Woman seriously hurt after boat crash at north end of Indian Arm, B.C.

A woman was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after a boating accident in northern Indian Arm, B.C., on Friday.

B.C. Emergency Health Services says they were called around 9 a.m. to reports of a boat that crashed into the rocks near the Wigwam Inn.

The Victoria Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre said a fast response vessel from the Kitsilano Coast Guard base rushed to the scene.

A Vancouver police boat and crews from Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue also responded.

Crews were able to successfully rescue the woman from the boat, which had begun to fill with water by the time they arrived.

By 10:30 a.m., the woman was transferred to paramedics, who rushed her to hospital by ground ambulance.

It’s not yet known how extensive the woman’s injuries are, but she is expected to recover.

A Coast Guard dive team has been deployed by hovercraft to search the area after reports of an oil slick, but could not say whether the two incidents are connected.

The cause of the boat crash is under investigation.

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Donald Trump orders US firms to leave China and brands President Xi ‘the enemy’ as Dow plummets amid trade war – The Sun

DONALD Trump escalated the trade war with China by upping tariffs and ordering US firms to leave the Asian superpower.

Stocks tumbled after Trump’s tirade, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeting 623 points, or 2.4%.


Trump blamed Jerome Powell, the man he appointed as chairman of the Federal Reserve, for the state of the domestic economy.

He questioned who was a "bigger enemy" of the US – Powell or Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Trump’s attack came after Beijing announced Friday morning that it had raised taxes on US products.

The president appeared caught off-guard by China's tariff increase, and was angry when he gathered with his trade team in the Oval Office before departing for France, sources claim.

He then fired off a series of tweets, accusing China of taking “advantage” of the US.

Trump said he would be raising planned tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese goods from 10% to 15%.




The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative also said existing tariffs on another $250 billion in Chinese imports would go from 25% to 30% on October 1 after receiving feedback from the public.

Trump also tweeted the he “hereby ordered” all American companies in China to start looking for alternatives bases.

He tweeted: “Our Country has lost, stupidly, Trillions of Dollars with China over many years.

“They have stolen our Intellectual Property at a rate of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars a year and they want to continue.

“I won’t let that happen! We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them.

“The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP.

“Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.”

TRADE WAR WILL HURT CUSTOMERS

Trump's latest escalation will impose a burden on many American households.

Even before he announced an increase Friday, J.P. Morgan had estimated that Trump's tariffs would cost the average household roughly $1,000 (£814) a year if he proceeded with his threats.

Businesses large and small joined in a chorus of opposition to the intensifying hostilities.

"It's impossible for businesses to plan for the future in this type of environment," said David French, senior vice president of government relations at the National Retail Federation.

"The administration's approach clearly isn't working, and the answer isn't more taxes on American businesses and consumers. Where does this end?"

The impact could be sweeping for consumers.

UNCERTAINTY FOR BUSINESSES

"With each percentage point added to the tariff hikes, it becomes more and more difficult for importers not to pass the costs on to the U.S. consumer," said Wendy Cutler, a former U.S. trade negotiator now at the Asia Society Policy Institute.

"And this is not to mention the uncertainty that these increases contribute to the overall business environment."

If Trump goes ahead with all the tariffs he's announced, they would cover just about everything China ships to the United States.

China, for its part, slapped new tariffs of 5% and 10% on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation.

Like Trump's, the Chinese tariffs will be imposed in two batches first on September 1 and then on December 15.

China will also go ahead with previously postponed import duties on US-made autos and auto parts, the Finance Ministry announced.

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The 13-month-long feud between the U.S. and China has been rattling financial markets, disrupting international trade and weakening prospects for worldwide economic growth.

Washington accuses China of using predatory tactics – including outright theft of U.S. trade secrets – in an aggressive drive to turn itself into a world leader in cutting-edge tech.

Some 12 rounds of talks have failed to break the impasse, though more negotiations are expected next month.

Chinese leaders have offered to alter details of their policies but are resisting any deal that would require them to give up their aspirations to become a technological powerhouse.

