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People celebrate after the SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Committee approved a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to bring an end to the 118-day actors' strike, at a brewery in Los Angeles, California, on Nov. 8, 2023.

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Aaaand … scene! The actors strike is over

After 118 days, the longest actors’ walkout in Hollywood history ended Wednesday night, as the SAG-AFTRA union reached a tentative agreement with studios.

The deal, which reflects the pressures of Hollywood’s rapidly changing financial and technological landscape, gets actors better compensation from the streaming services that dominate the industry now, more generous healthcare funding, and better protections against studios using artificial intelligence to create actors’ likenesses without consent or compensation.

For now, the agreement means Hollywood can get back up and running on all cylinders. The actors strike — coupled with the 148-day writers strike that ended last month — had crippled the $140 billion American film and TV industry, putting nearly 200 shows on ice and reportedly costing the economy of California some $5 billion.

Experts say the pressures of the streaming landscape and new technologies like AI mean that in the long run, there could be far fewer jobs for writers and actors in Hollywood. But that’s the storyline for the NEXT season of your favorite shows. For now, we're just happy that world leaders won't have to cross the picket lines themselves anymore — Kim Jong-un's remake of "Titanic" was truly one of the worst things we've ever seen ...

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"Barbie" is coming out. No, not in that way. Next week in the United States and the United Kingdom, massive launch. You've seen the dreamhouse, you've seen the buses, you've seen the excitement, and now you've seen the geopolitical backlash. It was not what you were expecting. I certainly don't remember there ever being a political science Barbie. Uh, there is a campaign manager Barbie that they made. That's, that's pretty much the opposite when you think about it. And there's also a Chief Sustainability Officer Barbie, that was of course, made of plastic naturally. But never a geopolitical analyst Barbie. Well, maybe that was a mistake, turns out there's a problem.

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