Terry Pratchett news — and WGA news summary Dec 12

(9 am – promoted by ek hornbeck)

No, it’s not strike news, but  Terry Pratchett has Alzheimers. Here’s from  his statement, titled AN EMBUGGERANCE:

I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but … it seems to me unfair to withhold the news.  I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s, which lay behind this year’s phantom “stroke”.

We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism.  For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. … Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there’s time for at least a few more books yet :o)

PS  I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should

be interpreted as ‘I am not dead’.  I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as

will everybody else.  For me, this maybe further off than you think – it’s too soon to tell.

I know it’s a very human thing to say “Is there anything I can do”, but in this case I

would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.

Sigh.

Today’s strike summary (& action links) below the fold.  

Consumers Support WGA listed Time-Warner Cable and Comcast corporation last night (there may be some more addresses up by now). When writing your letters, just pretend that you’re a satisfied customer except for this strike thing.  Remember, you don’t need to be a customer right this moment to write to them.

Firedoglake has an easy email letter tool, sending stuff to show producers (I presume TDS/TCR aren’t on their pulldown list because the producers are already pro-WGA), and you can still buy  pencils and visit StrikeSwag.com — profits donated to the WGA’s Solidarity Fund to help non-WGA members affected by the strike.

Some sites to check out for info:  

Nikki Finke, at DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com

UnitedHollywood

WGAeast blog

Livejournal fan supporters

fans4writers.com

No real news as I write, but Nikki Finke has this:

AMPTP Hot & Bothered By WGA Needling

The long-time Hollywood maxim is that he loses his temper first, loses.  Well, the AMPTP has lost its temper as evidenced by two missives issued today. It’s clear that all that needling by the WGA and its members is working by getting The Alliance hot under the collar. Now, this morning, the reps for the networks and studios have thrown a hissy fit. What did the moguls expect: that they could issue an ultimatum and then walk away from the negotiations as planned all week, and the writers wouldn’t portray them as total douchebags?…

But the WGA leaders can’t be expected to stop pushing on contract terms like those {jurisdiction over Reality TV or animation writers} (which have been long-time parts of their proposals) without some inducements beyond, “Because we told you to.” Get real. These aren’t your yes men, like IATSE local boss Tom Short. (Actually, the AMPTP letter below reads as if it were dictated by Short who’s been butt-kissing the AMPTP at every twist and turn of this strike.) Note to thin-skinned moguls, I can’t believe you’re sweating the small stuff. Note to prankster writers, keep it up. Note to me: Keep posting and try not to get thoroughly sick of both sides in this awful mess they’ve created.

She continues to post the press releases, with commentary.

Related headlines from Variety’s strike blog:

AMPTP: We lie? No, they lie. And we have the press releases to prove it.

AMPTP keeps its promises: Another press release

And in other more-or-less serious stuff, another discussion of the Reality and Animation writers issue; Variety summarizes; the LATimes talks about ratings and ad dollars and offers studios “A dose of reality during the strike”.

And in other news:

Striking Writers Disrupt Carson Daly Taping, Ruining His Talk Show Christmas — sounds entertaining.

Pictures from the pencils2moguls first delivery — the studios didn’t want them. I suppose they’ve got those paperless offices we were going to have by now.

From a piece titled “Harry Potter And The Media Moguls:”

Free Press’s StopBigMedia.com has teamed up with the Harry Potter Alliance, a group of fans who say they re carrying the fight against the dark arts to the real world, to fight media consolidation.

They have created Potterwatch, with Martin now painted as agent of “a Voldemedia, controlled by the few.” The site urges Potter fans to contact their legislators and support a bill, being spearheaded by Byron Dorgan (D-ND) that would block a Dec. 18 vote on Martin’s media proposal to loosen the ban on newspaper-broadcast crossownership.

That’s Potterwatch, with action links.

A couple more mentions of that Viacom freelancer’s walkout, including “best protest signs ever.” New York’s WGA picket tomorrow is at Viacom — I’m planning on going, unless the weather and/or my health veto. Pretty good chance of that, but we’ll see.

I liked this:

These guys brought us AMPTP.com (which the AMPTP described as a ‘hijacked’ site. They really don’t understand this internet stuff.)

And NoFactZone’s MsInterpreted made it to An evening with the writers and friends of ‘The Daily Show’, which she describes in detail. My favorite part:

{J.R. Havlan} finished up by talking about how New Yorkers get totally thrown when there’s rain. “You see people hurrying along, carrying these umbrellas that look like they’ve been beaten up by bigger umbrellas. And then there’s always that one guy that’s walking down the street, perfectly dry because he’s carrying one of those big umbrellas that look like someone just ripped the awning off a building. And those umbrellas always have a name on them, like Nike or Chase Manhattan Bank, like these umbrellas are so big, they need corporate sponsorship.”

She’s got several page-downs of John Oliver’s set alone.

3 comments

    • TiaRachel on December 13, 2007 at 5:05 am
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    which means that I’ve missed at least two updates over at DHD. Oh well.  

    • Robyn on December 13, 2007 at 6:19 am

    Jodie Foster came out as being a lesbian.

    Response from the lesbian community:  Well, duh!

    • RiaD on December 13, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    🙁

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