Entertainment

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative Deal With NPR
Entertainment, National

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative Deal With NPR

July 20, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Washington, DC – and National Public Radio reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract just after midnight on July 15, a day and a half after almost 300 staffers asked the union’s national board to let them vote to authorize a strike. The proposed deal…

Oscar Isaac Is on Target as Brooding Hamlet
Entertainment, Features, New York

Oscar Isaac Is on Target as Brooding Hamlet

July 19, 2017   By Dr. Leonard Golubchick, LaborPress Entertainment Editor In the Public Theatre’s production of Hamlet, Oscar Isaac—perhaps best known for his roles in the two latest Star Wars movies—proves he is one of our generation’s great actors. Under the adroit direction of Sam Gold, Isaac brings forth a Hamlet, the brooding prince of…

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With Movie/TV Studios
Entertainment, National

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With Movie/TV Studios

July 9, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Hollywood, CA – Just as the sun rose over the Pacific Ocean on July 4, SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract, averting a threatened strike by film and TV actors. The deal will…

‘Marvin’s Room’: Sensitivity With Humor
Entertainment

‘Marvin’s Room’: Sensitivity With Humor

July 5, 2017  By Dr. Leonard Golubchick, LaborPress Entertainment Editor Scott McPherson’s play Marvin’s Room, a story of love, death, and the scourge of AIDS, first appeared off-Broadway in 1991 and was brought to the big screen in 1996. The Roundabout Theatre’s Broadway production, now at the American Airlines Theatre, brings a unique view of…

SAG-AFTRA Board Calls Strike-Authorization Vote
Entertainment, National

SAG-AFTRA Board Calls Strike-Authorization Vote

June 30, 2017   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Los Angeles, CA – SAG-AFTRA’s national board voted unanimously June 25 to send members strike-authorization ballots if the union can’t reach a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers by June 30, when their current contract expires. “We have presented reasonable proposals to…

Broadway’s 1984: A Disturbing, Truthless Dystopia
Entertainment

Broadway’s 1984: A Disturbing, Truthless Dystopia

June 27, 2017  By Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick LaborPress Entertainment Editor The play 1984, based on George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, is a frightening look at a totalitarian future. The phrase “Big Brother is watching you” comes directly from the novel, published in 1949—during the period that saw the Iron Curtain fall on Eastern Europe…

Writers’ Union Tries to Get Ebony Freelancers Paid
Entertainment

Writers’ Union Tries to Get Ebony Freelancers Paid

June 15, 2017 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Chicago, IL – As Ebony magazine was developing plans to lay off almost one-third of its 35 editorial staffers in May, 14 freelance writers were asking the National Writers Union to help them recover $30,000 it owes them for articles. “We’re going to get them paid,”…

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