The two countries are also deadlocked over how to enforce any agreement.

TARIFF HIKES

China's announced tariff hikes and Trump's response are the latest signs that both countries are digging in.

Tariff increases on September 1 apply to 1,700 items ranging from frozen sweet corn, dried beef and pork liver to marble, other building materials and bicycle tires.

Penalties that take effect December 15 cover 3,300 items including coffee, cinnamon, industrial chemicals and scissors, the ministry said.

The Chinese said tariffs of 25% and 5% would be imposed on U.S.-made autos and auto parts on December 15.

Beijing had planned those tariff hikes last year but temporarily dropped them to keep the talks going.

TESLA AND FORD WILL BE HIT

BMW, Tesla, Ford and Mercedes-Benz are likely to be the hardest hit by the Chinese auto tariffs.

In 2018, BMW exported about 87,000 luxury SUVs to China from a plant near Spartanburg, S.C.

It exports more vehicles to China than any other U.S. auto plant.

Together, Ford, BMW, Mercedes and others exported about 164,000 vehicles to China from the U.S. in 2018, according to the Center for Automotive Research, a think tank in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Most of them are luxury cars and SUVs with higher profit margins that can cover higher U.S. wages. The exports are down from about 262,000 in 2017.

Tesla, which is building a plant in China, last year got about 12% of its revenue by exporting about 14,300 electric cars and SUVs from California to China, according to Barclays.

Most of Ford's exports are from the Lincoln luxury brand, but most of the vehicles it sells in China are made in joint-venture factories.

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Golden rings: Vonn engaged to Devils’ Subban

Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn and P.K. Subban are trying the knot.

Former ski champion Vonn announced her engagement to the NHL star on Instagram on Friday. The pair have been dating for at least a year.

Vonn, 34, told Vogue that they don’t yet have a date for the wedding.

“I just want to enjoy the moment and the engagement,” Vonn told Vogue. “We’re not in a big hurry to get married. It kind of depends on his playing schedule, and when we have time to sit down and go through it. I don’t want to stress him out because he has a big season coming.”

Vonn retired from skiing in February, citing persistent pain in both of her knees. She won Olympic gold for the United States in the women’s downhill in 2010 in Vancouver. She also won a bronze in the Super-G that year, and another bronze last year at the Pyeongchang Games.

Subban, 30, earned a gold medal of his own when Canada won the men’s ice hockey competition at the Sochi Games in 2014, though he was scratched in all but one game. In June, the New Jersey Devils acquired Subban in a trade from the Nashville Predators.

Vonn previously dated golfer Tiger Woods for nearly three years, before the pair split up in 2015.

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Man accused of assaulting 75-year-old Lethbridge woman deemed fit to stand trial

An Ottawa man accused of assaulting a 75-year-old Lethbridge woman in her home in May has been deemed fit to stand trial.

Adam Hall Hobkirk-Onate appeared via CCTV in a Lethbridge courtroom Friday afternoon.

The judge read a report from Hobkirk-Onate’s psychiatric assessment from the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre, saying that a doctor who assessed him determined that he is indeed fit to stand trail.

According to a news release from Lethbridge Police Service in May, Hobkirk-Onate remained in the woman’s house for a period of 18 hours. When she eventually confronted the him, he allegedly punched the her in the face, knocking her to the ground, and then dragged her to the garage and struck her multiple times in the head with a bicycle before leaving in her vehicle.

Hobkirk-Onate is currently being detained in Calgary, but will be transported to Lethbridge where he will review his psychiatric assessment with his lawyer.

His next court date is September 13.

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British Airways starts cancelling flights within HOURS of strike news

British Airways starts cancelling flights within HOURS of pilots announcing three-day strike that is set to cause misery for THOUSANDS of holidaymakers

  • BA has started writing to passengers warning them their flights will be cancelled
  • The airline apologised for inconvenience and blamed the union for cancellations
  • British Airways pilots will walk out on 9, 10 and 27 September in a row over pay
  • The British Airline Pilots Association made the announcement yesterday 

British Airways has already started cancelling flights after pilots voted to strike for better pay and conditions next month, disrupting travel plans for tens of thousands of passengers.

