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Stephen Amell Asks Strikers Not to ‘Whip’ Food at Him on Picket Line on August 1, 2023 at 6:50 pm Us Weekly

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Stephen Amell addressed his recent comments about the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike after receiving major backlash.

“Understandably, there has been a lot of reaction to the comments I made this weekend about our strike. To ensure there is no misunderstanding about my thoughts and intentions I’m providing what I actually said and clarity/context to ensure my feelings aren’t unintentionally misinterpreted,” Amell, 42, wrote via Instagram on Tuesday, August 1. “We all know soundbites can be taken out of context and I have too much respect for my fellow union members to not clarify the record.”

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The actor asserted that he is on the same side as his fellow union members, adding, “This doesn’t need much clarity: My support is unconditional and I stand with them.”

Amell also noted that he understands “fundamentally” why actors are on strike.

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“My off the cuff use of the word ‘support’ is clearly contradictory to my true feelings and my emphatic statement that I stand with my union. Of course I don’t like striking. Nobody does. But we have to do what we have to do,” he continued. “In full context: I’m an actor and I was speaking extemporaneously for over an hour. I emote, but I certainly don’t think these issues are simple. Our leadership has an incredibly complicated job and I am grateful for all that they do. Despite some of my terrible early acting work, I assure you, I’m not a robot. From an intellectual perspective, I understand why we are striking, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t emotionally frustrating on many levels for all involved.”

Stephen Amell as Jack Spade in ‘Heels’ Daniel Delgado/Starz

Amell’s statement came after he made headlines for questioning how SAG has addressed its labor dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The inion formally initially a strike last month after failing to reach an agreement regarding contract negotiations. (The AMPTP represents major companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Discovery-Warner, NBC Universal, Paramount and Sony.)

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“I feel like I’m insulated in Hollywood, because that’s where I live … [but] I feel like a lot of people in this room aren’t aware of the strike,” Amell told fans at GalaxyCon, which took place from Thursday, July 27, to Sunday, July 30. “I support my union, I do. And I stand with them. I do not support striking. I don’t. I think that it is a reductive negotiating tactic. I find the entire thing incredibly frustrating. I think that the thinking as it pertains to shows like [Heels], the show that I’m on that premiered last night, I think it’s myopic.”

In response, Amell’s former Arrow costar Kirk Acevedo responded to the original comments by tweeting, “This f–king guy,” alongside two middle finger emojis, a dragon and an eye roll emoji.

While walking back his opposition to the strike, Amell explained his use of the word “myopic” in the context of his upcoming work. Due to union guidelines, members are not allowed to promote projects created under the former AMPTP contract — which includes season 2 of Amell’s show Heels.

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“Nothing about the strike is funny but if I may self deprecate for a moment. I have no clue what I was trying to say here and who says, ‘I think that thinking…?’ Perhaps it was an inarticulate shoutout to our crew and cast, who mean the world to me,” he added on Tuesday. “I’m simply sad that we don’t have a chance to celebrate a show that all of us figuratively and I literally, broke my back for.”

He concluded: “As I said from the jump, I want to ensure that my thoughts and intentions are not misconstrued. This situation reminds of the proverb, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions,’ which apparently, after reading a limited amount of the commentary, is a place many of you would like me to visit. However, at least for the foreseeable future, I choose to stand with my union. When you see me on a picket line please don’t whip any hard fruit.”

