Lights, Camera, Back in Action

Last night’s Trumpless, hopeless GOP presidential debate featured Vivek Ramaswamy calling Volodymyr Zelenskyy a Nazi (the campaign later corrected the record by explaining that their candidate was talking quickly), argued that America should build not one, but two walls (the second one between the US and Canada), described two of his opponents as “Dick Cheney in three-inch heels,” and started talking about Nikki Haley’s daughter’s TikTok habits before Haley referred to him as scum. In The Atlantic (Gift Article), Russell Berman explained that Trump’s Rivals Passed Up Their Chance (chance at what, closing a 50 point gap to 49?), while Vox seemed to have the most accurate headline: 0 winners and 5 losers from the third Republican presidential debate. I could go on about the Real Candidates of the GOP series that Andy Cohen would probably find too lowbrow for Bravo, but today’s lead is not about a debate that meant virtually nothing (unless, as Lawrence O’Donnell suggested, Donald Trump chokes on a cheeseburger). No, what I’m really trying to say is, thank god the actors strike ended, because these reality shows really suck. “The union said the pact is valued at over $1 billion and includes pay increases higher than what other unions received this year, a “streaming participation bonus” and regulations on AI.” Actors Make a Deal With Studios After 118 Days.

+ “With the industry hustling to make up for months of lost work, juggling production schedules and the availability of actors and crew members will be complicated.” NYT (Gift Article): Getting Hollywood Back Up and Running Won’t Be Easy. (Seriously, someone just yell, “Action.” At this point, we’ll take anything that’s not news.)

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