Fall Arrivals and Farewells: Entertainment Industry Shakes Up as Stars Realign

By Elliot Chen September 9, 2023

Hollywood faces disruption from ongoing strikes and high-profile breakups, whilst Miley Cyrus reflects on growth, and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3" offers a promising start to the fall season.

Rap star Jay-Z candidly spoke of end and change in his 2005 hit "Dear Summer", a sentiment that resonates profoundly at this juncture. Just as lifecycle of seasons, the ebbing and surging in human experiences are equally inevitable. Speaking of personal experience, I conclude my recent vacation on a less than cheerful note, with an unanticipated fall that gave me 13 stitches. However, returning home and the support from my co-workers, Dan Heching and Alli Rosenbloom, bring a ray of sunshine to the situation.

In ordinary times, the anticipation for fall's TV premiers would be stirring up this close to summer's end. Cue the Hollywood strikes and the tug of war between entertainment creators and corporations. The result is a stagnant industry with striking members staying away from creating or promoting any new work. Their mission: Better compensation and protections. On the flip side, Hollywood studios argue economic strains as their defence. The fallout? A still post-Labor Day industry draped in ambiguity as to when strikes would eventually cease. A season of uncertainty, indeed.

On the celebrity front, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are boldly redefining their narrative post-split. The now-separated couple released a statement confirming their divorce as a "united decision". It read, "After four years of wonderful marriage we have mutually decided to amicably end our marriage. There are many speculative narratives as to why but, truly this is a united decision and we sincerely hope that everyone can respect our wishes for privacy for us and our children." While the announcement sparked debate among their fans, Jonas and Turner are clearly geared towards keeping things civil.

Transitioning into fall musically, Miley Cyrus's latest single, "Used to be Young" struck a chord. Reflective and relatable, the song grants a peek into where the star finds herself currently. Ranked No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, the hit marks her 12th top 10 single. As Cyrus continues to ride the wave of her "endless summer vacation," she fondly reminisced about her non-stop childhood workdays on a recent TikTok video.

Despite hurdles in Hollywood, the fall movie calendar remains packed, with some exciting releases. One such treat is "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3", featuring the beloved Portokalos family. With most of the original cast returning – sadly minus Michael Constantine who passed away in 2021 - and star Nia Vardalos reprising her role, fans can eagerly look forward to this release set to hit theaters this Friday.