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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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