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IATSE, AMPTP Reach a Tentative Agreement
The IATSE and the majors have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement after nine negotiating sessions -- making for the sixth such accord reached by the conglomerates this year.

11/26/2008

Variety Looks Back to the Beginning of the WGA Strike

12/01/2008

Have MIT's Brainboxes Really Lost 'The Plot'?

12/01/2008

Producers Accuse Writers of Enflaming Difficulties with Actors

12/02/2008

Academy Announces 15 Semifinalists for Visual Effects Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films were selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 81st Academy Awards®.

12/16/2008

Toronto Film Critics Choose Indie Over Hollywood
In the flurry of year-end film awards, the Toronto Film Critics Association has passed over the Hollywood mainstream by picking “Wendy and Lucy,” a movie made for under half a million dollars (U.S.), as its top film of the year, and star Michelle Williams as best actress.

12/18/2008

Fox Trial Balloon Shot Down by SAG and AFTRA
On Tuesday, News Corp. said it would not rule out switching its current TV series from SAG to AFTRA contracts. SAG immediately blasted back, saying the company was using illegal "scare tactics."

12/18/2008

'Doubt' Tops Nominees for SAG Awards
The Catholic school drama 'Doubt' led contenders Thursday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards with five nominations, including honors for Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis.

12/18/2008

Help 'Take Care of Our Own,' Make a Holiday Donation to the Motion Picture and Television Fund
The Motion Picture and Television Fund relies on the support of donors large and small to continue to provide the safety net of services for entertainment industry veterans and their families.

12/18/2008

Efforts to Remove SAG's Chief Negotiator Fail, Strike Authorization Vote Remains in Limbo
The prospects for a strike-authorization vote by film and TV actors were unclear Tuesday after board members of the Screen Actors Guild attempted but apparently failed to fire their lead negotiator in a two-day meeting.

12/18/2008

SAG, AFTRA Team for Ad Talks
Even as it preps for a strike authorization vote regarding features and primetime work, the Screen Actors Guild is planning to begin joint negotiations with AFTRA soon on a new contract with the ad industry.

12/23/2008

Holiday Box Office Up 8% from 2007
Hollywood ended the year on a high note as the top 12 movies took in $182.5-million, up 8 per cent from the same weekend in 2007.

12/30/2008

Producers' Guild Announces Top Feature Film Nominees
As a prelude to the annual Academy Awards rituals, the Producers Guild of America has tapped "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk" and "Slumdog Millionaire" as nominees for its top feature award.

12/30/2008

2008 Domestic, Foreign Box Office Totals Edge Past 2007's; DVD Profits Down
The record-breaking 2008 domestic box office will be remembered for prospering even as the economy collapsed.

01/05/2009

Hollywood Starts 2009 with Little to Celebrate
The fallout from declining local TV ad revenue, weakening DVD sales and diminishing sources of film financing will continue to pound Los Angeles' signature industry, which employs more than 200,000 people and pumps an estimated $20 billion to $30 billion into the local economy.

01/05/2009

Awards Season Update: Directors' and Writers' Guilds Announce Top Feature Film Nominees
The Directors Guild announced that Danny Boyle "Slumdog Millionaire," Christopher Nolan "The Dark Knight," Gus Van Sant "Milk," David Fincher "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and Ron Howard "Frost/Nixon" were Directors Guild nominees for top feature film of 2008.

01/08/2009

Awards Season Update: Golden Globes Return to Form After Strike Hiatus
"Slumdog Millionaire" took its rags-to-riches storyline to the next level at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, riding an emotional groundswell to pocket the nods for best picture, director, screenplay and original score.

01/12/2009

Editors Guild Presents Its Fellowship and Service Award to Tom Short
The Editors Guild held its annual installation dinner on Saturday, where it presented IATSE president-emeritus Tom Short with its Fellowship and Service award.

