YAYAYAY!

THE STRIKE IS OVER!

THE STRIKE IS OVER!

THE STRIKE IS OVER!

Thank God. I was suffering from serious The Office/30 Rockwithdrawal. And who knows what I would have done had the Oscars been cancelled.

Yay!

Is it almost over?

From EW.com

Writers and producers reach tentative deal

According to the Writers Guild of America website, the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have ironed out the details of a tentative deal. The next step toward ending the writers’ strike: The Guild’s board will present the terms to its membership today, followed by an official vote to ratify the contract.

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In an e-mail sent to Guild members, WGA West president Patric A. Verrone and WGA East president Michael Winship acknowledged that while the tentative deal ”is neither perfect nor perhaps all that we deserve,” it ”establishes the principle that, ‘When they get paid, we get paid.”’ In their e-mail, Verrone and Winship also urged WGA members to vote to ratify the contract and end the four-month strike:

An ongoing struggle against seven, multinational media conglomerates, no matter how successful, is exhausting, taking an enormous personal toll on our members and countless others. As such, we believe that continuing to strike now will not bring sufficient gains to outweigh the potential risks and that the time has come to accept this contract and settle the strike.”

Well, a tentative deal is better than no deal at all. Here is a summary of the tentative deal.

The Golden Globes Canceled

It’s official.

The 2008 Golden Globes, scheduled to air on Sunday, have been canceled and a news conference at 9pm will air instead.

Jorge Camara, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, said in a statement:

“We are all very disappointed that our traditional awards ceremony will not take place this year and that millions of viewers worldwide will be deprived of seeing many of their favorite stars”

Read the New York Times article that goes into more detail about the 2008 Golden Globes here.

The Un-Golden Globes

For once, the movie award season is actually exciting and it has absolutely nothing to do with films nominated.

The Screen Actors Guild announced yesterday that Golden Globe-nominated actors (72 in total) will likely boycott the January 13th ceremony, one of Hollywood’s signature events to show their support for the WGA strike.

Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg said in a statement:

“After considerable outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees and their representatives over the past several weeks, there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as acceptors or presenters. We applaud our members for this remarkable show of solidarity for striking Writers Guild of America writers.

“We have also been asked about our position regarding network talk shows. We urge our members to appear on the two programs that have independent agreements with the WGA, The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. However, actors who are asked to appear on the struck network talk shows will have to cross WGA picket lines, creating the same situation that has led to the consensus among actors to skip the Golden Globes.

“As I have said since this strike began on November 5th, we must stand united with our brothers and sisters at the WGA.”

Jorge Camara, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, said in a statement:

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been placed in an extremely difficult position with the ongoing Writers Guild strike. We are making every effort to work out a solution that will permit the Golden Globes to take place with the creative community present to participate. We hope to announce a resolution to this unfortunate predicament on Monday.”

NBC wants the telecast to air despite the writer’s strike and the HFPA suggestion for the Golden Globes be awarded at a private ceremony .

“Sources say the HFPA has in the past few days been pressing NBC not to air the telecast and had been hoping to convince the network before the end of the week. The HFPA hoped that a private ceremony would have prompted the WGA to drop its picket plans and in turn lead to SAG change its tune on star attendance.But NBC has declined the HFPA’s request — continuing a firm strike policy also evident in the return of Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien to the airwaves — and the network says it’s still planning to go ahead with the Globes telecast Jan. 13.” [Source]

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You know this wouldn’t be a problem if NBC and the other studios just got off their high horse and agreed to the WGA’s demands.
And someone should probably inform NBC that if the important people don’t attend the Golden Globes, then no one is going to watch.
I hope this all works out asap because I can think of one hundred other reasons for me to wear my prom dress that night and none of them have to do with hosting a Golden Globes party (even though that’s what I really want to do that night).