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By David Poland


I’m not sure that I have made this point clearly…
The WGA will not shut down the Oscars.
There is a world of difference between fucking with a 100

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4 Responses to “Wrath”

  1. mutinyco says:

    Goddamnit! This is what we do to actors who refuse to wax their back hair! Just wait’ll we get through with you!

  2. Zimmergirl says:

    I don’t think the Oscars fund the Nicholl. It costs around $35 to apply and something like 6,000 apply every year. The contest pays for itself.

  3. Working AD says:

    Based on everything that’s been happening, it’s pretty clear that the WGA absolutely will be picketing the Oscars, along with the Golden Globes and the effectively-cancelled People’s Choice Awards. This will likely mean that the Golden Globes will be cancelled, as there is no possibility of the strike being settled before them and a certainty that there would be very little of the star presence that the Globes need to justify the show.
    The Academy Awards will still go on, no matter what. But they will not have the writers onboard, and most celebrities will refrain from appearing, as most people do not cross picket lines. This is a difference from what happened in the 1988 Academy Awards, which happened in the middle of the WGA strike of that time. I believe that you’re right that there will be consequences for this action, but I don’t think it will change the outcome for the awards ceremony. On the brighter side, we can safely say that the ceremony will come in at or under its scheduled time.
    I’m not convinced of your countdown clock. It doesn’t seem to take the DGA negotiations into account. Those talks will begin within the next two weeks, and once they do, any WGA negotiations will be frozen until the DGA talks are concluded. I estimate about 2 months to do this, given that both the AMPTP and the DGA have large laundry lists of issues to discuss, given the 2 million bucks of internet/new media research the DGA will discuss with the AMPTP, and given the extensive haggling that will then occur, likely based on Kenneth Ziffren’s formula. By that timeline, a new DGA contract would not come out of the room until mid-March or so. We’ll have to see whether the DGA contract pattern is acceptable to the other 2 guilds. Assuming that it is, the question at that time is whether the AMPTP talks with SAG or WGA next. With a March timetable, it’s unfortunately more likely that the AMPTP will turn to SAG first, given that the 2007 TV season and the 2008 Pilot season will already be effectively over. And that doesn’t mention the other collateral damage, including the Oscars. Assuming SAG has assembled its Negcomm by March, it will be another 2 months of talks with them before that contract is done. That takes us to late May or early June. I believe that this is when the WGA will wind up with the choice of taking the 6 items off the table and going with the established pattern or staying out even longer.

  4. frank delsa says:

    If Alec Baldwin’s article on is indicative of how prominent SAG members feel about the strike (“Get rid of Verrone” and it’s a direct quote), I think people are overestimating the support from actors, at least from the big names. And that could change things a bit.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon