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How New Technology Is Changing How Brand Productions Are Cast

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Times, they are a-changin’—particularly in the casting world. 

COVID-19 has catalyzed a massive shift in the way brands, content creators, and casting directors find talent, and in a socially distanced world, as well as a generally globally connected one, utilizing technology is the only way to keep the cameras rolling.

“As a casting and production professional, what are some interesting ways you can take your current productions and alter them to fit a remote format? How can you continue to develop fresh content that’s impactful during such an unpredictable time?” Sabrina Safran, director of casting and talent development at Hearst, told Backstage. “It’s up to all of us to collaborate in a way that makes sense and keep creating content that matters. And one thing to remember that’s most important is that we’re all in this together.”

Here’s how new technology is changing

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Steve and Alex From Minecraft Block Off Some Time to Join the Cast of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Minecraft Mainstays Are the Second DLC Fighters Added to Fighters Pass Vol. 2

On Oct. 13, worldwide phenomenon Minecraft is sending two of its finest rectangular heroes to join the ever-expanding cast of playable fighters in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game for the Nintendo Switch system. Steve and Alex, who both proudly sport more right angles than a high school geometry class, will be the seventh DLC fighters added to the game. They are part of the second Challenger Pack in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which also includes a new stage and seven music tracks from the Minecraft series.

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In a video hosted by Masahiro Sakurai, the Super Smash Bros. creator detailed the boxy new fighters, providing a detailed breakdown of their one-of-a-kind move set, which involves digging into stages to gather

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NASA astronaut to cast her ballot 200 miles above Earth

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins said on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth. Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space Station.

“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins told The Associated Press. “If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”

NASA Astronaut Voting
This photo provided by NASA shows Expedition 64 prime crew member NASA astronaut Kate Rubins during a news conference prior to her launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia.

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Most U.S. astronauts live in Houston. Texas law allows them to vote from space using a secure electronic ballot. Mission Control forwards the ballot to the

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NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station

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NASA Astronaut Plans To Cast Her Ballot From Space

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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, who is training for a six-month mission scheduled to launch in October, says she plans to cast her next vote from space.

Key Facts

“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” Rubins told the Associated Press Friday, adding that astronauts “consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”

NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston sends a secure electronic ballot to the astronauts who send it back and the control center then emails it to the County Clerk’s Office to be recorded.  

The voting process starts a year before launch, when astronauts select which elections they want to participate in, and then submit an absentee ballot request six months before the elections, NASA says.

Key Background

Rubins joined NASA in 2009. She completed her first spaceflight in 2016 as an Expedition 48/49 crew

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