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Jane Austin, Indie Candidate for SAG-AFTRA President, Backing Board Candidates From Both Slates

As SAG-AFTRA’s two factions threaten to fracture the guild further – now they’re threatening to see each other – independent presidential candidate Jane Austin has embarked on a campaign to unify the 160,000-member union in advance of next year’s negotiations for a new film and TV contract.

Saying that “the two-party slate system represents an antiquated system that no longer effectively serves the interests of the membership,” Austin now is rolling out her endorsements for board candidates from both parties – incumbent president Gabrielle Carteris’ Unite for Strength slate and challenger Matthew Modine’s Membership First opposition slate. Austin, currently the guild’s national secretary-treasurer, was elected to that post two years ago on the Membership First slate.

“Based on the board candidates’ statements, and my experience working with them, I’ve chosen to support these specific candidates no matter what slate they’re on because I know
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Membership First Unveils Full Slate Of Candidates For SAG-AFTRA Elections

Membership First, the “loyal opposition” at SAG-AFTRA, has unveiled its slate of candidates in the upcoming elections. Patricia Richardson is running for president of the guild’s Los Angeles local, and Frances Fisher and David Jolliffe are vying for two local vice president slots. As previously reported, Matthew Modine heads the slate in his bid to unseat Gabrielle Carteris as president of SAG-aftra, and Jodi Long is running for national secretary-treasurer.

Richardson, who is the La local’s first vp, was defeated by incumbent Ken Howard four years ago in the race for president of the 160,000-member union — “We have the largest local, half the union’s members,” Richardson said in her campaign statement. “Our building, doubling as national headquarters and our home, now a construction site rented at $6,000,000 a year, is inadequate for our needs. We still have to rent other spaces for any large meetings. Thanks to Membership First,
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The Dark Side of Franco Zeffirelli: Abuse Accusers Speak Out Upon the Famed Director's Death

The Dark Side of Franco Zeffirelli: Abuse Accusers Speak Out Upon the Famed Director's Death
Actor Johnathon Schaech was clearing a tree that had fallen in his backyard in Nashville over the weekend when his phone began to buzz with messages. Italian director Franco Zeffirelli had died at home in Rome at 96, and Schaech’s friends were reaching out, worried about what news of the filmmaker’s passing might stir in him. One friend who texted was a Lutheran pastor from Long Island named Justin Vetrano, 45, with whom Schaech shares a painful bond: both men say Zeffirelli sexually assaulted them when they were young actors.

In January of 2018, Schaech became one of Hollywood’...
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Oscar-Nominated Italian Director Franco Zeffirelli Dies at 96

Oscar-Nominated Italian Director Franco Zeffirelli Dies at 96
Famed film, opera and theater director Franco Zeffirelli has died at the age of 96.

The director died on Saturday “at the end of a long illness,” according to a translated press release written by the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation.

A spokesman for the foundation told CNN that the director died in Rome about two weeks after contracting pneumonia.

“He had suffered for a while, but he left in a peaceful way,“ Zeffirelli’s son Luciano told CBS News about his father dying peacefully at home.

Following news of his death, many of the opera houses where he had worked over the years,
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Franco Zeffirelli, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Director, Dies at 96

Franco Zeffirelli, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Director, Dies at 96
Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his 1968 big-screen version of “Romeo and Juliet,” died on Saturday at age 96.

Zeffirelli’s son Luciano told the Associated Press that his father died at home in Rome.

He earned two Oscar nominations, the first for directing the lush adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” starring a then-unknown Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, which grossed more than $52 million in the U.S. on a $1.5 million budget, according to the AP. He earned a second nomination for art and set decoration on his filmed version of the opera “La Traviata” starring Placido Domingo and Teresa Stratas.

