Although Nikki Finke is saying in the LA Weekly that the Hollywood writers strike is set to start on Friday, we hear from a reliable source that in fact it will begin late tomorrow night, early Thursday morning. We also hear that most of the unions will honor the strike, although “softly.” What that means is that the unions can’t officially honor the strike because they’d be sued by the studios – but they can encourage their members to honor it as individuals. Leo T Reed, secretary-treasurer of the Teamsters since 1988, said yesterday, “Teamsters don’t cross picket lines.” Most likely there will be revolving picket lines around the studio gates, 15 minutes per gate. At the end of the 15 minutes they will move on to the next gate. This means that if you show up at your usual gate and find picketers, you should drive to a non-picketed gate to enter the studio. If none of this happens, you didn’t hear it here.