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Striking actors agree on deal with Hollywood studios

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Actors fear AI could be used to clone their voices and likenesses, and wanted stricter rules about the compensation and consent studios would need to obtain than the companies were willing to give.

This may help for Stars, whose likeness sells movies and shows, but for the average actor the very real possibility of studios just making a mix of characteristics to create a new "actor" by AI would still mean ruin. Big names can still get money if replaced by artificial images of them, but for anybody not yet famous now...

This is a very unfortunate situation in this field where the task of lending an image to a character can (or will be in the near future) be done by AI, something that do not apply in other fields yet.

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Great photo of over actors over acting.

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well who really cares at all?

Hollywood movies and TV series are watched and loved all around the globe, including in China, and Russia. Perhaps only NK people who are shut off completely from the world, do not care about what they know nothing of. But you will find millions or billions will be happy to see their favorite shows return and more movies being made.

Anyone who does not care can be considered the "odd one out".

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Hollywood movies and TV series are watched and loved all around the globe, including in China, and Russia. Perhaps only NK people who are shut off completely from the world, do not care about what they know nothing of. But you will find millions or billions will be happy to see their favorite shows return and more movies being made.

Well they can always make their own shows and movies, the US is not world's intellectual property.

Didn't you get the memo? Apparently a big sin there is "too many whites" in domestically produced American films and series these days.

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The actors got their AI safeguards. The union surprisingly stayed in solidarity despite going through a lot of their financial funds

The studios needed the strike to end very soon in order to have enough time for the next summer big movies and save whatever is left of the lucrative holiday TV season

The film business not only affects the studios and actors and writers, but also the periphery businesses like the shops that supply the food and costumes, and the technical workers that set up and run the production sets. The work stoppage is estimated to have cost in the many billions of dollars in lost earnings. Everyone will be glad the work stoppage is over and can earn again

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I was kind of hoping the strike would go on for years. The world needs self-important American actors and actresses to be less important. I haven't watched a theater movie in 15 years, and have no plans to see any in the future. There are better things to do than worry about Hollywood.

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EastmanToday  03:17 pm JST

well who really cares at all?

You do. You cared enough to say that you didn't care.

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Whew! I was worried sick that Spiderman 16 would never come out. Can't wait. AI is becoming so firmly entrenched, however, that there will loopholes around it. Good try to put the brakes on it somewhere, but there's going to be more and more of it.

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V CampbellToday  09:07 pm JST

I was kind of hoping the strike would go on for years. The world needs self-important American actors and actresses to be less important. I haven't watched a theater movie in 15 years, and have no plans to see any in the future. There are better things to do than worry about Hollywood.

So you're blaming the actors and not including the producers, studios, writers, and directors for making bad films. And not all US films are Hollywood-based. There are lot's of independent films with original writing and ideas that have also been shut down. What a film expert you are.

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A strike means people aren't being paid and studios aren't selling things. It is bad for both sides. Humans get out of habits in about 3-4 weeks, which is why impacting TV schedules longer than that is dangerous. We will find other things to do instead.

Video games has taken the leisure time for many people that was spent mindlessly watching movies or TV before. If you don't live near a big city, the opportunities for entertainment after dark become much more limited. Hard to go 4-wheeling after dark, unless you want to die.

well who really cares at all?

TV/Movies are a huge industry across the USA. Hundreds of $billions and over a million people are directly employed by related industries. All of them care. It is larger than the sporting events industry ... and includes the production work around running sports.

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