Celebs support picketers in Manhattan

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NEW YORK -- Writers received a large boost from celebrities Thursday as their fourth day of picketing returned to Midtown Manhattan.

More than 100 noisy, boisterous picketers lined Columbus Circle in front of Time Warner headquarters. Walking with them on a chilly Manhattan morning were Robin Williams, who brought bagels for the writers, and David Duchovny.

Others included Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, "SNL" star Seth Myers and "Sopranos" creator David Chase as well as "Law and Order: SVU" actors Chris Meloni and Richard Belzer.

Chase, carrying a "Fair Share for Net and Air" sign, said he wasn't striking for himself but instead for writers' residuals for those who aren't as well off.

"There are a lot of people who depend on those residuals to get by," Chase said.

The appearance of hard-hatted Teamsters emboldened the picketers after a brief lull, adding whistles and renewed chants of "Pens down, contract now."

The appearance of hard-hatted Teamsters emboldened the picketers after a brief lull, adding whistles and renewed chants of "Pens down, contract now." The inflatable rat was replaced by an equally large and "greedy" pink pig.

"Good luck, you guys," said one woman walking by.

Former sitcom star Roseanne Barr stopped by to show support. She said the strike wasn't affecting anything she was currently doing as she is mostly blogging.
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