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Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Helm Netflix’s Live-Action Gundam Movie

(Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm Netflix’s live-action Gundam movieIt has been four years since the successful release of Kong: Skull Island, and now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally found his next big project with Legendary. Vogt-Roberts has officially signed on to direct the studio’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Gundam for Netflix, which will be based on the universe of Sunrise’s iconic Japanese robot franchise.This marks Legendary and Netflix’s latest collaboration together, the two companies previously worked on films such as 2016’s Spectral and last year’s Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in Space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the anime series adaptation of Skull Island and Tom Raider.RELATED: Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series Wraps Production!Plot details for the Netflix film are being kept under wraps but the original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.The live-action Gundam film will be penned by Brian K Vaughan. It will be produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan set as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will oversee the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was actually first announced in 2018 at the Anime Expo.RELATED: Sony & Netflix Ink First-Pay Streaming Licensing DealCreated by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino, the franchise first started in 1979 with the TV series titled Mobile Suit Gundam. The massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion-dollar property that has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
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    Intel’s 11th-gen mobile CPUs certainly are a solid upgrade for ultraportables

    Intel is making some big promises using its new Tiger Lake CPUs. The business claims you will see CPU speeds around 20 percent faster compared to the previous generation. And in a few full cases, its graphics performance fast is doubly. But until we get our practical a genuine Tiger Lake system, it’s hard to inform if Intel’s promises will play out in real life.

    So, once we await PC makers to ready their new notebooks, Intel sent across the next most sensible thing: A pre-production reference laptop built with the fastest Tiger Lake CPU, the quad-core i7-1185G7. In addition, it gets the company’s most effective Xe graphics with 96 EUs (execution units), alongside 32GB of RAM and a speedy 1TB NVMe SSD.

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    Reference device aside, these are the types of specs we shall eventually see in popular ultraportables just like the XPS 13 and ASUS ZenBook lineup, therefore i figured it had been worth taking an early on look. While I was encouraged to benchmark the reference notebook, it’s still an extremely early model, therefore i couldn’t run any battery tests or take any photos of the inside. The machine didn’t feel just like a prototype though, with a sleek metal fetching and case design accents. It weighs around 3 pounds and includes a (very bright) 14-inch 1080p touchscreen.

    Geekbench 5 CPU

    PC Mark 10

    3DMark (Sky Diver)

    ATTO (top reads/writes)

    Intel Tiger Lake Reference PC (Core i7-1185G7, Intel Xe)

    1,555/5,984

    5,316

    14,684

    3.2 GB/s / 2.7 GB/s

    Dell XPS 15 (2020, Core i7-10875H, NVIDA GTX 1650 Ti)

    1,223/7,167

    4,100

    12,395

    3 GB/s / 2.4 GB/s

    ASUS ZenBook Duo (Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250)

    986/3,487

    4160

    9,507

    1.6 GB/s / 1.62 GB/s

    Dell XPS 13 (2020, Core i7-1065G7, Iris Plus)

    982/4,659

    4,005

    9,502

    2.7 GB/s / 1 GB/s

    I booted up the 3DMark benchmark first because I was wanting to see Intel’s most effective Xe graphics doing his thing. Also it didn’t waste any moment impressing me. In the Sky Diver benchmark, it scored 14,684, that was over 2,000 points faster than Dell’s XPS 15 running the Core i7-8750H CPU and NVIDIA’s GTX 1650 Ti dedicated GPU. Pretty good Intel!

    If this reference laptop were shipping, it’d compete directly against something just like the XPS 13, which it trounced in Skydiver also. The XPS 13 clocked in at 9,502 points while running last year’s Core i7-1065G7 CPU with Iris Plus integrated graphics. I saw that 5 once,000 point difference with Intel’s Tiger Lake system, I actually re-ran the 3DMark benchmark many times to verify the high score. Every total result was more than 14,000. On the graphics front, Tiger Lake is really a beast clearly.

    I also pointed out that while playing Overwatch in 1080p, with low graphics settings, I saw between 50 and 70 fps. That’s a lot more than fast enough for smooth (and dare I say, enjoyable) gameplay. Compared, last year’s fastest Ice Lake CPUs — that have been already a large leap over Intel’s previous integrated graphics — typically saw around 40 to 50 FPS. The Tiger Lake system managed 45 to 70 FPS with medium graphics settings even. Personally, I’d take the slight hit there for a far more lush environment. On the high setting, it eked out 30 to 60FPS — an extraordinary feat, but a little choppy to be playable too. The big takeaway? You will probably play a lot of demanding games with no need for a separate GPU.

    I was similarly impressed by how well the Tiger Lake system handled PCMark 10. It scored 5,316 points, whereas this year’s XPS 13 benched 4,005. That is clearly a notable improvement, and it’s really the type of speed increase you might actually notice during everyday computing. I was surprised that the Tiger Lake system also had a 1 also,000 point lead on the XPS 15, that was owning a powerful six-core H-series CPU. Those processors wallop chips designed for slim ultraportables typically, let a quad-core model alone.

    I don’t desire to throw an excessive amount of praise on a reference system, especially since it’s not at all something the general public will ever see. But it’s hard never to get excited after seeing scores like these. Geekbench 5 showed some significant gains on the XPS 13 also, and the Tiger Lake notebook even were able to outdo the XPS 15’s single-core result. And because of the effectiveness of its Xe graphics, it scored around 3 x greater than the XPS 13 in the Geekbench 5 OpenCL Compute benchmark.

    Still, the Tiger Lake system couldn’t hold a candle to dedicated GPUs on that test: the XPS 15 scored 44,586 using its GTX 1650 Ti. I wouldn’t say this battle has ended though, as Intel continues to be polishing its software for these new CPUs.

    After spending a couple of days testing this reference system, I’m a lot more excited to see what PC makers do with Intel’s newest CPUs. Sure, don’t assume all new notebook shall start to see the same type of performance. But it’s certainly an excellent sign because of this entire category of CPUs.

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