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Hasan Minhaj in The Patriot Act| Twitter @patriotact

Quarantine has taken away Patriot Act’s oomph, Hasan Minhaj’s show isn’t the same without it

Without multiple screens & bright studio lights, Minhaj’s jokes fell flat. But instead of his usual frantic style, he was calmer and far more comprehensible.
Poster of Gulabo Sitabo via Twitter

INOX, PVR unhappy about films being released on online platforms like Amazon Prime Video

Shoojit Sircar's Gulabo Sitabo, starring Amitabh Bachchan & Ayushmann Khurrana, is one of several films skipping theatres & heading online.
Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama’s memoir ‘Becoming’ to release as Netflix documentary tomorrow

The former US first lady's memoir was published in 2018 and became the year’s bestseller only 15 days after its release.

What were you planning to do post-lockdown and how will you spend two more weeks?

The nationwide lockdown in India has meant an end to social activities — such as eating out, going to the theatre, or meeting friends.

With Netflix’s Never Have I Ever, Indian American has shed the desi identity baggage

Mindy Kaling has liberated the second-generation Indian American from the hyphenated identity. Much like Priyanka Chopra did in Quantico.
Representational image The Netflix homepage | Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Coming soon on Netflix: ‘Social Distance’, a Covid show from ‘Orange Is the New Black’ maker

Jenji Kohan, creator of ‘Weeds’ & ‘Orange Is the New Black’, is producing ‘Social Distance’, a comedy in which actors will film themselves from their homes.

Netflix posts explosive growth, but warns boom may not last

The new Disney+ service has surpassed 50 million subscribers in just five months, a faster pace than predicted while three other new video services will arrive this quarter.

Subscribing to Netflix is no longer a choice. It’s a necessity

Nearly 16 million users signed up for Netflix subscriptions in the first quarter of the year and most of those streaming converts came in March due to Covid-19.
Seeing Netflix as a data aggregation company might clue us into the company's future plans. | Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg

Netflix promises it won’t run out of TV shows anytime soon, so keep bingeing

Netflix has already finished production on almost all of its slate for this year, and has also finished filming many programmes for next year.

How we watch and pay for entertainment will never be the same after Covid-19

The rise of Netflix and inspired copycat services has made studios and cable programmers shift some focus to streaming apps & away from theaters and traditional TV audiences.

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Tushar Mehta | Facebook

Tushar Mehta and Harish Salve need a refresher course in understanding criticism of courts

Mehta’s categorisation of some courts as institutions ‘running parallel governments’ is a signal to the subordinate judiciary. SC should have stopped him.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.


Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.