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Watch Project "Speechless" Video Featuring Nicolette Sheridan and Eva Longoria

Deadline Hollywood Daily | Nikki FInke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This is the tenth of the Writers Guild Of America member-conceived Internet videos for Project "Speechless" featuring A-list Screen Actors Guild talen...

Tonight Show Lays Off 120 Staffers

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Nonwriting staff members of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" became the latest casualties of the four-week Hollywood writers strike when they were lai...

Report: Late Nighters Eye January Comeback

Variety | Josef Adalian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

With latenight ratings continuing to plunge, the betting in network circles is that several hosts will be back on the air by Jan. 7, if not sooner. N...

Happy Birthday, Jon Stewart! See You Toni— Oops, Never Mind

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at the Daily Nightly, BriWi takes a break from the news to post a mini-paean to Jon Stewart on this, his 45th birthday — which, alas, will ...

Rerun Alert: Shows Run Out Of Banked Episodes

AP | Frazier Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The writers strike is in its fourth week, with chilly prospects for viewing ahead. During December, the schedule will be dominated by holiday special...

Writers' Strike Talks Set To Resume Today

AP | Gary Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Striking TV and movie writers kept up the pressure on studios by picketing and intensifying an Internet campaign that uses the very medium at issue i...

Tonight Show Staffers Laid Off, But Leno Will Cover Their Salaries

The Hollywood Reporter | Paul Bond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jay Leno will pay out of his pocket the salaries of some 80 staffers of "The Tonight Show" who were laid off on Friday for at least the next week, a s...

Conan To Pay Staffers Out Of Pocket

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

With his nonstriking "Late Night" staffers facing layoffs after Friday, Conan O'Brien has promised to cover their salaries next week, an NBC spokeswom...

Solidarity! Tina Fey, Tim Robbins, Kristin Davis, John Edwards, And The Creepy Guy From "Lost" Rally For Striking Writers

Huffington Post | Patrick Waldo and Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Actors, writers, and politicians gathered in Washington Square Park to rally in support of the WGA strike -- and HuffPo's Patrick Waldo was there to capture it on video.

Studios Facing $3 Billion Tab For New Union Deal

Silicon Valley Insider | Michael Learmonth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Hollywood's writers and producers return this week for a three-day negotiating session. Who's got the upper hand? Depends on who's handicapping the fi...

Strike Talks Resume As TV And Film Studios Fall Silent

The Independent On Sunday | Andrew Gumbel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

With some of America's favourite television programmes pushed off the air and high-profile film projects biting the dust, Hollywood's studio bosses an...

Writers Reject Producers' Proposal, Calling It A "Massive Rollback"

AP | Gary Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Film and TV writers who've been on strike for nearly a month are mulling a new contract offer from Hollywood studios. Producers said the offer they pr...

Democratic Debate Canceled Over CBS Writers' Strike

AP | Beth Fouhy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Democratic National Committee has canceled a scheduled presidential debate in Los Angeles because of a potential strike by CBS news writers. "Du...

Creativity Helping Writers Win The PR War

New York Times | Brooks Barnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When the 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America decided on Nov. 4 to strike, Hollywood wondered how hard the white-collar group would fight. T...

NBC Picketer: Strike-Breaker Daly "Almost Ran Me Over"

Deadline Hollywood Daily | Nikki Finke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As if this week's controversy over non-WGA member Carson Daly crossing the picket line and going back to work wasn't enough, here's more. Adam Waring,...

Hollywood Labor Talks Enter 4th Day

AP | Gary Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Striking movie and TV writers and producers have agreed to meet for a fourth day of negotiations in a dispute centering on payment for work aired on t...

Carson Daly First Late-Night Host To Break The Strike

AP | Frazier Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly" is about to become the first late-night talk show to defy the writers strike and resume production. Daly, who is n...

Strike Becoming Nikki Finke's Make-It Moment

New York Times | Brian Stelter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When some striking members of the Writers Guild of America created a series of videos depicting speechless actors in support of the writers' cause, th...

Watch Project "Speechless" Video Featuring Felicity Huffman and Bill Macy

Deadline Hollywood Daily | Nikki Finke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This is the eighth of the Writers Guild Of America member-conceived Internet videos for Project "Speechless" featuring A-list Screen Actors Guild tale...

Jimmy Kimmel, Quiet Hero: Been Paying Staff Since Strike Began

TMZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jimmy Kimmel loves the little people -- who work on this show, that is. TMZ has learned that Kimmel, host of his own late night show on ABC, has been ...

Studios Offer Writers New Contract, Millions For Online Content; Writers Counteroffer

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Hollywood studios presented a new contract offer to striking film and TV writers Thursday that the studios said would pay writers millions of dollars...

Chevy Chase Rehired As An "SNL" Regular - At Scale

Fox News | Roger Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Before the writer's strike, Chevy Chase's return to "Saturday Night Live" segment "Weekend Update" was supposed to be a recurring role. "I met with A...

Writers To Put Down Picket Signs For Elizabeth Taylor's AIDS Benefit

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Elizabeth Taylor says striking TV and film writers will briefly put down their picket signs when an AIDS benefit performance is held next month on the...

Strike May Affect Oscars

Variety | Iain Blair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The Academy Awards ceremony is set for Feb. 24, but now that the writers' strike has become a reality, it may well take some of the luster off the gol...

Live From New York, A Show By Family, For Family

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 01.14.2013 | Media

Here's ETP's recap of Saturday night's Live SNL stage show at the UCB, from host Michael Cera's monologue to musical guest Yo La Tengo to Will Forte's golden-sheathed codpiece to what Norah Jones and Fred Armisen's naked butt have in common.