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Monday, November 26, 2007

speechless

nicolette sheridan and eva longoria show the effects of the wga writers strike:



for more speechless vidoes from other stars, go to this youtube page.

meanwhile, the letterman writers have their own blog lateshowwritersonstrike.com. they are posting thoughts about being on strike, as well as news on the strike:

today, the wga and amptp resumed negotiations, and inside sources say the producers finally offered the writers a contract that would pay us using a simple, straightforward formula. here's how it works.

the pay-per-letter contract:

$0.00 for every use of the letters a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z.

.0125¢ for every q and anything with an umlaut.
and christy hardin smith over at fdl mentions that even variety, the official toady butt-kissing magazine of hollywood execs, is starting to point out the inequity of the producers' stance, however wide it may be:

variety has been an industry mouthpiece through most of the wga strike thus far — hello, advertising revenue interests. but today some serious cracks have begun to show even there.

that they go so far as to publish numbers which clearly show that the writers have a significant upper hand in the minds of variety subscribers is nothing short of stunning. that they couch it in terms that won’t wilt the delicate egos of inflated studio heads is expected — but anyone with half a brain ought to pick up the “writers are kicking your asses” vibe. to wit:

…more than two-thirds of survey respondents stated the writers guild of america is representing its side of the battle more forcefully and more clearly than the studios under the alliance of motion picture and television producers umbrella org. and more than two-thirds of respondents agreed that the scribes are being “more honest and forthright” than the majors in their discussion of the key issues, chiefly increased residuals for homevid sales and for digital distribution of movies and tv shows.

but while the writers may have broad industry support, survey respondents are mindful of the realpolitik of hollywood. survey found that 44% of respondents believe that the strike will be resolved “in favor of the companies,” while 37% feel it will be settled in a way that is “mostly fair” to both sides, and only 20% feel it will be resolved in the favor of the writers. what’s more, survey respondents predict dire consequences for the industry, particularly in the tv realm, if the strike continues past december…
translating the variety-ese on this one, even studio executives and producer types who make up a large chunk of variety’s subscribing readership think the writers have a legitimate beef. are they worried that their greedy image will turn off viewers altogether — let alone that they’ll be reduced to re-runs of melrose place or repeat performances from dancing with the stars cast-offs? probably. and they should be.

let’s look specifically at those poll results on how people think the strike will be resolved. when we work our way through the prexy spinjobs (oops, pardon me, the spin from the studio heads), what we see is that 44 percent of subscribers feel the studio viewpoint will prevail — whereas a combined total of 57 percent feel that the writers have a strong enough hand to force things to an equitable settlement or an outright writer victory on the merits.
from christy's pixels to god's ears, as the jewish i t guys say. meanwhile christy alerts folks in the nyc area to a big wga east rally at washington square park (a great place for a rally) with such stars as richard masur (yes, we are being sarcastic, thanks for noticing) and john edwards once again making an appearance.

here on the left coast, the unions are gathering at gate 4 of warner brothers at noon.

addendum: here's chazz palminteri and susan sarandon, also speechless...

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