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DGA Members Approve Film and TV Contract By Overwhelming Margin

DGA Members Approve Film and TV Contract By Overwhelming Margin
The members of the Directors Guild of America overwhelmingly approved the new collective bargaining agreement between the DGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), president Thomas Schlamme announced Friday.

The three-year deal takes effect beginning on July 1, 2020 and will run through June 30, 2023. Negotiations between the DGA and the AMPTP concluded March 4.

“I am proud to report that our membership overwhelmingly voted to ratify the new contract. In a time of enormous uncertainty as we’re all feeling the weight of this current pandemic, it is at least reassuring for our members to know that when the industry resumes production, a strong new agreement awaits them,” Schlamme said in a statement. “The agreement contains important gains in key areas, including dramatic improvements in Svod residuals and coverage; a significant increase in funding for our Pension Plan to secure our retirement promises now and into the future; healthy
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Thomas Schlamme Re-Elected DGA President

Thomas Schlamme Re-Elected DGA President
Thomas Schlamme was re-elected president of the Directors Guild of America by acclamation today by the delegates to the guild’s biennial convention. The Emmy-winning West Wing director was first elected in 2017.

“It is my honor to once again accept the position of President of the Directors Guild of America,” he said. “It’s a privilege I don’t take lightly. We’re in a time of immense change, and the next few years will be critical for the DGA and for our industry. I am focused and ready to lead us through our next negotiations, and to ensure that the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams are protected for years to come. And I am fortunate that serving alongside me is a dedicated, experienced team of fellow officers elected to represent our members.”

“It is my privilege and pleasure to nominate such a highly qualified candidate for president,
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DGA “Ramping Up” Plans For Next Year’s Film And TV Contract Negotiations

The DGA is already gearing up for next year’s film and TV contract negotiations. “This is the most important thing we do as a guild,” DGA president Thomas Schlamme said at the guild’s recent annual membership meeting. “It’s where we exert our collective bargaining strength and leverage on this business. While our major contracts expire on June 30, 2020, just over a year from now, we’ve been ramping up our preparations.”

“Right now, it’s far too early in the process to make definitive statements about our negotiating priorities,” Schlamme said at the meeting. “But rest assured, we will be as forceful as we always are in ensuring that compensation, working conditions, residuals, pension and health, creative rights and inclusion are addressed.”

Directors Jon Avnet and Todd Holland will co-chair the guild’s negotiating committee, which will be made up of nearly 80 members from all the guild’s various job categories.
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Saints & Sinners No Match For Glenn Close In ‘Mother Of The Maid’: Off-Broadway Review

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Saints & Sinners No Match For Glenn Close In ‘Mother Of The Maid’: Off-Broadway Review
So maybe Joan of Arc plays second fiddle to few saints in history, but on stage even she’s no match for Glenn Close. As the title character in Mother of the Maid, Jane Anderson’s eccentric and startlingly play opening tonight Off Broadway at the Public Theater, Close takes on history and wins.

Mother of the Maid reunites the actress, as good here as you’ve seen her, with Anderson (the two most recently collaborated on feature film The Wife) and Damages director Matthew Penn. The three play off one another to great effect – Close’s regal demeanor an ironic counterpoint to Penn’s stark staging and Anderson’s near-comic workaday dialogue.

How workaday? “What do I need fuggin’ nuns for?” asks, at one point, Joan of Arc – Joanie to her family. Played (and played very well) by Grace Van Patten (The Meyerowitz Stories), this young saint in the making has the swagger,
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Glenn Close Off-Broadway Play ‘Mother Of The Maid’ Gets Three-Week Extension

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Mother of the Maid, the new Off Broadway play teaming Glenn Close with her The Wife screenwriter Jane Anderson, begins previews next week and has already gotten a three-week extension.

The Public Theater announced today that the play – which stars Close as the mother of Joan of Arc – will now run through Sunday, Dec. 23. Initially set to close Nov. 18, Mother of the Maid was subsequently extended to Dec. 2. Today’s announcement says the play has now “been extended a final three weeks.”

The play, which begins previews Tuesday, Sept. 25 and opens Wednesday, Oct. 17, is directed by Matthew Penn, Emmy-nominated for Law & Order with other credits including Orange is the New Black, The Sopranos, and Close’s Damages.

