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SAG strike vote: As the date approaches, actors take sides

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Is it over yet? Despite fierce opposition from high-profile members, the Screen Actors Guild is still expected to send out ballots for a controversial strike vote on or after Jan. 14. Two factions have quickly emerged:

A-listers like George Clooney and Tom Hanks are urging members to sign a Vote No petition, while celebs like Mel Gibson and Holly Hunter are arguing that colleagues should walk off the job if need be. (Seventy-five percent of paid-up members must authorize a strike before the ­national board can actually call for one to take place.) SAG, which has been working without a contract since June, and the studio conglomerates remain at odds over DVD residuals and compensation for new-media extras like TV webisodes.