As the 2023 Venice Film Festival unfolds, the red carpet has come alive with the presence of A-list actors. Considering the ongoing strikes by SAG-AFTRA and WGA against the industry’s top players, it’s a rare and remarkable sight to see so many renowned stars dressed up for movie premieres. This year’s red carpet exuded a unique charm, especially highlighting the rise of chic and suave menswear.
The Slimmer Talent Roster
This year’s Venice Film Festival boasts a somewhat slimmer talent roster due to the strikes. Celebrities like Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist — who were originally slated to promote their upcoming film Challengers — were notably absent. However, there was still a considerable star-studded presence along the city’s iconic canals. Despite the strikes, stars like Adam Driver and Patrick Dempsey graced the festival’s red carpet to promote Michael Mann’s film Ferrari. This was made possible by the interim agreement struck by the unions, which permits actors and writers involved in films backed by independent distributors to partake in promotional activities during the strikes.
Celebrating Style Amidst Industry Challenges
The ability to witness actors from independently backed projects in their finest red-carpet attire is indeed a victory for cinema enthusiasts. Moreover, it’s a testament to the fact that style and glamor remain a vibrant part of the film industry, even in the face of industry challenges. The Venice Film Festival red carpet this year was also a platform for men’s fashion to shine.
A-list actors, directors, and industry insiders like George Clooney, Jacob Elordi, Mads Mikkelsen, Louis Garrel, Rege-Jean Page, Luke Evans, Lucas Bravo, and many others flaunted impeccable menswear looks. From classic tuxedos to bold, fashion-forward choices, these celebs have embraced sartorial creativity while paying homage to the timeless elegance of Venice. This fusion of traditional and contemporary menswear sets a high standard for red-carpet fashion worldwide.
While the energy laws were passed in 2016, with some recent revisions expected to take effect in the coming months, certain gaming PC companies have begun limiting shipments of certain high-end PC configurations to comply with state regulations.
Recently, a Reddit user submitted a thread with a screenshot from Dell’s website stating that due to power consumption limitations, Dell will be unable to send an Aurora pre-built gaming desktop PC to California, Oregon, Vermont, Colorado, Hawaii, and Washington. Dell warned that any orders intended for certain states will be canceled.
New Regulations for Gaming PC Manufacturers
While Dell may be the first to implement new limits based on recent state standards, it appears that more PC manufacturers may follow suit, with additional regulations slated to be introduced later this year and in 2022.
The gaming systems affected by the new laws, according to a statement provided to the Register by Dell, are Alienware’s Aurora R10 and Aurora R12 gaming PCs. The California Energy Commission (CEC) Tier 2 implementation, which specified a mandated energy efficiency standard for PCs—including desktops, AIOs, and laptops, according to Dell, was “driven by the decision to limit shipments to specific states.”
While many of the regulations appear to be reasonable and to be largely influenced by Energy Star standards (particularly when it comes to excessive power drain for idle PCs), some of the CEC’s guidelines appear to be out of date in the context of today’s new electronics.
For example, one requirement states that all computer monitors made after July 1, 2019, must have a “screen luminance less than or equal to 200 cd/m2 35 percent,” according to Section 1605 of the CEC’s guidelines. That’s about 200 nits (or 270 nits when the margin of error is taken into account), which is significantly less than most modern displays, which typically produce at least 300 nits of brightness or more. Not to mention more powerful displays like Samsung’s recently announced Neo G9, which has a typical brightness of 420 nits and a peak brightness of 2,000 nits.
These rules do not apply to consoles (PS5, Xbox Series S/X, etc.) or DIY gaming desktop PCs; therefore, there are still some options for purchasing high-end PC components. However, due to a scarcity of standalone graphics cards as a result of the continuing chip shortage, many PC gamers are turning to pre-built systems to get their hands on Nvidia and AMD’s latest GPUs.
Will Other Manufacturers Follow Dell’s Idea?
While it is unclear whether other gaming desktop manufacturers will follow Dell’s lead and impose shipping limits, numerous states are seeing increased power demand as a result of the country’s record heat. Trying to strike a balance between innovative technology and prudent power consumption is only going to become more crucial.