Yesterday pilots’ union Balpa confirmed a strike by more than 3,000 pilots for next month after talks with BA broke down.

By the evening affected passengers had started receiving emails telling them their flights were cancelled, apologising for the inconvenience, and warning them not to go to the airport.

BA wrote: ‘We are very sorry to tell you that due to industrial action by British Airways’ pilots union, BALPA, your flight … has been cancelled.

‘The strike is expected to have a significant impact on our operation and will result in a large number of delays or cancellations. 

‘Please do not go to the airport, you can rebook or refund your cancelled flight online.’

A month after announcing its members had voted for industrial action, the union said there was now ‘no prospect of any further meaningful talks’ and claimed it had ‘no choice but to call this action’.

The airline called the pilots’ union ‘reckless’ for their decision to strike in September

This will be the first time BA pilots will go on strike – in the company’s centenary year. 

The walkouts will take place on September 9 and 10 – a Monday and Tuesday – and Friday, September 27.

Pilots, including captains on an average of £167,000 a year, have rejected an 11.5 per cent pay rise over three years plus an extra bonus worth 1 per cent of this year’s salary.

BA’s chief executive Alex Cruz said its pilots were already on ‘world-class’ packages and that the ‘inflation-busting’ hike would have pushed the average package of its captains above £200,000.

Mr Cruz pointed out that the same deal has been accepted by members of Unite and GMB, who account for 90 per cent of BA’s workforce and include staff on far more modest incomes, including cabin crew and engineers.

David Davis, Tory MP and former cabinet minister, said members of the public would ‘simply not understand’ why already highly paid pilots would not accept the existing pay offer and ‘destroy people’s hard-earned holidays to get paid even more’.

Although the strike will take place after the summer holiday peak, it is still set to ground hundreds of BA flights – with around 2,400 scheduled in and out of UK airports over the three day period. Balpa represents roughly 90 per cent of BA’s 4,311 pilots, the majority of whom are based at London Heathrow.

BA said 1,061 pilots did not vote for the strike, which means roughly three quarters of its pilots are expected to protest. In a statement, the airline said: ‘It is completely unacceptable that Balpa is destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands of our customers with this unjustifiable strike action.

British Airways pilots will walk out for three days next month in an escalating row over their pay

‘We are extremely sorry that after many months of negotiations, based on a very fair offer, Balpa has decided on this reckless course of action.’

BA said it is ‘doing everything it can’ to mitigate the disruption, and is looking at options including hiring aircraft and crew from rivals, and scheduling larger planes to carry more passengers.

But it said it is ‘likely that many of our customers will not be able to travel’. Mr Cruz apologised for the disruption the strikes will cause, and said passengers would be contacted in 24 to 36 hours.

Passengers whose flights are cancelled will be offered refunds or the chance to re-book for free.

Flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR and Comair will not be affected by the strikes. Adam French, Consumer Rights Expert at Which?, said: ‘Many affected passengers may also be eligible for compensation as these strikes are led by airline staff.’

Balpa has warned of further strike dates if the row is not resolved. It said strike action will cost BA around £40million a day and but only £5million to give in to its pay demands.

Balpa disputed BA’s pay figures and said many pilots – particularly co-pilots, or first officers – are paid well under £100,000. It said entry-level pilots are paid £26,000 while saddled with training debts of up to £100,000.

The union orchestrated a two-day strike by Ryanair over pay, which ended yesterday with minimal impact on passengers as the airline had pilots who were not involved in the dispute step in.

 

 

 

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'Lady and the Tramp' Trailer: 'Bella Notte' Is Back [Video]

Remake of 1955 animated classic launches on streaming service Nov. 12

Disney will be pumping out live-action versions of its animated classics for a long time to come. Here’s a list of titles in the works, including the release date of the original. 

  • The Lion King 

    This highly anticipated live-action remake of 1994’s “The Lion King” will hit theaters is up next, and is Jon Favreau’s follow-up to his successful “Jungle Book” remake. Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Beyonce, Billy Eichner, Keegan-Michael Key and more star. 

