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Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected President of SAG-AFTRA, But “Loyal Opposition” Makes Major Gains In La

Update: SAG-AFTRA presidential candidate Matthew Modine has conceded defeat, sort of. The election was marred by some mudslinging from each side, and in a statement Modine appears to be keeping options open if the election is scrutinized.

“I am proud of our campaign for transparency and the goal of uniting all 160,000 members of SAG-aftra,” Modine said. “It has been an honor to stand with you. I congratulate all of our MembershipFirst candidates on winning important victories tonight. Each will be instrumental in forming a more perfect union. It appears there has already been a challenge from outside of the political groups with allegations of impropriety and possible Federal election law violations. Therefore, as a matter of principal it is important to withhold judgment until it is determined that the election was held fairly and in compliance with the labor code. If it is determined that the election was
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Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected as SAG-aftra President

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Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected as SAG-aftra President
Gabrielle Carteris has been re-elected president of SAG-aftra, fending off challenges from Matthew Modine and three other contenders.

Carteris won handily with 13,537 votes, or 44% of ballots cast, to 10,682 for Modine and 5,048 for Jane Austin, 1,096 for Queen Alljahye Searles and 367 for Abraham Justice.

The results were announced early Thursday morning at 4 a.m. following one of the most bitter election campaigns in memory, including multiple accusations of misconduct.

Camryn Manheim won the secretary-treasurer post with 16,047 votes, or 53%, as Carteris’ running mate. She defeated Modine ally Jodi Long, who garnered 10,251 votes, followed by Chuck Slavin with 2,204 votes and Rob Stats with 1,790. The union mailed a total of 145,700 ballots, so the participation level was about 21%.

Carteris, best known for playing Andrea Zuckerman on “Beverly Hills 90210,” has been president since 2016. She and her allies in the moderate-leaning Unite For Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide have been in control of SAG-AFTRA and SAG for a decade.
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Wednesday’s SAG-AFTRA Election to Cap Bitter Battle Between Gabrielle Carteris, Matthew Modine

  • Variety
One of the most bitter SAG-AFTRA elections in memory concludes Wednesday following strident campaigns by president Gabrielle Carteris and Matthew Modine.

Both have accused the other of multiple violations in the battle for the top slot at the performers union, which has 160,000 members. The fracas has been so heated that turnout may rise above the usual 20% to 30%. Results could be announced by Wednesday afternoon.

Carteris, best known as for her portrayal of the brainy Andrea Zuckerman on “Beverly Hills 90210,” and her allies in the Unite For Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide have been in control of SAG-aftra for a decade. Modine, whose credits include “Full Metal Jacket” and “Stranger Things,” has mounted an aggressive challenge through the Membership First slate.

SAG-aftra, WGA and the Directors Guild of America are all heading into what are sure to be complicated master film and TV contract negotiations early next year with the major studios,
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Jane Austin, Indie Candidate for SAG-AFTRA President, Backing Board Candidates From Both Slates

As SAG-AFTRA’s two factions threaten to fracture the guild further – now they’re threatening to see each other – independent presidential candidate Jane Austin has embarked on a campaign to unify the 160,000-member union in advance of next year’s negotiations for a new film and TV contract.

Saying that “the two-party slate system represents an antiquated system that no longer effectively serves the interests of the membership,” Austin now is rolling out her endorsements for board candidates from both parties – incumbent president Gabrielle Carteris’ Unite for Strength slate and challenger Matthew Modine’s Membership First opposition slate. Austin, currently the guild’s national secretary-treasurer, was elected to that post two years ago on the Membership First slate.

“Based on the board candidates’ statements, and my experience working with them, I’ve chosen to support these specific candidates no matter what slate they’re on because I know
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Gabrielle Carteris Threatens Suit Over SAG-AFTRA Election Allegations

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SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and seven of her supporters are threatening to file a lawsuit against their opponents over recent allegations of misconduct by Carteris.

United Screen Actors Nationwide, which endorses Carteris, issued the threat Thursday against presidential challenger Matthew Modine and 19 of his allies running on the Membership First slate, including Ed Asner, Diane Ladd, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Martin Sheen.