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Zeffirelli was also widely acclaimed as a director of theater and opera in his native Italy and won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on PBS’ “Great Performances” productions of the operas “Pagliacci” in 1985 and “Cavalleria Rusticana
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What Hollywood Can Teach the Catholic Church About Confronting Longtime Sexual Abuse (Guest Blog)

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What Hollywood Can Teach the Catholic Church About Confronting Longtime Sexual Abuse (Guest Blog)
Pope Francis has called an unprecedented “summit” of bishops to the Vatican to discuss for the umpteenth time the problem of sexual abuse by priests — this one is focused on the abuse of children. The summit starts Feb. 21 and ends on the night of the Academy Awards, Feb. 24.

I cannot help but see the significance between the revelations about abuse and power in the Roman Catholic Church mirroring the revelations of abuse and power in our community out here in Hollywood. Clergy sex-abuse survivors have been coming together and speaking out since 1988 through Snap, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. In 2002, the group helped the Boston Globe investigative team expose the Boston diocese’s practice of covering up for predators and moving them to new, unsuspecting parishes. Hollywood immortalized that moment in the 2016 Oscar-winning movie “Spotlight.”

In Hollywood, the silence breakers of 2017 had their own “Spotlight” moment. They
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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #60. Michael Cristofer – The Night Clerk

While we commonly associate Sundance with youngling breakout talents, young-at-heart Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, screenwriter (Bonfire of the Vanities) and actor Michael Cristofer hadn’t made a feature since 2001’s Original Sin. Production on The Night Clerk took place in Utah this past February with a cast comprised of Tye Sheridan, Helen Hunt, Ana de Armas, John Leguizamo and Johnathon Schaech.

Gist: This is about a hotel night clerk, Bart Bromley (Tye Sheridan), a highly intelligent young man on the autism spectrum. When a woman is murdered during his shift, Bart becomes the prime suspect.…
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 10)

1965: Final episode of Atwt spinoff Our Private World aired.

1984: Syndicated soap opera Rituals premiered.

1999: All My Children's Mateo told Hayley he loved her.

2008: As the World Turns' Aaron and Alison married."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1965: CBS aired the final episode of As the World Turns primetime spin-off, Our Private World. Eileen Fulton moved the character of Lisa Hughes from Oakdale to Chicago for the show, which lasted four months while airing twice a week. The series, created by Irna Phillips and William J. Bell, was CBS-tv's answer to ABC's popular Peyton Place.
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Film Review: ‘Reprisal’

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Film Review: ‘Reprisal’
In a previous iteration of the movie business, a derivative B movie such as “Reprisal” would have provided gainful employment for actors such as Eric Roberts, Ice-t, and Gary Busey — who, truth to tell, likely would have delivered more than a fair share of down-and-dirty cheap thrills — and premiered on the New Releases shelf at Blockbuster Video stores everywhere. That was then, this is now: Fodder of this kind can land at least a smattering of theatrical engagements on the same day it’s made available on demand. And yet, it probably, and deservedly, will have an even shorter shelf life than direct-to-video product of yesteryear, despite the marquee value of Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo in lead roles.

Indeed, with all due respect to Willis, whose admirable professionalism permits him to bring a second dimension to the flat role he’s given here, the few curiosity-seekers who bother to
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Romeo and Juliet's Olivia Hussey Reveals She Was Raped in the Charles Manson Murder Home

Romeo and Juliet's Olivia Hussey Reveals She Was Raped in the Charles Manson Murder Home
It’s been 50 years since actress Olivia Hussey shot to fame in her role as doomed lover Juliet in 1968’s Romeo and Juliet and now the legendary star is opening up about memories, both happy and painful, in a new book, The Girl on the Balcony.

“It’s been quite a life,” Hussey, 67, tells People of her journey. “I feel grateful that I survived it all.”

Born in Buenos Aires and raised in London, Hussey was just 15 years old when she nabbed the coveted role of Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli’s film, which became an international hit.

“So much happened so fast,
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Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo team up to bring justice in trailer for Reprisal

Lionsgate have premiered the first trailer for the crime thriller, Reprisal featuring Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo.

The story follows Jacob (Frank Grillo), a bank manager haunted by a violent heist that took the life of a co-worker, teams up with his ex-cop neighbour, James (Bruce Willis), to bring down the assailant.

