More than two dozen people, including Julie Andrews, Colin Firth, Justin Timberlake and Natalie Portman, are included on a list of possible witnesses in the case brought against The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA.) The case is being pursued by Ed Asner, 83, a former union president in the 1980s. Asner has won more Emmys than any other male actor and became a household name in the 1970s playing Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. More recently, he voiced the lead character in Disneyas animated film Up. More than a dozen fellow plaintiffs, who together call themselves The United Screen Actors Committee, have joined the suit. They include Clancy Brown, who played the bullying prison guard Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption, and others who have worked on TV series including The West Wing, The X-Files, Beverly Hills 90210, and Murder, She Wrote. The list of stars named as potential witnesses also includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Carol Burnett, Ozzy Osbourne and Harry Connick Jr, along with representatives of the estates of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Heath Ledger. The union, which is adamant it has done nothing wrong, collects residual payments when films and television episodes starring its members are shown outside the United States. Payments are distributed on a quarterly basis to any performer who has accrued at least $10 in foreign payments. In lengthy legal submissions Asner and his fellow plaintiffs refer to an aextreme web these parties have woven to steal money that rightfully belongs to US performersa. They accuse SAG-AFTRA of asecretinga money in a trust, generating millions in interest, for more than a decade and claim that the amount has askyrocketeda to more than $130 million. The actors also say the unionas claim that it was hindered by an aantiquated computer systema were asuspect,a and that it has spent millions updating computers. Lawyers for the union say the case has ano merita and are seeking to have it dismissed at a hearing on Oct 7 in Los Angeles before Judge Manuel Real. The union says it is avery prouda of its programme to collect foreign residuals which has asingle-handedly delivered to our members more than $15 million from foreign collections that would otherwise have been lost forevera.
Hollywood stars named in bitter legal battle for overseas film payments
Bobby Jimmy Cook, 30, faces a premeditated murder charge in the June death of Pamela Chamberlain, 22, of Hollywood, authorities said. Cook was hired by Chamberlain’s ex-boyfriend Sherard “Prince” Adams, 35, and was paid an initial $5,000 to kill Chamberlain, according to an arrest affidavit that Hollywood Police released Friday. He told a witness that he was still owed another $5,000, the affidavit said. Cook told the witness that Adams wanted Chamberlain dead because she knew too much about alleged illegal credit card activity that Adams was involved in. After the witness became a confidential informant, Cook also told him that Chamberlain was allegedly threatening to blackmail her ex-boyfriend about his credit card activity, the affidavit said. Arrest Made in Murder of Tiffany Cabreja: Miami-Dade Police On the night of June 16, Cook took the loaded .38-caliber handgun that Adams provided and rode on a motorcycle to the corner of North 65th Avenue and Grant Court in Hollywood, where he found the victim, who was expecting Adams’ arrival, the affidavit said. He shot her five times before he fled and got rid of the gun in a watery or mucky area off Florida’s Turnpike, it said. William Chamberlain said his daughter died outside near their home. Police said she was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where she was formally pronounced dead. William Chamberlain said he asked her not to go out that night, but she got a phone call and said shed be gone two minutes. She wasnt outside more than 10 minutes and I heard gunfire and a bike speed away, and we came outside and she was laying on the ground. So, never had a chance, you know? he said. Police Name Suspect in Lauderhill Double Shooting Cook was taken into custody without incident Thursday on the 6300 block of Hayes Street, police said. He is being held at the Broward County Main Jail on no bond, and it wasnt immediately known whether he has an attorney.