What: Some terrific staffing news for the upcoming Star Trek 4.
Who: Director S.J. Clarkson.
Why we care: S.J. Clarkson is about to boldly go where men exclusively have gone before. The director has just booked a gig directing the forthcoming Star Trek 4, making her the first female director in the entire franchise’s history. Paramount Pictures confirmed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday that it was planning two new Star Trek movies, the fourth installment in the current series that launched in 2009, and an off-shoot written by Quentin Tarantino. Star Trek 4 will be written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, and find Chris Hemsworth, returning in his role as the father of Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), which he played in the 2009 Trek. Clarkson’s work can be seen all over TV and Netflix, on shows such as Orange is the New Black and Jessica Jones. It’s been a good month for women getting directing jobs on major franchises, with Cathy Yan set up to lens Margot Robbie’s upcoming Harley Quinn movie.
KUALA LUMPUR (April 26): China's Tencent Holdings Ltd will be establishing a data centre in Cyberjaya as part of its Smart Tourism 4.0 initiative in collaboration with Toursim Malaysia.
"The data centre will be Tencent's hub for the whole of Asean," the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board chairman Datuk Siew Ka Wei said.
The group will also be setting up an incubation centre here with a local partner, he told the crowd at a conference organised by the Malaysian Retail Association here today.
More details are expected to be announced by end-June, he added.
The new NAFTA model has many moving partsONE year ago, a member of President Donald Trump’s administration drafted a short executive order to withdraw America from the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The obvious interpretation was that Mr Trump was irresponsibly bullying the Mexicans and Canadians into giving America better terms. A kinder view held that he was aiming at a domestic audience. Congress was dragging its feet at the time over the confirmation of Robert Lighthizer, the president’s chosen trade negotiator. Mr Trump’s threats were a way to kick it into action.One year on, with Mr Lighthizer long since in place, America’s attitude to NAFTA seems no less hostile. Its threat of withdrawal still hangs over the talks, and in March Mr Trump waved the stick of tariffs on steel and aluminium in case a deal to revise NAFTA could not be reached by May 1st. This tough talk may yield an agreement within the next few...Continue reading