When the invitation went out from the Writers Guild of America, It seemed too good to be true. Norman Lear, Carl Reiner, James L. Books, Steven Bochco, and more, all on the same panel? And yet last night at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills, to celebrate the organization's 101 Best Written TV Series ... More >>
Joan Rivers might have some fashion sense, but she doesn't know how to compliment (or supplement) her own writers. That, at least, is what writers on her E! show Fashion Police are claiming today. The Writers Guild of America, West announced that the scribes have filed a complaint ...
The pay stinks. Hollywood is more glamorous (and pays more). And Broadway is 3,000 miles away. So why be a playwright in L.A.? That's the question posed by our theater issue this year, which comes out just in time for our theater awards on Monday. Check out Steven Leigh Morris' main story in the i ... More >>
If you've ever wondered why TV usually looks more like Friends and less like In Living Color, this might offer some explanation: In the last 10 years or so minorities have doubled their presence in the writers' rooms of Hollywood television productions, but they still remain woefully underrepresent ... More >>
DisneyCowboys are an invention of Latin America. Irony?Update: Our friends over at OC Weekly have photos of Monday night's protest here. First posted at 7:05 a.m.. Disney's Toy Story 3 ended up on some critics' year-end Top 10 lists, but now a labor union wants to put it back in the toy ches ... More >>
President Obama will be in Los Angeles this month to help raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to Variety (via LA Observed). You can rub shoulders with the prez for only $2,500 when he meets with Hollywood industry supporters at the home of ER and The Wes ... More >>
The mother of all strikes is yet to come
The results of the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition's eighth annual diversity "report cards" came out last week and they weren't promising. The reports covered progress made in network television during the 2007-2008 season by writers, actors and producers who were Latinos, Asians and Native Ameri ... More >>
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"What kinda horn you got on that thing?" Ben Watkins yells into his megaphone as a bus crawls to a stop before Fox Studios' main gate. The bus driver grins back and lets 'im have it, and a loud, low bleat lets loose. Around Watkins, the some 200 TV and movie writers assembled wave their union issu ... More >>
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