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  • Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil
    Adapted from 1959’s “Sleeping Beauty,”  the first “Maleficent” helped re-energize Angelina Jolie’s career and introduced an entire generation to the tale’s terrifying villain. Its sequel will hit theaters in October and will also stat Ed Skrein, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elle Fanning. Joachim Rønning directs.

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  • Mulan 
    This is a particularly anticipated title, which is slated to be released on March 27, 2020. Niki Caro is directing, while Liu Yifei is starring as the title character. Donnie Yen and Jason Scott Lee also star. 

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  • Jungle Cruise

    Okay, okay, “Jungle Cruise” might not count as live-action based on a previously animated classic, but it is based on a ride at Disneyland, so we’re going to include it. Plus, we’ll take any chance to talk about Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in the same sentence. It will hit theaters in July 2020.

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  • Pinocchio

    Pinocchio is the next up to go into production, with Tom Hanks playing Geppetto. 

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  • The Little Mermaid 
    So now we’re getting into films that are in some stage of development but haven’t necessarily been slated for release. After all, Disney has so many untitled films slated, it’s hard to count. But a live-action version of “The Little Mermaid” has been long discussed, as it is arguably one of the most popular and profitable movies in Disney’s vault. Rob Marshall is said to direct, with Halle Bailey set to star as Ariel and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.

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  • Cruella
    Extracted from the famous villainess of 1961’s “One Hundred and One Dalmatians,” this origin story of a woman who declares open season on purebred puppies– Cruella de Vil — is set to star Emma Stone. The reigning live-action Cruella is Glenn Close, who herself starred in two live-action adaptations.

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  • James and the Giant Peach 
    In one of the more interesting adaptations, this beloved Roald Dahl book became a quirky claymation hit for Disney in 1996 with director Henry Selick. Heavy dramatist director Sam Mendes was attached to take a stab at it, but he has since dropped out.

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  • Rose Red
    This one is trippy (no pun over producer Tripp Vinson), but promising creatively. In the German fairy tale, Rose Red is Snow White’s sister. Disney and Vinson are collaborating on introducing the world to the sibling of the famous apple-loving princess. Disney released the original “Snow White” in 1937.

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  • Tinker Bell

    This movie has also been in the works for quite some time, with Reese Witherspoon attached as the cute little fairy from “Peter Pan.” 

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  • Snow White 
    Forget her sister — the original baddest chick in the Disney animated kingdom is coming back for her own standalone film. It was announced at the end of October 2016. 

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  • Peter Pan
    Neverland will get a practical set if Disney has its way updating the 1953 animated film. 

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  • The Jungle Book 2
    This is a no-brainer follow-up to Favreau’s hit from Spring 2016, based on the animated classic released in 1967.

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  • Oliver Twist
    While Disney never formally made a direct animated take on Charles Dickens’ beloved orphan, they did release the adorable 1988 “Oliver and Company,” inspired by Dickens’ tale but told with animals. They also made a small-screen live-action version in 1997 with Richard Dreyfuss. 

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  • Lady and the Tramp

    Another film that is in some stage of development but has no active release date is “Lady and the Tramp.” Tessa Thompson is set to voice Lady, while Justin Theroux is attached to play Tramp. Other cast members include Ashley Jensen, Janelle Monae, Kiersey Clemons, Benedict Wong and Thomas Mann. Charlie Bean is directing. 

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  • Lilo & Stitch

    And another film that is supposed to get the live-action treatment and some point. This project was announced in October 2018 with Mike Van Waes attached to pen the script. Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback are producing. 

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  • Hunchback

    In early 2019, a live-action film based on 1996’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was announced. Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang was tapped to pen the script, with Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz handling the music.

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  • The studio is raiding its vault to remake classics including “Mulan”

    Disney will be pumping out live-action versions of its animated classics for a long time to come. Here’s a list of titles in the works, including the release date of the original. 

