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These are the movies and TV shows impacted by the mega Hollywood strike



Cinemas are breathing a sigh of relief as major movies like Barbie, Oppenheimer, and Mission Impossible 8 are already in production.

However, if the ongoing strike extends for months, picturehouses could face problems, and viewers may have nothing new to watch except reality TV and live sports.

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) announced during a news conference that the strike would involve members on its 2020 TV and theatrical contract.


Several major blockbusters currently in production, such as Ghostbusters 4, Mufasa: The Lion King, Avatar 3 and 4, and the third installment of the Paddington series, Paddington in Peru, may be impacted.

The UK is also expected to feel the effects of the strike, potentially delaying the release of movies like Deadpool 3, starring Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman. Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice sequel and the film adaptation of the musical Wicked could also face delays. Beetlejuice 2 had just commenced filming in Vermont when the strike was announced, while Wicked, starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo, has been shooting in the UK for months. The first of two Wicked films is scheduled for release in November 2024.

Overseas productions, including the Gladiator sequel starring Paul Mescal and Denzel Washington, are likely to be impacted as well. The new Gladiator film is currently being shot in Morocco and Malta, with British crews heavily involved in the production team.

The strike also affects promotional activities for upcoming releases, such as Disney’s Haunted Mansion, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, and Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie mystery A Haunting in Venice, all of which have scheduled promotional events like press junkets and red-carpet premieres.

The strike by performers will bring a halt to a significant portion of production work and disrupt schedules. In Los Angeles, the number of filming permits for feature films and television projects has dropped by 64% compared to the same week in 2022, according to FilmLA.

It’s important to note that UK actors represented by Equity, SAG-AFTRA’s sister union, are not part of the strike and are required to continue working as normal. The strike does not apply to them, and performers joining the strike in the UK may face dismissal or breach of contract lawsuits by producers.

TV shows

While the impact on TV shows may be limited due to completed scripts, fully written screenplays are likely to go unused because of the strike. Series like House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones spin-off, the second season of The Sandman, and the fourth season of Slow Horses may face delays.

However, it’s possible that side deals could be reached between guild performers and producers to allow certain projects to continue despite the strike.

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COP28: Global effort to phase out fossil fuels



World leaders at COP28 have intensified their commitment to combat climate change by embarking on a bold initiative to phase out fossil fuels.

The United Nations climate talks, held in a virtual format due to ongoing pandemic concerns, saw representatives from nearly 200 countries coming together to address the urgent need for action on the climate crisis.

The decision to focus on ending fossil fuel use marks a significant departure from previous climate negotiations.

Countries have traditionally grappled with setting emissions reduction targets, but this year’s conference places a strong emphasis on the need to transition away from the reliance on coal, oil, and natural gas. Experts argue that this shift is critical to limiting global temperature rise and avoiding the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

Key highlights of the COP28 agreement include setting ambitious deadlines for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, promoting renewable energy sources, and encouraging the development of green technologies.

The conference also established a fund to support developing nations in their transition away from fossil fuels, recognizing that these countries often face the greatest challenges in achieving sustainability.

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Russian police raid Moscow gay clubs



Russian authorities conducted raids on several gay clubs in Moscow, according to reports from various media outlets.

The raids have sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ+ community and have raised concerns about the ongoing crackdown on LGBTQ+ rights in Russia.

Eyewitnesses and clubgoers describe a heavy police presence during the raids, with officers reportedly detaining patrons and staff members.

The reasons behind these raids remain unclear, but they have ignited a fierce debate on social media and within human rights organizations.

International LGBTQ+ rights advocates are calling on the Russian government to address these actions and protect the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ individuals in the country.

The raids have also drawn attention to Russia’s controversial “gay propaganda” law, which has been criticized for its potential to fuel discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people.

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UK delays Jeff Zucker’s Telegraph deal for inquiry



The UK government has decided to put a hold on the proposed acquisition of The Telegraph newspaper by media mogul Jeff Zucker’s conglomerate.

According to a recent report, this decision has been made in order to conduct further investigations into potential regulatory concerns surrounding the deal.

The move comes amidst growing concerns over media consolidation and its impact on media diversity and competition.

The government aims to ensure that the acquisition would not result in a concentration of media power that could potentially stifle independent journalism and diverse voices in the industry.

This decision has sparked debates about the balance between media ownership and the preservation of media plurality in the UK. Supporters of the deal argue that it could lead to much-needed investments in The Telegraph, while critics worry about the potential for Zucker’s conglomerate to wield too much influence over the media landscape.

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