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SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher and Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland
SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher confirmed Thursday the actors strike is on
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1. Hollywood actors are officially going on strike

The strike is on … again. The Hollywood actors union SAG-AFTRA has officially called a strike after failing to reach a deal with the studios for a new contract, meaning production will shut down even more than it already had due to the writers strike. This is the first time since 1960 that actors and writers have been on strike simultaneously, and both groups are pushing for increased streaming residuals and regulation of artificial intelligence, among other concerns. Actors can't promote their projects during the strike, and the "Oppenheimer" cast already left Thursday's London premiere. Although some movies and shows had been filming during the writers strike because scripts were in the can, most of those productions will now also be halted. This is likely to create more delays — unless, as Anthony Mackie recently told Inverse, Disney plans to "get a bunch of f--king YouTubers to make 'Avengers 5'!" Good luck facing Kang, Jake Paul.

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan worked as a culture writer at The Week from 2018 to 2023, covering the entertainment industry, including film reviews, television recaps, awards season, the box office, major movie franchises and Hollywood gossip. He has written about film and television for outlets including Bloody Disgusting, Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Heavy and The Celebrity Cafe.