistic” both sides will agree on a pact soon.

By Lauren Horwitch

The clock is ticking on SAG and AFTRA’s contract covering commercials. The pact -- which has been extended twice -- is set to expire on Tuesday at midnight.

A news blackout has been in place since the contract’s negotiations began in New York on Feb. 23 and resumed March 21 after a brief break. However, the ad industry’s lead negotiator, Douglas Wood, said Monday on the Ana/Aaaa Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relation blog that he is “cautiously optimistic” that both sides will agree on a new pact soon.

And more importantly,...
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Child Star Abigail Breslin Signs Up For Three Films

"Little Miss Sunshine" star Abigail Breslin will be very busy this year. The child star has booked three big screen projects, including one with Johnny Depp.

As per Variety, the 12-year-old actress Academy Award-nominee will be starring opposite the "Pirates of the Caribbean" thesp for Paramount Pictures' animated adventure flick "Rango." The film will focus on a household pet, voiced by Depp, who goes on an adventure to discover his true self.

Also in the pipeline is another pic titled "The Wild Bunch," which revolve on a team of common wildflowers and plants that are attacked by an evil army of genetically modified cornstalks. Breslin will voice the lead character, while Doug Wood will direct.

The child actress is also in talks to appear in the Columbia horror comedy, "Zombieland," which stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone.
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Little Miss Sunshine Star Joins Cast of 'Zombieland'

Alongside two other major roles, Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin is set to star in Columbia Pictures' Zombieland opposite Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone. Shooting in Atlanta, Georgia next month, the film is set in a world overrun by zombies, where two men (Harrelson, Eisenberg) join forces and cross paths with a pair of con-artist sisters (Stone, Breslin). In addition, Breslin will also voice the lead character in toon The Wild Bunch, a film which revolves around a team of common wildflowers and plants that are attacked by an evil army of genetically modified cornstalks. Animation Lab, the nascent Israel-based company, is producing the Doug Wood-helmed film. Willem Dafoe, Willie Nelson, Elizabeth Hurley and Chris Klein round out the voice cast.
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Abigail Breslin Finds Some Work

Abigail Breslin, who earned an Oscar nomination for Little Miss Sunshine and more recently starred in Nim’s Island and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, will lend her voice for two animated flicks and run from zombies. The trades are reporting that the young star will star opposite Johnny Depp in Gore Verbinski's animated adventure Rango for Paramount Pictures. The film centers on a household pet (Depp) who goes on an adventure to discover his true self. Breslin will also voice the lead character in The Wild Bunch. The animated flick revolves around a team of common wildflowers and plants that are attacked by an evil army of genetically modified cornstalks. Doug Wood is directing and Willem Dafoe, Willie Nelson, Elizabeth Hurley and Chris Klein round out the voice cast. And finally, moving from animation to live-action, Breslin is joining the horror comedy Zombieland. She’ll share the screen with Woody Harrelson,
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