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More Deals Struck With Writers Guild

LionsgateAlthough a deal with a major studio has yet to be reached, the has been striking gold in other areas.  Late this week, the union was able to boast signed agreements with three other companies: , and .  These interim pacts are similar to the ones already reached with The Weinstein Company and United Artists.

In the meantime, informal talks between the WGA and studio reps began last Tuesday and continued through the week.

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Oscar Nominees Talk Strike

Academy Award statuetteThe Academy Award nominations have been announced, is determined the show will go on in February, and everything seems to be moving toward the big night (the ceremony). But…is it, really? The is in talks with the producers, and all parties seem to be hopeful this whole strike might end. According to some nominees, that’s the only way they’ll even attend the event.

, nominated in the Best Director category, told the Associated Press he “would never cross a picket line ever.”  , who received the Best Actor nod, likewise said that if the strike continues he’ll not be on the red carpet. Others, like producer , said they doubt there will even be an Oscars event if the strike isn’t solved beforehand.

The Academy, however, is sticking to its guns; President Sid Ganis said they will put on the show. That settles that.

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Academy Says Oscars Won’t Change

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Awards,

Academy AwardIt seemed like a fairly simple issue to resolve. It looked pretty cut-and-dry. But that was back in November, when the first went on . More than two months later, the picture is much more grim.

Now, LA businesses are out $1 billion and stand to lose another $80 million when the as planned. Now, the strike is affecting more than , , and all those others. Now, it’s cutting into the .

But, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn’t going down that easily. Scheduled for Feb. 24, a spokesperson for the said things are being planned and arranged as they traditionally have been in the past - and that the show will go on with or without writers.  Meanwhile, the Guild has denied the use of film clips and past Academy Award broadcasts, and says no writers will work the event.  Should this show also be canceled, LA will lose an estimated $130 million more in revenue.

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WGA Makes Deal with United Artists

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: MGM, Filmmaking, Scripts,

United Artists may not have a beard, but he does now share something in common with : working writers. 

Days after the talk show host welcomed back his writing staff, reached its own agreement with the .  The studio is partially owned the actor and his production partner, Paula Wagner; was the first movie released since Cruise became involved with the company.

The deal will not only allow projects to be taken off hold, it will help films currently in production (like Tom Cruise’s ) to finish on time.

It is expected that the interim agreement - which does not extend to UA’s parent company () - could spark a series of deals made by other independent studios.

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2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations (Film)

Thanks to an interim waiver granted by the , the telecast will air as scheduled on Sunday, January 27.  Since plans for the and the are still up in the air, this could be most viewed awards show in quite some time.

This year’s film nominees are:

Viggo Mortensen Eastern PromisesOUTSTANDING LEADING MALE PERFORMANCE

  • George Clooney, Michael Clayton
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
  • Ryan Gosling, Lars And The Real Girl
  • Emile Hirsch, Into The Wild
  • Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

OUTSTANDING LEADING FEMALE PERFORMANCE

  • Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Julie Christie, Away From Her
  • Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose
  • Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart
  • Ellen Page, Juno

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