By Anne Taylor15 August 2013South African writer-director Neill Blomkamp blasted on to the scene in 2009 with his sci-fi apartheid parable, District 9. The dystopian movie set in a garnered four Oscar nominations – including Best Picture – and took in more than $200-million. His latest film, Elysium, is currently topping box offices around the world. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, as well as South African actor Sharlto Copley, as the villain in chief.“Elysium confirms the talent – for razory mayhem and shocking satire, for the crazed spectacle of future decay – that Blomkamp showcased in his amazing first feature, District 9. I’ve never forgotten that film’s images … In Elysium, Blomkamp comes up with sci-fi conceits that sear themselves into your imagination.” – Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman reviews South African director Neill Blomkamp’s recent box office hit for CNN.comNow it’s been announced that Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC have agreed to co-produce and co-finance Blomkamp’s next film, Chappie. According to Movieweb.com, Chappie tells the story of a robot with artificial intelligence that is stolen by two gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.The film will star Copley as the voice of Chappie, with Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, as the two gangsters. Blomkamp will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Terri Tatchell.Don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait.
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Here we are at the opening for Sugar CRM’s Sugarcon event. The theme is openness and the social world.This is a defining event for Sugar as the service is moving deeper into the enterprise with IBM as a partner. IBM is investing heavily in Sugar CRM. A total of six IBM vice presidents are here for the event.Let’s get started.9:15 a.m.: CEO Larry Augustin is setting the tone. He is now talking about what was hot in 2006. MySpace, Slashdot and Digg were all the talk. Kevin Rose was on the cover of Business Week. In that day,facbook was hardly on the radar. Twitter was just getting started.9:23 a.m.: Going through the numbers, which we went through in yesterday’s post. Sugar is deepening its focus on its partner network. Again, that’s where IBM comes into play as a partner. 9:26 a.m: Nice to see Doc Searls here. His tweet: “I’ve been hanging with @pgreenbe for years, but now for the first time in physical space, in the front row at #scon11 in SF #crm #scrm #vrm9:30a.m.: Global. mobile, social and platform are the mainstays of Sugar 6. As a platform, Sugar will continue to develop the platform for building out custom solutions. 9:32: It’s demo time! To set the stage, Clint Orem is setting up an imaginary situation. Sugar 6 has an offline client mode for Android, Blackberry and the iPhone. It includes the addition of seven new languages, bringing total to 22. We’re looking at the activity streams and how you can access accounts. Oren is showing InsideView and the integration with IBM LotusLive. He is showing how LotusLive and Google Docs can be sued to collaborate on a sales proposal. 9:40 a.m.:Showing a sales funnel with HTML 5 charting and the update in the activity stream that shows a sale closing. That’s an example of how events are documented in the activity stream updates. Finishing up with Augustin and Orem and now on to SeanPoully, vice president, IBM, who runs the social business initiatives.9:46 a.m.: Poully says IBM defined the category for social business and is the leader in the category. IBM sees it as a $100 billion opportunity. Seeing a video about Cemex and its work with IBM.Cemex has 17,000 employees in the network. What is driving interest from companies like Cemex? For IBM, it’s about an instrumented, interconnected and intelligent world. There will be more smartphones shipped in 2012 than PCs. With it is an explosion of information. The disruptions lead to the need for social business.9:54 a.m.: Two broad areas are there for companies. One is to create an exceptional experience and a community within the company. Poully is following by talking about control and the need for it. APIs are broadly integrated across the IBM social business environment for integration across all aspects of the organization, including logistics, communications and operations. Now we’re watching another video about Signature Mortgage with executive taking about social business. 10:04 a.m.: Why is the relationship a strong one between IBM and Sugar CRM? It’s about on-premise and the cloud – the hybrid model. That’s key. IBM is deeply invested in on-premise. 10:06 a.m.: Paul Greenberg is on stage. Greenberg is a CRM expert – very well-respected in the market. Augustin is asking Greenberg – why si social hot right now? Greenberg says people can communicate according to their similarities and you now have the ability to continuously communicate with smartphones and other devices. The key is the scale of it all. It is everywhere. It is every institution that you can imagine. You can change business, you can change elections – you can change anything. A lot of this i about speed and how fast customers can respond. And just as powerful, how fast a business can respond to customers. It speeds the pace at which a relationship deepens between the business and the customer. 