A voice is telling me that writers and producers will come to terms before Xmas, and if that doesn’t happen then by early to mid-January. I can’t see it going much further than that. Nobody wants an unscripted, sloppily improvised Oscar telecast, for one thing. And once films delayed or sidelined by the strike start to really pile up (Oliver Stone‘s Pinkville and Ron Howard‘s Angels & Demons are the first two victims), producers’ resolve will start to crack. How many deaths will it take ’til they know that too many revenue opportunities have died?