While the two men work together to figure out the thief’s next move, Gabriel (Johnathon Schaech), the highly-trained criminal, is one step ahead. When Gabriel kidnaps Jacob’s wife (Olivia Culpo) and daughter, Jacob barrels down a path of bloodshed that brings all three men to the breaking point.

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The film is released on August 31st in select cinemas and on demand.

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Trailer For Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo's Action Thriller Reprisal

Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo team up to take down a bad guy in this first trailer for the upcoming action thriller Reprisal. This looks like it will be an ok movie. The biggest selling points for me are the actors that star in the movie. Other than that, it just looks like a typical action movie. I'll give it a shot, though! Here's the synopsis:

Jacob (Frank Grillo), a bank manager haunted by a violent heist that took the life of a coworker, teams up with his ex-cop neighbor, James (Bruce Willis), to bring down the assailant. While the two men work together to figure out the thief’s next move, Gabriel (Johnathon Schaech), the highly-trained criminal, is one step ahead. When Gabriel kidnaps Jacob’s wife (Olivia Culpo) and daughter, Jacob barrels down a path of bloodshed that initiates an explosive counterattack and brings all three men to the breaking point.
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DVD Review – Jackals (2017)

Jackals, 2017.

Directed by Kevin Greutert.

Starring Stephen Dorff, Johnathon Schaech, Deborah Kara Unger, Chelsea Ricketts, Nick Roux, and Jason Scott Jenkins.

Synopsis:

A family tries to deprogram their estranged son from a satanic cult while the disgruntled cultists surround the family’s property.

Home invasion movies have become increasingly popular over the past decade since Bryan Bertino’s 2008 film The Strangers became a hit and pushed what was a subsidiary of the slasher movie into a sub-genre all of its own. However, as The Strangers was pretty much the first and last word on home invasion movies, trying to move the genre forward or offer a fresh take on what is often very limiting material has proved to be fairly fruitless.

Well, fairly fruitless as one or two get through the cracks – You’re Next being an obvious one – but overall the idea of people on the outside of a
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Frank Grillo & Bruce Willis Lead The Cast Of ‘Reprisal’ & Here’s The First Trailer

Lionsgate Premiere has debuted the first trailer for a new film named Reprisal. The film stars Frank Grillo and Bruce Willis and will make its way to cinemas and digital download from August 31st (North America).

Jacob (Frank Grillo), a bank manager haunted by a violent heist that took the life of a coworker, teams up with his ex-cop neighbor, James (Bruce Willis), to bring down the assailant. While the two men work together to figure out the thief’s next move, Gabriel (Johnathon Schaech), the highly-trained criminal, is one step ahead. When Gabriel kidnaps Jacob’s wife (Olivia Culpo) and daughter, Jacob barrels down a path of bloodshed that initiates an explosive counterattack and brings all three men to the breaking point.

Not sure where or when this one will pop up in the UK, but we’ll keep you posted.

Here’s the new trailer.

The post Frank
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New Trailer for Crime Thriller 'Reprisal' with Frank Grillo & Bruce Willis

"You want to talk with somebody, you talk with me!" Lionsgate Premiere has released an official trailer for a B-movie action crime thriller titled Reprisal. Don't get too excited, even with these two action stars, this movie looks like shit. Surprise, surprise. There's so many of these direct-to-the-bargain-big action being made movies recently, that it's getting kind of annoying. Why!? Why keep making them? What's the point? Who even watches these? Frank Grillo stars as a bank manager haunted by a violent incident in his past, who teams up with his ex-cop neighbor to go after the people behind it. Of course, they then mess with his family and he gets really upset. What an original idea... Ugh. Bruce Willis co-stars along with Johnathon Schaech, Olivia Culpo, Colin Egglesfield, Wass Stevens, and Natali Yura. This movie looks so bad. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Brian A. Miller's Reprisal,
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Frank Grillo and Bruce Willis star in trailer for action thriller Reprisal

Lionsgate has released a poster and trailer for the upcoming action thriller Reprisal which sees Brian A. Miller directing a cast that includes Frank Grillo, Bruce Willis, Olivia Culpo, and Johnathon Schaech; check them out here…

Jacob (Frank Grillo), a bank manager haunted by a violent heist that took the life of a coworker, teams up with his ex-cop neighbor, James (Bruce Willis), to bring down the assailant. While the two men work together to figure out the thief’s next move, Gabriel (Johnathon Schaech), the highly-trained criminal, is one step ahead. When Gabriel kidnaps Jacob’s wife (Olivia Culpo) and daughter, Jacob barrels down a path of bloodshed that initiates an explosive counterattack and brings all three men to the breaking point.