10:15 a.m.: Greenberg says anyone who does not do social inside and outside the company is stupid. Greenberg is responding to question by Augustin about the fear people have about social. It’s about change. The difference is people are aware of the change that is happening. Very few companies are transforming to a social business. They are not even doing the small, tactical changes. Poully says at IBM that social started with IBM CEO Sam Palmisano. He saw his kids using Facebook and wanted to know about it. That turned into a social business strategy. IBM started deploying it and found that connections were being made in an instant with peo[le from different parts of the world in an organization of 400,000 people in size.10:24 a.m.: Augustin asks: When is it too invasive with customers? When does it get creepy? Greenberg says if you don’t want it to be known, don’t write it. He is talkign about Facebook and its riches is in the social profiles. That is the exchange you make with Facebook. You give up your profile. That is it. Poully says there is a balance. Facebook is an example of how deep the issues are about privacy. But when you start getting into business, there are things you may not want to share. You can’t completely control what people share but you need to help them understand the policy. Privacy is not thought about. That’s why the policy is important. 10:32 a.m.: Last thoughts. Greenberg says the communication revolution will continue. It will still be a communications revolution in five years. Poully says embrace social. Give it a try.10:46 a.m. In an interview with Poully. He sys Sugar has the potential to run in the larger, enterprise space. Salesforce does not inherent the mantle necessarily from a company such as Siebel. But is the architecture ready? The only time you know is when you put it into action. IBM sees opportunity with the data. A solution that needs more horsepower is a good thing. IBM is equally interested in going the other way with smaller companies, too. IBM sees more then opportunities around the collaboration such as with analytics and Cognos. Sentiment analysis, predictive analytics are all potential opportunities.10:54 a.m.: From a business point of view – analytics on who knows what is immensely valuable. Analytics on the things people do and say allows IBM to find experts within a company. A lot of what we are talking about is the need to find the needle in the haystack. But what about fast data? Now we have the ability to understand unstructured data. And what does it mean? Lots to explore. The questions though, are not the things that people think about. People need to get their work done. They are not thinking about analytics. They will migrate to the services that help them get their work done faster and doesn’t require a lot of change.2:22 p.m.: I’m in the press room, starting to belt out a new post. Come by and visit if you want to chat. Related Posts alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#news Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
England batsman Jos Buttler smashed an unbeaten 110 off 55 balls as the hosts beat Pakistan by 12 runs in a thrilling run-packed second one-day international on Saturday.Buttler’s blitzkrieg and half-centuries by Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and skipper Eoin Morgan helped England to a huge total of 373 for three wickets in 50 overs.Pakistan, who made their best ever score when chasing in ODIs, fell short despite Fakhar Zaman’s superb 138 as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after the first game was washed out.GET IN! What a game!Scorecard/Videos: https://t.co/6xjh2fShWF #EngvPak pic.twitter.com/oLtISXGvxd England Cricket (@englandcricket) May 11, 2019Asked to bat first on a flat pitch, England laid a solid platform for Buttler to build on, with Roy scoring 87 and Bairstow 51 in a 115-run opening partnership.Joe Root fell for 40 following a brief rain interruption, bringing Morgan and Buttler together and the pair put on 162 for the fourth wicket with the captain contributing an unbeaten 71 off 48 balls.Buttler did most of the big hitting, smashing nine sixes and six fours en route to his eighth ODI century and getting there with a fierce hit over the ropes which the new father celebrated by rocking his bat in his hands.But Pakistan, whose previous highest score batting second was 344-8 in a loss to India in 2004, were not giving up without a fight.Zaman took the attack to the bowlers, hitting four sixes and 12 fours before he was caught by Buttler off Chris Woakes to leave Pakistan at 227 for two.advertisementFifties from Babar Azam and Asif Ali and captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s unbeaten 41 took Pakistan close to their target but England hung on for the win as they continue preparations for the World Cup on home soil starting later this month.Meanwhile, Ireland, who did not qualify for the World Cup, scored 327 for five in 50 overs in a five-wicket defeat by twice champions West Indies in Dublin.Ireland’s Andy Balbirnie hit 135 to give his team a chance of an upset but the West Indies prevailed with their highest successful chase in ODIs thanks to Sunil Ambris’s 148.Also Read | Sanath Jayasundara charged under ICC anti-corruption code
Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Amazon Studios (Pete the Cat, Do, Re & Mi) also returned to the Production top 10 after winning the title two years ago, and US streamer Hulu was voted into the Broadcasting top 10 for the first time in a year when the service inked its largest-ever kids and family licensing deal with DreamWorks Animation.In other firsts, Canadian toyco Spin Master took the Licensing top spot away from four-time winner The LEGO Group, and 9 Story Distribution International usurped 2017 champ CAKE in Distribution.Meanwhile, in Digital, YouTube Kids racked up its third-consecutive win, besting PBS KIDS and Hot50 first-timer WildBrain. Other newbies to the ranking this year include Parisian prodco Technicolor Animation Productions, Bento Box’s kids and family division Sutikki, Florida-based toyco Jazwares and “Baby Shark” creator Pinkfong.Here’s the complete list of this year’s Hot50 companies:BROADCASTING1. Netflix2. PBS KIDS3. Nickelodeon4. BBC Children’s5. Cartoon Network6. TVOKids7. Disney Channels Worldwide8. Universal Kids9. Hulu10. France TélévisionsPRODUCTION1. 9 Story Media Group/Brown Bag Films2. Netflix3. Guru Studio4. Sinking Ship Entertainment5. Amazon Studios6. The LEGO Group7. Cartoon Network8. Technicolor Animation Productions9. DreamWorks Animation Television10. Sesame WorkshopDISTRIBUTION1. 9 Story Distribution International2. CAKE3. Jetpack Distribution4. Entertainment One5. Aardman Animations6. DHX Media7. The LEGO Group8. Zodiak Kids9. Sinking Ship Entertainment10. Sesame WorkshopLICENSING1. Spin Master2. The LEGO Group3. Entertainment One4. Hasbro5. PBS KIDS6. Sesame Workshop7. Moose Toys8. Sutikki9. Cartoon Network Enterprises10. JazwaresDIGITAL MEDIA1. YouTube Kids2. PBS KIDS3. WildBrain4. Cartoon Network5. Pinkfong6. Sinking Ship Entertainment7. BBC Studios8. Sesame Workshop9. Hopster10. National Geographic KidsThe top-ranked companies will receive a commemorative trophy at the Kidscreen Awards ceremony, which will take place during Kidscreen Summit 2019 (February 11 to 14 in Miami, Florida).Additionally, all Hot50 2018 companies will be showcased on Kidscreen’s dedicated microsite starting today, and in a special print insert that will be distributed with Kidscreen‘s February/March issue at Kidscreen Summit.By Jeremy Dickson | Kidscreen Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The maturation of streaming services had a major impact on Kidscreen’s fifth-annual Hot50 ranking of the most happening companies in kids entertainment—as determined by industry peers.Netflix stayed put in the Broadcasting top spot for the fifth-consecutive year on the strength of launching more than 65 new original TV and film titles in 2018. The SVOD giant also received the most kid-friendly Daytime Emmy nominations this year and ended up walking off with eight statuettes, including double wins for All Hail King Julien: Exiled (pictured) and Dinotrux with longtime partner DreamWorks Animation Television.The streamer also made a strong debut in the Hot50 Production category, settling into second place behind Toronto, Canada’s 9 Story Media Group/Brown Bag Films, which was victorious for a second year in a row. 9 Story grew significantly this year, acquiring New York-based Out of the Blue Enterprises and appointing co-founder Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues) as its first chief creative officer. Clifford the Big Red Dog (Scholastic/PBS KIDS/Amazon) and a second season of The Magic School Bus Rides Again (Scholastic/Netflix) were among 9 Story’s 10 greenlights this year. Twitter
OSU senior Cammi Prantl (22) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Big Ten tournament got off to a solid start for the Ohio State softball team, as the Buckeyes (33-17-1, 13-9-1) beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (24-33, 8-15) 5-0 in State College, Pennsylvania. After sweeping Rutgers during the regular season, OSU looked in control from the very start of the game. Junior pitcher Lena Springer dominated through all seven innings, giving up only four hits and no walks, as well as earning five strikeouts.Springer now has five wins on the season. Led by senior outfielder and OSU’s all-time hits leader, Cammi Prantl, the Scarlet and Gray figured out Rutgers pitcher Dresden Maddox early. Sophomore utility player Becca Gavin started the scoring in the bottom of the second with an infield single to drive home sophomore infielder Ashley Goodwin, and the Buckeyes never looked back.A home run by redshirt senior Maddy McIntyre gave OSU a 3-0 lead in bottom of the third. The home run gave her six on the year.After earning a team-high .405 batting average, Prantl picked up where she left off in the regular season, providing a majority of the offense for the Buckeyes. She went two-for-three with a pair of RBIs, along with scoring two runs herself.The defense for OSU was solid, committing no errors through all seven innings, while also making nice plays on the ball to limit the Rutgers batters to just four hits, only one of which had extra bases.Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will face Northwestern in State College on Friday. The time of the first pitch has yet to be announced. Last season, OSU held a 1-2 record against the Wildcats.
OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) tackles Tulsa redshirt senior running back James Flanders (20) from behind during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast season, Ohio State football fans saw Josh Perry and Darron Lee develop into NFL-quality linebackers. Major concerns before the start of the new year for the Buckeyes were the ability of new starters — junior Dante Booker and redshirt junior Chris Worley — to fill the holes left by the NFL draftees, and how well junior Raekwon McMillan would lead the unit. So far, Buckeye fans have little to complain about in terms of production from that position. After allowing 208 yards rushing in its first two games last year, OSU has allowed just 130 yards to this point on the ground.In addition to being stout against the run, OSU’s linebacker unit has not allowed opponents to score a touchdown. McMillan has credited much of the success to the play of the guys around him.“Every time I turn my head, somebody’s making a great play here,” McMillan said. “I’m just trying to find my ins and outs, trying to find my plays here and there. The guys around me are making me look good.”McMillan went on to thank the defensive line, as well as all of his teammates, for the high level they have played at so far.Although the man in the middle for the Buckeyes is considered to be the leader of the unit, Worley has been around for a longer period of time than McMillan with OSU. The fourth-year strongside linebacker played in 14 of 15 games for the national championship team in 2014, and recorded his first sack last season.Worley recorded four total tackles against Tulsa, while also defending two passes. His play earned him a champion grade from the OSU coaching staff.On the other side, Booker picked up two tackles against Bowling Green in Week 1, but suffered a sprained right knee and did not play against Tulsa. Redshirt freshman weakside linebacker Jerome Baker filled in against Tulsa, picking up five tackles and a fumble recovery.McMillan said he appreciated how well Baker communicated with the team, and how effective he was in his fill-in role.Linebackers have been solid for OSU so far, but will face their biggest challenge against Oklahoma. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield and running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine have been the catalysts to a powerful Oklahoma offense.OSU defensive coordinator and associate head coach Greg Schiano knows how tough the task will be for the team come Saturday.“A lot of these guys have never been in this situation. A few of them have but a lot of them haven’t,” Schiano said. “As a coach, you just try to prepare them the best they can. I believe we have the right people here, but that gap between knowing and doing is the biggest gap there is.”
It was one of the most shocking news of the day when Zinedine Zidane announced that he won’t continue as the Real Madrid coach but Fabio Capello claimed that he made the right choice by leaving the club.The Italian manager insisted that he was sacked by Real Madrid after a quite successful season and Zidane would be sacked as well if it wasn’t for the Champions League win – and this was the right choice to be made by him.The former Chelsea and Russia coach spoke about Zidane’s end as he said he would do the same in his place, according to 101 Great Goals:Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“This was Zidane’s choice and I think it was the right one.“He knew that Florentino would’ve sacked him if it wasn’t for that third straight UCL win.”“It was a matter of time. I was sacked from Real Madrid after a successful season…. I think Zizou made the right call.”
AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas insists that he can’t leave the club trophyless and is looking forward to the prospect of pitting himself against Cristiano Ronaldo in the Serie AThe Greece international joined the Giallorossi in 2014 from Olympiacos and has since seen Roma finish as runners-up twice in his four-year spell.Last year, Manolas had been linked with a move to Russian side Zenit St Petersburg but he chose to continue at the Italian capital for a fourth season.And now he has no plans on quitting Roma now.“I will make it a fifth,” Manolas told ESPN.“The future is the fifth year in Rome. If I was not comfortable, I would not be here because I like Roma. I like my life in Rome. My family is good. I will stay.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I want to win something. I like to win. I try to win a title. It’s not easy, but I will try hard.”The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo has got Manolas all excited.“Of course. When one of the best players comes to Serie A, it’s a very good thing.“For us, Ronaldo can be only an extra motivation because when you play against these players, you have to give your best.“I’d like to see more come. I’d like to even see it in our team with a player like this. I’d appreciate it.”
Uruguay Interim coach Fabian Coito has named his 20-man squad for their upcoming friendly against MexicoParis Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who was one of the star players in Uruguay’s World Cup campaign this summer has been left out.The 31-year-old has only just returned to full fitness following a hamstring injury sustained in their last-16 win over Portugal.Meanwhile, Barcelona’s Luis Suarez has been named along with Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, who sustained a knee ligament sprain at Russia, has also been left out.Uruguay will be without long-time head coach Oscar Tabarez, who has yet to agree on a contract after his original deal expired at the end of the World Cup.Therefore, Under-20 coach Coito will temporarily take charge of the senior side.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“The aim was to give continuity to the work that has been done in the senior side,” said Coito on Fútbol.“To guide the national team is a beautiful responsibility.“The idea is for everything to go as best as it can as Uruguay is a prestigious team and we have to ensure it remains that way.”Uruguay will take on Mexico at the NRG Stadium in Texas on September 7/9.Fabián Coito convocó a 20 futbolistas de @Uruguay para el amistoso del viernes 7/9 ante México, a disputarse en el NRG Stadium de Houston a las 23:06 h (Uy).https://t.co/Ki5Br3jG8W pic.twitter.com/Q1qIFq8812— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) August 29, 2018