Halloweekend has commenced.
Hollywood began the spooky celebrations on Friday at the annual Casamigos Halloween party, which this year took place at a private Beverly Hills residence.
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Austin Butler, Kaia Gerber, Jessica Alba, Justin Bieber, Margot Robbie, Jodie Turner-Smith, Tobey Maguire, Glen Powell, Megan Fox, Machine Gun Kelly, Lauren Conrad, Edward Norton, Chord Overstreet, Paris Hilton and Cindy Crawford, among many others, turned out to celebrate.
Fox and Kelly dressed up as Beatrix Kiddo and Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill, while Powell and Overstreet transformed into Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. from Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby. Sarah Hyland and husband Wells Adams donned costumes from Happy Gilmore, dressing up respectively like Virginia Venit and Happy himself. Crawford and husband Rande Gerber sported Grease costumes.
This year’s Halloween comes at a time when SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers continue negotiations to end the over 100-day actors strike that has been going on since July.
Ahead of Halloweekend, the performers union released strict costume rules to abide by that stated striking actors were not allowed to dress up as characters from struck content and post photos on social media.
Instead, the guild told members to “choose costumes inspired by generalized characters and figures — ghost, zombie, spider, etc.” Later adding, “Let’s use our collective power to send a loud and clear message to our struck employers that we will not promote their content without a fair contract.”
On Sunday, Fox posted a carousel of photos from the party and tagged SAG-AFTRA in the caption, seemingly calling out the union for its Halloween guidelines.
She wasn’t the only one who pushed back on the rules. When they were announced, celebrities like Ryan Reynolds, Mandy Moore and former SAG-AFTRA president Melissa Gilbert, shared posts on social media, noting they were “infantile.”
Reynolds tweeted, “I look forward to screaming ‘scab’ at my 8 year old all night. She’s not in the union but she needs to learn.” Moore took a more direct approach on her Instagram Stories at the time, writing, “Is this a joke? Come on @sagaftra. This is what’s important? We’re asking you to negotiate in good faith on our behalf. So many folks across every aspect of this industry have been sacrificing mightily for months. Get back to the table and get a fair deal so everyone can get back to work.”
Gilbert posted a statement on her Instagram account, slamming the strict guidelines. “THIS is what you guys come up with? Literally no one cares what anyone wears for Halloween. I mean, do you really think this kind of infantile stuff is going to end the strike? We look like a joke,” she wrote. “Please tell me you’re going to make this rule go away….and go negotiate! For the love of God, people are suffering mightily and this is what you have to say…c’mon. This is the kind of silly bullshit that keeps us on strike.”
The uproar led SAG-AFTRA to release a clarification of its rules, despite many calling for them to be dropped altogether. The union seemingly addressed Reynolds’ tweet, noting that their guidelines didn’t apply to children and were merely meant to help its members avoid promoting struck work.
The performers union and the studios resumed negotiations on Tuesday, Oct. 24, which continued on Thursday and went into this weekend.
In a statement to members on Friday evening, the union’s TV/theatrical negotiating committee said, “We completed a full and productive day working internally and will continue into the weekend.” The committee added, “We thank you for the incredible solidarity and support you have shown on the pickets and across the country all week long.”
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