Reprisal is set for release on August 31st.

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Johnathon Schaech Joins Hunt, Armas, and Leguizamo in The Night Clerk

Last week we let you guys know that writer-director Michael Cristofer’s new horror-thriller The Night Clerk had cast Helen Hunt (Twister), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), and John Leguizamo (Super Mario Bros.). And today we have word that Day of the Dead: Bloodline star Johnathon Schaech has joined the cast as well. The impressive […]

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Johnathon Schaech Joins ‘The Night Clerk’; Julie Gonzalo Cast In ‘The Great Illusion’

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Johnathon Schaech Joins ‘The Night Clerk’; Julie Gonzalo Cast In ‘The Great Illusion’
Johnathon Schaech has signed on for Michael Cristofer’s thriller, The Night Clerk, joining Tye Sheridan, Helen Hunt, Ana de Armas, and John Leguizamo. Sheridan, who is also a producer on the film, stars as Hotel night clerk Bart Bromley, a highly intelligent young man on the Autism spectrum who becomes a prime suspect when a woman is murdered during his shift. David Wulf of WulfPak Productions and Highland Film Group are producing the project. Convergent Media LLC is financing the film and Santosh Govindaraju, Dan Reardon, and Robbie Brenner will serve as executive producers. Schaech, who next appears with Frank Grillo and Bruce Willis in the upcoming Lionsgate film Reprisal, is repped by Apa, Risa Shapiro, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman.

Actress Julie Gonzalo is set for a supporting role in the indie thriller, The Great Illusion, which stars Selma Blair and Graham Greene.
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Johnathon Schaech Joins Tye Sheridan in Thriller 'The Night Clerk'

Johnathon Schaech Joins Tye Sheridan in Thriller 'The Night Clerk'
Johnathon Schaech will star in indie thriller The Night Clerk, joining Helen Hunt and John Leguizamo.

Tye Sheridan leads the feature as a hotel night clerk, Bart Bromley, a highly intelligent young man on the autism spectrum. When a woman is murdered during his shift, Bart becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigation closes in, Bart makes a personal connection with a beautiful guest named Andrea, but soon realizes he must stop the real murderer before she becomes the next victim.

Michael Cristofer wrote and will direct the feature, which is filming in Utah.

Sheridan, WulfPak Productions’ David ...
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Flo Rida Performs At Star-Studded 25th Anniversary Race To Erase Ms Gala

On Friday, April 20, Multiple Sclerosis (Ms) advocate and Center Without Walls founder, Nancy Davis, welcomed guests to the Beverly Hilton for its historic 25th Anniversary Race to Erase Ms Gala.

Flo Rida Performs At 25th Anniversary Race to Erase Ms Gala

The event raised over $1.6 million to benefit the Race to Erase Ms and its Center Without Walls program, a collaboration of top Ms research centers working together as a team on ground-breaking research with the goal of treating and, ultimately, finding a cure for Ms.

Guests at this year’s event included Race to Erase Ms Founder Nancy Davis, host Scott Rogowsky, Performers Flo Rida, Elle King, and Siedah Garrett, Musical Director Greg Phillinganes, and additional special guests including Ajiona Alexus, Byron Allen, A.R.T., Lance Bass, Talitha Bateman, Allison Baver, Stacey Bendet, Phillip Bloch, Katrina Bowden, Miles Brown, Logan Browning, Cheryl Burke & Matthew Lawrence, Terry Butler, Francesca Capaldi,
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