WEEK IN WOMEN: Barbra Streisand to receive SAG-AFTRA Lifetime Achievement Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

Legendary actor, singer, producer, writer, and director Barbra Streisand has been named the 59th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute, the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievements and humanitarian accomplishments. Streisand will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will stream live on Netflix Feb. 24 from the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles. Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will be the latest of Streisand’s esteemed catalog of international industry and public distinctions recognizing her masterful performances on screen and the stage.

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SPOTLIGHT September 2023: Fran Drescher, Actor, Author, SAG-AFTRA Activist

She may have perfected the role of glamorous ditz, but Fran Drescher is actually a warrior. Known best for perennial favourite The Nanny, Drescher captured the attention of TV viewers for years and became fixed in the public consciousness as funny, fearless and feminist. In the last few months, Drescher has recaptured the spotlight in her role as President of SAG-AFTRA, a union leadership position to which she was elected in 2021. Initially, some doubted her ability to represent the massive 160,000-strong union membership —yes, a woman underestimated. When did that ever happen before?

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Cameron Bailey and Anita Lee talk TIFF 2023 – Liz Braun interviews (Exclusive)

Cameron Bailey wants to make this clear: The Toronto International Film Festival is happening this year. The 48th annual TIFF is set to run September 7 – 17, despite the labour action that could potentially affect who shows up and what films are shown. The festival has been in recovery mode after two years of COVID, so it was a bold and welcome statement from CEO Cameron Bailey some weeks ago that TIFF would return to being fully in-person this year for the first time since 2019.

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SOLIDARITY: Films About Labor Unions and Union Organizers – Jennifer Merin reports

While millions of movie lovers and fans whose lives are shaped to some extent by cinema are watching to see how the WGA and SAG/AFTRA union negotiations will play out, this is an opportune time for a first, second or umpteenth look at movies — narrative and/or documentary — that center on labor negotiations for union members to attain fair wages, job security, worker benefits and safe conditions — all of the core issues at the heart of the WGA and SAG/AFTRA demands — in a wide range of industries that shape our lives as much as the movies do. Here are the titles and trailers for suggested films to watch, listed in no particular order. Enjoy!

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Supergirl Soars, Gal Gadot Speaks, SAG-AFTRA Counsels — Brandy McDonnell

Look! Up in the sky and on the big screen: Warner Bros and DC are developing a feature film based around Supergirl. The similarly superpowered cousin of Superman, will finally get a chance at silver-screen redemption after the fizzle of her widely planned 1984 film starring Helen Slater. Gal Gadot fans will hear the Wonder Woman star’s voice as the tough and gritty Shank in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet, which hits theaters this Thanksgiving. SAG-AFTRA and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation are working together to provide workplace sexual harassment counseling services for members of the union. The services are administered by trained counselors at The Actors Fund, a national human services organization for entertainment, media and performing arts professionals.

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