FROM Michael Speier
Another Strike in Hollywood? Despite the bleak economic outlook, the Screen Actors' Guild has decided to ask its members to vote on a strike. This comes after weekend meetings failed to produce a deal between actors and the studios. The move could disrupt Hollywood's awards season for the second year in a row. Michael Speier is executive editor at Daily Variety.
DreamWorks Makes Deal with Bollywood’s Reliance DreamWorks may be closing a deal with one of India's biggest entertainment producers. What could that mean for Hollywood and the worldwide business of entertainment?
Another Hollywood Strike on the Horizon? Three months after the Writers’ strike, the actors’ contract is about to run out. SAG, the Screen Actors’ Guild , has broken off talks with the film and TV studios. But AFTRA which has jurisdiction over TV is ready to negotiate.
The Beginning of the End of the Writers' Strike It could all be over this weekend. The writers' strike that began last November will finally end if writers approve a deal that is expected to be presented to them tomorrow. The agreement could mean that Hollywood will be back to work as early as Monday. Michael Speier is executive editor of the Hollywood trade paper, Variety .
Writers Strike and Its Impact on Local Economy The Golden Globes show was reduced to a press conference and late night TV hosts are limping along without writers. Now, 20th Century Fox , CBS Paramount , NBC Universal and Warner Brothers have canceled sixty-five development and production agreements worth as much as two million dollars apiece.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.