The big four talent agencies have now become three, while “The Tragedy of Macbeth” opens to strong reviews out of the New York Film Festival. Britney Spears may be the closest she’s been to having the #FreeBritney movement become a reality, while the Golden Globes has invited new members to join the embattled establishment. 

In the latest episode of the Variety video series “The Take,” presented by Apple TV Plus, senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister and film awards editor Clayton Davis discuss their takes on the week’s top headlines.

CAA and ICM Partners are joining forces in a mega-merger that sent shockwaves through Hollywood this week. If approved, the landmark deal, would mark the end of the “Big 4” talent agencies — WME, CAA, UTA and ICM — as the media landscape is facing consolidation across the board.

Pop star Britney Spears’ legal case hit a monumental stride, as her father, Jamie Spears, was ousted from her conservatorship that he has overseen for 13 years with the judge calling the situation “untenable.”

Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, called her father an “abusive,” “toxic” and “cruel” man and pledged to investigate what he believes is “corrupt” conduct. The elder Spears’ attorney, Vivian Thoreen, denied all wrongdoing, including claims he had been secretly monitoring and recording his famous daughter by bugging her home.

Spears’ next hearing is set for Nov. 12, and her conservatorship is expected to be terminated.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the new members to join their group after being boycotted and ousted by Hollywood studios and executives. Will this begin the road back to having a Golden Globes ceremony this awards season?

Hosted by Variety senior correspondent Wagmeister and awards editor Davis, “Variety 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, YouTube and social media.

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