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Gaithers' movie delayed due to possible actors' strike
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Plans to film a movie at Gaithers Plantation have been put on hold until the spring due to fears of a possible actors' strike, according to the film's director.

Filming was originally expected to begin in September.

Ken Sagoes, who is set to direct "Between Yesterday and Tomorrow," said the decision to push back the start of filming was also made because he wanted to get some springtime shots of Gaithers.

"The spring view is very important to the project and I don't want to take a chance on losing some of that," Sagoes said.

Described as "hip-hop visits 'On Golden Pond,'" the movie, which Sagoes also wrote the script for, tells the story of two brothers and their wives reuniting after a 50-year separation.

Their reunion takes place on land purchased by their great grandparents after the Civil War.

Their family reunion is interrupted when their grandson decides to join them. His hip-hop/streetwise attitude soon comes into conflict with that of his older relatives.

Sagoes said he expects 80 percent of the film's principal photography will be shot in Newton County over the course of a six-week shoot.

Academy Award Nominee Ruby Dee ("American Gangster"), Della Reese ("Touched by an Angel"), Loretta Devine ("This Christmas"), Bill Cobbs ("Night at the Museum"), Lynn Hamilton ("Sanford and Son") and Dick Anthony Williams ("Black Picture Show") have all signed letters of intent to star in the film.

"Between Yesterday and Tomorrow" is the latest in a string of movies to be filmed in Newton County. A film crew visited Covington in April to shoot scenes for "Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys." That movie will hit theaters on Sept. 12.

On Wednesday two actors' unions and the U.S. advertising industry agreed to extend a contract covering commercials on TV, radio, the Internet and other new media by six months through March.

The extension gives the Screen Actors Guild extra time to finished stalled talks with Hollywood studios over a contract covering prime-time TV shows and movies that expired in June.

Actors continue to work under the terms of the old deal.

Both the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists held a six-month commercials strike in 2000 that drove work overseas.

The extension comes on top of a two-year extension agreed to in 2006.

At that time, the advertising industry and the unions commissioned a study on new compensation models for performers to deal with the shift of ads to the Internet and other new media. The study was completed early this year.

In March, SAG and AFTRA acrimoniously ended 27 years of joint negotiations with studios over movies and prime-time TV shows in a spat over jurisdiction and the makeup of the bargaining team.

SAG and AFTRA have yet to decide formally whether to jointly bargain on the commercials contract.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.