Behind the Scenes and On the Screens with Spider-Man: Homecoming

first_imgYou might not know this, but Dell technology has powered five of the last seven Academy Award-winning films for visual effects.It takes a lot of behind-the-scenes computing power to not only create those effects, but also to transfer the assets across properties and systems, and ultimately store them.Dell on the Big ScreenBut sometimes we get to be in front of the camera, too!Dell products were seen in 52 films and 100 television shows last year, but we’re especially excited to be in one of this summer’s “most anticipated” movies.When Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters July 7, keep an eye out for our Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming Laptop and the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1.As a young Peter Parker tries to become familiar with a new Spider-Man suit his mentor Tony Stark made him, his best friend Ned helps tap into the suit by connecting it to his Inspiron Gaming laptop. And the XPS 13 2-in-1 is the tech of choice for Stark’s friend and confidant, Happy Hogan.You’ll also see Dell in much of the Spider-Man creative across television, cinema, online video, social media and more this summer.“I’m really excited about the TV spot as we had an opportunity to work with Jon Watts, the director of the Spider-Man: Homecoming film, and Digital Domain, the VFX house on the film to bring to life our vision and create a bonus scene in the film,” said Gerri Tunnell, senior vice president of Dell Consumer and Small Business Marketing.Dell Behind the CameraThat kind of collaboration is exciting, indeed, but for Dell this integration goes much deeper than marketing. Every single frame of Spider-Man: Homecoming has been built on a Dell Precision workstation, rendered on a Dell EMC PowerEdge server and a good portion stored on Dell EMC storage.It’s not the first time Dell has played a part in the Spidey legacy. Our customer Pixomondo helped develop some of the more intricate VFX shots in the “Amazing Spider-Man” movie in 2012.We’ve had a long standing relationship with Sony Imageworks as a customer and as a partner. We’re working closely with them to understand and forecast the future of their industry to ensure we equip them with what they need not only today, but also in the future.Did you know a petabyte — 1,000,000 gigabytes (GB) — of total capacity is required to feed both the render servers and artists’ workstations at any given moment? That’s the equivalent of enough songs to last more than 2,000 years playing continuously notes ComputerWeekly!As audiences demand more, directors’ creative ideas get bigger, and producers want the process to be faster and cheaper, innovation in filmmaking will continue to demand more and faster technology solutions.That’s why Dell will continue to work closely with studios and develop powerful technology that help create, manage and store these projects seamlessly.Dell on the Red CarpetWe also look forward to more immediate opportunities to support the media and entertainment industry.Dell is a sponsor of the Spider-Man: Homecoming World Premiere June 28 in Los Angeles – helping to present a red carpet event that will truly be powered by Dell.We’ll bring a mobile experience directly to the celebrities and VIPs to enjoy virtual reality (VR), gaming and other Dell tech demos along with behind the scenes Spider-Man: Homecoming content. Sony has created a Spider-Man VR experience on VR-ready Dell technology that will be powered by the new Ready-for-VR Dell Inspiron Gaming desktop.The VR Experience allows users to put on the Spider-Man suit in a virtual world and through Tony Stark’s instructions, use the suit to spin web and fly around New York City. It launches at the premiere event, but will be available publicly, for free, on June 30 through Oculus, HTC and Playstation VR.If you’re in the real New York City next weekend (6/30) or the following (7/7), you can join in the fun with an interactive game in Times Square that we’re calling the Spider-Man Scramble. It’s a massive video game where fans can go head-to-head as Spider-Man and race up to the top of a digital skyscraper – all powered by Dell Precision workstations, of course.You can keep up with all of the red carpet and Times Square action on social media by following Dell on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.Dell in Real-Life ReviewAnd while on the topic of Spider-Man… the team at TechnoBuffalo is working with Sony and Dell Reconnect partner Goodwill Industries on a “create your own Spider-Man suit” contest and used our XPS 13 2-in-1 during a video shoot at YouTube. If you’re interested in how it performed for them, here’s the review:last_img read more

Anthony Warlow Will Step In For Kelsey Grammer in Finding Neverland

first_imgOpera and musical theater favorite Anthony Warlow will return to the Great White Way in the Audience Choice Award-winning tuner Finding Neverland. He will temporarily assume the role of American producer Charles Frohman, currently played by Kelsey Grammer, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Warlow will begin performances in mid-July (exact date to be confirmed) and play a limited engagement through September 13, when Grammer will return.“It has rekindled my love for musical theater,” Warlow told the Australian talk show Mornings. “It’s a beautiful production, it’s beautifully realized and the performances are extraordinary.” Warlow will play Frohman (and Captain James Hook) for a limited three-month engagement.Warlow made his Broadway debut in 2012 as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in the revival of Annie; he previously played the role at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. He recently took on the title role of Don Quixote in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Man of La Mancha in Washington, D.C. His additional musical theater credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Doctor Zhivago, Les Miserables and Guys and Dolls. On the opera stage, he has performed in Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute and The Tales of Hoffman.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie (Matthew Morrison) and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Laura Michelle Kelly). Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. The cast also includes Carolee Carmello, Teal Wicks, Alex Dreier, Hayden Signoretti, Noah Hinsdale, Hayden Signoretti, Christopher Paul Richards, Sawyer Nunes, Jackson Demott Hill and Aidan Gemme. View Comments Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

