A good model is A24, an indie studio that has adapted to the times–and kept spending lean–by focusing its marketing efforts on clever, meme-driving online campaigns, and making savvy, second-window distribution deals with Amazon Prime and DirecTV. On the film production side, A24 keeps budgets below $10 million while taking chances on lesser-known directors that it believes in. The formula has paid off with films like the Oscar-winning Moonlight, Lady Bird, and Eighth Grade. … [Read more...] about Hope you liked “A Star Is Born,” because that kind of movie is dead in Hollywood
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Modi packed a lot of thoughts in his 92-minute-long speech — the second-longest by any Prime Minister; the longest being the 98-minute speech Modi delivered in 2016. If Modi’s 2018 Independence Day speech was more of a ‘look back moment’, this time he has focused on the road ahead. If one were roughly cut his speech, for about 30 minutes Modi spoke about what his government had achieved; the remaining part of about an hour was forward-looking. … [Read more...] about Independence Day Speech | Modi is a man in a hurry, can India run with him?
Then came a strike that showed that the RBI was playing solidly on the front foot: Targeted Long Term Repos Operations (TLTROs). The Reserve Bank will conduct auctions of targeted term repos of up to three years’ tenor, of appropriate sizes, for a total amount of up to Rs 1,00,000 crore at a floating rate linked to the policy repo rate. Liquidity availed under the scheme by banks has to be deployed in investment-grade corporate bonds, commercial paper, and non-convertible debentures, over and above the outstanding level of their investments in these bonds as on March 27, 2020. … [Read more...] about RBI comes out all guns blazing to sanitise a struggling financial system
To tell if a message has been forwarded to you, look for the double-arrows below it. Those arrows mean the message did not originate from the person you are chatting with. In a blog post, WhatsApp said, “We’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation.” … [Read more...] about WhatsApp limits message forwarding to one at a time to fight COVID-19 misinformation
What does remote work mean for the future of urbanism? The long-term trend toward urban living is unlikely to be reversed in the wake of COVID-19. Creating a permanent layer of social distancing isn’t feasible—not to mention bad for the environment. Still, mitigating the risk of pandemics will have to become part of our thinking about zoning decisions, urban planning, architecture and design, building inspections, and every other aspect of our physical lives. That’s why embracing technology that can provide some protection is so important. Whether it’s remote working, mobile voting, self-driving vehicles, telehealth, or telereligion, we’re going to need innovations that empower us to isolate even in the densest cities. Silicon Valley and tech in general has been a punching bag for the media and politicians for the past few years, but if we want to adapt the economy to survive in an age of pandemics, we’re going to need the tech sector more than ever. … [Read more...] about 5 questions that will determine how we survive the coronavirus crisis