Media

How Has “Star Wars” Made $37 Billion??

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“The Star Wars universe now comprises a vast array of products, from movies and TV shows to videogames and toys. But it all started with one movie, Star Wars (later Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope), whose modest $11 million budget was less than the average studio comedy at the time.”

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Bollywood Actresses Are Big Box Office. So Why Aren’t They Getting Paid Like It?

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“Top male stars, such as the three Khans — Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir — and action star Akshay Kumar, earn around 400 million rupees ($6.7 million) per film on average, apart from a share of the profits, according to industry experts. A-list actresses such as Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif get paid a tenth of that per film.”

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Why Are Public Figures Suing Video Game Makers?

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“A number of states have passed specific statutes regulating the right of publicity; others just have common law rights (meaning precedent established by case law); some have both; and a handful have neither.”

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Aereo Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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The company that streamed broadcast television over the Web “filed for voluntary bankruptcy on Thursday, a move the company says will allow it to ‘maximize the value of its business and assets’ without being dragged down by ongoing [intellectual property] lawsuits in several states.”

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Why “Serial” Can Feel So Discomfiting (It’s Not White Privilege)

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“It’s not exactly in the racial dynamics, and not only in the way that Koenig tells the story. It has to do instead with the psychological tourism that comes in the aftermath of a crime, the license that everyone (Koenig, her audience, but also the cops and prosecutors and judges and Hae and Adnan’s classmates) feels to gaze into the lives of both victims and the accused and to wonder about the extent of what people are capable.”

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“Serial” Addresses The Backlash Directly (More Or Less)

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“Up until now, it has seemed a little bit like Serial was occurring in a vacuum, removed from the fandom and hubbub surrounding it. But on this week’s episode – which came after a week of mounting backlash online and a public statement on Reddit from a man claiming to be Hae Min Lee’s brother – the show seemed to reach a brand new level of self-awareness.”

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The “Serial” Backlash Has Arrived

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Almost any media phenomenon that becomes as popular as fast as this podcast has gets some sort of backlash on the Web. Anna Silman offers us – without judgment (we can provide that) – a guide to the main complaints.

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“Serial” Murder Victim’s Brother Gives Us All A Reality Check

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The younger brother of Hae Min Lee, the Baltimore high school senior whose 1999 murder, and the subsequent criminal trial, are the subject of the popular podcast, took to Reddit to remind the rest of us that it really isn’t fun to see your family’s most agonizing period become an online obsession. (He does, however, have a bit of praise for reporter Sarah Koenig.)

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The Secrets Of “Serial”‘s Success

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The multi-episode spinoff of This American Life is now the most downloaded podcast at iTunes, and entertainment blogs run the sorts of recaps and discussions that are usually the province of juggernaut TV shows like Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey. Laura Miller considers the ingredients that make Serial such a hit.

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“I Had To Own My Own Inauthenticity”: Jon Stewart On His New Film Set In Iran

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“With this film I have the caveat of knowing that it will be simplistic and reductive to people who live in Iran. … I can’t create an Iranian masterpiece out of this situation. I don’t have that ear. … So I wanted to create kind of palettes that were – not innocuous, but bland enough that the audience could easily dismiss them … as the eccentricities of one oppressive regime.”

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Wall Street Journal To Kill Radio Network And Sunday Edition

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Dow Jones’s CEO wrote in a memo that “it will come as no surprise that in order to do even more, we must do fewer things that are not core to our business so that we can move faster in pursuit of our goals.” In the comments section (!), award-winning business journalist David Cay Johnston provides analysis.

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