ShareAction scrutinises UK auto-enrolment providers

first_imgSix of the UK’s nine largest automatic enrolment pension providers do not have a policy banning investments in companies that produce toxic components of harmful weapons, according to campaign organisation ShareAction.Only three of six providers that did have specific policies to address controversial weapons excluded companies with links to chemical and biological weapons.The finding emerged from a survey the charity carried out of the nine largest auto-enrolment providers – known as master trusts – in the UK.ShareAction ranked the providers on their approaches to responsible investment, with a focus on default funds, and member engagement and communication, claiming these areas had “received little focus during the roll-out of auto-enrolment”. 195 64 260 26 Scottish Widows The People’s Pension 204 193 192 79 90 68 104 114 187 Legal & General** 73 NOW: Pensions Aegon UK* Standard Life** 64 Standard Life* 78 115 63 125 129 122 69 197 78 118 166 Royal London 193 73 Legal & General* 71 139 62 200 According to ShareAction, the top five performers were NEST, The People’s Pension, Legal & General, Aviva, and Standard Life. NEST was the top ranked provider overall mainly due to its score on responsible investment, where it was the “standout leader”.The bottom performers were Scottish Widows, Royal London, NOW: Pensions, and Smart Pension.“We do not believe that ShareAction has a good understanding of [our] approach, and it is therefore difficult to record high scores through ShareAction’s rather crude scoring system” Rob Booth, director of investment and product development at NOW: Pensions  Smart Pension withdrew from the survey as it was transitioning to a new investment strategy at the time and “did not want to place dated or potentially misleading information in the marketplace that may have resulted in confusion for members”, according to chief investment officer Darren Agombar.NOW: Pensions disagrees with assessment Rob Booth, director of investment and product development, said ShareAction’s ratings focused heavily on voting rights, while NOW: Pensions’ investment strategy required it to hold equity index futures.  “We do not believe that ShareAction has a good understanding of this approach, and it is therefore difficult to record high scores through ShareAction’s rather crude scoring system,” said Booth.The findings did not accurately reflect the “significant” emphasis NOW: Pensions placed on responsible investment, he added.The master trust had 15.3% of total assets under management invested in green bonds (£99.3m), equal representation of men and women on its trustee board, and a published policy of social responsibility in investments.“We are constantly developing our approach to SRI [socially responsible investing] and, over time, we will start to consider direct investment into companies which will be bound by the terms of our existing SRI policy,” Booth said. “In the meantime, we are pleased to see that we scored among the highest for communications and engagement, climate change and our controversial weapons policy.”A spokesperson for Aegon noted that its workplace default funds were passive, but “becoming increasingly ESG aligned”.Lorna Blyth, head of investment solutions at Royal London, said: “We are reviewing the report’s conclusions and recommendations and look forward to discussing in further detail with ShareAction how they arrived at their scores.” How they faredThere were pockets of good practice and innovation, ShareAction said, but “a lack of evidence pension providers are actively reaching out to savers to engage on important issues that really matter to them”.Paul Britton, research officer at ShareAction and author of the report, said: “Of course, auto-enrolment pension providers cannot be solely blamed for Britain’s retirement cliff-edge, but they do need to act on their key position to engage the 9m new workers with their pension savings.“Hoping members don’t opt-out as the minimum contribution rates rise is not enough – people need compelling reasons to save.”In April minimum contributions in auto-enrolment defined contribution schemes rose to 5% – from 1% of salary to 3% for employees, and from 1% to 2% for employers. In April 2019 the minimum will rise again to 8% in total, with the employee contribution reaching 5%.Notes: *Contract-based scheme. **Master trust. The responsible investment theme had a greater weighting in the overall score because it covered a broader range of issues. Overall score (max 352)Responsible investment score (max 227)Communication and engagement score (max 125) 127 NEST Aviva* IPE contacted the bottom five providers for comment. Scottish Widows did not respond.NOW: Pensions is the pension provider for IPE International Publishers.last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Padres have offered Manny Machado 8-year deal worth at least $240M, report says

first_imgPadres remain hopeful to land one of the two big fish (Manny seems more likely, with Harper/Phillies heating up). Chisox plus mystery teams the main competition assuming Phils get their top target.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 17, 2019The Padres have offered Machado an 8-year deal worth at least $240 million, according to USA Today. The #Padres’ offer to Manny Machado is an 8-year deal worth at least $240 million,with money deferred, rival GMs have been informed this weekend. Still unknown whether he wants to go to SD.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 18, 2019The White Sox and a “mystery team” are the Padres top competitors for Machado, according to Fancred Sports. He is expected to accept the best contract offered to him. Related News There was a belief Machado preferred to be east and especially not be on the West Coast. However recent word in Miami circles has been that he’s going to take whatever the best deal is. #padres— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 17, 2019Machado, who was sent from the Orioles to the Dodgers before the trade deadline, registered a .297/.367/.538 slash line in 162 total games in 2018. He also hit 37 home runs and tallied 107 RBIs. MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper talks ‘intensified’ as Phillies continue front-runner status Machado has made four All-Star teams and won two Gold Glove awards in his seven-year MLB career.The Padres finished 2018 with a 66-96 record and missed the playoffs for a 12th straight season. The Padres still believe they can add a star free agent.San Diego remains “hopeful” about signing Manny Machado, according to a report from Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman. The team is also interested in Bryce Harper, but the Phillies are the front-runners to land him, the report says.last_img read more