SAG-aftra Members Ratify Movie-tv Contract
SAG-AFTRA members have ratified a three-year master contract with production companies covering movie and primetime TV work.
The deal received 92% support from the approximately 22,000 who cast ballots following a campaign by union leaders touting a $200 million increase in compensation over its term. Little opposition emerged to the new deal, which was reached by negotiators on July 4.
The new contract replaces the separate SAG and AFTRA contracts that were negotiated prior to the 2012 merger of the two performers unions. It’s retroactive to July 1 and runs through June 30, 2017.
With the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America already having new three-year master contracts go into effect earlier this year, the SAG-AFTRA guarantees labor peace in Hollywood for until the next round of negotiations starts, probably in late 2016.
The union did not the exact number of how many dues-current members voted among the 137,000 who were sent ballots. »
- Dave McNary
Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 3 - HitFix Picks
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Somehow, despite including two different clip shows, Day 3 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon leads us deep into the show's Golden Years, as we finish Season 4, go through Season 5 and most of Season 6, spanning from "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show" through "The PTA Disbands." For the second straight day, we had no trouble picking two favorites apiece and we left out a slew of great episodes including Krusty's Kancellation, Bart's rise to "I Didn't Do It!" fame, James Woods' stint at the Kwik-e-Mart, Homer's trip into space and Lisa's attempts to design a new Malibu Stacy. [The image accompanying this story is from "Marge in Chains" which, if I'm being honest, didn't come close to making our list, but it's the only official image Fxx was able to provide for the episodes airing on Saturday.] My own greatest regret is that I couldn't pick "Treehouse of Horror V," which features "The Shinning" and "Time and Punishment," which are two of my five "Treehouse" segments. However, I stand by the two episodes I chose. And guess what? Day 4 was even Harder, choosing-wise. But that's tomorrow. »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Josh Lasser and Dave Lewis
Modern Family's Julie Bowen Remembers the Time Her Kid Threw Up on Her Emmys Dress (No Joke!)
Just because Julie Bowen is going to the Emmys on Monday doesn't mean she'll let her mommy duties fall by the wayside. "All three of [my kids] don't have school on Monday and they don't have camp so I'll be up and I'll make breakfast and then I'll do the dishes and then I'll yell at them," the Modern Family star told me at Audi's annual pre-Emmys party at Cecconi's. "I'll probably give them some strikes—'One, two, three strikes, you're out. You get no iPad time!' They'll be some crying. Maybe a visit to the doctor." And she's ready for last-minute fiasco or two. "Something has gone wrong every year and so I just embrace it," »
Jake Gyllenhaal Puts the Story Above Everything – Even Murder – in New ‘Nightcrawler’ Trailer (Video)
The latest trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal‘s thriller “Nightcrawler” slows down the action to finally show what this film is going to be about. Gyllenhaal plays a down-on-his-luck guy looking for a break. He stumbles upon an idea after watching a news crew cover a horrific accident. He decides to jump on the bandwagon as a freelance crime journalist, going as far as he needs to in order to get the best angles on the juiciest stories. After all, his motto is “if you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy a ticket.” See video: Jake Gyllenhaal. »
- Jason Hughes
Editors' Emmy predictions slugfest: What will win Best Comedy Series?'
With the 66th Primetime Emmys only days away, Gold Derby editors Rob Licuria, Matt Noble, Charles Bright and Ralph Galvan joined me for a live Best Comedy Series slugfest on the Gold Derby home page. Since it was live, we even got to include many of your great questions and comments via our users chatbox. (Watch the slugfest below.) -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Will this year's comedy champ be four-time undefeated champ "Modern Family," Creative Arts victor "Orange is the New Black," HBO political laffer "Veep," last year's potential spoiler "Louie," ratings juggernaut "The Big Bang Theory" or young-skewing "Silicon Valley"? Most of the Editors agree that "Modern Family" will win its fifth series trophy and tie the all-time record held by "Frasier," but Noble sticks his foot down and predicts »
Editors' Emmy predictions slugfest: What will win Best Drama Series?'
With the 66th Primetime Emmys only days away, Gold Derby Editors Rob Licuria, Matt Noble and Charles Bright joined me for a live Best Drama Series slugfest on the Gold Derby home page. We asked for input from our savvy Gold Derby users and read many of your comments and questions live on air. (Watch the slugfest below.) -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube While we all agree that "Breaking Bad" is the frontrunner (and has been all year), our second-place choices are all across the board. Some of us say "Game of Thrones" is the spoiler, others champion "True Detective," while some think it's "House of Cards." Unfortunately that means "Mad Men" and "Downton Abbey" don't factor much in our discussion for who's out front to win. We also took a moment to recognize the races for Best Drama Directing and Best Drama. »
Kim Kardashian Ignores Buttons, Lets Cleavage Bust Out on Trip to San Diego—and See North Feed a Giraffe at the Zoo: Cute Pics!
