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Myers fears Hollywood's end is near: Publicist worried strike will hasten erosion of biz
Variety ^ | Fri., Jan. 11, 2008, 1:16pm PT | TATIANA SIEGEL

Posted on 01/11/2008 1:45:42 PM PST by bahblahbah

Longtime Hollywood publicist Julian Myers will turn 90 soon. And he worries the end may be near ... for Hollywood.

Myers frets that the WGA stalemate -- with all of its acrimony, vitriol and job losses -- is a harbinger of ill things for the industry.

"The strike impasse is speeding the end of Hollywood filmmaking and television production," says Myers, who has been working in the biz since 1939 and is still an IATSE member. "There are more union contracts coming up for renewal, and already unionists are crossing union lines. IATSE is urging its members to go right on through. Insults are being exchanged, faces will be bashed and fatalities are a possibility."

Myers, of course, remembers when such confrontations were more common. He recalls participating in a 1946 strike in which 900 unionists were arrested in front of Warner Bros. Studios and bussed off to a Burbank jail.

Now, with tensions again running high, Myers worries that the town might be consumed.

"Does a dying Hollywood need a civil war today to hasten its erosion?" he asks.


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KEYWORDS: feelgoodstory; goodnews; hollywood; strike; unions; w00t; wga
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1 posted on 01/11/2008 1:45:48 PM PST by bahblahbah
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To: bahblahbah

Good.


2 posted on 01/11/2008 1:46:10 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: bahblahbah

What strike? /sarc


3 posted on 01/11/2008 1:48:23 PM PST by Spok
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To: bahblahbah

4 posted on 01/11/2008 1:48:35 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: bahblahbah

WE can hope!

I think a lot of people finally woke up after 9/ll and the WOT who the REAL heroes in our lives are.

The strike may, God willing, be the icing on the cake.

Maybe more people will discover books and - OMG - conversation!


5 posted on 01/11/2008 1:49:59 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: bahblahbah
Publicist worried strike will hasten erosion of biz

I'm thinking Flavor Flav, Anna Nicole Smith, George cLooney and Captain Douche-Nugget himself, Sean Penn did that for ya'. Don't blame the strike.

6 posted on 01/11/2008 1:50:58 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (To Err Is Human. To Arr is Pirate. To Unnngh! is Freeper.)
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To: maine-iac7
But what is there to talk about other than movies and tv shows?

/sarcasm?

7 posted on 01/11/2008 1:51:33 PM PST by Hazzardgate
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To: bahblahbah

I think the monumentally crappy movies they’re making will do them in before the strike does.


8 posted on 01/11/2008 1:51:47 PM PST by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: maine-iac7

I’d be happy to see it close down. There hasn’t been anything to interest me in years.


9 posted on 01/11/2008 1:51:54 PM PST by CASchack
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To: bahblahbah
Hollywood's end is near. Oh Please oh please oh please.......
10 posted on 01/11/2008 1:54:22 PM PST by BBell
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To: bahblahbah

What he seems to be worried about is the end of the writer’s union. The end of the union is hardly the end for Hollywood, and might be exactly what Hollywood needs.


11 posted on 01/11/2008 1:56:32 PM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: bahblahbah

Let it be so.


12 posted on 01/11/2008 1:57:09 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: bahblahbah
No way.

Like it or not, Entertainment is a big business, and there's $$BILLIONS to be made in it. Eventually they'll solve the money problem and life will go on.

13 posted on 01/11/2008 1:58:14 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: bahblahbah

I am probably more sympathetic to unions than most Freepers, but there was a staggering stat about the TV industry in NYC and the strike. The strike of 500 writers had stopped an industry that in toto provides up to 25,000 jobs in the NYC area. Those folks are not working, and I think that fact is being understood in California as well as NYC.


14 posted on 01/11/2008 1:58:26 PM PST by xkaydet65
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To: bahblahbah

There have been very few good movies I find worth my money to see. I don’t necessarily want to see H-wood movies go down the tubes, although I’m not crying major tears, either. I’d like to see movies start being made which are more family-oriented, without all the smart@ss kids and dumb parent types and doo-doo jokes, and more pro-America movies. Maybe, when and if the writers and everybody get back to work, they’ll realize the types of movies that would be real money-makers.

I won’t be holding my breath.


15 posted on 01/11/2008 1:59:10 PM PST by Theresawithanh (This is my tagline. FRED!!!!!!)
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To: untrained skeptic

The WGA will prevail in this strike. The union is right in its stand, unified in its membership, strong in support from the public, and has already begun making interim deals with individual companies.


