“The decision come just days after President Vladimir Putin spoke out against the draft bill. The bill was submitted earlier this year when relations between Russia and the West began to sour.”
“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.”
“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.”
“‘Blind Massage’ chronicles the early loves and awkward sexual forays of a group of young, blind masseurs in Nanjing, China. Lou Ye, a mercurial, often political director who was banned from filming in his native China from 2006 to 2011, directed the film with a mixed cast of professionals and blind amateur actors.”
“Nielsen’s metric doesn’t include those who watched the episode on streaming sites like Hulu or Fox’s own website, nor does it count those who watch via video-on-demand more than four days after the original airing. That’s an issue for networks that want to use those viewership totals with advertisers.”
“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.”
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.)
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.
“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.”
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.