Britney Spears Steals Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter Crown


Britney Spears Steals Ashton Kutcher's Twitter Crown 

Ashton Kutcher‘s reign as Twitter king is over.

Britney Spears now has more Twitter followers than the actor, who once famously beat CNN to 1 million followers. As of Monday afternoon, the pop star had 4,955,768 followers, while Kutcher had 4,944,221 followers.

“WOW!!!!! #1 on Twitter,” she wrote. “Thank you! Tweet me some questions this morning! xoxo –Brit.”

So, what does the actor think about losing his Twitter title?

“I don’t care,” he Tweeted after being informed about the news at a junket for his upcoming movie, Killers. Spears, meanwhile, was much peppier about things, taking to her Twitter account to personally thank fans. “This is really amazing! I love you all! I better get busy writing 4,947,608 thank you notes! U guys make me sooo happy! -Brit,” she wrote. (Often her manager or other members of her staff Tweet for her.)

In recent weeks, it appeared that Spears would outrank Kutcher on Twitter. When polled, 64% of readers said they were happy the pop star was gaining on Kutcher.



Actors Ratify 2-Year Hollywood Movie, TV Contract

Nearly a year after the Screen Actors Guild contract with producers expired, actors have agreed to a new deal.

The vote is overwhelmingly in favor of the new contract: 78% saying “yes.” 22%: “no.”

The contract immediately raises the minimum pay for Screen Actors Guild members, 3% for the first year and 3.5% in the second and final year.

But it does not improve compensation for Internet content beyond what other entertainment unions already have accepted.

That issue caused a lot of infighting among SAG members. (AP)

Ballots Due Tuesday in New Actors Union Contract

Ballots are due Tuesday on a new contract for actors in Hollywood’s biggest movies and TV shows.

The vote follows a bitter dispute that has seen Screen Actors Guild members fighting among themselves and left further behind than they started.

Ballots must be received by 5 p.m. (8 p.m. EDT) and will be counted shortly afterward.

Hollywood actors seem split on the deal, while those based in New York are largely in favor. The outcome could depend the vast majority of members who are mostly actors without work.

Either result would have little short-term effect, because actors have continued to work under their old, expired contract. But a rejection of the contract risks driving the union into irrelevance, as TV networks turn to a smaller actors union, AFTRA.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Vote Set for Actors Union’s Deal With Studios

The Screen Actors Guild has scheduled a vote on a proposed two-year deal with the major Hollywood studios.

Ballots will be mailed to the union’s 120,000 members on May 19, with a return deadline of June 9. Members will vote on a tentative contract that covers movies and prime-time television shows.

With membership still fragmented over Internet compensation proposals, actors are bracing for a final battle.

A minority faction called Membership First has announced its plans to fight ratification.

The union’s board approved the deal 53% to 47% earlier this month.

Talks on a contract covering movies and prime-time TV shows ran long past the contract’s expiration last June.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

SAG And Studios Reach Tentative Deal

12:33 PM PT, Apr 17 2009

Negotiators for the Screen Actors Guild and the major studios have reached a tentative agreement on a new two-year contract for the union’s 120,000 members.

Sources close to the talks say the union’s negotiating task force will be briefed today on the proposed agreement, which is expected to be voted on by SAG’s 71-member national board on Sunday.

Actors have been working without a contract for nine months as previous attempts at negotiations with the studios collapsed.

The contract contains some minor improvements over previous offers but is largely similar to the one studios presented to SAG nine months ago. That is certain to raise questions about what the union  accomplished by holding out so long to secure a deal after other talent unions secured their own contracts with the studios.

The agreement was hashed out after weeks of back-channel talks involving between SAG interim executive director David White and top media executives, principally Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger and Warner Bros. chairman  Barry Meyer.

Talks were revived after the union’s former chief negotiator was ousted by moderates who took control of SAG’s board in elections last year.

The breakthrough came earlier this month when the sides reached a compromise over the most contentious issue: the expiration date of a new contract. SAG leaders insisted that their new contract run through June 2011 so that the union could line up its next round of negotiations with the expiring contracts of other Hollywood talent unions. The studios, however, wanted a three-year term, which would push SAG’s contract expiration into 2012.

Union of Film, TV Workers Approve New Contract

A union that represents more than 35,000 film and television workers has approved a three-year contract with Hollywood producers.

Officials from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said Friday the contract was unanimously endorsed by all 15 Hollywood local groups.

The contract, which goes into effect Aug. 1, includes some modest pay hikes but also cuts in health and pension benefits.

An opposition campaign by some union members accused their leaders of selling them short at the bargaining table. But a majority of members were swayed by leaders’ argument that the contract was the best that could be expected given the industry’s recent struggles.

Word of a potential deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers was first announced in November.

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SAG Rejects ‘Final Offer’ From Producers

The Screen Actors Guild has rejected the “last, best and final offer” by Hollywood producers for a new contract.

SAG spokeswoman Pamela Greenwalt said in a statement Saturday evening that 73% of its members rejected the contract offer.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said in a statement that its offer was “strong and fair.”

SAG is the last holdout among several unions that have agreed to long-term contracts.

The guild has opposed the producers’ previous offer. It says it failed to guarantee guild coverage in productions made for the Internet and failed to make residual payments on made-for-Internet content that is rerun online, among other issues.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)