Daily Archives: December 24, 2007

AMPTP Movie Mosaics

Though the building itself is pretty ordinary and kind of dentist-office-y, the AMPTP headquarters (when not wrapped in bright yellow CRIME SCENE tape) are surrounded by a massive wall that is actually very beautiful.

“Ten Commandments” mosaic @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)

Not the wall, mind you, but the movie-themed mosaics on it. Of course we totally defiled them with our pithy post-its during our rally there on Tuesday, but the vivid, Technicolor beauty of the tiles remains.

So, here for all to enjoy is a visual essay (love that term) on the art of the AMPTP mosaic wall…enjoy! Oh, and by the way, still totally hate them for prolonging the strike and everything, but wow…nice walls!

“Bambi” mosaic @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)

“Spartacus” mosaic @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)
“Robin Hood” mosaic @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)

“My Fair Lady” mosaic @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)

“King Kong” mosaic @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)
“The Virgin Queen” mosaic @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)
“E.T.” mosaic @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)
“North by Northwest” mosaic @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)
“Anna Christie” mosaic @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)
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AMPTP “Scene of the Crime” Rally

One of our last great rallies before the Christmas break was held last week outside the Death Star-ish home office of the AMPTP in Encino.

AMPTP “Death Star” in Encino (Dec. 18, 2007)

Organized by some of the Guild’s top-ranking crime show writers — people from the various “CSI” incarnations, “The Shield”, “Numbers”, you name it — the event was called the “Scene of the Crime Rally” and kicked off with “CSI” star (and wife of SAG President, Alan Rosenberg) Marg Helgenberg reading a “criminal indictment” against the AMPTP aloud from the back of a truck.

“CSI” star Marge Helgenberger @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)

“Numbers” star Rob Morrow @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)

Accusing the Studios and Networks of “hijacking the internet” and a number of other hilariously worded (but sadly, mostly true) crimes against writer-kind, the indictment was only the beginining. For immediately following the reading, members of the WGA wrapped the entire perimeter of the AMPTP headquarters in bright yellow CRIME SCENE tape. Kick ass!

Despite the rain, we had an impressive turnout as we spent the next two-plus hours walking the make-shift picket line just beyond the crime scene tape.

Me & “Bones” star Emily Deschanel @ the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)

Aside from Helgenberger, “Numbers” star Rob Morrow, and “Bones” super cute leading lady, Emily Deschanel (above), there were also dozens of supporting actors from any number of high-profile crime shows.

But I think my favorite folks out there were “My So-Called Life” creator Winnie Holzman, my new best friend, “Terminator 2” and “The Unit” star, Robert Patrick, and the hilariously attired cast of “RENO 911”.

Winnie Holzman & Me at the AMPTP Rally (Dec. 18, 2007)

Me & “T2″ star Robert Patrick at the AMPTP (Dec. 18, 2007)

Trust me, even with that big ass jacket, Lt. Dangle must have been freezing in those little brown hot pants. So, kudos to you, Thomas Lennon (seen practically humping my friend Patty, below) for keeping it all too real on the picket line!

“Reno 991″ star Lt. Dangle & Patty on the picket line (Dec. 18, 2007)
All in all, it was a criminally good time (sorry, I couldn’t resist) and we manged to seriously piss off the building manager with all that yellow crime scene tape, so hey, that’s something! Go, union!
Me, Patty, Aaron & Tanja behind the CRIME SCENE tape (Dec. 18, 2007)

And for the record, we totally cleaned up the tape before we left…

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