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Martin Short just raised the bar on how to make an entrance.
On Thursday’s Late Show with David Letterman, the funnyman/Mulaney survivor came swooping in from the rafters, parodying the classic Frank Sinatra ditty, “Fly Me To The Moon,” with the aptly titled “Fly Me Through the Room.” Afterwards, Letterman insisted that his friend receive a standing ovation.
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That appearance marked Short’s record-setting 29th appearance on The Late Show, and 42nd overall sit-down with the longtime host. (Prior to Letterman’s CBS run, Short appeared 13 times on »
Exclusive: Deadline can exclusively reveal that Bill Hader is narrating the feature documentary Beaver Trilogy Part IV, a meta-movie centered on cult director Trent Harris that’s set to come full circle when it premieres Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.
Director Brad Besser’s new docu explores Utah filmmaker Harris’ years-long obsession with the story of Groovin’ Gary, an enigmatic performer from Beaver, Utah. The two met by chance in a parking lot in 1979 and Harris started filming, resulting in the cult documentary The Beaver Kid, a study in hopes and dreams highlighted by Gary’s performance in drag singing Olivia Newton-John’s “Please Don’t Keep Me Waiting.” A distraught Gary shot himself soon after the first film, but survived.
The film went on to earn cult status on the underground circuit, where fans traded VHS tapes of Harris’ once-in-a-lifetime film and the subsequent shorts he made re-creating it, »
- Jen Yamato
Members of SAG-AFTRA have ratified a three-years-plus successor deal to its master contract covering non-primetime TV work.
The vote in favor of the deal was 96.5% of ballots cast and follows the SAG-AFTRA national board’s recommendation in December that members vote for the deal with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Ballots were mailed to approximately 132,000 members.
The term of the contract — officially, the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (Network Television Code) — runs retroactively from Nov. 16 to June 30, 2018.
“I congratulate our members on ratifying this excellent agreement,” said SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard. “Our members will benefit from increased wages and overtime rates, expanded residuals and stronger protections. No matter the platform or type of work, SAG-AFTRA members working under this contract can be proud of the solid gains we achieved.”
The deal, reached Nov. 14, covers most non-primetime TV work and about $200 million in annual earnings for members. »
- Dave McNary
Members of SAG-AFTRA have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new Network Television Code agreement covering nonprimetime shows on the Big 4 networks. The new three-year pact — which runs through June 30, 2018 — was approved by 96.5% of the members who cast ballots, though the union, as is its custom, would not say how many members actually voted. SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard has called the new agreement, which the guild’s board approved in December, “a terrific deal” that achieved “significant gains.”
“I congratulate our members on ratifying this excellent agreement,” Howard, who chaired the negotiating committee, said in a statement tonight. “Our members will benefit from increased wages and overtime rates, expanded residuals and stronger protections. No matter the platform or type of work, SAG-AFTRA members working under this contract can be proud of the solid gains we achieved.”
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- David Robb
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