I'm loving Tom Cruise right now. In the words of Nikki Finke, "This is big. This is BIG." Divide and conquer, baby. Divide and fucking conquer. :) -Dax
"WGA Signs Deal With United Artists"
By Dave McNary
In 1972, Martin Scorsese made the Depression-era gangster film, “Boxcar Bertha,” for Roger Corman. For those of you who may not be familiar with Corman, he was (and still is) a B-movie producer, who is known for having given Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, John Sayles, et al., their first big break. After Scorsese screened a rough cut of his first Hollywood feature to John Cassavetes, the latter took the former aside and famously said, “Marty, you just spent a year of your life making a piece of shit....Read more
By Laeta Kalogridis
It's just been announced that the WGA has made a deal with David Letterman’s company, World Wide Pants. This is part of the larger strategy of making deals with individual companies within the AMPTP.
There are strong feelings about this on both si...Read more
I love these guys...
This was submitted by WGA member Christopher Trumbo, member for 40 years, and son of WGA member Dalton Trumbo. His insights into the history of the guild are especially valuable now, as the strike continues and the AMPTP tries to divide us.None of the AMPTP evasions, lies, delays ...Read more
post was written by the writer-director Paul Haggis. Paul is the first person to write two back-to-back winners of the Oscar for best picture ("Crash" and "Million Dollar Baby"). Over the weekend I had the pleasure of talking to Patric and some of our negotiating team. Here is what I walked away with. On Friday, before their walkout (or is it locko...Read more
AMPTP BREAKS OFF NEGOTIATIONSToday, after three days of discussions, the AMPTP came back to us with a proposal that included a total rejection of our proposal on Internet streaming of December 3rd.
They are holding to their offer of a $250 fixed residual for unlimited one year streaming after a six-week window of free use. They still insist on the DVD rate for Internet downloads.
They refuse to cover original material made for new media....Read more
Several years ago, I had the great privilege of working with Phil Alden Robinson ("Field of Dreams," "Sneakers," etc.) on "The Sum of All Fears." Phil has been a member of the WGA for over 25 years and a great inspiration to me personally. In the following video clip, he explains why the current WGA strike is such a watershed moment for this generation of screenwriters and those to come.
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