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High drama in Hollywood: Strikes ahead?
Everyone's talking about it, worried about what it means for the industry, what it means for the city and what it means for them, personally, says Susie Duff, a member of the Screen Actors Guild.The reason : At stake is from $ 250 million to $ 1 billion a month in income and services, as well as the movies-and-TV diet the rest of the US is fed from now through 2002.There is even serious talk that Hollywood could go all but dark this summer, holding serious implications for the state economy - already threatened with electricity shortages.At issue is money, specifically the formulas by which writers are paid for cable and foreign TV.There are also disputes about what percentages writers deserve from Internet ventures, video, and DVD sales of their work, and about a slew of smaller issues, from creative rights and script reacquisition to how writers are credited.It is the livelihood of rank-and-file union members like Ms. Duff, a Shakespearean-trained actress who must work half time in public relations to supplement her income from acting in small parts on TV, movies, and commercials.If you think that I sweated it out for years, studying acting in dangerous neighborhoods on Manhattan's Lower East Side so I could be the spokeswoman for TidyBowl, think again, says Duff.The local economy is bracing for what could be a major ripple effect beyond producers, writers, and actors to stunt men and members of other craft guilds - from electricians to carpenters, grips, and costumers.
Actors: Adam Arkin, David Morse, Susan Wheeler Duff, F. William ParkerArkin and Morse get along famously until the stunning Susan Wheeler Duff enters the scene.
Susie Duff -Duff is an actor and director who has devoted a great deal of her time during the past nine years to work with the incarcerated youth at two local juvenile detention centers, Camp Vernon Kilpatrick and Camp Gonzales, through the improvisational acting program known as "Locked Up in Malibu."
Suzie Duff -Duff is an actor and director who has devoted a great deal of her time during the past nine years to work with the incarcerated youth at two local juvenile detention centers, Camp Vernon Kilpatrick and Camp Gonzales, through the improvisational acting program known as "Locked Up in Malibu."
"As I'm driving down the canyon, the fire's moving with me," said Corral Canyon resident Susie Duff.Duff said she realized the fire was really close when a neighbor pounded on her door at 4:45 a.m. to tell her to get out.She just had time to grab the box of her son's childhood artwork and other sentimental items - which she hadn't yet unpacked after last month's evacuation - and run.Duff decided to wait out the fire at the bottom of Corral Canyon in the upscale restaurant Beau Rivage, where the owners served evacuees free breakfast.An actor and director, Duff said her Malibu home isn't a mansion, despite what people hear about the well-known seaside town.It's a one-room cabin with a loft."It ain't all Mel Gibson," she said of the community that is famous because of the movie stars who live there.With the fate of her home unknown, Duff was nonetheless in high spirits."It's raining white ashes, but I'm looking at the ocean," she said, adding she felt blessed to be alive.