Pamela Jeffrey of the New York firm of Levy Ratner wrote a cease-and-desist letter in response to a July 29 threat from attorney Robert Allen to file a lawsuit on behalf of unnamed members if Carteris was not removed from the ballot. Allen accused Carteris of allegedly using insider information to take credit for SAG-aftra’s new deal with Netflix and alleged that she has been using union resources to promote her candidacy via official SAG-aftra videos.

Jeffrey called the allegations baseless and accused the 20 members — many
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Attorney For SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris’ Slate Sends “Cease And Desist” Letter To Challenger Matthew Modine & Slate Over Lawsuit Threat

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and members of her slate are fighting back against Matthew Modine and his slate’s threat of a “frivolous” lawsuit over her alleged use of guild resources, including “insider and highly confidential information,” to advance her candidacy — a claim she vehemently denies. Modine’s team even demanded that Carteris be removed from the ballot in the upcoming election.

In a letter to Modine and his team, Pamela Jeffrey, an attorney representing Carteris and her slate, wrote:

“Our clients demand that you immediately cease and desist from using costly litigation at the expense of SAG-aftra and its members as a tool to advance your own personal political agenda,” wrote “If you do not publicly retract or disavow in writing the threat of a frivolous and unwarranted lawsuit and other demands, my clients have informed me that they will consider other appropriate action to protect the
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-AFTRA Board Seats

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-AFTRA Board Seats
Ed Asner, Elliott Gould and Jonathan Taylor Thomas are seeking SAG-AFTRA national board seats as members of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate.

Asner is the former president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving two terms from 1981 to 1985, and winning five Emmys for his role as Lou Grant and two others for his work on “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Roots.” Gould is a former board member who was nominated for an Oscar for “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice” and is best known for his work on Robert Altman’s “M*A*S*H” and “The Long Goodbye.” Taylor Thomas is known for his roles on “Home Improvement” and voicing young Simba in 1994’s “The Lion King.”

Current board members Frances Fisher, Diane Ladd and Patricia Richardson are seeking re-election as Membership First reps. Jennifer Beals, Neve Campbell and Rob Schneider are also part of the slate,
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Membership First Unveils Full Slate Of Candidates For SAG-AFTRA Elections

Membership First, the “loyal opposition” at SAG-AFTRA, has unveiled its slate of candidates in the upcoming elections. Patricia Richardson is running for president of the guild’s Los Angeles local, and Frances Fisher and David Jolliffe are vying for two local vice president slots. As previously reported, Matthew Modine heads the slate in his bid to unseat Gabrielle Carteris as president of SAG-aftra, and Jodi Long is running for national secretary-treasurer.

Richardson, who is the La local’s first vp, was defeated by incumbent Ken Howard four years ago in the race for president of the 160,000-member union — “We have the largest local, half the union’s members,” Richardson said in her campaign statement. “Our building, doubling as national headquarters and our home, now a construction site rented at $6,000,000 a year, is inadequate for our needs. We still have to rent other spaces for any large meetings. Thanks to Membership First,
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The Real-Life Inspiration Behind The Lion King's Iconic "Hakuna Matata"

The original The Lion King movie is packed to the brim with quotable, memorable moments that every '90s kid knows by heart. The catchiest of them all, of course, is "Hakuna Matata," Timon and Pumbaa's peppy, hilarious ode to the worry-free life. The characters claim that the phrase "means no worries for the rest of your days," and they're actually right!

The lyric "hakuna matata" is a Swahili phrase, and it really does translate as "no worries!" According to a bonus feature on a special edition DVD of the original animated The Lion King, the creative team reportedly heard the phrase from a safari guide in Kenya while on a trip to do research. The pronunciation, however, is different in the movie than it is in Swahili (the "T" sound is apparently the key difference). The phrase intrigued the team for its opposition to the themes of royal responsibility
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The Real-Life Inspiration Behind The Lion King's Iconic "Hakuna Matata"

The Real-Life Inspiration Behind The Lion King's Iconic
The original The Lion King movie is packed to the brim with quotable, memorable moments that every '90s kid knows by heart. The catchiest of them all, of course, is "Hakuna Matata," Timon and Pumbaa's peppy, hilarious ode to the worry-free life. The characters claim that the phrase "means no worries for the rest of your days," and they're actually right!

