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The controversial politics of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan are stodgy to some Middle Eastern countries, like Egypt. So, in retaliation they boycott…Turkish TV drama series. Apparently, this tactic is considered more of a punishment than the traditional move of recalling each other’s ambassadors. more»
“Turkey has grown to become the world’s second most prolific drama producer after the U.S.,” said U.S.-Turkey TV industry veteran Deniz Ziya Temeltas. “And now that Turkish dramas are winning the attention of Western and Northern Europe, the U.S., Russia and Latin America itself, Turkish drama producers are eying the international market for co-productions and remakes to create a U.S.$1 billion-a-year TV content and formats export industry.” more»
Margaret Talbot’s book The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century (Riverhead, 432 pages, $28.95) transports us to the early days of Hollywoodland. We become immersed in the provincial town covered in bougainvillea, adorned with Spanish bungalows that lined wide-open streets ready for the arrival of ambitious young actors, including my grandfather, Lyle Talbot. more»
Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, recently published a book with the subtitle, “The Future of Forecasting.” Unfortunately, for the master of deregulations and the father of the 2008 global financial crisis, his predictions did not come to fruition. Indeed, as Yogi Berra would say, nowadays, predicting the future is not like it used to be. more»
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