01/12/2009

Hollywood Finds Headaches in Its Big Bet on 3-D
The imminent full-bore return to 3-D filmmaking, upon which the movie industry is placing many of its hopes, is in danger of becoming Hollywood’s latest flub.

01/13/2009

Some MPTF Medical Facilities Set to Close
The Motion Picture and Television Fund announced on Wednesday a major realignment of resources under which the Fund’s acute-care hospital and long-term care facility will be phased out in favor of community-based programs aimed at assisting the growing number of seniors who prefer to “age in place” -- that is, live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

01/14/2009

Hollywood Permitting Statistics Show Weak 4th Quarter for Off-Lot Filming
Off-lot feature production in Los Angeles posted its weakest quarter ever during the fourth quarter amid the threat of an actors strike and the ongoing trend of features shooting outside Hollywood.

01/15/2009

Sundance Filmmakers Laugh Through Gloomy Times
For most of the past two decades, the United States' top event for independent film that begins on Thursday has been chock full of dark dramas about the grim side of human nature, but this year amid a gloomy real-life economy, organizers promise a broad range of movies -- some with a lot of laughs.

01/15/2009

SAG, AFTRA Set Date for Ad Talks
In a contrast with its brutal internal battles, SAG has quietly set a start date on February 23 for launching joint negotiations with American Federation of Television and Radio Artists on a new contract with the ad industry.

01/15/2009

AFTRA Signs Its First Deal on Audiobooks
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has signed its first deal covering performers working on audiobooks produced by Audible.com.

01/15/2009

Awards Season Update: CAS, BAFTA Nominations Announced
The Cinema Audio Society will honor Dennis Maitland CAS (pictured, on the left) with a Career Achievement Award; the society will also honor Paul Mazursky with a CAS Filmmaker Award. Click for a list of nominees for additional CAS award categories. Turning to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, two films shared the most BAFTA nominations, with 11: “Slumdog Millionaire,” Danny Boyle's unstoppable morality tale about a sweet-natured chai-wallah, and a movie yet to be seen by British audiences, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Other movies that did well were “The Dark Knight” with nine, “Changeling” with eight, “Frost/Nixon” with six and “The Reader” with five.

01/15/2009

Sundance Kick-Off Decidedly Downbeat
Changes look to be afoot at the festival. The economic downturn, coupled with some over-enthusiastic wallet-opening at Sundance over the past few years, have tempered expectations.

01/18/2009

SAG's National Board Pressures Its Executive Director to Resign
The moderate majority of the Screen Actors Guild's national board has declared that embattled national executive director Doug Allen must go. In the wake of last week's standoff at the emergency national board meeting, Allen has backed away from the strike authorization vote that has polarized the guild.

01/18/2009

SAG Watches It All Slip Away
“The Screen Actors Guild is facing not only potential defeat in the form of getting jammed with an inferior contract, but stands to be dealt a bitter humiliation,” writes David Macaray in the on-line CounterPunch. “And the entity applying that humiliation isn’t its long-time adversary, the AMPTP. It’s SAG’s own membership."

01/20/2009

At Sundance, IFC Prepares to Go on a Shopping Spree
IFC will probably turn out to be one of the most aggressive buyers at the Sundance Film Festival here when it comes to the number of films bought, if not the prices paid.

01/20/2009

Warner Brothers Cuts 10% of Its Workforce
Warner Brothers will cut nearly 800 jobs -- or 10% of its worldwide staff -- as the latest studio to reduce employment in the wake of the economic downturn.

01/20/2009

Academy Award Nominations Announced
Thursday's nominations for the 81st annual Oscars brought a leading 13 nominations to

01/22/2009

SAG Board Releases Dueling Statements
Both of the two contending factions of the Screen Actors Guild’s Board of Directors release statements on Thursday. One calls for a strike authorization vote, the other calls for a change in course.

01/22/2009

Settlements Reached in Reality TV Labor Suits
Several major U.S. TV networks and the producers of such reality shows as

01/22/2009

Screen Actors Guild Gives Up Strike Vote Plans
The SAG faction actors, led by guild president Alan Rosenberg, is also recommending sending the movie studios' final three-year contract offer directly to its 120,000 members for a vote.