Va-va-voom! We know the nude bra was under there, but Kim Kardashian was otherwise playing a game of how-low-can-you-go during her day out in San Diego, Calif., today. The E! star was in town to visit her maternal grandmother, Mary Jo, along with her daughter, North; mom Kris Jenner; and sister Kourtney Kardashian, who had brought son Mason and daughter Penelope along as well. For the outing, which included a trip to the famed San Diego Zoo, Kim wore a distressed denim skirt and a matching chambray shirt, left sexily unbuttoned nearly down to her navel. Hey, why abandon signature style when you're on the road?! Kris certainly seemed to have a time today, sharing a photo of her »
Britney Spears' Woody Woodpecker Impression Is Spot On—Watch Her Hilarious Video!
Who knew songbird Britney Spears did a crackerjack impersonation of Woody Woodpecker?! The pop princess in fact does know how to channel the cartoon bird known for his wild red pompadour and famous laugh. Britney shared a hilarious video on Instagram of her imitation of Woody Woodpecker Friday. In the short clip, captioned, "Sometimes I do impressions...," the "Circus" singer is all smiles before she launches into the perfect staccato laughter made memorable by the cartoon character first voiced by Looney Tunes legend Mel Blanc. And while we always knew the award-winning artist had some vocal chops, she proved she's also skilled at parroting (or woodpeckering, »
Diane Sawyer Gets Nostalgic for Final Person of the Week Segment (Video)
Diane Sawyer got nostalgic for the final installment of her ABC World News weekly segment Person of the Week, spotlighting her favorite moments and interview subjects. Rather than featuring one guest, as has been custom since she has been anchoring the News since 2009, Sawyer looked back on the various intriguing figures she's included in the segment. See video: Diane Sawyer on Why She's Leaving ABC's ‘World News Tonight’ Some of Sawyer's favorites from her tenure at ABC include everything from uncovering “Singin’ in the Rain” set secrets with director Stanley Donen, to teaching acting to science students with Alan Alda and. »
- Linda Ge
Judge Signs Off on $3.4 Million Damage Award Over ‘Hunger Games,’ Other Rights in Taiwan
A federal judge is signing off on an arbitrator’s award of $3.4 million in damages to Studio Solutions Group in its litigation with Media Development Corp. over the Taiwanese distribution rights to “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Master,” “Looper,” “Magic Mike” and other films.
U.S. District Judge George Wu issued an order on Thursday confirming the arbitration award, which also includes an additional $571,041 in pre-judgment interest, $8,824 in costs, $176,383 in attorney’s fees and $28,000 in arbitrators fees. He also dismissed a countersuit that Mdc filed last year against Ssg and its CEO Johnny Lin, claiming that they failed to disclose that Ssg already had licensed some of the key titles in Taiwan. Mdc’s counsel withdrew from the case earlier this year and the company failed to appoint new representation.
The dispute centered on six license agreements made in 2012 between Ssg, a licensor of movies in Taiwan and other territories, »
- Ted Johnson
Nick Jonas Admits Next Single "Jealous" Is About Real Life, Talks Packing on Muscle for TV and Working With Dylan Penn
Nick Jonas doesn't consider himself "a really jealous, intense guy"—but his next single, "Jealous," still comes from the heart. During the all-grown-up JoBro's visit to E! News Friday, Catt Sadler asked him if his latest tune, "Chains," was about any one girl. "I didn't write this one, so I can't necessarily say it is," Nick, who's been dating former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo for about a year, told Catt and Terrence Jenkins. But "the next one is, it's called 'Jealous' and it's about when someone is checkin' out your girl and you're out, and it's that whole experience I think a lot of men relate to but »
North Carolina Film-tv Incentives Sliced Amid Conservative Tide
North Carolina legislators have ditched the state’s longtime film and TV incentives program amid a conservative push to cut back on such government support.
“We knew that this would be an uphill battle and we were cautiously optimistic,” said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington (N.C) Regional Film Commission. “The problem was that a lot of legislators were philosophically opposed to any incentives, period. So we were absolutely not surprised.”
North Carolina has been home to 800 productions over the past three decades.
TV series recently shot in North Carolina include CBS’ “Under the Dome,” ABC’s “Secrets and Lies” and Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow.” Recent movies include “Iron Man 3,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Tammy,” “The Longest Ride” and Relativity’s untitled heist drama about the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery.
