Here's what the cast of Disney's live-action 'Dumbo' looks like in real life
- Disney's "Dumbo" is being brought to life in a live-action remake from Tim Burton.
- Centering on a circus, the story is about a baby elephant whose large ears allow him to fly.
- Though the titular character is an elephant, much of the cast are human.
- The cast went through some physical changes to play their characters.
- Here's what the cast looks like in real life.
- Holt is an amputee.
- He wants to exploit Dumbo.
- His circus is acquired by Keaton's character.
- She and Dumbo have an act together.
- She befriends Dumbo.
- He hangs out with his sister and Dumbo.
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The EU agrees to delay Brexit until May 22 if MPs back Theresa May's deal
- LONDON — The European Union has agreed to give the United Kingdom a short delay to Brexit — but only if Members of Parliament vote for Theresa May's deal next week.
- Leaders of the 27 other EU member states said on Thursday that they were prepared to extend the Article 50 withdrawal process until May 22, to give the UK time to prepare for its departure, according to draft conclusions obtained by several news organisation.
- The EU Council said that it would only grant a short extension if MPs approve May's deal with the EU next week.
- The EU is set to hold an emergency summit next week if May's deal is rejected for a third time and has said that Brexit could be delayed for a much longer period of time if the UK can illustrate a clear purpose for doing so.
Epic CEO on 250 million Fortnite players, digital humans, and $100 million dev fund
- Epic Games dumped a bunch of news about the state of the Unreal Engine at its keynote talk at the Game Developers Conference today.
- Sweeney said Fortnite has reached 250 million players, and that the popular battle royale game hasn’t seen a drop off because of rival EA’s popular Apex Legends.
- It’s awesome to see other games picking up on battle royale, adding their unique spin to it and advancing the state of the industry.
- We’ll go through features we’ve added to deal with cross-platform performance, from Android all the way to high-end workstations, and then we have a gameplay demo that shows off something we felt was a long time coming to the games business.
- Vlad from 3Lateral is going to talk a bit about our plans going forward in terms of wanting to ubiquitize the creation of digital humans, so it’s not a super-hard, expensive endeavor.
Economic growth does not guarantee rising happiness
- The simple correlation suggests that doubling GDP per person lifts life satisfaction by about 0.7 points.
- In 1974 Richard Easterlin, an economist, discovered that average life satisfaction in America had stagnated between 1946 and 1970 even as GDP per person had grown by 65% over the same period.
- Although income is correlated with happiness when looking across countries—and although economic downturns are reliable sources of temporary misery—long-term GDP growth does not seem to be enough to turn the average frown upside-down.
- The most significant—in terms of population—is China, where GDP per person has doubled over a decade, while average happiness has risen by 0.43 points.
- Looking across countries, growth is correlated with rising happiness.
- Of the 125 countries for which good data exist, 43 have seen GDP per person and happiness move in opposite directions.
Apple's new iMacs are the high-end desktop computers Mac fans have been waiting for — and they're available now for $1,299 and up
- The updates represent a pretty significant spec bump for the iMac, so if you're in the market for a new Apple desktop computer, now is the time to buy.
- The lower-end, 21.5-inch iMac with a 1,080p display has not been updated, though that doesn't necessarily mean it's not worth buying.
- However, the 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display has gotten some pretty major new specs.
- Perhaps more importantly, you can get this iMac with an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics card, which makes it a much more powerful computer for anyone who needs great graphics processing.
- The base model has an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive, but it can be upgraded to offer an 8-core Intel Core i9 processor, 64GB of RAM, and up to a 2TB solid-state drive.
- Naturally, the spec upgrades cost extra, but if you need the extra processing and graphics power, it's worth it.
FedEx earnings could save this lagging sector
- FedEx is set to report earnings after the bell.
- Weighed on by Boeing's recent sell-off, it is the only S&P sector in the red in March with losses of nearly 2 percent.
- Mark Tepper, president and CEO of Strategic Wealth Partners, said FedEx and the freight and logistics slice of the industrials should continue to drive higher.
- FedEx, in particular, looks best positioned to capture that growth, he said.
- FedEx has tumbled 27 percent over the past 12 months, far worse than the XLI industrial ETF's 1 percent decline.
- It is 31 percent off its 52-week high.
- Ari Wald, head of technical analysis at Oppenheimer, said a different name in industrials looks the best positioned to move higher.
- Industrials equipment maker Ametek hit a record high Tuesday.
- It has risen more than 3 percent this month as the XLI ETF has tumbled 2 percent.