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SAG Awards in full swing



The 2023 awards season is well and truly in full swing, with Hollywood’s biggest stars arriving for the 2023 Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

Popular TV Drama the White Lotus is up for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series”.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Stars Michael Imperioli and F. Murray Abraham react to their SAG award nomination.

The SAGs are seen as the most reliable indication of which actors and what productions will take home an Oscar.

Missing out on a SAG nomination usually indicates a film’s Best Picture hopes are over.

The sci-fi multiverse flick “Everything, Everywhere All at Once” and dark comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” are battling to be awards season frontrunners at the ceremony.

Each film has a leading five nominations, and are also up for best ensemble – which is the equivalent of the best picture prize at the Academy Awards.

Other films up for this accolade include Steven Spielberg’s “The Fableman’s”, Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon” and “Women Talking.”

Actors themselves are the largest voting bloc in the Academy, which why the SAG Awards are usually a strong indicator of who will be successful at the Oscars.

In the two out of the last three years, the best cast winner, being “Parasite” in 2020, and “CODA” in 2022 went on to also take home best picture.

Meanwhile, Sally Field will be honoured with the SAG lifetime achievement award tonight, saying she is proud to be an actor.

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Adidas faces potential $320M Yeezy shoe write-off post-Kanye split



Adidas is contemplating a significant financial blow as it considers writing off $320 million worth of Yeezy shoes following its separation from music and fashion icon Kanye West.

The sportswear giant’s decision to sever ties with West’s Yeezy brand has left a mountain of unsold merchandise, threatening to dent the company’s balance sheet.

The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West, which began in 2013, had been immensely successful, with Yeezy shoes becoming a highly sought-after fashion statement.

However, recent controversies and disagreements between West and Adidas prompted the sportswear company to distance itself from the celebrity designer.

The massive inventory of Yeezy shoes now presents a dilemma for Adidas, as it grapples with finding a solution to deal with the surplus stock. A $320 million write-off could significantly impact the company’s financial performance in the short term.

Adidas is currently exploring various options, including discounting, donating, or repurposing the unsold inventory to mitigate the financial hit.

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Warner Bros discovery warns of Hollywood’s ‘real risk’ post-strikes’



Warner Bros Discovery, has issued a stark warning regarding the ‘real risk’ that Hollywood faces in the aftermath of the recent strikes that have taken a considerable toll on the industry’s financial health.

The strikes, which disrupted film and television production for several weeks, resulted in substantial financial losses for studios, production companies, and countless industry professionals.

Warner Bros Discovery emphasised the necessity for a resilient and adaptable approach to navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the film and television sector.

The conglomerate stressed the importance of implementing measures to mitigate such risks in the future, which include fostering better labour relations and contingency planning to safeguard against potential disruptions.

The message underlined the need for the industry to adapt to the evolving landscape of content creation and distribution, particularly in the digital era.

This warning from Warner Bros Discovery highlights the need for the entertainment industry to recognise the ever-changing dynamics and economic challenges, and the importance of preparedness to maintain its prominent position in the global market.

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MrBeast’s monumental 100 African wells sparks controversy



Philanthropic YouTuber MrBeast, known for his outlandish and extravagant charity stunts, recently financed the construction of 100 wells in Africa, providing clean drinking water to thousands of people.


While the philanthropic gesture is commendable on the surface, it has ignited a wave of controversy and criticism from various quarters.

Critics argue that MrBeast’s approach, although well-intentioned, might not be the most sustainable solution to Africa’s water crisis.

They question the long-term viability of these wells, raising concerns about maintenance and local ownership. Some have even labelled it as a publicity stunt, arguing that it merely scratches the surface of a much deeper issue.

On the other hand, MrBeast’s supporters laud his efforts in raising awareness and mobilising his enormous following to contribute to a worthy cause. They argue that any effort to alleviate the water crisis is a step in the right direction.

In the end, whether MrBeast’s 100 wells in Africa are a game-changing philanthropic success or a mere spectacle remains a subject of intense social debate.


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