Universal accused of pruning trees to remove shade for picketing SAG members – news

‘No contracts, no peace’: Actors demonstrate in New York

Universal Studios has been accused of trimming the trees that lined its studio lot and provided shade for the striking actors and writers.

On Monday (July 17), following the first weekend of Hollywood’s historic shutdown, comedian Chris Stephens tweeted a photo showing bare trees.

“A quick shout out to the good folks at @UniversalPics for trimming the trees that shaded our picket line just before a 90+ degree week,” Stephens wrote.

SAG-AFTRA negotiators unanimously recommended a strike after talks with the AMPTP broke down last week.

Additionally, the Writers Guild of America has been on strike since early May. Both groups are demanding increases in base salary and residuals in the era of broadcast TV, plus guarantees that their work will not be replaced by AI.

Fran Drescher, former star of The babysitter and president of SAG, said the studio’s responses to the actors’ concerns had been “insulting and disrespectful.”

In light of the historic double attack, several actors and writers have shared personal horror stories about the greed of Hollywood studios.

Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger condemned the threatened strike as “very disruptive” at the “worst time,” calling the expectations of writers and actors “unrealistic.”


Margot Robbie says she’s ‘absolutely’ ready to join the actors’ strike

Margot Robbie says she’s ‘absolutely’ ready to join the actors’ strike

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Who has been on the picket line?

Among the stars seen holding banners are Thelma and Luisa Actor Susan Sarandon and Jason Sudeikis, Comedy star and creator Ted Lasso.

Allison Janney, Timothy Olyphant, Josh Gad, Ben Schwartz, Sean Astin, Charlie Barnett, Joey King, Chloe Fineman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Patton Oswalt, Marg Helgenberger, Jake McDorman, Constance Zimmer and Michelle Hurd have also been seen showing solidarity in Los Angeles . and New York.

Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur said Deadline: “Now a thousand very attractive people have turned up and joined the ranks, it’s an enormous amount of wind in our sails.”

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Devon Sawa Claims He Wasn’t ‘Paid A Dime’ For Final Destination 5 Cameo In Deleted Tweet

Devon Sawa has joined the throng of actors sharing industry horror stories amid the SAG-AFTRA union strike that has brought Hollywood to a standstill.

Final destination The 44-year-old Sawa star reportedly took to Twitter on Friday (July 14) to allege she never got paid for her cameo in Final Destination 5 (2011).

Sawa’s character, Alex Browning: the protagonist of the original 2000 Final destination film: appears briefly in the fifth installment of the franchise using footage from the first film.

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The ‘Final Destination’ star also claimed he was not told he was in the film despite being invited to the premiere.

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Kevin Bacon Joins New York City Picketers in Fight for Basic Wages

On Monday (July 17), actor Kevin Bacon joined the picket line in New York City to protest streamers and studios.

speaking to AP Entertainment about who he’s fighting for, the Mercilessly Star, 65, singled out AI as a “big deal,” adding that “all of these things,” including basic pay, “are things that I can personally negotiate, but I’m here for the working class, part of the middle class. “. of our union, which needs these basic provisions in its basic contract.”

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Child star Matilda and John Cusack share horror stories about Hollywood studio greed in support of the SAG strike

In light of the historic move by the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) to join its fellow union, the Writers Guild of America (WGA), in striking against studios and broadcasters, Actors and writers have shared horror stories that highlight the same corporate greed the combined unions are fighting against.

Mara Wilson and John Cusack

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The Actors Union and the Writers Union have joined in the fight for fair wages and higher broadcast waste.

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Mandy Moore shares photos from the front lines of the strike

Mandy Moore joined her “fellow SAG-AFTRA and WGA members” in “demanding a fair contract.”

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Kevin Bacon Joins ‘Working Class’ Actors Protesting Hollywood Studios

Kevin Bacon (R) and SAG-AFTRA members and supporters protest as the SAG-AFTRA Screen Actors Guild strike continues in front of Paramount Studios at 1515 Broadway on July 17, 2023 in New York City.

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“I think AI is a big problem,” A-lister said from the SAG-AFTRA picket line in New York.

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The premiere of Haunted Mansion goes ahead… without stars

The world premiere of the Disney film on Saturday (July 15), starring Tiffany Haddish and Jamie Lee Curtis, is the first major Hollywood event to take place without any actors in attendance.

“I feel very ambivalent about it, but at the same time, I’m very proud of this cast and I’m very, very proud of Katie Dippold, who wrote the script, and a lot of why I did this was to honor her words and to honor her work,” said director Justin Simien the hollywood reporter in the rug.

“If they can’t be here to speak for it, I felt like I had to be here to speak for it. It’s sad that they’re not here, at the same time, I totally support the reason they’re not here. And I’m happy to be the one to ring the bell for him.”

Inga ParkerJuly 17, 2023 22:30


Ronald Reagan led actors in Hollywood’s first double whammy 63 years ago

While the ongoing double walkout, which effectively shut down Hollywood, is a historic event, it’s not the first of its kind.

In 1960, the industry experienced its first joint strike between the Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and the Writers Guild of America.

The strike was led by Ronald Reagan, who was the president of the SAG at the time, years before his presidency in the United States.

The WGA went on strike for the first time, starting on January 16, 1960, before SAG-AFTRA began its own strike on March 7, 1960. While the last one ended with picketing on April 18, 1960 , the previous strike lasted until June 12, 1960.

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Will the actors’ strike affect Broadway?

While the total membership comprises more than 160,000 people, only the 65,000 artists in film and television productions are currently participating in the strike.

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The Screen Actors Guild announced industrial action to coincide with the writers’ strike

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