Playwright Anderson’s stage credits include The Baby Dance and Defying Gravity, and she won an Emmy for Olive Kitteridge. She most recently wrote The Wife, starring Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater.
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Glenn Close Named Honoree Of 2018 Museum Of The Moving Image Salute

Glenn Close Named Honoree Of 2018 Museum Of The Moving Image Salute
Glenn Close will be this year’s honoree of New York’s Museum of the Moving Image 32nd annual Salute. Past honorees have included Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Jimmy Stewart and Warren Beatty, among others.

“Glenn Close is one of the most acclaimed actresses of our time, with nominations for six Academy Awards, twelve Golden Globes, twelve Emmys, and four Tonys,” said Ivan L. Lustig, Co-Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. “Whatever the role, from her star-making performances in The Big Chill and Fatal Attraction to her unforgettable portrayal of Patty Hewes in Damages, she commands our attention through the brilliance and emotional power of her work.”

The announcement was made by Lustig and Carl Goodman, the Museum’s Executive Director.

Set for December 3, the Salute dinner will feature clips from Close’s career introduced by her friends and colleagues, as well as the award presentation.

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Public Theater Announces Season With Glenn Close, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Sturridge, Bob Dylan Musical

Public Theater Announces Season With Glenn Close, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Sturridge, Bob Dylan Musical
A new musical featuring the songs of Bob Dylan and productions starring Glenn Close, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge will be among the 2018-19 offerings of Off Broadway’s Public Theater.

The West End hit Girl From the North Country, written and directed by Conor McPherson and featuring music from Dylan’s songbook, will make its North American premiere in September, with an American cast. (The photo above was taken at the Old Vic Theatre in London last July).

Also in September, Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid makes its New York premiere starring Glenn Close as the mother of Joan of Arc.

Gyllenhaal and Sturridge also are set to appear in a double bill of solo shows beginning in January. Sturridge will perform Simon Stephens’ Sea Wall, a monologue “about love and the human need to know the unknowable,” while Gyllenhaal stars in Nick Payne’s A Life,
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Weinstein Resigns from Directors Guild as New Lawsuit Surfaces

Weinstein Resigns from Directors Guild as New Lawsuit Surfaces
Collateral damage from the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal continues to pile up, with the Director's Guild of America confirming today that Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the DGA. While Harvey Weinstein is best known as a producer, he joined the Director's Guild more than 30 years ago when he and his brother Bob Weinstein both wrote and directed the 1986 comedy Playing for Keeps starring Daniel Jordano, Matthew Penn and Leon W. Grant, alongside a young Marisa Tomei in just her second movie role ever. Here's what a DGA spokesperson had to say in a very brief statement, that doesn't mention the sexual misconduct allegations.

"Harvey Weinstein resigned his membership from the DGA, effective today."

The Director's Guild announced in October that they had filed disciplinary charges against the embattled Harvey Weinstein, which came just days after the first Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment claims were made in a New York Times report.
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The Chase (UK)

A big welcome to UK disc purveyors Indicator, or Powerhouse, or how does Powerhouse Indicator sound? Savant’s first review from the new label is a favorite from the Columbia library. The extras are the lure: they company has snagged long-form, in-depth interviews with James Fox and director Arthur Penn. Everybody’s written about The Chase but here Penn tells his side of the story.

The Chase (1966)

Blu-ray + DVD

Powerhouse: Indicator

1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Street Date September 25, 2017 / Available from Amazon UK / £14.99

Starring: Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall,

Angie Dickinson, Janice Rule, Miriam Hopkins, Martha Hyer, Richard Bradford,

Robert Duvall, James Fox, Diana Hyland, Henry Hull, Jocelyn Brando, Clifton James, Steve Ihnat

Cinematography: Joseph Lashelle

Production Designer: Richard Day

Art Direction: Robert Luthardt

Film Editor: Gene Milford

Original Music: John Barry

Written by Lillian Hellman from the novel by Horton Foote

Produced by Sam Spiegel

Directed by Arthur Penn

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[Next On] Images From “The Mist” Episode 7, ‘Over the River and Through the Woods’

Spike TV has provided us with a sneak peek at next week’s episode of “The Mist” (read our review), which airs August 3rd at 10Pm. Matt Penn directs the episode “Over the River and Through the Woods” that was penned by Daniel Talbott. In the episode, “Kevin and the group find unlikely sanctuary in the psych wing […]
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