Max von Sydow, Star of ‘Seventh Seal’ and ‘Exorcist,’ Dies at 90

March 9, 2020

Max von Sydow, the tall, blond Swedish actor who cut a striking figure in American movies but was most identified with the signature work of a fellow Swede, the director Ingmar Bergman, died on Sunday. He was 90. His wife, Catherine von Sydow, confirmed the death in an emailed statement. No cause was given. […]

Cannes Film Fest Claims Accreditation Up 9 Percent Despite Coronavirus Fears

March 6, 2020

On Friday organizers sent out a defiant PR message aimed at countering any major industry withdrawal from the world’s most prestigious film festival, in which they claimed accreditation to the 2020 event, due to take place May 12-23, were continuing at an “intensive pace” and had actually risen 9 percent year-on-year. […]

Musicians’ Pension Plan Seeks to Cut Benefits

March 4, 2020

The largest musicians’ pension plan in the United States is seeking to cut retirement benefits that have already been earned by thousands of musicians, in an effort to keep the plan from running out of money. The plan, the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund — which covers more than 50,000 people, including Broadway musicians, players in some orchestras, and freelance musicians and recording artists […]

Global Film Industry Facing $5 Billion Loss Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

March 2, 2020

In 2019, the international box office soared to a record $31.1 billion, contributing to a worldwide haul of $42.5 billion, likewise an all-time high. But the celebration by the global film industry has quickly been replaced by anxiety because of coronavirus, which many public health officials are now calling a global pandemic — one […]

SAG-AFTRA Rallies for First Contract with Spanish Broadcasting System

February 27, 2020

Roughly 200 SAG-AFTRA members and staff rallied Thursday outside the Los Angeles offices of the Spanish Broadcasting System – the union’s latest gambit in its three-year-long campaign to secure a first-ever contract at the network’s Spanish-language radio stations La Raza and Mega. “We’re here fighting for SBS workers who have been […]

NLRB Limits Companies’ Liability for Franchisee Labor-Law Violations

February 26, 2020

A US labor board on Tuesday finalized a rule that will make it more difficult to hold companies liable for unlawful labor practices by franchisees and contractors, reversing a more worker-friendly Obama-era standard criticized by business groups. The rule by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which was first proposed […]

‘The Young Turks’ Progressive Founder Urged His Staff Not to Unionize

February 25, 2020

Top leadership at the progressive news network The Young Turks held an all-staff meeting at its office in Culver City, California, on February 12. The regularly scheduled gathering was supposed to deal with personnel matters, but instead the focus turned to the staff’s nascent union campaign, which had just gone public. […]

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