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Celebrities with quirky hobbies

Writer Margaret Atwood, a two-time Booker Prize winner, recently took an interviewer’s hand and started reading her palm, saying: “You’re quite stubborn. You don’t care about wallpaper, Molly.” Celebrities often have hobbies that may not seem to match their public persona, like Tom Hanks as a vintage typewriter collector or Julia Roberts knitting sweaters on film sets.

Netflix to spend Rs 3000 crore on content in India

Netflix has invested Rs 3,000 crore in India in 2019-2020, Hastings revealed. He said the streamer is ramping up original Indian content, something that will be visible to audiences in coming months. "We launched in 2016 and we have continued to invest. So we have a lot of content from US, UK and Spain. We are developing our Indian content here.

Film maker wins copyright infringement case against Google, YouTube

Suneel Darshan, the proprietor of film production company Shree Krishna International, had filed a suit for permanent injunction against Google India and YouTube, and their US parent, in 2011, in the district court of Gurgaon for infringement of his copyright.

Nodwin Gaming appoints Sidharth Kedia as CEO

This is Nodwin Gaming's first senior management appointment. Kedia will be based out of Mumbai where the company will open the first regional office. “It's an exciting time for the firm as the overall e-sports scene in India is on the cusp of exponential growth,” said Akshat Rathee, founder and MD, Nodwin Gaming. “We are thrilled to have Sid joining us as the CEO at this time.

Star India reports Rs 1,216-cr loss in FY19

The company followed a ‘conservative accounting principle’ and booked expenses of Rs 4,000 crore on the Indian Premier League (IPL) during the fiscal under review. Star India suffered losses despite a 35% increase in revenues during the year.

Amazon offers free music streaming service; rival Spotify slips

Amazon offers paid plans for its music service starting at $9.99 per month. It is also part of its prime bundle. The company launched free version of its music service for Alexa users on Echo devices in September.

Tunisia with its unique diversity beckons Indian film markers

Tunisia stretches from the Meditteranean Sea to the Sahara desert – as an ideal location for Indian film-makers. The country has a solid infrastructure due to the well-developed tourist industry and visa free travel for Indians has opened new opportunities for Indian film makers to explore Tunisia as the new destination.

Theatrical release still brings in over 60% of money a movie makes: Ajay Bijli, PVR

"In India, there will always be people who would like to get out to socialise and unwind by watching movies."

Viacom18 launches subscription VOD service for kids

Priced at Rs 99 per month and Rs 799 per year, the service is first subscription service from the broadcast network. Certified by Early Childhood Association (ECA), VOOT Kids will be available to download on iOS and Android Play Store.

Kitco to design KSFDC multiplexes in Kerala

The project is being implemented with funding from Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). A total of 12 locations have been identified initially to set up multiplexes under this project. Design of five multiplexes has been completed, approved and construction is about to start.

Paris-based Banijay bets big on India with $2.2-b Endemol Shine deal

Paris-based Banijay bets big on India with $2.2-b Endemol Shine deal

Banijay will have almost 200 production companies in 23 territories once the deal is completed in the next 12-18 months. In India, it aims to be the number one production house for unscripted content with formats like ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Fear Factor’. The move will also allow exit for private equity firm KKRbacked Emerald Media, which owns 49% stake in Endemol Shine India.

Ministry of I&B to meet again with industry to debate online video content regulation

Ministry of I&B to meet again with industry to debate online video content regulation

Sources familiar with the matter said the industry believes there are enough laws, including the Information Technology Act, to regulate online content and seek legal recourse. They argued that streaming platforms are meant for private viewing, unlike traditional mediums such as television and cinema, which are broadcast publicly.

Single window system should be put in place for filmmakers to obtain clearances for shootings: Madhur Bhandarkar

Single window system should be put in place for filmmakers to obtain clearances for shootings: Madhur Bhandarkar

Bhandarkar also stressed on the need to attract other regional film producers from West Bengal or Southern India to visit Assam apart from Bollywood so that artistes and technicians here could find substantive works all year round.

Your online binge-watching is hurting the planet

Your online binge-watching is hurting the planet

Movie nights once required driving to the local video store to rent, rewind and return the latest blockbuster. Now on-demand video content providers offer countless binge-worthy options at the touch of a finger. But experts say the ease of streaming services comes with a hefty environmental price tag.

The streaming war's first victim: Your wallet

The streaming war's first victim: Your wallet

With two young daughters, Mery Montenegro is preparing to add Disney+ to her list of streaming subscriptions, which already includes Netflix, Hulu and Amazon -- and, when combined with her cable TV bill, costs her almost $1,500 per year.Her eldest Victoria, 6, asks every day when the new platform will launch, with its impressive catalogue of films and series from all of Disney's studios.The answer is November 12: Mery, who works at an advertising agency in Washington, knows the date well. It's the day she'll start paying $6.99 more per month.Disney+, HBO Max (AT&T), Peacock (Comcast), Apple TV+ and the new short video platform Quibi are all players in a streaming war that will only grow worse at a time when more Americans prefer streaming to cable.

HC reiterates Poker is a game of skill

HC reiterates Poker is a game of skill

The ongoing crusade of poker being classified as a game of skill rather than chance, received further impetus in late August. The Calcutta High Court reiter...

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