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    10 Most Expensive Cereals Ever Made

    Many of us eat cereal every day for breakfast, but some cereal is way out of many of our price ranges. The price tags on these boxes make it seem like the consumer plans to eat liquid gold for the prices they pay. It might seem like too much for us to pay out of pocket, but there are some collectors out there who crave to own history.

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    We have compiled a list of the most expensive cereals of all time. You probably doubt that any cereal could be worth more than a few bucks, but this list will prove you wrong. Keep reading to learn about the ten most expensive cereals ever made!

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    10 Kyrie 4 Lucky Charms ($500)

    This cereal box was released back in 2018 and they were originally on sale for $120. You get your very own pair of Nikes in a custom-designed cereal box packaging. They are now selling for around $500 online due to their rarity when they hit the pop up stores in select areas.

    This is no ordinary cereal, and it might not be edible, but they do look pretty snazzy on any size feet. The boxes also come with a signature bowl and spoon, so you can eat the cereal the box didn’t supply you with.

    9 Raisin Bran With Defective Coloring ($1,000)

    There are times when a cereal company’s printer loses ink, but the employees fail to catch the mistake before the box is sent out into the world. This is what happened with this Raisin Bran box and explains why it is so expensive.

    The box has no yellow or green coloring visible on its box, which is an extreme rarity. They are asking $1,000 for this gem and we can believe that some collector out there will snatch it up sooner than you might think.

    8 24K Golden Grahams (???)

    This cereal was created on a show using 24 Karat Golden Grahams and edible gold. They wrapped the cereal in gold and then proceeded to eat it. You can watch the full video here, and watch them literally eat their money. There was never an official price released for how much this cereal cost, but we can guess it isn’t cheap.

    This one-of-a-kind cereal will probably run you hundreds of dollars, possible all the way up to a thousand dollars per box, depending upon how much they pay their laborers. Either way, it’s way out of our price range.

    7 Pink Panther Flakes Post Cereal Box ($2,095)

    This cereal box never held any cereal, but that is part of the reason why the owner of this gem has priced it at $2,095. It was supposed to hold Pink Panther Flakes, as well as a toy car which was the suggested prize.

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    The product might not look like much, but it is a beautiful specimen that cereal enthusiasts crave to add to their collection. This box is beyond rare due to its pristine condition, and even though we wouldn’t buy it, there are collectors out there willing to pay the steep price.

    6 1951 Wheaties Complete Box With Ted Williams ($2,500)

    This is a rare one-ounce box of Wheaties that had the face of Ted Williams plastered on the front of it. People really did not start collecting cereal boxes until the 1990s, which is why this is such an iconic piece of history.

    There were five other sports stars released in this series of cereals, but Ted Williams takes the cake for being the most expensive. Who knew such a small amount of cereal could amount to $2,500 in just a few short decades.

    5 Kellog’s Super Mario Cereal Limited Edition Nintendo Amiibo ($5,000)

    This box of cereal is rare, but this one, in particular, is so expensive because it has never been opened. This was only released in 2017 and has now hit the threshold of $5,000 for a mint condition box. The cereal was not only a limited edition release but also had an “amiibo” function that gave perks to whose who played Super Mario Odyssey on Nintendo Switch.

    You could scan the box with your controller and your perk would appear on the screen as an addition to your game. These days, it might be better to go without any perks as the cost is no longer worth the reward.

    4 1974 General Mills Mr. Wonderfull’s Surprize ($5,900)

    The cereal box was produced back in 1974, but these days it is worth more than the few dollars it would have cost you back then. It was only on the market for a short time before it was discontinued, which is the reason why people are now asking $5,900 for these boxes.

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    It is said that less than five of these boxes still exist, so it is truly a deal even without the treasured cereal inside. You might not be willing to cough up the cash, but many cereal collectors are dying to have this.

    3 1975 General Mills Fruit Brute Monster ($7,900)

    This box originally carried marshmallows and fruit-flavored cereal bits and was the fourth cereal released by this company. It was produced for eight years, starting in 1974, and the werewolf mascot even made appearances in a few of Quentin Tarantino’s movies.

