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THE CAST OF FRIENDS IS THREATENING A STRIKE

The friends in Friends, NBC's hit sitcom, are all for one and one for all when it comes to negotiating a new deal for themselves. According to sources close to the show, the stars are telling Warner Bros. that unless the studio accedes to their demands, they won't be back in August to start work on new episodes.

The six cast members--Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc--each want about $100,000 an episode plus a piece of the series' profits. All signed five-year contracts when the show was launched two seasons ago. Then unknowns, they...

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