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Hollywood insiders predict writers strike to drag on through summer; Ed Sheeran did not violate ‘Let’s Get It On’ copyright, US jury finds and more

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Hollywood insiders predict the writers’ strike will last all summer

The Hollywood screenwriters’ strike that began this week could extend into the summer and possibly beyond, top executives close to the discussions told Reuters this week. On the third day of a strike that has rattled the industry, the two sides remain so far apart that each blames the other for the abrupt end of 11-hour talks to avert the strike. labour. No new talks have been scheduled.

Ed Sheeran Did Not Infringe ‘Let’s Get It On’ Copyright, US Jury Claims

Ed Sheeran’s 2014 hit “Thinking Out Loud” did not illegally copy Marvin Gaye’s classic 1973 song “Let’s Get It On,” a jury decided on Thursday in a copyright lawsuit. is closely watched – a ruling that the British pop star says will help protect the creative process of song writers in the US and globally. A jury in Manhattan federal court determined that the heirs of “Let’s Get It On” musician Ed Townsend failed to prove that Sheeran, record label Warner Music Group and music publisher Sony Music Publishing his song infringed their copyright rights to the song Gaye. Sheeran hugged his lawyer in the courtroom after the verdict was read.

The ‘plagiarism machine’: Hollywood writers and studios fight over the future of AI

For decades, Hollywood writers have been writing sci-fi scenarios about machines taking over the world. Now, they’re fighting to make sure robots don’t take their jobs. The Writers Guild of America is seeking to limit the use of artificial intelligence in film and television screenwriting. Hollywood studios, struggling to make streaming services profitable and cope with shrinking ad revenue, have rejected that idea, saying they would be open to discussing new technologies once a year, according to the association.

On ‘Star Wars’ Day, Carrie Fisher Posthumously Awarded a Star on the Walk of Fame

On May 4, the unofficial annual “Star Wars” day, it was bittersweet for Hollywood fans when Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher, who died aged 60 in 2016 , was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame on Thursday. Along with a large group of fans, the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO of “Star Wars” and a pair of Stormtroopers attended the ceremony, as well as actor Mark Hamill, director JJ Abrams and President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy.

Country legend Willie Nelson, aged 90, among those inducted at Rock Hall 2023

Country music icon Willie Nelson, who celebrated her 90th birthday last weekend with a star-studded concert at the Hollywood Bowl, is among the performers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. this year’s Rock & Roll, organizers announced Wednesday. Nominated for the first time for rock music, Nelson joins country legends Dolly Parton, who is inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2022, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

Hollywood Alliance Backs Featured Writers As TV Production Slows

Prominent film and TV screenwriters met with union leadership on Wednesday, the second day of a layoff that has plunged Hollywood into turmoil as the industry deals with changes brought about by the boom. of online television. Members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) turned out to hear briefings from negotiators in New York and Los Angeles after walking in line in front of Netflix Inc, Walt Disney Co and studios other big movies.

Cannes Film Festival Honors Michael Douglas with Honorary Palme d’Or

Hollywood actor Michael Douglas will be adding to his long list of awards this month when the Cannes Film Festival presents him with an honorary Palme d’Or. Organizers of cinema’s biggest showcase said Wednesday that they will honor the two-time Oscar winner at the festival’s opening ceremony on May 16 in recognition of his “brilliant career as well as outstanding achievements.” his attachment to cinema”.

Hollywood studios push back on prominent writers’ claims of a ‘performer’ workforce

The group representing Hollywood studios on Thursday hit back at claims by striking film and television makers that they were forced into the “free economy” because of era-driven changes. Online TV brings. About 11,500 members of the American Writers’ Association (WGA) went on strike on Tuesday, saying the studios had “created a gig economy within the union’s workforce.”

‘Guardians’ Vol. 3, a bittersweet goodbye to the eclectic space crew

Actor Chris Pratt, whose film career began with the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2014, has decided that he will not watch the third and final installment of the series. until its global premiere in Los Angeles. Pratt watched an unfinished segment or two of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” but at the premiere he took the time to enjoy the full swan song from the “Guardians” trilogy. ” by Marvel.

Ed Sheeran Calls Mimic Claims ‘Offensive’ During ‘Thinking Out Loud’ Trial

The sometimes-angry Ed Sheeran on Monday denied copying Marvin Gaye’s classic song “Let’s Get it On” on a second day of testifying before a grand jury in a copyright hearing in federal court. state of Manhattan, calling the statement “insulting.” As he did last week, the British singer-songwriter played guitar and sang from the witness stand to emphasize his testimony, telling the jury that his song “Thinking Out Loud” he was actually inspired by Irish musician Van Morrison.

(With input from agencies.)


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