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Interview: Chigozie Obioma, author, An Orchestra of Minorities – “Writing is a big gamble”

You will be in India soon to speak at the Jaipur Literature Festival. What are you looking forward to? Have you visited India or interacted with your Indian readers before this? I have always wanted to visit India since 2007 when I had a roommate, Abhinav Bhattacharya, from Assam who would always tell me about India. But even more, India is, to my mind, a singular literary fount that has produced great writers like Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Anuradha Roy, and others. In fact, Indian readers have been very generous to…

Avatar 2: James Cameron’s gamble pays off as Way of Water becomes 10th biggest film of all time

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse LoughreyGet our The Life Cinematic email for freeJames Cameron’s Avatar gamble has paid off in an extremely big way following its latest box office feat.The film, which was released on 16 December, is a follow-up to the 2009 original, which is the highest-grossing film of all time with a gross of $2.9bn (£2.45bn). This includes re-release sales.Cameron has made no secret of the fact that he needed the film, titled Avatar: The Way of…

Avatar 2: James Cameron’s gamble pays off as Way of Water achieves amazing box office feat

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse LoughreyGet our The Life Cinematic email for freeJames Cameron’s huge Avatar gamble has paid off in an immense way following its latest box office feat.The film, which was released in December, is a follow-up to the 2009 original, which is the highest-grossing film of all time.Cameron has made no secret of the fact that he needed the film, titled Avatar: The Way of Water, to be a huge success – especially considering there are four…

Netflix’s Big Musical Gamble ‘Matilda’ Fails to Solve the Mystery of Topping the Netflix Charts

Netflix can be criticized for a whole lot of things, but its overwhelming dedication to producing original films and getting some of the best in the business involved cannot be doubted. Its often ridiculous levels of output do, however, lead to a lot of internal competition, as Matilda has found out. The big remake of one of Roald Dahl’s most famous novels made its Netflix debut up against stiff competition in the New Year period, and despite an excellent showing, could hardly mount a fight against the platform’s biggest…

Advice for Gamblers: How to Gamble Efficiently and Safely

New players are often concerned about their data privacy and safety when they gamble online. They are also worried about payments and payouts, especially if there is a large sum of money in their account. This is why it’s important to know how to gamble safely and also how to gamble efficiently. Generally speaking, you can find trusted third-party review websites. These platforms evaluate and review online casinos that are available in certain countries. This is a good way to find the best payout online casino that you…

India’s Manufacturing Push Takes an Audacious Gamble on Chips

DHOLERA, India—India plans to transform a vast tract of salty marshland in Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘s home state into the most ambitious demonstration of its push to be recognized as a serious player in advanced manufacturing, and an alternative to China.Spanning some 355 square miles, the agglomeration of 22 villages in Dholera in India’s western state of Gujarat is a pet project of Mr. Modi. When he was chief minister of the state, he envisioned developing the underused land into the…

James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ sequel is a gamble. What else is new?

Welcome to the Wide Shot, a newsletter about the business of entertainment. Sign up here to get it in your inbox.Good morning, and congrats to my colleagues for their success at the L.A. Press Club’s National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. Meg James was named print journalist of the year for her work on “Rust” and Randall Emmett. And Stacy Perman was honored for her story about Lora Lee Michele. In the business of entertainment, Jennifer Salke is fully in control at the newly Mark Burnett-less MGM and Amazon…

Gamers Who Spend Money on ‘Loot Boxes’ Twice as Likely to Gamble, Research Shows

According to new research published today in the peer-reviewed journal Addiction Research & Theory, gamers who purchase 'loot boxes' are up to two times more inclined to bet. According to the findings based on more than 1,600 adults in Canada, they are also more likely to have a gambling problem than players who do not acquire these 'virtual' treasure chests.According to the authors, the findings call into question the hypothesis that psychological factors cause the link between gambling and loot boxes, which are…

I like Procter & Gamble over Walmart

Iron Mountain Inc: "Right now I don't want to back away from it. ... We may have to do new work on Iron Mountain to see if it's as safe as we think it is."McKesson Corp: ""Disclaimer: Cramer's Charitable Trust owns shares of Procter & Gamble and Johnosn & Johnson.Jim Cramer's Guide to InvestingClick here to download Jim Cramer's Guide to Investing at no cost to help you build long-term wealth and invest smarter. Iron Mountain Inc: "Right now I don't want to back away from it. ... We may have to do new work on…

I like Procter & Gamble over Kimberly-Clark

Transocean Ltd: "It is a high-risk stock. I prefer to have something that is certainly a little bit more ... known and already doing incredibly well, which is Halliburton."Tapestry Inc: "I think it's an inexpensive stock. I think Coach is good. I'd like for them to come on the show. I think that it's a good idea."Boeing Co: "As a long term position — that is really the operative term, because short-term, they keep doing things wrong."Quantumscape Corp: "It's losing a lot of money ... and we do not recommend stocks that…