01/22/2009

One Dead Parrot and a Terrific Set of Balls
Amnesty International owes a lot to Monty Python's John Cleese.

01/25/2009

Born to the Left, Aiming Her Camera Right
At the start of the new year, filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi was in HBO’s Midtown Manhattan editing suite, putting the finishing touches on “Right America: Feeling Wronged,” which will make its debut on Presidents’ Day. “I never say I make documentaries,” she said there. “I say I make television.”

01/25/2009

Suddenly, Hollywood Seems a Conservative Investment
Wall Street, real estate, the art market -- all of those other supposedly stable investment areas -- are now such a mess that Hollywood is one of the safer places you can park money.

01/25/2009

Sundance Honors Features and Documentaries; Producers, SAG Smile on ‘Slumdog’
"Slumdog Millionaire," the awards season's feel-good favorite, picked up serious momentum Sunday night as it won the Screen Actors Guild's top award for ensemble cast.

01/25/2009

SAG’s Embattled Executive Director and Lead Negotiator Steps Down
Doug Allen is stepping down as national executive director and chief negotiator of the Screen Actors Guild following a brutal internal battle over how he's handled SAG's long-stalled negotiations.

01/26/2009

SAG, AFTRA Renew Negotiating Partnership
The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have officially renewed their bargaining partnership after several years of bitter battles.

01/27/2009

WGA Reminds Its Members of the Importance of Labor PACs
"In the past, Hollywood's lobbying efforts have been conducted by leaders of the studios and networks. The conglomerates' interests often differ from ours. We cannot entrust them with our political future."

01/27/2009

SAG, AMPTP to Resume Negotiations on Tuesday
On Wednesday, SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers agreed on dates next Tuesday and Wednesday when they would meet to hammer out a deal.

01/29/2009

Boyle Wins DGA’s Top Honor for ‘Slumdog’
"Slumdog Millionaire," the longshot turned awards season favorite, has stayed on its hot streak with director Danny Boyle taking the top honor from the Directors Guild of America.

01/29/2009

Disney/ABC Expected to Layoff 400 of Its Staff
Disney's ABC Television Group axing 4% of the total workforce all the way up into the executive ranks. About 200 open positions won't be filled, and another 200 staffers will be let go.

01/29/2009

The Future of Movie Distribution?
Eight months ago, Netflix and Roku introduced a tiny TV-connected box ($100) that does only one thing, but very well: It lets you watch Netflix streaming movies on your TV instead of your PC.

02/01/2009

AFTRA Pension Fund Sues Over Loss
The AFTRA Retirement Fund has filed a federal lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase Bank over losses in millions of dollars that the plan sustained through the Sigma Finance hedge fund.

02/01/2009

Conventional Wisdom Calls for a Quick SAG Settlement
The Screen Actors Guild's negotiations with the conglomerates this week are expected to be short and sweet. In another development, SAG removed on Thursday most of the material on its website that favored a strike authorization.

02/01/2009

Legal Effort to Reinstate SAG Director Delays Negotiations with AMPTP
Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg has launched a legal challenge to the legitimacy of the union's newly appointed leadership. The move triggered an immediate reaction from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which bargains on behalf of the studios, and SAG, which said they were postponing the resumption of long-stalled contract negotiations set to begin Tuesday because of a

02/03/2009

Hollywood's Trade Papers Feel the Pain
For more than 75 years, Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have battled to be the movie industry's top newspaper, but recent layoffs due to the recession and competition from Internet blogs has Hollywood wondering if it will soon become a one paper town.

02/03/2009

Moviegoers Set US Box Office Record in Effort to Escape Recessionary Gloom
Hollywood film studios are reaping record rewards from tough economic conditions as cinema box office receipts pour in from moviegoers seeking an escape from recessionary gloom.

02/03/2009


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