TV WRITERS UNION SAYS AGENTS ARE VIOLATING ANTITRUST LAW
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Writers Guild of America has filed claims in federal court alleging the entertainment industry’s biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws. The claims filed Monday represent the latest move in a heated battle between the writers of television scripts and the agents who represent them.
The writers say agencies are violating antitrust law with the use of so-called packaging fees, where agents combine elements of a television series – including writers, scripts or actors – and sell them to studios as a unit.
Monday’s filings are a response to agency lawsuits alleging the Writers Guild has itself violated antitrust law with organized actions in the dispute, including the mass firing of agents by thousands of writers.
Emails to attorneys for the agencies were not immediately returned.
‘AFTER THE WEDDING’ WAS A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR JULIANNE MOORE
NEW YORK (AP) – Julianne Moore is accustomed to working with her husband, director Bart Freundlich, on set, but it was a real family affair when their daughter joined them for their latest collaboration.
Seventeen-year-old Liv Freundlich was a production assistant on “After the Wedding,” which was released earlier this month.
Bart Freundlich jokes they loved having her around more than she loved being around.
This is the fourth time the couple has worked together.
SHAQUILLE O’NEAL WILL BE IN ADAM SANDLER FILM
CHICAGO (AP) – Shaquille O’Neal will shoot a role in an Adam Sandler movie next week, but he doesn’t know what the role is.
O’Neal says it’s just for two days and he knows Sandler will take care of him. O’Neal says he’s a funny guy and he doesn’t really have to act.
What he wants to do, though, is action films. O’Neal says he’d be as big as The Rock if he could get an action role, but he only gets funny or silly scripts.
He says he turns most of them down, including an offer to do “Kazaam 2.”