The lyric "hakuna matata" is a Swahili phrase, and it really does translate as "no worries!" According to a bonus feature on a special edition DVD of the original animated The Lion King, the creative team reportedly heard the phrase from a safari guide in Kenya while on a trip to do research. The pronunciation, however, is different in the movie than it is in Swahili (the "T" sound is apparently the key difference). The phrase intrigued the team for its opposition to the themes of royal responsibility
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Disney's Reboot of The Lion King Is Packed With A-List Stars - Here's the Full Cast!

On Nov. 1, 2017, Disney officially announced the full cast for the Lion King reboot. It's been well over a year since then, but no, we still haven't recovered from finding out that Beyoncé will be playing the role of Nala. She's not the only A-list member of the cast you can look forward to hearing when you see the film this Summer, however.

You may be of the opinion that no one will ever be able to top the original 1994 animated film which starred Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and Matthew Broderick, but the newest lineup is quite impressive, to say the least. Keep reading to see which other actors have already signed on to star alongside Queen Bey, and check out all the other important details.

Related: Simba Goes Head-to-Head With Scar in a Wild New Clip From The Lion King
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Disney's Reboot of The Lion King Is Packed With A-List Stars - Here's the Full Cast!

On Nov. 1, 2017, Disney officially announced the full cast for the Lion King reboot. It's been well over a year since then, but no, we still haven't recovered from finding out that Beyoncé will be playing the role of Nala. She's not the only A-list member of the cast you can look forward to hearing when you see the film this Summer, however.

You may be of the opinion that no one will ever be able to top the original 1994 animated film which starred Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and Matthew Broderick, but the newest lineup is quite impressive, to say the least. Keep reading to see which other actors have already signed on to star alongside Queen Bey, and check out all the other important details.

Related: Simba Goes Head-to-Head With Scar in a Wild New Clip From The Lion King
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New Lion King TV Spot Teases Duet Between Beyonce & Donald Glover

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Disney's latest The Lion King TV spot features our first Beyonc&#233 and Donald Glover duet tease. The duo take on Elton John and Tim Rice's iconic "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," and fans of both artists are probably going to want a lot more. The original song from the animated version is sung by Jason Weaver, who was handpicked by John to be the singing voice of Simba. Jonathan Taylor Thomas famously voiced the character for the speaking role.

The Lion King remake hits theaters next month and the 30-second TV spot featuring the first vocals from Beyonc&#233 and Donald Glover is surely enough to get fans excited. The response to the remake has been divisive over the last several months, but Disney fans have been warming up to it lately and having new music from Glover and Beyonc&#233 is going a long way in hyping the project.
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‘The Lion King’ Teaser: Jon Favreau Paints the Disney Classic in Live Action

Disney has released the first teaser trailer for its much anticipated live action/CGI remake of “The Lion King,” thus continuing the circle of life for the beloved movie musical.

Released in 1994, “The Lion King” is a loose riff on William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” The movie follows young lion cub Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas/Matthew Broderick) as he prepares to succeed his father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones), king of the Pride Lands. After Simba’s evil uncle Scar (Jeremy Irons) murders Mufasa, he convinces Simba to flee. With the help of jokesters Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella), the cub grows up in exile, eventually returning to challenge Scar and reclaim his throne at the behest of his childhood friend, Nala (Moira Kelly).

