“How we can do better” is a new column that takes an insider’s look at various sectors and how they could improve. In this installment, we delve into film criticism in Indonesia.

“Hopefully, this talk won’t turn into something toxic and negative,” said Joko Anwar, one of Indonesia’s leading filmmakers, as he opened a discussion between filmmakers and film critics through Twitter Space, the social media’s live audio feature, on Aug. 20. That heads-up seemed necessary; there needed to be an antidote to the recent clash among filmmakers, critics and moviegoers in the country.

The clash started with the bad reception for doctor-and-musician-turned-filmmaker Tompi’s latest film, Selesai (Finished), which was panned by the general audience (its rating on the movie database site IMDb is 4.6 out of 10 stars). The public disdain was not only targeted at the film’s artistic quality but also its “sexist tone”, as one IMDb reviewer

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Spooked by the pandemic and streaming platforms, the embattled movie theater industry called on new Ghostbusters and Spider-Man films as it vowed to fight back at a major trade summit in Las Vegas Monday.

CinemaCon — which typically sees Hollywood studios bring glitzy stars and never-before-seen footage to a Las Vegas casino to woo theater bosses — did not take place at all last year as the pandemic shuttered cinemas around the world.

But with nearly 90 percent of domestic theaters now back open, Sony Pictures used its opening night presentation slot at Caesars Palace to set the tone for a returning event that is determined to prove the future of the big screen.

Studio bosses showed a new trailer for its much-anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home superhero sequel, before previewing Ghostbusters: Afterlife — a heavily nostalgic follow-up to the 1984 supernatural comedy classic — in full to a rapturous

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Snoop Dogg is joining Def Jam as a strategic consultant.

The ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ hitmaker will be working at the record label in a newly-created role as Executive Creative and Strategic Consultant, which will see him work across their executive team and artist roster, with an “immediate focus” on A&R and creative development.

Snoop is thrilled to have been offered the chance to work with the label, who he hailed as the “holy grail of hip-hop”.

He said in a video announcement: “Now, you may wonder why, so late in my career, would I wanna work for Def Jam Records.

“Well lemme tell ya, as a young rapper, Def Jam was the holy grail of hip-hop.”

After reflecting on the label’s legacy of great music as clips of artists including Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and Ludcaris played, Snoop has vowed to give their current roster the benefit

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Will Paterson’s voice echoes around a large dark room at the E1 nightclub, once one of London’s biggest party venues but which has not seen a customer for 16 months.


The venue, on an industrial estate in the east of the British capital, opened to a fanfare in 2017 with a marathon 27-hour rave and regularly played host to 1,600 clubbers.


But after months of preparations to finally reopen on June 21, club manager Paterson is struggling to put a gloss on Boris Johnson’s latest announcement of a four-week delay in lifting all coronavirus restrictions.


The prime minister’s move on Monday was designed to stem the spread of the Delta variant of the virus after a surge in cases of the highly infectious strain first identified in India.


Restrictions have been gradually eased since March and as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, nightclubs

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NEW YORK, May 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — T-Mobile USA, Inc. informed the National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs that it has permanently discontinued challenged claims made in connection with its TVision Live service, including that TVision Live is half the price of cable and allows customers to watch “only what you want.” During the proceeding, the advertiser informed NAD that the TVision Live service has been discontinued and, as a result, the challenged claims were also permanently discontinued, including:

Express Claims:

  • “Half the price of cable TV.”
  • “Will you save money? Save half!”
  • “Cut the cord on cable with TVision. See why TVision services are the right alternative to cable. Save money, watch only what you want, make changes to your subscription we’ve got the answer to your cable problem.”
  • “Can you watch what you want? Of Course! With TVision services, you control what you watch.”
  • “With
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NEW YORK, April 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Paley Center for Media, the entertainment industry’s leading nonprofit dedicated to celebrating the cultural, creative, and social significance of media and its impact on society, today announced the addition of prominent leaders in the fields of media, entertainment, tech, and advertising to its prestigious Board of Trustees and Los Angeles Board of Governors.

Joining the Paley Board of Trustees will be Andy Bird CBE, CEO, Pearson; Wade Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Univision Communications Inc.; Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Dawn Ostroff, Chief Content & Advertising Business Officer, Spotify; Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, The Procter & Gamble Company; and Ricardo B. Salinas, Founder & Chairman, Grupo Salinas

Joining the Paley Los Angeles Board of Governors will be Agnes Chu, President, Condé Nast Entertainment; Channing Dungey

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The shifting sands of technology and economics have created unique challenges across segments of the entertainment industry over the past quarter century. Much of the change in how business is done in music, film, and art boils down to one key catalytic factor — the internet. How artists, labels, studios, and corporations alike have adapted to ever-changing distribution and revenue models has often been a deciding factor in long-term survival in this new media landscape.

Although advents like peer-to-peer sharing, streaming, and the immediacy of relation between artist and fan made possible by social media were once seen as obstacles or novelties to industry establishments, recent statistics and figures from across segments suggest that the legacy corporations that have survived the internet shift are now thriving by utilizing iterations of those platforms and technologies that once haunted them.

Although the market for physical and digital ownership of music and film

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JPMorgan Says These 2 Stocks Could Surge Over 80%

After a volatile first quarter, Q2 has kicked off in style, and the major indexes sit at – or hover near – all-time highs. The government bond market has also been steadying as yields have pulled back after rising higher earlier in the year, soothing investor fears that inflation could get out of hand. Moreover, the economic recovery seems to be gathering steam at a faster pace than anticipated. “We had been expecting the data to improve about this time, and early signals are that the recovery is absolutely on track,” said Hugh Gimber, J.P. Morgan’s global market strategist. “This is the period where the forecast of a strong recovery in growth is starting to look more like the fact of a strong recovery in growth.” Against this backdrop, the analysts at J.P. Morgan have pinpointed 2 names which they

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Menzi Ngubane, Noxolo Maqashalala

In a statement issued to the media on Sunday, the SABC expressed their shock and sadness at the passing of actors Menzi Ngubane and Noxolo Maqashalala.

News of both Menzi and Noxolo’s deaths made headlines on Saturday.

“Mr. Ngubane was a legend in the arts industry, whose many memorable performances endeared him to audiences, not only for the characters he portrayed, but the person he was in reality. He appeared in numerous SABC productions such as Ubambo Lwami, where he portrayed the character Mazwi. He also starred in Kwakhala Nyonini, 37 Honey Street, Yizo Yizo, Gaz’lam, Family Secrets and famously as ‘Sibusiso Dlomo’ on SABC1’s Generations,” the statement reads. 

About Noxolo, it says: “Ms. Maqashalala, a veteran in her own right, will be remembered for her vibrant energy and performances, which gained her many fans. She starred in a

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