No ‘Game of Thrones’ Scripts for Season 8 + More Industry News

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The Academy distances itself from Harvey Weinstein.
After an emergency meeting of its 54 board members, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has “immediately expelled” Weinstein after a vote that was “well in excess of the required two-thirds majority.” (New York Times)

“Game of Thrones” is taking zero chances with Season 8.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau told a Scandinavian talk show that actors won't get episode scripts in an effort to thwart leaks. Instead, they’ll be fed lines by earpiece. Take it with a grain of salt, though: Coster-Waldau has a history of pranking the public with GoT non-truths. (AP)

SAG-AFTRA approves new waiver for low-budget digital commercials.
This new agreement allows union actors to work on lower-budget commercial productions in the bustling field of digital new media. (Backstage)

Ratings for streaming shows will be made public.
The Nielsen company recently announced a new service that will gather and report viewership data on streaming shows, information that up until now was not public. (Billboard)

Christy Turlington says the fashion industry needs to protect young models.
In the wake of the Weinstein news, Turlington spoke out about how the industry “is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness.” (WWD)

Cher is joining the “Mama Mia” sequel.
Big year for Cher! After announcing a musical about her life will find its way to Broadway, the singer/actor just confirmed via Twitter that she’ll be playing Meryl Streep’s (ok, Lily James’) mom in “Here We Go Again.” (Twitter)

Netflix to spend an obscene amount of money on programming in 2018.
The streaming giant announced its plan to spend $8 billion on content next year. In 2017, it spent roughly $6 billion, far outspending competitors like HBO and Hulu. (New York Times)

Carrie Fisher continues to be an icon.
During a radio interview, actor and friend of Fisher Heather Ross told a story about how after being groped by an Oscar-winning producer, Fisher personally delivered a cow tongue to the man with a note that read, “If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box.” (Mashable)