Tom Cruise yes, Globes no
Actor’s film company looks close to deal with guild; no such luck for awards show
LOSANGELES— Afilmcompanyrunby actor Tom Cruise was close to an agreement with the striking Writers Guild of America, while the Golden Globes awards show broadcast was uncertain, people close to the matter said yesterday. The deal between United Artists, owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and run by Cruise, would be a first for a movie company during the two-month strike but would be similar to a pact reached between the guild and Worldwide Pants Inc., the television production company owned by David Letterman. Asource said on condition of anonymity the United Artists deal could be announced as soon as today. United Artists and WGA had no immediate comment. Letterman, Jay Leno and other late-night TV talk show hosts returned to the air last week, but only Letterman and CBS host Craig Ferguson had writing teams intact because of interim deals reached with the WGA.
Separately, sources said the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Golden Globes, was trying to persuade NBC not to televise the awards gala next Sunday. Variety reported that NBC appeared to be backing away from the telecast, but a person close to NBC told Reuters “a lot of scenarios were at play.”
The widely watched gala is one of Hollywood’s biggest ceremonies before the Oscars in February. But the Screen Actors Guild has said nearly all its members would refuse to cross striking writers’ picket lines.
Meanwhile, the Golden Globes ceremony, or lack thereof, was the talk of the red carpet at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival gala on Saturday. As honorees made their way through the media gauntlet at the year’s first major entertainmentaward event, many initially chirpy interviews quickly careened into talk about prospects for next week’s broadcast.
“It’s always sad when a program may have to be cancelled,” John Travolta, who was honoured with an Ensemble Performance Award, told AP Television. Many Globe nominees were in Palm Springs collecting statuettes from the film festival, including Daniel Day-Lewis (Desert Palm Achievement Award), Ellen Page (Chairman’s Vanguard Award) and Travolta’s Hairspray co-star Nikki Blonsky (Rising Star Award).
Blonsky said she was hoping and preparing for a last-minute resolution that would permit actors to attend the Globes. “A girl’s gotta cover her back and have a dress, just in case,” she said.
French actor Marion Cotillard said she would not cross the picket line, although she is not an actors guild member, because she believes writers deserve a greater share of the proceeds from productions they work on.
“I think that everyone involved in aproject should share the benefit of it,” said Cotillard, who received Palm Springs’ Breakthrough Performance Award and is a Globe nominee for La Vie en Rose. Reuters with files from The Associated Press