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Investor encourages Disney to release Black Widow straight to streaming

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With Disney reorganizing itself to focus more on streaming (and less on theaters), we’re all wondering what’s going to happen with Marvel movies.

Earlier this week, Disney announced that it was undergoing a reorganization to focus less on theaters and more on its streaming service Disney+, which has gained 60 million subscribers less than a year out of the gate, handily outstripping initial expectations.

That’s good news for investors…but apparently not good enough. Dan Loeb, a hedge fund manager with a roughly $1 billion stake in the company, recently talked to Variety about what he’d like to see the company do with major movies like Black Widow, which has seen its theatrical release delayed thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. “What Netflix has is this immense subscriber base that allows it to invest in an enormous amount of content and amortize that to get more subscribers,” Loeb said. “Disney isn’t there yet, but they need to get there as quickly as possible. If they don’t get critical mass in their subscriber base, they will be permanently disadvantaged versus Netflix.”

My understanding is that the old-line executives don’t want to go over the top with their big tentpole movies, which is why they announced they were pushing Black Widow and other movies to 2021. I don’t think they appreciate the tiger they have by the tail, which is to say the value they can drive by moving into a subscription model, which has been adopted by everyone from Microsoft to Amazon. It’s so value accretive.

Disney has already released Mulan straight to streaming, and Soul is coming soon. It wouldn’t be a shock if they released Black Widow (and other Marvel movies) on the service, especially with there still being no timetable for when the coronavirus pandemic might be over and movie theaters get back on their feet. Loeb thinks that theaters will still be around when this is all over, but that they’ll be more of a “novelty experience” and that the world is “going to go largely toward online distribution.”

I more or less agree with him, but it makes my skin crawl a little to see some of his reasoning. Disney+ reached its five-year goal for subscribers in just eight months. It still isn’t close to Netflix’s 193 million subscribers, but it’s way closer than it thought it would be by this time, and the train isn’t stopping. I figure that’s something you could celebrate while still maintaining a connection to to other businesses like theaters. There remain a lot of fans who want to see these movies on the big screen, not to mention people with jobs in the industry. They should get taken into account, too.

But the writing does seem to be on the wall. My guess is that we’ll see Black Widow released to streaming before we arrive at May 7, 2021, when it’s supposed to come out in theaters. What do you think?

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Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married

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Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith.  The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.

Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.

Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage.  When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.

Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.

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Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’

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Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.

“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.

Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.

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Why an ‘active’ approach to risk modelling is key to navigating markets today

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Whether investors are aiming for a cautious approach or a riskier investment profile with the potential for higher returns, Architas’ Blended Fund range is designed to match a range of investor risk appetites. And like many asset managers, Architas predominantly uses two approaches to define asset allocation within the five risk bands used in the Blended Range – strategic and tactical.

Whilst risk model provider EValue’s quantitative approach to asset allocation takes into account the long-term performance of different asset classes and the likely future performance given current valuations, along with long-term measures of volatility and correlations with other asset classes. Yet as with most systems of its kinds, EValue focuses on the long term; it is unable to analyse short-term market movements and fluctuations. So whilst it would have seen that in Q1 2020 markets fell by a record percentage before rebounding, it will not be able to factor in the cost of the coronavirus and lockdown and its impact on markets. Similarly, it is not able to consider ongoing Brexit woes, geo-political trade wars or the outcome of the US election in 2020.

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