Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Sylvester Stallone Goes Rogue: Will Promote Himself At Toronto Film Fest Despite Actors Strike Restrictions


Actors are prohibited from promoting their movies at film festivals because of the SAG AFTRA strike.

Sylvester Stallone however will appear next month at the Toronto International Film Festival. He’ll promote his Netflix documentary at a talk event moderated in front of an audience. TIFF will have other talks but not with union members. They include director Pedro Almodovar.

Stallone is a member of both the writers and actors guilds, each of which are on strike.

The “Rocky” star had voiced support for the WGA strike last spring when it began. But he’s yet to be seen on a picket line and hasn’t said anything about the actor’s strike.

Stallone has been ardent on campaigning for his own rights. Last year he complained — without basis — that he couldn’t get the rights back to “Rocky.” He didn’t own them in the first place, so that was an obstacle.

Should sly appear at TIFF? Probably not. He’s sending out a message and it’s a good one. Of course, the maybe the strikes will be settled by then, although it seems unlikely.

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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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