The Writer's Strike is Over

Not much to say after a title like that. I’ll let the good folks at United Hollywood give you the details:

On Tuesday, members of the Writers Guilds East and West voted by a 92.5% margin to lift the restraining order that was invoked on November 5th. The strike is over.

Writing can resume immediately. If you were employed when the strike began, you should plan to report to work on Wednesday. If you’re not employed at an office or other work site, call or e-mail your employer that you are resuming work. If you have been told not to report to work or resume your services, we recommend that you still notify your employer in writing of your availability to do so. Questions concerning return-to-work issues should be directed to the WGAW legal department at 323.782.4521 or the WGAE’s assistant executive director Ann Toback at 212-767-7823.

The decision to begin this strike was not taken lightly and was only made after no other reasonable alternative was possible. We are profoundly aware of the economic loss these fourteen weeks have created not only for our members but so many other colleagues who work in the television and motion picture industries. Nonetheless, with the establishment of the WGA jurisdiction over new media and residual formulas based on distributor’s gross revenue (among other gains) we are confident that the results are a significant achievement not only for ourselves but the entire creative community, now and in the future.

We hope to build upon the extraordinary energy, ingenuity, and solidarity that were generated by your hard work during the strike.

Over the next weeks and months, we will be in touch with you to discuss and develop ways we can use our unprecedented unity to make our two guilds stronger and more effective than ever.

Now that the strike has ended, there remains the vote to ratify the new contract. Ballots and information on the new deal, both pro and con, will be mailed to you shortly. You will be able to return those ballots via mail or at a membership meeting to be held Monday, February 25th, 2008, at times and locations to be determined.

Thank you for making it possible. As ever, we are all in this together.

Trailers and Jesse James

I just finished reading a review of Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, written by none other than the actual family of Jesse James himself. And they can’t praise the film enough. I highly recommend reading through it.

Source: Clicky!


It’s that time of year when the big blockbuster hype is reaching it’s climax…but one player in particular seems to be missing.

There’s been a lot of speculation and discussion about the lack of a preview for The Incredible Hulk, which is set for a June 13th release. They really need to ramp up the buzz if they want people to be aware of it. It’s not a film that too many people know about at this stage, and that’s going to hurt when it comes out.

On a more positive note, reports that the teaser for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will be released on February 14th, starting on Good Morning Americaand then being available online soon after. I’m really excited about this one. The film itself is set for a May 22nd release, and stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, and Cate Blanchett.

[Video] Reel Geezers

The dynamic octagenarian duo are at it again. Rather than reviewing films this time, the Reel Geezers offer us their thoughts on the 2008 Academy Awards and who they think will take home the prize.

If you’re not familiar with these unique reviewers, read this LA Times article. Now I want more than ever to see Michael Clayton!

The Kindlings Muse

The Kindlings Muse podcast (Hosted by Dick Staub)  just posted their latest podcast here.

In this edition they will be covering some of the top films from 2007, including Into Great Silence, There Will be Blood, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

I highly recommend checking out their podcast if you have the time.

Oscar Predictions

As the first of many posts here, I thought it fitting to start it off with my current predictions for the 2008 Academy Awards. Some of these picks are ones that I want to win, but probably won’t, but I didn’t feel like thinking like the Academy this year. As I see more films from 2007 I would like to put up a personal favorites list at some point.

Best Motion Picture

No Country for Old Men

Actor in a Leading Role

Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)

Actor in a Supporting Role

Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)

Actress in a Leading Role

Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)

Actress in a Supporting Role

Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There)

Animated Feature Film


Art Direction

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Costume Design

Elizabeth: The Golden Age


Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)

Film Editing

The Bourne Ultimatum


La Vie En Rose

Original Score


Original Song

“Falling Slowly” (Once)

Sound Editing

No Country for Old Men

Sound Mixing


Visual Effects


Adapted Screenplay

No Country for Old Men

Original Screenplay


Out of all the nominees this year I still need to see Michael Clayton, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, In the Valley of Elah, The Savages, Persepolis, Surf’s Up, The Diving Bell and Butterfly, and Across the Universe.

Thankfully, several of those films are, or will be, available on DVD soon.