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Stephen Amell addressed his recent comments about the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike after receiving major backlash. “Understandably, there has been a lot of reaction to the comments I made this weekend about our strike. To ensure there is no misunderstanding about my thoughts and intentions I’m providing what I actually said and clarity/context to ensure my 

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Drake Exits the US

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Rapper Sells $88M Beverly Hills Estate, Relocates to Toronto Amidst Public Image Crisis
In a shocking turn of events, renowned rapper Drake has announced his departure from the United States, selling his last remaining property in the country, an opulent $88 million Beverly Hills estate. According to insiders, Drake has no intention of purchasing another property in the US anytime soon, instead opting to focus on his hometown of Toronto, Canada.
The 24,260 square foot mansion, purchased in 2022 for $75 million from singer Robbie Williams, boasts breathtaking views of the Los Angeles skyline and features cutting-edge amenities. While Drake stands to make a substantial profit from the sale, he will also owe approximately $5 million in mansion tax due to Los Angeles’ controversial tax on home sales exceeding $5 million.
This sale marks the final divestment from his US real estate holdings, as Drake has already sold his three other Los Angeles homes, two of which were purchased by NFL quarterback Matthew Stafford. The rapper’s decision to exit the US real estate market comes amidst a public image crisis, sparked by his ongoing feud with fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar and unspecified allegations.
Reports suggest Drake has also sent his son Adonis and the child’s mother to France, although the reasons behind this move remain unclear. The rapper’s relocation to Toronto may signal a desire to escape the intense media scrutiny and focus on his music and personal life in a more private setting.
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Revisiting the Value of Film Festivals

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As a film industry professional, you’re likely no stranger to the hard work and dedication required to bring a project to life. However, you may not be aware of the crucial role film festivals play in advancing your career and the industry as a whole. Let’s revisit the importance of film festivals and how they can benefit you and your work:

Networking and Community Building
Film festivals offer a unique opportunity to connect with fellow filmmakers, industry professionals, and potential collaborators. You can build relationships, share experiences, and learn from others in the field. These connections can lead to new projects, mentorship, and career advancement.
Exposure and Visibility

Film festivals provide a platform for your work to be seen by a wider audience, including critics, distributors, and industry leaders. This exposure can lead to recognition, awards, and critical acclaim, which can boost your reputation and open doors to new opportunities.

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Career Advancement and Opportunities
Film festivals can be a launching pad for your career, helping you transition from short films to feature films or from indie to mainstream projects. You can also gain recognition and credibility, making it easier to secure funding, distribution, and production deals.
Staying Current and Inspired
Film festivals showcase innovative storytelling, techniques, and technologies. By attending, you can stay up-to-date with industry trends, find inspiration for your next project, and learn from the successes and failures of others.
Reigniting Passion and Creativity
Film festivals can rekindle your passion for filmmaking and remind you why you started creating in the first place. They offer a chance to step away from the daily grind and reconnect with the art and craft of storytelling.
In short
Film festivals are more than just a showcase for your work; they’re a hub for networking, career advancement, and inspiration. By embracing these events, you can reignite your passion, stay current, and propel your career forward. Don’t underestimate the power of film festivals in helping you achieve your goals in the film industry.
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Hailey Bieber Announces Pregnancy in Stunning Maternity Photos

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Hailey Bieber, 27, and her husband Justin Bieber, 30, are expecting their first child together. The couple shared the exciting news on May 9, 2024, with a beautiful maternity photo shoot posted on Instagram.

Glamorous Maternity Shoot
The photos feature Hailey cradling her baby bump in a stunning white lace off-the-shoulder Saint Laurent dress, complete with a matching veil. Justin complements her in a shaggy black fur jacket, white tee, and black pants, also by Saint Laurent . The romantic shots were taken during the couple’s vow renewal ceremony in Hawaii .
Tender Moment
In one video from the shoot, the parents-to-be share a tender kiss as Justin caresses Hailey’s growing belly . The announcement comes after years of Hailey shutting down persistent pregnancy rumors, insisting she would share the news when she was ready.
Desire for Family
Hailey has been open about her desires to start a family with Justin, whom she married in September 2018 after years of on-again, off-again dating . Despite expressing concerns about raising children in the public eye, Hailey has said she wants kids “so bad” but is “scared” of the scrutiny.
Devoted Partnership
Hailey and Justin have cultivated a devoted partnership, describing each other as “best friends” who make an effort for their marriage. They have supported each other through health issues and are now embracing an exciting new chapter as parents in the spotlight .

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