Monday, June 17, 2024

Strike Fallout: Michael J. Fox Cancels Star Screening of Documentary, Won’t Cross Picket Line, plus Picketers Will Be at MTV Movie Awards


The Writers Guild strike is starting to have a big impact.

On Sunday, picketers will be out front at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in Santa Monica. This may discourage actors and others from crossing the line and going inside. Drew Barrymore has already resigned as host. Big stars like Jamie Lee Curtis and Tiffany Haddish are set to be presenters. But the word hasn’t come in yet about their choices. I’ll update.

Monday: Michael J. Fox was hosting an A list screening for his Apple documentary. Now it’s been cancelled because Fox won’t cross the picket line. His TV sister, Justine Bateman, posted the cancellation notice she received.

Today, in New York, many actors put up a picket line where the Showtime series “Billions” was filming on location. Busy Phillips, “SVU” producer Warren Leight, and many others were spotted. On the West Coast, producer-director JJ Abrams was carrying a sign proudly.

Social media is churning out info and appearances, a big difference from previous strikes. The AMPTP studios aka management are being outgunned.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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