In this episode of “The Take,” we discuss the deadly events at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston that resulted in at least nine deaths. How will the industry respond, and what can we expect to change for concerts and music festivals moving forward?

Also in this episode, Will Smith, who’s on the awards circuit for his performance in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “King Richard,” released an autobiography with startling revelations regarding his childhood, struggles and love life (he admits to accidentally falling in love with Stockard Channing while filming 1993’s “Six Degrees of Separation”).

The embargo has lifted for critics and journalists to weigh in on Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci,” which has propelled Grammy and Oscar winner Lady Gaga into a very competitive best actress race. Following the film’s London premiere, Gaga continues to be a frontrunner who would earn her first acting Oscar, possibly mimicking the road Cher took during her winning run for “Moonstruck” (1987).

Emmy nominee Cecily Strong introduced a new character to the “Saturday Night Live” “Weekend Update” desk, alongside Colin Jost and Michael Che, blasting the ongoing fight against abortion rights in America. “Goober the Clown” was a funny and biting interpretation. Strong’s revelation in an Instagram post that she had an abortion the day before her 23rd birthday made the sketch even more profound.

Finally, Britney Spears’ conservatorship case is taking its most significant turn, and we’re breaking down what to expect in court, and how it will impact the pop singer and the #FreeBritney movement.

Hosted by Variety chief correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister and awards editor Clayton Davis, “Variety’s The Take,” presented by Apple TV Plus, is a weekly series that will navigate the week’s top stories from the entertainment world, pop culture and media while providing expert analysis and exclusive insight on what’s buzzing in Hollywood. Filmed in Variety’s state-of-the-art studios in Los Angeles, new episodes are released weekly on Fridays on Variety.com, YouTube and social media.

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