The Lion King” is primarily remembered for its original songs, which were written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, with a score by Hans Zimmer.
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This Week in Music: Charli Xcx feat. Troye Sivan, Halsey, Lil Baby and Gunna

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Halsey, “Without Me”

Sounds like: A textbook diss for a toxic ex

Perfect for: Establishing your romantic boundaries and your self-worth

Last year, with Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, Halsey gave us a script-flipping take on Romeo & Juliet — and she’s still all about tortured romance on her first solo single since then. “Put you right back on your feet/Just so you could take advantage of me,” she sings on this cool club-pop kiss-off to a toxic ex. In a statement, she said simply,
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‘Last Man Standing’ Review: Season 7 Is Not ‘Roseanne’ 2.0, Which Helps the Bland Fox Sitcom Feel Somewhat Soothing

‘Last Man Standing’ Review: Season 7 Is Not ‘Roseanne’ 2.0, Which Helps the Bland Fox Sitcom Feel Somewhat Soothing
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Last Man Standing” Season 7 premiere, Episode 1, “Welcome Baxter.”]

After “Roseanne” became a cultural lightning rod, after a slew of buzz built around “middle America” needing more right-leaning series, after Roseanne Barr got herself fired from her own show, and after that show kept chugging along with a name change and without its ex-eponymous star — because that’s how much broadcast needs voices like “The Conners” — here is “Last Man Standing”: a series revived from cancellation in part because of “Roseanne’s” surprising success, and starring a well-known conservative comedian who’s political punditry has lost him many former fans of “Home Improvement.”

Given America’s climate in general, as well as the specific events spurring heated debate on premiere night, “Last Man Standing’s” return was set up to be a triggering, evocative event; a rally for the right and another fire to extinguish for the left.

But there’s no fire here.
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Vote for Your Favorite '90s Heartthrob

Vote for Your Favorite '90s Heartthrob
In the '90s, were there three letters dreamier than J-t-t? Maybe you say, indeed there were. Thanks to the popularity of Home Improvement, Jonathan Taylor Thomas became one of the most popular heartthrobs during that decade, adorning many teenagers' walls and now-defunct teen magazines with his smiling presence. Joining him were the likes of Jared Leto, who played bad boy Jordan Catalano on MTV's short-lived cult teen series My So-Called Life. He was so good at staring. And his fans loved—and many still do love—to stare right back at him. And Leonardo DiCaprio...yup, an Og '90s heartthrob. Speaking of bad boys, Ryan Phillippe's...
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eBay Removal Of Justin Cooper Photo Brings Scrutiny To Mystery Online Seller Of Child Actor Head Shots

Exclusive: eBay has removed an item for sale that included the Social Security number of former child actor Justin Cooper, best known for his Liar Liar role as the neglected son of the lawyer played by Jim Carrey. The removal came after inquiries from Deadline.

The listing was posted by a mystery seller who goes by the user name “love_heath,” who is eBay’s No. 1 purveyor of pictures of famous little boys. Some are as young as 7, and all of them were child actors. He claims to live in Canada and runs a website, which also goes by love_health, on which he says he will be “listing over 600 of these studio photos over the next couple of days.” His real name is unknown.

He’s currently selling more than 300 of them on eBay. They’re called “original studio agency photos” – old-school glossy 8×10 head shots of young boys, each
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Tim Allen Says That a Home Improvement Revival Series Has "Been Floated"

It seems like every other hit show from the 80s and 90s is getting a revival series, why not add Home Improvement to the list. Tim Allen seems very much open to the idea of reprising his role of Tim "The Toolman" Taylor in a revival. 

With the revival of Roseanne premiere later this month, Tim Allen was recently asked about the possibility of a Home Improvement revival by Et, and he said:

"I can't say everybody, but it has been floated, and more than I would have expected said, 'Yeah, that would be cool to do it years later,' like Roseanne."

If he would be able to get to gang back together to do it, he'd certainly be interested! The cast of the series included Patricia Richardson, Zachery Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Taran Noah Smith, Richard Karn, and Debbe DunningEarl Hindman, who played Wilson is the
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'The Lion King': Meet the Actors Behind the Remake

'The Lion King': Meet the Actors Behind the Remake
The 1994 animated film The Lion King was a critical and commercial hit and beloved by families. The Disney movie won two Oscars and has grossed more than $968 million worldwide.

The animated version was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, with a voice cast that included Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin.

In September 2016, it was announced that Disney is doing a CGI remake of the film with Jon Favreau set to direct. The cast of ...
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