Welcome back to What I’m Hearing, and the end of Strike Week 1. Thanks to all who have submitted pics for our Best Strike Sign contest. You’ve got until Friday to send me your favorites, then I’ll put my top 5 to a reader vote and crown the winner with status-defining Puck merch.
Programming notes: This week on The Town, Lucas Shaw and I dove deep into the writers strike issues, I grilled WGA negotiator Adam Conover, and Scott Mendelson and I showed no mercy in ranking movies on the Summer Blockbuster Confidence Scale. Subscribe here and here.
🚨🚨Inner Circle event: Puck contributor and entertainment labor expert Jonathan Handel and I are doing an off-the-record call with Inner Circle members this Friday at 1 p.m. PT. Join us! And if you’re not an I.C. member, you can upgrade here.
Discussed in this issue: Lina Khan, Kevin Costner, Taylor Sheridan, Tyler Perry, Chris McCarthy, Tucker Carlson, David Zaslav, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Bob Bakish, the Murdochs… and a Scientology dog murder allegation.
|With the WGA and studios not even talking, the Directors Guild’s lead negotiator is suddenly the most powerful person in Hollywood. If he makes a deal that sets a template for SAG-AFTRA and the WGA—assuming writer-specific demands like mini-rooms and span protection can be worked out, which is still a big if—the strike could end this summer. If not, it may be...
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