16 posted on 01/11/2008 1:59:32 PM PST by karnage
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To: bahblahbah

Only if we’re lucky! :)


17 posted on 01/11/2008 2:00:27 PM PST by Hazcat (We won an immigration BATTLE, the WAR is not over. Be ever vigilant.)
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To: xkaydet65

The Film Industry is mostly blue collar. And that’s who’s suffering the most from this strike.


18 posted on 01/11/2008 2:05:28 PM PST by Borges
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To: xkaydet65
I guess the real question is “WHY do they need writers”
A decent idea comes up for a commercial and EVERYONE else “steals” the theme and we get flooded with ‘dupes’.
A successful drama (L&O) becomes a hit and it immediately has 4 clones...worse yet is the CSI phenonomen..they even got the military involved and oh yes, ALL the same theme shows have a ‘disgruntled, angry boss’, a young whiz kid supersleuth, a doll, and a wide eyed innocent and oh yes, don’t forget the quirky AA or coroner.
This year a detective show with 3 female stars opened and the 3rd version will be coming along in a little bit.
I think HBO is on the right track. They give you GOOD drama, run it a couple of years and put it to bed, then come out with new ideas....how novel...
19 posted on 01/11/2008 2:08:45 PM PST by xrmusn
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To: bahblahbah
I agree with most of the comments here. I rarely see a movie that I like any more. If I do it is most likely made for kids. And television... oy veh. I can name only a few entertainment programs that I enjoy. Let's see... Monk and House are about it for the dramas. I can't stand to watch ANY network sitcoms any more. About the only TV comedy I like is a kids show call Josh and Drake that my son turned me on to.
20 posted on 01/11/2008 2:10:52 PM PST by free_for_now (No Dick Dale in the R&R HOF? - for shame!)
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To: free_for_now

Hollywood is ready for its close-up Mr. DeMille.


21 posted on 01/11/2008 2:12:27 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: bahblahbah
With all due deference to Julian Myers and while I cheer the erosion of the entertainment industry ('Hollywood'), I doubt the writers strike will destroy the business. Too many Americans are addicted to mindless entertainment and too much money is at stake for too many corporate entities as well as performers, writers, etc. for the 'biz' to simply dry up and disappear.

Movies have been a part of our lives for over 100 years and with DVD players available for less than $50., we can still enjoy them, in the comfort of our homes, for a few dollars rental fee or occasionally to purchase for under $20. Few people really want that to end, but I suspect many do want to see quality and respect for decency restored to commercial films. That probably won't happen but if the money gets tight, the kind of rubbish we see now will be harder to find in film as few studios will be able to afford anti-war junk or smarmy tripe aimed at hormone-overloaded teens and young adults.

TV is not going away and it is a repository for all kinds of entertainment. One hopes that some semblance of quality may return, but at least a tighter budget environment may have the effect of the networks and cable dropping the little-watched liberal favorites and running shows people actually like.

I have only minimal confidence that the American public will start demanding more quality movies and TV shows but it could happen. If the writer's strike weakens Hollywood finances (and it's arrogance) and people begin to realize that they can live without a lot of the junk they pay $10. a ticket to see in a theater or waste their evening on watching it on television, our society and our culture will be better off. In that case, let the writer's strike continue.

22 posted on 01/11/2008 2:12:32 PM PST by Jim Scott (Time Heals)
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To: bahblahbah
"Does a dying Hollywood need a civil war today to hasten its erosion?" he asks.

No, but we can all hope that still does happen.

23 posted on 01/11/2008 2:13:08 PM PST by Diplomat
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To: karnage
Strong support from the public? You mean that there is a sizable group of people that not only noticed they strike is going on, and understand the union's grievances, and support their decision to strike?

I doubt there is one person in 10,000 that has a clue what the issues are that they are complaining about.

I doubt that very many people would care if the union crumbled and the writers were replaced by non-union writers.

I'm sure there are quite a few people who miss seeing new episodes of their favorite shows, but I highly doubt they care if the writers are union members or about the details of their contracts. They likely simply care that the media companies pay well enough to attract good writers, which in some cases they apparently do, and in a lot of cases they apparently don't.

24 posted on 01/11/2008 2:13:59 PM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: bahblahbah

It’s ironic that today we have available to purchase wonderful technology for our homes to receive beautiful High Definition picture presentations, and yet there isn’t sufficient quality produced by the entities acknowledged as the professionals to support justification for the purchase of such technology. Yet it’s to become law that we spend at least enough to upgrade our analog reception capabilities next year to accomodate HD.

There’s nothing but Liberal/Leftist/Socialist love your local homo, white men are stupid beer drinking morons, every other ethnicity is smarter, Corporations bad, four legs better than two Propaganda broadcast on the American airwaves and into our homes.

