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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.”
- Dave McNary
But Howard’s running mate, Jenny O’Hara, was defeated by stunt performer Jane Austin for the secretary-treasurer slot as Austin won with 52.7%. Current secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino, who had Howard’s running mate in three previous elections, opted not to seek re-election to the post.
Turnout was just under 22%, a typical rate in elections for the performer union. Of the 139,313 eligible voters mailed ballots on July 21, a total of 30,263 voted.
Howard, 71, led the moderate Unite for Strength faction that has been in control of the performers union for the past six years. Richardson headed the self-styled progressives of the Membership First faction.
- Dave McNary
Howard issued the broadside in an email to the 160,000 members of the performers union on Friday — a day after Richardson had blasted Howard and his allies for incompetence at the bargaining table, lavish spending and secrecy. Neither missive mentioned the presidential opponent by name.
“This election is critical to your future as a performer and as a union member,” he said. “There are those who want to lead our union who are making lots of empty promises… promises squarely at odds with the divisive positions they have taken for years. Worse, they want you to believe their hollow rhetoric is the same as actual results.”
About 140,000 ballots went out last week to dues-current members of SAG-aftra, with results due to be tabulated on Aug. »
- Dave McNary
Welcome to the eighth installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the eighth episode, “The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti," coming up just as soon as I devote my energies to the dignity of Connie Francis... "Where's my arc?" -Christopher And here we come to the meta — before it was even 100% meta. "The Sopranos" quickly became a hit for HBO »
- Alan Sepinwall
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, »
- Dave McNary
Howard, 71, told Variety on Tuesday that he’s not ready to make an announcement on his candidate status but will fairly soon. He will have a month to decide, since the deadline for submitting nominating petitions is June 26.
He’s headed SAG-aftra since it was created three years ago and easily defeated Esai Morales and two other challengers in the merged union’s first election in 2013. Howard was first elected as a SAG moderate in 2009 and re-elected in 2011 — winning both times on a platform advocating the merger of SAG and AFTRA, which was overwhelmingly approved by members.
Nominating petitions are available Wednesday for the presidency, secretary-treasurer, national board seats, local board seats and convention delegate slots. Ballots will be mailed July 21 with results will be announced Aug. 20.
The eight VP slots will »
- Dave McNary
When it comes to cult films of the ’80s, the Mark L. Lester (Commando, Firestarter)-helmed Class Of 1984 has always been one that has held a special place in my heart. I caught it for the first time as a kid, when my grandmother and I watched TV together and this gem of a film came on, and my grandmother and I were both equally on edge. The “teacher vs. rebel students” film is by far one of my favorite films, so when Scream Factory e-mailed me about their upcoming Bluray debut of Class Of 1984 hitting shelves (and online stores) on April 14th, the idea of a brand new, collector’s edition Bluray instantly gave me a smile from ear to ear. The film has everything from a script co-written by horror legend Tom Holland, a kickass Alice Cooper song, an early appearance by Michael J.Fox, and »
- Jerry Smith
Can't make it to the Valentine's Day Cannibal Holocaust feast at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema this Saturday? Don't sweat it, because now available from Mondo is the vinyl soundtrack and a new poster for the influential Italian horror film, along with a blood-dripping Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives that's also fittingly been released today. And that's just the first of three news items in our latest horror round-up, as we also look at Shout! Factory's Metal Hurlant Chronicles: The Complete Series Blu-ray and the newly unveiled final special features of Shout! Factory label Scream Factory's Class of 1984.
"Cannibal Holocaust by Jock. 24"x36" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 250. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $50"
"Cannibal Holocaust (Variant) by Jock. 24"x36" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 100. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $75"
"Cannibal Holocaust LP. »
- Derek Anderson
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