    If you combine all this with its age, then you might be able to justify the $7,900 price tag on this box. You might not see the joy in it, but there are several people out there with their pocketbooks open who are ready to pay this high price.

    2 Great Illinois Corn Flake ($200,000)

    This might not be an entire box, but that doesn’t matter because this cornflake was given its own spectacular home. The flake was discovered in 2008 by a teenage girl who thought it resembles the great state of Illinois which is America’s second-largest producer of corn.

    She posted it on eBay, and low and behold, the final bid was for $200,000. Now, this was against eBay’s food policy, but they could sell a coupon instead. The coupon sold for $1,350, which isn’t as much as before, but it is still a lot for a simple little cornflake.

    1 New Kids on the Block cereal (???)

    This cereal box is so rare that a price has not been given for the sale of one of these boxes. It never officially hit the shelves and only a few sample boxes were ever created and given to select customers.

    Ralston, the cereal company, never went through with the release back in 1990, which is why this box is coveted by so many collectors. One look at the singers on the box’s cover and we would have flocked the shelves, but it’s obvious the cereal makers felt differently.

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    Opposition Candidate Blasts Writers Guild Tactics Over Agencies

    Opposition candidate Nick Jones Jr. has condemned the tactics of the Writers Guild of America in its battle against Hollywood agents.

    “I believe we’ve disrupted ourselves more than we’ve disrupted the Big 4,” he said.

    Jones, who’s running for the secretary-treasurer post as part of Phyllis Nagy’s Writers Forward Together slate, is running on a platform that the WGA needs to get back to the bargaining table after two months of staying away — particularly with WME, CAA, UTA and ICM Partners.

    The contest, which also includes races for president and eight board seats, is viewed as a referendum on the WGA’s hard-nosed approach versus more accommodating tactics. Election results will be announced on Sept. 16.

    Jones, a Marine Corp. veteran whose credits include “The Casual,” said in a post Friday that the WGA leadership was wrong to demand on April 13 that members fire their agents if they had not signed the guild’s Code of Conduct banning packaging fees and affiliate production. He asserted that the tactic has backfired.

    “One strength of our industry is its ability to adapt,” Jones said. “We all know how quick this industry can shift to operate under new mandates and policies. The purpose of any protest is disruption. The goal against any barrier is infiltration. And the start of any change comes from within. So if we wanted to disrupt the flow of the packaging business with the agencies, why did we leave our agents?”

    “I’d argue that we could have achieved far greater gains in this fight by staying with our agents. Right now, agencies are packaging with directors, actors, and non-writing EPs (executive producers)” he explained. “This practice isn’t anything new. But what happens when you remove a predator from an ecosystem? Prey population explodes. Now that writers are no longer a part of the equation, these non-writer packages are becoming more frequent.”

    WGA West President David Goodman announced on June 20 that the guild had called off negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents in favor of pursuing individual talks with nine top agencies as it enforces a total ban on packaging fees and affiliated production for agents representing guild members. A trio of mid-size agencies — Verve, Buchwald and Kaplan Stahler — have signed agreements in recent months.

    The issue of packaging fees, under which agents are paid fees by the studio instead of commissioning their clients, is a critical part of the stalemate between the WGA and the agencies. The guild is claiming that such fees are illegal and sued CAA, WME, UTA and ICM Partners, then moved the action this week from state to federal court. That’s resulted in countersuits by CAA, WME and UTA, alleging the guild is violating antitrust laws.

    Jones said that the WGA leaders should have forced the agencies through a working rule order banning packaging.

    “Instead of forcing the industry to work through us, we’ve forced them to work without us. And make no mistake, our industry is highly adept at navigating changing landscapes. In other words, we were behind enemy lines with a tactical advantage. And instead of using that advantage, we retreated, gave the agencies a non-compromised fighting position, forcing ourselves to mount an attack from the outside instead of within,” Jones said.

    Jones is running against Evette Vargas and Michele Mulroney, who is a member of the guild’s agency negotiating committee. Nagy is running against incumbent president David A. Goodman and independent challenger William Schmidt.