The state’s legislature decided to end North Carolina’s current 25% incentive program — which is covering about $300 million in »
- Dave McNary
SAG-aftra Represents Kpcc Staff in First-Ever Union Contract Negotiation
The news staff at Kpcc was represented by SAG-aftra for their first-ever union contract agreement with management at Southern California Public Radio. The contract is for three years and includes guaranteed annual wage increases, benefits improvements and un-capped severance pay based on years of service. The package covers more than 70 staff members, including reporters, producers, anchors, photographers and other behind-the-scenes personnel at the Pasadena, California public radio station. The station broadcasts syndicated programming from NPR and other national sources, while also airing several original news and information programs. Also read: SAG-aftra Sends Proposed Contract to Membership for Ratification “I'd like to acknowledge the. »
- Jason Hughes
TLC's ‘Long Island Medium’ Shows Young Woman a Different Side to Her Father (Exclusive Video)
Most of the time, Theresa Caputo is able to bring messages to loved ones that allow them to find some peach with those who have passed. But on Sunday's episode, she helps a young woman forgive the father she has been feuding with. Anthony and Christina lost their mother when they were young. As a result, Anthony had to grow up quick in order to take care of his siblings. Meanwhile, his father had to take on a second job to support the family. See video: TLC's ‘Four Weddings’ Takes the Competition to the Go-Kart Track (Exclusive) You'd think that his kids would. »
- Jethro Nededog
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Releases Creepy, Split-Tongued Teaser (Video)
It just keeps getting freakier! FX released another teaser for the upcoming season of “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” and this one is even creepier than the last. Indeed, the short clip of a split-tongued man enjoying his lollipop is enough to send shivers down anyone's spine. See video: ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show': Super-Creepy Trailer Released Showrunner and series creator Ryan Murphy tweeted out a link to the clip Friday along with an apt, simple description: “Horror Story Tongue.” Set in Jupiter, Fla. in 1952, the latest installment in the “American Horror Story” anthology centers on a troupe of curiosities that have just arrived. »
- Travis Reilly
Kate Middleton Headed to Malta: All the Details on the Duchess of Cambridge's First Official Solo Trip
Kate Middleton is gearing up to go it alone—and we have a feeling all will go swimmingly. The itinerary for the Duchess of Cambridge's upcoming visit to Malta, her first official royal visit abroad that she'll be making without Prince William, has been released and, as we could have guessed, she'll have a jam-packed couple of days. And who wants to bet that she'll be treated like a queen?! According to Kensington Palace, Prince George's mum will be flying out Sept. 20 to the island nation, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence. She'll be staying at the San Anton Palace, the official residence of Malta's president, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca. »
CNN, Glenn Beck's The Blaze Reportedly Discussed Joint Venture
Depending on Time Warner's possible moves, Hln could become a millennial-oriented news network featuring offbeat programming or a potential Fox News competitor led by a libertarian firebrand. Or neither. Last month, a Sky News report centered on Shane Smith's Vice Media and Hln in a deal with Time Warner. On Friday, it was revealed that Time Warner also held talks with Glenn Beck's The Blaze representatives about a joint venture involving the Hln station, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The talks died down after the parties "couldn't agree on terms," the newspaper reported. Financial matters held up the deal,
- Erik Hayden
Ferguson Shooting Case: Michael Brown Grand Jury Is 9 White, 3 Black Members
The race and gender of the St. Louis Grand Jury who will decide if an indictment should be handed down in the Michael Brown shooting case has been revealed. The panel of 12 jurors will be made up of 9 white members and 3 black, the St. Louis County Circuit Court disclosed on Friday. One black man, two black women, six white men and three white women will decide whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be charged in the shooting death of Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Also read: Ferguson's Mike Brown Memorial Campaign Has Raised Less Than Officer Darren »
- Linda Ge
Before the Fest Begins – The “In Competition” Jury
Before the Fest Starts — Academy Award-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat (pictured) has the enviable or un-enviable task of heading the In Competition jury for Venice. He will either butt heads or lock arms with various members of his eclectic jury including highly-skilled filmmaking artisans such as:
Israeli director Elia Suleiman (Divine Intervention) Actress Joan Chen (Lust, Caution) Actor Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction) Costume Designer Sandy Powell (Shakespeare In Love) Novelist Jhumpa Lahiri (The Namesake) Writer/director Jessica Hausner (Lourdes) Writer/director Carlo Verdone (Me, Them, And Lara) Writer/director Philip Groning (Into Great Silence) »
Coldplay's "True Love" Video: Chris Martin Dances in a Sumo Suit, Meets a Stereotype-Busting Ballerina: Watch Here!
Talk about your big love. The usually rather willowy Chris Martin both alludes to the isolating discomfort of being different and not-so-symbolically shows how huge his heart is by donning an inflatable sumo suit in the new music video for Coldplay's "True Love," off of their latest album, Ghost Stories. But Martin actually isn't alone—he has Jessica Lucas, starring opposite him as a lithe ballerina sporting her own sumo suit and is therefore ostracized by her fellow dancers and frequently turned down for gigs. However, the free-spirited, beautiful ballerina doesn't let it get her down, and she's proud to dance to the beat of her own drum, while Martin's more »
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