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Friday, March 30, 2012

SAG and AFTRA Livestream Announcement of Merger Referendum Results - Part 1


86% of AFTRA 
82% of SAG voted to approve merger!

57% return on AFTRA side, or over 37,500 votes
53% return on SAG side, or over 55,000 votes

Screen Actors Guild, Inc.
5757 Wilshire Boulevard
7th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90036

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
5757 Wilshire Boulevard
9th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90036

SAG-AFTRA is born! This is the day we have decisively chosen a path of unity and Strength! 

-Ken Howard

'Titanic in 3D' may put the film back in number one. 'Hunger Games' to eat well! Liberty and Sirius at odds? Longer NFL Games Ahead. Hollywood tries to redescover its Glory Days.

The Skinny: You didn't think we could go more than two days without a photo of "The Hunger Games" did you? Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, which again will be dominated by that blockbuster; how Hollywood loves the '80s so much they want to relive them; and a potential civil war at satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM.

From the LA Times Company Town Blog. Click here for the latest industry news. 

King of the world again. James Cameron's "Titanic"  is being released in 3-D. It will no doubt attract everyone who loved it the first time and probably a lot of younger folks who didn't see it on the big screen. The real question is whether I can again avoid it.

Prepare to hear that famous line repeatedly as Titanic, the 1997 epic romance about the doomed luxury liner that made box-office history and tied the record for Oscar wins with 11, is relaunched into theaters on Wednesday — complete with a 3-D makeover.

And expect the second-highest-grossing film of all time, with $600.8 million domestic — runner-up to another title directed by James Cameron, 2009's Avatar ($760.5 million) — to make a valiant go at reclaiming the top spot. Go to USA Today on the re-release of Cameron's epic.

Treading Waters. The Wall Street Journal spends some quality time with director John Waters, the original provocateur whose early films included "Desperate Living" and "Female Trouble." Waters laments today's versions of "bad taste" for trying too hard, but also knows he's not a rebel anymore. Remind me sometime to share with you my story of how I first came to see "Pink Flamingos" as a ninth-grader. It was very amusing.

The Hunger Games will rule box office again
 Photo: "The Hunger Games." Credit: Murray Close/Associated Press
From the LA Times Company Town Blog. Click here for the latest industry news.

Still Hungry. "The Hunger Games" is expected to dominate the box office for the second weekend in a row. Last weekend, it took in $152.5 million. This weekend, analysts expect it to gross another $60 million. Neither of the two new releases -- "Wrath of the Titans" and "Mirror, Mirror" -- is expected to come anywhere near that total. "Wrath of the Titans," a sequel to "Clash of the Titans," is projected to take in $40 million. While that's nothing to sneeze at, the movie cost more than $150 million. "Mirror, Mirror," which stars Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, is likely to make $25 million. That won't make it the fairest of them all. Also, opening in limited release is "Bully," the Weinstein Co. documentary. Box office projections from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

Daily Dose: The NFL's new overtime rules for the regular season will have some repercussions for TV networks. Starting this season, a game that goes into overtime cannot be decided by a field goal during the first possession. In other words, if the team that wins the coin toss drives down the field and kicks a field goal, the opposing team will get the ball to try to match that or score a touchdown. That could make games longer and the NFL and networks will likely push the start time of late afternoon games, which will mean even later starts in prime time.

Everything old is new again. I loved the '80s, which is when I came of age. But that doesn't mean I want to see rehashes of every TV show I watched and every movie I sneaked into at Washington's Avalon Theater. Hollywood thinks that I do and that today's kids do as well. Sometimes it pays off, as was the case with the movie version of "21 Jump Street." But another "Vacation" movie from Chevy Chase? A new "Dirty Dancing?"  The New York Times looks at Hollywood's efforts to capture its glory days. If that's not enough, the Hollywood Reporter says Arnold Scharzenegger, Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy are teaming up on a sequel to "Twins." Shoot me now.

Serious questions for Sirius XM. Is John Malone's Liberty Media, the biggest stakeholder in Sirius XM, trying to take over the satellite radio company? That is what Seeking Alpha suggests is behind some recent Federal Communications Commission filings by Liberty Media regarding control of Sirius XM's satellite licenses. Keep an eye on this one, it could get interesting.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mark Olsen on "Wrath of the Titans." Mary McNamara on the new season of HBO's "Game of Thrones."
-- Joe Flint
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