We don’t need these Leftists writing this crap so it can be pumped into our homes like so much septic waste.

It’s sad to think that even if every American turned off the television in protest for say a month, they’d continue pumping out crap...there is an agenda.


25 posted on 01/11/2008 2:18:15 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: karnage

With all due respect, I think you are wrong. The corporate owners of the entertainment companies are not going to open wide the sluice gates to profit participation in the internet for the writers, actors and directors. They will make a deal with the DGA that works for them, then impose the same terms on the other guilds. If the leadership of the WGA are smart, they’ll declare that a victory and end the strike at that point. But I fear that they’re not smart, and that David Young and his cadres think they’re storming the Winter Palace instead of engaging in a negotiation for better wages and benefits.


26 posted on 01/11/2008 2:26:36 PM PST by Argus
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To: karnage
The WGA will prevail in this strike. The union is right in its stand, unified in its membership, strong in support from the public, and has already begun making interim deals with individual companies.

They may prevail but the bad blood will last for a long time between the writers and all below-the-line crew members. As a card carrying Local 80 grip I can tell you that every co-worker I know is fuming at the timing of the work stoppage. They scheduled it for maximum impact during the height of the TV production schedule and right before the holidays.

And the fact that they've been planning this for a year (and avoiding the traditional early negotiations) and easily could have waited until the spring and have SAG bolster their case when that guild's contract was up for renewal and after TV wrapped for the season only deepens the contempt of the thousands of craft folk who are the engine of the industry.

F the writers. We won't forget this. Ever.

27 posted on 01/11/2008 2:26:53 PM PST by nunya bidness (Thompson/Steele '08)
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To: bahblahbah

Whatever, Julian.


28 posted on 01/11/2008 2:29:58 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: bahblahbah

Whatever, Julian.


29 posted on 01/11/2008 2:30:11 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: bahblahbah

Actually, Hollywood has been historically good for America. It has spread American ideas and culture abroad, and it has been a huge money maker for our country.

But I sympathize with those who would like to see Hollywood die. Instead of spreading ideas like freedom and the American way all around the world, or American style humor and romance, it is spreading sexual license, perversion, and hatred of America. It still is making a lot of money for our country, improving our balance of payments, and providing a lot of jobs, but the people who are running the industry today are mostly a bunch of sick, self-hating, sorry excuses for human beings.

I don’t know what it would take to bring Hollywood back to its senses, but that would certainly be preferable to watching it destroy itself as it tries to bring down the country with it.


30 posted on 01/11/2008 2:33:39 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: bahblahbah

Actually, Hollywood has been historically good for America. It has spread American ideas and culture abroad, and it has been a huge money maker for our country.

But I sympathize with those who would like to see Hollywood die. Instead of spreading ideas like freedom and the American way all around the world, or American style humor and romance, it is spreading sexual license, perversion, and hatred of America. It still is making a lot of money for our country, improving our balance of payments, and providing a lot of jobs, but the people who are running the industry today are mostly a bunch of sick, self-hating, sorry excuses for human beings.

I don’t know what it would take to bring Hollywood back to its senses, but that would certainly be preferable to watching it destroy itself as it tries to bring down the country with it.


31 posted on 01/11/2008 2:33:41 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: bahblahbah

No ‘I Love New York III’?


32 posted on 01/11/2008 2:34:10 PM PST by Crawdad (I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.)
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To: bahblahbah
When was the last time they made a movie without a political theme that tries to put down America? Fk-um. I’ve been to my last movie.
33 posted on 01/11/2008 2:41:12 PM PST by kempo (I)
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To: bahblahbah

90 years old? Yep, the end is near.


34 posted on 01/11/2008 2:42:40 PM PST by toddlintown (Five bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss..)
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To: bahblahbah

The film industry hauled in almost 10 billion dollars domestically last year, God only knows how much TV hauled in. The impending demise of Hollywood is their greatest fiction.


35 posted on 01/11/2008 2:45:53 PM PST by discostu (a mountain is something you don't want to %^&* with)
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To: rockinqsranch

The change isn’t to accommodate HD, it’s to switch to digital broadcast which is more efficient and will cause the sale of more licenses. Actually HD is one of the things that’s helped push the change to digital, you can’t do HD without digital (the analog broadcast standard just isn’t up to sending that much data) but you can do SD in digital. The digital change over has been put off multiple times because it would adversely effect too many people, now finally less than 10 percent of the population isn’t already capable (through new TVs, satellite or cable) of handling digital signal.

