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July 19, 1988 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
They are Hollywood's hyphenates, on strike against themselves the past four months in something akin to occupational schizophrenia. One moment they are active rank-and-file members of the Writers Guild of America picketing CBS or Walt Disney. The next they are management, fretting because work has stopped on their productions, furloughing longtime employees and discussing negotiations with the same studio heads and network executives they are striking. "I have a foot in both camps.
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July 19, 1988 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
They are Hollywood's hyphenates, on strike against themselves the past four months in something akin to occupational schizophrenia. One moment they are active rank-and-file members of the Writers Guild of America picketing CBS or Walt Disney. The next they are management, fretting because work has stopped on their productions, furloughing longtime employees and discussing negotiations with the same studio heads and network executives they are striking. "I have a foot in both camps.
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March 19, 1994 | KEVIN THOMAS
"The Birds II: Land's End" is pretty much for the birds. It's a routine reworking rather than a sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic "The Birds." The film is decently, though unexcitingly acted and has good special effects, but it lacks suspense and tension, crucial for a story so well-known to so many viewers in the first place. Predictably, the new film plays up the ecological implications of the birds' malevolent behavior.
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January 9, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Denzel Washington was a force to be reckoned with at the 39th annual NAACP Image Awards nominations announced Tuesday. His civil rights drama "The Great Debaters" scored eight nominations, including best film, director and actor for Washington. The film was also nominated for actress for Jurnee Smollett, supporting actor for Denzel Whitaker, Forest Whitaker and Nate Parker, and writing for Robert Eisele.
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June 13, 1986 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
The writers of TV movies about deafness, Alzheimer's disease and dyslexia were nominated Thursday for the top honors in the 1986 Humanitas Prizes, which reward "humanizing achievement in television." The winner in the category for prime-time programs at least 90 minutes in length will receive $25,000.
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July 15, 1996
I read with interest the comments of Sharon Elizabeth Doyle and Robert Eisele ("System Is Still Needed to Protect Screenwriters in Hollywood," Calendar, July 1), not only because both writers worked for me [when I was producer] on the television series "Cagney & Lacey," but because of the particular subject that they addressed. While I respect them as artists and understand their defense of the arbitration system that their guild employs, I cannot help but comment on the irony of their positions, considering the all-but-announced posture of the Writers Guild of America to systematically undermine, if not destroy, the credit of the producer of motion pictures and television.
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August 21, 1993 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The anti-death penalty drama "Last Light" (premiering on Showtime Sunday at 9 p.m.) is notable for Kiefer Sutherland's condemned killer and for the movie's unpreachy, understated stance against capital punishment. Co-starring Forest Whitaker as a troubled Death Row guard who comes to befriend Sutherland's snarly sociopath, the production also marks the competent directorial debut of Sutherland (which follows Whitaker's own directorial debut in an HBO movie tonight, see below).
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October 29, 2007 | Lynn Smith and Matea Gold, Times Staff Writers
THE year was 1988 and Hollywood's writers were still smarting from concessions made in a 1985 strike that left them with only a small percentage of residuals for DVDs and other rebroadcasts of their material. It was a time of high stakes, passion and confusion -- in other words, a time not unlike the present. Many current members of the Writers Guild of America don't remember the last major strike by the writers.
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January 25, 2008 | Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to The Times
SANTA BARBARA -- To schedule a festival's opening date two days after Academy Awards nominees are announced almost guarantees a place under the spotlight. Banking on Oscar hype can also be an exercise in humiliation if the invited honorees turn out not to be in competition. So it takes some chutzpah as well as sharp forecasting skills to select talent for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which opened Thursday and runs through Feb. 3.
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February 8, 1994
In a first for the Writers Guild of America, the same writer was nominated four times in a single category Monday for the organization's 1993 awards for outstanding TV and radio writing. Daryl Busby was the writer who picked up four nominations in the category of best children's script for screenplays he co-authored for the Disney Channel series "Adventures in Wonderland." Winners of the 46th annual Writers Guild Awards, which cover the period from Sept. 1, 1992, to Aug.
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December 6, 2007 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
As the writers strike continues, celebrities across the entertainment industry, most of whom can afford many months without a paycheck, are offering help, some secretly, to the others who live hand-to-mouth. Free food at picket lines is being supplemented by large-scale benefit concerts organized by writers on both coasts. Those grander gestures augment the free or discounted meals already offered at restaurants, as well as coffee, drinks, mani-pedis and clairvoyant readings all around town.
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