Sunday, May 19, 2024

With WGA Strike Ending, Actors Might Be Allowed to Resume Promotions, Save Fall Film Festivals on Red Carpets


Now that the WGA strike may be wrapping up, it’s possible there will be an immediate turn of events.

This week, Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” is premiering in New York. “Maestro” from Bradley Cooper, is getting its first showing in Los Angeles before opening at the New York Film Festival. THE NYFF opens on Friday with Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman in “May December.”

Right along, the plan during the strike was no actors appearing to promote the films. Almost none went to Telluride, Venice, or Toronto. But that may all change now.

Even if the WGA agreement isn’t ratified, the resolutions in the final document may let business resume. Also, SAG AFTRA may relax the no-promotion rule if they think they’re going to get their deal.

The New York Film Festival may be happening too soon to benefit from all this. But the Hamptons Film Festival– which doesn’t start until October 6th — may be Ground Zero for the return of actors to the red carpets. The opening night film, the excellent “Nyad,” stars Annette Bening and Jodie Foster, each of whom would be welcomed very warmly.

Meanwhile, if SAG permits, Robert De Niro, Leonardo Di Caprio, and Lily Gladstone could possibly appear for “KIllers of the Flower Moon.” Cross fingers!

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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