If every American turned off their TV for a month the industry would be dead. Their job is delivering eyeballs to commercials, if the eyeballs all went away for a month they’d be doomed. Whatever agenda they have is secondary to the simple concept of delivering eyeballs, it’s the eyeballs that pay the bills.


36 posted on 01/11/2008 2:54:02 PM PST by discostu (a mountain is something you don't want to %^&* with)
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To: Spok
What strike? /sarc

I didn't know what the IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Union) was, but a search said they were the union that struck Broadway before Christmas.

Now they being told to cross the picket line?

37 posted on 01/11/2008 2:55:50 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: CASchack
I’d be happy to see it close down. There hasn’t been anything to interest me in years.

I thought Star Wars was pretty good. Of course I was..thirty years? younger at the time.

Have they made anything since then? How was it?

38 posted on 01/11/2008 3:02:29 PM PST by Gorzaloon
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To: Gorzaloon
I forgot about Star Wars. I was thinking back to The Godfather.
39 posted on 01/11/2008 3:04:48 PM PST by CASchack
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To: Cicero

There are plenty of good movies every year. You just have to seek them out. Last year was unusually strong actually.


40 posted on 01/11/2008 3:14:30 PM PST by Borges
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To: CASchack

Some people think the last great movie was ‘The Sound of Music’.


41 posted on 01/11/2008 3:16:59 PM PST by Borges
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To: xkaydet65
Those folks are not working,

There is plenty of work if you're not hamstrung by a union.

42 posted on 01/11/2008 3:23:42 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: maine-iac7
I discovered books when I first learned to read. I remember one year, I read about 300 books. I am a very fast reader and some of my favorite authors are: Grace Livingston Hill, William W. Johnstone, Sue Grafton, and Michael Connelly. I liked the old Patricia Cornwell books but the last few have not been as good. I always carry a book with me when I go to dr’s appts, etc. I can not imagine life without books.
43 posted on 01/11/2008 3:26:07 PM PST by MamaB
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To: CASchack
I forgot about Star Wars. I was thinking back to The Godfather.

Oh yeah! I forgot about that one!

In all fairness, my wife did compel me to see "Titanic". I wonder how long ago that one was out. It was in fact the last movie I watched. This is partly because later titles did not sound like they would interest me all that much, and also, the movie theaters lost their allure. Paying a lot of money for overpriced popcorn, while sitting in a dark, wheezing, plague-ridden mob of consumptives and barking seals during flu season kind of turned me off to the whole thing.

Then, by the time Hollywood tried to tell me how to think and vote, their credibility with me had aready faded.

Awards ceremonies, orgies of self-worship for the Beautiful People, did the rest.

44 posted on 01/11/2008 3:49:40 PM PST by Gorzaloon
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To: nunya bidness

The DGA just announced they’re starting formal negotiations with the companies tomorrow. They’ll get it done fast and that’ll be that, let’s hope.

Great bumper sticker, BTW. Where can I get one?


45 posted on 01/11/2008 4:07:51 PM PST by Argus
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46 posted on 01/11/2008 4:19:43 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: bahblahbah

He may be right.

Just like the news media is being churned and thrown-over by new ways of reporting and disseminating the news, the same thing will happen to the entertainment media.

The little guy will be able to broadcast television shows and make movies and, eventually, compete with Hollywood.

Already most of the celebrity function has become unhinged from the “movie star” world. Britney, Paris, supermodels, myspace, etc. will continue to provide the new tabloids with the new celebrity chatter.

The days of having to pitch a show to studio bosses is over. Even George Lucas says he is now going to make films the new way-—low budget, for streaming on the internet or whatever.

Hollywood is so yesterday.


47 posted on 01/11/2008 7:39:48 PM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: Theresawithanh

If you ever look around the indie music scene, you’ll find that these days even your average garage band can make “records” that find appeal through the internet.

The same will start happening with movies. Yeah, they won’t be epic, special effects movies. But stories that people enjoying watching-—those will start getting made and broadcast by the average dude just like indie music.

It’ll be great.


48 posted on 01/11/2008 7:43:04 PM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: bahblahbah

The only thing I’m missing is 24.


49 posted on 01/11/2008 7:46:37 PM PST by freedom4me (Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. --Gen. George Patton)
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To: untrained skeptic
Yes, but I have a cousin who’s one of those writers, and I think the terms they are asking for are reasonable. A writer should be paid residuals for presentation of shows in new media. This isn’t a union issue; it’s a property rights issue, as far as I am concerned.

Oh, what ‘filth’ has my cousin (a good Catholic) written? ‘Toy Story 2’.

50 posted on 01/11/2008 7:49:58 PM PST by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven.)
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