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On the Lot: Writers strike looms, Fast and Furious booms




A classic car mayhem scene from the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious
A classic car mayhem scene from the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious
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Tomorrow, members of the Writers Guild are expected to approve a strike authorization plan. Their contract runs out on May 1, and if they can't reach agreement with producers, they'll walk off the job the next day.

Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan says, if that happens, the first evidence will be in the late night talk shows. During the last writers strike, ten years ago, most of them shut down production and went into reruns. If the writers stay out for most of the summer, it could effect everything from the fall network TV premieres, to productions on popular streaming services.

The eighth film in the Fast and Furious franchise broke records in its opening weekend, and it was also the biggest opening weekend for a film directed by an African-American.  Helmed by F. Gary Gray, The Fate of the Furious succeeded by appealing to a demographically broad swath of movie-goers. Still, after eight movies, some argue it's time for the street racers to park their muscle cars and move on. 

And even though the title is The Last Jedi, it seems pretty unlikely that Disney will be parking the X-Wing fighters any time soon. A trailer for the Christmas Star Wars movie popped up this weekend, and fans are busy pouring over it for clues. Try it yourself.