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Another upcoming war movie ... but one to avoid!


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https://www.navytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2018/08/28/midway-remake-to-start-filming-next-month-on-oahu/

 

I hadn't heard anything about this movie until today, when I got a message from the Canadian screen actors' union (ACTRA) telling its members not to work on it. The Canadian union got involved because some of it will be shot in Montreal starting next month -- it seems an odd choice of location, but then again I guess this portion of the shoot may be studio work (like the movie '300' which was almost entirely shot in a Montreal studio).

 

Apparently the American union (SAG-AFTRA) has issued a similar notice to its members, because the producers haven't signed agreements recognizing the unions either in the USA or in Canada. Which sort of puzzled me ... are Woody Harrelson and his co-stars not a member of their actors' union? Or are they all so rich that they don't care about any disciplinary action (fines, suspension, etc.)?

 

In any case, unless the producers correct the situation, please don't support this movie with your dollars!

 

S!

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Very disturbing.  There are probably 5 companies involved in production. They all have teams of lawyers. There are several unions involved not just actors but grips, electricians, AFL-CIO.  I do not see how anyone or group could sign up without a contract. Looks like "Midway" is going to be a very  important battle all over again.

 

 

OK, just remembered.  I was at Disney World in Florida in '92. It was the last show of the Indiana Jones thingie. After the show, the guy playing Indiana Jones was down front talking to people and signing books. My girl friend wanted his autograph. I wanted to impress her so I asked him if he was a member of SAG. That caught his attention. He ended up talking to us for 20 minutes explaining how the show worked and the various casting changes. Needless to say the gf was very impressed. The important piece of information was that he was NOT a member of SAG because Florida is a "Right to Work" state.  Hawaii is NOT a Right to Work state.

 

Something is very wrong.

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Very disturbing.  There are probably 5 companies involved in production. They all have teams of lawyers. There are several unions involved not just actors but grips, electricians, AFL-CIO.  I do not see how anyone or group could sign up without a contract. Looks like "Midway" is going to be a very  important battle all over again.

 

 

OK, just remembered.  I was at Disney World in Florida in '92. It was the last show of the Indiana Jones thingie. After the show, the guy playing Indiana Jones was down front talking to people and signing books. My girl friend wanted his autograph. I wanted to impress her so I asked him if he was a member of SAG. That caught his attention. He ended up talking to us for 20 minutes explaining how the show worked and the various casting changes. Needless to say the gf was very impressed. The important piece of information was that he was NOT a member of SAG because Florida is a "Right to Work" state.  Hawaii is NOT a Right to Work state.

 

Something is very wrong.

 

 

Definitely something wrong...... you had a girlfriend???

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S!

 

When I was 20, I was working in a factory making hydraulic pumps for aircraft. All I saw every day was guys.  I went to school for x-ray. I worked in hospitals. The scenery was much better. Hospitals are probably the most social work setting especially where the girls outnumber the boys 20 to 1.

 

I remember back in 1980 I was going out to happy hour with some nurses from the night shift. A very friendly group. I had asked out the red head, Irene. She said "But last week, I saw you kissing Mary,."    My reply, "Yes, I was kissing her but I was thinking of you."  OMG those were the days.

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Good news! I just got an e-mail from ACTRA saying that both they and SAG-AFTRA have lifted their Do Not Work notices on this film. The producers have signed the necessary recognition and security agreements, so we can watch the movie with a clear conscience :)

 

Now, whether I can convince them to cast me is another question altogether ... ;)

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