Negotiations between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists on the one hand and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on the other began in Sherman Oaks, CA on Monday, with the two unions presenting their proposals to the producers.
The current contract expires on June 30, but many believe that the negotiations will almost certainly be less acrimonious than they were two years ago, given the current makeup of SAG’s negotiators, who are regarded as far less confrontational than their predecessors, and their rapport with their AFTRA partners.
Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard and AFTRA President Roberta Reardon are co-chairing the negotiations for the unions; AMPTP President Carol Lombardini, for the producers. The negotiations are being conducted under a news blackout.
Only a handful of consumers have connected their TV sets to the Internet so that they can download or stream movies onto them, according to Npd Research. The researchers found that 75 percent of U.S. consumers do not download or stream movies or TV shows at all. Of those who do, 15 percent do so via their personal computers; 6 percent connect via a video-game player; 4 percent, via a smartphone; and just 2 percent do so via a Blu-ray Disc player or a device like Apple TV or Roku. “What we learned in our research is that while some people already experience the world in a connected way, most do not,” said Npd entertainment analyst Russ Crupnick.
Gloria Stuart, the oldest actress to ever receive an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of “Old Rose” in Titanic, died yesterday. She was 100 years old.
Long before Titanic, Stuart starred in more than 40 musicals and horror films in the 1930s—most notably working with English director James Whale, who cast her in several of his films and gave her one of her biggest-ever roles playing Claude Rains’ fiancée in The Invisible Man. Although Stuart worked with many golden-age stars like Lionel Barrymore, Shirley Temple, and Boris Karloff, and served as a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild, Stuart became frustrated with her own inability to break out, and more or less left the film business in the ‘40s to concentrate on her stage work, as well as indulge her passions for oil painting and letter-press printing.
She attempted a comeback in the late 1970s, landing a role opposite Peter O’Toole in 1982’s My Favorite Year, but it wasn’t until James Cameron went looking for a golden-era Hollywood actress to play the elder version of Kate Winslet’s Titanic character that Stuart got the recognition she’d been seeking all her life. Although she lost the Oscar to Kim Basinger (for L.A. Confidential), the attention sparked a minor career renaissance for Stuart, who turned down several “sweet old lady” parts for more unusual turns like playing a bag lady in Wim Wenders’ The Million Dollar Hotel. Her last role was in Wenders’ 2004 film, Land Of Plenty.
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Maggie Grace ("Taken") has joined the cast of Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn."
Grace will portray the vampire character Irina, a member of the Denali coven in Stephenie Meyer's four-book series.
Bill Condon is directing "Breaking Dawn," based on the final tome in the series, in two parts. The book centers on the mortal Bella and the vampire Edward being married, and Bella giving birth to a half-vampire, half-human daughter, Renesmee.
Studio announced in June that it had decided to split the final film in two, with the first set to open Nov. 18, 2011 and the final launching Nov. 16, 2012. Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Meyer are producing with scribe Melissa Rosenberg adapting each installment.
Grace was a regular on "Lost" and also appeared in "The Fog" and "The Jane Austen Book Club."
She's repped by UTA.
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Veteran Hollywood star Faye Dunaway is making it her mission to attend every big film festival this year - so she can pick up top tips from the "masters" as she shoots her directorial debut.
The Bonnie and Clyde actress began production on her first filmmaking project, a big screen adaptation of hit play Master Class, last year after acquiring the rights to the story about opera legend Maria Callas.
But, in between breaks in shooting, Dunaway has been travelling from festival to festival all over the world to learn more about the art of directing.
Speaking at the New York Film Festival, she tells WENN, "We shot half of it and for the last year I've been going to festivals and seeing the films over and over again and really studying the techniques and learning from the masters."
The Oscar winner, 69, admits she isn't in a rush to complete her first movie because she has already waited so long to step behind the camera.
She says, "I didn't think I was ready before... I mean it just takes women longer, motherhood and stuff like that!"
British actress Jaime Winstone had a harrowing time researching her role as a murdered prostitute - she met with the woman's devastated family to perfect the character.
Winstone, daughter of The Departed star Ray Winstone, took on the part of Anneli Alderton in Five Daughters, a BBC drama telling the story of five sex workers murdered by serial killer Steve Wright in England in 2006.
And preparing for the role left the young actress distraught after she held talks with Alderton's relatives to get a greater understanding of the woman she was playing.
Winstone tells Britain's Sunday Express, "That was different because my character, Anneli Alderton, was a real person and suffered so much. The script was very well written but I wanted to know a bit more about her so I had some contact with the family.
"I was so concerned about getting it right for them. I think we all wanted to show that these girls weren't just prostitutes - they were people. I did feel quite upset then. I thought of my mum, her mum and what these girls went through."
Wright was jailed for life in 2008 after being found guilty of all five murders.
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