THE IMAGE TATTLE remembers most from the 1973 film "Westworld," written and directed by Michael Crichton ("Jurassic Park"), was the removal of star Yul Brynner's face to reveal all kinds of robotic circuitry.
That's probably not the image we're going to remember from the upcoming HBO series based on that film.
Yul Brynner has been replaced by Yul Blush.
According to deadline.com, more than 50 naked extras are being paid $600, nearly four times the normal daily SAG-AFTRA extras rate, for taking part in "graphic sexual situations" including touching one another's genitals.
Deadline reported that each of the 57 union extras hired for yesterday's filming had to sign consent forms acknowledging that they might be asked to "appear fully nude; wear a pubic hair patch; perform genital-to-genital touching; have your genitals painted; simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching; contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude; pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back; ride on someone's back while you are both fully nude; and other assorted acts the Project may require. The Project will also include language and sexual situations that some may consider personally objectionable or uncomfortable."
Whoa. Tattle spent nearly eight months negotiating a contract with this company and never once were we asked to form a table-like shape while being fully nude.
"We believe in the First Amendment and support a creator's right to tell their story, but this seems to go far beyond the scope of what background actors are asked to do in the course of their day," said Terri Becherer, SAG-AFTRA's national director of specialty performers. "I don't know that they are taking any protective measures for that level of intimacy. Obviously, we are concerned about safety and health issues when there is that much nudity and exposure."
* People magazine reports that Caitlyn Jenner will not be charged in the February car crash that killed Kimberly Howe. The L.A. D.A. decided yesterday that there is not enough evidence to charge Cait (the former "William Bruce Jenner") with manslaughter and that the office "cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt" that her "conduct was unreasonable," according to court papers.
Cait still faces a wrongful-death suit from Howe's stepchildren.
* Streaming service Tidal is putting together an all-star concert starring co-owners Beyonce, Jay Z and Prince on Oct. 20.
"TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC" will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The concert will also include Nicki Minaj, Usher, Lil Wayne, Damian Marley, Thomas Rhett, Indochine and T.I.
Tickets for Tidal subscribers went on sale yesterday and will be widely available tomorrow. All of the ticket sales will support charities through the New World Foundation.
* Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long have split up after two years of dating, per People mag.
"They each wanted to eventually have a family but ultimately they weren't compatible and decided to split up," said an unnamed source. "They are still on good terms and friends."
* Life & Style reported that Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting broke up because she was ready to start a family and he wasn't.
* Algonquin Books announced yesterday that a commencement speech by filmmaker John Waters ("Hairspray") will be released in book form in spring 2017.
In a statement issued through Algonquin, Waters called Make Trouble, "the perfect graduation gift from parents to their troubled children who have been driving them crazy for years."
- Daily News wire services
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