     

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    Fans Line Up to Subscribe to Disney Plus at D23

    Disney fans lined up to be among the first to subscribe to the company’s forthcoming streaming service.

    The D23 Expo convention hall, filled with giant Marvel exhibits and cos-players also featured a kiosk to sign up for Disney Plus. The incentive? An offer to save $23 per year on a three-year subscription to the service.

    When asked why she was standing in line to hand over her credit card for Disney Plus, one lady dressed in a sparkly Elsa costume from “Frozen” told Variety it was because she’s a “huge Disney fan” and considers it being “loyal to the company” to sign up for the service at the earliest possible time.

    “I’m just looking forward to the shows coming to the service, mostly the ‘Star Wars’ ones,” she said.

    The woman, who was flanked by a friend dressed as Anna from the same movie, revealed that she is currently only signed up to two of Disney’s rival services, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

    “I probably won’t do Apple TV Plus, for me it’s to do with my budget and what I like,” she said. “I have Amazon because it comes free with Prime and Netflix because I like a lot their cool series.”

    Another person standing in line said she “couldn’t wait” to sign up for Disney Plus because of the “wide variety of content across all their subsidiaries.”

    “I’m particularly excited about the original Marvel series with Loki,” she said.

    Asked if there was a limit when it comes to how many services she’s going to sign up for, the woman said she was willing to “subscribe to all them.” Currently she pays for Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.

    Of the four people Variety spoke to, all of them were cord cutters who said they “barely” watch broadcast or cable TV any more, a fact which is perhaps unsurprising given their eagerness to pay for Disney’s streaming platform before the service even launches.

    Sources tell Variety that D23 members will still have an opportunity to take advantage of the deal after the expos ends this weekend, but add that this is the only discount of this scale that Disney plans to offer for signing up for the new service.

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    Here's Everything That Happened During The Disney Legends Ceremony At The D23 Expo

    This week BuzzFeed attended the Disney Legends Ceremony at the biannual D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. The ceremony, which was hosted by CEO Bob Iger, was positively STACKED with stars. Here’s everything you missed:

    The 2019 honorees included Wing Chao, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer.

    1.The opening video montage included brand new footage from Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, Lady and the Tramp, and Frozen 2…and some old footage of their NEW 20th Century Fox characters, including Deadpool.

    Is this a confirmation that we’ll see him and the rest of the X-Force in the Marvel Cinematic Universe??? PLEASE?!?!

    2.Christina Aguilera surprised the audience with an emotional rendition of “Reflection” from Mulan.

    After Iger’s opening statement, he introduced “the first of many surprises at D23” and Aguilera took to stage to perform her iconic version of Mulan’s emotional song. I was then expected to somehow report this event professionally through my tears…I’ve done my best.

    3.Robert Downey Jr. used his acceptance speech to admit that he was once arrested for smoking pot in Disneyland, and it was PEAK Tony Stark.

    “I have a speech, but I know I’m going to throw it out,” Aguilera said. “This is way cooler than a Grammy. Disney has always been a part of my life story. Disney is what actually inspired me to sing. When I first saw The Sound of Music and I saw Julie Andrews singing so freely in those hills, as a child who grew up in a chaotic household, it was music and it was Disney that completely swept up my heart and gave me that hope and connection to magic.”

    8.Ming-Na Wen used her acceptance speech to highlight the most badass person in her life, her mom, which made me immediately want to call MY mom.

    “When people ask me how I get my inspiration for all of these strong female role models…it’s my mom,” Wen said. “And she’s here. Single mom, held down three jobs to raise her kids. She met my stepfather, who was able to bring us to America and she is a woman warrior through and through.”

    9.And finally, director Kenny Ortega shared a hilarious childhood story about dismantling his television to try and join the Mickey Mouse Club.

    “I wanted to be in that club SO MUCH that when I was five years old I went into the kitchen and I took a butter knife and I tried to dismantle the back of the TV so that I could climb into the television set to be in the club,” Ortega said. “My mom saved me from electrocution, and that’s when I realized I had to use my imagination.”

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