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(Deadline, Feb. 2)

More than 400 actors and their supporters rallied today at the La Brea Tar Pits to draw attention to SAG-AFTRA’s 105-day-old strike against selected video game companies. It was the largest show of support for the strike to date and included representatives from IATSE, the WGA, the DGA, the Teamsters and the Musicians Union, which supplied a brass band.

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(Washington Post, Feb. 1)

Labor secretary nominee Andy Puzder is facing delays because of complications in meeting ethics requirements that he separate himself from his fast-food chain, a spokesman said Wednesday. Puzder also squelched rumors that he is having second thoughts about the position.

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(Washington Post, Jan. 31)

Amid mounting opposition from Democrats and labor groups, the confirmation hearing for labor secretary nominee and fast-food chief executive Andrew Puzder has been delayed a fourth time.

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(LA Times, Jan. 30)

Sony Corp. has announced a nearly $1-billion write down on its movie business, an extraordinary step for the struggling studio.

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(PC World, Jan. 30)

Pirates can breathe a little easier in the knowledge they no longer have to ignore warnings from their Internet service provider (ISP). The Copyright Alert System (CAS) is officially over, according to the program's managing group the Center for Copyright Information (CCI).

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(Variety, Jan. 28)

Outrage and protests over President Trump's executive order banning Syrian refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. began to snowball Saturday as federal officials began implementing the controversial immigration policy enacted Friday.

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(Variety, Jan. 24)

Over three decades, the American Society of Cinematographers has given its coveted Presidents Award to a long list of distinguished artists, including Douglas Trumbull ("Blade Runner"), Albert Maysles ("Gimme Shelter"), Richard Edlund ("Star Wars" episodes IV, V, and VI), and Francis Kenny ("Justified").

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(Deadline, Jan. 16)

The B Street Band, the Bruce Springsteen cover band that had been under fire for agreeing to play during a New Jersey inauguration gala for President-elect Donald Trump, has pulled out of the event.

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(New York Times, Jan. 15)

Mr. Puzder became an outspoken critic of his adopted state because of its vigorous workplace regulations. The mandatory rest breaks required by California made no sense, he felt, leaving restaurants understaffed when a rush of customers came in. His company paid millions of dollars to settle class-action lawsuits that accused it of cheating workers.

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(Deadline, Jan. 14)

Jennifer Holliday is telling President-elect Donald Trump she’s not going – to the pre-inaugural concert. Pledging to stand by the LGBT community, the Tony-winning Dreamgirls star canceled plans to perform at the January 19 Trump celebration.

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(The Hill, Jan. 13)

Trumka entered Trump Tower at around 10:30 a.m. and left around noon. He told reporters it was a “very productive” meeting and that they spoke about “a lot of issues.” On Twitter, he also called their conversation “very honest.”

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(Hollywood Reporter, Jan. 12)

As Donald Trump fends off questions about holding onto his business empire, his cabinet selections are working to satisfy any conflicts of interest that may arise from personal assets.

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(Forbes, Jan. 10)

With award season in full swing, it's clear that media celebrities shape how we think about issues like diversity, representation and equal pay. With that influence comes the power to make change.

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(Hollywood Reporter, Jan. 6)

Six top cinematographers from ‘Silence’, ‘La La Land’, ‘Fences’, ‘Arrival’ and more reveal the secrets that take their craft beyond “beautiful pictures” — and their off-duty camera of choice (“Yeah, I use my iPhone”).

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(Salon, Jan. 4)

A star-studded video released on Tuesday by Humanity for Progress urged Congress to block any policies proposed by President-elect Donald Trump that imperil America’s “core values” by attacking its most vulnerable members. Sally Field, Steve Buscemi, Zoe Kazan, Jeffrey Wright, Keegan Michael-Key, Rosie Perez, Lea DeLaria and developer Bruce Ratner all encouraged Congress in the video.

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