- Sep 20, 2006
LATEST UPDATE: Jan 24, 2008:
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's red carpet will finally roll out for Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards in what could end up being the only big party in an awards season stripped of stars and marred by a bitter industry strike.
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) hands out its annual movie and television awards at a ceremony packed with all the designer dresses and gushing thank-you speeches that have been missing so far in Hollywood's traditional three-month-long celebration of itself, leading to the Oscars on February 24.
Tom Cruise, Kate Hudson, Russell Crowe and John Travolta headline a list of presenters, while George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett are among the nominees expected to don bow-ties and ballgowns for SAG's red carpet parade into the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES - Lionsgate studio is the latest company to sign an interim deal with the striking Writers Guild of America.
The deal announced Thursday follows separate guild pacts with other independent production companies such as United Artists, The Weinstein Co. and David Letterman's Worldwide Pants.
The guild said the agreement confirms it is possible for writers to be compensated fairly and for companies to operate profitably. Lionsgate's new projects include Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo" sequel, "Saw 5" and the TV show "Mad Men."
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ABC on Thursday became the latest network to trim its 2008-09 program development slate, citing the effects of the writers' strike on this year's pilot season.
The network went for a deep cut, releasing 35 to 40 scripts, roughly one-third of its slate and the most of any network, sources said. Most of the projects are said to hail from the network's sister studio, ABC Studios, and about 15 are believed to be comedy scripts.
ABC joins CBS, Fox and the CW, which have reduced their slates in the past week by dropping as many as two dozen scripts each. NBC, meanwhile, said Wednesday that it will stick with all of its scripts in development.
Disney has enforced some of the strongest cost-cutting measures on the TV side during the strike. Two weeks ago, ABC Studios terminated nearly 30 overall deals, the most of any TV studio.
oh noooooooooo! nada episodes left for these 20 shows
the good news: the 47 shows unaffected by strike.