Who will die in the upcoming mega episodes of “Stranger Things?” Is Steve or Nancy destined to go the way of Barbara? Could we lose one of our beloved kids like Dustin or Will? Is Mike’s mom actually Vecna’s sister? The internet is buzzing about what we could see when Netflix drops the final episodes of “Stranger Things 4” on July 1.

Meanwhile, nomination voting for the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards is underway, and there is a record number of submissions across multiple categories. In the drama race, beloved shows such as “Succession” (HBO), “Squid Game” (Netflix) and the final season of “This Is Us” (NBC) are expected to do very well. At the same time, on the comedy side, reigning champ “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+) will try to fend off freshman series such as “Abbott Elementary” (ABC), “Ghosts” (CBS) and “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu).

Summer movie season is underway, with Pixar’s “Lightyear” opening to solid reviews from critics but performing under box office expectations. Are consumers used to watching these family films with their kids at home, or could it be franchise oversaturation?

Warner Bros’ “Elvis,” starring Austin Butler as rock legend, opens in theaters after debuting in May at the Cannes Film Festival. While reviews are mixed on the film’s overall quality, Butler delivers the best performance from the first half of the year so far and cements his place in the discussion for Oscar for best actor. Also, Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” premieres ahead of its opening, which is expected to do gangbusters.

A chaotic scene ensued outside the Santa Monica courthouse after the legal verdict against Bill Cosby found him liable for sexually abusing Judy Huth in 1975, who was 16 years old at the time at the Playboy Mansion. A civil jury found that Cosby sexually abused Huth and ordered him to pay her $500,000 in damages. During a contentious press conference, Cosby’s lawyers stormed off among a sea of protestors.

Finally, Netflix did a second round of layoffs, with 300 of its staffers being let go this week, with its stock losing more than 70% of its value since losing 200,000 subscribers earlier this year. So what comes next for the streaming giant?

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