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logo_tiff - toronto international film festival 2010Here is a film that just conspires to appeal to those that ride on that whimsical frequency so difficult to describe to those not on it, and, as was the case with this author, dreadfully in danger of being overlooked for sharing its title with the 2006 period piece about magicians in Vienna directed by Neil Burger that starred Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel.

The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste) | Sylvain Chomet

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2010
Language: English

The Illusionist is based on a script that was ultimately never produced by filmmaker Jacques Tati, auteur of one of my personal favorite film from the New Wave of French Cinema – Playtime. Here is the drilldown:

“From the director of The Triplets Of Belleville comes a film of grace and unique beauty. [Written by] Jacques Tati for his daughter, Chomet tells the story of a magician who was pushed aside by rock and roll, yet finds one young girl who appreciates his magic. The film stars Jean-Claude Donda and Eilidh Rankin.” ~ Cameron Bailey

The film only has two precious screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, so if you are present, get thee to the ticket office pronto!

Sunday September 12 2:30:00 PM VISA SCREENING ROOM (ELGIN)
Sunday September 19 6:30:00 PM Tiff Bell LightBox 2

Watch the trailer for The Illusionist at the Official TIFF site now

Recent stories from the Associated Press are relaying strong opposition from the very actors the guild represents to the proposed vote to strike as negotiations continue between the powerful American actors’ guild and the AMPTA that represents the producers.

The actors feel that the already bleak production landscape created by the ongoing struggle would be rendered disastrous for too many struggling performers should the strike be approved in these harsh economic times.

Some excerpts from the Associated Press articles:

More Than 130 A-List Actors Oppose Strike Vote

December 17, 2008 – LOS ANGELES — Delivering a rebuke to the leadership of the Screen Actors Guild, more than 130 actors signed a letter urging their colleagues to reject a strike-authorization vote in January.

“We don’t think that an authorization can be looked at as merely a bargaining tool,” said the letter, signed by “Desperate Housewives” actress Eva Longoria Parker, “Spider-Man” star Tobey Maguire, and others. “It must be looked at as what it is _ an agreement to strike if negotiations fail.”

“We do not believe in all good conscience that now is the time to be putting people out of work,” it said.

Other signatories included Tom Hanks, Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Cameron Diaz, Heather Graham and Edward Norton.

The letter, sent to guild board members and staff, is the latest sign of unhappiness with the leadership of the 120,000-strong union.

On Friday, the New York representatives on the guild’s board demanded a halt to the strike vote and called for an emergency meeting to replace the negotiating committee.

Guild President Alan Rosenberg planned an emergency meeting for Friday in Los Angeles, but rescinded it after New York members complained about the short notice to travel. A new meeting has not been scheduled.

The guild wants terms that are better than the deals accepted by directors, writers, stagehands and another actors union earlier in the year.

[read the whole article here]

Second article:

Film workers protest against strike at SAG meeting

From the Associated Press:

December 18, 2008 – LOS ANGELES – A dozen film industry workers protested outside a town hall meeting of the Screen Actors Guild on Wednesday night, pleading with actors not to authorize a strike that would bring the entertainment business to a halt.

The workers held up signs saying “Please No Strike Now – The Crew” in the rain outside the complex housing the Kodak Theatre, home of the Academy Awards.


The group of protesters, location scouts, technicians and camera-equipment vendors, said work has dried up since the actors’ contract expired in June because studios have delayed making new movies for fear of a damaging walkout.

“Since the last contract expired in June, it’s basically killed the feature film business,” said Rob Frank, a 48-year-old location manager from Los Angeles. “People are losing their homes. I just think the timing is off for a strike.”

Since wrapping location shooting on Disney’s “Bedtime Stories” in August, Frank said he has been out of a job. “I’m usually going from movie to movie to movie with no break in between,” he said.


But some of the 400 actors attending Wednesday night’s meeting remained determined to press their case with the major Hollywood studios.

Actor Ed Asner, 79, said a strike was necessary to achieve the guild’s goals and that the length of a possible walkout depends on the Hollywood studios. “It all depends on how greedy they are for product.”


The strike vote must be approved by 75 percent of voting members to succeed. If it is approved, the SAG national board can call a strike. Votes will be counted on Jan. 23.

[read the whole article here]

[end articles] Found at NAB365

My own opinion is somewhere in the middle.  After so much time bargaining with the AMPTA, it would be even more harmful not to come to an agreement now because I would mean the matter will have to be reopened eventually and so the industry would remain somewhat paralyzed.  SAG has the momentum going now.  The AMPTA must acknowledge that the need to establish the groundwork for compensating actors for work broadcast online is now, not some time in the future.

On the other hand, a strike would prove devastating for 90% of the over a hundred thousand actors represented, not to mention all the other industry workers that include everything from the art departments and camera crews to the technicians, writers, directors and so on who would not be able to land jobs until the matter was resolved anyway.

Do you think the screen Actors Guild should wait for the economy to improve, or should SAG strike now?