Hollywood's Writers' Strike

Hollywood's Writers' Strike
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The Writers Guild of America has been on strike for just shy of a week.

According to the group, the decision came after weeks of negotiations with Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, NBCUniversal, Paramount and Sony through the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The last Writers Guild strike was in 2007 and lasted nearly 100 days.

So, what does this mean? For some shows, production has stopped altogether. Saturday Night Live is on hold, as are the late-night shows.

House of the Dragon, on the other hand, is said to continue filming (all the scripts are complete).

The strike also affects tonight's MTV Movie and TV Awards: Drew Barrymore pulled out of hosting the event to show solidarity with the strikers. Variety has the exclusive on that.


Another Met Gala is in the books, and the fashion event of the year gave us much to talk about.

Here are some of the most notable moments from the carpet:

  • Doja Cat dressed as a ... cat. Karl Lagerfeld's Choupette, to be specific. She used facial prosthetics and rocked an Oscar de la Renta dress. Jared Letto and Lil Nas X also went as the late designer's famous feline.
  • Men seemed to up their style this year — notably Brian Tyree Henry, Pedro Pascal and Taika Waititi, to name a few.
  • Karlie Kloss and Serena Williams both announced pregnancies.
  • Jessica Chastain went blonde.
  • Nicole Kidman wore the dress from her 2004 Chanel Nº5 campaign.
  • Olivia Wilde and Margaret Zhang wore the same dress (awkward).
  • A cockroach on the carpet became an internet sensation. We're told that it was wearing custom Raid.

In other fashion news, Donatella Versace will debut a new collection in partnership with Dua Lipa at Cannes this month.

The women's collection is called "La Vacanza." If anyone knows how to take a vacation, it's Dua Lipa. We've been jealous of her holiday-filled Instagram feed for the past few years now.


Missy Elliott has yet again made history. She became the first woman rapper to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

According to the organization, she was also the first woman rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and awarded MTV's Video Vanguard Award.

The other inductees in the performer category this year are:

  • Kate Bush
  • Sheryl Crow  
  • George Michael
  • Willie Nelson
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • The Spinners

Also: Ed Sheeran was found to have not copied Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On." The singer previously said he would quit music if he lost the legal case.

Fans of Miley Cyrus can look forward to Endless Summer Vacation Vol. 2, which comes out June 9. Her song "Flowers" is the fastest song to reach one billion streams in Spotify history.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift fans have Speak Now (Taylor's Version) on the way.

This is big: Billboard is changing how it determines the top album charts.

Merchandise and physical album bundles will count toward the charts, Billboard writes. A similar move was made three years ago but was discontinued. This time, it's different. These fan packs, as they're being called (the merchandise and physical music purchase combo), will be limited to two selections per album release. Plus, "each individual item must also be sold separately in the same web store."

People have argued against counting bundle sales in the past because they prioritize merchandise and general fan-base influence more than actual music sales. But bundling has supporters, too. Proponents say it helps to reward an artist based on their entire business operation, and can help up-and-coming artists score a spot on the Billboard 200 thanks to merchandise sales, according to Billboard.

Film and Television

The music charts aren't alone when it comes to industry changes: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced new campaign promotional regulations for the 96th Oscars.

According to a press release, this is "the most significant overhaul" to the campaign promotional regulations since they were created in 1994.

For the most part, this means the Academy is re-evaluating how movies can be promoted through the likes of private parties and social media.

(If you didn't know, the road to an Oscar depends heavily on the film's campaign. Vox explained in 2019 how to really win an Oscar.)

Per the Academy, updates and changes include:

  • Clarification of rules regarding private events and gatherings.
  • Clarification of rules regarding general and direct communications to Academy members.
  • Clarification of rules regarding public communications, including on social media.
  • Clarification of rules for “For Your Consideration” screenings, Q&A sessions and panel discussions.
  • Expanded language on regulation violations and penalties, including the process for reporting and reviewing a violation.

Also in movie and television news: the late Carrie Fisher was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame. The date of the ceremony was May 4, humorously referred to as Star Wars Day ("may the fourth be with you").

Her daughter, Billie Lourd, and Mark Hamill were there to honor her — as were C-3PO, R2-D2 and a storm trooper. Lourd's dress featured a picture of her mother as Princess Leia.

You can watch the full ceremony here.

Last but not least, we now have an official trailer for Dune Part Two. See Timothée Chalamet's character, Paul Atreides, ride a sandworm, and get a glimpse of Florence Pugh and Austin Butler.

In theaters November 3.